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Last weekend, Trinity Sailing competed in the IUSA Southern Championships at Dingle Sailing Club, with 21 teams from colleges around Ireland competing in County Kerry
The 2024 university team racing season has started with a bang for Trinity College’s Sailing Club. On the 10th of Feb, the club made a remarkable showing by dispatching three teams to three separate events, dubbing the weekend ‘Super Saturday’.…
Caribbean 600 Monohull Line Honours Winner - The Leopard 3 crew for the 600-mile race was Joost Schuijff, Chris Sherlock, Mitch Booth, Aaron Reynolds-Lovegrove, Antonio Cuervas Mons, Carlos Hernandez Robayna, Charlie Wyatt, Dennis Frederiksen, Gerard Mitchell, Gian Ahluwalia, Giles de Jager, Guillermo Altadill, Mark Bartlett, Matthew Lester, Paul Standbridge, Samuel Wright, Stephen Booth, Tom McWilliam, Will Best
Royal Cork Yacht Club's Tom McWilliam was part of Joost Schuijff's crew that took monohull line honours on Wednesday (February 21st) in the 2024 RORC Caribbean 600 in an elapsed time of 02 days 01 hour 23 minutes and 18…
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Waterways Ireland advises masters of vessels on and users of the Erne System in Northern Ireland that the Henry Street Jetties in Enniskillen will be closed this Friday 23 to Saturday 24 February. This is to accommodate the annual Fishing Tackle…
Clarisse Crémer
Solo yachtswoman Clarisse Crémer has denied accusations of cheating in the 2020-21 Vendée Globe. According to France 24, it comes on the foot of claims in an anonymous email sent earlier this month to the French Sailing Federation (FFVoile) that…
Finn Lynch is one of two Irish sailors competing in the ILCA 7 European Championships in Athens that is also serving as the second Irish Olym[pic trial for the Paris 2024 Olympic Regatta
The ILCA European Championships in Athens has experienced another day without racing due to light winds. The event, which began on Sunday, has completed just three out of the planned eight races for the women's ILCA 6 class, while the…
Irish dancing sensations The Gardiner Brothers Michael and Matthew pictured with Stephen Butterly, Head of Fundraising at Aware, sponsor Barry O’Connell, CEO at Dublin Port Company, Richard Tierney, CEO at St Patrick’s Festival and joined by Bobbi (age 7) and Jude (age 4) Close from Castleknock at the launch of the 17th annual Aware Harbour2Harbour Walk which takes place on St. Patrick’s Day, Sunday 17th March. An official event of St Patrick’s Festival, over 2,500 enthusiastic walkers are expected to take on the 26km challenge, with the option of starting from Howth Harbour or Dun Laoghaire Harbour. Participants can also enjoy refreshments and entertainment at the ‘Halfway Hooley’ hosted by sponsor Dublin Port Company at their historic Pumphouse. This event will help raise vital funds to ensure Aware can continue to support people impacted by depression and bipolar disorder all over Ireland. Register now at
Irish dancing sensations ‘The Gardiner Brothers’ today launched the 17th annual Aware Harbour2Harbour Walk which will take place on St. Patrick’s Day, Sunday 17th March. An official event partner of St. Patrick’s Festival, the charity expects over 2,500 enthusiastic walkers…
The Dublin-based Coast Guard Helicopter R116
In a long-range mission coordinated by the Malin Head Coast Guard Coordination Centre, the Dublin-based Coast Guard Helicopter R116 successfully evacuated a seriously ill fisherman from a Norwegian vessel 160 miles west of Erris Head, Co. Mayo. The evacuation, carried…
The small yet versatile vessel, MV Carly based in west Scotland, played a part in Harland & Wolff Group’s contract to carry-out a mid-life upgrade in Belfast of the giant MV SeaRose FPSO which is occupying the shipyard’s main building/dry-dock.
