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On Monday, May 2 Lough Neagh Rescue was alerted by Belfast Coastguard to reports of an overturned Jetski in Antrim Bay on the Northeast corner of what is the largest freshwater lake in the British Isles and Ireland. Two casualties…
505 dinghies are racing at Monkstown Bay Sailing Club as they continue their build-up to their World Championships in Cork in August
Nine Class 1 dinghies sailed the first evening league race at Monkstown Bay Sailing Club in Cork Harbour. It was a pleasant, easy night’s sailing to begin the season, with three 505s continuing their build-up to their World Championships in…
At the launch of the Maritime Museum's Robert Halpin Exhibition were from left Dublin Port CEO Eamonn O'Reilly, Jim Rees, Arklow Museum, Councillor Lettie McCarthy, Cathaoirleach DLRCoCo and Seamus O’Connor of the Maritime Museum
The Robert Halpin Exhibition at Dun Laoghaire Harbour's National Maritime Museum was formally opened by Dublin Port Company Chief Executive, Eamon O'Reilly in late April.  As Afloat reported previously, the exhibition celebrates Captain Halpin’s involvement in the laying of the…
Ker 46 Van Uden will be skippered by three-time Volvo Ocean Race veteran Gerd-Jan Poortman and young up-and-coming Dutch sailing talent in August's IRC European Championship to be held in Breskens, Netherlands
Having previously straddled Europe, visiting other major yachting hubs such as Cowes, Cork Harbour, Marseille and Sanremo, the seventh edition of the prestigious IRC European Championship this year will take place over 25-28 August in the Netherlands, alongside Damen Breskens…
Bobby Driscoll - fifth overall in the Toppers at the Eric Twiname 2022 Championships
Nine young sailors from Northern Ireland travelled to England last weekend to compete in the Eric Twiname 2022 Championships at Rutland Sailing Club in the East Midlands. The first Eric Twiname event took place in 1986 and has seen thousands…
Starting this Sunday 8th May, Dun Laoghaire Waterfront clubs are on the water from 2-5 pm for inter-club sailing and coaching sessions in RS feva dinghies. The aim of the harbour training is to 'encourage all skill levels to join…
The Marine Institute's Explorers team around the country are planning a Kraken Family Day on the beach for European Maritime Day on the 21st May
The Marine Institute's Explorers Education Programme is delighted to announce that they will be hosting five 'Kraken beach events' for families on seashores around the country, celebrating as part of European Maritime Day, on Saturday 21st May at 12pm. The…
Henry O’Donnell is set to bring his 1500km Round Ireland swim to a close this Saturday in Donegal, Florida
Renowned swimmer Henry O’Donnell is set to bring his 1500km, round Ireland Finswim to a close. In doing so he will become the first person to circumnavigate the island of Ireland by swimming with the use of fins. The expedition…
Irish School Team Racing Champions: The Gonzaga Team were Trevor Bolger Helm 1, Jacques Murphy Helm 2, Archie Daly Helm 3, and the crew were Ethan Hunt, Cathal O'Reagan and Jules Start
Gonzaga College was crowned as the Schools National Team Racing Champions 2022 at the event hosted by the Royal St George Yacht Club at Dun Laoghaire Harbour. Since the event's inception in 2004, it is the first occasion that a…
Sarah Dwyer in the RS Aero Tikka from the Royal St. George Yacht Club was third in DBSC's Tuesday evening race at Dun Laoghaire
Noel Butler put his recent top form in Italy to good use on Dublin Bay last night when the RS Aero sailor won the PY division of the AIB DBSC Tuesday race. Winds were light southerlies light and racing took…
Jonny Mordaunt, Tom McWilliam and Simon Johnson are onboard Tschuss in CSA2 of Antigua Sailing Week
The podium after the second day of racing at Antigua Sailing Week had Irish interest with both Jonny Mordaunt's CSA 2 Tschuss and Adrian Lee's Lee Overlay Partners in CSA3 were race winners. The race was blessed with stunning conditions with 15-20…
