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The port estate of Belfast Harbour from where the IOMSPCo are to remain operating ferry services connecting the Isle of Man
Ferry
#ferrynews - Plans to overhaul ferry services between Northern Ireland and the Isle of Man have been dropped writes BBC News after a three-week public consultation. The Steam Packet Company had considered re-routing sailings (as previously reported on Afloat) to…
A 50–foot Viking longboat is lifted off a trailer in advance of filming on Lough Dann in County Wicklow for the Viking TV series. Plans are afoot to locate one of the Norse boats at Dun Laoghaire Harbour
INSS
Go–ahead Irish Sailing School, the INSS, are planning to moor a 50–foot Viking Ship in front of their Dun Laoghaire Harbour premises at the West Pier in Dun Laoghaire. In August, School Principal Kenneth Rumball co-ordinated a 'Battle of Dun…
The 2018 Commodores' Cup maintains its Corinthian ethos with only one professional sailor allowed on each boat
Commodores Cup
The RORC has instigated a new format to include the Commodores' Cup, a Corinthian team-based event within an IRC fleet racing championship which is open to amateurs and professionals.  Ireland has twice won the Cup under the burgee of the…
Gerry O'Halloran from New Quay, Clare and member of Cuan Beo a community based organisation established with a mission of improving the quality of life, environment, economy and heritage around Galway Bay at a "Native Oyster Workshop" which 'reviewed the current status of the Native Oyster Fisheries in Ireland and identify a roadmap towards their restoration’.  This free Workshop was open to all Native Oyster Fishermen & stakeholders across the island of Ireland. The day long workshop took place in the Clarinbridge Oyster Festival Marquee which takes place at the weekend
Fishing
A Native Oyster Workshop has drawn on heritage and science to highlight the importance and future of the Native Oyster fisheries across Ireland during the Clarinbridge Oyster Festival. Cuan Beo, a recently formed community based organization established with a mission…
Clifden RNLI’s all-weather and inshore lifeboats
RNLI Lifeboats
#RNLI - Clifden RNLI’s all-weather and inshore lifeboats were launched shortly before 1pm on Sunday 8 October when a boat with six on board got into difficulty in the Killary Harbour area. The location of the craft was unclear in…
The fallpipe vessel Seahorse is carrying out the works on the pipeline
News Update
#MarineNotice - PSE Kinsale Energy Limited advises that rock placement works will take place with an associated survey on the Kinsale Head Gas Export Pipeline off the South West Coast of Ireland from today (Wednesday 11 October). The objective of…
Arklow Resolve belongs to the most common class cargoship in the ASL fleet which in July notably berthed along Dublin's old inner city commercial quays. Note in the background the gap between these 'Docklands' buildings, where a ship related warehouse once stood until demolished earlier this year. Afloat will have more to report on this in addition to other port premises that held a shipping connection.
Dublin Port
#DublinDocklands - Afloat recently reported of Arklow Shipping's latest acquisition, Arklow Dawn that brings the fleet to 52, the majority of these cargoships comprising 13 in total are of the remaining R class sisters however there are differences between them,…
Olympic medallist Annalise Murphy trades her Laser Radial and Moth for an offshore team effort on board Turn the Tide on Plastic
Volvo Ocean Race
#VOR - With the clock ticking to the start of the 2017–18 Volvo Ocean Race as the race village opens in Alicante later today (Wednesday 11 October), it’s time to take a closer look at the significant Irish presence in…
Ilen Boatbuilding School CityOne dinghies racing on the Shannon in the heart of Limerick city – just one aspect of a remarkable organisation’s many activities
Historic Boats
Many people have dropped by the Old Cornstore on the riverside at Oldcourt in West Cork to see work progressing on the restoration of the 1926 Conor O’Brien ketch Ilen writes WM Nixon. And naturally they’ll have the impression that…
Tom Dolan from County Meath (left) is aiming to make history by becoming the first Irishman ever to finish on the podium of the Mini Transat race
Solo Sailing
They’d optimistically talked of “a week and a day” when the 54 solo sailors in the Production Class set out on 1st October in the 1350 miles La Rochelle to Las Palmas Stage 1 of the Mini Transat 2017 writes…
Top - the new Irish Ferries William Butler Yeats and above the Navy's new patrol vessel William Butler Yeats
Tom MacSweeney
Hello and you’re welcome to the weekly MacSweeney Podcast… The procedures and practices involved in the naming of ships once appeared to be the product of evolution and tradition, then became the choice of politicians – at least as far…
Ciaran Brady and Emily Dowling
Rowing
#Rowing: Glenn Patterson of Sligo was the men’s winner of the Tullamore Time Trial on Saturday. Emily Dowling of the host club, Offaly, was the fastest woman. Dowling is a junior competitor. TTT 2017Race 414.00 p.m.                 …
Mairéad Ní Cheóinín
Jobs
Mairéad Ní Cheóinín has been appointed to Seafarers UK as the charity’s new Corporate Fundraising Manager where her focus will be on engaging with the commercial maritime sector. Mairéad brings a wealth of business development, marketing experience and industry knowledge…
Minister of State Ciarán Cannon speaking at the EU’s Our Ocean Conference in Malta last week
Marine Science
#MarineScience - The Marine Institute has welcomed commitments of €6 million in funding for seabed mapping and marine research announced at the fourth Our Ocean Conference in Malta last week. Ciaran Cannon, Minister of State for International Development, addressed representatives…
Jack Dorney is presented with his prize by Pat Hickey.
Rowing
#Rowing: Jack Dorney of Shandon Boat Club was the fastest at the Cork Sculling Ladder time trial at the Marina. More than 170 single scullers participated on Sunday in the 46th running of the event, which is sponsored by Argos…
At 107 years old, the Dublin built former Irish Lights 'lightship' which was later converted to a three-masted schooner is seen above last year at Inveraray, Scotland. The 100ft vessel which had been a static maritime museum ship there on Loch Fyne for many years is to be finally restored into sea-going condition but based out of the Irish Sea port of Barrow, England.
Tall Ships
#tallships- Last year a visit to Scotland was made to investigate a former Irish Lights lightship dating to 1910 that in much more recent years had been a museumship there but is now to be found relocated in England to…
Breezy sailing for J109s at last year's DBSC Turkey Shoot Series on Dublin Bay
Turkey Shoot
Rathfarnham Ford will continue its support of the country's biggest winter yacht racing when Dublin Bay Sailing Club's (DBSC) Turkey Shoot Series resumes next month. A series of seven races will be held on Sunday mornings from 5th November to 17th…
Calls For Compliance & Enforcement As Salmon Farm Escapees Run Five River Systems
Angling
#Salmon - Inland Fisheries Ireland (IFI) confirms that 65 farmed salmon have been caught in five rivers in Counties Galway and Mayo. The news follows concerns raised by wild salmon conservationists since a major fish kill by jellyfish stings that…
Mermaids in action at this year’s Lendy Cowes Week regatta
Cowes Week
#CowesWeek - Lendy Cowes Week organisers are seeking a new regatta director to replace the departed Phil Hagen. The job is a year-round, part-time post with responsibility to evolve the on-the-water side of the regatta, in order to build upon…
There were north-westerly 18-20 knot winds for Howth's Autumn League
Howth YC
This week and for the second time, HYC's Autumn League race management teams were presented with and efficiently managed the considerable challenge of running two races for the inshore and offshore fleets. Aided by some slight alterations to the sailing…

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