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DBSC Commodore Ann Kirwan has been out on the Dublin Bay race track at the weekend inspecting the newly laid race marks ('J' or 'Asgard' mark pictured) for its forthcoming summer season
139 yachts and dinghies are now signed up for the Dublin Bay Sailing Club (DBSC) Summer Season. Following the Government announcement of the easing of COVID-19 restrictions, the club is expecting to hear news of when club training and racing can…
The 470 competition is on a very high level ain the final turn on the road to the Tokyo Olympic Games
81 470s from 25 countries (but not Ireland) will be competing from 30 April to 7 May in the men's, women's and the new mixed fleets for the respective European Champion titles in Vilamoura, Portugal. 34 out of the 40…
58 entries including 29 IRC Two-Handed teams racing overnight for the first time this year
The Royal Ocean Racing Club organised two races over the May Bank Holiday weekend. 58 boats entered, including a 91nm race for IRC Two Handed, the first overnight race of the year. Giovanni Belgrano’s Classic Whooper won the race for…
An end of April launch for Arklow Artist - the final of the 'A' series of newbuild cargoships
The last day of April saw Arklow Artist, as the final 'A' series of six newbuilds to be launched at Ferus Smit's Dutch inland shipyard, writes Jehan Ashmore. This newest cargoship constructed in Westerbroek, is the first to carry the…
MII invites you to join next Thursday, May 6th, for their next online event 'MIIN in Galway - A Microcosm for Marine Innovation and Industry Opportunities'.
Marine Ireland Industry Network (MIIN) is next week (Thursday, 6th May) to hold an online event 'MIIN in Galway - A Microcosm for Marine Innovation and Industry Opportunities'. The event (11am-12.30pm) is to focus on innovative marine industrial activities taking…
385 boats to date had entered for July's now-cancelled Volvo Dun Laoghaire Regatta
July’s Volvo Dun Laoghaire Regatta 2021 has been cancelled due to the ongoing "uncertainties" over the Covid-19 pandemic. The scrubbing of Ireland's biggest regatta, scheduled for the first two weekends of July, comes after careful consideration of the latest government…
Racing on Loch Fyne at a previous edition of the Scottish Series
With less than four weeks to go to the first race of Scotland's top sailing event, the revamped Scottish Series on the Clyde has received only 13 IRC entries received so far. Entry is due to close on May 14th…
The UN Resolution recognises the association between drowning and development, as well as the critical inequity between countries and regions. Action on drowning prevention presents an important opportunity to make progress towards targets within several of the UN Sustainable Development Goals
Irish water safety organisations have welcomed the first-ever UN Resolution on Global Drowning Prevention which was adopted by the UN General Assembly last week. The UN adopted a historic Resolution on drowning prevention, acknowledging the issue for the first time in its 75-year…
The Irish Fish Processors & Exporters Association has described as
The Irish Fish Processors and Exporters Association has called on the Minister for the Marine to "do his duty and stand up for the industry he is mandated to represent." The Chief Executive of the Association, Brendan Byrne, has described…
Youghal's Atlantic 85 inshore lifeboat arrived on scene in less than 10 minutes to tow the angling boat
For the third time this week, Youghal RNLI responded to their pagers on Saturday, May 1 at 3.08 pm to a report of a 17ft angling boat with engine trouble, half a mile south of the Eastern Cardinal in Youghal…
On the seashore with the Explorers Education Programme crew for the Wild About Wildlife on the Seashore video series
Can you tell the difference between a gastropod and a bivalve? Do you know how to identify a decapod, amphipod or an isopod? And can you tell what fish can walk across seaweed, are slippery as butter or can hide…
H&W has announced a 2021 Apprenticeship Scheme which is now open for applications.
Shipyard Harland & Wolff has launched an apprenticeship scheme that is available across all of their four sites either side of the North Channel and the Irish Sea. The scheme is applicable to H&W Appledore, Arnish, Belfast and Methil, with…
P&O's Pride of Burgundy departing the Port of Dover
As Irish Ferries is to become a rival to P&O Ferries on the Dover-Calais market, the ferry firm is set to respond on the UK-France route by deploying a fifth vessel. The DP World-owned company announced its ro-pax Pride of…
The new date for the 1720 2021 European Championships is 23-25 September.
In the wake of government pandemic easing announcements last Friday, one of the first major one-design championships of the sailing season has been postponed with the news that the 1720 European Championships scheduled for Waterford Harbour Sailing Club on June…
The Earl of Belfast’s brig-rigged superyacht Waterwitch successfully working up to windward of the Royal Navy’s crack Channel Squadron in an offshore sailing test in 1834
In the current wave of revulsion against slavery and its appalling history, no European nation has totally clean hands. For although we might like to think that the huge Caribbean sugar plantations worked by African slaves in the 1800s brought…
The Irish Nautical Trust may have been functioning for years, but Jimmy Murray's enthusiasm is unabated
Jimmy Murray, Director of the Irish Nautical Trust in Dublin, is our "Sailor of the Month" for April in the Environmental category for the key role he played in the commissioning of the purpose-built Liffey Sweeper, which appropriately made its…
Jack O'Keeffe's election as Chairman of the globally-spread Drascombe Association has highlighted the extensive voluntary work of someone who normally functions under the radar
There are several organisations in Ireland's varied maritime life that don't need a high profile to do good and useful work by stealth, and you'll find Jack O'Keeffe of Carrigaline in Cork is involved with several of them. But his…
Guy O’Leary, who underwent a year of cancer treatment is challenging himself again to swim a mile each day during the month of May
Dun Laoghaire Harbour sailor Guy O'Leary is repeating last year's swim for charity endeavour this morning when he swims a mile each day during the month of May to raise funds for Cancer charities. Like last year, he will be…
Longford Bridge, Ballymahon in Co Longford on the Royal Canal Greenway
Waterways Ireland advises all masters of vessels and inland waterways users of the Shannon Navigation, Shannon-Erne Waterway, Grand Canal, Royal Canal, Barrow Line and Barrow Navigation that these waterways will reopen from Monday 10 May in line with the latest…
Devenish Island on Lough Erne, near Enniskillen
The trial of a man accused of murdering his wife on a boating holiday in Co Fermanagh has heard the company that hired out the boat to the accused had failed to supply enough lifejackets on board, as BBC News…

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