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The winning French 44Cup team Aleph in Lanzarote with Dun Laoghaire Harbour's Cian Guilfoyle (second from right)
Dun Laoghaire Harbour's Cian Guilfoyle was on the podium in Lanzarote yesterday after his winning role at the 44Cup Calero Marinas Regatta at the weekend. Over four of the most difficult days of racing in 44Cup history, an impressive seven races…
The Tingle family's new X-4 Alpaca competing in the third race of the O'Leary Insurance Winter League
Last week's three-way points tie in the Royal Cork O’Leary Insurance Winter League as reported by Afloat here was broken in yesterday's third race by league debutantes Colman Garvey and Kieran Kelleher sailing their new Quarter Tonner Diamond. Garvey and Kelleher lead on…
Liam Shanahan's Oyster 625 Ruth II (fourth from right) from the National Yacht Club in Dun Laoghaire pictured prior to her departure on the ARC at Las Palmas de Gran Canaria
Two Irish yachts were among a big fleet departing Las Palmas de Gran Canaria to start the 36th Atlantic Rally for Cruisers (ARC) yesterday. Cruisers, racers, and multihulls; sleek ocean racing machines alongside comfortable family cruisers; superyachts with professional crews,…
Racing at the 2021 49er Worlds at Mussanah in Oman
Ireland’s Robert Dickson and Seán Waddilove ended in eighth overall at the Olympic 49er World Championships in Mussanah, Oman today (Sunday 21 November). The Paris 2024 campaigners, who also competed at Tokyo 2020 earlier this year, were unable to repeat…
Rowers taking part in the Head of the Shannon in 2019
Waterways Ireland wishes to advise all masters of vessels and water users that the Head of the Shannon rowing event will take place on Saturday 4 December. The event will take place downstream of Carrick-on-Shannon bridge for a distance of…
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Waterways Ireland has issued a reminder to all masters and owners of vessels that all canal permits expired on 1 November and must now be renewed. Permits can be renewed online at the Waterways Ireland website. The cross-border body for…
Bord Iascaigh Mhara’s new diving barge at Bere Island
Divers taking part in Bord Iascaigh Mhara’s (BIM) commercial scuba and surface-supplied diving programmes are benefiting from the new diving barge two months on since its launch at the seafood agency’s National Fisheries & Diving College of Ireland (NFCI) in…
Decade at Cairnryan; Stena Line Superfast VIII OSS crew Caitlan Nicholl (left) Morgan Cowan (right) joined Paul Grant (Trade Director) and Senior Master Steve Millar on board the Bridge of Superfast VIII to mark (today’s Sun. 21 Nov) the 10th anniversary of Stena Line’s relocation of Scottish port, from Stranrear to nearby Cairnryan Port back in 2011.  Since then, the North Channel route has enjoyed a number of notable milestones including transporting over 11.1m passengers, 2.6m cars, 1.9m freight units during 40,747 sailings.
Stena Line mark’s the 10th anniversary today (21 Nov.) of the opening of its Loch Ryan Port facility at Cairnryan, Scotland and the introduction of two new ‘Superfast’ vessels which heralded the start of its then new Belfast-Cairnryan service back…
Royal St. George's Sean Craig (right) in fourth place overall at the ILCA 6 Grand Masters prizegiving in Barcelona
Ireland took two top five overall results at the Laser (ILCA) World Championship results yesterday in the 'Master' categories at Barcelona, Spain. Royal St. George's Sean Craig moved up to fourth overall in the 47-boat ILCA 6 (Radial) Grand Master fleet while…
There will be two ISORA Coastal Series, one on each side of the Irish Sea
Some significant changes to the ISORA 2022 fixtures schedule (downloadable below) on the Irish Sea are highlighted by ISORA Chairman Peter Ryan ahead of this year's online AGM.  The Offshore will be a stand-alone series for ISORA's overall Wolf’s Head…
Racing in Lanzarote has been tricky for the nine boat 44Cup fleet in the absence of trade winds this week
Cian Guilfoyle of Dun Laoghaire Harbour on the French entry Aleph has a nine-point lead going into the final day of the 2021 44Cup at Puerto Calero, Lanzarote today. This week a shallow depression centred due west of Gibraltar has effectively shut…
Classic presentation - (from left) Paul McCarthy, RCYC Archivist, with Erin skipper Terry Birles, RCYC Admiral Colin Morehead and Jap skipper Harold Cudmore at last week's announcement that Cork Week 2022 will include a Classics division next July.
Last week's club talk by Royal Cork Yacht Club helmsman Harold Cudmore on the exploits of the Cork Harbour One Design classic yacht Jap at St. Tropez in October gave details of the 1897-built yacht's recent performances on the continent but…
Portrush RNLI’s all-weather lifeboat returns to the Causeway Coast harbour in the early hours of Saturday 20 November
Portrush RNLI was requested to launch in the early hours of this morning (Saturday 20 November) to reports of a casualty taken ill on 42m research vessel some three nautical miles northwest of the Causeway Coast town. The all-weather lifeboat…
49er pair Robert Dickson and Seán Waddilove racing in Oman earlier this week
Two third places for Paris 2024 campaigners Robert Dickson and Seán Waddilove at the Olympic 49er World Championships in Mussanah, Oman today (Saturday 20 November) have boosted their chances ahead of tomorrow’s final. After a challenging day on Friday when the…
The Clipper Round the World Yacht Race has announced it will be resuming its 2019-20 edition in March next year after receiving a special event permit from the Philippines. After sailing halfway around the world, the sailing event was suspended…
Ocean spray on the deck of IMOCA 60 Groupe Setin - 4myPlanet
The hoped-for grandstand finish in Martinique is beginning to look likely as Ultimes and Ocean Fifties begin their approaches to the line in the Transat Jacques Vabre. The IMOCA leaders continue their high-speed cat-and-mouse chase while for the Class 40s…
44Cup standout Aleph Racing counts Dun Laoghaire’s Cian Guilfoyle among its crew
Conditions off Lanzarote’s moonscape south coast took on a different character for day two of racing in the 44Cup Calero Marinas Lanzarote on Friday (19 November) with much improved sailing conditions — albeit with the 8-12 knot wind blowing either…
Killybegs Harbour project is aimed at reducing emissions by allowing diesel engines on trawlers, that would normally be running to heat and provide power, to be replaced by clean mains power while in port.
Killybegs Harbour's new system to allow trawlers to use “shore power” when in port – thereby cutting out harmful emissions from diesel generators – has been welcomed by Minister for the Marine Charlie McConalogue. Providing electricity to trawlers and ships…
The AC 75 American Magic in the preliminaries for the 2021 America’s Cup at Auckland. The essence of the contemporary America’s Cup is that it should be sailed in unique boats
The 170-year-old America’s Cup is global sailing’s Sacred Mystery. To be most true to itself, it should be raced in boats - or more accurately sailing machines - that are about as different as possible from the craft used by…
Starting line action on the penultimate day of the ILCA Master Worlds in Barcelona
Ireland is on the cusp of further top international Laser (ILCA) World Championship results today, this time in the 'Master' categories at Barcelona with two races left to sail. Royal St. George's Sean Craig is lying fifth overall - and just…

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