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The 2023 Irish Champions, IRL3809, helmed by Michael O'Connor from the Royal St. George Yacht Club (RStGYC), will compete at this weekend's Dun Laoghaire Cup 2024, incorporating the SB20 Eastern championships at the Royal Irish Yacht Club
This weekend's Royal Irish Yacht Club hosted Dun Laoghaire Cup 2024, incorporating the SB20 Eastern championships, marks the first test for SB20 crews in the current season. Thirteen crews, including the national top tier, will be on the starting line.…
The winner of the main fleet at East Antrim's IODAI Optimist Ulster Championships was Juliet Ryan (RSGYC/MYC/HYC)
The Oppie circuit was in full swing last weekend as East Antrim Boat Club hosted almost 100 sailors and their families for the Ulster Championships. The next day, as the sun shone and the craic started to build, the main…
A radar satellite image of wind farms in Liverpool Bay, captured by the European Union's Copernicus Sentenil-1 satellite
TechWorks Marine, a leading marine data company based in Dublin has recently announced a significant contract worth €475,000 with the European Space Agency (ESA). The contract aims to expand the use of satellite data and products in Europe's renewable wind…
Local ILCA, Fireball and Melges 15 classes compete in DBSC dinghy racing on Tuesday, May 14th Scotsman's Bay against the backdrop of the visiting 300-metre-long Norwegian Star cruise liner to Dun Laoghaire Harbour
After some late April cancellations, Tuesday night AIB-sponsored Dublin Bay Sailing Club (DBSC) dinghy sailing is off to a gentle start in May with some good turnouts across ILCA 6 and 7, Fireball, IDRA 14, PY and a DBSC debutante…
North Channel twins Stena Superfast VII (pictured on Loch Ryan) and Stena Superfast VIII will be retrofitted with methanol propulsion, which will see the Belfast-Cairnryan pair after the conversion project transferred to LR class.
Following the successful methanol conversion of the Scandinavian cruise ferry Stena Germanica in 2015, Lloyd’s Register (LR) and Stena Line will work in partnership on a project to retrofit two North Channel fast ro-ro vessels with methanol propulsion. According to…
Cellist Naomi Berrill at Galway Bay will play at Galway’s Cellissimo 2024 festival this weekend
Marine experts have joined with musicians for a collaborative project as part of Galway’s Cellissimo 2024 festival this weekend. “Galway Bay Is Calling” is the title of a project by cellist and composer Naomi Berrill which she has worked on…
Black Star’s crew placed third at 44Cup Baiona
Ireland’s Simon Johnson was among the crew of Black Star who completed the podium at the 44Cup Baiona at the weekend. As previously reported on, Artemis Racing were victorious in the second round of the 2024 44Cup which concluded…
Dinghies on the water at Rutland Sailing Club during the 2024 RYA Eric Twiname Championships
Rutland Sailing Club in England’s East Midlands was a hub of energy over the May Bank Holiday weekend (4-6 May) as some 300 junior sailors — including nine from Northern Ireland — took to the water for the highly anticipated…
The Port of Cork Company in partnership with the RNLI hosted over 100 secondary and primary school students at the port in Ringaskiddy on Wednesday (15 May) for a “Student Safe” water safety
The Port of Cork Company in partnership with the RNLI hosted over 100 secondary and primary school students at the port in Ringaskiddy on Wednesday (15 May) for a “Student Safe” water safety event to promote heightened awareness of water…
Big Boost: ICG’s subsidiary, Irish Ferries, has signed a bareboat charter agreement with DP World of the Spirit of Britain, a former P&O Ferries serving ship on the Dover-Calais route, where it is to return to service for the Dublin based company in June. At 47,592 tonnes, Afloat highlights the ‘Spirit’ class ferry will be the largest ferry for Irish Ferries when it joins their fleet on the UK-France link.
Irish Continental Group (ICG) subsidiary Irish Ferries, has entered into a Bareboat Charter agreement including a purchase obligation with DP World France SAS for the Spirit of Britain, writes Jehan Ashmore. The Spirit of Britain until recently had operated for…
File image of two orcas breaching
A sailing yacht has been sunk in the Strait of Gibraltar in the latest of a spate of incidents involving orcas in the region. According to RTÉ News, the 15-metre yacht Alboran Cognac was rammed by the cetaceans on Sunday…
“Ireland’s offshore wind programme is progressing to plan, meeting each of its three-phased objectives and timelines,” the Dept for Environment and Climate says. Now a Government Consultation process is underway for proposed Maritime Areas and Offshore Wind Farms
A series of Public Open Days, accompanied by meetings and panel discussions are underway in the Government’s consultation process about the four proposed Maritime Areas off the South Coast, within which fixed offshore wind farms may be located in the…
Three of the 23-boat Water Wag fleet negotiate an ENE 5-6 knot breeze during their Handicap Race at Dun Laoghaire Harbour
Dublin Bay Water Wag No. 50 Siskin, sailed by Mandy Chambers and Sue Westrup, was the winner of Wednesday night's (May 17th) AIB DBSC race. Held in warm sunshine in an ENE 5-6 knot breeze at Dun Laoghaire Harbour, Race Officer…
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The Department of Transport has been advised by Vermilion Exploration & Production Ireland Limited of a maintenance campaign that will include an offshore pipeline and subsea structure inspection at the Corrib Gas Field subsea infrastructure. This maintenance work was due…
The trenching support vessel Athena
The Department of Transport has been advised by Asso.Subsea that they are performing trenching trials on behalf of Nexans for CIDAC as part of the Celtic Interconnector Project. The trenching trials will be located at various points along the planned…
Wicklow's all-weather lifeboat
The volunteer crew of Wicklow RNLI responded to two consecutive distress calls last Thursday (May 9th). The first call came in just before 1pm, reporting that two kayakers had capsized in the River Vartry, which flows into Wicklow Harbour. The…
IFPEA chief executive Brendan Byrne (left) and IFPO chief executive Aodh O'Donnell. The IFPO says it has joined forces with the Killybegs Fisherman’s Organisation (KFO) and the Irish Fish Processors and Exporters Association (IFPEA) to highlight fishing issues in the European election campaign
Fishing and seafood organisations are hosting a “hustings” for budding MEPS in the current European Parliament election campaign. The “#fight4fishing campaign” has invited Midlands North-West European Parliament election candidates to a public meeting in Killybegs next Wednesday, May 22nd. Candidates…
National Yacht Club junior sailors (from left to right) Sam Ledoux, coach, Alex Butcher, Jacob Browne, Louis Tricket, Eabha Brennan Hobbs, Alanah Whelan and Cormac Whelan
After a frustrating May Bank Holiday weekend and the absence of wind that led to the cancellation of the Feva East Coast championships, the various host yacht clubs around the country were rewarded with great conditions last weekend. The Optimist…
An Islay serving ferry, the MV Finlaggan, as above when on a previous call to a dry dock at Cammell Laird, Birkenhead, on Merseyside. The CalMac ferry was due to return to service today (15 May) but will now be delayed until Saturday and in advance of the Islay Festival, which is a gathering of whisky and fans of the west Scottish island from around the world.
One of the largest ferries in the CalMac fleet, Finlaggan, of 5,626 gross tons, which usually serves Islay in the Inner Hebrides, has been delayed in annual maintenance, reports The National. adds that the almost 90-metre ferry is currently…
The RORC De Guingand Bowl Race starts this Saturday
Saturday's (May 18th) RORC 160 nautical mile De Guingand Bowl Race will start off the Royal Yacht Squadron line. Almost uniquely in the RORC series, the De Guingand Bowl Race starts and finishes in The Solent. This allows the RORC…

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