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The ketch Ilen adds something exotic to the already complex London skyline
These past few days have been purest serendipity for historic Irish boatbuilders. Just two days after the 1926-vintage West Cork-built Limerick ketch Ilen was celebrated beside the River Thames in London on Wednesday, the 1937 Tyrrell of Arklow 43ft ketch…
Courtmacsherry’s lifeboat crew on the late-night callout
Courtmacsherry RNLI’s all-weather lifeboat Frederick Storey Cockburn was called out at 10.15pm on Wednesday night (4 May) to join a search off Garrettstown and Garrylucas beaches near the Old Head of Kinsale in West Cork. Members of the public noticed…
Skinny, innit? The first Cape 31 in Ireland looks thin and deep
The camera does not lie, they say, but it depends on how you hold it and angle it, and which lens you use. If you see the Mark Mills-designed Cape 31 sailing, you'll reckon she's a reasonably beamy and sensible…
The Round Iceland Yacht Race (RIR) - first edition - will start on Sunday 14th May 2023
Royal Western Yacht Club has announced a new race to its four-year cycle of oceanic events. The Round Iceland Yacht Race (RIR) - first edition - will start on Sunday 14th May 2023 from Plymouth Sound National Marine Park. The…
A French yawl built from a late 18th-century replica will be on display in Galway from this weekend
A French yawl built from a late 18th-century replica will be on display in Galway as part of a “Mini Brittany Fest” which runs from May 7th to 14th. Mayor of Lorient Fabrice Loher will lead a delegation to Galway…
River at your leisure... guests on board MV Kingfisher on the River Bann, which is operated by the 75 year old veteran vessel built by Harland & Wolff
An inaugural voyage of the 'Meander and Dander', a new tourism offering from White River Charters, took place on the river Bann on Tuesday 26th April. Invited guests and visitors enjoyed the beautiful spring conditions onboard M.V. Kingfisher, a unique…
The 60ft French alloy ketch Pen Duick VI may race Round Ireland in June
Fifty years after France's legendary Eric Tabarly was winning "just about everything" with his 60ft alloy ketch Pen Duick VI, his daughter Marie is "99% certain" to race the boat in the SSE Renewables Round Ireland Yacht Race 2022 from…
The Clyde shipyard of Ferguson Marine, were the issue of the shipyard was raised by Scottish Conservative leader Douglas Ross at FMQs.
The First Minister of Scotland, Nicola Sturgeon has said she will “not apologise” for decisions taken with the aim of saving the shipyard Ferguson Marine. The Clyde yard was nationalised in 2019, but island communities are still awaiting the delivery…
Belfast Harbour celebrates 175 years of Belfast Harbour Commissioners... which transformed through innovation & working with their partners & local communities
Belfast Harbour has announced its launch programme of celebratory events to mark the landmark 175th anniversary year of Belfast Harbour Commissioners. Local communities and visitors alike are invited to share in a summer-long calendar of events that will mark the…
David Mulvin and Ronan Beirne in Ignus Caput Duo were the DBSC Flying Fifteen race winners
After the first Saturday was blown out due to high winds, DBSC’s subsequent fixtures have been characterised by light and fickle winds. And last night was no exception, with the addition of a strong ebbing tide on the start line…
Gavin Watson, Chairman Bangor Town Regatta with Tanya Martin of Title Sponsors IQ&Co. The trophy is the Bangor Town Cup for the best overall yacht in the regatta
A financial services company, IQ&Co, has been announced as Title Sponsor of Bangor Town Regatta which will be hosted by Royal Ulster Yacht Club on Belfast Lough from 23rd till 26th June. Listed entries for the regatta are not only…
Ger Owens & Mel Morris were the GP14 Spring Open winners
28 boats, six races, eight OCS’s and a whole lotta racing got the 2022 GP14 Ireland season off to a bang on the waters off Rosses Point in County Sligo over the weekend of 30Apr/1 May writes Ryan Devitt The forecast was…
The European Fisheries Control Agency (EFCA) was formed in 2002 as part of the drive to instil a culture of compliance within the fisheries sector across Europe
The European Fisheries Control Agency (EFCA) and the EU’s agency for the space programme (EUSPA) have signed a cooperation agreement for an initial two years. The memorandum of understanding will allow the EFCA to benefit from Galileo, the European global…
Next week, the 44Cup will return to the Portuguese sailing mecca of Cascais for event two of its 2022 season. Racing for the eight high-performance one-design monohulls will take place from Thursday to Sunday, 11-15 May. The cup features among…
The sail on Perseus^3  is about the size of ten tennis courts
I was talking to Martin Lee this morning from North Sails UK. Martin has been in charge of the sail production floor for NSUK since 1994 and is one of the world's most experienced sailmakers. We were discussing manufacturing in…
Potential flooding areas in Dublin by extreme water levels by 2100
Mapping Ireland’s seabed, how scientists predict flooding and how to grow your own volcano are themes of an open day hosted by the Geological Survey of Ireland (GSI) and National Museum of Ireland this weekend. The free “Down to Earth”…
Paul O'Higgins JPK 10.80 Rockabill VI
There was an impressive turnout of seven of the ten Cruisers Zero class yachts entered for the second Thursday Race of the AIB DBSC Summer Series on Dublin Bay tonight. The weekend winner of the light wind ISORA coastal race…
Tom Dolan and Alan Roberts on Smurfit Kappa-Kingspan
Tom Dolan and his English co-skipper Alan Roberts were taking the many positives from the seventh place finish that they secured early this morning (Thursday 5 May) when the Trophée Banque Populaire Route Sur La Route Iles Ponant finished into…
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As previously reported on Afloat.ie, Howth Yacht Club will be hosting a special ‘sunrise sail’ as part of this weekend’s Darkness Into Light event in aid of Pieta. They’re just one of many sailing and boating clubs around Ireland that…
Francis Joyon of IDEC Sport
Past winners of the La Route du Rhum – Destination Guadeloupe highlight their love for the race at six months before the start of the 12th edition In exactly six months and one day 138 sailors will line up off…

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