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23 RS400s hit the start line at RNIYC
Sunday 25th November was the fourth day and halfway point of the Frosty series at Royal North of Ireland Yacht Club, 23 RS400s hit the start line, easterly 16-27 knot wind with big waves made for entertaining racing in an…
Damian Browne on the PIRC podium.
#Rowing: Ocean rower Damian Browne and junior rowers Alex Byrne and Caoimhe O’Sullivan were amongst the record breakers at the Provinces Indoor Rowing Championships in the University of Limerick on Saturday.  Shandon rower Byrne hit six minutes and five seconds…
Great racing in the DBSC Turkey Shoot 75-boat mixed cruiser fleet. Scroll down for more photos below
More great sailing conditions of 15 knots or more and another great turnout for Dublin Bay Sailing Club's Citroen South Dublin Turkey Shoot as it passed the halfway stage of the series in yesterday's fourth race off Dun Laoghaire. With race…
The start of race four
Anthony O'Leary's modified 1720 Antix Beag from the host club continues to lead the all–in IRC spinnaker division of the O'Leary Insurance Winter League by a single point writes Bob Bateman. Staying second is Kieran Collins's Olson 30, Coracle IV. Moving…
Martin Byrne (right) helming the 1720 prior to falling overboard in today's race four of the DBSC Turkey Shoot on Dublin Bay
Today's fourth race of the DBSC Turkey Shoot Series on Dublin Bay had a man overboard incident where a sailor was successfully rescued from the water by a competing boat. Here, Martin Byrne, a former Edinburgh Cup Dragon Champion, tells how…
The UK flagged Stena Britannica in July having departed Harwich, England (on horizon) heads eastbound for Europe's largest port of Rotterdam (ferry terminal at Hoek van Holland) The Netherlands. Even if the EU approves the Brexit withdrawal deal this morning in Brussels in neighbouring Belgium, it won't be plain sailing on the return of Prime Minister Theresa May to the UK, as the terms of Brexit still has to be passed by Parliament, with many MPs having stated their opposition. So what will be the eventual outcome? given the constantly changing political scene that envelops Westminster.
#BrexitFerry - Against the backdrop of the UK Prime Minister's Brexit withdrawal deal at a special EU Council Summit this morning, Afloat focuses on one of the major 'land-bridge' links used by Irish hauliers to mainland Europe, writes Jehan Ashmore.…
Scenic setting: The narrow entrance of Bullock Harbour (Dalkey on Dublin Bay) built on a medieval breakwater at the foot of harbour's namesake castle dating to around 1150. Next month, a lecture on the History & Heritage of Bullock Harbour takes place in the Dalkey Castle & Heritage Centre.
#Bullock200 - While taking a stroll at Bullock Harbour on Dublin Bay, a poster erected next to the former premises of Western Marine, highlights a lecture series celebrating the bicentenary of the landmark gem neighbouring Dalkey, writes Jehan Ashmore. The…
Brexit, Borders... and Breakwater at the Welsh port town of Holyhead, Anglesea which voted to Leave the EU. Were locals ‘led like lambs to the slaughter’? asks The Irish Times that sought comments from locals, the business community and representatives from Holyhead which is the second-busiest roll-on, roll-off ferryport in the UK.
#Ferry- In the Welsh port town of Holyhead, The Irish Times reports, even Santa voted to leave the European Union. Santa’s other name is Richard Burnell. He’s 78 with a long white beard and he formerly worked in local government.…
Thunder Child II Taking Shape At Safehaven Marine
Thunder Child II is finally taking shape at Cork-based performance boatbuilders Safehaven Marine, with “another couple of more months” go before launch for sea trials in the New Year. As previously noted on Afoat.ie, the XSV20 design developed over the…
Dominic Casey and Peter O'Hanlon at the World Rowing Awards.
