Menu

Ireland's sailing, boating & maritime magazine

In association with ISA Logo Irish Sailing

Latest Stories
Damian Foxall (left) with marine biologists Lucy Hunt and Niall McAllister
Two centuries after the “white continent” was recorded officially for the first time by an expedition led by Irishman Edward Bransfield, Kerry round-the-world offshore racer Damian Foxall plans to explore Antarctica by sail. Kerry-born Foxall will be accompanied on his…
BPA responds to the UK Government’s “two borders for four years” Brexit proposal.
The British Ports Association has responded to the UK Government’s “two borders for four years” Brexit proposals which was announced by the Conservative Party this week. Richard Ballantyne, Chief Executive of BPA said “The majority of Northern Ireland’s trade is with…
Olympian Cathy MacAleavey (left) with her daughter Claudine racing their Dublin Bay Water Wag on the Shannon. Cathy will be the only woman helm in this weekend’s All-Ireland Sailing Championship at Dun Laoghaire, crewed by her husband Con Murphy
Only in Ireland could it be like this. We hear that of many things in this curious island of ours. But the varying sailing, location and personal backgrounds of the sixteen helmspersons competing in this weekend’s All-Ireland Helmsmans Championship at…
Marine Notice: Geohazard Investigation In Irish Sea
A geohazard investigation to provide support for ongoing research at the Irish Centre for Research in Applied Geosciences (iCRAG) will be undertaken in the Irish Sea from Thursday 24 October until Wednesday 6 November, weather dependent. The locations of these…
Lough Ree RNLI’s inshore lifeboat The Eric Rowse
Lough Ree RNLI’s lifeboat volunteer will be showcased on the small screen in an upcoming episode of BBC TV series Saving Lives at Sea. Tune in to BBC Two on Tuesday 15 October at 8pm to see the Lough Ree…
Lough Sheelin
Inland Fisheries Ireland (IFI) has prosecuted three businesses and landowners in the Lough Sheelin and River Camlin catchments between May and September 2019, for the discharge of harmful substances to nearby watercourses. In June, Kiernan Milling of Granard, Co Longford…
O’Briensbridge is on the Clare/Limerick border south of Parteen Weir
Waterways Ireland has closed the public footpath running south from O’Briensbridge playground alongside the River Shannon south of Parteen Weir for the foreseeable future, following the discovery of critical failures in two culverts under the path. Preliminary investigations revealed the…
New CEO - Dr Paul Connolly
Dr Paul Connolly has been announced as the Chief Executive Officer of the Marine Institute, Ireland’s state agency for marine research, technology development and innovation. The appointment follows the upcoming retirement of Dr Peter Heffernan after 27 years as CEO…
Among the state of the art training facilities at the NMCI in Ringaskiddy, Cork Harbour is the 360° Full Mission Bridge Simulator
Thinking of a career at sea? as the annual Maritime Careers Event and Open Day will take place next month at the National Maritime College of Ireland (NMCI). The event at the waterfront college campus in Ringaskiddy, Cork Harbour is…
What Is To Be The Future of Irish Sailing?
My Podcast this week is an interview with the Chief Executive of Irish Sailing, Harry Hermon, in which he discusses a decline in yacht ownership, lifestyle changes which have reduced the time people can give to organised club sailing, the…
Fenit Lifeboat
Fenit RNLI launched in gale force conditions during Storm Lorenzo this evening to search for a windsurfer reported missing off Brandon Bay in County Kerry. The volunteer lifeboat crew were requested to launch their all-weather lifeboat at 7.23 pm this…
Master fishmonger Hal Dawson with Laura Desmond, Manager Reids Fish Market Howth.
Ireland’s first accredited fishmonger qualification has been launched today in the fishing port of Howth, Co Dublin. Bord Iascaigh Mhara (BIM), Ireland’s seafood development agency, has developed the Certificate in Fishmonger Skills accredited by nationally and internationally recognised Quality and…
