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George Kingston (helming), new Royal Cork Yacht Club Admiral Kieran O'Connell on trapeze and Andrew Lane racing in the RCYC National 18 league
At the 301st AGM last Thursday evening, Kieran O’Connell was elected the 43rd Admiral of the Royal Cork Yacht Club. In his acceptance speech, O'Connell thanked Past Admiral Colin Morehead for the manner in which he executed his role over…
A spectacular sight at the start of the 8th RORC Transatlantic Race - the 100ft canting keel Maxi Comanche, skippered by Mitch Booth and with Cork's Justin Slattery on board
The 2022 RORC Transatlantic Race started on time in glorious conditions outside Marina Lanzarote and there was a number of Irish crew on the 30 boats on the 3,000 nm race to Grenada. As previously reported, Ireland's top ocean racer…
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Sport NI’s COVID Recovery Programme for Sports Organisations is now open for applications with a closing date of noon on Friday 28 January. The programme will support eligible organisations in Northern Ireland which have been negatively affected by the COVID…
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Parental care by amphibians moving between freshwater and land influences how many eggs they lay, new research by Queen’s University Belfast (QUB) has found. While most amphibians abandon their young when they lay their eggs, those involved in parental care…
29er skiff sailing at the New Year Dinghy Clinic hosted by Tralee Bay Sailing Club
Dinghy Performance teamed up with Tralee Bay Sailing Club to bring back the Tralee Bay New year clinic onto the 2022 calendar. The clinic's concept is to have all the main junior and youth classes in the same venue, allowing…
Monkstown Bay Laser sailors ashore after today's blustery races
Local Laser sailor Chris Bateman emerged as the winner of today's three races of the Monkstown Bay Sailing Club's Yard of Ale Trophy in Cork Harbour.  The 14-boat fleet braved strong gales for today's series, the first dinghy racing of the…
Same bottles (of spirits) cost up to €34 in supermarkets after minimum alcohol pricing introduced. Above the entrance to a duty-free ferry shop.
Travellers on ferries and planes can expect a litre of vodka to be available for just €13, representing a massive discount on supermarket prices after minimum alcohol pricing laws were introduced. Ports and airports have witnessed a dramatic surge in…
File image of the tall ship Lady Ellen sailing
What goes around comes around. When Enda O’Coineen’s Atlantic Youth Trust revealed their interest in acquiring a classic three-masted topsail schooner from Sweden last Autumn for multiple maritime functions, of which sailing training would only be one, it set bells…
File image of American Magic racing in the Prada Cup Challenger Selection Series in Auckland, January 2021
The New York Yacht Club is back in the next America’s Cup, as its trustees this week approved a challenge for the 37th edition of sailing’s most prestigious trophy. “We are extremely excited to continue our quest to regain the…
The panel for the RORC Transatlantic Race press conference
Sailors participating in the 2022 RORC Transatlantic Race shared their thoughts on the eve of the start during a press conference at Marina Lanzarote on Friday 7 January. Brian Thompson, tactician for Jason Carroll’s MOD70 Argo, said: “It’s going to…
Sir Ernest Shackleton after the loss of Endurance
A new expedition to find the wreck of Sir Ernest Shackleton’s Endurance will set sail for Antarctica one month after the centenary of his death. According to The Irish Times, the Endurance22 Expedition aims to find, survey and film the…
Hal Risk in the Dragon documentary Setting Hearts on Fire
The International Dragon One Design has been an important of Irish sailing since the 1930s, writes W M Nixon. This classic boat’s good looks and excellent performance continues to provide rewarding racing for sailors of all ages worldwide. Indeed, a…
Celso Madeira is Safehaven Marine’s 49th pilot boat and the 26th of the Interceptor 48 model
Safehaven Marine’s 49th pilot boat is headed to Portugal this month following the completion of winter sea trials. Celso Madeira has been commissioned for pilotage operations at the Port of Sines, south of Lisbon. Powered by a pair of Volvo…
Expanded Dublin-Europe cargo operations at Dublin Port... Trucks' trailers sit parked on the quayside near the European Endeavour (above also captured by AFLOAT) the passenger and ro-ro cargo ship, operated by P&O Ferries at Dublin Port on Friday, March 29, 2019, so writes Independent.ie. AFLOAT also adds in that same year the vessel was sold to Baltic Sea operator Eckerö Line and renamed Finbo Cargo. The ship when built as Midnight Merchant is a sister of Ciudad de Mahon (originally Northern Merchant) which ICG acquired for Irish Ferries and is to used on their Dover-Calais service.
In the Revenue’s annual report it confirms a massive increase in red tape now involved in trade with Britain. Revenue say they collected €215m of customs duty on imports from Britain last year, even before the full impact of Brexit…
Baltimore Sailing Club in West Cork is, predominantly, a ‘summer club’ that is very busy when seasonal visitors arrive in the village from Cork City, Dublin and other locations. That does not limit its ambitions to develop the sport as…
Squib racing off Kinsale - Kinsale Yacht Club will host the first dual UK & IRL Squib Championships in June
Preparations at Kinsale Yacht Club for the Bandon Co-op Squib National Championships 2022 are off to a fabulous start with 42 teams entered to date from the UK and Ireland. Entries thus far availed of an attractive early bird entry…
New smarter technology installed for the navigation system at the Port of London, from where above at the UK capital is the iconic landmark of Tower Bridge seen in recent years with Svitzer Brunel passing under the raised drawbridge. The 58.5 tons bollard pull tug had assisted cruiseship Silver Wind moored alongside HMS Belfast at the Pool of London. The tug is one of a quartet of tractor tugs built in 2003 by Astilleros Zamakona, the same Spanish shipyard that built in 2010 Dublin Port's pair of Voith-Schneider propelled 53 bollard tugs Beaufort and Shackleton.
The Port of London last year was confirmed as the largest port in the UK by volumes handled, after a break of over two decades. The port on the River Thames and estuary has installed a state-of-the-art, air traffic control…
Manx artists and island-based creatives are being given the chance to have their art work featured in the interior of the Isle of Man Steam Packet fleet newbuild flagship, the Manxman.
Artists on the Isle of Man and island-based creatives are being given the chance to feature their art work in the interior of the newest ferry addition to the operator's Douglas based packet fleet. The Isle of Man Steam Packet…
Afloat today tracked Anna G the 'feeder' containership at the Port of Felixstowe where also at Britain's biggest box-boat port was another grey-hulled vessel but considerably larger the OOCL Hong Kong which arrived from Singapore, Asia. A major milestone was achieved recently, when the North Sea port passed the 100m TEU mark since it handled its first container in the 1960s.
The 'feeder' containership Anna G which departed Dun Laoghaire Harbour following lengthly repairs was tracked by Afloat having arrived this morning to Felixstowe, the UK's biggest box-boat port, writes Jehan Ashmore. The 101m Anna G (3,992grt) is described as a…
World Sailing, the global governing body for the sport of sailing, has released a compilation of highlights from the 2021 season. The high-octane video features thrills and spills from 12 months of races and competitions on the water, which spanned…
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