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The RS Aero dinghy in Dun Laoghaire
“Momentum behind this innovative and exhilarating dinghy is building in Ireland, and opportunities to engage a wide range of dinghy sailors cannot be overlooked”. Irish RS dealer Kenneth Rumball, is sure in his assessment of what the RS Aero can…
The modern Dragon class racing the 2019 Grand Prix at Cannes – an extraordinary transformation for a boat designed 90 years ago to be a weekend cruiser and club racer in the Swedish islands around Gothenburg.
The International Dragon Class and Kinsale seem to have been made for each other. When the Dragon Gold Cup is staged at the glossy south coast port next September, there will undoubtedly be a natural harmony to the event. With…
Autumn Halliday from Killyleagh pictured at Strangford Lough Yacht Club
A young sailor from Killyleagh has been awarded her own boat thanks to a national programme helping young talent progress in the sport. Autumn Halliday (12), who is a junior member of Strangford Lough Yacht Club (SLYC), will have exclusive…
Newbuild leadship of Stena's E-Flexer class, Stena Estrid departs the AVIC Weihai Shipyard, Shandong in China, bound for its new home on the Irish Sea between Ireland and Britain. Manned by a much-reduced crew of 27, with no passengers on board, the ship will undertake a delivery voyage of well over 10,000 miles, taking just over one month and making a number of stops on the way, before finally arriving in Wales from where it will start service in January on the Holyhead to Dublin route. Also above AFLOAT adds is Brittany Ferries chartered-in E-Flexer tonnage (top-left) for UK-Spain service and a pair of Stena E-Flexers.
The newest ferry bound for Irish Sea service, Stena Estrid has departed the AVIC Weihai Shipyard in north-western China and is making its delivery voyage to Wales from where it is to operate on the Holyhead-Dublin route. Stena Estrid is the…
Unloading of containers from a EUCON lo-lo vessel, Elbetrader at the Port of Rotterdam.
Dublin based Irish Continental Group (ICG) has brought its sixth containership. The shipowner and ferry operator, reports Tradewinds, has acquired the 974teu CT Rotterdam (built 2009), for an undisclosed price. Afloat adds that the container vessel was preceeded by another…
Plans to replace ferry Ben-My-Chree with new tonnage. The existing ropax operates the main Manx-UK route: Douglas-Heysham
The Isle of Man Steam Packet Company wants public opinion on a new ship.  The ferry operator reports Manx Radio, wants to know your thoughts, as it prepares for 'major investment in its fleet'. The company has plans to replace…
Some of the prizewinners at last night's presentation at RCYC by SCORA Commodore Johanna Murphy (centre). Scroll down for prizegiving gallery
The 19th AGM of SCORA, the south coast racing association, was held on Tuesday at the Royal Cork Yacht Club Crossshaven writes Bob Bateman The well-attended meeting included representatives of all the Cork harbour clubs in addition to Kinsale, Waterford and…
Irish 49ers practice in New Zealand
Two Irish 49er crews aiming to qualify Ireland for the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games face a stern test when the 49er World Championship series gets underway next week (evening of Monday 2nd December 2019 Irish time). Four nation places for next…
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The Grand Soleil 42 Long Cruise powering upwind
Mark Mansfield, newly appointed Irish agent for Grand Soleil yachts and J Boats, is sharing the announcement that the Grand Soleil 42 Long Cruise has been shortlisted in the Luxury Cruiser category for the 2020 European Yacht of the Year…
Irish Sailing President Jack Roy (left) raises the IS Training Centre flag at KIlrush Marina watched by Training Centre Principal and Marina Manager Simon McGibney
Irish Sailing President Jack Roy officially opened the Kilrush Marina Training Centre on the Shannon Estuary in County Clare last Sunday. “This is another great addition to the Clare region and an addition to the services provided at Kilrush Marina”,…
The National Inshore Fisheries Forum November meeting
The Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine, Michael Creed T.D., today hosted the 19th meeting of the National Inshore Fisheries Forum (NIFF) at Agriculture House, Dublin. The Inshore Fisheries Forums, established in 2014, are currently going through a renewal…
Flying Fifteen under spinnaker on Dublin Bay
The buoyant Flying Fifteens are looking forward to competing in Howth Yacht Club's Wave Regatta in May for the first time as part of the 2020 Irish fixtures calendar announced by Class President Chris Doorly today.  After the excitement and the full programme leading…
Seal pup Pine was found in Portally Cove on Wednesday
A seal pup found entangled in fishing netting in Co Waterford yesterday (Wednesday 27 November) is now recovering, as Waterford Live reports. Nicknamed Pine, the young seal is now in the care of Seal Rescue Ireland in Courtown, Co Wexford…
The houseboat was spotted at Cross Beach on the Mullet Peninsula in November 2016
The original owner of a mystery houseboat that washed up on the Mayo coast three years ago has been traced to western Canada, as RTÉ News reports. The wooden vessel, which was fitted with solar panels, was recovered for restoration…
Still from an animation showing the proposed rafting centre in operation
Costs for the proposed white water rafting centre at George’s Dock have doubled to nearly €23 million, as The Irish Times reports. The news comes as controversy over plans for the site in Dublin’s Docklands caused a storm on social…
Jeanneau's Merry Fisher 605 Marlin
Jeanneau's Merry Fisher 605 Marlin represented in Ireland by MGM Boats in Dun Laoghaire, County Dublin has been named Best of Boats 2019 in the “Best for Fishing ” Category in the International Best of Boats Awards. This prize is…
Enda O'Coineen's new book Journey to the Edge
Enda O’Coineen has many friends who sail Northern Waters. Now there’s the chance to meet up with him next week at the launch of his latest book, Journey to the Edge in No Alibis bookstore on Botanic Avenue, Belfast writes…
Pictured are Stephen Kiely, Sean Cremin and Tom O’Riordan, Inland Fisheries Ireland Fisheries Officers who received the SEIKO Just in Time Rescue Award at the Water Safety Ireland National Awards Ceremony 2019. The award was presented by Michael Ring TD, Minister for Rural and Community Development. They received the award for their valiant efforts in saving a life when they came across a person in difficulty during a routine fisheries patrol operation
Inland Fisheries Ireland has acknowledged members of Fisheries Officers Stephen Kiely, Sean Cremin and Tom O’Riordan for their brave and combined valiant efforts in saving a life when they came across a person in difficulty during a routine fisheries patrol…
W.B. Yeats berthed at the two-tier linkspan in Dublin Port at the main ferry terminal (No. 1)
Irish Continental Group, the parent company of Irish Ferries has reported revenue of €308.8m in the first ten months of 2019, an increase of 8.2pc on the same period last year. As the Independent.ie writes, ICG said a "significant" proportion…
All qualifying boats entered in Volvo Cork Week 2020 will automatically be entered into the ICRA National Championships
The Royal Cork Yacht Club, the oldest yacht club in the world, today launched its online entry system for the prestigious Volvo Cork Week 2020 regatta which will see hundreds of boats and thousands of yachtsmen and women from around…

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