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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. 180). 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…
Former Fastnet lighthouse keeper Gerald Butler
Former Fastnet lighthouse keeper Gerald Butler is due to represent fellow Irish light keepers at a memorial service for 1979 Fastnet Yacht Race on the Isle of Wight this evening writes  Lorna Siggins Former RNLI Baltimore vessel, The Robert, which…
Smooth point - the project will add a further 120 metres of workable quay space in the County Donegal harbour
As part of Project Ireland 2040, The Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine, Michael Creed TD, announced the signing of a €14.7 million capital works contract to deliver a 120m long quay development and associated works at Smooth Point,…
New Guidelines For Accessible Maritime Passenger Transport
The Department of Transport, Tourism and Sport (DTTAS) recently published new accessibility guidelines designed as a support to all those involved in providing maritime passenger transport services. This includes passenger vessel owners and operators, port operators and local authorities, as…
Eve McMahon on her way to the U17 World title in Canada
The Laser Radial Youth World Championship at Kingston, Ontario in Canada was something special as Laser designer Bruce Kirby, the man who transformed the world’s solo dinghy sailing, is Canadian. But it was also something special for Eve McMahon of…
A large juvenile dolphin which became stranded at Bundúla, in Blacksod Bay
Seven volunteer lifeboat crew members from Ballyglass RNLI came to the rescue of a large juvenile dolphin which became stranded at Bundúla, in Blacksod Bay, just outside Belmullet this morning. The alarm was raised by concerned former RNLI crew member…
David Gorman (left) and Chris Doorly
Very few sailors can ever have experienced anything comparable to the elation of discovering that their racing pride-and-joy has been declared “Boat of the Week” from within the 498-boat fleet at Ireland’s biggest regatta. But this is what happened to…
'After You Too' (Michael Blaney) was the winner of the DBSC Beneteau 31.7 One Design race
Cruiser 0 IRC: 1. Wow, 2. Lively Lady, 3. Tsunami Cruiser 0 Echo: 1. Wow, 2. Lively Lady, 3. Tsunami Cruiser 1 IRC: 1. Bon Exemple, 2. Something Else, 3. Juggerknot 2 Cruiser 1 Echo: 1. Bon Exemple, 2. Juggerknot…
Mermaids racing for National Championship honours in Cork Harbour. Scroll down for photo gallery
There were perfect sailing conditions for the first-ever Mermaid National Championships at Royal Cork Yacht Club this afternoon. After an upsetting start to the championships this morning, three races were completed in flat water and great Cork Harbour breezes. Overall, defending champion…
RNLI Crosshaven
A large multi agency operation was launched after a kayaker was reported missing after a 2 man kayak capsized between Fountainstown and Myrtleville. The volunteers of Crosshaven RNLI were tasked at 1.37pm to attend the area after one of the…
The man fell on the shoreline, trapping his leg badly in some rocks and was unable to free himself
A man whose leg got trapped on the Connemara shoreline during a rising tide was brought to safety in a multi-agency rescue on Thursday evening writes Lorna Siggins The incident occurred when a couple were out walking at Slackport on…
RV Celtic Explorer at the Port of Cork before departure
The RV Celtic Voyager departed early this morning (Thursday 1 August) from the Port of Cork on a multidisciplinary marine wildlife survey investigating the biological and oceanographic features of the 100m contour line between Cork to Galway. The survey team…
Dr Peter Heffernan
Marine Institute chief executive Dr Peter Heffernan has been selected as a member of the European Commission’s Mission Board for Healthy Oceans, Seas, Coastal and Inland Waters. He is one of two Irish appointees to the Mission Boards of Horizon…
Scientists found plastic at the bottom of a 2,125m-deep submarine canyon
Marine scientists from University College Cork have discovered plastic at the bottom of a deep submarine canyon while investigating cold-water coral habitats. UCC’s Marine Geology Research Group has been investigating cold-water coral habitats in the Porcupine Bank Canyon, some 320km…
Lough Derg RNLI arriving at the 18ft boat with engine failure at Castlelough
On Tuesday evening (30 July), Lough Derg RNLI launched to the aid of an 18ft boat with engine failure by Mountshannon Harbour on the Clare shore. On arrival at the reported location, the volunteer lifeboat was directed by Valentia Coast…
A 15m cruiser struck rocks and started to rapidly take on water off Glandore Harbour in West Cork
Union Hall RNLI rescued a family of four this morning after they issued a Mayday when their 15m cruiser struck rocks and started to rapidly take on water off Glandore Harbour in West Cork. The volunteer crew were requested to…
Bluefin tuna in Donegal Bay
Fifteen angling vessels will soon be granted authorisation to participate in Tuna CHART (Catch and Release Tagging), a pilot Bluefin Tuna Data Collection Programme. As previously reported for Afloat.ie by Lorna Siggins, the programme will see the 15 authorised vessels…
Eve McMahon on her way to U17 victory and third overall in the Laser Radial Youth Worlds in Canada
The 2019 ILCA Laser Radial Youth World Championships in Kingston, Canada concluded with a win for Howth Yacht Club’s Eve McMahon in the U17 division of the Girls fleet. As Afloat previously reported, McMahon entered the final day in second…
The new RNLI Shannon Class arrives in Clifden
North Connemara’s Clifden has become the first west coast RNLI station to receive a new Shannon-class lifeboat writes Lorna Siggins. The all-weather Shannon, which was designed by an Irish engineer and is the first RNLI class to be named after…
Promoted
The X-332 Dexterity was the Class One IRC Overall Winner at WIORA on the Shannon Estuary
Having sailed in several WIORA regatta’s in the past, One Design Expert and founder of North Sails Ireland, Nigel Young looked forward to getting back into the fleet this year in Foynes on the Shannon Estuary last week and took…

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