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Christmas Eve, 1895, and the Dublin Bay lifeboat has capsized with tragic loss of life whole trying to reach the wrecked sailing ship Palme.
If you think that life is tough under the current pandemic, then the Dublin Bay Old Gaffers Association has just the thing to put current national and personal problems into perspective, with a comprehensively illustrated Zoom talk by noted maritime…
Dragon Class Go Digital With Yearbook
After two decades of printing hard copy yearbooks, the International Dragon Association has launched its first-ever digital edition.  The bumper edition has 54 pages of entertaining and informative reading about one of the leading racing keelboats. Despite many predictions over…
The Nationwide team catch up with Henry O’Donnell and his support vessel Tor Dearg
A Donegal swimmer’s epic challenge to circumnavigate the island of Ireland will feature on RTÉ Nationwide tonight, Wednesday 6 January. As reported in October on Afloat.ie, Henry O’Donnell has been donning his fins and taking to the water — as…
A screenshot from BIM's Brexit Hub page
Bord Iascaigh Mhara (BIM), Ireland’s seafood development agency is today urging every seafood business who trades with or through Great Britain, no matter how small his or her operations, to continue to familiarise themselves with the impacts any new rules…
MCIB ’Not Fit for Purpose’ Claims Report from Maritime Consultants
A new report submitted to the Oireachtas has slammed the Marine Casualty Investigation Board (MCIB) as “not fit for purpose”, according to the Irish Examiner. Capt Neil Forde of maritime consultancy Marine Hazard Ltd claims that the MCIB has not…
In the UK ministers urged the House of Lords to save a UK-Europe ferry link which the P&O ferry, Pride of York used to sail nightly from Hull to Zebrugge, Belgium. The 1987 built ferry could take up to 880 passengers and above is AFLOAT's close up view of the cruiseferry docked at the English North Sea port. The ferry was the largest passenger ship ever built in the UK since the former Cunard Line 'liner' Queen Elizabeth 2, otherwise best known as the 'QE2'. Both ships were built on the banks of the River Clyde, Scotland.
As Ireland-mainland Europe freight ferry capacity recently increased and this week's new route to France opened following start of the EU-UK 'Brexit' border, British ministers have urged the House of Lords to reinstate a passenger ferry route from Hull to Belgium.…
Cork based Mainport Group's newly acquired 2015 built supply vessel (above: aft work deck) which yesterday entered Cork Dockyard to undergo a '5 Year Special DryDock Survey'.
Cork based Irish Mainport Holdings acquisition of a five year old utility and offshore supply vessel from Africa that arrived in late 2020 to the southern port, has since relocated downriver to lower Cork Harbour for drydocking, writes Jehan Ashmore.…
Lauren McDowell (helm) and Erin McIlwaine in the 29er training at Newcastle Co Down are among the Mary Peters Trust awardees
Five young sailors have been given a unique chance to boost their training and skills after they were awarded funding from the Mary Peters Trust. The Trust aims to help aspiring young athletes, whatever their sport or social background, to…
The Irish Examiner understands LÉ Ciara and LÉ William Butler Yeats have been called ashore after Covid-19 cases were reported onboard them. The latter OPV90/Beckett class vessel, Afloat adds called to Dun Laoghaire Harbour (as above file photo) also carried out patrols in local waters at the weekend of this first week of the New Year.
Due to Covid-19 outbreaks, the Naval Service has been forced to take two more of its ships off operations, while a third vessel is under scrutiny after a crew member reported symptoms. The news comes following concerns expressed by Irish…
Boss Eamon Rothwell of ICG (operators of Irish Ferries) has said exporters will continue to opt for the ‘faster, cheaper’ UK landbridge to Europe. Above Afloat's photo of the forward section of W.B. Yeats berthed at Dublin Port with loading underway.
The CEO of the company that operates Irish Ferries has said that exporters will continue to use the ‘faster, cheaper’ UK landbridge between Ireland and mainland Europe despite Brexit. As Extra.ie reports, goods going between EU countries and Britain now…
The Beneteau 211 fleet will race for National Championship honours as part of VDLR 2021
A positive 25 one design entries received so far into ten divisions of Volvo Dun Laoghaire Regatta 2021 has been welcomed by organisers as the combined Dun Laoghaire clubs regatta rolls out its new COVID-compliant format event that splits the…
File image of Rockall in the North Atlantic
The Department of Foreign Affairs has confirmed it is in contact with UK officials after a Donegal trawler was prevented from fishing around Rockall. RTÉ News reports on the incident yesterday (Monday 4 January) in which the Greencastle-based Northern Celt…
Vendée Globe leader Yannick Bestaven
(Vendée Globe Day 59 - Leader 750 miles east of Puerto Santa Cruz, Argentina) Rested and fully energised in beautiful sunshine, climbing north up the South Atlantic, the mercury rising and sailing in a moderate breeze, Vendée Globe leader Yannick…
On 8 August 2021, the Rolex Fastnet Race will set sail from Cowes bound for the Fastnet Rock
Registration for the 49th Rolex Fastnet Race begins at 1000 UTC on Tuesday 12th January 2021. The RORC Race Team are concerned there will be a repeat of the 2019 rush to enter when the race became oversubscribed in less than five…
Sanita Puspure
Rower Sanita Puspure was honoured at The Irish Times / Sport Ireland Sportswoman of the Year Awards after she successfully defended her European title in Poznan, Poland. Despite having her training regime seriously disrupted and the European Championships being her…
The new Jeanneau NC 33 will be available from Irish agents MGM Boats
Irish Jeanneau agents MGM Boats are targeting this summer for the delivery of the stunning Jeanneau NC 33. With a hull design by Michael Peters, the new NC 33 is powered by twin diesel engines with Joystick Docking Control. It…
Sarah Robertson with her new GN-1B genoa in her garden
A Happy New Year everyone from all of us here in North Sails Ireland! Fingers crossed that the next few months will see a brighter future for us all and our sport that we love. Here at North Sails we…
From left: new owners Hayley Quinn and Wayne Palmer with Hannah Le Prevost and Marie-Claude Heys
Key Yachting has announced a change of ownership, as Wayne Palmer and Hayley Quinn from Hampshire-based Thinking Space Systems have purchased the company from Marie-Claude Heys. “After 25 years, I am delighted to hand the helm over to Wayne and Hayley,”…
The former Irish round the world racer, the Volvo 70 Green Dragon now skippered by Johannes Schwarz will start as a monohull favourite in Lanzarote this weekend in RORC's Transatlantic Race
Ireland's former Round the World race Green Dragon will start as favourite in this weekend's 2021 RORC Transatlantic Race. Run in association with the International Maxi Association, the race is scheduled to start from Puerto Calero, Lanzarote on January 9th, 2021.…
Seamus Fitzpatrick's First 50, Mermaid on her way to VDLR victory in 2019
The defending Volvo Dun Laoghaire Regatta offshore champion is among the first six entries into that division for July’s regatta, a class that looks set to become one of the biggest fleets of the biennial event again. As regular Afloat…
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