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Arranmore RNLI’s all-weather lifeboat
RNLI Lifeboats
#RNLI - Arranmore RNLI in Co Donegal was called out yesterday morning (Monday 6 November) at 11.45am to assist a 19ft fishing boat with two people onboard. The small boat was approximately 400 metres from Arranmore Lifeboat Station when it…
SafeTrx is being rolled out for use within the Cypriot Search and Rescue Region
Water Safety
#SafeTrx - Irish-developed vessel tracking app SafeTrx has had its latest international launch in Cyprus. Originally unveiled by Irish Sailing in 2013, the smartphone app makes it easy for boats to allow contacts on shore to monitor their voyages for…
Dun Laoghaire Coast Guard gets a better vantage point to observe the SUPs riding the wake of ferries coming into Dublin Port
Coastguard
#Coastguard - The Irish Coast Guard received a call from a member of the public yesterday evening (Sunday 5 November) who advised that two stand-up paddle boarders appeared to be in difficultly at the North Bull Wall near Dublin Port.…
420 pair Geoff-Power and James-McCann
420
Whilst 420 dinghy training continues at various venues around the country through the winter the first 420 sailing event of 2018 will be the annual Open Spring training in Schull, County Cork. The Schull training takes place from Monday the…
Laser Frostbite race winner, Radial sailor Claire Gorman from the National Yacht club collects her prize from DMYC's Neil Colin
Dublin Bay
The 47th running of Dun Laoghaire Motor Yacht Club’s Frostbite Series got underway yesterday in blue sky, sunny conditions and a brisk N-Westerly that reduced in strength as the afternoon wore on writes our special correspondent. Stalwart of the event,…
The new ro-ro ramp linkspan (in blue) within Alexandra Basin prior to the use of the facility by the giant ro-ro freight-ferry Celine which departed last night and is currently off Cornwall and bound for mainland Europe. Note on right, ABR project related construction pilling with orange workboat alongside Ocean Pier which separates the basin with neighbouring Alexandra Basin (East).
Dublin Port
#dublinport - The brand new Celine, the world's largest short-sea ro-ro freight ferry departed Dublin Port last night having made use of a new ramp linkspan to facilitate such ships, writes Jehan Ashmore. As previously reported in Afloat's coverage prior…
Cllr Joe Folan at Rossaveal Harbour in Connemara, Co. Galway. The local councillor has called on the Government for a deep water berth to facilitate cruiseships to visit the region.
Irish Harbours
#IrishHarbours - From across the world tourists writes The Connacht Tribune could be flocking into Connemara by – if a proposal to carry out multi-million euro works at Rossaveal Harbour is adopted. But funding, to the tune of around €80…
Rockabill VI (Paul O'Higgins) both of the Royal Irish Yacht Club completes her gybe at the outfall mark on Dublin Bay in today's first race of the DBSC Turkey Shoot. Scroll down for photo gallery below.
Turkey Shoot
Dublin Bay Sailing Club's popular Turkey Shoot Series got off to a breezy start on Dublin Bay this morning for an all–star cast of sailing cruisers that includes last year's winner, the triple ICRA Champion Joker II (John Maybury) and…
12 Flying Fifteens are ccontesting the NYC Frostbites on Dublin Bay
Flying Fifteen
The Flying Fifteen Frostbite Series supported by Mitsubishi recommenced after the Bank Holiday break with a new format designed to thrill and shake up the overall series, it didn’t disappoint! Dubbed Super Saturday there were six back to back races…
1720 sportsboats broke through to take the lead in today's first race of the RCYC O'Leary Insurance Winter League. Scroll down for photo gallery
Royal Cork YC
Royal Cork Yacht Club had a great turnout for the opening race of its O'Leary Insurances Winter League for sailing cruisers in Cork Harbour today writes Bob Bateman. Race officers Clem and Wendy Mc Elligott got the 32 boats – up 50%…
Tom Dolan in flying form in his Pogo 3 IRL 910
Solo Sailing
Ireland’s solo sailor Tom Dolan has been finding form and much-improved placings among the leaders in the Mini-Transat 2017 as the front runners approach the mandatory course gate, the channel between Santo Antao and Sao Vicente, the most westerly islands…
Skibbereen at Áras an Uachtaráin
Rowing
#Rowing: The President, Michael D Higgins, hosted Skibbereen Rowing Club at a special function on Saturday. “It is an immense pleasure for me to welcome members, supporters, distinguished Olympians, and community neighbours of Skibbereen Rowing Club to Áras an Uachtaráin,…
Dating to 1909 is an old head office of the former British and Irish Steam Packet Company which became better known as the B+I Line. The building on Sir John Rogersons Quay, forms as part of a site under redevelopment in the southside of the Dublin Docklands quarter.