Natural oyster reef - Artificial oyster reefs along the US Gulf Coast are designed to protect and restore shoreline habitat and create living oyster reefs as a sustainable option for reducing erosion of coastal marshes and protecting communities from storm surge. A new study shows restoration of marshes and oyster reefs are among the most cost-effective solutions for reducing coastal flood risks
There are many reasons to love oysters, and now an NUI Galway scientist has suggested another one. Apart from its nutritional benefits, the shellfish also provides a cost-effective solution to the impacts of climate change. Natural reefs built from oysters…
Adrian Bendon in MarJ (156), the overall winner of the Dragon class, leads Brian Goggin's Whisper (213) into a windward mark at Kinsale Yacht Club's Robotic Mowers Open Keelboat Regatta
MarJ skippered by Adrian Bendon was the overall winner of the 13-boat Dragon class in Kinsale Yacht Club's Robotic Mowers sponsored Open Keelboat Regatta 2022 sailed at the weekend. With three race wins from six races sailed, Bendon on seven nett…
The organising committee of the Portrush Raft Race have announced that this year’s event will be held on 3rd and 4th September and not in May as it usually was prior to the Coronavirus pandemic
The fundraising Portrush Raft Race is something of an institution in the north coast town of the same name, which is blessed with two stunning beaches and tidily in between, a picturesque harbour where the RNLI Severn Class lifeboat the…
Located on Ireland’s rugged Wild Atlantic Way, Achill Island’s Trent class all-weather lifeboat is ready to help the offshore island communities
Achill Island RNLI responded to a request for assistance with the medical evacuation of a patient on Inisturk, a small island off the coast of County Galway, on Bank Holiday Monday. The volunteer lifeboat crew launched shortly before 5 pm yesterday…
Fethard Lifeboat Station operates a D-class lifeboat, which is launched from multiple sites on the Hook peninsula. The station reopened in 1996 after being closed for 80 years
Volunteer lifeboat crew at Fethard RNLI were requested to launch their lifeboat by the Irish Coast Guard on Sunday afternoon (1 May) at 3pm, to the aid of four people on board a yacht south of Duncannon Fort in the…
Could Cork Harbour be the venue for the 37th America's Cup? The Government is to discuss it
It's emerged that Minister of Sport Catherine Martin was not told about proposals to host the America's Cup in Cork Harbour for three months. According to Saturday's Irish Times, an unpublished Government report also reveals that ministers were warned the…
Irish competitors at the Spanish ILCA Masters included ; Alison Pigot (NYC), Ali Robinson (RStGYC), Judy O’Beirne (RStGYC), Shirley Gilmore (RStGYC), Michael Norman (Coal Harbour/Wicklow SC), Hugh Cahill (Coal Harbour/DBSC), Sean Flanagan (RStGYC), David Cahill (NYC), Sean Craig (RStGYC), Theo Lyttle (RStGYC), Conor O’Leary (RStGYC), Chris Arrowsmith (RStGYC)
Twelve Dun Laoghaire Harbour Laser/ILCA sailors competed last weekend at the XIV edition of the Spanish ILCA Masters, at picturesque Calella de Palafrugell on the Costa Brava coast. Racing in nine ILCA 6’s (Radials) and three ILCA 7’s (Full rigs),…
Ireland’s Tom Dolan (left with England’s Alan Roberts
Ireland’s Tom Dolan pairs up with England’s Alan Roberts looking to cash in on new 800 mile Trophée Banque Populaire Grand Ouest race. Irish solo sailor Tom Dolan paired up with on-form top English racer Alan Roberts on Sunday when…
Isle of Man
Howth Yacht Club’s Cruising Group has planned its first cruise of the year, sailing to Ardglass in Northern Ireland and the Isle of Man from Thursday 19 to Saturday 21 May. The club advises all interested parties to contact Susan…

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