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Historic Mary Stanford Lifeboat on display in Ballycotton
RNLI Lifeboats
The East Cork village from where the lifeboat station crew carried out what is regarded as the most famous rescue in Irish lifeboat history, to the Daunt Rock Lightship off Cork Harbour, is in need of volunteers for its present-day…
So what else would you be doing in France on a winter’s day but launching a boat? The new 12ft cat ready to go after being built by Skol ar Mor
Historic Boats
On America’s East Coast around Cape Cod, there’s plenty of sea. But as the locals say, it tends to be thin – sometimes very thin - in the places where you might want to go sailing writes W M Nixon.…
Equator Crossings & Scoring Gate Decisions For Clipper Race Fleet
Clipper Race
#ClipperRace - It’s still tight at the top on Day 8 of Race 7: The Forever Tropical Paradise Race, with only seven nautical miles separating the lead between the top three teams Qingdao, Dare to Lead and Sanya Serenity Coast.…
Team AkzoNobel at the Leg 6 start
Volvo Ocean Race
#VOR - Skipper Simeon Tienpont’s Team AkzoNobel led the Volvo Ocean Race fleet away from the Hong Kong start line on Monday morning as Leg 6 got underway. Racing started in a light 8-10 knot easterly with AkzoNobel, SHK/Scallywag and…
Marine Electronics Manufacturers End Three-Year-Long Legal Dispute
Marine Trade
Navico, parent company to the Lowrance®, Simrad® and B&G® brands and Garmin International Inc., a unit of Garmin Ltd. (NASDAQ: GRMN), announced today that they have ended a three-year-long legal dispute relating to sonar and auto guidance patents. The agreement…
Tribesmen Off and St Michael's Moves Because of Weather
Rowing
#Rowing: The Tribesmen Head of the River, set for Lough Rynn on Saturday (February 10th) has had to be called off because of a forecast of rain and gale force gusts of wind. The organisers hope to hold a deferred…
Matt McGovern (right) and Ryan Seaton in their 49er skiff
Tokyo 2020
Two time Sailing Olympian Matt McGovern (34) from Belfast Lough has abandoned plans for his third sailing Olympics at Tokyo 2020 and announced his retirement. Teamed with Carrickfergus helmsman Ryan Seaton for London and Rio, the pair became Ireland’s most…
Tom Dolan in his Pogo 3 IRL 910, in which at sixth overall in November 2017, he was the highest-placed Irish sailor ever in the biennial Mini-Transat. He has now moved up to the Figaro Solo, and this week in training with the Figaro 2 in Lorient, he recorded his first win.
Solo Sailing
Tom Dolan, who last November became the highest-placed Irish sailor ever in the gruelling Mini-Transat, will be giving club talks in Dublin and Dun Laoghaire next week of his adventures writes W M Nixon. It’s quite a story, the remarkable…
The Mercy stars Colin Firth and Rachel Weisz and will be released here on Friday
News Update
Dublin artist and round–the–world solo sailor Pete Hogan reviews The Mercy, the sailing movie starring Colin Firth and Rachel Weisz that is to be released in Ireland on Friday. I was invited to the premier of this movie in the Lighthouse cinema…
Ballycotton RNLI is looking for new volunteer fundraisers and lifeboat crew in East Cork
RNLI Lifeboats
Ballycotton RNLI is looking for new volunteer fundraisers and lifeboat crew to join its community lifesaving team in East County Cork. The station’s volunteers make an invaluable contribution to the RNLI, be it through crewing the station’s all-weather lifeboat, fundraising,…
Simon McGibney has been appointed the new manager at Kilrush Marina in Co. Clare
Irish Marinas
West coast sailor Simon McGibney, originally from Tarbert in Co. Kerry has been appointed the new manager at Kilrush Marina in Co. Clare. As Afloat.ie reported at the time, the marina came under new ownership in 2014 and has undergone…
The Great South Wall of the Port of Dublin which won the ESPO Award in 2015. Is your port creating a better working environment for all?... if so submit your project for ESPO Award 2018!
Ports & Shipping
#Ports&Shipping - This year marks the tenth edition of the European Sea Ports Organisation (ESPO) Award on Societal Integration in which Afloat adds the Port of Dublin won in 2015. The theme for 2018 is “ports as a good work…
At the Irish boatyard of Safehaven Marine, (Cobh) Cork is the officially named ‘HMS Magpie’ for the Royal Navy. Afloat adds the name given for the Wildcat 60 catamaran was announced in recent days by Admiral Sir Philip Jones, First Sea Lord and Chief of Naval Staff.
Boatyards
#Boatyard - On Irish shores in Cork a boat being built for the UK's Royal Navy reports the Evening Echo has been named and is only a few weeks away from being launched. It was revealed in August that Cobh…
The pilot boat, like this one, was set alight and sunk in the early hours of Saturday 27 January
Fishing
#LoughNeagh - The PSNI is investigating an alleged attack on three men as they recovered a destroyed fishing patrol boat from Lough Neagh last week, according to BelfastLive. As previously reported on Afloat.ie, the patrol vessel belonging to the Lough…
The Altagoan joins the Moyola River northeast of Draperstown
Angling
#FishKill - A bio-renewables plant has been fined £1,600 over a fish kill in an important salmon and trout angling catchment in Co Derry over a year ago, according to BBC News. J&A Renewables was found to have allowed a…
RMS St Helena made a final call to Ascension Island after serving the remote community in the South Atlantic Ocean for almost 30 years. Above: RMS at anchorage in Jamestown Bay, St. Helena where islanders also known as 'Saints' are having final farewell celebrations in advance to the passenger-cargoship departing the island for the final time next Saturday, 10 February. This will mark the last round trip voyage to South Africa by the RMS which is only one of two ships designated the title of 'Royal Mail Ship'
Ports & Shipping
#Ports&Shipping - According to the St. Helena Government, the passenger-cargoship RMS St. Helena returned to the island following a final round trip to Ascension Island yesterday. During her call at Ascension and in commemoration of her long and established friendship…
Newcastle RNLI’s all-weather lifeboat Eleanor and Bryant Girling
RNLI Lifeboats
#RNLI - Newcastle RNLI rescued six fishermen in a callout that lasted 12 hours on Monday 5 February. At 3.10pm, Newcastle’s volunteer crew were alerted to Belfast  Coastguard’s request for a lifeboat to assist a fishing vessel breakdown 15 miles…
Aileen Crowley, Sanita Puspure, Fiona Murtagh and Aifric Keogh, medal winners at the Indoor Championships.
Rower of Month
#Rowing: The Afloat Rower of the Month for January is Sanita Puspure. The Old Collegians competitor produced a creditable time of six minutes 39.8 seconds for 2,000 metres at the Irish Indoor Rowing Championships. Sam McKeown beat his own time…
Inland Fisheries Ireland CEO Ciaran Byrne (left) with Minister Sean Kyne at Inland Fisheries Ireland Citywest offices
Angling
Sean Kyne TD, Minister with responsibility for the Inland Fisheries Sector today welcomed Inland Fisheries Ireland‘s announcement that, at a positive and constructive meeting of its Fish Farming Working Group, it was confirmed by IFI that they will continue to…
A juvenile basking shark, a species vulnerable to commercial trawling and gill netting
Marine Wildlife
#MarineWildlife - Basking sharks, stingrays and seaweeds are among nearly 50 species of marine flora and fauna faced with extinction in Ireland’s waters, according to a new report from the Irish Wildlife Trust (IWT). Protecting Our Ocean Wealth outlines the…

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