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Book Your Place At Howth Yacht Club’s Autumn League Final Banquet
#HYC - Be sure to reserve your place for the KBC Autumn League final night banquet hosted by Howth Yacht Club on Saturday 20 October. The venue is also available for Christmas parties this upcoming festive season — with room…
The ferry was travelling from Belfast to Liverpool
#BelfastLough - An evacuation of passengers according to ITV News from a ferry took place after a report that a “device” had been left on board. The Police Service of Northern Ireland said the Belfast to Liverpool service was held…
The largest containership to call to Cork, Afloat adds was Hamburg Sud's Polar Costa Rica (3,884TEU). The 43,000 gross tonnage 230m long ship made a maiden call in June to Ringaskiddy where the pair of STS (ship-to-shore) gantry cranes will be installed as part of the new €80m terminal.
#PortofCork - A significant deal has been signed by Liebherr Container Cranes to supply two large gantry cranes to the Port of Cork. The twin cranes reports The Kerryman will be located at the new container terminal at Ringaskiddy -…
The RMS Leinster which was operated by the City of Dublin Steam Packet Company whose ornate crest still remains adorning the preserved facade of their head office at 15 Eden Quay, along the city's central north banks of the River Liffey.
#rmsLeinster - As part of RMS Leinster commemorative events, the UK's Royal Mail Group appropriately is the main sponsor of a special centenary concert tomorrow, Sunday 7th October (7.30pm) at Christ Church, Park Road, Dún Laoghaire in Co. Dublin.   Performances…
Aboard Ilen in Limerick Docks are (left to right) boatbuilder Liam Hegarty of Baltimore, Gary MacMahon of the Ilen Project, President Higgins, Brother Anthony Keane of Glenstal Abbey, and Sabina Higgins
President Michael D Higgins wished further fair winds for the historic ketch Ilen when he and his wife Sabina went aboard the newly-restored Conor O’Brien ketch during his visit to Limerick writes W M Nixon. Ilen has been brought back…
A tug assists a tanker off a jetty on the Shannon estuary.
#ShannonEstuary - The Limerick Leader writes that an environmental NGO has secured permission to bring a High Court challenge against An Bord Pleanala's decision to extend planning permission to develop a Liquid Natural Gas (LNG) terminal on the Shannon Estuary.…
Dublin sailor Michael Boyd will be elected as Chairman of the IRC Congress in Dun Laoghaire today
Today's international annual meeting of the international IRC Rating Congress in Dun Laoghaire will appoint Royal Irish Yacht Club sailor Michael Boyd as its new Chairman.  IRC rating representatives from Belgium, Canada, France, Britain, Hong Kong, Japan, Holland, Turkey the USA…
County Mayo's Joan Mulloy arrives at the Royal Irish Yacht Club in Dun Laoghaire
Figaro Sailor Joan Mulloy from County Mayo sailed into the Royal Irish Yacht Club at Dun Laoghaire today fresh from her exploits in France where she became the first Irish woman to complete the famous French Solo Race. It looks as…
Drama as defending champion Storm' hits the pin end of the first race of the J109 National Championships in Howth today
In a dramatic start to today's J109 National Championships at Howth Yacht Club, defending champions, Storm, hit the pin end of the starting line in the first race. The error meant the Pat Kelly team was in an untypically low…
Above L.E. James Joyce Afloat adds is the current Naval Service vessel involved in Operation Sophia.
#NavalService - The Tánaiste Simon Coveney has ruled out suspending Ireland's Naval Service involvement in the Mediterranean migrant rescue mission and bringing crews home to deal with staff shortages. As The Irish Times writes, Independents4Change TD Clare Daly claimed “the…
Learn To Sail Virtually With New Simulator For PC & Mac
A new sailing simulator for PC and Mac computers will appeal to experienced sailors and novices alike, its makers hope. Officially launched at the Royal Southern Yacht Club in Hamble yesterday (Friday 5 October), eSail Sailing Simulator puts you in…
Irish Lights Through A Changing Ireland Subject Of New Exhibition In Dun Laoghaire
‘Safety at Sea Through War and Upheaval’ is the title of an exhibition now running at the dlr Lexicon in Dun Laoghaire, highlighting the history of Ireland’s lighthouses between the years 1911 and 1923. Using resources from the Irish Lights…
Six short races are scheduled as a two-race mini-series for the Flying Fifteens on Dublin Bay
Fresh from last weekend's national championships on Dublin Bay, the National Yacht Club stages the first race of its Flying Fifteen 2018 Frostbite Series this Saturday. There will be back-to-back races on each day of the series that runs until November…
The global autonomous shipping industry is predicted to grow into a $136 billion behemoth by 2030. Above an artist's impression of autonomous ships of the future
The autonomous and smart shipping industry is set to receive a boost, after the UK's Maritime & Coastguard Agency (MCA) and the Department for Transport (DfT), in collaboration with the National Oceanography Centre’s (NOC) Marine Robotics Innovation Centre, successfully secured…
Henry Start and Elysia O'Leary in the 29er on Belfast Lough
Last weekend saw the final event in the Irish 29er class calendar with the fleet competing at the RYANI Youth Championships at Royal North of Ireland Yacht Club. The event also drew on a number of classes including Lasers, 420’s,…
Whatever about the outcome of this weekend’s J/109 Nationals at Howth, home team Pat Kelly (centre) and his crew on Storm are already winners of the RC35 Celtic Trophy 2018 after success (seen here) in the Silvers Scottish Series in May, followed by second at Bangor Town Regatta in July, and first at the Welsh IRC Championship in August.
The great Danish sailor Paul Elvstrom famously commented that it was much easier to create a completely new racing boat with top class potential than it was to create a successful Class Association with global reach to give proper support…
The large containership, MSC Ela which experienced engine-trouble was forced to divert to Dublin Bay and anchored off Sandycove (seen from Scotmen's Bay side). In the foreground of the 964-foot ship is the rocky shore that extends from the The Forty Foot promontory which is a well known bathing place. Take a closer look!... for the sun-soaked seal perched on a submerged rock.
#DublinBay - A containership on a voyage from Liverpool, UK when bound for New York, USA, was forced to turn around off the Wexford coast and divert to Dublin Bay on Tuesday, has finally departed this morning, writes Jehan Ashmore.…
73-year-old French Race leader Jean-Luc Van Den Heede
At 08:00 UTC Friday, (18:00 local time) French Golden Globe Race leader Jean-Luc Van Den Heede was 40 miles from the film gate at Hobart, Tasmania, his Rustler 36 Matmut making 3.7knots. the 73-year old skipper is expected to sail…
Brexit minister Chris Heaton-Harris says barriers to free movement will not be imposed on the UK side. Above freight vehicle booths at Holyhead Port, north Wales.
#FerryNews - According to a UK Government minister, there will be no extra customs and security checks at Holyhead port - even in the event of a no-deal Brexit. The Welsh port writes the Daily Post has lived with the…
Friends of the Irish Environment says the proposed site of the Ballylongford gas terminal’s jetty is an important habitat for bottlenose dolphins like this one
#CoastalNotes - Extension of planning permission for a €500 million gas terminal at Ballylongford on the Kerry coast now faces judicial review, as Green News reports. Friends of the Irish Evironment (FiE) was granted leave in the High Court to…

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