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Howth Yacht Club (pictured above competing in the 2019 Cup) and Royal Cork Yacht Club are in the line-up of twenty teams from 15 countries competing in the 2023 Rolex New York Yacht Club Invitational Cup
Two top Irish sailing teams, one from Dublin and one from Cork, will contest the New York Yacht Club Invitational Cup this September off Rhode Island. Howth Yacht Club and Royal Cork Yacht Club are in the line-up of twenty…
The IMOCA fleet races out of Mindelo at the start of Leg 2 from Cabo Verde to Cape Town on Wednesday 25 January
After being buffeted by strong trade winds for the duration of the short stopover, the waters off Mindelo, Cabo Verde were relatively calm on Wednesday (25 January) for the start of Leg 2 of The Ocean Race 2022-23. The short…
CGI image of the world's first wind-powered ro-ro vessel, Orcelle Wind from the Oceanbird concept for primarily wind-powered vessels. The Pure Car Truck Carrier (PCTC) for Wallenius Wilhelmsen will be 220 metres and have a capacity for over 7,000 cars, but will also be capable of carrying breakbulk and rolling equipment.
Norwegian ro-ro operator Wallenius Wilhelmsen and project partners have secured a Horizon Europe funding totalling EUR 9m to support building a RoRo sailing vessel.  Over the next five years, all aspects of planning, building, and operating the wind-powered Orcelle Wind…
To celebrate the new February Bank Holiday weekend, the Irish National Sailing & Powerboat School in Dun Laoghaire have a significant price reduction for anyone booking the National Powerboat Certificate course on Saturday 4th and Sunday 5th of February
With the good weather finally starting to kick in, the team at the Irish National Sailing & Powerboat School are launching a series of special offers for the month of February across adult powerboating and yachting courses. National Powerboat Certificate…
Nautitech 44 Open, elected
Key Yachting, Irish Agents for Nautitech Catamarans, are pleased to announce that the Nautitech 44 OPEN catamaran has won the European Yacht of the Year Award for 2023, awarded at the Dusseldorf Boat Show in the Multihull category. This was…
Jacqui McCrum, Secretary General of the Department of Defence with Daragh Sheridan, Chief Executive of Sail Training Ireland at the signing of the Performance Delivery Agreements in Dublin
The Department of Defence will continue to provide funding to Sail Training Ireland for three more years from this year, 2023. This funding will provide sail training to young persons from disadvantaged backgrounds. This funding is subject to compliance with…
The late Brian Murphy’s lengthened and up-rigged Hydro 28 Crazy Jane in her glory days around 1995. In 1995 - Howth YC’s Centenary Year - Team Murphy’s many achievements included overall victory in the Moneley Oyster Pearl at Carlingford from a record fleet, and a class win in the biggest class in the Centenary Autumn League at Howth
When the brief notice of the death of Brian Murphy at the age of 77 was posted on the Howth YC Facebook page recently, the response from members said everything about a remarkable - indeed a unique - sailing enthusiast…
The Foyle Punt evolved from the generic Donegal Punt and was the workhorse of fishing Communities along Lough Foyle. The craft was raced by their owners at local regattas along the shores of the Lough. A new punt will be built by student Orlagh Thompson at the Basque Maritime Heritage Association in Pasaia, Spain as part of her boat-building studies
The Portaferry and Strangford Trust (PAST) is a charity, based in Portaferry at the mouth of Strangford Lough in Northern Ireland, which aims to promote an awareness of the rich maritime heritage and natural environment of the Lough and the…
Dun Laoghaire Harbour's all-weather lifeboat
Dun Laoghaire Harbour RNLI lifeboat performed a medical evacuation in Dublin Bay last night after a man took ill onboard a ship. The all-weather lifeboat was requested to launch at 8.50 pm by the Irish Coast Guard. The lifeboat launched…
“The smaller inshore vessels that work from the hundreds of piers dotted along the rugged Irish coastline are the beating heart of rural coastal communities,” say the National Inshore Fishermen's Association
The National Inshore Fishermen’s Association (NIFA) has warmly welcomed its recognition as an EU seafood producer organisation (PO). The sanction by Minister for Marine Charlie McConalogue was hailed by NIFA chair Michael Desmond. Desmond said it came after a “long battle”…
Rowing craft with University of Galway students were swept towards the salmon weir, where they were caught by pontoons and capsized due to the strength of the river flow
The Marine Casualty Investigation Board (MCIB) has initiated an inquiry into a recent incident on the river Corrib where up to ten people were rescued after their rowing craft were swept towards the Galway city salmon weir. The incident was…
Robert Stanjek of GUYOT environnement - Team Europe speaks to the media alongside his fellow IMOCA skippers ahead of Leg 2
After a week of solid trade wind action in Cabo Verde, the forecast for the start of Leg 2 of The Ocean Race 2022-23 on Wednesday 25 January is much more benign: light northeasterly winds of five to eight knots.…
Herring from the Irish Sea
Marine Minister Charlie McConalogue is launching a consultation process on a review of the 2012 Herring Management Policy. It will focus on the quantity of herring set aside from the southern North-West herring stock (Herring 6A South) for smaller/inshore fishing…
Works vessel An tOileanach
LCF Marine have planned to deploy two data buoys in Tralee Bay this week as part of dredge monitoring for Fenit Harbour. The buoys were scheduled to be deployed on Monday 23 January subject to weather and operational constraints. If…
The Four Pots is a unique structure located alongside the Grand Canal towpath between the Leinster Aqueduct and Digby Bridge in Co Kildare
Waterways Ireland advises users of the Grand Canal Greenway that the greenway section from Digby Bridge to Sallins in Co Kildare will remain closed until the end of February for continued works on restoring the Four Pots overflow structure. As…
The M8, the flagship of Prestige’s M-Line of multihull yachts
This past weekend at boot Düsseldorf was a big one for Dun Laoghaire-based agents MGM Boats, with the world premiere of Jeanneau’s new DB/37 and the launch of the electric Delphia 10 Lounge — as well as the reveal of…
Pictured at the Civic Reception in his honour, are Mayor of Galway City,
Councillor Clodagh Higgins, and solo transatlantic rower Damian Browne, former professional rugby player and adventurer
Atlantic oarsman Damian Browne’s achievements in crossing the ocean each way and becoming the first man to row from New York to Galway were lauded at a civic reception hosted by Mayor of Galway Clodagh Higgins this week. Mayor Higgins…
RS Aeros go downwind in the first race of the INSS 2023 Super Series at Dun Laoghaire Harbour
Despite the gloomy day on Saturday, RS Aeros, 400s, Waszps and even two RS Neos took to Dun Laoghaire Harbour for the RS Super Series, which is organised by Irish National Sailing Club and sponsored by the distributors for…
A growing turnout of close to 30 boats hit the water in the third week of HYC's Dinghy Frostbites, aka the Spring Series. In the days leading up to Sunday's racing, some forecasts were teasing light breezes, a welcome prospect…
The restored Dublin Bay 21 Naneen sailing again on Dublin Bay in 2021 after forty years ashore
Dublin Bay's Hal Sisk and Fionan De Barra talked at Galway Bay Sailing Club on the Dublin Bay 21 Class restoration project and the history of the World's oldest cruiser racing class (1903 - 2023). As regular Afloat readers know, thanks to Sisk…

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