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RYANI Chief Operating Officer Richard Honeyford has joined the Northern Ireland Sports Forum (NISF). Gordon Reid has stepped down from the NISF and re-joined RYANI as Development Officer, covering Mary Martin's maternity leave. The Sports Forum is the recognised umbrella…
Seafra Guilfoyle (left) sailing with Ryan Seaton in the Oympic 49er dinghy. Guilfoyle has been appointed a ‘Dare to Believe’ Athlete Ambassador by the Olympic Federation
The Olympic Federation of Ireland has announced that 49er skiff crew Seafra Guilfoyle has become one of its ‘Dare to Believe' ambassadors. The Royal Cork Yacht Club sailor was included in the unveiling of 25 ‘Dare to Believe’ athlete ambassadors from…
Pearse Flynn of Green Rebel Marine - listen to him on the podcast below
The photomontage published in Afloat a week ago of 60 'supersize' wind turbines planned for Dublin Bay should raise substantial debate about the impact of offshore wind farms on Irish waters and the activities in them – sailing, leisure marine,…
Brexit Checks won't be ready until mid-2021 says Stormont Minister. Above: a RoRo freight ferry berthed at the VT2 Terminal in Belfast Harbour, one of five ports in the north.
Across Northern Ireland's ports the implementation of new post-Brexit checks will not be ready until the middle of next year, the Stormont Agriculture Minister has said. Goods coming into Northern Ireland from Great Britain will be subject to inspections from…
Better than a Health Farm……the soothing setup in the McMahon shed in Athlone, with the "new-old" Dublin Bay Water Wag Shindilla (original built in 1932) nearing completion beside a useful little clinker-built dinghy, while a multi-purpose canoe with sailing potential is stored by suspension from the roof
In times of stress like this, there is nowhere more soothing than a well-organised but not unduly fussy timber workshop where each day's harmonious effort shows a tangible result. And of all such workshops, there's nowhere so healthily absorbing –…
Thomas Ruyant, lying second in LinkedOut
While Nicholas Troussel is motoring slowly into a lumpy sea, his Vendée Globe abandoned after his mast was broken early yesterday morning, this afternoon in bright sunshine and light winds off Les Sables d’Olonne Jérémie Beyou was resuscitating his own…
A ferox trout being placed in a recovery tank after tagging
A newly published research paper co-authored by experts in Ireland highlights the importance of ferox trout to the fisheries of Lough Corrib and Lough Mask. Ferox trout are highly prized by trophy anglers, and Loughs Corrib and Mask have recorded…
Swanage RNLI’s second coxswain Gavin Steeden wearing PPE
The RNLI says its volunteer crews faced an “unprecedented” summer as statistics reveal a big increase in callouts to people in distress compared to the same time last year. Based on provisional incident reports from lifeboat stations around the UK…
Dredging on the Lower Bann
Waterways Ireland says it is undertaking a “significant programme” of maintenance works on inland waterways in Northern Ireland over the winter period. On the Lower Bann, which connects Lough Neagh to the sea north of Coleraine, works will focus on…
Fisherman Fined €4,000 for Illegal Salmon Netting & Obstructing Fisheries Officers
A West Cork fisherman has been fined €4,000 plus costs after being found guilty on two counts of illegal fishing and the obstruction of Inland Fisheries Ireland (IFI) officers. Evidence in relation to the offences by Donal Healy — with…
Irish Sailing Foundation Chairman Colm Barrington
The Irish Sailing Foundation Chairman Colm Barrington will stand for election as First Vice President of Olympic Federation of Ireland's Executive Committee, a position he has held since March 2017. As regular Afloat readers will know, Barrington was instrumental in changing…
RoPax ferry Stena Horizon has been stuck off the north Wales coast while at anchor off Moelfre on Anglesea for several days due to a Covid19 outbreak. Afloat adds Stena Horizon normally operates Rosslare-Cherbourg duties, however according to NorthWalesLive the ropax is to return to Wexford on Thursday (for more see below). Above AFLOAT's file photo of the ropax repositioning from Rosslare to Dublin Port, noting on the horizon the Kish Bank Lighthouse.
At anchor off Anglesey, Wales is a Stena Line ferry which has been at sea for days after a Covid-19 outbreak, however the ropax ship could set sail this week after crew all tested negative for a second time. Stena…
Shore litter
Sea2it is a Local Community Interest Company and brings together community groups and individuals as volunteers to tackle marine and freshwater litter, and the organisation has just announced that it has had some exciting news. Sea2it is investing £18k tackling…
An exterior rendering of the New Zealand 'Interislander' ferries whose operator Kiwirail has chosen to flag the pair of newbuilds under the Manx flag and added to the Isle of Man Registry which is a Category One member of Red Ensign Group and International Registry. Each newbuild will be capable of 1,900 passengers,3,600 lane metres and 40 sixty-foot rail wagons. As AFLOAT reported previously among the KiwiRail fleet is Kaitaki intially chartered in from Irish Continental Group. The former Isle of Innisfree was ICG's first custom-built cruiseferry for Irish Ferries service in 1995 on the Irish Sea but replaced by larger tonnage. This led to a succesion of charter spells, before KiwiRail finally acquired the ferry in 2017 for €45m.
A pair of rail-enabled RoPax ferries for a New Zealand operator have chosen the Isle of Man Ship Registry as the flag state to oversee construction of the newbuilds that will connect the south Pacific Ocean nation's north and south…
Ian O'Meara (on ladder) and crew unveil the new branding on its Viking Marine premises at Dun Laoghaire in August. At the same time, the marine store also upgraded its website and has been reaping the rewards including making The Irish Times Online Retailers list
Dun Laoghaire Harbour marine retailer Viking Marine has made The Irish Times Irish retailers online Christmas shopping list edited by Consumer Affairs Correspondent, Conor Pope. Viking Marine say they are delighted to be included in this list of top online…
Lleidi reservoir - the site is expected to attract 90k+ visitors a year
The recent announcement of the development of the Swiss Valley reservoirs in Carmarthenshire in Wales has been given a boost with the confirmation of an ‘Access to Water’ grant from Welsh Government, worth £121k, that will enable visitor access to…
SB20s will race for Western Championships honours at 2021 Volvo Dun Laoghaire Regatta
Preparations for Volvo Dun Laoghaire Regatta 2021 next July on Dublin Bay are off to a flying start with nine of the expected 22 racing classes already declaring regional or national championships to be held as part of the biennial…
The jetty at the Paddy's Point amenity area has been designed to provide ease of landing as strong tidal currents were a concern. The modelling demonstrated the sheltered nature of the berthing provided by the angle of the structure.
Afloat revisited the new public recreation area at Paddy's Point in Cork Harbour that was pictured from seaward in July.  This month's trip permitted photographs of the new marine leisure facilities at Ringaskiddy from shoreside and they show the extent…
The J99 'Juggerknot 2' racing on Dublin Bay
With news that 65 boats have now been built, it is clear there are more owners attracted to this new J/99 cruiser-racer design which combines excellent all-round racing performance with attractive interiors. Inshore, the J/99 performs well around the windward/leeward race…
File image of Kilkeel RNLI’s inshore lifeboat
Kilkeel RNLI launched to the rescue a windsurfer who got into difficulty off Cranfield Point on Saturday (14 November). The volunteer crew set out on their inshore lifeboat at 3.25pm on Saturday as part of a multi-agency tasking that also…

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