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Waterford Viking Marathon To Raise Funds For RNLI
#RNLI - Saturday 30 June has been confirmed as the date for the seventh annual WLRfm Waterford Viking Marathon to raise funds for the RNLI. The most exciting running event in Waterford, the Viking Marathon following a spectacular route that…
Finn Lynch lies 16th after day one in Hyeres
The National Yacht Club's Olympic sailor Finn Lynch is in the top quarter of his Laser fleet after the first two races of Sailing’s World Cup Series in Hyères, France yesterday.  In what amounts to a good start for the…
Frank Miller's Blind Squirrel from the DMYC was the winner of both of last night's DBSC in harbour Fireball races
Fireball Race 1: Blind Squirrel (F Miller), 2. Incubus (C Power/M Barry) Fireball Race 2: Blind Squirrel (F Miller), 2. Incubus (C Power/M Barry) IDRA 14 Race 1: Dunmoanin (F Hamilton), 2. Doody (J.Fitzgerald/J.Byrne) IDRA 14 Race 2: Dunmoanin (F…
Martin Stromberg on the helm of Turn the Tide on Plastic with Annalise Murphy and the rest of the team standing by for a peel
#VOR - Dongfeng Race Team snuck into the lead on Tuesday (24 April) as the Volvo Ocean Race fleet continued to skirt Leg 8’s first major obstacle – the St Helena High. The famed anticyclone is renowned for dominating the…
Arriving: Stena Carrier swings off North Wall Extension, Dublin Port (to a river-berth) two days before the freight-only vessel ended a charter to P&O Ferries on their Liverpool service. The quay which also forms part of Alexandra Basin is to be shortened to enable a larger turning-circle (for considerably bigger ships) to dock as part of the major redevelopment works that is Phase One of the Dublin Port Masterplan.
#FerryNews - Stena RoRo's charter of a vessel to P&O Ferries Dublin-Liverpool route ended at the weekend following the return of European Endeavour fresh from annual refit, writes Jehan Ashmore. The charter of Stena Carrier to rivals, P&O was expected…
 Frank Whelan's ISORA winning team on "Eleuthera" (black hull to leeward) as a bumper 25–boat ISORA fleet reach out of Dublin Bay on Sunday in the first race of the Viking Marine Coastal Series
The North Sails Ireland team of Nigel Young, Maurice 'Prof' O'Connell and Shane Hughes (scroll down for sailmaker details below) were busy at three sailing events last weekend, each winning races with clients on the Irish Sea, Howth and Kinsale.…
Fire broke out in the engine room of DFDS Finlandia Seaways, which has led to the closure of the Scotland-mainland Europe (ro-ro freight) service: Rosyth-Zeebrugge. Afloat adds the Belgium port is where operator, CldN's newly christened ro-ro Celine (the 'Brexit-Buster') arrived last Sunday following a voyage from Dublin Port.
#FerryNews -A North Sea ferry operator, DFDS has axed its freight service between Rosyth, Scotland and Zeebrugge in Belgium following a fire on one of its ships. The vessel reports BBC News, is out of action following the blaze in…
Jet boats have earned a reputation as thrilling, high-performance rides
Afloat.ie reader, Chris, is trying to find out what the rules and limitations are for jet boating on Irish rivers. In particular, he was curious to know if there are any regulations governing speed limits.  A jetboat is a boat…
The main areas of concern for the IWAI relate to the new complicated legal licensing, rather than the need to legislate for a simple permitting system that is customer friendly, easy to use, and fit for purpose for boaters
Could The Heritage Bill destroy the Navigations it should be protecting? That's the view of the Inland Waterways Association of Ireland (IWAI). In a long running campaign, the IWAI has received strong political support for its view that this proposed legislation…
Dunmore East RNLI’s all-weather lifeboat Windsor Runner
#RNLI - Dunmore East  RNLI’s all-weather lifeboat launched on Saturday (21 April) to assist an injured crewman onboard a fishing trawler. The crewman sustained an injury while fishing 70 miles offshore, and the trawler was intercepted by Dunmore East lifeboat…
A report published by the IMDO highlights a 4% increase in Irish LoLo traffic to 731,451 TEUs (twenty foot equivalent units). Above containership Karin Schepers docked in Dublin Port at the Peel Ports Group operated lo-lo MTL Terminal.
#Ports&Shipping - The Irish Maritime Transport Economist, a report produced by the Irish Maritime Development Office (IMDO) on Ireland’s maritime freight industry, was launched recently in Dublin. The report now in its 15th year, shows that in 2017, total port traffic…
Owners are getting boats ready in Cork Harbour but this one hasn't moved for a while, it has a tree growing out of the boarding ladder
The sailing season in Cork Harbour is getting underway - slowly it has to be said - the effects of the long Winter weren’t encouraging owners to get their boats ready…… That is happening and launching is underway, but owners…
A screen grab from Conor Fogerty's Vendee Globe video. Scroll down the page to watch the video.
Irish Sailor of the Year Conor Fogerty has launched a Vendee Globe 2020 campaign, bringing to four the number of Irish sailors now working towards the non–stop solo round–the–world race in two year's time. 'Boat selection, physical training and preparation…
Vehicles on the bridge leading to Liverpool Landing Stage, where the Isle of Man Steam-Packet operate a seasonal fast-craft service linking Douglas the Manx capital
#FerryNews - Isle of Man Today writes of tensions rising between tourism chiefs and the Cabinet Office, after a passenger survey reported a drop in visitor numbers, boiled over into Tynwald this week. While Policy and Reform Minister Chris Thomas…
Less than five miles separate the seven boats in the Volvo Ocean Race on Day 2 of Leg 8
#VOR - Following a big send-off from Itajai yesterday (Sunday 22 April), the seven-strong Volvo Ocean Race fleet – back up to full complement with the welcome return of Vestas 11th Hour Racing and Sun Hung Kai/Scallywag – faced a…
On the water, Fireball sailors were put under pressure in an intense series of bear aways, hoists, reaches, runs, drops and round-ups and beats
Fireballs enjoyed champagne sailing in Dun Laoghaire on Saturday for a pre-season coaching session with Ger Owens, thanks to the support of Irish Sailing. Ger's wry and funny delivery once again reduced the most complex of questions to the key…
 The first deepwater INFOMAR survey of 2018, is to map the seabed in the region of the Labadie and Cockburn Banks, south of the Celtic Sea.
#MarineScience - Marine Institute's RV Celtic Explorer departed Galway yesterday for the first deepwater INFOMAR survey of 2018 to map the seabed in the region of the Labadie and Cockburn Banks, south of the Celtic Sea. These areas are of ecological…
Four Floatel Cabins will be constructed within the marina at Milford Haven, Pembrokeshire later this year
#Ports&Shipping - The south Wales Port of Milford Haven (related story) has submitted a revised master plan to Pembrokeshire County Council for its multi-million pound Milford Waterfront development. The Port received a resolution to grant planning consent in 2015 and…
Delivery of ‘WB Yeats’ cruiseferry from a German shipyard ‘likely to be delayed’
#FerryNews - Operator Irish Ferries has confirmed that in the region of 5,000-10,000 customers will be affected by cancelled bookings on a new ferry, the delivery of which has been delayed. The company writes The Irish Times, continued to make…
This year the Laser 4.7 team will compete in the class World Championships in Gdynia, Poland
Three of the five youth sailors named by Irish Sailing for its 2018 Laser 4.7 team are from the Royal St. George Yacht Club in Dun Laoghaire Harbour.  Royal St. George's Alana Coakley, Charlie Cullen (also National Yacht Club) and…

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