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O'Donovan and O'Neill Shine in Dirty Dozen Test
#Rowing: Rory O’Neill and James O’Donovan of Castleconnell shared top billing in the men’s junior 18 rankings after the concluding stage of the Dirty Dozen Challenge. Eabha Benson of St Michael’s won the women’s junior 18 series. There were four…
MGM Boats John O'Kane (left) from Belfast Lough with Martin (centre) and Gerry Salmon of MGM Boats in Dublin on board the boot Dusseldorf 2018 Prestige stand with the new 70-foot Prestige 680s
Irish firms were among the exhibitors and organisers of boot Düsseldorf 2019 that were in high spirits throughout the nine days of the event. The trade fair, which ended on Sunday, reports that business was good and that contacts to…
Ronan Foley with his two awards.
#Canoeing: The inaugural Canoeing Ireland National Awards at the Spa Hotel in Lucan on Saturday night were a success. The prizes were spread across a range of disciplines, with young competitors to the fore. Jenny Egan and Ronan Foley were…
DMYC Frostbite dinghy racing at Dun Laoghaire
Due to the strong winds forecast for today, the DMYC Dinghy Frostbite sailing of Sunday 27th was cancelled yesterday. As of 10:11 this morning the Dublin Bay weather buoy was recording 25 knots gusting to 35 knots, a wind strength…
€35.7m capital investment package in six Fishery Harbour Centres and other fisheries related marine infrastructure
Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine, Michael Creed T.D., today announced details of a €35.7m Capital Investment Package for the ongoing development of Ireland’s publicly owned harbour network. In announcing the initiative the Minister said “I am delighted to…
Irish marine research vessel Celtic Voyager
There’s still time to apply for the Marine Institute’s vacancy for a temporary team leader for its Eurofleets Plus and Marine Robots projects. Applications close at noon tomorrow, Monday 28 January for the position, in which the successful candidate will…
Sally O’Flynn and Hanna D’Aughton’s eye-catching design recycles fabric sourced from the UK Sailmakers loft in Crosshaven
Transition Year students in Cork have found an inspiringly artistic and fashionable way of repurposing used sailcloth into something completely new. Sally O’Flynn, daughter of Baltimore 1720 sailor Peter O’Flynn, has teamed up with friend Hanna D’Aughton for the all-Ireland schools…
Currachs on the Liffey for the centenary celebrations of the first Dail.
#Rowing: Two currachs set off from Ringsend and rowed up the Liffey into Dublin city to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the First Dail on Monday. Paraic Ó Fatharta, Gearoid Ó Conghaile, Dave Kelly and piper John Lamb drew the…
Margaret Cremen of Lee
#Rowing: Jack Dorney of Shandon and Margaret Cremen of Lee were the overall winners of the Cork Sculling Ladder. The presentations will take place this Thursday (January 31st) at Cork Boat Club. The Ladder is sponsored by Argos Fire. Cork…
Stena chief warned about 'significant disruption' but former Brexit minister said 'teething problems' could be tackled. Above AFLOAT adds is Stena Superfast X berthed at Holyhead, north Wales along with regular bunker tanker, Keewhit.
#ferries - Stena Line's boss reports NorthWalesLive, has warned about “relatively significant disruption” at ports in the event of a no-deal Brexit. The head of Swedish ferry operator Stena AB - parent company of Stena Line - fears disruption in…
Howth’s Rocco Wright Second Heading Into Final Race Series For Torrevieja Trophy
Howth Yacht Club’s Rocco Wright continues his outstanding run of form at the Trofeo Euromarina Optimist in Torrevieja, going into the penultimate day in second place overall. The winner of the Seaward Bell Trophy in last week’s HYC Achievers Awards…
Safehaven Marine Unveils Latest Pilot Boat Commission For Portugal
Safehaven Marine in Cork has unveiled its latest pilot boat for the Port of Leixoes in Portugal. The Interceptor 48 will be put through sea trials over the next few weeks before delivery to the port north-west of Porto. In…
Smoothly away. The Defence Forces’ crew in the J/109 Joker II going well at the start of the Volvo Round Ireland Race 2018 at Wicklow. But in order to be there, they’d to use military principles to fit their preparations into a very tight time-frame. Photo: Afloat.ie/David O’Brien
It was while crossing the Atlantic on the Sail Training Brigantine Asgard II during a celestial navigation module of his Naval Service education in 1999 that Barry Byrne had something of an epiphany writes W M Nixon. He’d been introduced…
Liadh Ní Riada MEP and Councillor Paul Hayes meeting with fishermen in Castletownbere for the launch of The Charter for Fishers, Coastal Communities and the Island
Sinn Féin MEP Liadh Ní Riada has called on all political parties to unite behind a series of broad principles designed to protect our fishing industry, coastal communities and islands. The Ireland South MEP, who sits on the EU Fisheries…
New Project To Improve Angling Access On River Easkey
#Angling - A new project on the River Easkey in Co Sligo which has improved and developed angling access to the wild salmon river between Sligo and Ballina has now been completed. The project, which was delivered by River Easkey…
Peter and Robert O’Leary competing in the 2018 Star Europeans Championship in Flensburg, Germany last August
Baltimore Sailing Club brothers Peter and Robert O’Leary are signed up for the inaugural Junior Star Worlds in Miami’s Biscayne Bay from 3-6 February. Last year’s bronze medallists in the Star Europeans join a list of more than 30 skipper-crew…
Irish Coast Guard helicopter Rescue 115 from Shannon
Industrial action by Irish Coast Guard search and rescue pilots scheduled to begin yesterday (Thursday 24 January) has been called off to allow for further talks, as TheJournal.ie reports. Pilots have sat down with coastguard helicopter operator CHC Ireland a…
The cruiser-racer nationals are getting a revamp
New changes for the format of future ICRA championships are outlined by Irish Times Sailing Columnist David O'Brien with the news that the rule of pro–sailors will be removed given the growing number of 'quasi-pros' now involved in the cruiser-racer scene.…
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2018 has been a successful season for North Sails Ireland. Read the review and the victory roll below
Nigel Young, manager of North Sails Ireland (NSI), gives an overview of a successful 2018 sailing season for the sailmaker. What an amazing year 2018 was for North Sails Ireland and its clients! We are extremely proud of these results and…
The 2019 Figaro course features racing in Irish waters
The legendary Figaro URGO sailing show will be coming to Ireland and the Irish Sea big time for its Golden Jubilee season in 2019 writes W M Nixon, with a 20th visit to Kinsale being supported by a subsequent second…

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