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AFLOAT tracked the landing-craft James berth in Dun Laoghaire Harbour, notably at the slipway between the Coal Harbour and Traders Wharf.  Heavy-vehicle machinery (see: digger on right) were loaded from the slipway onto the 1.6m draught craft and taken to the seaward side of the pierhead of the West Pier in addition to the East Pier where further damage of Storm Emma was inflicted in 2018.
A German built landing craft dating to 1953 but rebuilt a decade ago had been kept busy working on projects in Dun Laoghaire Harbour and on Killiney Bay, writes Jehan Ashmore. The red hulled landing craft, James, which Afloat reported…
Maritime Legends of Howth Detailed in New Book to Be Launched Next Week
Folklore and Maritime Legends of Howth are all included in the book “Catching the Past” to be launched on Thursday next 14th at 8 pm in the Abbey Tavern, Howth, County Dublin. The launch will be part of an evening…
View taken from Belfast Lough of the Harland & Wolff shipyard
The Belfast shipyard that built the Titanic, Harland and Wolff is according to the Sunday Times, set to be rescued tomorrow in a £6m deal. AIM-listed company, InfraStrata has agreed to buy the historic shipyard out of administration, will tap…
Building the breakwaters at Ringaskiddy for the new Cove Sailing Club marina
Cove Sailing Club in Cork Harbour has expressed excitement at progress being made on its new marina. Planning approval was granted this past May for the marina at Whitepoint, scaled down from a larger scheme that faltered in the planning…
The Irish sportsboat class has released its 2020 fixtures calendar
There's no surprise that the SB20 class is yet another class hoping to join the throng heading to Cork Harbour this summer for Royal Cork's Tricentenary celebrations. With Southern and Western Championship venues still to be confirmed the Irish sportsboat…
Only 34 sailors will be able to take the Vendee Globe start on the 8th of November 2020
The ninth edition of the Vendée Globe will start from Les Sables d’Olonne on Sunday the 8th of November 2020. There are finally 37 candidates hoping to be at the start of the next Everest of the Seas race but…
Youghal RNLI help to recover  the yacht
Youghal RNLI was tasked at 11.58 am on Friday 8 November by the Coast Guard to help assist them in recovering a yacht that had gone aground at Harvey’s Dock after becoming loose from its moorings. In calm and clear…
The Cove Sailing Club Committee with the annual prizes
Cove Sailing Club rounded out its centenary year last night at a gala dinner in the town's Commodore Hotel in Cork Harbour writes Bob Bateman. Celebrations on the Cobh shoreline were appropriately held in the historic hotel venue that itself predates…
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The Dufour 460
Five Dufour yacht models will be on display at next month's Paris Boat Show (7-15 December). the best-seller Dufour 360, the two new models from 2019, Dufour 390 & Dufour 430, the iconic Dufour 460 and the flagship, the Dufour 56. Irish agents Crosshaven Boatyard in Cork Harbour…
The Rolex Men’s Sailor of the Year 2019, 15-year-old Marco Gradoni of Italy, on his way to winning his third Optimist Worlds in a row at Antigua in July
What’s with today’s teenagers? Time was when your average teen aspired to sleep for 24 hours every day. The reason they slept for 24 hours every day was there were only 24 hours in the day. Move the dial-up to…
Sionna Healy (right) in action at the World Coastal Rowing Championships in Hong Kong. Scroll down for highlights video
The World Coastal Rowing Championships were a big success. The Hong Kong sights provided a spectacular backdrop for a huge event. Ireland sent a big team, with multiple A Finalists, five in the solo women’s class: our top two, Sionna…
Action from the All-In-A-Row charity event
Niall O’Toole, the first Ireland world champion in Olympic-class rowing who now runs indoor rowing courses, remembers fondly how he was invited to race in a boat class that goes back over a century. Cracking the Code of East Coast…
Round the World Sailor Damian Foxall Catches Up on Learning at Poolbeg
When Henry Cromwell in 1654 as then Chief Justice of Ireland, decided to rid the city of Dublin of everyone of Irish blood by ordering them to move two miles outside the capital, his decision gave the impetus which created…
The Clipper race on a previous visit to Derry
Now that the city of Derry’s legendary Halloween celebrations are over, all eyes are on July 2020 which will be a key date in the Derry/Londonderry calendar when, on Saturday 25th, the eleven 70-ft yachts in the Clipper Round the…
Operating on Scotland's west coast is CalMac's Hebridean Isles as AFLOAT captured in this scene at Kennacraig on the Mull of Kintyre from where the ferry serves Islay. Built in 1985, the ferry is one of the oldest in the fleet which this winter will be undergoing a record £9m investment overhaul. The veteran vessel on several occasions stood in on Scotland's east coast for NorthLink Ferries where private operator Serco last month was awarded a £450m contract by the Scottish Government to continue maintaining Northern Isles services to Orkney and Shetlands Islands. See below: news update on the contract.
The largest ferry operator in Scotland, state-owned Caledonian MacBrayne (CalMac) is to spend more than £9 million targeted at vessel resilience in a response to challenges of an increasing average age of fleet. According to CalMac, this is in addition…
Sean Waddilove (left) and Robert Dickson are headed to NZ with fellow Team Ireland 49er pair Ryan Seaton and Seafra Guilfoyle
The Irish Sailing 49ers are getting ready to fly to New Zealand tomorrow, Saturday 9 November, ahead of their World Championships next month. There’s a long list of logistics to prepare for before racing starts at the 49er Worlds in…
Revisions To Code Of Practice For The Safe Operation Of Recreational Craft
The latest Marine Notice from the Department of Transport, Tourism and Sport reminds water users of amendments to the 2017 edition of the Code of Practice for the Safe Operation of Recreational Craft. The Code of Practice is a valuable…
The 2020 IRC European Championship will be held at Cork Week
The 2020 IRC European Championship will be held at Cork Week as part of the unique celebration of the 300th anniversary of the Royal Cork Yacht Club. As Afloat previously back as 2016, the 5th edition of the IRC European Championship…
The new time set by Van Gelderen in Africa
There are unconfirmed reports coming from the Luderitz speed canal in Namibia that Irish Windsurfer Oisin Van Gelderen has broken the Irish speed sailing record time over 500m.  Van Gelderen has joined the fastest sailors in the world at this…
 The Mauritius Route record is the first act in the new campaign of ocean records for IDEC
The skipper of the IDEC SPORT maxi-trimaran shattered the Mauritius offshore Route record between Port Louis (Brittany) and Port Louis (Mauritius) at 0726hrs local time (0326hrs UTC) on Friday 8th November). Francis Joyon smashed the reference time he set in…

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