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Offshore wind turbines used by Simply Blue Energy, which may be deployed off the Cork coast if a license is approved
An Irish renewable energy company is exploring the development of this island's first floating offshore wind farm close to the Kinsale gas field. Youghal company Simply Blue Energy is already involved with French giant Total in a project to build…
Clare Island is the largest of Mayo's offshore islands
The common challenges faced by island communities will be shared during the second global Virtual Island Summit which takes place in September. Some 140 ambassadors representing some 10,000 islanders will participate in the summit online from September 7th to 13th.…
File image of DBSC racing in Dublin Bay
As reported yesterday on Afloat.ie, revised Sailing Instructions and Course Cards for all fleets have been issued by Dublin Bay Sailing Club (DBSC). Documents are available from the DBSC website HERE, including the revised Notice of Race and cards pertaining…
Kevin Baird (Bangor Marina Manager and Harbour Master) with the Mayor of Ards and North Down, Councillor Trevor Cummings
The Ards and North Down coastal area has done well by winning awards for excellence in facilities, environmental management, environmental education, accessibility and safety. Bangor Marina has been awarded the internationally renowned Blue Flag for the 2020 season. The Blue…
Junior sailing at the National Yacht Club
The Transition Year Sailing Member Programme has run for a number of years between the Dun Laoghaire Waterfront clubs, and has proven important for keeping teenagers involved in sailing. Heading into the 2020/21 academic year, another programme of youth sailing…
Royal Cork Admiral Colin Morehead (second from left) and crew on board club boat Adrielle
The first big event of the Royal Cork Yacht Club’s Tricentenary saw members of all ages take part in the Admiral’s Chace on Saturday 4 July. The Chace began in the vicinity of Cork Beg when, shortly after 3pm, the…
Sailors rounding Fastnet Rock
The Notice of Race for the 2020 SCORA Fastnet Race, sponsored by UK Sailmakers Ireland, is now available to download. No class divisions apply in this all-in IRC race, which sets off from the Kinsale Yacht Club’s Charles Fort Line…
Online Survey To Help Classify Ireland’s Seascapes
A new online survey aims to deepen our understanding of Ireland’s ‘seascapes’. Commissioned by the Marine Institute, the survey seeks responses from the public that will help identify classify and describe Ireland’s the essential character of Ireland’s coastal areas and…
Eamon Ryan said a mandatory quarantine is not possible to enforce. Above AFLOAT's photo of a roadsign on Alexandra Road and near the main entrance to Dublin Port (leading to the ferryport) and the Port tunnel which links to Dublin Airport.
Minister for Transport reports RTE News, has said a mandatory quarantine is not possible to enforce for those entering Ireland but stricter control measures are set to be introduced. Eamon Ryan said those measures will include an electronic register and testing…
The Earl of Belfast’s brig-rigged superyacht Waterwitch successfully working up to windward of the Royal Navy’s crack Channel Squadron in an offshore sailing test in 1834
In the current wave of revulsion against slavery and its appalling history, no European nation has totally clean hands. For although we might like to think that the huge Caribbean sugar plantations worked by African slaves in the 1800s brought…
As container carriers have done well during the (Covid-19) pandemic, cargo owners have faced inflated transport costs and lower service quality, with many shippers reporting cargo roll-overs and carriers prioritising higher-paying spot cargo, Drewry notes. Above AFLOAT photo taken of a deep-sea containership.
As container lines have done relatively well financially during the Covid-19 pandemic, cargo owners have faced inflated transport costs and lower service quality, with many shippers reporting cargo roll-overs and carriers prioritising higher-paying spot cargo, according to container shipping consultancy…
SCORA Commodore Johanna Murphy on the resumption of yacht racing on the south coast in the podcast below
The South Coast Offshore Racing Association and Kinsale Yacht Club have agreed to run a SCORA-based race from Kinsale to the Fastnet Rock and back to Kinsale which will act as a qualifier for the Round Ireland Yacht Race in…
The Vendee Artique fleet sail close to the south-west coast of Ireland
It was a tough night off Ireland in the Vendee-Arctique- Les Sables d'Olonne as an international fleet of racers navigated the West Cork coast. During their second night at sea, on their way from Les Sables d'Olonne to Iceland, the…
The DBSC West Pier starters hut has not been installed at Dun Laoghaire this season
All Dublin Bay Sailing Club (DBSC) racing this COVID hit sailing season will start from the club's Committee vessel(s) as the club's West Pier starters hut has not been installed due to the difficulty of maintaining government safety rules including…
LÉ William Butler Yeats (P63) on patrol
Irish Navy ship LÉ William Butler Yeats (P63) detained a French registered fishing vessel approximately 25 miles west off the Great Blasket Island this afternoon. The detention was in relation to alleged breaches of fishing regulations. LÉ William Butler Yeats…
Dun Laoghaire Baths project in Scotsman's Bay
Shoreward photography taken at the weekend of the new Dun Laoghaire Baths shows that significant progress has been made in all areas of but overall progress is slower than anticipated meaning the project that began two years ago will not…
Laser racing at Strangford Sailing Club
Strangford Sailing Club enjoys a stunning location on the northern shore of Strangford Lough Narrows in the Castleward Estate and has occupied that site for about 40 years. After the long layoff due to COVID 19, members have been back…
Yacht racing resumes in Cork Harbour this Friday
For the present, there will be two clubs running Friday night whitesail racing in Cork Harbour. The Royal Cork Yacht Club at Crosshaven resumed last Friday evening and Cove Sailing Club will begin this Friday, with FG at 1900. The…
Cobh People’s Regatta Cancelled For 2020
Organisers of the Cobh People’s Regatta have announced the cancellation of the 2020 event. The regatta had been due to take place from Friday 14 to Sunday 16 August in Cork Harbour, and its cancellation follows that of the Cork…
Portroe Dive Centre reopened at the weekend after the coronavirus shutdown
Two brothers who died in a diving tragedy in Tipperary yesterday afternoon (Sunday 5 July) have been named locally as Fergus and Philip Brophy. The incident occurred at the Portroe Dive Centre, in a former quarry near Lough Derg, which…

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