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Photograph of the Cheeki Rafiki’s upturned hull taken by crew of USS Oscar Austin on 23 May 2014
Offshore
#CheekiRafiki - The director of the yachting company that operated the Cheeki Rafiki has been convicted of failing to ensure the vessel’s safety when it was lost in the Atlantic three years ago. James Male, Andrew Bridge, Steve Warren and…
Spectral white…..Conor O’Brien’s ketch Ilen as she was this morning
Historic Boats
When Gary MacMahon of Limerick brought the 57ft Conor O’Brien ketch Ilen back from the Falkland Islands in 1998, the 1927-built former inter-island trading and passenger transport vessel was in danger of becoming a ghost ship writes W M Nixon.…
Pictured at the annual Casting of the Spear re-enactment was Lord Mayor of Dublin and newly invested Honorary Admiral of Dublin Port, Mícheál Mac Donncha. The Casting of the Spear is a maritime tradition to commemorate the setting of the city’s boundaries dating back to 1488
Dublin Port
The new Lord Mayor of Dublin, Mícheál Mac Donncha, today took to the waters of Dublin Bay to take part in the annual “Casting of the Spear” ceremony. The “Casting of the Spear” is a tradition dating back 529 years…
Members of Sphere 17 in Darndale enjoying a sea angling trip with the Dublin Angling Initiative
Angling
#Angling - Young people from Darndale and Whitechurch in Dublin were among the first groups to get out fishing as part of the Dublin Angling Initiative’s 2017 summer season.  Sphere 17 Youth Services from Darndale in North Dublin took a…
Kenny Rumball's INSS entry Jedi is one of ten Irish entries in this year's Rolex Fastnet Race from Cowes
Fastnet
A potent line–up of Irish offshore performers will be lining up for the record breaking Fastnet Race entry – the world's largest offshore race that starts in less than three weeks time. The 605nm race was full in under five…
Trainee schoolship State of Maine is making an annual cruise that included a call to Cobh
Cork Harbour
#corkharbour- Following last year’s 75th anniversary of the Maine Maritime Academy, their flagship trainee schoolship returned to Cork Harbour as part of an annual cruise programme, writes Jehan Ashmore. The 12,000 gross tonnage TS State of Maine had sailed from…
IOMSPCo's Ben-My-Chree entering Douglas Harbour
Ferry
#ferry - According to Manx Radio the Isle of Man Steam Packet Company says a rejection of its offer to continue providing sea services will result in the deal being withdrawn. It comes ahead of a Tynwald motion this week,…
The leadship of the 'Archer' /P2000 class HMS Archer. A pair of sisters are to make a call to Dublin Port from today.
Naval Visits
#navalvisits - A pair of 25 knot fast patrol and training boats from the British Royal Navy will be making a two-day visit to Dublin Port, writes Jehan Ashmore. The ‘Archer’ class patrol boats HMS Dasher and HMS Express are…
The Irish Optimist team stand at attention in Thailand
Optimist
After a fine display of Team Racing by the Irish Optimist Team in Thailand, Ireland had a spectacular win over France to finish ninth overall in the Team Racing World Championships 2017. Things were looking good for Team Ireland when…
Belfast Lough was the destination for a 14–boat CAI Summer Cruise
Cruising
The Cruising Association of Ireland held its summer cruise to Belfast Lough in early July 2017. Fourteen boats comprising over forty sailors of varying ages gathered in Bangor Marina, County Down and were welcomed there by David Meeke and Betty…
Some of the Ireland youth sailors who competed at the European Youth Laser Championship 2017  (back row from left) Conor Quinn, Tara Coveney, Ewan MacMahon, Nell Staunton (front row from left) Jamie MacMahon, Loghlen Rickard, Johnny Durcan and Sally Bell
Laser
The next wave of Irish Laser Olympic prospects were out in force at the Radial Youth Sailing European Championships from 6th–13th July in Gdynia Poland. Conditions were light for most of the event with strong winds on the last day. In the…
Chris Beck
Rowing
#Rowing: Irish rowers won two medals at the European Universities (EUSA) Rowing Championships in Subotica, Serbia. Single sculler Sam McKeown and the lightweight men’s double of Miles Taylor and Chris Beck took bronze medals for Queen’s University. The crosswind and…
RS Feva championship racing on Dublin Bay
RS Sailing
Hosted by the Royal St George Yacht Club, the Crane Hire Ltd RS Feva 2017 Nationals took place this weekend with 56 sailors lined up for the first race on Friday afternoon. There was a full range of weather conditions…
Winning helm – Noel Butler (centre) with Neil Cramer (Fireball Class Chairman & Skerries SC Treasurer) and Skerries SC Commodore Kieran Brannagan
Fireball
A variety of headlines could be given to this regatta report: “A regatta of two halves”, “Consistency pays”, “Minimal mistakes pays dividends”, Fireballs survive Mother Nature”, “Happy return to Skerries” “17 tired bodies enjoy Fireball sailing at its best”. The…
The ICC Galician Rally’s assembly harbour at Portosin, with most of the rally participants in the outer berths of the marina
Cruising
The Irish Cruising Club’s 2017 Rally in northwest Spain begins its stately progress southwards today from the fleet assembly point of Portosin writes W M Nixon With its organisation ably led by experienced Galician cruiser Peter Haden (whose home port…
Irish Sailing Coach Ross Killian with a fleet of 420 dinghies
ISA
Ross Killian is Irish Sailing’s 420 Academy Coach, but this summer Killian is also developing a new Club Coaching programme. Afloat.ie finds out more about the Club Coaching programme and what he’s looking for. What’s the new Irish Sailing Club…
Lough Ree’s inshore lifeboat approaches the upturned Fireball and its two sailors
RNLI Lifeboats
#RNLI - Lough Ree RNLI was called to assist two sailors when their 17ft Fireball dinghy was holed and began to sink on Lough Ree on Saturday evening (15 July). The crew of Lough Ree lifeboat The Eric Rowse were…
One of the Belfast-Cairnryan route pair of ferries, Stena Superfast VIII which is seen underway on the North Channel route.
Ferry
#ferry - A ferry operator from Estonia says sale boosts group's financial position, but not material to results. Tallink Grupp said it concluded sales agreements with Sweden's Stena Line for the sale of two passenger-car ferries. The group said the…
Emergency personnel removing the injured cyclist from the rocky beach more than 12 feet below the Coast Road to Ballygally
RNLI Lifeboats
#RNLI - Larne RNLI was involved in a multi-agency rescue yesterday afternoon (Sunday 16 July) after a cyclist fell between as much as 15 feet from the Coast Road north of Ballygally in Co Antrim. The volunteer crew were requested…
Commercial (middle) about to win the senior eights from fast-finishing Skibbereen and NUIG (top)
Rowing
#Rowing: The big crowds saw a close and exciting senior men’s eight final at the Irish Rowing Championships. Commercial carved out a small lead early on, and despite pressure from NUIG and Skibbereen, they held on to win. In the…

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