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A native white-clawed crayfish
#Crayfish - Inland Fisheries Ireland (IFI) says it welcomes new legislation to strengthen existing measures to protect the native white-clawed crayfish. The European Union (Invasive Alien Species) (Freshwater Crayfish) Regulations 2018 will provide Irish authorities with powers to prevent the…
The LÉ Niamh was one of two ships held at base over crew shortages last week
#Navy - According to The Irish Times, two Naval Service vessels were prevented from leaving their Haulbowline base last week due to crew shortages. The LÉ Orla and LÉ Niamh were both kept at their docks while reserve members were…
Dun Laoghaire Harbour is to welcome twice as many cruiseship callers in season 2019, among them the giant Norwegian Jewel. The Bahamas flagged cruiseship with more than 2,300 passengers is scheduled to make a maiden call albeit offshore next June and return the following month.
#CruiseLiners - Afloat can reveal Dun Laoghaire Harbour's cruiseship caller list in season 2019 is scheduled to be as twice as busy compared to this year's total of just three calls, writes Jehan Ashmore. In what will also make next…
11 J109s are entered for Howth Yacht Club's hosted national championships
The Kelly family's 'Storm' has won the J109 one design Irish Nationals for the last two years and this weekend the north Dublin crew hope to retain overall honours on home waters as Howth Yacht Club hosts the 2018 championships…
It’s planned to hold starts for RS 200s, RS 400s, Fevas and an RS PY fleet
The Irish National Sailing Club hosts the RS Super Series for the 2018/19 Winter season. Racing takes place on 6 Saturday mornings beginning on Saturday 6th October and running 17th November, 15th December, 19th January, 23rd February and 23rd March.…
Ocean hero – Greg McGuckin arrives into Perth today, having been brought from the mid-ocean Amsterdam Island aboard HMAS Ballarat
Being dismasted during a shattering 360 degree roll in the tumultuous Southern Indian Ocean in the roughest part of the Golden Jubilee Golden Globe Race would have created an extreme survival situation for most sailors. But after it happened to…
2018 All-Ireland Junior Champion Atlee Kohl (Royal Cork YC) with his crew Jonathan O’Shaughnessy
The classic 12ft Firefly dinghy may have been the single-handed boat in the1948 Olympics when the Gold Medallist was Danish legend Paul Elvstrom. But as an enduring class in Ireland, they’re ideal for team racing and junior championships requiring a…
In the groove – everything went the Gold Medal way for Robert Dickson & Sean Waddilove at the 49er Under 23 Worlds to make them Sailors of the Month (Olympic) in September
The Olympic 49er skiff is one of sailing’s greatest challenges, but Robert Dickson (21) of Howth and Sean Waddilove (20) of Skerries have determinedly battled their way up the class’s international performance ladder. Their total dedication was rewarded in September…
 Mark Lyttle in Dublin Bay after becoming Laser Grand Masters World Champion, racing his eighth Laser dinghy
Mark Lyttle, Olympic Sailor at Atlanta in 1996 when he won a race in the Laser’s first outing in its very effective career as an Olympic boat in addition to its myriad other duties worldwide, has continued his love affair…
Former pro Fergal Smith pulls in to a barrel while surfing at home in Lahinch
#Surfing - The first part of Made in Ireland, Mikey Corker’s new documentary on Irish surfing’s past and present, is now streaming on the Red Bull website. The film had its premiere in Bundoran last month, and now the whole…
Places Available On New Day Skipper Theory Course At INSS
#INSS - If you missed out on a spot in the Irish National Sailing & Powerboat School’s current RYA Day Skipper Theory course, not to worry — as the school has announced details of its next course which begins later…
Lough Ree RNLI
Lough Ree RNLI came to the aid of two fishermen who had lost engine power while enjoying the last day of the fishing season. At 2.05pm yesterday Lough Ree RNLI Volunteers were alerted to two fishermen whose 17 foot fishing…
Public Consultations On Ulster Canal Greenway’s Second Phase Begin This Week
#InlandWaters - A series of three ‘community information events’ on the next phase of the Ulster Canal Greenway begins this week, with a meeting at Tyholland Community Centre in Co Monaghan from 4pm to 8pm tomorrow (Tuesday 2 October). This will…
Coonanna is a sheltered harbour north-east of Valentia Island
The death of three men whose upturned fishing boat was found off Coonanna in Co Kerry last night has “devastated” the local community, as BreakingNews.ie reports. Post-mortems will be carried out today (Monday 1 October) on the bodies of the…
The Manx public have one week left (Sun. 7th Oct.) in responding on consultation of future Island ferry services. Above: Afloat adds is the IOM Steam-Packet's fastferry Manannan docked in Douglas Harbour.
#FerryNews - Thousands of Manx residents have already responded to a consultation on the future of the Island's sea services. Manx Radio reports that the Department of Infrastructure is seeking the views of the public as it prepares to update…
Enter the Afloat.ie online Crossword competition below to be in with a chance to win a pair of Dubarry deck shoes in this free to enter competition
Afloat.ie in association with Dubarry brings you a bi-monthly nautical crossword competition (No. 175). Win a pair of Dubarry Commodore X LT or Sailmaker X LT deck shoes! Complete the crossword below and add your details below and the first…
No Salmon Licence Results in Large Fine & Driving Disqualification
On Tuesday 25th September 2018, Conor Harlowe with an address at 12 Shantalla Place, Rahoon Road, Galway was convicted at Tuam District Court for refusing to give his name and address contrary to Section 301 (7) of the Fisheries (Consolidation)…
 Leah and Luke Rickard in the lead in the 29er RYA NI National Championships on Belfast Lough
The RYA Northern Ireland 29er Youth Nationals were raced in mixed conditions September 29-30, 2018 on Belfast Lough hosted by the Royal North of Ireland Yacht Club. This event also represented the third and final leg of the 29er Irish…
Morgan Lyttle and Patrick Whyte were 420 winners on Belfast Lough
For the first time in their domestic event season this year the 420s had some breeze to stretch their legs, it has taken until September for an event to provide moderate to strong breezes and the 2018 Ulster Championships duly…
A 1720 sportsboat competitor deals with the gusty conditions for the first races of RCYC's Autumn League. Scroll down for gallery
Two races in plenty of wind got Royal Cork Yacht Club's Autumn League off to a great start in Cork Harbour today writes Bob Bateman From a combined fleet of 53–boats, fleets were split into Spinnaker, White Sail and 1720 sports boats…

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