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Completing the 24 hour sail in Malahide. The event called ‘DCU x DIT 24hr Sail’ consisted of the same two Topaz boats crewed by teams of two sailed from 5pm on 25th October to 5pm the next day.
A 24-hour sail raised over €2,000 for the Ocean Cleanup organised by DCU and DIT sailing teams in Malahide Yacht Club. The event called ‘DCU x DIT 24hr Sail’ consisted of the same two Topaz boats crewed by teams of…
The National Rowing Centre
#Rowing: Skibbereen Head of the River, set for Saturday, November 17th, at the National Rowing Centre, has been cancelled. A forecast of high winds led the organisers to make the decision on safety grounds.
Sarah Scowcroft a Stena Line cabin assistant, on board hospital ship Africa Mercy in Guinea, has vowed to raise funds for Mercy Ships for the rest of her life after experiencing first-hand the life-saving work carried out on by the charity.  The ferry operator is a supporter of the charity and up to 27 November, customers on all Stena Line vessels will be encouraged to 'Round Up for Charity' with their on board purchases and make a donation to Mercy Ships.
#Ferry - Sarah Scowcroft a kind-hearted Stena Line cabin assistant, has vowed to raise funds for Mercy Ships for the rest of her life, after experiencing first-hand life-saving work carried out on board hospital ship Africa Mercy in Guinea. Last…
Belview, the Port of Waterford's main terminal that adjoins the Belview Industrial Zone in south Co. Kilkenny. Containerships, short-sea traders and bulk-carriers use the facility located downriver of Waterford city.
#Ports&Shipping - The Port of Waterford have commissioned an economic impact study that shows the Belview Industrial Zone surrounding and including the port (see snapshot) supports 632 full-time jobs directly and a further 348 indirectly, a total of 980. Last year the…
75 different clubs from seven nations, racing 290 races are expected to compete at Dun Laoghaire Regatta in seven months time
Volvo Dun Laoghaire Regatta organisers are reporting a strong uptake for its early bird entry offer for next July's four-day sailing event on Dublin Bay. With seven months to go, the country's biggest yachting festival – a collaboration between all four waterfront…
Half a century ago construction began on Goliath, then the largest crane in the world which formed the first of the giant shipbuilding cranes in Belfast at the Harland & Wolff yard. The second crane Samson soon followed to become iconic symbols of the city's industrial pride and heritage known throughout the world.
#BelfastLough - This month 50 years ago, November 1968 the landscape of Belfast was forever changed when a giant yellow crane known as Goliath rose from the Harland and Wolff shipyard. As BBC News NI recalls, it would be joined…
A rainbow on Dublin Bay for a fine Turkey Shoot Series race two turnout
DBSC organisers have published the handicaps and start sequences for next Sunday's third race in the Citroen sponsored Turkey Shoot Series on Dublin Bay. Download the handicaps and starts below. As Afloat.ie previously reported, after a shifty race two, Bay newcomer Hot…
A photo of the man driving down the Pacific Highway on a motorised scooter was widely shared on social media.
 In Australia, a man who used a mobility scooter to tow a boat along the Pacific Highway near Newcastle has been charged by police, as the Sydney Morning Herald reports. The 35-year-old man was charged on Wednesday with multiple offences…
French skipper, Lalou Roucayrol on board Arkema
The ninth day at sea in the 2018 Route du Rhum-Destination Guadeloupe solo transatlantic race saw the second capsize in this 11th edition of the four-yearly classic when a 50ft trimaran flipped over about 1,000 nautical miles east of Guadeloupe.…
Dinghy Team Racing is thriving in the college scene with some twenty-seven teams competing regularly in their four provincial events and the Irish Universities Championships
Some sixteen teams will do battle for the Miss Betty IYA junior team racing trophy presented by Clayton Love Snrthis weekend in the Royal St George YC in Dun Laoghaire Harbour. What marks this occasion is that it is 70 years…
Yachts from all over the world will be descending on Plymouth for the 2019 Rolex Fastnet Race, organisers have confirmed
Plymouth City Council and the Royal Ocean Racing Club (RORC) have confirmed that Plymouth will host the finish of the 2019 Rolex Fastnet Race. Plymouth has marked the end of the renowned biennial offshore yacht race since its inception in…
Canoeing and Sailing at the Inclusion Awards in Galway
There are three sailing finalists in the 2018 Cara National Inclusion Awards and confirms that sailing really is a “Sport for All”. Irish Sailing’s incredibly successful Watersports Inclusion Games, hosted in Galway this year, is a finalist for the 2018…
Bantry Bay, Co. Cork looks set to become a must-stop destination for luxury expedition cruises. AFLOAT adds above at anchorage the small luxury expedition cruiseship Serenissima. The former Norwegian 'Hurtigruten' cargo-ferry Harald Jarl, visited in May, had company in the form of a sail trainee tallship Danmark. See below link for related coverage.
#CruiseLiners - West Cork's scenic Banty Bay looks set to become a must-stop destination for luxury expedition cruises, reports The Southern Star.  Businesses, tourism groups and Bantry Bay Port Company are working on a strategy which would appeal to what…
The Zhik ZK Seaboot 900 was designed for teams during the Volvo Ocean Race 2017-18
The new ZK Seaboot 900 is a marine clothing product created as a direct result of Zhik’s partnership with team AkzoNobel and the Dongfeng Race Team, overall winners of the recent Volvo Ocean Race. Designed for serious, long-distance offshore racers…
Irish seafarers memorial monument to those who lost their lives during WW2, is located on City Quay, Dublin where a commemorative service at 12 noon will be held next Sunday, 18th November
#WW2Seafarers - The annual Maritime Institute of Ireland held Commemoration for Irish Seafarers is to take place in Dublin next Sunday, 18th November. The wreath-laying event at 12.00 noon along the City Quay Memorial monument, is dedicated in honour of…
A native white-clawed crayfish
All water users along the River Shannon are being urged to take precautions after confirmation of an outbreak of crayfishrayfish plague on a stretch of the Al River. This river is one of the main tributaries to the River Shannon…
Stuart Walker at the 2012 Vintage Yachting Games
American dinghy racing legend Stuart Walker has passed away at the age of 95. Dr Walker was a paediatric specialist by day, but outside the hospital was a key figure in Annapolis, Maryland’s sailing scene — co-founding in the mid…
RCYC's second race of its winter league for Cruisers in Cork Harbour
Hello and welcome to my weekly Podcast …. Tom MacSweeney here …. As Winter approaches and onshore activity at clubs begins to focus on annual meetings, conversation topics, I find, seem to focus on perennial issues about the state of…
Commissioners of (Irish Lights) aids to navigation tender, ILV Granuaile at anchor in the vessel's homeport of Dun Laoghaire Harbour. The tender's aft-deck is equipped with a Liebherr 20 tonne (SWL) safe working load crane
#Lighthouses - The Research and Radionavigation team (R&RNAV) that supports the three General Lighthouse Authorities (GLAs) of the UK and Ireland - Irish Lights, the Northern Lighthouse Board and Trinity House will now be known as GLA Research and Development (GRAD).…
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