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Ryan Wilson’s Mat1010 Elixir from Quoile YC and Carrickfergus SC competed in May's Killyleagh Open Event on Strangford Lough
Last Saturday (18th), thirty turned out in six classes at Killyleagh Yacht Club on the western shore of Strangford Lough for the Keelboat event, which incorporates the Crooks Cup and Westward Trophy. A steady Northerly breeze and sunshine made for…
John Minnis' A35 Final Call II, pictured above competing at the Howth Yacht Club hosted ICRA National Championships in 2023, returns to Fingal waters this morning (Friday, 24th May) for the first races of HYC's Porsche Wave Regatta
Howth's three-day Wave Regatta 2024, the biennial seafest with Porsche as lead sponsors, rolls into action this morning (Friday, May 24th) with a total of 104 entries, ranging from the veterans of the 1898-founded Howth 17 class to many of…
Denis Bergin's  Dublin Bay Dragon crew head upwind off the Old Head of Kinsale. Kinsale Yacht Club will host the 2024 Dragon Gold Cup this September
The anticipation for the 2024 Dragon Gold Cup at Kinsale Yacht Club is building as some of the biggest names in Dragon sailing have already confirmed their participation in the upcoming event, sponsored by Astra Construction Services Ltd. With almost…
Sean Lemass's First 40 Prima Forte of the Royal Irish Yacht Club was the winner of Dublin Bay Sailing Club's fifth AIB-sponsored Thursday evening race of the 2024 season
Sean Lemass's First 40 Prima Forte was the winner of Dublin Bay Sailing Club's fifth AIB-sponsored Thursday evening race of the 2024 season as Royal Irish Yacht Club boats took the Cruisers Zero IRC podium. The Lemass boat took the victory in a…
Erne Boat Rally boats
Waterways Ireland advises masters of vessels on the Erne System that the 2024 Erne Boat Rally will be taking place from Friday 24 to Monday 27 May. Boaters taking part with gather at Lisnaskea Boat Club on Friday evening for…
A curlew wading in shallow water
A landmark new project has been launched to protect Ireland’s most vulnerable group of birds, breeding waders, at Shannon Harbour. The €25 million Breeding Waders EIP is funded jointly by the National Parks and Wildlife Service at the Department of…
UK Prime Minister, Rishi Sunak spoke of its government’s commitment to supporting the shipbuilding sector across the nation. At Harland & Wolff, Belfast is where facilities are in preparation for the company’s Fleet Solid Support (FSS) sub-contract. Afloat adds on Monday, H&W hosted members above of the Northern Ireland Affairs Committee as part of its inquiry into defence spending levels throughout the UK.
Across the Irish Sea, the UK Prime Minister, Rishi Sunak, has said his government is committed to supporting the shipbuilding sector right across the nation. Speaking on the sector at Westminster, during Prime Minister's Questions, he said,"I've seen first hand…
Rail-Freight: Track-laying for the reopening of the Foynes Port- Limerick freight line has started, and it's expected freight services will be operational by early 2026. AFLOAT highlights the proposed project contributes to objectives of the EU’s TEN-T guideline, promoting intermodal transport and environmental protection by strengthening rail and sea transport rather than reliant on roads.
