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The 2020 Round Ireland Race starts from Wicklow on August 22nd
It is full steam ahead for August's Round Ireland Yacht Race at Wicklow Harbour with three new entries received for the 700-mile classic. Back for another circumnavigation is the Shannon Estuary father and son team of Derek and Conor Dillon…
It was a record fleet in the 75th running of the race and with new initiatives in the 76th, the stage is set for another diverse fleet
A new two-handed division has been included in the 2020 Rolex Sydney Hobart Race, encouraging new entrants in the Cruising Yacht Club of Australia’s famous blue-ribbon event. Entries are now open for 2020’s 628-nautical-mile challenge, with the just-launched documentation encouraging…
Wicklow harbour was awarded €95, 000 for upgrading work on its piers
Round Ireland Yacht Race organisers are hoping that the package of measures announced by Marine Minister Michael Creed for Wicklow Harbour last week will be in place for the biennial race that starts in 12 weeks time. Wicklow harbour was awarded…
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This new, 3 cabin, Nautitech 46 Fly is available for immediate delivery, equipped with everything you need to set sail!
Get on the water this summer on this beautiful Nautitech 46 Fly for under €584,000. A 2020 stock boat, this hull was displayed at the Dusseldorf Boat Show and is now lying in Breskens, Netherlands awaiting its new owner. The…
Courtmacsherry RNLI crew on the rescue mission
The Courtmacsherry All-Weather Trent Class RNLI Lifeboat was called out at 2.10 pm this afternoon to go to the aid of swimmers who had got into difficulty off Virgin Mary’s Bank in Inchydoney Island, West Cork. Under Coxswain Sean O…
RYA Northern Ireland's Women OFF Water Event
You have probably heard of the Women on Water festival but as this will not happen this year, RYA Northern Ireland is running an alternative - a Women off Water event. In March, RYA Northern Ireland celebrated when they clinched…
Newcastle Yacht Club sailor Luke McIlwaine on the wire in  a 29er skiff before the lockdown
Since the RYA announced the launch of the RYA eSailing Spring Club Championship at the start of April this year, thousands of club sailors have been taking their tactics and strategies onto the virtual waters in an attempt to represent…
Marine scientist working in a residue lab
The Marine Institute has announced a call for proposals from academic institutions to host Cullen Scholars and provide research training opportunities for scientists in marine and related disciplines leading to the acquisition of a doctorate. The Cullen Scholars will be…
Visiting Sailors Must Complete a Covid-19 Locator Form
Visiting international sailors arriving into Irish harbours and marinas will be subject to complete a Covid-19 Passenger Locator Form and are also asked to self-isolate for 14 days. The details are contained in Marine Notice No. 22 of 2020 published today…
Lifeguard flags are currently absent from many UK beaches as the RNLI paused the rollout of its seasonal service
The chief executive of the RNLI has said England’s lifting of coronavirus restrictions has put the lifesaving charity “in an impossible situation”. It comes after a Bank Holiday weekend in the UK that saw two people die in separate incidents…
EU chief negotiator Michel Barnier
Fisheries Minister Michael Creed has welcomed a briefing on the EU’s fisheries negotiations with the UK from Brussels’ chief Brexit negotiator Michel Barnier. Minister Creed attended the meeting yesterday (Tuesday 26 May) with Barnier and Fisheries Commissioner Virginius Sinkevicius which…
The 77ft Maritana – designed and built in Waterford - makes her debut in the river off the city at Reginald’s Tower in the summer of 1882. Two years later, she was awarded the Concours d’Elegance at Cowes
When we think of timelessly beautiful yachts, we’ll naturally think of sailing vessels, where beauty is created by a sweet harmony of the hull lines with an elegantly restrained sheer, combined with a rig which is all of a piece…
Donaghdee Harbour
Good news for those boaters keen to get back on the water in Ards and North Down in Northern Ireland. All the Harbours and slipways operated by Ards and North Down Council will be open from this morning (Wed 27th…
Scandinavian ferry M/V Copenhagen was retrofitted with a Norsepower Rotor Sail unit measuring 30m in height and 5m in diameter. The hybrid passenger ferry operated by Scanlines serves between Denmark and Germany. AFLOAT adds almost a decade ago a newbuild cargoship E-Ship 1 with similar technology made a maiden call to Dublin Port with components on board for a wind-farm project.
A global provider of auxiliary renewable wind propulsion systems, Norsepower Oy and market leader in green ferry operation, Scanlines today announced the successful installation of Norsepower’s Rotor Sail Solution. According to Fathom.World, the installation was completed in just hours during…
Forty Foot on Dublin Bay was classified as excellent. Also above Afloat adds is the backdrop of Dun Loaghaire Harbour's East Pier lighthouse.
Beaches and the quality of bathing waters in Ireland is continuing to improve, according to the Environmental Protection Agency. EPA director Dr Micheál Lehane said local authorities must remain vigilant to ensure public health was protected and continue to identify…
Webinar: The Future of Motorways of the Sea (MoS) is to be held on 1 July. Above AFLOAT's photo shows a diversity of ship types berthed in Dublin Port. From the left is a cement-carrier, cruise ship and con-ro vessel which connected Ireland and mainland Europe.
A Motorways of the Sea (MoS) webinar "Shaping the Policy of a European Maritime Space – The Future of Motorways of the Sea" is to take place on Wednesday 1st July 2020 (09h30 – 11h15). The Motorways of the Sea (MoS)…
One of Julian Everitt’s E-Boat concepts
The Royal Irish Yacht Club welcomes acclaimed yacht designer Julian Everitt as the latest speaker in its members-only series of online talks tomorrow evening, Wednesday 27 May. First inspired to become a yacht designer when he saw Sceptre leaving Poole…
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RS Aeros in Dublin Bay
The Irish RS Aero dinghy fleet grew by six over the last week and a half. The class now stands at over 20 boats and the Irish National Marine Services team handed over one of the demo boats for a…
RNLI lifeboat crews from Skerries and (right) Clogherhead arriving on scene at Mornington Beach
RNLI lifeboat crews from Skerries and Clogherhead launched yesterday (Monday 25 May) to retrieve a number of adults and children who had become stranded on rocks near Mornington Beach, east of Drogheda. The lifeboats were launched shortly before 3pm after…
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Galway Bay based sailmaker Yannick Lemonnier is a short handed expert
Quantum Sails Ireland's Yannick Lemonnier based in Galway is a short and single-handed sailing wizard. Get ready for your solo and short-handed adventures with these short videos explaining Yannick's top six tips and tricks. Note: Tips 1-3 are from Yannick's…

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