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The Portaferry Sails & Sounds Festival will be held on Strangford Lough from 20th – 23rd June
Portaferry is preparing for a four-day Sailing and Music and family fun festival which will be the biggest maritime event to come to Ards Peninsula since the very popular ‘Galway Hooker Festival’ of many years ago. The event is being…
Molly Curry with the Internationals Cup at Dorney Lake.
#Rowing: Molly Curry won the Girls Championship Singles final at the National Schools Regatta at Dorney Lake today to take the Internationals Cup. The Coleraine Grammar School rower had over two seconds to spare over Lauren Henry in the A…
Georgia O'Brien after her win at Metro
#Rowing: Commercial won the men's eight in a close and exciting final race of Metropolitan Regatta at Blessington today. UCD and the Irish champions were neck and neck in the final stages, but UCD had the advantage until the sprint…
Commercial's women's quad win at Metro
#Rowing: UCD fours won on the double at Metro Regatta today. The club in blue and saffron took the Division One men's coxless four in a battle with Commercial, while their coxed four also won. Bann's junior 18 eight were…
Hundreds of School Children Take Part In 2019 Biodiversity Week Programmes On Ireland’s Waterways
More than 600 primary level students across Ireland and Northern Ireland participated in Biodiversity Week workshops through Waterways Ireland’s education programme. Biodiversity Week is one of seven different education programmes organised free of charge by Waterways Ireland both in the…
The Wright brother's Mata is lying fourth after two races sailed in IRC class three
Dublin Bay boats lead two of the four IRC classes after the opening races of the Scottish Series in excellent sailing conditions at Tarbert on Loch Fyne yesterday. After two races sailed, Royal Irish's Andrew Craig on the J109 Chimaera leads a 14-boat RC35 class…
The restored Ilen of Limerick sails into Dublin Bay for the first time in 21 years for visits to Poolbeg, Dun Laoghaire and Howth. This weekend, she’s back in her birthplace of Baltimore
Three millions euro - every bit of €3 million writes W M Nixon. That’s what the late Theo Rye, internationally-recognised expert on the restoring and re-building of classic and traditional craft, reckoned that breathing new life into Ireland’s historic 56ft…
Cowes Week Title Sponsor Appoints Administrators Amid Investigation By Financial Regulators
Island Echo is reporting that Cowes Week title sponsor Lendy Ltd has entered administration just weeks before this year’s edition of the annual Isle of Wight sailing fixture. The Portsmouth-based property finance firm today (Friday 24 May) appointed administrators following…
Finn Lynch working hard on an upwind leg of the Laser European Championships
Going into tomorrow's final day of competition Finn Lynch (23) is now 16th overall at the 2019 Laser Senior Europeans Championships & Open European Trophy in Porto, Portugal. Ten races have been sailed and two discards applied in the 105-boat fleet.…
Jenny Egan and Barry Watkins
#Canoeing: Barry Watkins advanced to the semi-final of the K1 500 at the canoe sprint World Cup in Poznan in Poland today. He is set for the B Final of the K1 1,000, as he took sixth in the semi-final.…
Aran Islands RNLI lifeboat
Aran Islands RNLI’s volunteer lifeboat crew spent nine hours at sea last night to help bring a sick fisherman to safety.  The crew were requested to launch their all-weather lifeboat by the Irish Coast Guard at 9.45pm last night (Thursday…
ESPO chairman Eamonn O’Reilly (left) and colleagues at the presentation ceremony awarded to ports among them Shannon Foynes Port Company for achieving an EcoPorts’ environmental management standard (PERS).
At the European Sea Ports Organisation (ESPO) annual Conference held in Port of Livorno, Italy, three ports were congratulated today among them Shannon Foynes Port Company for achieving the EcoPorts’ environmental management standard (PERS). The other ports that received PER status…
Andrew Hall's J125 Jacknife
Andrew Hall's Pwllheli Sailing Club based J125 Jacknife will start Saturday's 60-mile race six of the ISORA calendar as the overall fleet leader. Originally Scheduled as a Holyhead to Dun Laoghaire race this will now be a Dun Laoghaire to…
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Folding hinged propellers help reduce drag under the surface
Ensuring there’s no unnecessary high resistance in the water is one key to the success of X-Yachts hull designs over the years, as CEO and founder Niels Jeppesen explains in the latest instalment of its video series, which you can watch below.…
OSTAR & TWOSTAR To Remain In Plymouth, RWYC Confirms
Plymouth’s Royal Western Yacht Club has confirmed that it will run its OSTAR and TWOSTAR transatlantic races in 2020 from Britain’s Ocean City as it has done every four years since the first race in 1960. “These races from Plymouth…
The Irish Sea shipyard of Cammell Laird, Birkenhead on Merseyside built Red Funnel's new freight ferry, Red Kestrel seen off Southampton today. The 12 HGV capacity vessel completed an inaugural sailing on Solent waters this morning to East Cowes, the Isle of Wight.  Also above is one of three 'Raptor' class ropax ferries berthed at the Hampshire port.
As Afloat featured last month the naming ceremony of UK Isle of Wight operator's Red Funnel’s new freight ferry, Red Kestrel which officially entered service today following successful sea trials in the Solent. Red Kestrel which was built by Cammell…
Marine Institute headquarters in Oranmore, Co Galway
The Marine Institute will welcome King Carl XVI Gustaf and Queen Silvia of Sweden to its headquarters in Oranmore today, Friday 24 May. The King and Queen of Sweden will be welcomed by Minister Seán Kyne, Government Chief Whip and Minister…
140 yachts will be competing in the Royal Ocean Racing Club's 2019 Myth of Malham Race
This UK bank holiday weekend, 140 yachts, with over 900 crew from all over the world, will be competing in the Royal Ocean Racing Club's Myth of Malham Race. A huge variety of yachts will be taking part including; hi-tech…
A sketch of the forthcoming Bord Iascaigh Mhara underwater garden at Bloom
Bord Iascaigh Mhara (BIM), Ireland’s seafood development agency, is returning to Bloom next week with a marine garden that highlights the need to protect our marine environment against plastic waste. The concept garden, supported by the European Maritime and Fisheries…
The UK Royal Navy's only 'on-duty warship' HMS St. Albans departed Portsmouth Naval Base (as AFLOAT pictured above) is scheduled to arrive today (lunchtime) at the Port of Holyhead (operated by Stena Line Ports). The north Wales port town is to hold a special events tomorrow (read below) including public tours of the 'Duke' class frigate at the Orthios Jetty. This is close to Newry Beach where AFLOAT also adds is the local Maritime Museum which over the years has developed closer relationships with its Irish Sea counterpart located near the East Pier, Dun Laoghaire Harbour.
A UK Royal Navy warship is sailing to north Wales (today) to take part in the annual Armed Forces Day celebrations. HMS St Albans, reports NorthWalesLive, will arrive at the Port of Holyhead to take part in a series of events…

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