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Hugo Boss at Tower Bridge, London
Vendee Globe
British sailing team, Alex Thomson Racing, that visited Irish shores this Summer today announced that their long-term sponsor, HUGO BOSS, has extended its partnership with the team for a further four years, in a deal that will take them through…
The annual National Commemoration Seafarer's Service at City Quay, Dublin to be held this Sunday, 19 November from 12 noon. The ceremony takes place at the Seafarers Memorial that is dedicated to honour seamen lost while serving on Irish merchant ships 1939-1945 in WW2.
Ports & Shipping
#SeafarersMemorial – The annual National Commemoration Service for Irish Seafarers in Dublin is to held this Sunday, 19th November. The annual service hosted by the Maritime Institute of Ireland will involve a wreath-laying ceremony at 12.00 noon on City Quay…
New Zealand boat builder Matthew Mason has developed a clip-on bow and a new rig for the Optimist dinghy which can be handled by two lighter kids or one heavier kid
Optimist
A development of the single-handed Optimist dinghy has appeared in New Zealand that converts the boat into a two-handed, planing junior dinghy with a bow! When his young son asked why Optimists didn’t have a pointy bow like other boats, Matthew…
Brittany Ferries 2017 seasonal Cork-Roscoff route had a 4% increase in passengers compared to the previous year. Above: Cruiseferry Pont-Aven Afloat adds has 'scrubber' funnel technology to reduce sulphur emissions, is seen in Spanish waters where the 40,000 gross tonnage cruiseferry is currently operating Santander-Portsmouth sailings. The cruiseferry will resume Ireland-France sailings in late March, 2018.
Ferry
#ferrynews - Cruiseferry Pont-Aven has made its final Ireland-France voyage of the year, marking the end of the Brittany Ferries 2017 sailing season. Building on the success of 2016 when numbers were up by 3%, 2017 showed a further 4%…
Seamus-O'Brien (second from left) making the currach with the local workforce in Haiti
Historic Boats
This month a collaboration between Haiti Orphanage Project ESPWA, Cork’s Community Boatyard, Meitheal Mara, and Naomhóga Chorcaí saw two flat pack currachs making their way to Haiti. The mainstay of the Haitian economy was agriculture and fishing which were wiped…
Tommy Furey of INFOMAR shows the Kenyan delegation around the Marine Institute during their visit in February 2016
News Update
#BlueGrowth - Ireland and Kenya have signed a Memorandum of Understanding towards co-operation of both country’s marine sectors. The agreement was signed as part of the visit of the Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade, Simon Coveney, to Kenya and…
The UCD Junior Eight, 1947,  the champions of  Ireland, with Michael Cleary third from left. Junior was an adult grade.
Rowing
#Rowing: UCD Boat Club celebrates 100 years in existence with a special dinner and awards ceremony this Friday, November 17th. Over 400 people from all around the world will attend the event at the O’Reilly Hall on the UCD Campus.…
A fish-eye view on board Turn The Tide on Plastic sailing down the coast of Brazil yesterday
Volvo Ocean Race
#VOR - The seven international teams in the Volvo Ocean Race all now have less than 3,200 nautical miles left in the 7,000-mile second stage from Lisbon to Cape Town. The south-easterly trade winds that blow south of the Equator…
Dominic Casey and Denise Walsh at the Poznan World Cup this year.
Rowing
#Rowing: Ireland coach Dominic Casey has been chosen as one of the finalists for the Coach of the Year at the World Rowing Awards for the second successive year. Casey coaches the Ireland lightweights, who had an extraordinary 2017.  The…
Heritage In The Community Grant Scheme 2018 Now Open For Waterways Projects
Inland Waterways
#InlandWaters - In support of the Waterways Ireland Heritage Plan 2016-2020, the Heritage in the Community Grants Scheme for 2018 is now open for applications. A fund of €20,000 has been allocated to assist community-based heritage projects which compliment or…
Marine Institute headquarters in Oranmore, Co Galway will host the Horizon 2020 information session on Tuesday 12 December
News Update
#Horizon2020 - The Irish Support Team for the Atlantic Action Plan, in association with the recently launched Horizon 2020 Work Programme for 2018-2020, will host an information session at the Marine Institute in Oranmore, Co Galway on Tuesday 12 December.…
The Greenings crew will have new roles in the Clipper Race come the start of the next leg - while their former boat remains beached by environmental protections
Clipper Race
#ClipperRace - The Greenings team’s grounded Clipper Race yacht has still not been salvaged due to red tape around its sensitive location, as South Africa’s Times Live reports. The vessel ran aground off the Cape Peninsula on Tuesday 31 October…
2017 All Ireland Champion Fionn Lyden (left) with Irish Sailing President Jack Roy and crew Liam Manning at Mullingar SC on Lough Owel this evening
ISA
As we head into the winter I’m not just looking back on a very active calendar of sailing, but also looking forward to our winter schedule writes Irish Sailing President Jack Roy. I’ve travelled around the country extensively these last…
Ian Lipinski’s Mini-Transat Proto Class win with Griffon.fr in the Mini Transat 2017 has given him an unprecedented double – he won the Production Class in 2015
Solo Sailing
Fortunes have waxed and waned as the 80 little boats in the Mini Transat Boulangere close towards the finish of the 2,000 mile transoceanic leg from Las Palmas in the Canaries - via a mandatory gate in the Cape Verde…
The innovative balaclava in the Isotak Zhik jacket
Marine Clothing
Zhik's New Isotak X Ocean Sailing Range Has Won the international DAME Award for marine clothing. The Jury was immediately drawn to the Isotak X range thanks to its clever Adaptive Collar System, as Afloat.ie previously reported here, which provides…
Richard Brisius and Johan Salén
Volvo Ocean Race
Richard Brisius and Johan Salen have been appointed as President and Co-President of the Volvo Ocean Race, taking over from the outgoing chief executive, Mark Turner. The duo founded Atlant Ocean Racing together and have worked with seven Volvo Ocean…
Galway Bay launch - Simon Mc Gibney ICRA Commodore / WIORA Commodore, Captain Brian Sheridan Harbour Master Galway Port, Gary Allen Commodore Galway Bay Sailing Club, Rory Carberry Irish Sailing Board Member, Martin Breen Event Chairperson and Denis Kiely ICRA Honorary Secretary
ICRA
The 2018 ICRA Cruiser National and WIORA West Coast Championships have been launched at the Port of Galway offices. The national cruiser championships will be organised by Galway Bay Sailing Club and will combine both the Irish Cruiser Racing top event…
An umpire (in RIB, left) observes a start line at the Elmo Cup Team Racing Competition in Dun Laoghaire
Team Racing
The Irish Team Racing Association (ITRA) has been one of the first organisations to congratulate two new IRL International Judges appointed at the recent World Sailing Conference in Mexico. Both successful candidates have close links with team racing. Cxema Pico is a…
Currently under construction in Germany, W.B. Yeats which ICG are to take delivery of the newbuild €144m cruiseferry next year
Ferry
#FerryNews -Consolidated revenue at Irish Continental Group (ICG) operator of Irish Ferries, increased by 3.1pc to €288.9m year-on-year in the ten months to 31 October. Total revenues writes The Independent for the group’s ferries division was €184.4m, a 1.4pc increase…
Bookings Now Open For 2018 Season On Galway Fishery
Angling
#Angling - The Galway Fishery is now taking applications for bookings for the 2018 season. An increase of €45 has been applied to the cost of a main beat session permit (there are two sessions per day) in the 1…

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