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The new comfort in winter sailing from Zhik; Overgloves
Marine Clothing
Right now, on Sunday mornings, do you feel your fingers are about to drop off at Cork Harbour's Winter Leagues? Or Dublin Bay's Turkey Shoot or DMYC Dinghy Frostbites? Innovative Australian sailing gear manufacturer Zhik think they have the answer…
Action from the 2016 All-In-A-Row charity event.
Rowing
#Rowing: The second annual All-in-a-Row charity event on the River Liffey will be held this Saturday, December 9th.  Rowers, kayakers and canoeists will take part in a row or paddle to raise money for the RNLI and The Irish Underwater…
Take A Dip This Christmas Day With Clontarf Yacht & Boat Club
Sea Swim
#CY&BC - The Clontarf Yacht & Boat Club annual Christmas Day Swim in aid of the RNLI is back for 2017. This year’s swim takes place at 1pm on Monday 25 December at the slipway across from the CY&BC. Those…
Exploris in Portaferry is currently caring for a number of seal pups like this one
Marine Wildlife
#MarineWildlife - Two common seals were released off the North Coast last week after being nursed back to health at the Exploris aquarium in Portaferry. According to The Irish News, the seals named Hans and Albert had been with the…
The body of Lu Na McKinney was found by a jetty at Devenish Island on Lough Erne, near Enniskillen
News Update
#LoughErne - BelfastLive reports that a man has been charged with the murder of a woman whose body was found in Lough Erne earlier this year. Lu Na McKinney was recovered from the water by emergency services in the early…
Join in the celebrations tomorrow, Wednesday 6 December where a free display of the 'People on the Pier' photos will be projected onto the outside of the dlr LexIcon Library from 6.45pm.
Dublin Bay
#CelebratePiers – Tomorrow evening, Wednesday 6 December, is a time to celebrate and join in the People on the Pier photo exhibition as part of events for the 200th anniversary of Dún Laoghaire Harbour in 2017. Over the many years,…
Ireland will be represented by 3  boats & 4 sailors at the Youth Worlds in China: Sally Bell in Laser Radial Girls (above), Conor Quinn in Laser Radial Boys, & Geoff Power and James McCann in 420s.
Youth Sailing
Irish youth sailors will join a fleet from 62 nations set to compete in the 2017 edition of the Youth Sailing World Championships from 9-16 December 2017 in Sanya, China. As Afloat.ie reported prevously, Ireland will be represented by three…
The leader - Liam Manning captained the victorious UCC team in November’s Intervarsities in Baltimore
Sailor of the Month
With the year drawing to a close, it looked as though Liam Manning of Schull would be seen as 2017’s ultimate bridesmaid, as he was crew for Fionn Lyden’s All-Ireland Sailing victory in October. But the dark days of November…
Paul O’Higgins (second left) with the crew of Rockabill VI in Dingle after winning the race from Dun Laoghaire
Sailor of the Month
Paul O’Higgins (RIYC) is November’s Afloat.ie “Sailor of the Month (Offshore)” for the sporting way he campaigns his JPK 10.80 Rockabill VI. He knew when to make it serious to win the Volvo Dun Laoghaire to Dingle Race, but equally…
International boating visitors relish the tranquil opportunity of slow tourism cruising say the IWAI
Inland Waterways
The Inland Waterways Association of Ireland (IWAI) will appear today before the Joint Oireachtas Committee on Culture Heritage and the Gaeltacht which is examining the Heritage Bill 2016 Part 2 Canals. In a long running campaign, the IWAI will be…
Afloat.ie is aiming for even more readers in 2018 thanks to a great scene on Irish waters
News Update
Afloat.ie is on course for another record year for visitors on its dedicated Irish boating website, with a 20% increase on 2016 figures. The Irish sailing, boating and maritime website reached a high water mark a year ago, informing and…
Waterways Ireland Heritage Plan Open Day Next Week
Inland Waterways
#InlandWaters - Waterways Ireland is hosting its second annual Heritage Plan Open Day from noon to 7pm next Wednesday 13 December at its headquarters in Enniskillen, Co Fermanagh. Visitors can review all the actions of the Heritage Plan that were…
Viking Marine’s Advent Calendar Is In Full Swing
Viking Marine
Viking Marine is four days into its Advent calendar on Facebook, highlighting a different gift idea for your favourite sailing enthusiasts each day until Christmas. Stocking stuffers featured thus far include the new Gloma Nautica Rope Bracelets, Dexshell waterproof socks,…
Union Hall RNLI crew and supporters
RNLI Lifeboats
Volunteers at Union Hall RNLI are celebrating the news that their lifeboat station in West Cork is to be formally established following a successful trial. The recommendation subject to the provision of a long term shoreworks solution was approved at…
Back on track after 40 knot knock-down in the RORC Transatlantic Race - Ludde Ingvall's Australia Maxi CQS
RORC
Irish sailors David Kenefick and James Espey on board Ludde Ingvall's CQS suffered a setback in the RORC Transatlantic Race; the westbound leg of the Atlantic Anniversary Regatta. "We got caught in a bad squall of probably 40 knots which…
Frostbite Mug winners, Fast PY Fleet, Race 2 – Neil Colin & Margaret Casey
Dublin Bay
The fifth round of the 2017/18 Frostbites, hosted by Dun Laoghaire Motor Yacht Club, saw two races held inside the harbour, a four lap trapezoid course to start proceedings followed by a three lap windward-leeward course which I am reliably…
Commercial celebrate at Carrick on Shannon
Rowing
#Rowing: The Head of the Shannon enjoyed good weather and an appreciative crowd at Carrick-on-Shannon on Saturday. The timing system encountered some difficulties. Neptune’s junior 18 quadruple were the fastest crew in the first head. The pennant for this class…
Are Sea Area Forecasts Necessary?
Tom MacSweeney
In this digital age, with so many available resources providing sea area weather forecasts, is there still a need for national radio to broadcast these forecasts? I heard an RTE Radio Presenter asking a Met Eireann meteorologist on-air whether there…
Man of the West. Dave Whitehead on the shores of his adopted and beloved home of Galway Bay. Photo: Pierce Purcell
Cruising

David Whitehead 1942-2017

3rd December 2017
Irish sailing is mourning the loss of someone very special with the death of Dave Whitehead of Kinvara. In his close and strong family circle, throughout an international circle of friends, and among many more in the Galway Bay area,…
Cork Harbour cruiser racing this month. The possibility of an all-harbour-clubs league throughout the season would add to the revived interest in cruiser racing
Royal Cork YC
There is a possibility that Cork Harbour could see more active inter-club racing next season. Following the successful initial inter-club racing this past season between Monkstown Bay and Cove Sailing Clubs, there are to be meetings with the RCYC about…

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