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The Marine Survey Office (MSO), which is the national authority responsible for regulating maritime safety, has issued a notice in advance of Galway's Volvo Ocean Race in May. It is  advising skippers of the obligation to operate with a licence…
Northern Ireland's Ross Monson has navigated  ICAP Leopard, the 100ft super maxi that broke the Round Ireland record last year to line honours in the inaugural RORC Caribbean 600.At 07:25 local time, off the coast of Antigua, Monson Completed the…
Afloat web editor Markham Nolan was among the winners at the recent fourth annual Irish Blog Awards last week. Markham, a keen sailor, who also blogs on afloat.ie picked up the award for Best Blog at a ceremony at Cork…
Ciara Peelo's attendance in Dun Laoghaire last night for the luanch of the ISAF youth worlds was an appropriate move by Royal St. George organisers towards its stated goal of a gold medal at the 2012 youth worlds. The event…
Gerry Burke, Vice Chairman of Lough Derg Branch has asked me to let you know that there will be a work party on Saturday and Sunday of this weekend to remove fallen trees and other debris from the Woodford River…
The Master of the sail training ship Asgard II has expressed “disappointment” at the decision by Minister for Defence Willie O’Dea to leave the ship on the seabed off northwest France. He was only one of three former Asgard crew…
We're not wallowing, we're the marine industry
Asgard sank, and so did the economy. The doomsayers are taking to the lifeboats but the Taoiseach says we can't afford to "wallow in a sea of doubt". It's not the most auspicious start to the 2009 Allianz Boat Show…
Ireland's difficult berths
Just over a year ago, consultants were pointing to the fact that leisure craft berths needed to triple in Dun Laoghaire harbour to cater for extra demand. It was obvious to the watersports community at that time, but Dun Laoghaire…
A National Marine Policy for Ireland?
It is almost 12 months since the Irish Marine Federation called for the immediate introduction of a National Marine Policy for Ireland. To date, there has been almost no progress to report. The European Union has requested each coastal member…
Developing the sort of jobs that cannot be shipped abroad
When the media showed up in the RDS I did not hesitate to tell them in my role as Marine Federation Chairman that the marine sector could develop jobs. I called it a 'potential gold mine'. A wise man I…
The Asgard II, which sank last September off the coast of France, will not be lifted from the seabed inspite of an Afloat petition that generated thousands of comments and signatures. The Minister for Defence, Willie O'Dea, has announced that…
Undertake one of the world's greatest adventures – to circumnavigate the globe by tallship. Just 25 berths are available on a modern, ocean going tallship departing England April 2009 for an epic 1 year 30,000 mile passage of self discovery.…
On Saturday the 21st of February more than 2,300 swimmers took part in the annual Perth (Australia) to Rottnest Island swim. Two swimmers from Cork:  Jennifer Hurley and John Conroy completed solo swims and Andrew Flanagan (Galway) and David Farrell…
Three people were rescued when the RNLI All-weather lifeboat from Dun Laoghaire was called to the assistance of a yacht sinking in Killiney Bay on Sunday afternoon. The incident took place shortly after 5pm when the crew of the 54-foot…
Dun Laoghaire's emergence as an Irish sea yacht racing venue continued last night when Minister for Social and Family Affairs, Mary Hanafin TD, launched the Volvo Dun Laoghaire Regatta (VDLR) 2009 at the Allianz Boat Show, running at the RDS…
Irish ocean yachtsman Damian Foxall was announced on RTE radio last night as Ireland's Sailor of the Year for 2008.Foxall, currently racing on board the Green Dragon, Ireland's entry in the Volvo Ocean Race, was selected by the judges for…
The Irish Sailing Association has purchased three Yamaha VX Cruisers on a single road trailer for training Centres around the country.ISA Training Manager Tony Wright explained why the sailing association had purchaed the jet skis: “One of the fundamental difficulties…
The boat show made headlines this morning when the chairman of the Marine Industry Federation called on the Government to support those who want to invest and create jobs in the sector.vAt the opening of the National Boat Show in…
For those longing for hot-weather water-based pursuits, this week's Boat Show will give visitors to the RDS a chance to look forward to the summer when Ireland's world-class waterways can be enjoyed to the full. Visitors to Irish WaterSafety's stand…
His boat has been passed fit, but Telefonica Blue skipper Bouwe Bekking feared his team's chances of winning leg five were less than healthy when they finally started racing this morning. Green Dragon is third in a fleet of five…

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