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RYA Northern Ireland Women on Water Goes Online
Women on Water became Women online for a festival which should have been held at Carrickfergus Sailing Club but had to be redesigned due to COVID 19. The festival brought together like-minded women who have been involved in sailing from…
File image of Rossaveal Harbour
Rossaveal joins the list of coastal marinas where white diesel is available for cruising vessels to refuel around Ireland. The news comes in the latest update from Norman Kean of ICC Publications, who has done sterling work keeping up to…
Marine Institute Recruiting For Temporary Roles In Marine Spatial Planning
The Marine Institute is recruiting for a number of temporary roles relating to marine spatial planning and the Marine Strategy Framework Directive (MSFD). These eight positions include three team leader roles, in environmental data reporting and co-ordination, data services co-ordination,…
To join in the Nautical Institute webinar this Thursday you must register, see below.
The Nautical Institute is to host a webinar this Thursday (25 June) at 1400 BST (UK time). So here's an opportunity to join the Nautical Institute CEO Captain John Lloyd and a distinguished panel of international experts in celebrating the…
North Sails Ireland Launches 'Trade In Trade Up'
Our 2020 "Trade In Trade Up" recycle programme is here at North Sails Ireland! This is a great opportunity for sailors and boat owners to recycle that older sail that's done its time. Many of you have sheds and garages…
Terminal for deep sea internet cables at Galway Harbour approved
In Galway Harbour planning approval has been given for a new depot at the mid-west port to connect underwater internet infrastructure to the mainland. Deepsea Fibre Networks intends to build a terminal with two telecommunications cabins and one support cabin…
America' later Anchor Line's 'Seamore'
Focusing her attention to the transport heritage on “God’s Side of the peninsula”, Rosie Moulden, Manager of the Inishowen Maritime Museum in Greencastle, revealed the first recorded steamer trip on Lough Foyle took place in 1816. Speaking to Derry Now,…
A section of the invoice received by the Irish boater for two boats
An Irish boater believes he was the victim of an elaborate UK boat sales scam that is targeting Ireland and using a legitimate UK firm's business address. A west coast based sailor paid for two boats this week after viewing…
Annalise Murphy - Sailing's Rio Olympic silver medalist
What’s behind your Olympic dream? That’s the question that the Olympic Federation of Ireland asked Olympic silver medalist Annalise Murphy in this video (below) to celebrate Olympic Day today. Irish Sailing nominated Murphy for Tokyo 2021 this month and Ireland's…
Some 50 per cent of wipes labelled as “flushable” are not biodegradable and contain microplastics
Increased use of wet wipes during the Covid-19 pandemic is already exacerbating the “plastic crisis” in oceans, an NUI Galway (NUIG) team says. Some 50 per cent of wipes labelled as “flushable” are not biodegradable and contain microplastics which are…
The Aran Islands - one confirmed case of Covid-19
The Irish Islands Federation has called on the Government to provide “clear guidance and protocols” on the safe re-opening of islands to visitors. The federation, Comhdháil Oileáin na hÉireann, has also called on the National Public Health Emergency Team (NPHET)…
World Sailing Confirms International Olympic Committee Financial Support
World Sailing, the world governing body of the sport, has received confirmation of financial support from the International Olympic Committee (IOC) following constructive dialogue. The IOC is supporting World Sailing in addressing the challenges caused by the COVID-19 pandemic and…
The fastest sculler, Andrew Sheehan, from the Shanty Sprints at the weekend
As part of the COVID-19 Back to Rowing protocol, the Cork rowing clubs, Shandon Boat Club, Lee Rowing Club and Cork Boat Club, have organised the Shanty Sprints, a series of events for single scullers. The initial race is a…
Crew shortage in the Naval Service
A year ago after being forced to tie-up two ships due to manpower shortages, the Naval Service continues to haemorrhage personnel and may have to take another vessel off operational duties later this year. Military sources have told the Irish…
Women At The Helm Regatta Confirmed For End Of August
The National Yacht Club has confirmed that its planned hosting of the Irish Sailing Women at the Helm National Regatta will go ahead as scheduled on 29-30 August. Organisers are planning for a safe social and sailing environment and working…
The Baltimore Ferry to Sherkin Island in West Cork
Coastal Communities are the focus this week on the Marine Institute’s Oceans of Learning series. The Marine Institute and partners are celebrating our world’s shared ocean and our connection to the sea in a 10-week series, sharing news and offering…
Popular Transatlantic port-of-call. Horta with its friendly harbour on Faial in the Azores makes for a handy destination for cruisers crossing the Atlantic. Beyond that sheltering neck of land, it’s clear water all the way to the Caribbean
The autonomous Azores islands, administratively linked to Portugal and 800 miles westward of Lisbon in the midst of the Atlantic, have become European pace-setters in controlling and eradicating COVID-19. And in doing so, they have been able to provide a…
File image of Portaferry RNLI’s inshore lifeboat
As Father’s Day (Sunday 21 June) wound down, Portaferry RNLI’s lifeboat volunteers were paged following reports of an upturned boat off Ardglass in Co Down, Northern Ireland. The crew launched promptly at 9.17pm in cloudy but good visibility conditions and…
CGI image: The constract for Brittany Ferries newbuild LNG powered cruiseferry Honfleur has been confirmed as cancelled with the same German shipyard that ICG (owners of Irish Ferries) recently cancelled an order from for a second newbuild ferry based on the design of W.B. Yeats.
Operator Brittany Ferries and Somanor confirm the termination of the Honfleur shipbuilding contract. The ferry company and Somanor confirmed the termination, on 17th June 2020, of the shipbuilding contract for Honfleur, a ferry powered by Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG). Somanor…
A survey conducted by the co-op on the Aran island of Inis Óirr (above) last week indicated that 92 per cent of residents and businesses oppose re-opening for the remainder of the summer due to fears over the spread of Covid-19
Gaeltacht Minister Sean Kyne says he opposes the National Public Health Emergency Team’s (NPHET) decision on an early lifting of travel restrictions to and from offshore islands. The decision to allow travel to and from offshore islands to resume from…

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