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If your GPS is more than 10 years old or it’s had no firmware updates then you’re definitely at higher risk of you GPS not working from 6 April
The Maritime & Coastguard Agency (MCA) has issued a special safety bulletin to all mariners that use GPS to prepare for a rollover event that will occur on 6 April 2019. On April 6 navigation data from some older GPS…
Irish Sailing Can Apply for Extra 'Discretionary' Funding From Olympic Federation of Ireland
The Olympic Federation of Ireland today announced a significant investment in its member federations, including Irish Sailing, dedicating a fund of €250,000 for 2019 to Olympic focussed projects across the Olympic cycle. The OFI’s ‘Discretionary Funding’ programme was first introduced…
The Ocean Race brand launch in Alicante this week
“This is a big moment for The Ocean Race,” said managing director Johan Salén at this week’s official launch of the event previously known as the Volvo Ocean Race. “We are excited to be moving forward with a new identity…
A cruise ship docked in Cobh last year. Afloat adds the caller is from operator Royal Caribbean International.
#portofcork - Chairman of the Port of Cork has warned that the lucrative cruise tourism sector on Leeside could take a serious hit because of Dublin Port’s decision to halve its cruise ship business. As EchoLive.ie writes, John Mullins said…
Clipper Race Skippers Revealed As Preparations For 2019-20 Edition Ramp Up
#ClipperRace - Organisers of the Clipper Race have announced the 11 skippers who will lead teams in the 2019-20 edition of the round-the-world race from this August. “Not many people are capable of racing and leading a team in the…
Tokyo trialists - from left Katie Tingle, Annalise Murphy, Rob Dickson, Seafra Guilfoyle, Ryan Seaton and seated Liam Glynn, Aoife Hopkins and Finn Lynch
Irish Sailing unveiled its new €300k 'Performance Headquarters', funded entirely by the Irish Sailing Foundation and located on the grounds of the Commissioners of Irish Lights, at Dun Laoghaire Harbour this morning. Rio Silver Medalist Annalise Murphy lead the Irish Olympic…
Irish Sailing Hosts 2019 AGM On 30 March
Irish Sailing will hold its Annual General Meeting for 2019 at the Royal Irish Yacht Club from 11am next Saturday 30 March. The agenda will include minutes of the AGM of 10 March 2018, reception of the president’s report, and…
Marine Minister Michael Creed
#Fishing - Following a meeting yesterday (Thursday 21 March) with Irish fishing industry leaders from fish producer, processor and inshore organisations, Marine Minister Michael Creed said he will proceed with new legislation to restore the Voisinage Arrangement for reciprocal inshore…
Liam Shanahan's J109 Ruth is entered for the ICRA Nationals on Dublin Bay this June
With ICRA organisers saying there are still at least 20 boats identified that are yet to enter, the buoyant entries for the Royal St. George Yacht Club Championships are up to 81 for the June event, kicking off a Summer of sailing…
Fourth placed sailor in Golden Globe Race Istan Koper who finished in Les Sables D'Olonne today
The last competitor still at sea of the eighteen yachts which started the Golden Globe Race last July is not expected to finish back in France until the middle of May. Finnish sailor Tapio Lehtinen is in fifth place in…
Thomas Furey, INFOMAR; Stephane Crouzat, Ambassador of France in Ireland; Dr Paul Commolly, Marine Institute; and Attaché for Science and Technology Marc Daumas visit the Marine Institute Headquarters in Oranmore on Thursday 14 March
The Marine Institute recently welcomed the Ambassador of France in Ireland, Stephane Crouzat, and Attaché for Science and Technology Marc Daumas to its headquarters in Oranmore. The French delegation received a tour of the Marine Institute facility, and met with staff to…
LE Niamh (P52) opens to the public for guided tours in Port of Galway today 21st March and tomorrow Friday 22 March between 13:00-17:00
#navy - LÉ Niamh an offshore patrol vessel of the Naval Service is in the Port of Galway this week and is offering the public guided tours. The OPV writes GalwayDaily will be alongside Galway this today and Friday, with…
Cruise ships Afloat adds such as Magellan and Royal Princess use Alexandra Basin into which a new ro/ro (roll on/roll off) operator will be moving into.
#dublinport - Dublin Port's CEO has defended the company’s proposal to limit cruise ship traffic because of capacity issues. Eamonn O’Reilly told RTÉ radio’s Morning Ireland that the plan is to reduce the number of cruise ships allowed into Dublin…
Coypu are known for their large size compared to other river rodents
Waterways Ireland advises all users of sightings on the Royal Canal at Ashtown of a large invasive rodent species that is highly damaging to river, lake and canal banks. As previously reported on Afloat.ie, the coypu — also known as the…
The deal would see a refurbishment of the high-speed Manannan catamaran which Afloat adds operates seasonal routes including Douglas-Dublin
#ferries- Terms of a new Isle of Man sea services deal which could see foot passenger fares frozen and a ferry replaced has been approved by Tynwald the Manx Parliament. As BBC News reports, the proposed 25-year deal with the…
Outgoing NYC Commodore Ronan Beirne
One of the most popular figures on the Dun Laoghaire waterfront, National Yacht Club outgoing Commodore Ronan Beirne, completes his two-year term of office this Saturday night with the traditional formal Commodore’s Dinner, which is only held when the role…
 The symbol of the race is the Fastnet Rock, located off the southern coast of Ireland. Also known as the Teardrop of Ireland, the Rock marks an evocative turning point in the challenging race
The most impressive collection of offshore racing hardware from across the globe is set to gather off Cowes for the start of the Rolex Fastnet Race on 3 August writes James Boyd. Following the 340 available places in the IRC…
29ers dinghies racing off Fenit lighthouse on  Tralee Bay
The St Patrick's weekend was set to be the season launcher of the 29er class racing season with a first trip to the west to race the 2019 Westerns. Tralee Bay Sailing Club with the support of the Tralee Bay Maritime…
Ireland’s Eye off Howth lies just south of the proposed wastewater outfall pipeline
Planners are from today set to review proposals for a controversial €500 million wastewater treatment scheme in North Dublin, as The Irish Times reports. Clonshaugh near Dublin Airport was chosen in June 2013 as the site for the sewage ‘super plant’…
The Ballyglass all-weather lifeboat
Ballyglass RNLI responded to two back to back call-outs today, first to bring an injured fisherman to safety, and then to assist a 10m fishing vessel that had broken down off the Mayo coast. The volunteer crew launched their all-weather…

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