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Carferry Isle of Arran, Afloat adds is the oldest large ferry of the 30 strong CalMac fleet. The 1984 built ferry operates on relief duties in addition to operating two Firth of Clyde routes, one to Arran (above berthed in Brodick at the older linkspan) and on the seasonal service linking the Mull of Kintyre from Ardrossan.
#FerryNews - Passengers may face delays and disruption this summer as Scottish operator, CalMac struggles to keep ageing ferries running. As The National reports, the operator is preparing for what it believes will be its busiest tourist season on record.…
A total of 8 races are scheduled in the Laser 4.7 rig on Dublin Bay
The Volvo Irish Sailing Youth Pathway National Championships start tomorrow at the Royal St. George Yacht Club and National Yacht Club in Dun Laoghaire Harbour on Dublin Bay. As previously reported by Afloat.ie, this is Ireland’s biggest youth sailing regatta…
The fleet positions as of 10am Irish time on Wednesday 4 April
#ClipperRace - After a long wait, the stronger winds and big surfs for which the Pacific Ocean is renowned have finally arrived for the Clipper Race fleet on Day 12 of Race 9: Race to the Emerald City. The 11…
Fastferry craft, Manannan underway on Isle of Man seasonal routes
#FerryNews- Visitors numbers to the Isle of Man have sharply declined and this should act as a wake-up call to tourism chiefs, a Manx member of parliament is claiming. Chris Robertshaw, Member of the House of Keys (MHK) on Manx Radio said…
Joan Mulloy of Westport begins her second experience of top level Figaro Solo racing tomorrow with the Concarneau 350
The elite Figaro Class’s 350-miles Solo Concarneau for the trophee Guy Cotton in the Bay of Biscay tomorrow (Thursday) will test Ireland’s Tom Dolan and Joan Mulloy on an intricate course writes W M Nixon. The route take two fleets…
Topper racing in a big breeze during last November’s Frostbite League at the Royal Cork
#Topper - The Irish Topper Class Association is appealing for parents of class members to join its committee for 2018-19. “Every year, as sailors move on to other classes, so do most of the parents who have served on the…
Some harbours in Co. Galway are to receive funding for projects.
#IrishHarbours - According to Galway Bay fm, €225,000 has been ringfenced for harbour projects in the county. €112,000 will be spent on slipway and pier infrastructure at Crumpan Pier, Carna. A further €112,000 will go towards slipway and pier extension…
Buoy Change At Castletownbere Fishery Harbour Centre
#MarineNotice - Marine Notice No 13 of 2018 advises that the No 3 Green Perch at the entrance to Castletownbere  Fishery Harbour Centre in West Cork has been removed due to damage. The No 3 Green Perch has been replaced by…
New Report Says Ireland ‘Tops League Table’ For Fishing Quotas Against Scientific Advice
#Fishing - A new study points at Ireland has one of Europe’s worst offenders for overfishing, as The Irish Times reports. The study from the New Economics Foundation was based on the outcomes of EU fisheries negotiations, evaluating total allowable…
Howth J109 Storm is a 2017 Scottish Series winner, a regatta that is part of the GBR IRC Championships programme
Sailors in the UK are enjoying spring racing and looking forward to the summer season, including the varied selection of International Rating Certificate (IRC) Championships that includes sailing events in the Irish Sea that attract interest from the Irish Cruiser…
194 sailors and supporters descended on the Shannon Estuary sailing mecca at Kilrush in County Clare
The annual Irish University Sailing Association Intervarsity Team Racing Championship is the first major event to signal the new season, and 2018’s – at Kilrush on the weekend of March 9th to 11th – was vintage stuff. There were 28…
Inspirational sailor – Enda O Coineen
“Inspirational” is the word that has leapt out of every set of reports and comments about Enda O’Coineen’s achievement in getting the IMOCA 60 Souffle du Nord/Team Ireland to Les Sables-d’Olonne on Sunday. Although his lone voyage from New Zealand…
Hugo Duplessis relaxing during a cruise in West Cork in 1982. He was a pioneer in fibreglass boatbuilding technology, and an early developer of charter cruising in West Cork
Hugo Duplessis was a complete one-off, and his death at the age of 94 brings to an end a lifelong involvement with boats and cruising. Yet everything about him was in a sort of amiable contradiction. As he’d a decidedly…
A large piece of stonework dislodged from the roundhead apron at Dun Laoghaire’s West Pier
#DLHarbour - Concerns have been raised over apparent damage to the East and West Piers in Dun Laoghaire Harbour that may be worse than previously estimated. Visibly damaged stonework lies at the waterline of the West Pier roundhead some four…
Team Brunel sails to Leg 7 victory in Itajaí, Brazil this afternoon, Tuesday 3 April
#VOR - Bouwe Bekking has used his veteran nous to fight through all the challenges posed by a difficult Leg 7 of the Volvo Ocean Race and lead Team Brunel to a narrow win over Charles Caudrelier’s Dongfeng Race Team…
Richmond Harbour on the Royal Canal in Clondra, Co Longford
#InlandWaters - Waterways Ireland advises masters and owners of vessels on the Royal Canal at the Clondra, Co Longford end that: Non-permitted vessels, as per Article 6(8) of the Canal Act 1986 (Bye-Laws) 1988 Non-attended and apparently abandoned vessels (Article…
This morning’s race positions, showing the weather system approaching from Japan
#ClipperRace - A mixed bag of weather conditions has kept each of the 11 teams in the Clipper Race busy through the night — and any big tactical moves at bay, as a ridge of high pressure brought any attempts…
Optimist sailor Justin Lucas pictured last year
#Optimist - Justin Lucas of the Royal Cork and Tralee Bay placed second at the Magic Marine Easter Regatta in the Netherlands yesterday (Monday 2 April). A long weekend of sailing on the Braassemermeer northeast of Leiden saw Lucas finish…
Finn Lynch (right of shot) makes his approach to the weather mark and a fine seventh placing in the first race of Trofeo Princesa Sofia Regatta in Mallorca
National Yacht Club  Laser Sailor Finn Lynch spent eight hours on the water for a single race yesterday at the 49th Trofeo Princesa Sofia Regatta but he made it well worth his while by placing seventh in a strong turnout of the…
Ruth II, an impressive Oyster 625, is berthed at Dun Laoghaire Marina having arrived on her maiden sail from Ipswich
The National Yacht Club recently welcomed Liam Shanahan Jnr's new yacht, Ruth II, an impressive Oyster 625, into her home port of Dun Laoghaire on Dublin Bay. The Irish Sailor of the Year 2015, an ISORA Champion, delivered the Rob Humphrey's…

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