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Set Off With SailCork Next Friday To View Rare Lunar Eclipse
#LunarEclipse - SailCork is organising a special yachting and powerboat trip to view next Friday’s lunar eclipse off Cork Harbour. The longest total lunar eclipse of the 21st century will be visible in Ireland on the evening of Friday 27…
Brussels Raises Concerns Over Independence Of MCIB
#MCIB - The European Commission has questioned the independence of Ireland’s Maritime Casualty and Investigation Board. According to The Irish Times, Brussels says the MCIB board “lacks the necessary independence” from the Department of Transport and the Marine Survey Office…
A pilot cutter Afloat adds is underway having set off from Milford Haven, south Wales where the waterway will be at the centre of the 'Haven of Heritage' event next week.
#Ports&Shipping - Learn about the rich maritime heritage of the Milford Haven Waterway in south Wales in addition to surrounding towns that will be showcased during a unique event next week, on Thursday 26 July.  To celebrate Visit Wales’ ‘Year…
A misty morning yesterday greeted visitors to Killybegs on the visit of MS Queen Elizabeth, the largest cruise ship ever to have berthed in the Co. Donegal fishing harbour. Afloat adds the 90,900 tonnes 'Vista' class cruiseship operated by Cunard Line followed the call of slightly smaller sister Queen Victoria to the harbour also this season.
#CruiseLiners - Donegal received its biggest ship ever in Killybegs yesterday, Friday 20 July.  As Donegal Now reported the 'Queen Elizabeth' has over 2,000 passengers and a crew of more than 1,000. The luxury ship, part of the Cunard Line,…
Rounding the Fastnet Rock, is part of regatta weeks in West Cork
Schull Regatta is among some 18 coastal community projects across County Cork from Baltimore to Fountainstown will benefit from €241,100 in funding this year. Another beneficiary is Passage West Maritime Museum that has received €18,555 for the redevelopment of the…
Fireworks over Royal Cork Yacht Club celebrate the conclusion of Cork Week 2018
With the best score of any of the 120 boats over the past week, Rory Fekkes’ Fn’Gr8 (Carrickfergus Sailing Club) has been confirmed as the overall winner of Volvo Cork Week following an intense three-race final day. The Antrim boat…
2020 is the Royal Cork YC Tricentenary and1720 was when it first happened. The 1720 Sportsboats racing in towards Cork Harbour with the growing sea breeze are a timely reminder of this globally significant date in just two years’ time
If you set out to explain to a stranger to sailing everything that has been going on afloat and ashore at Volvo Cork Week 2018 (and we refer only to the official events), then you’d find yourself warbling away until…
Crew of LE Samuel Beckett arrive home after three months deployment in the Mediterranean on humanitarian rescue operations
#NavalService - Naval Service crew from offshore patrol vessel (OPV) LÉ Samuel Beckett arrived home to a heroes welcome today after three months in the Mediterranean on humanitarian rescue operations. The vessel writes Independent.ie is under the command of Lt…
The Clipper Race fleet moored at Foyle Port Marina
#ClipperRace - The race points on the overall Clipper Race leaderboard have been updated for the final time before the final stage to Liverpool, and the fight for the podium is going to be fierce. Despite finishing eighth in Race…
Dormant Accounts Funding To Develop Youth Angling
#Angling - Inland Fisheries Ireland (IFI) has been awarded funding to develop angling among young people as part of the Dormant Account Action Plan 2018. “Inland Fisheries Ireland was chosen as a recipient of two funding measures which will engage…
Jim Warny suited up for a subterranean dive near his home in Ennis this past April
#Diving - When Ennis-based cave diver Jim Warny arrived at the Tham Luang cave in northern Thailand earlier this month, he felt “within my comfort zone”. That’s despite the unprecedented challenge that faced Warny and his fellow subterranean diving experts in…
The 170–berth marina at Carlingford in County Louth has introduced a new universal berthing charge for August
For the month of August, Carlingford Marina in County Louth will be trialling a “Universal Basic Berthage” rate for visiting yachts. The 170–berth marina, located on the East coast of Ireland, will be offering overnight berthage at a basic rate…
The 21st Lock on Grand Canal, east of Tullamore
Waterways Ireland has advised that due to the heat wave water levels on the Grand Canal system are low on many levels, particularly East of Tullamore in County Offaly. The Inspector of Navigation, Patrick Harkin, says owners and masters of vessels…
Malin Head in Co Donegal
#MalinHead - The local man who died after a boat capsize off Malin Head in Donegal on Tuesday afternoon (17 July) lost his father in the same area four decades ago, it has emerged. According to the Irish Independent, Gerry ‘Malin’…
The National Yacht Club's Nell Staunton is up to eighth overall with one race left to sail
A fourth scored by National Yacht Club's Nell Staunton in race eight moves the Dubliner up to eighth overall in the Laser Radial Girls class of the 2018 Youth Sailing World Championships at Corpus Christi Yacht Club in Texas with a single race left to…
A close Class C start in which sole Irish competitor 'Fools Gold' is racing
A discarded result of 31 scored in race six yesterday has dropped Waterford Harbour's Rob McConnell sailing the Archambault A35 'Fools Gold' to 18th from 14th from a fleet of 49  in Class C of The Hague Offshore Sailing World Championships 2018. The Sovereign's Cup…
D-Tox was second in DBSC's IRC Zero
Cruiser 0 IRC: 1. Lively Lady, 2. D-Tox Cruiser 0 ECHO: 1. Lively Lady, 2. YoYo, 3. D-Tox Cruiser 1 IRC: 1. Chimaera, 2. Dear Prudence, 3. Ruth Cruiser 1 ECHO: 1. Black Velvet, 2. Dear Prudence, 3. Chimaera Cruiser…
Dragons are racing at Cork Week for the first time
The full fleet of 120 yachts was out for the fourth day of Volvo Cork Week. After a delayed start, a warm sea breeze blew to give over a thousand sailors champagne conditions in outside Cork Harbour. Leaders in all…
A grand fair wind drives the 80-year-old classic gaff ketch Maybird across the Wicklow finish line to set an extended Volvo Round Ireland Race record of 9 days 22 hours and 35 minutes
When the 1937-vintage Tyrrell of Arklow-built 43ft gaff ketch Maybird (Darryl Hughes) finally crossed the line at Wicklow last week to record the longest-ever time for a Volvo Round Ireland Race, little did her crew of eight expect that their…
Clifden RNLI’s all-weather lifeboat on exercise
#RNLI - Clifden RNLI’s all-weather lifeboat was launched on Tuesday evening (17 July) for the medevac of a young woman who sustained a serious head injury in a cycling accident on Inishbofin. Arriving at the island’s harbour at 8.53pm, lifeboat crew members Joe…

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