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Loch Ryan: Campaigners including Stena and politicians have put the case to improve two major roads in Dumfries and Galloway with the Scottish Parliament. Above: The ferry operator's Stena Superfast VIII berthed at their Loch Ryan Port terminal which neighbours P&O Ferries operations at Cairnryan.
In south-west Scotland, campaigners from Dumfries and Galloway have gone to the Scottish Parliament, to push the case for improvements of two of the region’s trunk roads, the A75 and A77 out of Loch Ryan. The campaigners at Holyrood were…
The Royal Irish Yacht Club Cape 31 Blast, skippered by Barry Cunningham
The Royal Irish Yacht Club Cape 31 Blast, skippered by Barry Cunningham, leads overall in the AIB-sponsored DBSC Turkey Shoot Series from J109 club mates Tim and Richard Goodbody in White Mischief. The 1720 sportsboat Spurs is lying third overall…
Clipper Ventures chief executive William Ward OBE (left) and chairman Sir Robin Knox-Johnston
After 26 years at the helm of Clipper Ventures, which organises the Clipper Round the World Yacht Race, chairman Sir Robin Knox-Johnston and chief executive William Ward OBE have announced they are stepping back from the day-to-day running of the…
Ireland's Finn Lynch reached second in the world in the World Sailing rankings this season
Both Finn Lynch of Dun Laoghaire and Eve McMahon of Howth will be keen to capitalise on their outstanding seasons at the final ILCA event of the year when they compete at the EURILCA Senior European Championships in the ILCA 6…
Peter Dunlop and Vicky Cox's J109 Mojito crew celebrate overall ISORA honours and lift the Wolf Head's Trophy at the National Yacht Club ISORA Golden Jubilee Dinner. Scroll down for the photo gallery of the evening
ISORA will double its coastal races in 2023, the offshore body heard at last Saturday's AGM in the National Yacht Club in Dun Laoghaire Harbour. The move comes after a straw poll of all skippers voted in favour of more coastal…
Charles Caudrelier (Maxi Edmond de Rothschild) has extended his cushion to over 100 miles in the Route du Rhum Race
After five days and nights of tough, physical racing which has taken them to the edge of exhaustion, there are just 1100 nautical miles of direct runway left to sail to the Pointe-à-Pitre finish line for the Route du Rhum-Destination…
French skipper Fabrice Amedeo was en route to Cascais in Portugal after suffering damage during the Route du Rhum solo Transatlantic race when there was an explosion aboard his Imoca, Nexans - Art & Fenêtres
At 1132hrs UTC this morning, while French skipper Fabrice Amedeo was en route to Cascais in Portugal after suffering damage during the Route du Rhum-Destination Guadeloupe solo Transatlantic race, there was an explosion aboard his Imoca, Nexans - Art &…
From left: Marine Institute chief executive Dr Paul Connolly with Michael Gillooly, director of oceans, climate and information services (OCIS) and Patrick O’Donovan, Minister of State with responsibility for the Office of Public Works at the Department of Public Expenditure and Reform at the Marine Institute’s headquarters in Oranmore, Co Galway on Monday 14 November
Earlier today (Monday 14 November), Patrick O’Donovan, Minister of State with responsibility for the Office of Public Works at the Department of Public Expenditure and Reform visited the Marine Institute’s headquarters in Oranmore, Co Galway. The minister met with the…
File image of Dooega Head on Achill Island
Two sailors are recovering after their yacht washed ashore on Achill Island and was beached for three days before the alarm was raised, as RTÉ News reports. The 50-foot boat is understood to have got into difficulty amid stormy conditions…
IRC 1 winner 'Snapshot' flying her North Sails A2.5 and North Sails 3Di RAW Mainsail
Mike & Richie Evans have had a stunning two seasons aboard their 100% North Sails-powered "Snapshot". Their very first inshore regatta in 2021 was the hotly contested Sovereign's Cup in Kinsale in June 2021 - which they blitzed the fleet,…
