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Class Two winner Black Velvet (blue kite) on port gybe shortly after the start of the second race of the ISORA Viking Marine Coastal Series
Reigning ISORA Champion Rockabill VI (Paul O'Higgins) took a one-minute 35-second margin on corrected time to win the second ISORA Viking Marine Coastal Race on Dublin Bay this afternoon. The JPK10.80 was the IRC overall and Class Zero winner according…
The Royal Cork Yacht Club Tricentenary is up and running. Thursday night’s exuberant club racing was a declaration that while the international element of the celebrations may have been COVID-curtailed, the core membership element of the 300-year-old club at Crosshaven is very much in action at home.
There are three Royal Cork Yacht Clubs. One is the globally-recognised historic institution which is directly descended from the Water Club of the Harbour of Cork founded three hundred years ago, the oldest yacht club in the world. The second…
Flying Fifteens return to Dunmore East in August
After the excitement of the Subaru Flying Fifteen World Championships on Dublin Bay last year there is a renewed interest in the keelboat class with some famous names teams to spice things up in 2020. Both 1992 Olympian Peter Kennedy…
ISORA's Race two course
Race 2 of the Viking Marine Coastal Race this morning will be a shorter 24-mile course from Dun Laoghaire Harbour at 0955. From a start, at Dun Laoghaire Outfall Buoy, the expected 20-boat fleet will pass the Muglins on the…
Mid & East Antrim Borough Council welcomes £600m investment in eco-friendly power station AFLOAT (photo) adds at Kilroot on the northern shore of Belfast Lough where the plant's jetty as previously reported is supplied with coal to fuel the plant by ship having loaded in nearby Belfast Harbour. This afternoon the cargoship, MV Jolanta (as above) is berthed at Kilroot Jetty after a 'lough' only passage of merely 10 nautical miles (approx) and taking around 45 minutes duration.
Owners of Kilroot power station near Carrickfergus on Belfast Lough are planning a £600m investment to increase lower carbon generation at the site. As BBC News reports, it includes an existing plan to convert Kilroot from coal-fired to gas-fired. (See…
There were no cruise ship calls to Dublin Port (except one AFLOAT adds one in March) in the second three months and none is anticipated for the remainder of the year. Above AFLOAT's photo of Irish Ferries chartered-in ropax Epsilon which operates the core short-sea route to Holyhead. Seen underway is Seatruck Ferries freight-ship Seatruck Pace which served Heysham and currently Liverpool. Both vessels have featured down the years in Afloat's 'Ferry Captain Interview's'
Volume of goods passing through Dublin Port were almost 11% down for the first six months of this year, according to figures from the Dublin Port Company. Overall port tonnage, reports RTE News, was 10.9% lower than in the same…
Plastic litter on rocks at Ardglass beach in Co Down
Discarded plastic is the predominant form of litter on Northern Ireland’s beaches, according to a new survey by a local environmental group. As the Belfast Telegraph reports, the survey by Keep Northern Ireland Beautiful estimates that plastic — most of…
Dublin Port
DocksTheFuture, the European Commission-funded project aimed at defining the vision for the ports of the future in 2030, has announced the launch of a ‘Network of Excellence’. The Irish Maritime Development Office (IMDO) represents Irish ports in this network with…
Class 40s racing in the 2018 Dhream Cup
Hopes are high within the Class 40 fleet that a reduced European Trophy will be confirmed — if there is enough participation for at least two out of the three races on the calendar. Alongside the classic Normandy Channel Race…
Still hot – the 2016 Marc Lombard-designed 45 Pata Negra will carry the Howth colours in August’s SSE Renewables Round Ireland Race
When the then-new Lombard 45 Pata Negra was racing with a Dutch charter crew in the 2017 Rolex Fastnet Race and carving her way through the fleet with style and winning speed, Howth YC’s offshore team manager Kieran Jameson was…
Baltimore RNLI at the East Skeam Medevac
Baltimore RNLI was called out to a medical evacuation earlier this evening (Thursday 9 July) after a teenage girl fell nearly 10 metres down a blow hole on East Skeam Island, off the coast of Baltimore in West Cork. The…
Rodney and Keith Martin's Lively Lady was second in DBSC Cruiser 0 Echo
Over 90 keelboats turned out for Dublin Bay Sailing Club's first Thursday race of the shortened season tonight, an excellent showing in the current COVID-19 circumstances. In Class Zero, George Sisk's XP44 WOW from the Royal Irish Yacht Club continues…
More light winds are forecst for the second ISORA Coastal Race on Saturday
The second of four races in the Viking Marine Coastal Series has attracted a fleet of 20 for Saturday's ISORA race from Dun Laoghaire Harbour. Hoping that their early-season training, that paid off so handsomely in last Saturday's tricky conditions,…
Data buoy depleted during last year’s Annual Ocean Climate Survey
How we monitor, analyse and understand the changes in our ocean climate is vital in providing the basis for effective policies to address a range of issues and challenges — such as changing ecosystems, food security, rising sea levels and…
An artist’s impression of the floating pool (right) separated by the Sean O’Casey Bridge from George’s Dock (left)
A site on Custom House Quay adjacent to the planned white water rafting course in George’s Dock has been earmarked for a €15 million outdoor pool, as TheJournal.ie reports. The scheme being proposed by Dublin City Council is modelled after…
The Ocean Navigator is one of two vessels conducting the DeSIRE Survey from 13-26 July
The latest Marine Notice from the Irish Maritime Administration advises that the Developing Site Investigation Methodologies (DeSIRE) Survey will be carried out in the North Irish Sea from next Monday 13 July. This two-week survey will use seismic refraction and…
Overnight race cancelled - RORC's medical expert pointed out that it would be impossible to honour the 1m+ social distancing guidance when down below in all but the largest race boats
After a long and open discussion by the RORC Race Management team, senior members of the RORC Committee, and with advice from medical experts, it has been decided that any overnight race that the Club would run would not adhere…
The new Gran Turismo 36, and (below) the view above and below deck
It will come as no surprise that Beneteau are leading the way in terms of new models for 2021 — and the new Gran Turismo 36, the latest and hugely exciting addition to the Gran Turismo range, is no exception.…
Royal North Of Ireland cadets launch for sailing lessons on Belfast Lough
Cadet Summer Sailing at the Royal North of Ireland Yacht Club on Belfast Lough is proving popular with much interest in the scheme which starts on Monday next (13th July). Rear Commodore Sailing Jonny Millar, Cadet Officers John Driscoll and…
Fish Health Controls in Ireland Show High Level of Compliance
The Marine Institute says that its fish health inspection and monitoring activities in 2018 and 2019 indicate that there is a high level of compliance with EU and national legislation, and as a result, Ireland continues to maintain its high…

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