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Flying the Red Ensign is the London registered Stena Adventurer underway in Dublin Port. The ferry is one of two operating to Holyhead, Wales which is the UK's second busiest ferryport after Dover.  AFLOAT also adds Stena Nordica this week began taking over the roster of the second ferry, Stena Superfast X which is undergoing annual dry-docking in H&W, Belfast.
#ferries - Ferry giant, Stena based in Sweden and tanker firm Stolt-Nielsen which is Bermuda registered, are reviewing their UK-registered ships ahead of Britain’s departure from the EU, the two leading transport companies told Reuters separately on Wednesday (yesterday). Such…
73-year-old Jean-Luc Van Den Heede became the oldest man ever to complete and win a solo non-stop round-the-world race
I enjoyed watching world sailing history being made this week as 73-year-old Jean-Luc Van Den Heede became the oldest man ever to complete and win a solo non-stop round-the-world race. After 212 days alone at sea he won the Golden…
Finn Lynch is sailing fast in the light and shifty conditions in Miami
After two days of shifty qualifying rounds and dealing with a neck injury, the National Yacht Club's Finn Lynch is through to gold fleet racing in the Laser class at the Miami World Sailing Cup as he describes here Day two…
A meeting of the National and Regional Inshore Fisheries Forum
The Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine, Michael Creed T.D., today was presented with the ‘Strategy for the Irish Inshore Fisheries Sector 2019-2023’. The strategy is the first industry-led blueprint for the Inshore Sector and was presented to the…
Liam Shanahan's Ruth at the start of the 2017 D2D on Dublin Bay
The 2019 Volvo Dun Laoghaire to Dingle “D2D” Race starts from the National Yacht Club in Dun Laoghaire on Wednesday, June 12th 2019. The 300–mile race along the Irish coastline is a great mini-offshore challenge for cruisers and racing boats…
Sir Tim Laurence and fellow RNLI officials with Bangor lifeboat station volunteers
#Lifeboats - Bangor RNLI was delighted yesterday (Tuesday 29 January) Yesterday afternoon, Bangor RNLI was delighted to welcome a delegation led by Vice Admiral Sir Tim Laurence, Chairman of the RNLI Operations Committee. Sir Tim and other top RNLI officials met…
Dublin Lord Mayor Nial Ring will host Sail Training Ireland for its annual prize-giving and season launch at The Mansion House this Saturday
Sail Training Ireland will hold its seventh annual prize-giving and season launch event this Saturday 2 February at the Mansion House in Dublin, courtesy of Lord Mayor of Dublin Nial Ring. The event will see awards being presented to trainees…
File image of the Irish Coast Guard’s Shannon-based helicopter Rescue 115
Two crew members with suspected head injuries were airlifted from a fishing vessel off Dingle yesterday (Tuesday 29 January), as the Irish Examiner reports. The Irish Coast Guard’s Shannon-based helicopter Rescue 115 was tasked to the scene some 60 nautical…
Finn Lynch competing in the first rounds of the Miami World Sailing Cup
There was a solid start for both Irish Lasers competing in the first two races of the World Sailing Cup in Miami yesterday. Finn Lynch is sitting in 16th overall and teammate (and rival for the single Tokyo berth) Liam…
Jean-Luc Van Den Heede crossed the finish line at Les Sables d'Olonne to win the 2018 Golden Globe Race
Jean-Luc Van Den Heede wrote his name into the record books by not only winning the 2018 Golden Globe solo non-stop round the world race today, but becoming the oldest in history to complete such a race. The 73-year old…
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The RCYC U25 team sporting North Sails T-Shirts
North Sails Ireland enjoyed a great day out last Friday with the Royal Cork Yacht Club Under 25 Academy. We were looking at some new 1720 3Di Nordac upwind sails and the North 1720 T-6 Class spinnaker writes Nigel Young.…
Minister of State Andrew Doyle launching the new locally led Blue Flag recovery scheme in Duncannon
#CoastalNotes - A new locally led scheme for the recovery and long-term retention of Duncannon Beach’s Blue Flag status has been launched in Co Wexford. The Duncannon Blue Flag Farming and Communities Scheme is a European Innovation Project (EIP) funded…
Idea of cargo ships travelling directly to French ports to bypass the UK floated. Above the stern of DFDS Seaways (Transmanche Ferries) English Channel / Newhaven-Dieppe ferry ’Cote d’Albatre’ (see link below to Afloat's piece) docked in Dieppe, Normandy, France.
#shipping - Leaders in politics and business from Normandy visited Dublin last week to discuss contingency plans for Brexit including cargo ships travelling directly to French ports to bypass the UK “landbridge” to the EU. As The Irish Times reports,…
Safely home and a clear winner - Jean–Luc van den Heede in the all-conquering "Little Snail”, his well-tested Rustler 36 Matmut
Jean-Luc van den Heede safely berthed his Rustler 36 Matmut in the Vendee Marina in Les Sables-d’Olonne shortly after 1100 hrs today to confirm him in first place in convincing style in the Golden Jubilee Golden Globe Race writes W M…
Dundalk Port lies close to the border with Northern Ireland
Dublin Port Company has issued a Notice to Mariners with regard to standard operating procedures or vessels entering, moving within and departing Dundalk Port. The Co Louth port lies on the other side of the Cooley Peninsula from the border…
W.B. Yeats arriving in Dublin Port following a delivery voyage last month. A week ago, today, the luxury cruiseferry entered service on the Holyhead route and is to be followed by operating Dublin-Cherbourg from mid-March.
#ferries - Irish Ferries have expressed its disappointment with the issuing of notices by the National Transport Authority (NTA) yesterday in respect of cancellations that arose following the delayed arrival of the new W.B. Yeats ship. These cancellations were due…
The crew paid their respects to all those who lost their lives 66 years ago on the 31st January 1953 in the North Channel.
The crew of Donaghadee RNLI lifeboat put to sea on Sunday (27 January ) morning for their fortnightly exercise and also to lay a floral tribute on behalf of the Sir Samuel Kelly Project. The volunteer crew paid their respects…
The Prestige 750 marks a step up in luxury for the MMA fighter
There is speculation that Conor McGregor is trading up from his existing luxury motor yacht The 188 to a 2019 model, as the Irish Mirror reports. The MMA fighter’s Instagram recently featured him leafing through the brochure of the brand…
Finn Lynch is looking forward to the Miami World Cup despite recovering from a neck injury
Tokyo Olympic Laser trialist Finn Lynch goes into the second round of the Sailing World Cup nursing a neck injury sustained in training earlier this month but the National Yacht Club ace says he is ready to race on Biscayne Bay…
Andrew Algeo's new J99 Juggerknot 2 will debut at Spi-Ouest, La Trinité Sur Mer this Easter
Royal Irish Yacht Club skipper Andrew Algeo on why he has sold his national championship-winning J109 Juggerknot and replaced it with a brand new J99, Juggerknot 2.  Juggerknot has been the means to get a bunch of old friends out on the…

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