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Alex Thomson (right) and Neal McDonald onboard Hugo Boss
British skippers Alex Thomson and Neal McDonald (Hugo Boss) are out of the Transat Jacques Vabre Race after hitting an object at sea this morning just a week into the offshore race. The much-fancied British entry that has strong ties…
Scottish Government Finance Secretary, Derek Mackay said the action taken would help to ensure a future for the yard where above AFLOAT adds is newbuild Glen Sannox, the first of the pair of public sector ferries (for operator CalMac) which the yard is working to finally complete. Note on the superstructure the Scots-Gaelic name of the duel-fuel ferry is 'Gleann Sannaig'
A contract has been signed by the Scottish Government to take the troubled Ferguson Marine shipyard into public ownership, reports The National. It follows an agreement reached last month for the Government to take over the yard after the firm…
Sionna Healyin action today
#Rowing: Ireland’s Sionna Healy placed seventh in the women’s solo at the World Coastal Championships in Hong Kong this morning. In tough, choppy, conditions, the Arklow woman clung on to sixth for most of a race which was won by…
Tradewind sailing of the Atlantic Rally for Cruisers (ARC) 2018
The next Friends of Glenua lecture to be held on Thursday, 7th November takes place at the Poolbeg Yacht and Boat Club, in Ringsend, Dublin. As previously reported on Afloat the same Dublin venue is where a series of other separate…
Samson & Goliath cranes of H&W shipyard, Belfast. Workers staged a sit-in protest at the shipyard for weeks as part of a campaign to save one of Northern Ireland's biggest names in industry
As the Belfast Telegraph writes, the firm which agreed to buy Harland & Wolff has not met an initial deadline to pay part of the purchase price of the iconic Belfast shipyard. Having paid a £500,000 deposit at the start…
The new Olympic windsurfer
After selecting the iFoil as the Men’s and Women’s Windsurfer for the Paris 2024 Olympic Games on Friday, World Sailing’s Council, the main decision-making body, concluded their meeting on Saturday 2 November. A number of submissions, proposing change to World…
Myross in action in the 2018 World Coastal Rowing Championships
#Rowing: Ireland will have crews in five A Finals at the World Coastal Rowing Championships in Hong Kong on Sunday. Men’s crews came through well on Saturday, qualifying two solo scullers and Myross in the coxed quadruple. The Arklow double…
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Bite-Sized Tips From Viking Marine For Staying Warm On Water
When it comes to safety and warmth on the water, we all know how important our gear is, and we wouldn’t go sailing in summer without water and suncream. But we often forget the importance of keeping our blood sugar…
Jackie Patton was re-elected as RYANI chair
RYA Northern Ireland is celebrating the achievements of a successful year, following its AGM on Monday 28 October. During the event, Jackie Patton was re-elected as chair and elected directors were appointed. Susan McKnight was appointed as vice chair, David…
The new XSV20, Safehaven, put through its paces during stormy August sea trials in Cork
Safehaven Marine has shared a video of the recent delivery of its latest XSV20, named Safehaven, to its owner Jack Setton from Cork to Sardinia. Safehaven was commissioned by and built for Jack Setton, a well-known name in the superyacht…
(Top) The yachts of the Water Club of the Harbour of Cork on fleet manoeuvres in 1738, as painted by Peter Monamy. Founded in 1720 with just 25 members, the club’s early programme at sea was to follow Sailing Orders with signals by flags from the Admiral’s yacht. But by the 1760s, the occasional race was being held, and by the 1780s racing was a more regular part of the programme Reproduced by courtesy RCYC and (above) Royal Cork 1720 Sportsboats at speed. The Water Club had become the Royal Cork YC by 1831, and having been unique at its foundation in 1720, it had now become part of a much broader development of sailing in both its cruising and racing forms. By the 1970s-1990s, Crosshaven had become a remarkable nucleus for advanced ideas, and the Royal Cork 1720 Sportsboats of 1994 became international trend-setters Photo: Bob Bateman
You thought 2019 was quite the busy sailing year in Ireland? Believe me folks, after writing last Saturday’s marathon review of one very special season, we went through the weekend in a state of mental meltdown which wasn’t helped by…
John Maybury's national champion winning J109 Joker II is one of six to contest Sunday's DBSC Turkey Shoot on Dublin Bay
Last year's overall winner, the Shanahan family's J109 Ruth will be among the last to start in the first race of the seven-race Citroen South Dublin DBSC Turkey Shoot Series this Sunday on Dublin Bay. The National Yacht Club crew starts as…
Steve Morris
Following the interest in last week’s Podcast on the question – Why Do We Own Boats – and the views on the topic expressed by Brother Anthony Keane of Glenstal Abbey, I’ve been intrigued by the number of people who…
The Dufour 44 Godot finished third
Kinsale Yacht Club’s October Whitesail series concluded with three yachts in a tie for the top places in the ECHO fleet writes Tom MacSweeney Valfreya (Leonard/Riome), Justus (Dan Buckley) and Godot (John Godkin) all finished on 11 points. After one…
Sionna Healy
#Rowing: Five Ireland entrants in the women’s solo single made it through heats into Sunday’s A Final of the World Coastal Rowing Championships in Hong Kong. Miriam Sheehan of Castletownbere placed best, taking third in the first heat, one place…
Cork’s criminal court office
A judge at a Cork court has told two outboard motor thieves that the targeting of outboard engines for theft is a particularly disquieting crime, writes Tom MacSweeney. At Cork Circuit Criminal Court, Judge Sean Ó Donnabháin refused to grant…
The Libertad arriving at Dublin Port earlier today
Dublin Port Company and the Embassy of Argentina in Dublin have welcomed one of the world’s largest tall ships, the 340-foot-long Libertad, which sailed into Dublin today (Friday 1 November) for a five-day visit to the capital. As previously reported…
Government Approves Agriculture, Forest & Seafood Climate Change Sectoral Adaptation Plan
Marine Minister Michael Creed, yesterday (Thursday 31 October) welcomed Government approval for the Agriculture, Forest and Seafood Climate Change Sectoral Adaptation Plan to prepare for the impacts of climate disruption. “I am very pleased the Agriculture, Forest and Seafood Climate…
Farr yachts like the Farr 40, first launched in 1997, are raced the world over
The Royal Irish Yacht Club has acquired a Farr-designed one-tonner for sail training and members’ use. The club has credited the acquisition to the generosity of club member George Sisk, whose own Farr 42 WOW! has made an impact in…
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HOC Yachts’ Explorer is one of two models that now come into the X-Yachts fold
Performance yacht specialists X-Yachts have acquired Swedish boat builder HOC Yachts in what marks a strategic move for the Denmark-based firm into the powerboat market. “We have seen there is a need for a powerboat that could contribute to honouring…

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