  The Dragon was designed by Johan Anker in 1929 as an entry for a competition run by the Royal Yacht Club of Gothenburg, to find a small keel-boat that could be used for simple weekend cruising among the islands and fjords of the Scandinavian seaboard.
Some 160 Dragons from 26 nations – including nine from Ireland – are gathering at the Yacht Club San Remo, Italy, for the International Dragon 90th Anniversary Regatta, which takes place from Monday 7th to Friday 11th October 2019. Teams…
The Aran Islands RNLI lifeboat
Aran Islands RNLI carried out a medical evacuation this morning during Storm Lorenzo. The volunteer crew were asked to launch their all-weather Severn class lifeboat at 9.51am today at the request of the Irish Coast Guard. A lady on Inis…
Glen Sannox, the first of a pair of much delayed duel-fuel ferries at the Fergusan Marine shipyard located on the Clyde, Scotland
In Scotland, the last civilian shipyard on the Clyde, The Herald reports, is to be nationalised by the country's Government within a month after a search for a commercial saviour failed. Workers at Ferguson Marine in Port Glasgow, which was…
Workers return to the Harland and Wolff shipyard after a buyer was found to save the Belfast shipyard. ABOVE: Campaign banner with the slogan 'Save Our Shipyard' was recently revised with insertion of the letter 'D' to reflect the current changed fortunes of the iconic shipyard located in the east of the port estate.
Employees according to Belfast Telegraph, have returned to work at Harland and Wolff after the sale of the closure-threatened shipyard. There were cheers as the remaining staff walked through the gates in Belfast at 9am. It followed a nine-week campaign which saw…
The £40m investment programme at Belfast Harbour's container terminal at Victoria Terminal 3 (VT3) includes 10 new cranes. AFLOAT adds VT3 is operated in partnership between the port and Dublin based ICG, which connects Northern Ireland’s businesses to global markets through European hub ports of Rotterdam, Antwerp in addition serves Le Havre.
In an announcement Belfast Harbour is to invest £40m to upgrade its container terminal, writes the News Letter.  Victoria Terminal 3 (VT3), where the upgrade will take place, connects Northern Ireland to global markets through European hub ports of Rotterdam…
GMIT-Led Research Team Launches World’s First Shellfish Traceability Tool
Studies carried out by a research team led by Galway-Mayo Institute of Technology (GMIT) have resulted in the development of the world's first scientific-based shellfish traceability tool. This unique tool used ‘trace elemental fingerprinting’ of shellfish soft tissues and shells…
Stand-up paddling to Dalkey Island with Big Style
An Irish watersport business that’s reached as far afield as East Africa has future plans for Dun Laoghaire, where one of its co-founders grew up. DublinLive profiles Big Style, which developed over the last six years out of kitesurfing lessons…
Following LÉ Samuel Beckett (P61) visit to the USA in New York during the recent United Nations Climate Action Summit, AFLOAT adds the 'Beckett' /P60 class leadship OPV has departed New York (above: Statue of Liberty) and is underway to Boston where the offshore patrol vessel will be open to the public tomorrow, Friday and Saturday (10.00- 17.00hrs)
President of the Defence Forces representative body Pdforra has said conditions for members are so bad that 80 naval personnel are living on (ships), some of which were deemed to be unsuitable for accommodation when they were commissioned 35 years…

Featured Sailing School

INSS sidebutton

Featured Clubs

dbsc mainbutton
Howth Yacht Club
Kinsale Yacht Club
National Yacht Club
Royal Cork Yacht Club
Royal Irish Yacht club
Royal Saint George Yacht Club

Featured Brokers

mgm sidebutton
bjmarine sidebutton
xyachts sidebutton

Featured Associations

ISA sidebutton
ICRA
isora sidebutton

Featured Events

tokyo sidebutton
sovscup sidebutton
vdlr sidebutton

Featured Chandleries

CHMarine Afloat logo
osm sidebutton
viking sidebutton

Featured Sailmakers

northsails sidebutton
uksails sidebutton

Featured Marinas

dlmarina sidebutton

Featured Blogs

W M Nixon - Sailing on Saturday
podcast sidebutton
mansfield sidebutton
BSB sidebutton
sellingboat sidebutton

Please show your support for Afloat by donating