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The new public slipway at Ringaskiddy
As Afloat reported in July, the new public recreation area at Paddy's Point in Cork Harbour now has a new floating pontoon added to the existing marine leisure facilities at Ringaskiddy. As it turns out, the new facilities were about…
Lough Neagh Rescue setting out for Coney Island on Saturday night
Seven people were rescued from two vessels that ran aground on Lough Neagh in Northern Ireland on Saturday night (12 September). Lifeboats and shore crew were quickly tasked by Belfast Coastguard to the scene at Coney Island, where the vessels…
A Laser Radial start at Kiel Week
There was no further improvement for Irish sailing star Annalise Murphy after her special run of three race wins in the women's Laser Radial class in strong winds last Friday at Kieler Woche Regatta. As Afloat reported previously, Ireland's Olympic silver medalist started…
Fourth placed National 18 Shark Eleven (Charles Dwyer, Harry Pritchard, John Coakley)
Fifty Shades sailed by Nick Walsh, Rob Brownlow and  Eddie Rice are the winners of the 2020 National 18 Foot Class Irish National Championships after an eight race series sailed off Cork Harbour at the weekend. Walsh and crew won by six…
Timothy Long's Alchemy in Pwllheli
As reported in Afloat.ie on 1st September here, fifteen-year-old solo sailor Timothy Long from Buckinghamshire is fundraising for the Ellen McArthur Cancer Trust by sailing solo around Britain, a distance of approximately 1600 miles. In his Hunter Impala 28 'Alchemy'…
(L – R) John Lavery (4083) 2nd Prize; Neil Colin, Dun Laoghaire Flying Fifteen Class Captain; Alan Green (4083), Nicki Mathews & Niall Meagher (3938) 3rd Prize, Chris Doorly & Shane (3970) 1st Prize
Dun Laoghaire Flying Fifteen Class Captain, Neil Colin of the DMYC, declared that his Captain's Prize would be contested on Saturday (past) with both races to count and no discards applying. In the case of a tie, the second race…
Lia Ditton celebrates finishing her epic 86-day row from San Francisco to Hawaii
After three months alone and unassisted at sea, Lia Ditton has set a new women’s world record for rowing solo from San Francisco to Hawaii. The 40-year-old Briton made landfall at 06.10 am 12th September, reaching Waikiki Yacht Club on…
Strangford Lough coast
The All Ireland Coast Watch survey for 2020 starts on Tuesday 15th September and Judith Caldwell of the Strangford Lough and Lecale Partnership is confident that there will be uptake around Strangford Lough and is keen to promote and encourage…
A drone image of the outline of the drowned prehistoric settlement  identified just west of Clifden by archaeologist Michael Gibbons
Discovery of the remains of a “drowned” prehistoric house in north Connemara may be further evidence of sea-level rise along the Atlantic coast in the last millennium. As The Sunday Times reports today, parts of a small prehistoric dwelling covered…
Lough Derg RNLI carry out the first of two rescue of the lake
Two callouts for Lough Derg RNLI today – the first to two people on a 32ft cruiser aground by the Silver Islands on the Galway shore at the northern end of Lough Derg, and shortly after, a Mayday call to…
Two Civil Servants Step Down from Marine Casualty Investigation Board
Two civil servants have stepped down from the Marine Casualty Investigation Board (MCIB), following a European Court of Justice ruling which found it lacked independence. As The Sunday Times reports today, Ireland is not appealing the recent EU court judgment,…
It's been a slow start to leg three of the Figaro Race from Dunkirk today
Dun Laoghaire Harbour Rookie Kenny Rumball is currently as high as 15th place and staying very much in touch with the fleet in the opening hours of Stage 3 of La Solitaire du Figaro tonight while Ireland's top-ranked Tom Dolan is…
Arcus A35 (John Howell and Paul Newell) - Overall winner of the 2020 UK IRC National Championship
Former successful Irish A35 Fools Gold is continuing her winning ways in new hands on the Solent, lifting an IRC title in Cowes at the weekend under her new name Arcus. Mid-September it may be, but conditions for the Royal…
Optimists racing in RCYC Burns Trophy. See slideshow below
After four races sailed at Royal Cork Yacht Club's Optimist Dinghy Class Burns Trophy Alana Twomey leads the 24-boat main fleet in the month-long series. Lying second overall is JP Curtin with third place taken by Oisin Pierse.  RCYC's Burns Trophy is…
Laura Cullinan and her daughters, Isobel and Alexia, with (from left) Longford County Council cathaoirleach Paul Ross, chief executive John Mahon and regeneration chief John McKeon
A new interactive outdoor experience along the Royal Canal hopes to bring to life the experience of famine emigrants who walked from Strokestown to Dublin at the height of An Gorta Mór. The National Famine Way was launched last Thursday…
Contenders For eSailing Worlds & National Playoffs Revealed
The latest Irish Sailing eSailing National Championship leaderboard reveals the top 10 qualifiers for the Nations Cup playoffs — and the challengers nipping at their heels for the coveted national title. Irish Sailing’s first eChampionships were launched in early April,…
Denis Byrne's Trapper Cracker was the Moonduster Trophy winner in the 2020 Cobhh to Blackrock Race
Cove Sailing Club has awarded Denis Byrne's Trapper T250 Cracker its Moonduster Trophy for his overall performance in today's Cobh to Blackrock Race in Cork Harbour. Byrne and his Royal Cork Yacht Club crew outwitted a 36-boat fleet over a…
Annalise Murphy has won four race wins from nine starts at Kiel Week so far
With four race wins from nine sailed so far, Annalise Murphy, Ireland’s only sailor qualified for Tokyo 2021, might have been expecting a better overall placing than a tenth at Kiel week in Germany this week.  However, the scoresheet speaks…
Dun Laoghaire skiff sailor Saskia Tidey (left) competing at Kiel Week
Dun Laoghaire Harbour skiff sailor Saskia Tidey of the Royal Irish Yacht Club has resumed her GBR campaign for Tokyo 2021 at Kiel Week in Germany this weekend and is lying third overall with Scottish partner Charlotte Dobson from the…
Marshall King & Ian Wilson’s Soak Racing is the reigning J/70 Corinthian World Champion and at this regatta, defending the national championship
Dublin Bay and Greystones sailor Marshall King of the Royal St. George Yacht Club, who is the corinthian World Champion in the J70 class, has some work to do in the Class's British National Championships if he is to move…

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