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Viking Marine’s Black Friday Deals Now Available
Viking Marine’s Black Friday specials are now available — but be quick as these deals only last till Monday 26 November. Get the best savings on selected Helly Hansen bags — with up to 50% off — and get 40%…
The big Rs fleet at RNIYC
Sun 18th Nov was the third day of Belfast Lough's RS400 Frostie Series at Royal North of Ireland Yacht Club in what has become the biggest doublehanded fleet in the country winter racing with 22 boats on the water and…
The Beneteau 43.7 Black Velvet (Leslie Parnell) to weather of the X35 D-Tox (Paddy McSwiney) in the third race of the DBSC Turkey Shoot
The fourth race of the DBSC Citroen South Dublin Turkey Shoot Series will see a discard applied to the overall results. Handicaps and Starts for next Sunday's racing on Dublin Bay are downloadable below. After an epic third race, the 75-boat fleet is…
A still from video captured of the shark nursery during the SeaRover survey
Members of the Marine Institute, INFOMAR and Explorers Education teams, as well as the chief scientist of the SeaRover survey, will be at the Galway Science and Technology Festival this Sunday (25 November) highlighting the recent discovery of a rare…
The Queen Mary 2, pictured here in Norway, was en route from Southampton to New York on Monday when the medevac was sought
The Clare Herald reports on a helicopter medevac from the Queen Mary 2 off the Irish coast earlier this week. Rescue 115 from the Irish Coast Guard was involved in the evacuation of an elderly woman to University Hospital Limerick…
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In April 2018 UK Sailmakers Ireland’s Barry Hayes, Graham Curran, and Mark Mansfield carried out a two-boat testing session with the newly developed ‘JX’ headsail design on Dublin Bay
In Grand Prix classes throughout the sport of sailing, it is well known that sheeting angles are becoming tighter and tighter – modern TP52s have jib sheeting angles as close as 4 degrees off the centreline. The J109 class in…
A view beyond the marina of the formerly operational ferry terminal at Dun Laoghaire Harbour before passenger infrastructure was removed
Speculation that a ferry service could return to Dun Laoghaire has reached fever pitch with the news that a British company has put in a bid to operate from the St Michael’s Pier terminal. According to The Times, the Liverpool…
Philip (left) with DBSC Commodore Chris Moore (centre) and Richard Lovergrove with the Waterhouse Shield for the best DBSC cruiser-racer performance. The Lovegrove haul of DBSC prizes continued after a successful season in their Sigma 33, Rupert. See below.
As Afloat.ie reported previously, last Friday's DBSC prizegiving was a gala affair at the Royal St.George Yacht Club in Dun Laoghaire for the country's biggest yacht racing club.  As well as six premier awards for best performances, DBSC Commodore Chris…
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Spirit of Oysterhaven under full sail on starboard tack
After 20 years of owning, restoring and operating this classic 70 ft steel schooner, Oliver Hart of Oysterhaven Marine has decided to put her up for sale.  Designed by Frederick Parker and built in the Hamble in 1972 Spirit was fitted…
Dun Laoghaire's former ferry terminal on St Michael's Pier
The developer behind scrapped plans for the Harbour Innovation Campus in Dun Laoghaire is taking legal action against a tech investor, as The Sunday Times reports. Philip Gannon filed a High Court case last Wednesday (14 November) against Ian Lucey…
Dun Laoghaire Harbour
Ambitions for a National Watersport Centre in Dun Laoghaire could be revived following the launch of a new State fund supporting infrastructure for multi-sports projects. Applications are now being invited for the the Large Scale Sport Infrastructure Fund, launched by…
French Minister for Transport Elisabeth Borne
French Minister for Transport Elisabeth Borne will be in Dublin Port for a meeting of the Irish Ports Association and the Union des Ports Français on Friday 23rd November. Following a first workshop gathering Irish and French ports on 26…
The All Weather Terminal at the UK Port of Hull, on the North Sea, was observed with curiosity... note only the stern of short-sea trader Mirjam was visible, when observed from the timber decks of cruiseship Marco Polo (quite a regular caller to Irish ports) prior to departing on a coastal mini-cruise to Harwich during the summer heatwave. A stark contrast with our current Irish weather! ABP Humber ports of Hull, Goole, Grimsby and Immingham - located on the Humber Estuary handle more than 65m tonnes of cargo annually, contributing £2.2bn to the UK economy every year.
#Ports&Shipping - Giant ship to shore gantry cranes at the UK Port of Hull, which were installed earlier this year having originated in Ireland, formed part of the port's Open Day tour held a month ago, writes Jehan Ashmore. This…
RCYC Vice Admral Colin Morehead with younger sailors Robyn Lynch and Tom McGrath, the winner of the Under 25 Sailor of the Year at last week's prizegiving
Hello and welcome to my weekly Podcast …. Tom MacSweeney here ….Getting more younger sailors into cruiser classes is vital to ensure the future of racing these yachts. From meeting with and talking to club officers around the country, it…
Nathan Van Steenberge (left) and Rian McDonnell Geraghty at the UK 29er Inland Champs
Coach Thomas Chaix travelled with two Irish 29er pairs to Grafham Waters in the UK over the weekend to compete at the Inland Championships. The two pairs competed in the 42 boat fleet. Eight races were sailed in 8 to…
The dark-hulled J122 Jib and Tonic (Morgan Crowe) is on 57 points and second overall in a record breaking 75-boat DBSC Turkey Shoot fleet
The Beneteau 31.7 National Champion Camira from the Royal Irish Yacht Club leads the Citroen South Dublin sponsored DBSC Turkey Shoot Series after three races sailed. The Dublin Bay regular skippered by Peter Beamish leads by two points overall from the dark-hulled…
The new fresh look with added splashs of colour across Brittany Ferries fleet has begun and where Pont-Aven (above) Afloat adds is how the flagship will look like when it returns in 2019 on the seasonal Cork-Roscoff service beginning in March. The design, more truly reflects the fullness of the ferry operator's experience serving holiday destinations across regions in western Europe: Ireland, UK, France and Spain.
#ferry - A fresh new look involving a splash of colour across the Brittany Ferries fleet sees a bright new logo in striking shades of blue, orange and green! The new design, which comes with a more modern, warm and…
The organisers believe there are many benefits to developing the sport of team racing in schools
This year Gonzaga College SJ and the Irish National Sailing Club are launching an initiative to promote team racing in Dublin schools. The event will consist of one day's team racing using the INSC’s fleet of double-handed dinghies. It is…
Letterkenny ETNS's website which won this year's Something Fishy contest
Letterkenny Educate Together National School has been named winner of the national education programme Something Fishy for 2019. The students from fifth class were presented with the Something Fishy perpetual trophy and a monetary prize by Minister for Education Joe…
The two orcas sighted off Rockabill on Saturday afternoon
#MarineWildlife - Video posted on social media over the weekend of two killer whales spotted off the Co Dublin coast has gone viral. Trawlerman James Mac Cluskey used his phone to record a few seconds’ glimpse of the pair of…

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