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Bundoran RNLI
Bundoran RNLI was involved in the rescue of a woman who got into difficulty off the Main Beach in Bundoran early yesterday morning (Sunday 10 October). The volunteer crew were requested to launch their inshore lifeboat by Malin Head Coast…
Export performance is improving at Irish firms, an Enterprise Ireland survey has found
A survey has revealed that more than half of exporting businesses here have seen their exports increase this year compared to last year, despite the impact of Brexit and the Covid-19 pandemic. According to the new survey carried out by…
Kinsale Yacht Club is planning to acquire a suitable yacht (most likely a J/24 like the Royal Cork club boat (pictured above) for its new under 25 team
Kinsale Yacht Club plans for an Under 25 sailing team are progressing in West Cork.  The plan is to acquire a suitable yacht (most likely a J/24) that will compete on the under 25 keelboat circuit around Ireland. It follows expressions…
There were 46 safe and exciting Sea Scouting races under two fleets which made for an excellent day of sailing!
Originally hosted from the decks of the 102-ft Lightship Albatross in Dún Laoghaire Harbour, the event has grown popular as ever within Sea Scouting under a very exciting team-racing format using fleets of Pico/ Topaz ensuring it is fun and…
RL Sailing finishes at Cherbourg to record a five hour win in the Figaro 3 Two-Handed Division in the Rolex Fastnet Race 2021
Afloat reported in August that the Irish duo of Kenny Rumball and Pamela Lee aboard RL Sailing had been denied a podium position in the Fastnet Race despite crossing the finishing line ahead of her class rivals. The Royal Ocean…
Dun Laoghaire Harbour sailor Justin Burke was racing in the IRC B division of last weekend's postponed Spi Ouest Regatta and received a warm welcome in Brittany.  Burke of the National Yacht Club, a champion SB20 and Flying Fifteen sailor, recently…
Michael Beckett, 26, from Solva in Pembrokeshire has become the third Brit in as many years to claim the ILCA 7/Laser class European title
Michael Beckett has become the third Brit in as many years to claim the ILCA 7/Laser class European title. Beckett, who has twice come runner up at the Euros, in 2018 and 2020, led the week-long regatta in Varna, Bulgaria,…
Close racing as the Royal Cork Autumn League fleet took on coastal courses on the third weekend of racing
Competitors in today's AIB Autumn Series in the Royal Cork Yacht Club enjoyed light northerly breezes and summer-like conditions. All fleets sailed coastal courses off Cork Harbour under the watchful eye of race officer Ross Deasy.  Kieran Collins Coracle IV…
David McClure became Irelands first-ever European Champion in Freestyle in the K1 Men division
Kayaking in Ireland has had two new pages added to its history books, with the first medals ever being won in the discipline and Ireland's first-ever European Champion being crowned. At the recent Championships, held on the 2024 Olympic course…
Aerial view of the National Yacht Club in Dun Laoghaire Harbour
Online applications are now open for winter dinghy platform parking with the National Yacht Club at Dun Laoghaire Harbour. However, with space very limited on the platform, the club advises that priority will be given to junior dinghies signed up for…
File image of Toppers at the Dun Laoghaire waterfront
The National Yacht Club’s Topper winter training programme got under way with its first session today (Sunday 10 October) at the Dun Laoghaire waterfront club. Training continues every Sunday until the end of November, with sessions for beginner (9.30am-12.30pm), intermediate…
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Waterways Ireland advises masters of vessels on the Shannon Navigation that the Underwater Archaeology Unit of the National Monuments Service will be carrying out diving operations this week. From tomorrow, Monday 11 to next Sunday 17 October, dives will be…
This morning's commemoration of the sinking of the RMS Leinster 103 years ago off Dublin Bay.
There was a poignant commemoration this morning at Dún Laoghaire Harbour to remember over 564 people who lost their lives when the RMS Leinster ship sank off the Kish Bank on 10th October 1918. The Leinster Commemoration Committee organised the…
Baltimore all-weather lifeboat on its way to North Harbour in Cape Clear
Baltimore RNLI were called out to provide a medical evacuation this afternoon (Sunday 10 October) from Cape Clear Island off the coast of West Cork. The volunteer lifeboat crew launched their all-weather lifeboat at 2.39 pm, following a request from…
Laser dinghy sailors prepare for a race start at the Grant Thornton Sprint  2021 in Dun Laoghaire Harbour
Dun Laoghaire Harbour's Laser dinghy class ended their summer season with a bang, hosting over 80-boats in a five-race one-day regatta where some exciting new talent emerged. 80 Lasers racing in Dublin Bay on a sunny Saturday afternoon in October…
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Extinction Rebellion is teaming up with other environmental groups to stage a ‘Bycatch Parade of Dead Sea Life’ through central Dublin tomorrow (Monday 11 October) to demand better protection for our oceans. Members of Extinction Rebellion Ireland, the Irish Wildlife…
Irish Coast Guard officers with a rescue helicopter overhead
A report in this weekend’s Irish Times highlights “a picture of friction and strain” within the Irish Coast Guard, with a number of former and serving coastguard officers taking management to task over allegations of poor treatment of volunteers. The…
Conor Maguire surfs down a giant wave of Mullaghmore Head in the wake of Hurricane Epsilon
Irish surfing star Conor Maguire has been nominated for Ride of the Year in this year’s Red Bull Big Wave Awards, which recognise the most astounding big wave surfing feats the world over. He’s also up for Biggest Tow for…
Investigation: The turmoil engulfing Scotland’s ferry service is fuelling island depopulation and leaving remote businesses “teetering on the brink”, according to community leaders. Above: The raised bow visor of the veteran ferry Hebridean Isles, dating to 1985, Afloat adds operates between Kennacraig (above) on Mull of Kintyre (Argyll) to Islay, the southernmost of the inner Hebrides Isles that is closest to Northern Ireland.
Vessels carrying passengers were once built to last, now under the Scottish National Party (SNP) they are not being built at all. The operator at the heart of Scotland’s west coast ferry crisis, Caledonian MacBrayne (CalMac), has been around for…
Seventh heaven - Finn Lynch sails into the top ten at the Laser Europeans
The National Yacht Club's Finn Lynch got his Laser/ILCA 7 campaign for Paris 2024 off to a flying start in Bulgaria this week by taking seventh overall – a personal best – at the European Championships in Varna today. Lynch's rivals…

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