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Howth with summer unexpectedly returned. The two J/109s Indian (Colm Buckley & Simon Knowles) and Storm (Pat Kelly) chase Stephen O’Faherty’s Spirit 54 Soufriere in Saturday’s Autumn League Double Bill. Overall in class, Storm leads from Liam Burke’s Tribal from Galway Bay SC, with Indian third
Howth YC
Against many weather predictions, summer-like conditions at Howth Yacht Club blessed the third weekend of the Autumn League on Saturday afternoon with warm weather, increasingly bright sunshine, and an improving sailing breeze from south to southeast as the programme developed…
With a tow set up, the lifeboat proceeded to take the fishing vessel into Lough Swilly. However, with deteriorating weather conditions and with both the tide and wind against them, a decision was made to tow the boat into Greencastle.
RNLI Lifeboats
Portrush RNLI has rescued six fishermen during what was a 15 hour call out for the volunteers in rough weather conditions after the fishing boat sustained engine failure off the Donegal coast. The lifeboat crew was requested by Belfast Coastguard…
New Racing Manager Appointed at The Royal Ocean Racing Club
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The Royal Ocean Racing Club is pleased to announce the appointment of Christopher Stone as the new Racing Manager from mid-November 2017. He will succeed Nick Elliott at the international members' club based in London and Cowes. Chris from Australia…
Vision of the Seas arriving Cobh this July during a transit call.
Cruise Liners
#cruiseliners - Atlantic Europe is the new name being given to serve the Cruise Europe region following a joint announcement made during Seatrade Europe in Hamburg, Germany. The announcement by Cruise Europe (CE) and the Atlantic Alliance (AA) follows a…
Concerns have been raised by islanders of Tory over the use of an interim ferry until a replacement is introduced
Island News
#islandnews - News that a new ferry has been sanctioned for Tory Island off Co. Donegal has been welcomed – but there are still concerns over what vessel will be used until the new ferry comes on line. According to…
What Are The Most Common Breakages For Ocean-Going Yachts?
Cruising
#ARC - Ripped sails and breakages caused by chafe were the most common repairs required by transatlantic cruisers in last year’s ARC rally. That’s according to a survey by Yachting World to detail the kinds of breakages experienced at sea…
Ross Harvey crosses the line to victory at the NYC
Moth
Visiting UK foiling sailor Ross Harvey continued his winning ways at the 2017 Irish Moth National Championships, hosted by National Yacht Club at Dun Laoghaire in County Dublin at the weekend. As Afloat.ie reported earlier, Harvey had built an early lead in…
Wicklow RNLI’s all-weather lifeboat with the dismasted yacht at Wicklow Harbour
RNLI Lifeboats
#RNLI - Wicklow RNLI’s all-weather and inshore lifeboats launched yesterday afternoon (Sunday 1 October) after a 9m yacht with three people on board was reported to have lost its mast and rigging while racing in Wicklow Bay. The all-weather lifeboat…
Barracuda, a €1m-plus stealth style Irish built military vessel vessel built by Safehavan Marine. The high-tech vessel is undergoing trials with the help of the Irish Navy (Afloat adds with the above LE Ciara) and the Irish Maritime and Energy Research Cluster.
