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In this amidship close up in Kinsale, AFLOAT has identified the cruiseship as Le Dumont-D'urville, Ponant Cruises fourth polar 'Explorer' class of six next generation newbuilds which made its Irish maiden call to include the West Cork harbour earlier this month. The cruiseship given its superstructure styling is more akin to a private mega yacht which features 92 staterooms and suites.
The Southern Star writes, that Kinsale in Co. Cork and other harbour towns want a slice of the €50m cruise ship trade. County mayor, Christopher O’Sullivan said: ‘West Cork’s extensive coastline and the fantastic facilities in our harbours make it…
Last year's scholarship winners Jannah Kehoe, Matthew Dawes and Isobel Coombe with members of the panel Maxine Thomas and Pat James.
At the Welsh Port of Milford Haven the annual Scholarship Scheme was launched today offering four Pembrokeshire students the chance to win £1,500, plus work experience at the UK’s largest energy port. Almost seventy undergraduate students have received support from…
The Final Fling Regatta in Dun Laoghaire Hatrbour marked the end of the Summer Season for Dinghy Sailing on Dublin Bay
The CH Marine Laser sponsored, Final Fling regatta took place in Dun Laoghaire on Saturday with a whopping 45 entries across two race courses writes Gavan Murphy,Dun Laoghaire Laser Class Captain Competitors were greeted by a punchy 20 knot South Westerly…
The Laser standard rig, which could soon be available for class-legal racing from a range of builders internationally in the wake of new ILCA rule changes
With the selection of the Laser class for the Olympic men’s and women’s single-handed dinghy events from Paris 2024 comes significant change to align with new class requirements, as Scuttlebutt Sailing News reports. Previously restricted to a handful of licensed…
The new waiting jetty at Conwy Marina supplied by Banagher firm Inland and Marina Coastal Systems
County Offaly marina firm Inland and Coastal Marina Systems has successfully upgraded the ‘waiting’ jetty at Conwy Marina in North Wales. The new pontoon is now in constant use, providing users with a safe and secure place to wait for…
Industry concerned about ‘flashpoints’ over access to waters if UK leaves EU without deal.
Both the Irish Naval Service and Air Corps, reports The Irish Times, are being primed to protect Irish sea fishing areas and vessels in a no-deal Brexit amid industry fears of tensions between EU and non-EU trawlers. The UK crashing…
Royal Cork Place Fifth In Second Global Team Racing Regatta
A team from Royal Cork Yacht Club made a strong showing in Cowes at the second annual Global Team Racing Regatta over the weekend. Extreme conditions beset the 12-team fleet hosted by the Royal Yacht Squadron, all racing in matched…
Chris and Olin Bateman are the 2019 All Ireland Champions
Chris Bateman (18) of Monkstown Bay Sailing Club and Royal Cork Yacht Club has won this year’s Junior Irish Sailing All Ireland Championships in Schull today with crew, younger brother Olin. Olin Bateman (age 9) was the youngest competitor at…
Kinsale's Ian Travers will compete at next month's Freshwater Regatta on Lough Derg
Lough Derg Yacht Club is hosting its annual keelboat regatta on the weekend of the 11th and 12th of October. The event will be a wrap up to the season for many of the competitors and over 50 entries are…
Proud Commodore Steven Kirby and club coach Debbie Hannah (back row) with the victorious East Antrim BC junior and youth squad with the prestigious 'Top Club' trophy won at the recent RYA-NI Youth Championship
At the recent RYA-Northern Ireland Regional Youth Championship held in testing conditions at Strangford Lough Yacht Club, the team from East Antrim Boat Club emerged triumphantly. Not only did their 13-strong-squad take the prestigious 'Top Club' trophy back to their…
1720 sportsboat sailing at the INSS Quarterdeck Regatta
Last weekend over 60 international skippers and boaters were welcomed to the Irish National Sailing & Powerboat School at Dun Laoghaire Harbour. The West Pier venue hosted Quarterdeck Academy’s annual Skipper and Host Regatta, which saw close, lively and enjoyable…
Squibs racing off Kinsale
Kinsale Yacht Club and the Kinsale Squib fleet are hosting the 2020 Squib National Championships 21st to 26th June 2020 and registration opens online on Tuesday, 1st October here Racing will be in the waters between the Old Head of Kinsale…
File image of the Forty Foot in Sandycove
BreakingNews.ie reports that a man in his 50s has died after an incident at the Forty Foot swimming spot in south Co Dublin. The alarm was raised after the man got into difficulty in the water this afternoon (Sunday 29…
Maeve Deane, Clara Deane, Dylan O'Sullivan, Katie Moorehead,  Abigail O'Sullivan  Pollyanna Downing and Ryan O'Connell pictured at the launch of Cork300
Cork 300 will celebrate Royal Cork Yacht Club’s 300th anniversary, where it all began, and Cork’s maritime haven, with a series of events next summer. In 2020, the Royal Cork Yacht Club in Crosshaven will celebrate its 300th anniversary with…
Arklow Willow is the third 'W' class newbuild in series that first began with leadship Arklow Wave as pictured.
Arklow Willow became the third 'W' class 16,500dwt newbuild in a series of four following a launch in a German shipyard, writes Jehan Ashmore. The Irish flagged bulker was launched earlier this month and the almost 150m long ship is expected…
Cork 300 celebrations are led by Tanaiste Simon Coveney (pictured centre) at last night's launch at the RCYC. Scroll down for launch photos
Royal Cork Yacht Club, the oldest yacht club in the world, is now a major focus of attention locally, nationally and internationally following the announcement of 300th-anniversary plans last night writes Bob Bateman. The marquee at Royal Cork was packed fort the…
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UK Sailmaker's Yannick Lemonnier is one of the most experienced offshore racers in the country
Although the offshore sailing season is drawing to an end; it is never too early to look to your 2020 sailing season. Offshore racing, both crewed and shorthanded, is one of the biggest growth areas of sailing domestically and internationally.…
A crewman at the mast of the Howth Yacht Club J109 'Outrajeous' prepares to 'ping the line' on an onboard computer at a start of Volvo Dun Laoghaire Dun Laoghaire Regatta. Should Race Officers provide time for competing boats to do this between races?
Afloat correspondent Mark Mansfield who provided some sailor-focused thoughts for Race Officers on race management in his recent article here has had one of his tips rebutted by the editor of American website, Scuttlebutt. Scuttlebutt's Craig Leweck who picked up the…
At the official announcement of CH Marine continued sponsorship of the Irish Laser Association were (from left) Ed Rice, event coordinator, Nick Bendon of CH Marine and class treasurer, Nick Walsh
At the recent Dinghy Fest Regatta at Royal Cork Yacht Club (RCYC) earlier this month, leading Irish Chandlery CH Marine announced its continued support for the Irish Laser Association (ILA). The ILA currently has over two hundred active members ranging in…
Royal Irish yacht Raptor (skippered by Fintan Cairns) was the winner of today's final DBSC Cruiser 1 IRC race of the 2019 summer season
There was a good turnout of 102 boats for the last race of the DBSC Summer Series this afternoon on Dublin Bay with two races for all classes and 4 races for IDRA 14s. The results of the last race…

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