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Rumball and Lee competed in the gruelling Tour De Bretagne a La Voile
The Irish Offshore Sailing team RL Sailing, sponsored by Hanley Energy, recently completed the gruelling Tour De Bretagne a La Voile. The famous race was spread across several stages over nine days, with a combination of inshore and offshore racing…
The tail of the Humpback Whale named Orion
A new individual Humpback Whale, nicknamed ‘Orion’, has been sighted for the first time in Irish waters, approximately 60 kilometres north-northwest of Malin Head, Co Donegal. The humpback whale was sighted onboard the Marine Institute’s RV Celtic Explorer as part…
Kenny Rumball of MarineServices.ie unloads more RS Aeros for the Irish fleet
MarineServices.ie the agent for RS Sailboats is delighted to announce the sale of a further four new RS Aeros into the class in Ireland. The single-handed class has enjoyed a buoyant growth in the last year with many turning to…
After a slow start, Charlotte Dobson and Saskia Tidey (GBR) put the hammer down, moved into the lead and were unstoppable
There has been a dream start for Scottish-Irish skiff pair Charlotte Dobson and Saskia Tidey from the Royal Irish Yacht Club in the 49erFX taking the first race of their campaign by a clear margin on the rest of the fleet. The…
At the UK's busiest ferryport, the Port of Dover where the Golden Horizon, the world's tallest cruise ship departed the English south-east port on a maiden passenger voyage within UK waters. AFLOAT adds the voyages described as 'Staycations at Sea' involve calls along the English Channel including Falmouth in Cornwall and Harwich, Essex on the North Sea. In the background Afloat adds ferries from operators, DFDS and P&O Ferries. Since last month however a newcomer on the Strait of Dover, Irish Ferries entered to compete on the famous short-sea route connecting Calais in France.
The World's largest square-rigged sailing vessel, the brand new cruise tallship Golden Horizon in mid-July sailed into the Port of Dover; the ship's departure port for four new UK voyages throughout this month. The Golden Horizon, a near replica of…
Ireland's Robert Dickson and Sean Waddilove exploded into action in race one of the 49er Olympic Regatta in Enoshima today.
Olympic debutants Robert Dickson and Sean Waddilove from Howth and Skerries in County Dublin got their regatta off to a sensational start today winning the opening race with a nail-biting finish, holding off the GBR boat by mere centimetres on…
Could Cork Harbour be the venue for the 37th America's Cup? The Government is to discuss it
Minister for Foreign Affairs Simon Coveney will update the Cabinet on Ireland’s bid to host the 37th America’s Cup following the news Cork Harbour has made it to a final list of potential locations to hold the AC37 sailing competition in…
Tuesday's 16 knot northerly wind proved to be the refresher that Annalise Murphy needed. Pictured above in Norway's Laser Radial regatta leader Line Flem Hoest of Norway
Annalise Murphy took her first top-ten finishes of the 2020 Tokyo Olympic Games today, as she secured a ninth-place position in the fifth race of the Laser Radial and took tenth in race six. Tuesday's 16-knot northerly wind proved to…
The Minister for Marine, Charlie McConalogue TD
The Minister for Marine, Charlie McConalogue TD, has undertaken a series of visits to some of Ireland’s main fishing ports. The Minister has met with fishers, processors fishing organisations and other stakeholders, as he visited Howth, Kilmore Quay, Dunmore East…
Two wins out of two races sailed so far for Howth Yacht Club's Eve McMahon pictured above in the Radial youth worlds in Italy
Howth Yacht Club's Eve McMahon has gone straight into the lead of the 2021 ILCA  6 Laser Radial  Youth World Championships in Arco, Italy.  Morning thunderstorms held the fleets ashore for day one at the northern end of Lake Garda. The typical south…
The vintage MGRS 34 Twenty Twenty is a new Dublin Bay restoration project
The MGRS 34 Twenty Twenty, originally owned by Bangor man, Jimmy Mackey, lay unused in the river Liffey at Poolbeg, Dublin for about seven years and now, like another Humphrey's design, Juno, will have a new lease of life. Rex…
Kinsale Yacht Club Marina
Following the departure of Paul Murphy after 18 years of service, Richard McKinlay has been appointed Marina Manager at Kinsale Yacht Club. He is joined by Ciaran Newport as Maintenance Technician on the marina. The club has installed a mesh…
Dara McGee's - 'Under a mackerel sky', part of the Curacha outdoor exhibition
The symbiotic relationship between the Aran Islands and the centuries-old fishing currach is explored in a new installation at the country’s westernmost arts centre, Áras Éanna on Inis Oírr. The commissioned artists include John Behan RHA, one of Ireland’s most…
Flying Fifteen Northern Champions - From left to right, Stewart Harrison, winning helm, Flying Fifteen Northern Championship, Shane McCarthy, Commodore Portaferry Sailing Club, John McAlea, Race Officer and Conor, winning crew Flying Fifteen Northern Championship
For those who were unable to make the first Flying Fifteen "away" regatta since the summer season of 2019, you missed glorious sunshine, great hospitality, fickle winds, and challenging tides! The venue was Portaferry on the northern shores of the…
File image of Baltimore RNLI’s all-weather lifeboat
Baltimore RNLI launched on back-to-back callouts in West Cork on Sunday evening (25 July), including a medevac and a motorboat taking on water. The first launch was at 8.15pm to reports of a 23ft motorboat taking on water at Church…
Skerries RNLI returning to shore with the kayakers on board
Skerries RNLI rescued two adults and two children on Sunday afternoon (25 July) after their inflatable kayak had been pulled out to sea by strong currents. Just before 2pm, Dublin Coast Guard requested Skerries RNLI to launch their Atlantic 85…
The RS fleets prepare to launch at Blessington Sailing Club for the 2021 RS Inlands
42 RS dinghies across three classes turned out for the RS Inlands 2021 hosted by Blessington Sailing Club. Teams travelled from as far north as Cushendall in Northern Ireland and as far south as Cork. The West was also well…
Over 80 entries from 17 nations already are already confirmed for Sweden's hosting of the Dragon Gold Cup in 2022
When Pedro Andrade and his crew lifted the historic Dragon Gold Cup on the 14 June 2019, little did they know it would be more than two years before they would be called upon to defend their title. Traditionally held…
Doing the business. Trick or Treat (Alan Pearson & Alan Blay) shows the style which had her overnight leader after the first day's racing in the Puppeteer Nationals at Howth
It was considered good going in the brief season of 2020 when Paul and Laura McMahon's 1978-vintage prototype Puppeteer 22 Shiggi Shiggi (sail number #1) emerged fresh but untried from the restoration laboratories and took the national title. But in…
Annalise Murphy rounds a weather mark in race three of the Tokyo Olympic Regatta
The first of Monday's two Olympic Laser Radial races off Enoshima Harbour near Tokyo got underway in a 13/14 knot easterly, suggesting that there may have been some effect from the now down-graded typhoon that was forecast to pass north…

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