A small vessel has been used by the Harland & Wolff Group as part of a contract at their Belfast shipyard to provide a mid-life upgrade of a 150,000dwt Floating Production and Storage Offloading (FPSO) vessel, writes Jehan Ashmore. The…
The immaculately restored 1954 eight-metre cruiser Marian Maid competing in the DBSC Spring Chicken Series on Dublin Bay
A third race win last Sunday means the J80 'Jambon' moves into the  AIB DBSC Spring Chicken Series lead on Dublin Bay. The Dun Laoghaire Harbour sportsboat crew are five points ahead of second-placed Just Jasmin, a Bavaria Match 35, on 32 points. Derry…
A J109-specific IRC optimization talk to be held at the Royal St George Yacht Club in Dun Laoghaire Harbour on February 27th
The Irish J109 fleet is gearing up for an action-packed season on Dublin Bay with an early season IRC optimisation talk this month. As Afloat reported previously, Dun Laoghaire's Royal Irish Yacht Club will host the ICRA Nationals and Key Yachting's…
Humpback whales and common dolphins
The ESB has announced the completion of an industry-endorsed marine mammal observer (MMO) training programme to support those in the early stages of their careers in the marine environmental sector. An additional key aim was to fill a gap in…
The Marine Institute will be exhibiting at two stands at the Irish Skipper Expo this Friday 23 and Saturday 24 February at the University of Limerick
The Marine Institute will be exhibiting at two stands at the Irish Skipper Expo this Friday 23 and Saturday 24 February at the University of Limerick. Firstly, the institute’s shellfish team will present the work it carries out on data…
Ultim Challenge leader since January, Charles Caudrelier on the Maxi Edmond de Rothschild
With less than 1,200 miles to finish the Ultim Challenge, Charles Caudrelier on the Maxi Edmond de Rothschild, leader of the race since the end of January, has elected to take shelter in the Azores, thereby making a technical stopover.…
Two ILCA 7 European Championship races were completed in between spells of near-calm conditions. The 140-boat fleet was only at sea for a few hours when they were recalled to shore as the wind died
Paris 2024 Irish Olympic trialists, in their second of three trials, posted close results after the first races sailed at the ILCA 7 European Championships in Athens today. Finn Lynch (National Yacht Club) and Ewan McMahon (Howth Yacht Club) had almost…
After three races sailed, Howth's Eve McMahon lies in 20th place at the ILCA 6 European Championships in Athens
After three races sailed, Paris 2024 qualified Eve McMahon of Ireland lies in 20th place at the ILCA 6 European Championships in Athens.  In light and flukey conditions that have delayed the racing schedule, the Howth star scored a consistent…
Ferry Stena Europe (in the centre) will be finally be sailing out of Rosslare tonight with an arrival in Fishguard from where at 1.30am tomorrow (Wednesday) will return to the Irish port – after an absence of almost six weeks where no service was in place except for the alternative Irish Ferries route of Rosslare-Pembroke, however the chartered ropax Norbay of P&O Ferries does not cater for ‘foot’ passengers.
Passengers, particularly Welsh rugby fans travelling by ‘foot’ for this weekend’s match with Ireland, in Dublin, have got good news as the Stena Line owned port of Fishguard is to see their ferry back on the run after a five-and-a-half-week…
Séafra Guilfoyle (left) and Johnny Durcan of Royal Cork Yacht Club have won sponsorship for their Olympic Trials Series starting next month
UCC graduates Séafra Guilfoyle and Johnny Durcan will contest the Irish 49er Olympic trial with the backing of a new sponsor next month.  The Royal Cork duo have bagged €10k in sponsorship from the National Business Machines Group headquartered in Cork. The…
Aeros at the leeward mark -  Stephen Oram (Aero 3288) and Paul Phelan (Aero 4230) take a direct route to the leeward mark, while ILCA 6 189319 (Glen Fisher) takes a more circuitous route at the DMYC Viking Marine-Sponsored Frostbites
Races 13 & 14 of the Viking Marine-sponsored Frostbites in Dun Laoghaire Harbour saw a change of Race Officer, with DMYC Commodore Ian Cutliffe taking over the reins of race management from Cormac Bradley, who had the day off. A…
Another of Arklow Shipping’s oldest ‘R’ class cargo ships, Arklow Rogue has been sold to Norwegian operator Wilson ASA, noting AFLOAT highlights, historically the class originally 16-strong, represent the largest same-ship series ever ordered by an Irish shipowner. Above, a fellow R class, Arklow Resolve (name revived for ASL’s ‘newest’ next generation R class) in this rare scene from 2017 of the cargo ship (since sold) in layover mode in Dublin’s ‘Docklands’ financial quarter, where no merchant ships have regularly traded upriver for over 30 years, since the Guinness stout ships, but with recent plans to attempt to Resolve the capital’s chronic quay road traffic, some have proposed reviving the Guinness barges to transport the black stuff from St. James Gate downriver to the ferryport.
One of Arklow Shipping Ltd's oldest cargo ships of the first ‘R’ class, Arklow Rogue with almost 24 years service, has been sold to Norwegian rival Wilson ASA with around 130 ships is Europe's largest short-sea operator, writes Jehan Ashmore. During…
The Keane family has opened their Wave Wild Atlantic Virtual Experience located in Dingle Bay. WAVE Dingle is the newest attraction to open in the West Kerry town and promises visitors an immersive adventure through the underwater world like never before
The owners of a former Dingle fish processing plant have received Brexit-related grant aid towards a 1.3 million euro visitor attraction, which recalls the harbour’s famous dolphin, Fungi. The Keane family, owners of Ó Catháin Iasc Teo, have invested over…

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