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The Zhik Aroshell jacket is a top Christmas gift idea for the racer in your life - available from Viking Marine
Viking Marine
As readers will be aware from its banner ad campaign, Viking Marine’s Black Friday sale yesterday included 20% off all clothing, 15% off Barton blocks and Marinepool lifejackets, and as much as 50% off bodyboards. Even though you might…
Enda O'Coineen with the Auld Mug in Auckland on Friday
Vendee Globe
Is Ireland about to mount a challenge for the America’s Cup? No so fast — the photo above is just Enda O’Coineen posing with the Auld Mug as it sits prude of place in the clubhouse the Royal New Zealand…
Black Friday Special Offers Continue All Weekend At CH Marine
CH Marine Chandlery
CH Marine’s Black Friday discounts continue till Monday 27 November, with up to 15% off many top clothing and footwear brands - use code VIP15 at the checkout (excludes Guy Cotten. Baltic and Crewsaver). Keeping your boat dry in winter…
The much anticipated Cape Clear pontoon is now in place
Coastal Notes
Marina pontoon installation work has been installed at Cape Clear Island's North Harbour where pontoons to the value of €200,000 are now in place at the West Cork island harbour. As our pictures below show the new facility is a…
Ludde Ingvall’s extremely individual 98ft CQS aboard which Ireland’s 2013 “Sailor of the Year” David Kenefick of Cork will be racing the RORC Transatlantic
W M Nixon
With three major yet very different marathon sailing events crossing the Atlantic this month, it’s clear that the once decidedly quirky and often eccentric devotees of offshore and ocean racing are becoming mainstream. This is further reinforced by the confirmation…
MAPFRE sailing into Cape Town this afternoon
Volvo Ocean Race
#VOR - MAPFRE has won Leg 2 of the Volvo Ocean Race into Cape Town, South Africa and will take the overall lead on the points table. The Spanish-flagged entry crossed the line in Cape Town this afternoon (Friday 24…
Waterways Ireland Archive Exhibition in Mullingar Celebrates 200 Years of the Royal Canal
Inland Waterways
#RoyalCanal - A forthcoming exhibition in Mullingar Library will celebrate 200 years of the Royal Canal through images and drawings from the Waterways Ireland archive. Featuring a selection of images from the archive and from the Ruth Delany and Ian Bath…
The pier at Buncrana where the incident occurred on 20 March 2016
News Update
#Buncrana - An inquest into the Buncrana slipway tragedy of March 2016 has found that the driver of the car that slipped into Lough Swilly was more than three times over the drink-driving limit. As previously reported on, five…
Tragedy has truck Oranmore Bay in Galway with the discovery of a body on its shores
News Update
#Missing - Emergency responders recovered a body a last night (Thursday 23 November) in the search for a missing fisherman off Galway. The body was found on the shore in Oranmore Bay, some five nautical miles east of where a…
The new w1Da on a trial sail in Clew Bay
Marine Trade
Every cruiser-racing enthusiast dreams of a perfect boat which doesn’t have the inevitable whiff of diesel about her, has minimal maintenance, enjoys the benefit of a genuinely lifting keel, and yet with keel down, she sails like a real zippy…
Denis Nolan's Shamrock, Emmanuelle, races in start two of the Turkey Shoot on Sunday. Download full start schedule below
Turkey Shoot
With three races down and four races to go the DBSC Turkey Shoot Series sponsored by Rathfarnham Ford will be hoping to dodge a low that threatens racing this Sunday. As reported earlier in the week, J109s have a…
Kieran O'Connell (third from left) competing onboard a Royal Cork keelboat
Interest in keelboat racing is increasing. Cruiser racing is on the way back! So says the Royal Cork Yacht Club’s Rear Admiral for Keelboats, Kieran O’Connell, writes Tom MacSweeney. Clubs around the coast have experienced a fall-off in racing numbers at…
Paul Giblin
#Rowng: The inaugural Paul Giblin Award has been conferred on Georgina Deane, the captain of NUIG Boat Club.  The award was presented at a reception in Salthill Hotel. Guests included Paul’swife Cate, parents Helen and John and extended family. Also…
Team Racing at Baltimore, West Cork
Team Racing
For the first time ever Baltimore Sailing Club welcomed the Irish Team Racing Associations National Championships. It proved to be one of the most exciting Team Racing finals of recent years. With a high quality entry of teams in the…
Cork Docklands would see an improved gateway to the city in new council plans
Port of Cork
#CorkDocklands - Cork’s Docklands are in line for a sprucing up with council proposals for a €6 million upgrade of its entrance, as the Evening Echo reports. Albert Quay, Victoria Road, Albert Road and four traffic junctions would benefit from…
The accident happened in the run in to the windward mark
World Sailing
World Sailing, the world governing body of the sport, has published an investigation report into the Nacra 17 incident involving Bora Gulari (USA). Download the report below. The report, produced by a working party / investigation team led by Equipment…
Search Off Galway For Missing Fisherman
News Update
#Missing - RTÉ News reports that a major air and sea rescue operation has been launched for a fisherman reported missing off Galway last night (Wednesday 22 November). A fishing boat was found adrift with no occupant west of Blackrock…
This view taken from an excursion boat in Dublin Port's fairway shows Seatruck Pace (which featured in Afloat's 'Ferry Captain Series' in 2014). The P class ro-ro freight ferry is seen arriving astern with an already berthed fleetmate sister, Clipper Point at Terminal 5.
#ferrynews - Freight ferry operator on the Irish Sea, Seatruck Ferries celebrate 10 years of service using Dublin Port from where the shipping company's traffic volumes have grown exponentially. From small beginnings in October 2007, Seatruck had a single ship…
Marine Minister Michael Creed yesterday announced new funding grants which are being made in two research areas
Marine Science
#MarineScience - Marine Minister Michael Creed has announced the awarding of €3.3 million grant funding through the Marine Institute to research projects in specialist marine equipment and ocean law. Some 19 funding grants in total have been made in the…
Wet, windy and rainy conditions as Turn The Tide on Plastic passes Tristan da Cunha in the mid Atlantic on Tuesday 21 November
Volvo Ocean Race
#VOR - Leg 2 leaders MAPFRE are fending off a sustained attack by the chasing pack as the leading group fight to stay with a cold front that has provided 500-plus-mile days on the Volvo Ocean Race to Cape Town.…

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