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Dragon racing at the Régates Royales, in Cannes, where Dun Laoghaire's Jaguar Sailing Team lie fourth overall
An early morning start on Wednesday was delayed for the Dragon fleet at Régates Royales, in Cannes as the anticipated Mistral gale took its time to materialise. Eventually, the fleet got away in a stiff 25-knot breeze that took its…
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As the national governing body for boating with over 107,000 members and nearly 1,500 affiliated organisations, such as clubs and recognised training centres, the Royal Yachting Association (RYA) plays a challenging yet hugely rewarding role by advocating and providing a…
Port of Cork welcomes an International maritime Pilots conference
The Port of Cork is playing host for the International Standard for Maritime Pilot Organisations (ISPO) annual Conference which began today. The two-day Conference held in the Dean Hotel, near Horgan's Quay, is also in partnership with the International Association…
The dual Whitesail Leagues success of the Sigma 33 Scribbler was helmed respectively by the young brothers Oisin (June/July) and Rowan Macsweeney (August/September)
Evening cruiser-racing concluded in Cork Harbour with the final race of the August/September Whitesails League at the RCYC. Evening cruiser and dinghy racing has also finished at Cove SC. Monkstown Bay Sailing Club dinghy racing is moving from evenings to…
File image of Ballyglass RNLI’s all-weather lifeboat
Ballyglass RNLI came to aid of four fishermen in Donegal Bay in the early hours of Wednesday morning (21 September) after their 55ft trawler got into difficulty overnight. The volunteer crew were requested to launch their all-weather lifeboat by Malin…
Pets on board: P&O plan dedicated dog lounges for their Larne-Cairnryan route on the North Channel. The news comes as Stena Line bans dogs from all passenger areas on their Belfast-Cairnryan ferries sailing between NI and Scotland.
Operator P&O Ferries are planning to introduce dedicated dog lounges to their fleet, including ferries on their Larne-Cairnryan route. The work to meet the needs of travellers with pets between Northern Ireland and Scotland, will be carried out as each…
The 250-metre long and 44-metre wide Liberian flagged Crude Oil Tanker Ligurian Sea built departs Whitegate Oil Refinery with the help of a Port of Cork tug bound for Houston, Texas
International energy company Irving Oil and Simply Blue Group, an Irish blue economy developer in floating offshore wind and renewable fuels, have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with a commitment to explore opportunities related to the potential development of…
The ICRA U25 crew of Kinsailor took third overall at the J24 European Championships in Howth
The ICRA U25 Support Programme is now in its fourth year and currently supporting eleven U25 squads in clubs all over the country. "The programme is showing just what is possible when the energy and enthusiasm of youth are given…
Mr. John Payne (right), presents David Maloney with the RNLI commendation. In doing so, the charity wished to acknowledge his brave actions that night and recognise it as a life saved by an RNLI volunteer
Former Rosslare RNLI Lifeboat Operations Manager, David Maloney has been awarded a Commendation from the Operations Director of the RNLI for his role in a rescue in September 2016, where his actions saved the life of a woman trapped in…
Minister of State with responsibility for the Irish Coast Guard Hildegarde Naughton turns the sod on the new Coast Guard Station for Bunmahon, Co Waterford. A sum of 5.3 million euro is being invested in the new station, according to Minister
Two junior ministers have turned a sod on the construction site of a new Coast Guard station at Bunmahon, Co Waterford. A sum of 5.3 million euro is being invested in the new station, according to Minister of State with…
Ed Wilton’s Who’s Next - winner of the 1822 Canford Cup at the Poole Regatta
For the first time, the Royal Ocean Racing Club’s GBR IRC National Championship in 2024 will not take place from the club’s base in Cowes but will form part of the  Poole Regatta. The 26th edition of the IRC Nationals,…
Across Europe, overstretched supply chains are experiencing disruptions and with a double whammy in the UK, as transport unions take strike this month at the Ports of Liverpool (above) and at Felixstowe.
Europe’s overstretched supply chains are experiencing a double whammy of disruptions as UK transport unions in the ports of Felixstowe and now in Liverpool prepare for labour strikes in response to soaring inflation; according to the analysis published by Container xChange,…
The RNLI Helvick Head Atlantic inshore lifeboat.
Helvick Head RNLI was requested to launch their inshore lifeboat on Tuesday afternoon, 20 September, following a report that a swimmer was in difficulty off Clonea beach. With calm seas and Force 2-3 south westerly winds, the volunteer crew launched…
Stena Line which has owned and operated the Port of Holyhead port for 27 years has bought the 213-acre site to facilitate the extension of the north Wales ferryport’s operations in the area.
Operator Stena Line which also owns the Port of Holyhead has bought the former Anglesey Aluminium site. Smelting came to an end at the site in 2009 - with Orthios later taking it on and developing a materials recycling facility.…
It took just a handful of minutes for helmsman Nathan Outteridge to go from a cautious displacement mode to popping the AC40 up onto its foils
 It was up up and away on a very successful maiden sail for Emirates Team New Zealand’s AC40 on the familiar America's Cup waters of the ‘back paddock’ between Auckland’s Waiheke Island and Howick Beachlands. After a long tow out…
National Ports Study - It claims to be the most detailed analysis ever conducted on the readiness of Irish ports for the development of offshore renewable energy
Belfast is the only port on the island of Ireland which is ready to construct offshore wind farms, according to a new study published by Wind Energy Ireland. The national ports study published at the body’s annual offshore wind energy…
Skerries RNLI recovering debris from the sunken razor fishing vessel
Skerries RNLI were tasked on Saturday afternoon (17 September) after Dublin Coast Guard received reports from kayakers that a fishing vessel had sunk off Loughshinny in north Co Dublin and a man was in the water. The Atlantic 85 inshore…
Martin Byrne’s Jaguar Sailing Team (IRL 201) in action at the Régates Royales
Three of the Irish Dragon keelboat teams had top ten results today in Cannes on day two of Régates Royales. In race three, Cameron Good and Daniel Murphy on Fortitude finish seventh and move to 12th overall, while Mark &…
An RS400 dinghy goes downwind in breeze
In a year that Ireland has hosted the 505, GP14, Fireball, SB20 World championships, some of the other classes have had a quieter year. However, the RS fleet has seen some resurgence with boats changing hands quickly already in late…
The giant European RoRo ferry operator CLdN has entered into an agreement to acquire Irish Sea operator Seatruck Ferries. Among their 8 purpose-built vessels, Afloat captured Seatruck Pace underway off the Dublin Bay bouy.
European RoRo ferry operator CLdN based in Luxembourg, has today announced it has entered into an agreement to acquire all shares in Seatruck Ferries Holding Ltd. from Clipper Group. The agreement involves 8 purpose-built vessels of Seatruck Ferries which is…

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