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The Royal Western Yacht Club in Plymouth hosts the OSTAR and TWOSTAR transatlantic races
Yachting Monthly is reporting that organisers of the OSTAR and TWOSTAR transatlantic races have postponed this year’s events until 2021 due to the Covid-19 pandemic. The single-handed and two-handed fleets had been scheduled to set sail from Plymouth on Sunday…
Due to COVID-19 there is further widespread travel disruption and cancellations with changes to Brittany Ferries schedules on Ireland-France and Ireland-Spain routes and notably that the new Rosslare-Roscoff route will not open on 23 March, which Irish Ferries withdrew the seasonal service last year. AFLOAT also adds the ropax ferry Kerry berthed at Rosslare Europort for the first time (as when seen last month) prior to its maiden voyage to Spain and from the ferry returned this afternoon to the Wexford port with the last 'passengers' to use the service before it becomes freight-only.
There is further suspension of Brittany Ferries passenger services as a consequence of the on-going Coronavirus (COVID-19) crisis which Afloat adds the French ferry operator has posted on its website, so click for updates.  According to Brittany Ferries this is in…
RYA Northern Ireland ‘Keeping Covid-19 Developments Under Close Review’
The RYA Northern Ireland says it is keeping developments regarding the COVID-19 virus in Northern Ireland “under close review”. In a statement, the RYANI says it “will follow the guidelines set by the Northern Ireland Assembly and UK Government, and…
Inis Mór in the Aran Islands will not be welcoming tourists for next two weeks
Galway Bay FM reports that residents on Inis Mór in the Aran Islands are appealing for tourists and other visitors to stay away for the next fortnight to limit the spread of COVID-19. Comharchumann Forbartha Árann Teo issued a statement…
'All Organised Sailing Activity to Cease with Immediate Effect' - Irish Sailing
Irish Sailing continues to monitor and follow the HSE advice on Covid-19 on a daily basis. As always, the health and safety of our members and the sailing community is of paramount importance. The Government has now asked bars and…
Dublin Port chief executive Eamonn O’Reilly, AFLOAT adds on board Celine during the giant ro-ro freight vessel dubbed the 'Brexit-Buster'. The landlocked based shipping company, CLdN in Luxembourg, has the ship operating between Dublin Port and mainland continental Europe: Zeebrugge, Belgium and Rotterdam, the Netherlands.
Importation of most goods from China have stopped arriving in Ireland - representing 1,000 containers in weekly imports - and aren't expected to resume for several weeks. Dublin Port says 17pc of its usual imports have been "exposed to the…
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Viking Marine Make Daily Deliveries to Dun Laoghaire Yacht Clubs
Viking Marine is happy to deliver primer, paint, varnish and supplies to any of the local clubs as work starts on boats over the weekend in anticipation of next month's Summer sailing season.   To avail of this service simply contact Viking…
“Don’t go down the mine daddy, there’s plenty of coal in the yard…..” The BH41 Silk (Jocelyn Waller, Lough Derg YC) takes soundings in the Solent. As the helmsman is Gordon Maguire, any further comment can only come from sailors of equal stature.
When a country is brooding under the gloom of a developing and lethal global pandemic, you’d have thought that something mildly light-hearted such as the weekend’s Sailing on Saturday creation of a virtual launch party at the Royal Irish Yacht…
Laser racing at Baltimore in West Cork
Irish Laser Association and Baltimore Sailing Club in West Cork have decided that it will not be possible to hold the Munster's in compliance with current advice issued from HSE. It is not possible to run an event of this…
Mark Mills of Mills Design (pictured centre) accepts his award in Monaco
County Wicklow based yacht designer Mark Mills and Wally Yachts have won first prize at the première edition of the MDO Montecarlo prize for the wallycento Tango. Wally and Mills were honoured at the awards ceremony held at the Yacht…
Lift in at the National Yacht Club
The National Yacht Club has decided to reschedule the lift-in back to its ‘normal’ mid-April weekend (eg back by one week) to Saturday 11th April. The lift-in had been brought forward by a week to Saturday 4th April as the…
Capt Dara Fitzpatrick (pictured), Capt Mark Duffy and winch team Paul Ormsby and Ciarán Smith all died in the Rescue 116 helicopter crash
A senior aviation expert with Britain’s Coastguard has been appointed to a review of aspects of the unpublished investigation into the Rescue 116 helicopter crash off the north Mayo coast three years ago, The Sunday Times reports. Philip Hanson, aviation…
Racing in the DBSC Spring Chicken Series
Next week's final race of the Dublin Bay Sailing Club's Citroen South Spring Chicken Series and prizegiving have been postponed until September and it will be 'reviewed' at that time. The decision for the National Yacht Club hosted event comes…
Portrush RNLI Appoints a New Coxswain Mechanic
Portrush RNLI has appointed a new Coxswain/Mechanic to replace the recently retired Anthony Chambers. Dave Robinson has been a popular volunteer crew member at the station for seven years and was successful at interview in February 2020. Dave (aged 27)…
LÉ Samuel Beckett about to pass the East-Link/Tom Clarke Bridge into Dublin this morning
Naval Service vessel the LÉ Samuel Beckett arrived in Dublin this morning (Sunday 15 March) as part of Óglaigh na hÉireann’s efforts to generate more capacity to help the HSE during the current Covid-19 response. The Irish Defence Forces said:…
ClassMini 5.80 Association founding board member Eli Van der Broke hands over the licence of prototype Mini 5.80 number 02 to Michiel Pals at Kolibri Yachtbuilders in the Netherlands
A new home-build sailboat class is targeting sailors young and old who dream of sailing the oceans in a handy, affordable and ocean-worthy yacht. The Class Mini 5.80 was officially launched yesterday, Saturday 14 March — despite the sudden closure…
Mark Bushe at the mast of Elsie shortly after launching her following restoration
What motivates a man to buy a wreck over a hundred years old and decide that he can repair her? Why bother and was he ‘mad’ to think of doing so? My Podcast this week is with a man who…
Jake and Fintan McCarthy in Lucerne in 2019
Fisa, the world governing body of rowing, have called off all international events through March, April and May. This move, made because of the growing reach of Covid-19, means that World Cup Three and the Olympic Qualification Regatta, both scheduled…
COVID-19 has led to immediate changes for Brittany Ferries Ireland services to France and Spain as detailed below. Above the ropax ferry Kerry berthed on first day of arrival in Rosslare Europort from where the chartered ferry last month made its maiden voyage to Bilbao, northern Spain..
Ferry operator Brittany Ferries has outlined a series of immediate changes to its schedules, in response to the on-going Coronavirus crisis. On 12 March, the French government announced steps to protect its citizens. According to the company employing all-French crew,…
Heavy seas as waves hit Roonagh Pier, Co. Mayo
Clare Island residents and also those on Inishturk, off the west Mayo coastline, are calling on the Irish government for urgent help. In the past two months 52% (see: January story) of their scheduled ferries have been disrupted due to…

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