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Pam Lee and Kenny Rumball have mapped out a campaign plan for the Paris 2024 Olympics
Dun Laoghaire Harbour's Kenny Rumball and Pamela Lee of Greystones Harbour have restated their goal to represent Ireland at Paris 2024 in the new Olympic Mixed Offshores Double Class.  "We're absolutely focused and excited and working towards Paris 2024, but…
Club Topper racing at Royal Cork Yacht Club, the host venue for the 2021 Topper World Championships
The 2021 International Topper World Championships will be hosted by the Royal Cork Yacht Club, Ireland, from the 24th to 30th July. As Afloat reported previously, the event will attract up to 200 young sailors from around the world and…
Dublin songwriter and musician Dan Fitzpatrick
Taking 20 minutes to listen to music inspired by five oceans is the focus of a new release by a Dublin songwriter and musician Dan Fitzpatrick. Fitzpatrick, also known as Badhands, combines acoustic and electronic instrumentation to reflect what he…
Alex Thomson - damaged rudder forced retiral
Charlie Dalin, the Vendée Globe race leader, should pass the longitude of the Cape of Good Hope on Monday, the first of the mythical 24,296 nautical miles solo round the world’s three Great Capes. That his elapsed time since the…
Youth skiff 29er training at Dun Laoghaire Harbour
November drew to a close with a flurry of boating activity at Dun Laoghaire Harbour on Dublin Bay this weekend with dinghy and cruiser sailors as well as motorboaters, kayakers and swimmers all taking advantage of the mild November conditions ahead…
File image of a common or harbour seal
The National Parks and Wildlife Service (NPWS) has confirmed it is investigating the recent discovery of beheaded seals on a Co Kerry beach. But as TheJournal.ie reports, the situation may not be as sinister as might appear at first glance…
Admiralty Chart showing the location of the Waverider buoy deployment
Mariners in Brandon Bay in Co Kerry are advised of the Marine Institute’s deployment of a Waverider buoy over the coming days, subject to weather conditions. The Waverider is a yellow spherical buoy, 1m in diameter ad equipped with an antenna…
The Fastnet Pelican is conducting the cable survey operations
Mariners off the South-East Coast of Ireland are advised of subsea cable survey operations currently under way, subject to weather conditions. The survey was scheduled to begin this past Thursday 26 November and continue for at least eight days and…
Alex Thomson - has retired from his fifth attempt at the Vendee Globe Race
Alex Thomson, the pre-race favourite to win the Vendee Globe, is out of the non-stop round the world race this afternoon after suffering rudder damage in the Southern Atlantic. The British sailor is heading for Cape Town after a week…
Volvo Dun Laoghaire Regatta Features as RS200s & RS400s Publish 2021 Fixture List
The RS200, RS400 and RS Feva dinghy classes have published a provisional 2021 racing calendar subject to COVID restrictions. The year starts at Greystones Harbour with the Eastern Championships on April 24/25 and a month later the three fleets will…
Sodebo Ultim 3, the trimaran skippered by Thomas Coville
After three days at sea on their first round the world record attempt, Franck Cammas and Charles Caudrelierhave taken the decision to 'interrupt' their record bid and return to their port of registry. The announcement comes as a result of…
Bellanaleck in Co Fermanagh on the River Erne
Waterways Ireland advises masters of all craft that the public mooring jetty and slipway at Bellanaleck in Co Fermanagh will be closed from this Monday 30 November until the end of March next year. As previously reported on Afloat.ie, this…
Brian Crowley with his award
Union Hall RNLI volunteer Brian Crowley has received an Excellence in Volunteering Award from the RNLI for his hard work, dedication to and promotion of the charity that saves lives at sea. Unfortunately due to pandemic restrictions, the lifeboat station…
Yachts on moorings in Drakes Pool, Crosshaven in Cork Harbour
Non-contact organised training and coaching for sailing can resume in pods of 15 when a move to Level 3 COVID Restrictions (modified) take effect from Tuesday 1st December according to a Government announcement. The main points of these restrictions as they…
Alex Thomson Reports Rudder Damage to Hugo Boss in Vendee Globe
Vendee Globe competitor Alex Thomson Racing has issued an alert describing rudder damage to Hugo Boss which is reported to have occurred around 1900hrs UTC this Friday evening. Thomson has control of the yacht with one rudder, and is safe…
Blast from the past…..Northele starring in the Crosshaven Classics Regatta 2009 on the cover of Afloat Magazine March/April 2010. At the time, Anthony and Sally O'Leary had already quietly decided that they hoped to own her one day, but the family had another decade of successful competitive sailing at home and abroad before they made the move
When Anthony and Sally O'Leary of Crosshaven quietly decided that some day they were going to make the classic 50ft 1949-vintage sloop Northele a member of their extended sailing family, it was a sort of Breakfast Epiphany. The boat had…
Riparian management at the Glenamurra River in Delphi, Co Mayo
Since 2016, Inland Fisheries Ireland has awarded more than €4 million to over 200 sustainable angling projects across the country. Now more eligible community groups and angling clubs can apply for the latest round of grant funding available to sustainable…
Thomas Ruyant uses a reciprocating saw to cut away the shattered section of the port side foil on Linked Out.
After cutting off part of his damaged port foil LinkedOut solo skipper Thomas Ruyant is back in full race mode, chasing runaway Vendée Globe leader Charlie Dalin who has escaped into the Roaring Forties, surging eastwards towards the longitude of…
Free ‘Kilrush’ Socks with Selected Dubarry Boots at CH Marine
Get a free pair of Dubarry Kilrush socks with €29 when you buy a pair of selected Dubarry boots from CH Marine. No ordinary yarn went into the Dubarry Kilrush long PrimaLoft socks. They mixed insulating Primaloft with Merino wool,…
The Irish fishing industry is in a particularly vulnerable position as Ireland shares its main fish stocks and its waters on three sides with the UK
The Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine, Charlie McConalogue T.D, today attended a virtual meeting with EU Chief Negotiator Michel Barnier in relation to the current state of play in the negotiations on a fisheries agreement with the UK.…

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