Toppers (pictured above) Optimists and ILCAs were on the National Yacht Club deck with their respective coaches polishing their big-breeze skills in short and effective sessions
Back to the "normality" of Winter training and frostbite racing on the National Yacht Club platform, although the lively weather kept all sailors on their toes for some exciting sailing in and out of the harbour walls. Club training Toppers,…
Noel Butler leads the PY fleet of the Viking Marine-sponsored DMYC Frostbite racing
From mid-week, the prospects for the Viking Marine-sponsored DMYC Frostbite racing this past Sunday were a source of discussion between Regatta Director Neil Colin and Race Officer Cormac Bradley as XCWeather was suggesting winds in the high teens with gusts…
Cove Sailing Club's Harry McDwyer - Cove Sailing Club Commodore Niall Hawes said Harry was an exemplary member of the Club, and his commitment to carrying out safety cover on the water for all classes, including the Rankins, Mixed Dinghies and Optimists, enabled all to be on the water, whether it was competing, training or just on a jolly
The Cove Sailing Club ‘Club Person of the Year Award' was presented to the youngest recipient of the award ever at the Club’s annual Laying Up Supper in Cobh in Cork Harbour at the weekend. 21-year-old Harry McDwyer collected the award…
In this freight scene during the 1980's at the Port of Foynes is where the service linking Limerick ran until closing in 2001. Behind the freight yard depot, the wheelhouse of a ship can be seen at the Shannon estuary port.
Work is to start at the Shannon estuary Port of Foynes of the first phase to reopen the railway line to Limerick which is to carry freight but also the possibility to return a passenger service. To mark the reopening…
The J/99 ‘Snapshot’, owned by Mike and Richard Evans
The J/99 ‘Snapshot’, owned by Mike and Richard Evans, has been crowned Boat of the Year by the Irish Cruiser Racing Association (ICRA), for a combination of the major inshore and offshore events in 2022, a great result for a…
Cruise season in Belfast Harbour was successful with a total of 141 calls made to the portin 2022 among them the Disney Magic
A cruiseship that arrived in Belfast Harbour today marks the final call (Afloat adds Borealis) in a year that Cruise Belfast, the partnership between the port and Visit Belfast is celebrating a strong cruise season with 141 calls made in 2022.…
The 1720s will stage their 2023 European Championships as part of the Sovereign's Cup at Kinsale Yacht Club in June
The relatively new venue for the fleet of Monkstown Bay Sailing Club will host the first event of three confirmed fixtures for the 1720s in 2023, the recent well-attended AGM has heard. The resurgent 1720s celebrated their 30th anniversary at Cork…
Australia driver Tom Slingsby described Dubai’s neck-and-neck winner-takes-all Final as ‘the most intense’ Final he’s ‘ever raced’ after a contest of strategy and nerve played out on the tight racecourse of Port Rashid. The team battled back from an uncharacteristically poor performance on the first day of racing to scrape into the Final and steal victory from the jaws of defeat
Tom Slingsby's Australia SailGP Team delivered one of the more remarkable victories seen in SailGP to dramatically overtake both France and Great Britain from what had seemed respective winning positions to storm back onto the winner's podium. At the close…
The ARC 2022 Opening Ceremony in Las Palmas
Marking the final countdown to the start of ARC 2022 on Sunday, 20 November, a colourful Opening Ceremony parade was held today in Las Palmas Marina, celebrating the nations taking part in the 37th Atlantic Rally for Cruisers. At 11:30,…
Pauline Courtois and the Match in Pink crew - Overall winners of the 2022 Women's World Match Racing Tour
Pauline Courtois and her Match in Pink match racing team from France have successfully defended their world title, winning the 2022 Barfoot & Thompson World Women’s Match Racing Championships in Auckland, New Zealand. The team were also crowned champions of…

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