Boatyards
#militaryboat - Cobh-based boatbuilding company Safehaven Marine, has revealed footage of its new Barracuda vessel undergoing a high-speed boarding trial with the Irish Navy writes the Evening Echo. The Barracuda which Afloat reported of its launch in 2015 is a high…
Lorcan Tighe has already contributed more to Irish sailing than many people twice his age
Sailor of the Month
Lorcan Tighe of Dun Laoghaire makes such a broadly-based contribution to Irish sailing as a sailor, an instructor and a race officer, that you’d assume he was somebody with many years of experience under his belt. But he’s only 17…
Vicky Cox and Peter Dunlop (with spectacles) in the midst of Mojito’s crew in the National YC after winning the ISORA Championship 2017
Sailor of the Month
The Irish Sea Offshore Racing Association’s increasingly busy annual programme is notable for the way several leading crews take in recruits from both sides of St George’s Channel, and September’s Afloat.ie Sailors of the Month (Offshore) reflect this. Vicky Cox…
The persistent drizzle and low cloud did little to cheer those Mini sailors at the start of the Mini–Transat yesterday
Solo Sailing
The weather played a sly hand on Sunday morning in the Bassin des Chalutiers and it has not been kind to Ireland's solo sailor Tom Dolan who is at the back of the pack aftter the first 14 hours of…
Royal St. George's Michael O'Connor, Davy Taylor and Ed Cook were the SB20 'Corinthian' World Champions and pick up Afloat's Sailor of the Month Award
Sailor of the Month
Michael O’Connor of Royal St George YC is the Afloat.ie “Sailor of the Month (Inshore)” after celebrating September with the Corinthian Division overall win in the SB20 Worlds on the Solent early in the month and then, in an intense…
Eimear Fleming, marking a fourth generation of IDRA14 sailors. Her great grandfather, Charlie Sargent, was involved in the formation of the Irish Dinghy Racing Association, now Irish Sailing, her grandfather, Charles Sargent, current Commodore of the IDRA14 class, and her mother,Vanya Sargent, a regular crew on IDRA14s
DBSC
IDRA14’s, Vagos and Finns from the DBSC, Fireflies from the universities, Magno’s and Pico’s from the INSS, and Waszp’s toing and froing from the National YC – Dun Laoghaire harbour on Saturday represented all that is good and healthy about…
Coracle IV, an Olson 30, skippered by Kieran Collins is lying third overall after two races sailed in the IRC 2 division of the CH Marine Autumn Regatta 2017. Scroll down for photo gallery from today's racing
CH Marine Chandlery
Ted Crosbie's X302 No Excuse took an early lead in the nine boat IRC two class of Royal Cork Yacht Club's CH Marine Autumn League in Cork Harbour writes Bob Bateman. A grey, damp morning gave way to more pleasant conditions this afternoon for…
Junior all Ireland winners on the podium. Michael O'Suilleabhain and Michael Carroll with second placed Rian Geraghty-McDonnell and Harry Durcan and Loghlen Rickard and Nathan Van Steenberge third
ISA
Kinsale Yacht Club youth sailors Michael O'Suilleabhain and Michael Carroll were the winners of this afternoon's All Ireland Junior Sailing Championships sailed at  the Fastnet Outdoor Marine Education Centre in TR 3.6 double handed dinghies.  Saturday's light and shifty conditions gave way to…
BBC 1 Songs of Praise Presenter Claire McCollum with the young cross border crew on the Brian Boru in Carlingford Lough.
Tall Ships
Following a day's filming on the stunning Carlingford Lough a cross border Atlantic Youth Trust voyage is set to feature on the BBC 1 Sunday staple, Songs of Praise, on 22 October. With weekly viewing numbers of over 1 million…
Items Found On Mayo Beach Could Belong To Missing Rescue 116 Crew
Coastguard
#Rescue116 - A lifejacket and helmet washed up on a beach near Blacksod in Co Mayo this weekend may belong to one of the two missing crew from the Rescue 116 tragedy earlier this year, as RTÉ News reports. The…
Sanita Puspure
Rowing
#Rowing: Sanita Puspure finished fourth in the A Final of the women’s single sculls at the World Rowing Championships in Sarasota-Bradenton in Florida.  Switzerland’s Jeannine Gmelin prospered in the difficult conditions, taking gold ahead of Victoria Thornley of Britain. Austria’s…
Foiling Moths competing for Irish honours on Dublin Bay
Moth
After five races sailed at the Moth National Championships at the National Yacht Club in Dun Laoghaire this weekend, UK visitor Ross Harvey leads the host club's own Rory Fitzpatrick for overall honours but only by a single point. So far the…

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