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An ORANGE warning is in place for Galway and Mayo - southwest to west winds will reach mean speeds of 65 to 80 km/h with some severe or damaging gusts of 110 to 130 km/h
In light of the severe Weather Warning issued by Met Éireann for Friday 8th February, the Coast Guard is calling on the general public and all Mariners to heed the warnings and take appropriate action. The Coast Guard is asking…
A vintage yacht sailing on Dublin Bay - traditional techniques should not be forgotten says Tom MacSweeney
Yachts are marvels of engineering…. So I have been told – many times – at boat shows; by designers; builders; by sales staff; by sailors, amateur and professional; by proud owners….. Yachts are also nice to look at … I’ve…
Robert (left) and Peter O'Leary (right) on the podium in Miami
Royal Cork Yacht Club and Baltimore Sailing Club's Robert and Peter O'Leary were bronze medalists at the first Star Junior World Champion Under 30 after a six-race regatta in the water of Biscayne Bay in Miami, Florida yesterday. “It’s been great…
Finn Lynch - 2019 will be a challenging year to qualify for the Tokyo Olympics
Irish Sailing has been given an increase in its core funding from the government of €62k up from €323,000 in 2018 to €385,000 this year. Sport Ireland today announced an investment of nearly €32 million in National Governing Bodies for…
Fish mortalities on the Ballycorrigan River in Ballina, Co Tipperary last summer
#FishKill - Inland Fisheries Ireland (IFI) prosecuted Irish Water yesterday (Tuesday 5 February) at Ballina District Court for the discharge of a harmful substance into the Ballycorrigan River on 17 May last year, causing a fish kill. Among the fish…
The next lecture: "Bullock Harbour into the Future-Monitoring & Repairs" takes place next week. Above among the damage at the small stone-cut south Dublin Bay harbour in Dalkey includes the south-western corner of the pier which according to the BHPA has continued to deteriorate as the gaps in the masonry are constantly growing.  For more on this story with links read below.
#lectures - As part of the Bullock Bicentenary, another lecture in the series about the small south Dublin Bay harbour is to be held next week in the Dalkey Castle and Heritage Centre. Organiser of the lectures, Bullock Harbour Preservation…
Stephen Hanway with his record tope, a 34.02kg whopper caught off Greystones on 3 October 2018
#Angling - Four new Irish record fish were caught by anglers last year, according to the just published Irish Specimen Fish Committee (ISFC) report for 2018. New records were set for four marine species: golden grey mullet, thin-lipped mullet, black…
The straight stemmed bow of the newest merchant ship under the Irish flag, Arklow Wave is seen docked in the UK at the Port of Ipswich, East Anglia prior to discharging wheat in Belfast Harbour.
#shipping - The newest merchant ship under the Irish flag arrived to Belfast Harbour on Wednesday, writes Jehan Ashmore Since delivery to owners Arklow Shipping Ltd in October 2018, Afloat has tracked the 16,500dwt Arklow Wave (see launch) initially operate…
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With a new year comes an amended IRC rule for all yachts racing under the rating
IRC is an ever-changing rule, adapting as our sport evolves at both the Grand Prix and club racing level. At UK Sailmakers Ireland we are always searching for advantageous gains for our customers. With a new year comes an amended…
Peter O'Leary on the bow of the Irish Star in Miami with the name of his Irish sponsor, CH Marine of Cork clearly visible. North Sails Ireland look after the sails on the Irish keelboat
Royal Cork Yacht Club brothers Robert and Peter O'Leary have dropped three places overall at the inaugural Star Junior World Championship hosted by the Coral Reef Yacht Club. The Cork Harbour duo lie sixth overall in a fleet of 36 after…
Irish Anglers to Participate in Data Gathering for Bluefin Tuna
Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine, Michael Creed T.D., today announced that he has secured approval at EU and international level for the introduction of a science-based catch, tag and release fishery for Bluefin tuna for Irish recreational anglers.…
Great Start for Kinsale Yacht Club Frostbites
The Custom Rigging Frostbites at Kinsale Yacht Club got off to a great start on a beautiful sunny Sunday with a medium SW breeze rather than the forecasted gale. Race Officer John Stallard assisted by Sue Horgan aboard the lovely…
There looks like there's going to be another season of great racing in the eight boat Irish Half Tonner fleet this season
Dave Cullen on where the growing vintage Irish Half Tonner fleet is racing this year Last year it was decided in Nieuwpoort to revert to a biennial format for the Half Ton Classic Cup so there is no event this…
The J/97 Windjammer
The J97 Windjammer leads the 2019 DBSC Spring Chicken Series after a light air first race sailed last Sunday.  Download results below.  Second in the Citroen South sponsored series is the J109 Dear Prudence followed by the Beneteau 34.7 Black Velvet. Race…
DBSC Race Committee Vessel MacLir
Dublin Bay Sailing Club has issued the Notice of Race for its forthcoming 2019 summer season. First DBSC RacesTuesday: 23rd April: Thursday 25th April: Saturday 27th April Last DBSC RacesTuesday 27th August: Thursday: 29th August: Saturday 28th September Full details…
W.B. Yeats on inaugural day of commercial service (22nd January) at Holyhead Port, north Wales where details of next proposed dockside protest announced by UK transport union, RMT involves an Irish Ferries sailing bound for Dublin this Friday morning from the port on Anglesey.
#ferries - A UK transport union is continuing its programme of objections to ferry and other shipping operators who sail under flags of convenience and skirt around UK employment laws and rates of pay with a protest which will take…
Newbuild FPV Rhodri Morgan arriving at Milford Marina, Pembrokeshire in south Wales
#fishing - The largest fishing port in Wales, at Milford Marina has welcomed the FPV Rhodri Morgan, one of five new fisheries patrol vessels taking to the waters in 2019. The vessel was built by local company Mainstay Marine Solutions,…
Who Will Be Named Irish Sailor Of The Year This Friday?
The wait is nearly over to find out who will be named Afloat Irish Sailor of the Year for 2018 at the star-studded Volvo Irish Sailing Awards in Dublin’s RDS this Friday 8 February. Once again the country’s finest sailors…
The fishing fleet in Howth, which could soon have cleaner surface waters with the proposed installation of two Seabins
#Seabin - Howth will be the latest Irish port to benefit from a revolutionary device designed to clean up harbour and marina waters. Independent.ie reports that local man Rowan Byrne has launched a crowdfunding campaign to pay for the installation…
Michael McCarthy of Cruise Europe and Simon Coveney, Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade at the Cruise Europe summit on Brexit held in Dublin.
#cruiseliners -  A Cruise Europe summit hosted by Dublin Port Company to discuss Brexit by members of the cruise association that promotes destinations in Northern and Atlantic Europe was recently held in the Irish capital. Attending the summit was Simon…

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