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The crew of Irish Champion J/24 Headcase after sweeping the board in Kiel Week are (left to right) Ryan Glynn (Ballyholme YC), Sam O'Byrne (Howth YC), Cillian Dickson (Howth YC & Lough Ree YC, Louis Mulloy (Mayo SC) & Marcus Ryan (Mayo SC)
Whatever excitements the Irish J/24 class may have been providing in home waters this past weekend, the current all-Ireland Champions (in every sense) with the not-inappropriately-named Headcase have succeeded brilliantly in keeping their heads above water and their noses in…
Chris Preston
The Royal Yachting Association has today (Monday 27 June) announced that the board has agreed a one-year extension to the tenure of Chris Preston, a passionate sailor with more than 50 years' experience of racing and cruising, as its chair.…
Bream caught by an angler in Ireland
July and August are typically the busiest months of the year for angling, so Inland Fisheries Ireland (IFI) is issuing a timely reminder about the national regulations that are in place to protect pike and coarse fish. Angling is a hugely popular leisure activity…
Newcastle RNLI launched their all-weather lifeboat
Newcastle RNLI rescued five rowers early yesterday morning (Sunday 26 June) after they got into difficulty in challenging weather conditions 23 nautical miles northeast of Ardglass. The crew from the GB Row Challenge had left Tower Bridge London on 12…
Harry Dunne took first place in the Optimist Senior Main Gold Fleet at Skerries Sailing Club
Skerries Sailing Club was a hive of activity last weekend as 113 enthusiastic young sailors aged 8-15 gathered from all over Ireland for the second regional event on the 2022 IODAI circuit, the Optimist Leinster Championships. The sailing club put…
Fergus Kelliher’s J24 Jibe from Tralee Bay Sailing Club
The final day of racing in the WIORA West Coast Championships in Kilrush, Principal Race Officer, John Leech, postponed the start of racing by one hour to allow a front to pass through. When racing did get underway on the…
Ultra-golden oldies - Hiroshi Nakajima (Cruising Club of America, fourth left) and his crew with the Maybird Mast Trophy after their 51-year-old Hiro Maru had become the oldest boat to complete the SSE Renewables Round Ireland Race. As it happens, they also beat the three other boats of almost-comparable age on handicap
The Cruising Club of America is celebrating its Centenary this year, and while the actual birth date may not fall until September, the Club is already in the midst of a busy special season which saw its recent biennial Newport-Bermuda…
Volvo 70 Green Dragon's entry in the Round Ireland Race marked the ten year anniversary of the Volvo Ocean Race in Ireland
Ten young sailors from Galway Bay who were part of the crew that sailed the Green Dragon in last week's Round Ireland Race from Wicklow finished as Line Honours runners-up and second in Class Zero in the biennial 700-mile race. …
The Baltimore all-weather lifeboat crew
Baltimore RNLI was called out to provide a medical evacuation in the early hours of Sunday morning (26 June) from Sherkin Island off the coast of Baltimore, West Cork. The volunteer lifeboat crew launched their all-weather lifeboat at 00.57 am,…
Above at Dun Laoghaire Harbour in May making a maiden call to the Irish port is leadship World Navigator (a sister of the 'Navigator') which is to call to Warrenpoint Port tomorrow on 28 June. AFLOAT adds the 2021 built World Navigator is the second of five polar-class luxury expedition cruiseships so far in service and which is just shy of 10,000 gross tonnes.
The return of a cruiseship schedule at Warrenpoint Port since the pandemic, is to take place with the first caller this season due to arrive tomorrow, 28 June. The Co. Down port is to see the debut of the World Navigator,…
New terminal in Liverpool to open in 2023 is 'still realistic'. AFLOAT adds the development on Merseyside is being built by the UK arm of John Sisk & Co, the Irish building contractor which is a family owned business dating to 1859.
The Isle of Man Minister for Infrastructure doesn't think the ferry terminal project will cost more than already requested. The minister doesn't believe work to the Liverpool Ferry Terminal project will cost more than has already been requested by his…
European Sea Ports Organisation has welcomed the European Parliament's position of an Emission Trading System (ETS) that includes measures to address, and if possible, avoid carbon and business leakage.
The European Parliament on the 22 June adopted its position on the EU Emission Trading System (EU ETS), which includes an expansion of the ETS to include shipping emissions. The European Sea Ports Organisation (ESPO) welcomes the EP position that…
First look - Andrew Hall's Welsh J125 Jackknife is among the entries for the inaugural K2Q race on July 1 from Dun Laoghaire to Cork Harbour
Just as the 2022 Round Ireland Race concludes at the end of June, a new Irish biennial offshore racing fixture between Dublin and Cork has launched with a start in five days' time, and a 'novel set up' to provide…
The new Cape 31 class will have six boats racing for the inaugural Irish National Championships at the
The announcement of the IRC class bands gives a first look at the various classes for next month's Volvo Cork Week Regatta.  Class Zero will now benefit from the addition of the new Cape 31 class, which will have six…
Jonathan Star was the winner of Class 4 at Bangor Town Regatta
The southerly wind today (Sunday), Day 4 of Royal Ulster’s Bangor Town Regatta wasn’t quite as enthusiastic as it was yesterday when racing was cancelled, so Principal Race Officer Con Murphy got the fleet away in 25 knots gusting 30,…
Cormac Coyne, Bernard Lucas and Eoin Keane at Annascaul's South Pole Inn after participating in the Tom Crean Endurance Walk 2022
Clare Coast Guard volunteer Bernard Lucas left Ireland at the weekend for Tanzania on the 2022 Caitriona Lucas Challenge to climb Mount Kilimanjaro. Dedicated to the memory of his late wife, Caitriona – the first Irish Coast Guard volunteer to…
Courtmacsherry Harbour Boat Club is welcoming visitors this summer until August as harbour dredging has been deferred
Long-awaited dredging in Courtmacsherry Harbour is being deferred.  As Afloat reported earlier this month, the dredging at the popular West Cork boating harbour had restrictions put in place for visiting boats in June for a planned three to four weeks…
Crowds gather at Dunmore East for the RNLI's All-Weather Shannon Class Lifeboat naming ceremony of the new lifeboat
At a special naming ceremony and service of dedication held today (Sunday 26 June), volunteers at Dunmore East RNLI officially named their all-weather Shannon class lifeboat, William and Agnes Wray. The lifeboat which went on service in September last year…
X-Power 33 available in Hamble
Earlier in 2022, X-Yachts GB and IRL in Hamble were delighted to accept delivery of a highly specified X-Power 33. Launching off the impressive ‘Max Hunt’ lorry, the team headed straight to the Solent for the vessel’s first sea trial.…
The white vessel in the split aft berth option comes with a V-furling boom, three electrical winches and a generator
X-Yachts GB has a brand new X4⁶ ready to go from its Hamble location. The white vessel in the split aft berth option comes with a V-furling boom, three electrical winches and a generator. For more details, get in touch…

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