#Rowing: Dominic Casey has been chosen as the World Rowing Coach of the Year. The Skibbereen man, who coached Paul and Gary O’Donovan to a World Championship gold medal this year, received the award at a gala in Berlin. He…
Meriadec Le Mouillour from the Union Des ports Francais and Michael Sheary from the Irish Ports Association with Elisabeth Borne, French Minister for Transport at the signing of a memorandum of Agreement at Dublin Port.
#Ports&Shipping - Reorganisation of French sea ports is underway writes The Irish Times, to manage additional freight traffic from Ireland and segregate it from UK freight arriving after Brexit, French transport minister Elisabeth Borne has said. She was speaking at…
Foggy conditions as HMS Daring is docked at Portsmouth Naval Base, UK, the vessel is the leadship of the 'Daring' class destroyers, among them HMS Defender which this afternoon arrived into Cork Harbour. For a visiting naval vessel, the 8,000 tonnes displacement destroyer makes for an odd sight occupying the berth at Marino Point close to the centre of the natural harbour.
#NavalVisitors - A UK Royal Navy 'Daring' class destroyer that arrived into Cork Harbour today notably took up a rather strange place to berth at Marino Point, the site of the former IFI plant, writes Jehan Ashmore. HMS Defender (D36)…
After a few days with the Ilen in Limerick’s Ted Russell Dock, you get used to the ever-present yet always-changing metallic mini-mountains
Down Limerick way, somebody is probably already putting together an appropriate song about how the historic sail trading ketch Ilen was saved from the scrapyard through a heroic decade-long restoration programme by Limerick’s Ilen Project, only to spend her first…
French Minister for Transport Elisabeth Borne in Dublin Witnesses French & Irish Ports MoU
French Minister for Transport Elisabeth Borne (pictured centre above) witnessed the signature of a Memorandum of Understanding between Mr Mériadec Le Mouillour (left) on behalf of the Union des Ports Français (UPF) and Mr Michael Sheary, on behalf of the…
RIYC Weather conference (from left) Daryl Hughes, organiser of the event, Professor Ray Bates( adjunct Professor of Meteorology U.C.D.) Dr Conor Sweeney ( IMS and U.C.D.), Evelyn Cusack , Met Eireann, Declan Murphy( President IMS), Captain Colm Newport( Dublin Port Company) and Pat Shannon ( Vice Commodore RIYC)
The day-long Weather and Sailing Conference at the Royal Irish Yacht Club in Dun Laoghaire today is the first of its kind to be held in Ireland. Attracting a large audience, the line-up of speakers at the yacht club draws on highly-qualified…
Oisín van Gelderen of Dublin has become the first ever Irish sailor to break the 50-knot speed barrier
National Windsurfing Champion Oisín van Gelderen of Dublin has become the first ever Irish sailor to break the 50-knot speed barrier, during his final week competing at the Luderitz World Speed Sailing Challenge in Namibia, Africa. As Afloat.ie previously reported,…
The National Rowing Centre at Farran Wood in Cork
#Rowing: The Ireland Trial set for tomorrow, Saturday, at the National Rowing Centre at Farran Wood in Cork has been cancelled because of bad weather. No plan for Re-scheduling has been announced.
European Sea Ports Organisation (EPSO) has welcome the European Parliament Transport Committee vote result on the Connecting Europe Facility II.
#Ports&Shipping- At the European Parliament's Committee on Transport and Tourism and the Industry Committee jointly yesterday adopted the Marinescu- Telička- Virrkkunen report on the Connecting Europe Facility proposal 2021-2027. The European Sea Ports Organisation (ESPO) welcomes the demand for an…
An outline render of a landmark building on the Custom House Quay site in Cork.
#WaterfrontProperty - Calls for the protection of historic buildings at the Port of Cork that secured in a petition more than 1,500 signatures has been presented to the Lord Mayor of Cork city. The Port of Cork site reports the…
Dublin debut - This moderately sized racer-cruiser is a reinvention of a classic design
The new Grand Soleil 34 'Justtina' that is cutting a dash as it debuts on Irish waters at the DBSC Turkey Shoot marks a return to sailing for her skipper John Treanor who forged a love for yacht racing on his…

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