New railway tracks have been laid for the reopening of the Foynes Port-Limerick City freight line, marking a major milestone of the project, with phase one progressing well, reports the Limerick Leader. Works begin in November, 2022, as Afloat previously…
New York Yacht Club's Maggie Shea and Stephanie Roble (above, left to right) who will compete in the 49erFX at the  Paris 2024 Olympics
The New York Yacht Club has added another facet to its diverse support of high-performance sailing by unveiling the Club’s Performance Sailing Fund, which has announced its first six grants. “We are so proud of the six Club members who…
New overall leader - Hap Fauth's Bella Mente competing at the IMA Maxi European Championships in Capri, Italy
Starting an hour early, two coastal courses, including the popular lap of Capri, were completed on the third and penultimate day of the IMA Maxi European Championship. The 20 maxi yachts faced a sub-10 knot southwesterly. At Wednesday’s conclusion, the…
The recent Darkness Into Light event on the Shannon Estuary  saw the participation of several Foynes Yacht Club skippers, and their crews from boats such as Alpara, Battle, Big Deal, Elantic, Excalibur, Kilteery, Luisa, Marengo, and Poitin participate
The recent Darkness Into Light event at Foynes Yacht Club on the Shannon Estuary proved to be a tremendous success, raising an impressive €3,000 in donations. The event, which took place in May, saw the participation of several skippers and…
The 2024 J24 Western Championships underway at Foynes on the Shannon Estuary
Irish J24 competitors gathered at Foynes Yacht Club this past weekend for the Western Championships on the Shannon Estuary. Saturday's races saw challenging conditions, with four races completed in 10 to 12 knots of breeze. Anticipating calm conditions on Sunday,…
Invasive Species - Pink Salmon threaten indigenous salmon populations through competition for resources and transmission of parasites
As Loughs Agency marks Invasive Species Week, the pressing need for heightened awareness and collaborative efforts to mitigate the impact of these species becomes increasingly evident. Invasive non-native species pose a major threat to the delicate balance of the ecosystems…
A screengrab of the waterspout that whipped up a frenzy in Drake’s Pool in Crosshaven on Tuesday afternoon 21 May, from video shared on the Crosshaven Notice Board on Facebook
A Cork Harbour houseboat resident has told of his shock at seeing a “tornado” whipping towards him on Tuesday afternoon (21 May). As Echo Live reports, Gavin Higgins was watching TV below deck on his converted classic RNLI lifeboat in…
Royal Irish Yacht Club (RIYC member) Guy O'Leary is on day 23 of his MileADayinMay2024 in aid of Cancer Research
Royal Irish Yacht Club (RIYC member) Guy O'Leary is on day 23 of his Mile A Day in May 2024 swim supporting the Trinity College/St.James Hospital Cancer Institute- Ireland's first centre of excellence for Cancer Research. This is the fifth…
A female Fireball dinghy duo sailing at Dun Laoghaire
This weekend's Women at the Helm Regatta 2024, hosted by the National Yacht Club and supported by Sia Partners and Irish Sailing, begins on Friday, May 24th, with a motivational panel featuring Olympic sailing silver medallist Annalise Murphy, solo offshore…
Dubin Bay Sailing Club (DBSC) Water Wag racing is cancelled at Dun Laoghaire Harbour
Dubin Bay Sailing Club (DBSC) Water Wag racing tonight (May 22) is cancelled due to gusty north-to-northwest winds reaching over 26 knots inside Dun Laoghaire Harbour.
For the first time, the newest addition to the Naval Service fleet, the Inshore Patrol Vessel (IPV) P70 class cutter LÉ Aoibhinn (P71), proceeded to sea from Cork Harbour as above this week. The IPV, will be used primarily for fisheries protection patrols, as Ireland is obliged to conduct such tasks as an EU member state.
The Naval Service’s newest addition to its fleet, the Inshore Patrol Vessel (IPV) LÉ Aoibhinn (P71) went to sea for the first time with a departure from the Naval Base on Haulbowline, Cork Harbour, on Monday morning. The twin inshore…
Cunard’s newest cruise ship, Queen Anne, at 113,000 tons, will be quite a sight to behold in Cobh, Cork Harbour, next month when it makes its ‘Irish’ maiden call in the port town. The cruise ship’s first maiden voyage involved departing the UK to Lisbon, Portugal, where offshore today (22 May) as Afloat reported Margaritaville at Sea Islander, belonging to a US operator, departed Harland & Wolff, Belfast, following a major makeover.
Cunard Line's newest cruise ship to its fleet, Queen Anne, is set to make quite an impression when the 113,000-ton newbuild makes its maiden 'Irish' call in Cobh, Cork Harbour, next month. The latest ship from Cunard continues the strong…
May the power be with you. The Burke syndicate with the First 40 Prima Forte are seen here competing successfully in last year’s ICRA Nationals at Howth, and they return to the scene there on Friday for the three day Porsche-sponsored Wave Regatta
In electricity-generating circles, wave power may be seen as a potential though often challenging way of generating energy. But in Howth, energy and Wave power seem to have got together to have everything in mutually beneficial co-ordination for the biennial…

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