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 M770 Antares, one of the three visiting French navy vessels visiting Drogheda Port next weekend for the Irish Maritime Festival
Next weekend, the Irish Maritime Festival in Drogheda Port welcomes the French Navy for the very first time. On Friday, as part of the Parade of Sail (noon on Friday 15th June), three French Sonar Towing Ships will join the…
Aerial shot over Aran Islands with shadow of aircraft
#IslandNews - "It’s like Groundhog Day"… reports RTE News as residents on the Aran Islands could be forgiven a touch of dark humour this week, after it emerged that the contract to operate daily flights to and from the mainland…
In this amidships view of Stena Carrier, the imposing length of the ro-ro freight vessel is clearly demonstrated alongside Carlisle Pier, Dun Laoghaire Harbour. At 182.77m the vessel is the longest of its type to dock in the port as well as been the largest in gross tonnage terms.  In fact the ship is larger than the former fastferry HSS Stena Explorer which carried out its final crossing in September 2014, marking the end of the historic Holyhead route.
#FerryNews - Stena Carrier, the ro-ro freight-only ferry that made a notable call to Dun Laoghaire Harbour at the end of April, finally departed the former Stena HSS ferryport last week for further charter work with P&O, writes Jehan Ashmore.…
Water Activity Zone Coming To Enniskillen Blueway
#InlandWaters - That new Enniskillen Blueway water activity zone located beside Erneside footbridge will be opening soon. A range of family-friendly water activities including canoeing, kayaking and stand-up paddle boarding will be offered at the zone developed by Waterways Ireland…
Bonus Points Bets Pay Off For New York Bound Clipper Race Fleet
#ClipperRace - After a week of racing around the clock in Race 11: Nasdaq Race, the Clipper Race fleet has been keeping everyone guessing as to their Scoring Gate tactics. The Scoring Gate allows the first three teams that reach…
Action from yesterday’s Sky Ocean Rescue In-Port Race Cardiff
#VOR - With just two legs remaining in the 2017-18 Volvo Ocean Race, the battle for the overall prize is tighter than ever — with three teams fighting for first place and a fourth crew still in with a shot…
Carrybridge Lifeboat Rescues Cow In Distress
#RNLI - Just two days before Carrybridge RNLI’s new inshore lifeboat had its naming ceremony, boat and crew launched to assist a cow that had fallen from a steep bank on Upper Lough Erne. The lifeboat and rescue water craft…
J24s waiting for wind on the Shannon Estuary on day two of the National Championships
With no visible wind this morning OOD Derek Bothwell issued a two-hour postponement to the start of day two of the J24 National Championships at Foynes Yacht Club on the Shannon Estuary. A perfectly timed postponement for many competitors who…
The new inshore lifeboat pictured with hew crew which is now located at Carrybridge and which has launched 13 times since going on service, was officially named Douglas, Euan & Kay Richards
At a special naming ceremony and service of dedication held today (Saturday 9 June), Carrybridge RNLI officially named its new Atlantic 85 class lifeboat, Douglas, Euan & Kay Richards, at the lifeboat station on Upper Lough Erne.  The honour of…
Cian McCarthy (right) winner of the Bertoletti Trophy, receives his prize from Patricia Bertoletti and Kinsale Yacht Club Commodore David O'Sullivan
Cian McCarthy and the crew of Eos was the winner of Kinsale Yacht Club's 'all–in' race for the Bertoletti Trophy sailed on Friday. Every year in June, KYC boats including Cruisers, Dragons, 1720’s, Squibs and Sonars race for the trophy that commemorates the…
Back on station – DBSC's new and improved Starters Hut is lowered back into position on the West Pier
Dublin Bay Sailing Club (DBSC) West Pier Starting Hut is back on station for the 2018 season following a three-month hiatus. Dun Laoghaire Harbour did not emerge unscathed from the winter storms and neither did the starting hut on the back of the town's…
The Sigma 33 fleet who are merging their Dublin Bay based Championships with the NYC Regatta on Saturday, June 23rd
the National Yacht Club on Dublin Bay – the Mitsubishi Motors Sailing Club of the Year 2018 –  is gearing up for its open Regatta which it hosts every second year. This year it will be held on Saturday 23rd June…
Cappoquin pip Neptune in the Division Two Doubles Final at Metro Regatta.
#Rowing: Shandon’s intermediate eight were the fastest crew at the Metropolitan Regatta today. Commercial’s intermediate eight scratched, but UCD’s club one eight gave the young Corkmen a good race – until the final few hundred metres, when Shandon flew away.…
Jack Dorney, the Division One single sculls winner, at Metro Regatta today.
Rowing: Commercial won the Division One coxed and coxless fours and the Division One pairs (through intermediates Charlie Cunningham and Lorcain Cameron), while 17-year-old Jack Dorney took the men’s Division One single sculls at the refixed Metro regatta at Blessington…
S.S. Shiedhall awarded the UK's 2018 regional flagship for the National Historic Fleet is seen in Southampton with backdrop of 'Solstice' class cruiseship Celebriry Eclipse which Afloat adds is 'home-porting' out of Dublin Port this season. Excursion trips in Solent waters can be made on the Shieldhall which is a former Glasgow based sewage dumping vessel built 1955 by Lobnitz & Co Ltd, Renfrew.
#HistoricBoats - Volunteers on the UK heritage steamship, SS Shieldhall, are celebrating having received one of the highest accolades from a national organisation. The Southampton-based vessel has been chosen as the 2018 regional flagship for the National Historic Fleet. (Click…
Phil Sharp’s Imerys - seen here competing in the recent Normandy Channel Race - is a class favourite in this year’s RB&I
#RB&I - A record 10 Class40s have entered the Sevenstar Round Britain and Ireland Race and more are expected to take up the tough 1,800 nautical mile non-stop race this August. Starting and finishing from Cowes on the Isle of…
The specially designed Clochan huts on Inis Mór
#Glamping - Kayaking and yoga on the Loop Head Peninsula is among the coastal offerings included in The Irish Times’ selection of Ireland’s top ‘glamping’ spots. Aside from the aforementioned Purecamping experience on the Wild Atlantic Way, perhaps a stay…
Sonar-towing trainee vessel Altaïr (M771) and minecounter measures Cassiopée (M642) seen on a previous call to Dublin Port. The pair are currently part of five-strong flotilla visiting the capital this weekend, though the MCM vessel is berthed downriver whereas the rest of the visitors are alongside Sir John Rogersons Quay.
#NavalVisits - A flotilla of five French Navy vessels are currently on a call to the capital following the small ships arrival into Dublin Port yesterday morning, writes Jehan Ashmore. Mine counter measures (MCM) vessel Cassiopée built in 1984 is…
Sponges found on the Charlie-Gibbs Fracture Zone using the ROV Holland I during the recent TOSCA expedition
#MarineScience - A multinational team of ocean exploration experts returned to Galway on World Ocean Day (Friday 8 June) after spending the last few weeks exploring and mapping the Charlie-Gibbs Fracture Zone of the Mid-Atlantic Ridge. Using the robotic mini-sub…
Waterways Ireland Warns Over Dangers Of Swimming In Navigations
#WaterSafety - Waterways Ireland has warned over the dangers of swimming and diving in and around navigation infrastructure such as bridges, locks, weirs, pontoons and harbour jetties. The possibility of a swimmer being struck by a vessel, its propeller or…

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