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Gerry Ryan's Flying 15 4045 was the winner of the second DBSC race
Race 1 Cruiser 0 IRC: 1. Wow, 2. Lively Lady, 3. Tsunami Cruiser 0 Echo: 1. D-Tox, 2. Tsunami, 3. Lively Lady Cruiser 1 IRC: 1. White Mischief, 2. Jalapeno, 3. Something Else Cruiser 1 Echo: 1. Jalapeno, 2. White…
The 100ft Ultime 32 Maxi Edmond de Rothschild seems to have emerged unscathed from a close encounter with the Shingles Bank in the early stages of the Rolex Fastnet Race 2019, despite all those vulnerable appendages
For most sailors a fair wind from well aft of the beam is welcome. But if you happen to be a 100ft trimaran which three hours ago was registering 38 knots on a beam reach, the fact that the wind…
Thomas Kelly
#Rowing: The Ireland junior men’s quadruple finished just outside the medals at the Coupe de la Jeunesse in Corgeno, Italy, today. The crew of Rory O’Neill, Thomas Kelly, Fionn O’Reilly and Andrew Sheehan were just .87 off a medal. Italy…
The ropax Stena Horizon berthed at the inner pier, Rosslare Europort where AFLOAT adds alongside is Mersey Spirit supplying bunkers. Arriving at the Wexford port is the general cargoship Ayress.
The WexfordPeople writes, following his visit to Wexford to officially open the M11 Gorey to Enniscorthy bypass, pictures were circulated of a smiling Taoiseach Leo Varadkar meeting with representatives at Rosslare Europort. Having shed his tie after a long day,…
The chamber at Belfast City Council where a special meeting was held yesterday on a motion calling on the UK government to support the shipyard (see link below to view a webcast)
A motion by Belfast City Council has been passed to call on the UK government to support Harland and Wolff as it faces administration. As BBC News reports, the council is seeking an urgent meeting with the Northern Ireland secretary…
The 29er found on a Co Mayo beach earlier this week
A member of the Ireland 29er Facebook community reported an unusual find on a Mayo beach earlier this week — a dinghy in good condition washed up right by the dunes. Helpfully the ‘mystery’ boat still had its registration badge…
Previous RYANI award winners
The RYANI is calling on clubs across Northern Ireland to nominate their sporting heroes for its the Annual Awards, sponsored by Garden Rooms NI. This year’s awards evening will be held on 17 January 2020 at Queen’s University Belfast’s Riddel…
The ferry giant. Stena Line was commenting after UK Government unveiled plans for 10 free ports across the UK after Brexit among them Afloat adds is the Port of Holyhead, Wales where the Stena Superfast X is berthed above.
The port authority in Holyhead, Stena Line says free port status for the town could bring "immediate opportunities" but also had a message for UK Government. The ferry giant according to NorthWalesLive, was commenting after Boris Johnson's Government unveiled plans…
Omey islander Maggie Coohill, who has initiated a petition to have bones excavated on the island over 30 years ago returned for a Christian burial
On the eve of Connemara’s Omey island races, relatives of islanders have initiated a petition seeking the urgent return of bones removed during an archaeological excavation writes Lorna Siggins Minister for Culture Josepha Madigan has also been urged to intervene to…
The 48ft American sloop Carina (Rives Potts) rounding the Fastnet Rock in 2011, when she won her class. A successful veteran of the 1979 Fastnet Race, Carina made her debut in the 1969 race, and today she starts in her Golden Jubilee Fastnet Race
The maritime pageantry which is the sequenced start of the biennial Rolex Fastnet Race gets underway in time-honoured fashion at 12.30 hrs off Cowes today. And in the almost ludicrously varied 390-plus fleet, there are some sailing machines which are…
Michael Kingston
An Irish maritime lawyer intends to seek a High Court declaration that the Whiddy island deaths which occurred in the Betelgeuse oil tanker explosion and fire 40-years ago were “unlawful”. Lawyer Michael Kingston also intends to seek a State apology…
Ireland Eight Open Coupe Campaign
#Rowing: Ireland’s junior women’s eight finished seventh in the first race of the Coupe de la Jeunesse in Corgeno, Italy. The race was won by Spain, with the Netherlands second and Britain third. Eight crews competed.  The Coupe has two…
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Andrew Hall's J125 Jackknife leads ISORA overall after Race 11 from Dun Laoghaire
Barry Hayes, Director of UK Sailmakers Ireland highlights some recent successes for Boats flying UK Sailmakers sails from Ireland, both around the country and in the Solent Following on from considerable inshore successes for UK Sailmakers Ireland (three IRC class…
The Betelgeuse oil tanker sinks at Whiddy Island in Bantry Bay forty years ago
The families of the 50 victims of the Betelgeuse oil tanker tragedy at Whiddy Island in Bantry Bay have decided to take legal action against the State. The French-Irish Association of Relatives and Friends of the Betelgeuse are applying to…
Scroll down for the official Fastnet Race Tracker
Track the progress of the 390-boat 2019 Rolex Fastnet Yacht Race fleet below here on the live tracker when the race starts at 12.30 pm off Cowes on the Isle of Wight on Saturday (August 3) Forecasts show light winds for…
 Nine yachts entered last weekend's Monkstown Bay Sailing Club’s Cruiser Class race
The combined clubs Cork Harbour league concluded on Saturday, run by Monkstown Bay Sailing Club’s Cruiser Class and with nine yachts racing writes Tom MacSweeney The race started at No.9 buoy with a beat to No.5, then swinging on a…
Ronan Foley
#Canoeing: Ronan Foley finished sixth in the A Final of the men’s K1 1,000 metres at the canoe sprint World Under-23 Championships today in Pitesti, Romania. Thomas Green of Australia won gold, with Germany’s Jakob Thordsen second and Hungary’s Adam…
Enter the Afloat.ie online Crossword competition below to be in with a chance to win a pair of Dubarry deck shoes in this free to enter competition
Afloat.ie in association with Dubarry brings you a bi-monthly nautical crossword competition (No. 180). Win a pair of Dubarry Commodore X LT or Sailmaker X LT deck shoes! Complete the crossword below and add your details below and the first…
Former Fastnet lighthouse keeper Gerald Butler
Former Fastnet lighthouse keeper Gerald Butler is due to represent fellow Irish light keepers at a memorial service for 1979 Fastnet Yacht Race on the Isle of Wight this evening writes  Lorna Siggins Former RNLI Baltimore vessel, The Robert, which…
Smooth point - the project will add a further 120 metres of workable quay space in the County Donegal harbour
As part of Project Ireland 2040, The Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine, Michael Creed TD, announced the signing of a €14.7 million capital works contract to deliver a 120m long quay development and associated works at Smooth Point,…

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