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A computer blueprint of the F50 catamaran - touted as the world’s most advanced racing vessel
America’s Cup winners Larry Ellison and Sir Russell Coutts have launched a new stadium yacht racing league to challenge the Auld Mug’s dominance of inshore team racing. Described by Oracle co-founder Ellison as “the evolution of sailing”, SailGP will begin…
The Irish Naval Service base on Haulbowline Island, Cork Harbour, homeport to a fleet of eight patrol vessels.
#NavalService - The Irish Times writes that the head of Defence Forces has sought to make a verbal submission to the Public Sector Pay Commission because of the seriousness of the military pay issue in the view of himself and…
Racing for centreboard monohull dinghies will be one design for the Lasers and based on PH handicaps for the mixed dinghy fleet
The DMYC has published the Notice of Race and online entry system here for its long-running Winter Dinghy Frostbite Series on Dublin Bay. In response to feedback from competitors over the past three seasons, gathered from a survey earlier in the…
Myfanwy shows her sweeping curves to best advantage as she races to success in Dublin Bay. Photo
The memorable Dun Laoghaire Regatta of 2017 included celebrations for the Bicentenary of the great harbour, and the Kingstown 200 Trophy in its honour became something very special for racing among the Classics writes W M Nixon. In a popular…
Th iconic Fastnet Rock Lighthouse off the south-west tip of Ireland is among many lighthouses featured in the new four-part documentary series.
#Lighthouses - Irish Lights has announced its involvement in a four-part documentary series with RTE 1 that tells the story of Ireland’s lighthouses and the associated aids to navigation network around the island of Ireland and the vital role it…
Councillor Dónal Smith said the transfer of the harbour without indemnity for its debts was "an albatross around the necks" of Dun Laoghaire constituents
#DLHarbour - Councillors in Dun Laoghaire-Rathdown have expressed anger and frustration over the transfer of Dun Laoghaire Harbour Company’s multi-million liabilities to the local authority. Transport Minister Shane Ross was in the Seanad this afternoon for statements on the transfer…
Brussels Issues Brexit Preparedness Notice On Maritime Security
#Brexit - The latest notice from the European Commission to stakeholders on Brexit preparedness concerns the field of aviation and maritime security. Subject to any transitional arrangement that may be contained in a possible withdrawal agreement, as of the withdrawal…
The Armed Forces of Malta, pictured here in 2015, were involved in yesterday’s diver rescues
#Diving - The Times of Malta reports that an Irish diver was rescued off the Mediterranean island in rough seas yesterday (Tuesday 2 October). The operation at the Wied il-Mielah Window was one of two separate rescues by the Armed…
Allblack Racing at sea in January 2017
#Power - Irish powerboat racing team Allblack Racing claimed a new record on the Cork-Fastnet-Cork route this past summer. The team’s Allblack SL44 powerboat set a time of two hours, six minutes and 47 seconds, with an average speed of…
AK Ilen arrives in Limerick City
Limerick was in celebratory mood once more as another long wait ended with the arrival of the historic sailing vessel Ilen, which first sailed Shannon waters some 92 years ago. As Afloat.ie previously reported, In an autumn of great homecomings…
Classic schooners prepare for battle at last week's Régates Royales in Cannes
The grace, power and complexity of classic schooners engender great passion in all who see these wonderful examples of naval architecture, mostly heralding from that golden age of yacht construction in the first decades of the 20th century. In recent…
Prince Albert of Monaco (pictured onboard the Neo top left) launches Greenline's NEO Edrive, full electric boat. The model is fitted with twin 80 hp Torqeedo Deep Blue electric outboards and dual 30,5 kWh (totalling 61 kWh) high performance lithium batteries allowing maximum range of 40 NM at 6 kts economic speed. At full throttle NEO eDrive will reach a top speed of 16 kts with the range of 20 NM
Slovenian Boatyard Greenline Yachts used the Monaco Boat Show as the debut of its 'revolutionary' new boat, NEO EDrive - the first ever production leisure craft to be powered by electric propulsion. The boat could have easily been overlooked among…
Two Lough Erne Cots racing with Enniskillen Castle in the background
On the 22nd and 23rd September, as a major part of Festival Lough Erne, two regattas for Lough Erne Cots were organised in Enniskillen by Lough Erne Heritage. Lough Erne Heritage is a registered charity formed as a constituted group…
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The North Sails Ireland on-the-water coaching team
In the second part of North Sails Ireland's sponsorship of the two flagship Irish J109 events in 2018 (see here), North Sails Ireland's Maurice "Prof" O'Connell and Nigel Young team will be on the water this weekend at the National…
A new date has been set by Warrenpoint Port on a public open day (15 Oct) event consultation on proposed dredging plans on Carlingford Lough, for further details read below.
#Ports&Shipping - A new date has been set by Warrenpoint Port (Monday 15th October) for a public drop-in event to allow members of the public and other stakeholders to learn more about proposed changes to how dredged material from the…
Optimist spring training in Baltimore earlier this year
#Optimist - The International Optimist Dinghy Association Ireland (IODAI) is now recruiting both national and international coaches for its annual spring training week in Baltimore in February 2019. Coaches must be available from Sunday 17 to Friday 22 February for…
Jim Doyle Mbsc owner of Green Sleeves with the 'Alta To Starboard To Finish' Trophy
Hello and welcome to my weekly Podcast … Sailing the 27-foot yacht he has owned for 20 years, Jim Doyle helmed Green Sleeves to win the ‘Alta to Starboard Trophy’ in Monkstown Bay. It’s an unusual trophy, made by the…
Home are the heroes - Paul and Gary O’Donovan and Sanita Puspure, Ireland’s gold medallists
#Rowing: Ireland’s gold medallists at the World Championships, Paul and Gary O’Donovan and Sanita Puspure, are the Afloat Rowers of the Month for September.  The whole Ireland team performed with merit at the regatta in Plovdiv in Bulgaria and there…
Over 30 dinghies competed on the water in the 4 race no discard format
DBSC dinghy fleet came out in force for the end of season race on Saturday in the Harbour. Over 30 dinghies competed on the water in the 4 race no discard format. The fleet starts were designed to have plenty of…
A surfing J/24 on Lough Erne, preparing to gybe on a wave face
Mark Usher of Greystones Sailing Club is Ireland’s new 2018 Northern J/24 Champion helming Jumpin Jive in a six-race championship on Lough Erne in boisterous very windy conditions on 29 & 30 September. This top crew counted three firsts and…

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