Dublin Port
#TheB+ILine - Following Afloat's focus on the former City of Dublin Steam Packet, the series continues with other Dublin based Irish Sea 'steamer-packet' companies and their legacy of architectural heritage and ferries, writes Jehan Ashmore. The ornate crest of the…
HotelPlanner.com sailing in Table Bay, South Africa
Clipper Race
#ClipperRace - HotelPlanner.com has departed Port Elizabeth in South Africa this morning (Sunday 5 November) after the successful medevac of crew member Greg Adams, who suffered a suspected broken arm. The 59-year-old took a fall below deck on Friday (3…
The VOR fleet racing off Table Mountain in the 2014-15 edition
Volvo Ocean Race
#VOR - The 2017-18 Volvo Ocean Race shifts into a new phase on Sunday with the start of Leg 2: a 7,000 nautical mile, three-week marathon leg to Cape Town, South Africa. It’s one of the iconic legs of this…
Six Championship dates for the Laser class have been released for 2018. The Irish Laser Master Nationals will be held at the Royal St George Yacht Club, Dun Laoghaire next May
Laser
The Irish Laser calendar has been confirmed for 2018 as follows:  Munster Championships 31st March/1st April - Baltimore Sailing Club, Cork Ulster Championships 28th/29th April- Ballyholme Yacht Club Irish Laser Master Nationals 19th/20th May - Royal St George Yacht Club, Dun…
The simplest way to make sure you are in the running for a place at the World Laser Master Championships is to get on the ranking ladder
Laser
The Irish Laser Association has recently finalised the 2018 Laser racing calendar. Two events in the calendar (Munsters and Ulsters) stand out as they represent the final chance for Irish sailors to get some ranking points for the Master Worlds…
Amidships close-up of the distinctive yellow-hulled Côte d'Albâtre berthed in Newhaven, UK. The 2006 built ferry is the leadship of a pair of sisters still in Transmanche Ferries livery but operated by DFDS (France) on behalf of several public bodies. Past ferries on the English Channel route albeit under Sealink/SNCF had been deployed as backup ships on Irish Sea routes among them Dun Laoghaire-Holyhead. The novelty factor of different ferries operating out of the Irish port is long gone and in particular declined during the Stena HSS fastcraft era which itself ceased operating in 2014.
Ferry
#TheFrenchConnection - As previously reported, Brittany Ferries seasonal service for 2017 closes this weekend, however Afloat looks at another French service albeit on the English Channel that historically also has ferry use related links with Ireland, writes Jehan Ashmore. Beforehand of…
Turn The Tide on Plastic’s boat captain Liz Wardley is dragged across the deck by the sheet rope in yesterday’s dramatic incident
Volvo Ocean Race
#VOR - One of Annalise Murphy’s Volvo Ocean Race teammates had a lucky escape when she got her leg caught in a rope during the Mirpuri Foundation In-Port Race in Lisbon yesterday afternoon (Friday 3 November). While the Dee Caffari-skippered…
The sailing dream realised for Westport’s Joan Mulloy. But now she reckons she has to give her sailing talent a real racing edge, and in January she’ll be doing an intensive offshore racing and training course with the legendary Tanguy Leglatin at Lorient in South Brittany.
W M Nixon
In an exceptional week for Irish international offshore sailors, the Michael Boyd-skippered Lisa has been confirmed as both the RORC Points Champion and the Boat of the Year, while the Damian Foxall-crewed Vestas 11th Hour Racing has emerged as the…

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