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Margie Crawford
Volunteers are the bedrock of sailing and the backbone of the Royal Yachting Association’s member clubs across the UK, dedicating their valuable time to make sure sailing and boating continues to develop and that all of our sailors have a…
The Sunfast 3600 Searcher skippered by Pete Smyth was the Davy National Yacht Club Regatta winner in IRC Zero division
The National Yacht Club's own Sunfast 3600 Searcher skippered by Pete Smyth was the winner in the IRC Zero division of the club's Davy-sponsored biennial regatta on Dublin Bay on Saturday. Smyth earned two wins from two races in medium north…
Balblair alongside sister pilot boat Dalmore at the Port of Cromarty Firth
Safehaven Marine’s latest deliveries this month include a second pilot boat for Scotland’s Port of Cromarty Firth and a specialised vessel for port operations in Southampton. Williams Shipping have taken delivery of an Interceptor 48 for crew transfer operations and pilot…
An Air Corps Dauphin pictured in 2004, before the model was decommissioned from the fleet
In the third instalment of our three-part series of extracts from Lorna Siggins’ new book, Search and Rescue, the journalist and regular Afloat.ie contributor hears from Commandant Jurgen Whyte about his and his crew’s extraordinary efforts to aid the stricken…
Fintan McCarthy wins a Silver Medal at World Cup II in Poznan
It has been a hugely successful World Cup II for the Irish rowing crews in Poznan. Out of the eight crews competing, six of them are coming home with medals. Ireland has ranked fourth out of the medal hauls from…
The two-handed Kinsale Sunfast 3300 Cinnamon Girl (Cian McCarthy & Sam Hunt) has zapped into the overall handicap lead and IRC 3 with it
Round Ireland Race Day Two (Sunday) 1300hrs - The majestic coast of West Kerry is a tumbling undulation of unexpected peaks and sudden steep cliffs, a seaboard for heroes. And when the wind is fresh to strong or worse from the…
The Swiss Cookson 50 Kuko 3, which is currently leading the Round Ireland fleet on the water, and was past the Fastnet Rock by 0620 hrs this (Sunday) morning
Round Ireland Race Day 2 (Sunday) 0900 - Conditions have been ideal for swift and steady progress by the fleet in the SSE Renewables Round Ireland Race since they cleared Wicklow Head and passed Arklow. An area of light breezes off…
Ursula von der Leyen, President of the European Commission
The European Commission has been urged to follow the example of the World Trade Organisation (WTO) in taking steps to protect EU waters from industrial fishing. The call has been made by Paris-based non-governmental organisation (NGO) Bloom, following a multilateral…
A file photo of the Clondalkin community-built 43ft Galway Hooker Naomh Cronan on Dublin Bay in 2003
Weather has once again forced the postponement of Féile an Spidéil, the regatta for traditional craft in Co Galway. The regatta, which was originally set for June 12th off An Spidéil on the northern shores of Galway Bay, had been…
Jason Carroll's MOD70 Argo takes the start of the Newport Bermuda Race
June 19, 2022—Jason Carroll of New York City and the crew of the MOD70 Argo outran every elapsed-time record associated with the Newport Bermuda Race when they completed the 52nd edition of the offshore race Saturday night at 2320:09 (ADT).…
The International Youth Foiling Team — under the burgee of the Royal St George and with Charlie Cullen in its crew — in action in Sardinia on Friday 17 June
The high-performance foiling 69F class is hosting its first grand prix in Puntaldia, Sardinia this weekend. And it marks the first time an Irish sailor — and club — will race in an event for the foiling monohull, which takes…
The 47 boat fleet depart Wicklow under spinnaker on the 2022 Round Ireland Yacht Race
Round Ireland Race Race Start: The Swiss Cookson 50 Kuka 3, the Howth-based Grand Soleil 44 Samatom and the Italian Class 40 Influence had the best of today’s spinnaker start in the 21st SSE Renewables Round Ireland Race off Wicklow in…
Courtmacsherry RNLI’s all-weather lifeboat arriving at the West Cork harbour’s pontoon with the 40ft yacht
Courtmacsherry RNLI’s volunteers called out early this morning (Saturday 18 June) at 4.35am to go to the aid of a 40ft yacht in difficulties 21 miles south east of the Old Head of Kinsale in West Cork. The all-weather lifeboat…
The third heat looked good for Poland until Olympic Champion in the lightweight double, Fintan McCarthy (above) of Ireland shot past Kowalski of Poland. These two boats battled it out at the head of the field to take first and second by a huge margin over the rest of the field
Rowing Ireland had eight crews racing in the heats at World Cup II in Poznan. Five of the crews qualified directly to the A/B Semi-Final, the two PR2 crews go straight to the A finals from their test races and…
Fireballs of the 1960s at Sutton Dinghy Club - Ian Baird David Lovegrove, David Dickson, Hugh Morton and Roy Dickson
This weekend, Sutton Dinghy Club on Dublin Bay welcomes the Fireball fleet to Sutton Creek for the first time in quite a while. It will be an unusual situation as it will the first time we have hosted the Fireball…
Team West beat Team East by four races to two at the Ruffian 23 All Ireland Team Racing at the DMYC in Dun Laoghaire Harbour
There is a new All-Ireland Team Racing event in Ruffian 23 one-design keelboats, between North, South, East & West, hosted by Carrickfergus SC, Wicklow SC, DL Combined clubs & Mayo SC writes Colin McMullen A Sunday evening stroller on the bridge at…
The Round Ireland Start of 2014. It was the last time a Volvo 70 raced, but there are two taking part today. Overall winner was the Sydney 36 Tanit (right foreground) navigated by Richie Fearon of Lough Swilly YC, who races this year on the Grand Soleil 44 Samatom
With the four year pandemic-imposed gap since the previous edition in 2018, today’s restoration of the biennial SSE Renewables Round Ireland Race from Wicklow has been attracting an unprecedented amount of countdown attention and discussion. There has been an across-the-board…
French naval vessel
Irish vessels and crew have been warned over safety risks associated with a French military exercise off the South West Coast next week. Marine Notice No 38 of 2022 from the Department of Transport gives details of the planned rocket-firing…
Minister McConalogue unveils state-of-the-art fishing vessel navigation simulator at Bord Iascaigh Mhara (BIM) training college in Greencastle
Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine, Charlie McConalogue T.D. visited BIM’s National Fisheries College in Greencastle today, to officially launch new high-tech simulator suites that will enable skipper students to pilot and berth a vessel and navigate it through…
The First 50 Checkmate XX has withdrawn from the 2022 Round Ireland Race
Eve of race-positive COVID test results has ruled out the much-fancied First 50 Checkmate XX co-skippered by Nigel Biggs and Dave Cullen from tomorrow's 700-mile SSE Renewables Round Ireland Race from Wicklow.  The Howth yacht was the winner of last…

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