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The Luna Rossa Prada Pirelli team is the leading point scorer in the Prada Cup
The Luna Rossa Prada Pirelli team is the top point scorer in the Prada Cup and at 4 nil up against Team INEOS UK, the Italian team is the lead Challenger for the America's Cup Match. The postponement of the…
Luna Rossa Prada Pirelli team is the top point scorer (4 nil)  in the Prada Cup that leads to the Challenger position for the America's Cup Match
In these uncertain times, as the permitted Event Organiser responsible for the delivery of the 36th America’s Cup presented by PRADA in Auckland under the Host Venue Agreement with NZ Government and Auckland Council, America’s Cup Event Limited remains committed…
Paul O'Higgins JPK 1080
The biennial RORC Fastnet race is undergoing a seismic change this year. As reported here in Afloat, it's the first time since it's inauguration in 1925 that it will NOT finish in Plymouth in Devon but in Cherbourg in France.…
File image of the Headrace Canal which runs between Lough Derg and the hydroelectric plant at Ardnacrusha
Waterways Ireland advises of essential diving and engineering works on the Shannon Headrace Canal between Ardnacrusha Power Station and Parteen Weir. The works — which were set to commence yesterday, Monday 15 February — are being carried out on a…
File image of seals which are a common sight around Irish shores
A “huge rise” in dead seals recorded around the Irish coast includes a number with what appear to be gunshot wounds. As the Irish Examiner reports, Seal Rescue Ireland has released figures from its ‘deal seal database’ which show 202…
A still from video of the sea foam deluge in Bunmahon shot by a local furniture maker
RTÉ News has shared incredible video of a village that was showered with sea foam after high winds churned up the sea off Co Waterford. Sea foam comprises mostly dissolved organic matter, often from the breakdown of algal blooms. The…
Limited-Time Early Bird Deals on Antifouls with CH Marine
Get into the swings of things this spring, and prepare for when restrictions allow, with big discounts on International antifouls with CH Marine. But you’ll have to hurry as they’re only available for a limited time and while stocks last.…
Launching Optimist dinghies at Skerries in North Dublin
Craftinsure will be supporting the Irish Optimist dinghy class again this year. IODAI president, Alexander Walsh, says "IODAI are delighted to welcome Craftinsure as sponsors again for 2021". The partnership has now passed its 10th anniversary. Craftinsure director, Rod Daniel,…
New Sails lined up at the Quantum loft in Galway, awaiting delivery and sail trials
Mark Mansfield from Quantum Sails Ireland announces that a new 10% Spring discount is now available on Quantum sails ordered up to the 15th of April. Also with the VAT rate scheduled to revert back to the original 23% on…
The new Dufour 470
Recently launched in La Rochelle, the new Dufour 470 model will tour France and then Europe, as well as the United States, Australia and Asia in its worldwide launch. "The 470 represents continuing advancements with the Dufour range of yachts",…
Dun Laoghaire's Saskia Tidey (left) speaking at the RYA Dinghy Show
49erfx crew Saskia Tidey from the Royal Irish Yacht Club in Dun Laoghaire Harbour will be among the British Sailing Team’s Tokyo 2020 athletes attractions at the RYA Dinghy Show as it goes virtual for the first time over the weekend of…
Shipwreck One Year On: MV Alta, the cargo ship (which was abandoned) grounded in Ballyandreane, Ballycotton. In March and October last year, structural assessments were carried and another assessment is being carried out this month for potential enivomental impacts posed by the shipwreck.
MV Alta, the cargo ship that grounded on the coast at Ballyandreane, Ballycotton a year ago, is according to Cork County Council to be continuing in monitoring the potential environmental and ecological impact posed by the wreck. The vessel was…
The Safehaven Marine built Interceptor 48 Pilot Boat ”Failte”
Safehaven Marine captured footage (below) of the Port of Cork Pilots in their Safehaven Built Interceptor 48 Pilot Boat ”Failte” undertaking pilot transfers off Cork Harbour during the recent days of strong south-easterly gales. Roches Point lighthouse recorded 50 knots…
Howth's Robert Dickson and Sean Waddilove racing in January's Portugal Grand Prix
Ireland's 49er skiffs that will face a final battle for Tokyo Olympic qualification will race two days earlier than scheduled at the Lanzarote International Regatta. Ireland will know if either team has been successful in securing a men's skiff team…
 Nicolas Troussel's new IMOCA CORUM L'Épargne Sailing Team has entered the new Ocean Europe race
The CORUM L'Épargne Sailing Team, led by skipper Nicolas Troussel, has confirmed it will take part in the inaugural edition of The Ocean Race Europe this spring, with its new generation IMOCA. “The Ocean Race Europe is a compelling new…
Irish umpire and race judge Cxema Pico will be online to discuss rules and racing scenarios from the Prada Cup in New Zealand
For the penultimate weeks of the National Yacht Club the U25/U30 Speaker Series, the committee has organised a doubleheader of online talks. Tonight, 16th February, the Dun Laoghaire East Pier Club dives back into the world of America's Cup. Umpire…
Dublin Port at its most attractively busy on a summer’s day. However, the suggestion that commercial port activities be moved elsewhere to aid city waterfront development has recently been aired yet again.
The notion of a rail and possibly road tunnel linking Northern Ireland and Scotland is once again a matter of speculation, and a Discussion Paper will be published by the British Government “within weeks”. Eleven months ago, before Brexit had…
A still from aerial footage of the oil leak at the wreck of the Belfast-built MV Schiedyk at Bligh Island, British Columbia
An operation to clean up an oil leak from a shipwreck in Canadian waters has consulted archives in Northern Ireland where the vessel was built in the late 1940s. As the Belfast Telegraph reports, the MV Schiedyk sank in January…
Irish Firm’s Floating Green Energy Solution One Step Closer to Fruition
Ireland’s first floating solar energy plant is another step closer to fruition thanks to funding from the Marine Institute. Co Mayo-based SolarMarine Energy Ltd shared in the €2.4 million Industry-Led Awards scheme for research projects in 2018, putting its grant…
Irish Fishing Fleet Faces Quota ‘Payback’ That Will See Allowances Slashes by Thousands of Tonnes
The European Commission has put forward a “concrete and specific package of measures” to ensure Common Fisheries Policy (CFP) compliance that will see some Irish fishing fleet quotas slashed by thousands of tonnes, as The Irish Times reports. The move…

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