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Philanthropist Wendy Schmidt made history at the Barcolana 54 in Trieste, Italy, becoming the first woman and the first American to win the world’s largest sailing race
In honour of her victory as the first woman and first American to win the world’s largest sailing race, the Barcolana 54, philanthropist Wendy Schmidt announced today she will support the educational outreach and conservation activities of the Marine Biodiversity…
Sir Robin Knox-Johnston (right) and Jean-Luc Van Den Heede are the new President and Vice President of the International Association of Cape Horners
Sir Robin Knox-Johnston, the first man to sail solo non-stop around the Globe, has accepted the appointment of President of the International Association of Cape Horners. In addition, the French solo sailing legend Jean-Luc van den Heede has accepted the…
Civil Defence vehicles on a beach
BreakingNews.ie reports that two bodies have been recovered from waterways in Co Clare over the weekend following in two separate incidents. In Ennis, a body was recovered from the River Fergus on Saturday afternoon (26 November) after it was found…
The proposed location of the Valentia Island Offshore Renewable Energy Array has been selected to have minimal impact on all key environmental, heritage, tourism, fishing and shipping contexts in the seas surrounding Valentia. The proposed site is more than 22 km off the West coast of Valentia in deep waters
A community-led renewable energy project on Kerry’s Valentia island which is seeking to build a floating offshore wind farm has applied for permission to conduct site investigations. The Valentia Island Energy Ltd Project states in its application that it recognises…
Kestutis Sadauskas, Deputy Director-General, DG Maritime Affairs and Fisheries, Fiona Grant, MI  and John Bell, Director of Healthy Planet at the Cork Harbour launching of a major initiative to protect ocean and inland waters in the Atlantic and Arctic by 2030
President Michael D. Higgins was among the 160 guests at an event held in Cork Harbour on Friday to launch the European Union’s Mission to protect and restore ocean and inland waters in the Atlantic and Arctic regions by 2030.…
Aberdeen on the North Sea has been successful in its bid to bring the much-loved Tall Ships back to the Granite City in 2025 - for the first time in over a quarter of a century.
The North Sea port of Aberdeen, Scotland is to host the Tall Ships event again, it has been announced. Aberdeen writes BBC News have been chosen for the venue in 2025 having hosted the prestigious event twice, firstly in 1991 and…
Members of the DLRCC and Dún Laoghaire Business Association team, including Viking Marine's Ian O'Meara, the Chairman of Dún Laoghaire Business Association (DLBA) and DLRCC Cathaoirleach Mary Hanafin, meeting the judges from the Academy of Urbanism in The Glass House, Dun Laoghaire
Being a competitive sailor, I love to compete and especially love a win here and there! And so when I heard that our town had won the best town award from the Academy of Urbanism, I was delighted. We all…
Several small motorboats, RIBs, and the southern section of the marina infrastructure were partly sunk or damaged in the collision with the trawler
A marina pontoon and several small craft berthed at Dingle Harbour in County Kerry were damaged on Saturday, November 26th, by a trawler manoeuvring in the harbour. Local reports say the visiting trawler was reversing at the time of the…
Former IMOCA Vendée Globe racer Jean-Pierre Dick (Notre Mediterranné-Ville de Nice) – a four times winner of the two-handed Transat Jacques Vabre transatlantic race – finally won a major solo Transatlantic race when he triumphed in the Rhum Mono class
Friday night into Saturday’s early hours, The Memorial ACTe, Pointe-à-Pitre’s proud, a giant structure dedicated to the history, heritage and memories of the Caribbean slave trade saw the busiest spell yet of finishers completing the 12th edition of the Route…
Race Officer Robin Gray (second left) with the North Down Model Yacht Group
What do keen big boat and dinghy racers do when they want a rest from the usual inshore and offshore circuits? On the North Down coast, they gather twice a week with their one-design radio-controlled model yachts either in Groomsport…
Paris Boat Show 2022 Salon Nautic logo
Extreme adventurer Mike Horn has shared his enthusiasm at opening this year’s Paris Boat Show next weekend. As previously noted on Afloat.ie, nearly 170,000 visitors are expected to meet the 650 exhibitors spread over two halls at Porte de Versailles…
An artist’s impression of the new Xc 47 bluewater cruising yacht from X-Yachts
Earlier this month, a privileged view were treated to the latest on X-Yachts’ new Xc cruiser when the doors of its Haderslev HQ were opened for exclusive tours. Now the Danish yachting specialists have revealed to the world further details…
Mackerel freshly caught and piled up for sale
Mercury levels of fish and shellfish landed by fishing boats at Irish ports are low and well within EU guidelines for human consumption, as underscored by a recent briefing from UCD’s Institute of Food and Health. However, as Derek Evans…
Jack Porter, Loughs Agency; Angela Dobbins, Deputy Mayor of Derry City and Strabane District Council; Mark Langtry (Mark the Science Guy); Zach James, Loughs Agency
Loughs Agency’s 'Water Warriors' events took place this week in the Foyle and Carlingford catchment areas. The events, which form part of the Agency’s Foyle & Carlingford Ambassador Programmes, attracted hundreds of post-primary pupils to partake in a 'fully immersive'…
The start of the 2019 National YC Dun Laoghaire to Dingle Race, with eventual overall winner Rockabill VI (JPK 10.80, Paul O’Higgins RIYC) just ahead of Mick Cotter’s 94ft Windfall, which took line honours and established a new course record. The 30th Anniversary D2D starts in Dublin Bay on June 7th 2023
Did we really manage it? Did we really cram all those major special and routine regular sailing events into the one season of 2022? And all that despite its three main months afloat experiencing decidedly mixed weather? And also despite…
Windsurfer Oisín van Gelderen is looking to break the 50-knot barrier in Namibia
Dublin Bay Windsurfer Oisín van Gelderen has broken his previous Irish Sailing Speed Record while participating at the 'Luderitz Speed Challenge in Namibia. Van Gelderen is taking part in the World Record Attempt, and after three 'fruitless weeks' of moderate…
Patrick Murphy (ISWFPO) and Aoife O'Mahony Fair Seas
A coalition of Ireland’s leading environmental non-governmental organisations and networks has signed up to a charter pledging to take concrete actions to protect our ocean and waters - one of the first 100 communities in Europe to do so. Fair…
President Michael D. Higgins was among the 160 guests at an event held in Cork Harbour on Friday to launch the European Union’s Mission to protect and restore ocean and inland waters in the Atlantic and Arctic regions by 2030. The National Maritime College of Ireland was the venue for the gathering which brought together Ministers and high-level representatives from Atlantic and Arctic countries, the Lord Mayors of Cork city and county and actors and stakeholders from government, academia, business and civil society
Cork has become the first city to sign up to the European Commission’s Charter to restore oceans and waters. Under the ‘Horizon Europe Programme,’ the Commission has launched several ‘Missions’ which it says are focused on “critical areas, to bring…
From left to right Dr. Ciaran Kelly, Director of Fisheries Ecosystems Advisory Services, Marine Institute, Mr. Charlie McConalogue T.D, Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine and Dr. Paul Connolly, CEO, Marine Institute
Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine, Charlie McConalogue TD, visited the Marine Institute in Galway today and received the Marine Institute’s annual 2022 Fish Stock Book. The detailed annual publication provides the latest impartial scientific advice on the status…
Norway was pushing the EU to increase a transfer of Blue Whiting quota by a staggering 158% to 80,000 tonnes, in addition to access
The European Commission has said it hopes to represent “the best interests” of EU member states in talks with Norway on blue whiting. A Commission official was responding to fears voiced earlier this month by Irish fishing organisations that Norway…

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