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German skipper Boris Herrmann (SeaExplorer-Yacht Club de Monaco) reports damage to his starboard foil
At 1950 hrs UTC this evening while racing in third place, some 90 miles from the Vendée Globe finish line off Les Sables d’Olonne, German skipper Boris Herrmann (SeaExplorer-Yacht Club de Monaco) came into collision with a fishing boat. He…
Charlie Dalin First To Finish The Ninth Vendée Globe
After an immaculately executed race, at 20h 35m 47s UTC this evening, 80 days 6hrs 15 mins 47 secs since the start on Sunday 8th November, French skipper Charlie Dalin emerged from a damp, misty Bay of Biscay to break…
Howth's Eve McMahon in action in Lanzarote
Annalise Murphy has dropped to fourth overall in the ILCA 6 class after a penultimate day of lighter wind conditions at the Olympic classes Lanzarote Winter Series in the Canary Islands. The 2016 Irish Olympic silver medalist had overhauled regatta leader Anne…
Coastguard Issues Warning After Surfer Close to Belfast Lough Ferry Prompts Rescue Attempt
Bangor Coastguard has issued a warning after a surfer was spotted close to an inbound Stena ferry in Belfast Lough on Monday (25 January) as Afloat reported earlier here. As the Belfast Telegraph reports, a team from Bangor Coastguard kept…
Ireland's Blue Edge: Marine Ireland Industry Network is to launches new website with an online event tomorrow featuring case studies of MII companies and much more.
The Marine Ireland Industry Network which represents and promotes interests of members working in Ireland's blue economy is tomorrow (Thursday) to hold an online event featuring case studies from three MIIN companies and much more. The trio of companies are…
Old dinghy sails are upcycled into bags for the Picker Pals initiative
Primary pupils in Ireland are taking a stand against litter in their area via a unique schools-based programme that makes used of upcycled sail cloth. And organisers are appealing for donations of used dinghy sails to transform into specialised bags…
Isle of Man new ferry: Despite the ongoing impact of the pandemic, plans for the newbuild Manxman, due to replace Ben-my-Chree in 2023, are progressing well. AFLOAT adds the 'Ben' has operated on the Irish Sea since 1998 and occasional served Dublin Port during peak-times and on the mainly summer service linking Douglas.
As Afloat previously reported plans for a newbuild ferry to be named Manxman and due for delivery in 2023 replacing Ben-my-Chree, are progressing well according to the Isle of Man Steam Packet. The detailed design of both the external and internal features…
French skipper Dalin, 36,  was one of the outstanding favourites to win, has been the 24,400 nautical mile race’s most consistent, regular leaders
With less than 80 miles to the finish line of the Vendée Globe solo non-stop round the world race the leader Charlie Dalin (APIVIA) is expected to complete his race around 1800-1900hrs UTC. French skipper Dalin, 36, who was one…
Offshore wind turbines used by Simply Blue Energy off the Cork coast
Minister for Foreign Affairs Simon Coveney has welcomed Irish offshore energy Simply Blue’s deal with multinational Shell to develop its floating wind farm in the Celtic Sea. Simply Blue Energy and Shell confirmed today that the multinational is acquiring a…
The workboat will have a cruising speed of 25 kts, a top speed of over 30 kts, and an impressive range of 60 NM at cruising speed.
Belfast Lough based Artemis Technologies has moved to the next phase in the development of its Artemis eFoilerTM electric propulsion system, announcing plans to launch a technology demonstrator in 2021. Announced by Artemis Technologies COO, Prof. Mark Gillan, during a…
Racing at the 2019 Scottish Series
Following the earliest ever opening of registration for the Clyde Cruising Club's Scottish Series 2021, ninety-five boats had entered by Monday last for the event scheduled for 28th till 31st May at Tarbert on Loch Fyne in South West Argyll,…
RCYC Admiral Colin Morehead, an active member of that club for over 45 years
It is time to look at renewing club memberships. With lockdown continuing and no certainty about when the country will "re-open", renewals are easy to forget. But clubs need them and many saw a reduction and slowness in paying those…
A diver with a bottle from the Irish Sailing Ship 'Providentz' that sank in Norway in 1720
Norwegian divers have discovered a 300-year-old shipwreck of an Irish sailing ship on the sea bottom outside Mandal in Southern Norway. The Irish ship, named "The Providentz", sunk in November 1720. It is reported by the Norwegian NRK journalist, Siv Kristin…
The shorttail nurse shark - so name due to its small size – grows to approximately 75 centimetres (30 inches) and is found in coral reefs
Marine scientists have found that a critically endangered shark in southern African has been identified in waters over 2,000 km away from its usual habitat. The scientists led by the Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS) say that information and images dating…
The Stena Superfast ferry
Belfast Coastguard Rescue team was contacted this week by the Stena Superfast ferry inbound to Belfast in the shipping channel near Holywood. On Monday, January 25th the ferry had encountered a lone paddleboarder dangerously close to the vessel. Holywood is…
Marine minister Charlie McConalogue
Marine minister Charlie McConalogue says he has expressed Ireland’s “serious concerns” at EU level about a “ disproportionate burden being borne” by it in relation to fish quotas lost under Brexit. Mr McConalogue said he conveyed this at an informal…
My Canine Companion service user Callum and his dog Heather
Green Rebel Marine has joined forces with My Canine Companion to support families around Ireland living with autism. My Canine Companion is an Irish charity that provides accredited service dogs to people with disabilities, predominantly autism. In addition, they provide…
St Michael's Coastal Rower Martin Dowd prepares for a session on his Concept 2 rowing machine at home
A beautiful quote from 'The Wind in the Willows' says that 'there is nothing half so much worth doing as simply messing about in boats." Does that apply to rowing imaginary boats as well? St. Michael's Rowing Club of Dun…
Hauliers departing from Ireland on routes to France will need evidence of a negative Covid-19 test from Thursday following a French government decision. Above:  AFLOAT adds berthed at Rosslare Europort is the DFDS operated Optima Seaways which opened a new route to Dunkirk in early January and Brittany Ferries which only last week also began a new service to Cherbourg, initially launched by Cap Finistère (with Connemara due to take over next month) which serves Spain too from the Irish port to Bilbao. In addition providing a service is Stena Line on the route to Cherbourg.
Hauliers travelling to France from Ireland will have to have evidence of a negative Covid-19 test from Thursday. The development follows a decision of the French government. As a result, the Irish Government says the testing protocol will apply to…
A start of the ILCA 7 fleet at the Lanzarote Winter Series
The National Yacht Club's Finn Lynch, Ireland's top hope for an ILCA 7 berth in Tokyo this July, stays sixth overall after six races sailed in a breezy second day of the Lanzarote Winter Series but neither of his Irish…
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