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Removal of the Greenings Clipper Yacht – the photo shows the operation to cut up the forward section of the hull
Clipper Race
It’s been less than one month since the Clipper Race Yacht Greenings ran aground on the opening day of Race 3: The Dell Latitude Rugged Race. Whilst the rest of the fleet has now completed the race into Fremantle, Western…
New Coastal Rowing Championships to be Hosted by Rushbrooke
Coastal Rowing
#Rowing: Rushbrooke Rowing Club from Cobh will host the Irish Coastal Rowing Championships next August. It is the first such coastal event to be held under the auspices of Rowing Ireland.  The decision to choose Rushbrooke was made at the…
A new Greek boating tax could mean a cost of €16 per month for a 7 – 8 metre boat
ISA
Increased taxes on leisure boating are becoming more of a reality in European waters, according to Irish Sailing and the European Boating Association (EBA) that list two new taxes for 2018. In Greece, for example, a tax on boating has…
Since last weekend, Afloat has observed 'Supramax' bulk-carrier Clipper Triton (60,000dwt) at anchor in Dublin Bay before docking in Dublin Port in recently. The ship's name prefix gave a clue as to the identity of owners, Clipper Group. The Danish company's Irish Sea freight-only ferry subsidiary, Seatruck which has operated a decade of routine services out of Dublin to Liverpool and Heysham.  In addition to runnning Warrenpoint-Heysham which established the operators presence on the Irish Sea in 1996 using the ro-ro Riverdance.
Dublin Port
#Clipper/Seatruck - A trio of ships from the Clipper Group have used Dublin Port this afternoon, however one of them is not a port regular given the vessel is a bulker and not a routine ro-ro freight ferry trading under…
Carrickfergus Sailing Club were named Club of the Year at the RYANI Annual Awards on Friday night
News Update
#RYANI - The RYANI Annual Awards on Friday 24 November recognised successful sailors, rising stars and volunteers who have made a positive difference to the sport over the last year. Double Olympic sailing gold medallist Shirley Robertson OBE was on…
An architect's image of the Maritime Museum & Archive Centre in Derry would look like in the Waterside area of the city
Coastal Notes
#MaritimeMuseum - A decision by the Department of Infrastructure (Dfi) to finally approve plans for a Maritime Museum at Ebrington will hasten the completion of a major tourist draw in the heart of Derry, according to local politicians who have…
Among the major investment plans on the table: £50 million on Holyhead Port Redevelopment and the Trawsfynydd Centre for Energy Generation
Ports & Shipping
#Holyhead - A wishlist that could see £1.3bn of investment in the North Wales region to include the Port of Holyhead has been revealed. According to the Daily Post, North Wales’ six councils as well as education bodies and business…
Main photo: Nin O'Leary with inset from top: Gregor McGuckin, Joan Mulloy and Enda O’Coineen
Solo Sailing
There's a rare chance for some of Ireland's most adventurous sailors to be in the same place at the same time tomorrow when Enda O’Coineen, Joan Mulloy, Nin O’Leary and Gregor McGuckin will be on board Nin O'Leary's Round the World…
 The Mirabaud Yacht Racing Image winner is Sören Hese for this aerial image of 505 dnghies running into a world championship leeward mark
Marine Photo
134 photographers spanning 27 countries submitted a picture for the Mirabaud Yacht Racing Image award 2017. Soren Hese (GER) wins the main prize (above), whilst the delegates from the Yacht Racing Forum and World Sailing's annual conference elected Tomas Moya.…
HRH The Duke of Edinburgh sailing Coweslip with Uffa Fox
Flying Fifteen
Coweslip, is now on display alongside the Royal Yacht Britannia in Edinburgh. The 15 foot (on the waterline), two-person keelboat is on loan to the Royal Yacht Britannia Trust and is now on display in Edinburgh for visitors to enjoy.…
Washed up on Brandon Bay – Michele Zambelli's Class 950 OSTAR entry Illumina 12 has been washed up on a County Kerry beach
Solo Sailing
After being abandoned mid–Atlantic during the short-handed OSTAR race in June, Michele Zambelli's Class 950 entry Illumina 12 has turned up on a beach in County Kerry this week. The Italian Ostar skipper triggered his EPIRB after encountering keel problems, two…
Marine Minister Michael Creed with Marine Institute chief executive Peter Heffernan, chairman John Killeen and Paul Connolly, director of fisheries ecosystems advisory services, at the presentation of the annual Stock Book for 2017
Fishing
#Fishing - Marine Minister today (Tuesday 28 November) received the Marine Institute’s annual Stock Book for 2017. The Stock Book, one of the principal annual publications of the Marine Institute, provides the latest impartial scientific advice on commercially exploited fish…
Next year’s plans for the Owenriff system involve the removal of predatory pike to help recovery of salmon and trout
Angling
#Angling - Sean Kyne, Minister with responsibility for Inland Fisheries, has welcomed the development by Inland Fisheries Ireland (IFI) of a specific stock management plan for Galway’s Owenriff system aimed at removing pike from the system as a significant step…
In frame. Dublin Bay 21 Naneen at an early stage of her current re-birth in Kilrush. Photo: Steve Morris
Historic Boats
The restoration of classic yachts and traditional craft to the recognised international standard is still relatively new in Ireland writes W M Nixon. In fact, it could be argued that the major project in Dunmore East, completed in 2005 on…
Denise Walsh
Rowing
#Rowing: Top internationals, including world champion Paul O’Donovan, Denise Walsh and Monika Dukarska, are amongst the big entry of over 400 crews from 26 clubs entered for the Muckross Head of the River on Saturday at the National Rowing Centre.…
The HotelPlanner.com crew line up in Fremantle after more than 4,000 nautical miles at sea
Clipper Race
#ClipperRace - HotelPlanner.com completed the Clipper Race arrivals for Race 3: The Dell Latitude Rugged Race to Fremantle, Australia on Sunday (26 November). Skipper Conall Morrison, from Derry/Londonderry, says: “This race was full of good times and bad times, but…
National Yacht Club junior sailors celebrate sailing achievements in Dun Laoghaire. Scroll down for more photos
National YC
On Saturday November 25, the National Yacht Club hosted its annual junior awards dinner for 2017. Over 200 parents and children attended the event to celebrate junior sailing success on the water and to award the junior perpetual trophies.  Trophies…
A festive group of Foynes sailors pictured during the open dinghy series on the Estuary
Shannon Estuary
Foynes Yacht Club on the Shannon Estuary finished on a high for the 2017 season just in time for Christmas with a festive theme for the final day of Sylver Refrigeration Open Dinghy November Series running every Sunday in the month. Organisers…
An Independent Report will be published in December
ISA
Irish Sailing now says that the independent external investigation into the Optimist Squad incident in Dun Laoghaire that was initially due for publication in mid-November will now be published in December. Irish Sailing President Jack Roy says he expects that…
Tim Goodbody competing in the Musto Skiff
Olympic
Former Irish Finn helmsman Tim Goodbody from Dun Laoghaire has finished second overall in Mallorca's Nova Beach Park Trophy, sailing a Musto skiff.  The 2008 Olympian from the Royal Irish Yacht Club, who admits to being 'a little over weight'…

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