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Sanita Puspure with her new Indoor record.
#Rowing: Sanita Puspure and Paul O’Donovan are the Rowers of the Month for January 2019.  The two world champions turned up for action at the Irish Indoor Rowing Championships at the University of Limerick – and both set new records…
Marine Environment Raised By More Than Half Of Submissions On New Planning Framework
More than half of submissions (53%) in the public consultation on the National Marine Planning Framework Baseline Report concerned the marine environment. Ports and shipping (44%), climate change (42%) and nature conservation (41%) were other important topics raised among the…
Marine Institute chief executive Dr Peter Heffernan shakes hands with Hans Ove Holmoey, managing director of Skipsteknisk AS, at the signing of the design contract for Ireland’s latest marine research vessel
#MarineScience - Ship design consultants Skipsteknisk AS of Ålesund, Norway have been awarded the contract to design the new state-of-the-art marine research vessel for Ireland. The new 50m research vessel due in 2022 will replace the RV Celtic Voyager and will…
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The all-new X40 is a forty-foot performance cruising yacht and will be the smallest model in the pure X range
X-Yachts has announced a presentation of the new X40 – the latest addition to the successful Pure X range. In 2016, X-Yachts launched the new pure ‘X’ range which included the X43 and the X65. In 2018, X-Yachts launched two…
Robert and Peter O'Leary in Miami for yesterday's first race
Baltimore Sailing Club and Royal Cork Yacht Club's Robert and Peter O'Leary are lying third overall after the first race of the Star Junior World Championship at Coral Reef Yacht Club in Miami, USA. Beautiful sunshine and light breeze welcomed…
Jean-Luc Van Den Heede
After finishing the non-stop round the world Golden Globe Race in France last week, both Jean-Luc Van Den Heede and Mark Slats are struggling with the transition between their solo sailing world and reality ashore. Jean-Luc was comparing notes with…
Back Row – Ciaran Callan (Director, Drogheda Port Company) Tony Mc Loughlin (Former Owner Brian Boru Sailing Vessel) Nessa Lally (Drogheda Port Company) Paul Fleming (CEO Drogheda Port Company) Seamus Mc Loughlin (Chairman Sail Training Ireland)     Front Row – Sinead O’Byrne (Drogheda Grammar School) Shauna Murphy ( Sacred Heart School Drogheda) Mayor of Drogheda Frank Godfrey.
Last Saturday, (2nd February) Sail Training Ireland held their Annual Awards event at the Mansion House in Dublin. The annual awards, as reported by Afloat.ie here recognise excellence, achievement and outstanding contribution in the sailing community at all levels. The Drogheda…
Yachts at moorings and large trawlers docked in Killybegs. Also berthed in the Co. Donegal port Afloat adds is German cruise operator Phoenix Reisen's Artania
#cruiseliners - Killybegs, Co. Donegal this summer will be visited by 12 cruise ships carrying 11,313 passengers. The season DonegalNow reports will mark a first for the port town in that one of the cruise ships will berth overnight. Barney…
Ron Holland
One time Irish based yacht designer Ron Holland has won a Lifetime Achievement Award at the Superyacht Design Symposium 2019, and Boat International Design and Innovation Awards The competition included a total of 61 nominated yachts with 19 receiving recognition.…
Skis up at the summit of Carrauntoohil before Damian Foxall made his descent down the Shoulder of Corrán
Kerry’s own Volvo Ocean Race winner Damian Foxall has made the news for a very different achievement — descending Ireland’s highest mountain on skis. The veteran round-the-world sailor made an early start on Saturday morning (2 February) for the ski…
Laser racing in Howth
January was very disappointing with Howth Yacht Club racing held on only one weekend out of four during the month. Hopefully, February will be different as yesterday gave us excellent conditions for Laser racing. 19 boats competed in breeze that…
Crosshaven brothers Peter (left) and Rob O'Leary on their way to Walker Cup victory in Miami last year. The change positions and race for Junior World Honours at the same venue today
Cork Harbour brothers Robert and Peter O’Leary start the first ever Star Junior World Championship at Miami, Florida, at Coral Reef Yacht Club today.  Following a successful week for Ireland's Finn Lynch in the Laser class at the same race track last week,…
Two Kona windsurfers are part of the DMYC PY Frostbite fleet
After yet another Sunday lost to adverse weather last week, the DMYC Dun Laoghaire Frostbite fleet got another two races in today, Sunday 3rd February writes Cormac Bradley. Initially, the wind looked to be nicely consistent with a bearing of…
Finn Lynch made the medal race in Miami - watch live below from 20.30
After a mentally testing week in Florida, Ireland's Finn Lynch becomes Ireland's first men's Laser sailor to ever qualify for a World Cup medal race. The race is broadcast live below from Miami at 3 30 pm (or Irish time 20.30). Lynch…
Tokyo trialists Ryan Seaton and Seafra Guilfoyle are entered for March's Trofeo Princesa Sofía regatta in the 49er class
Next up for Irish Olympic sailors still seeking the speed to qualify for Tokyo 2020 Olympics is March's Trofeo Princesa Sofía Iberostar, in Palma, Mallorca one of the most important Olympic Classes regatta in the World and a nominated Irish sailing 2019…
Pierce Purcell has been helping fellow-sailors and beginners ever since he started sailing himself
When Pierce Purcell of Clarenbridge in Galway officially retired from the marine business on the 31st January, it by no means ended his association with boats, the sea and sailing. For his entire life has been devoted to helping others…
The Gonzaga College team, inaugural winners of the Shanahan Team Racing Cup
With his captaining of the successful Gonzaga College team in the inaugural Shanahan Cup raced at the Irish National Sailing School on January 16th, noted junior sailor Jack Fahy is the Afloat.ie “Sailor of the Month” for January 2019. Competing…
The visit of the Tall Ship Belem was recalled  at the seventh annual prize giving and season Launch event at the Mansion House in Dublin at the weekend
On Saturday 2nd February 2019, Sail Training Ireland held their 7th Annual Prize Giving and Season Launch event at the Mansion House in Dublin, courtesy of Lord Mayor of Dublin Nial Ring. As previously reported by Afloat.ie, the event at…
Monkstown Bay Laser sailors (from left) article author Chris Bateman, Barry O'Sullivan, Charles Dwyer, William O'Brien, Arthur O'Connor, Rob Howe, Emmet O'Sullivan, Colin Johns, Robbie O'Sullivan Bottom- Paul O'Sullivan, Ronan Kenneally, Sophie Crosbie, Harry Pritchard and Alan Fehily
Saturday, February 2nd saw laser sailors competing on Monkstown Bay in Cork Harbour for the fourth day of the Monkstown Laser Frostbite League, sponsored by CH Marine writes Chris Bateman. The morning began with a golden sunrise overlooking the eastern end…
The Royal St. George Yacht Club J80 'Rationel' is part of the 2019 DBSC Spring Chicken fleet
This morning's DBSC Spring Chicken Series got off to a gentle start in light to medium westerlies on Dublin Bay for the 38-plus boat fleet. The regular mix of contestants were joined by Iduna, an 80–year–old Lymington L Class design. Viking Marine…

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