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Belfast to Build Zero Emissions Ferries Following £60m Funding Boost
A Belfast Lough Maritime Consortium led by Artemis Technologies has won a £33 million UK Government innovation grant to develop zero emissions ferries in the city, that will revolutionise the future of maritime transport. With further investment from consortium partners,…
Club racing is allowed to resume from next Tuesday (June 30th) provided that crews comply with much-relaxed social distancing requirements
Following the Commodore’s Conference on Zoom yesterday (Thursday) evening to analyse the lifting of COVID-19 Lockdown restrictions, the basic reality is that club racing is allowed to resume from next Tuesday (June 30th) provided that crews comply with much-relaxed social…
The start of the light air 17th edition of the Solo Maitre Coq where two Irish solo sailors are competing
It's been a baptism of fire for both Irish competitors in the 2020 Solo Maitre CoQ after the first night at sea in light and tricky conditions. Both Dublin's Kenny Rumball and Meath's Tom Dolan are currently in the bottom third…
Newcastle RNLI tractor assisted the vehicle, which had become bogged in soft sand
This morning Newcastle RNLI were tasked along with their colleagues from Newcastle and Kilkeel Coastguard to assist a casualty who had trapped his foot under the vehicle with an incoming tide while in the process of trying to launch their…
Donaghdee RNLI lifeboat
Donaghdee RNLI volunteer crew launched their all-weather lifeboat this afternoon at the request of UK Coastguard after reports of a person in the water following a jetski incident at Millisle, Co. Down. At 1.45 pm UK Coastguard requested Donaghadee RNLI…
The HM Coastguard station in Coleraine
A volunteer with Coleraine Coastguard returned home from a callout to a masked gang who dragged him out of his car before tying him up and burgling his home, as BBC News reports. HM Coastguard confirmed the incident in the…
Barrow Blueway Works Get Under Way Next Month
The start date for works on the proposed Barrow Blueway has been announced by Kildare County Council in conjunction with Laois County Council and Waterways Ireland. When complete, the scheme will provide a multi-activity 46km off-road, flat and accessible public…
The Cork-Roscoff route is very popular with holidaymakers. AFLOAT adds Brittany Ferries other Irish services based out of Rosslare will also begin next week on the routes to Roscoff, France and Bilbao, Spain. Above seen last season is flagship Pont-Aven departing the Port of Cork with Cobh in the background.
Operator Brittany Ferries have confirmed that passengers will be able to travel to France from Cork via the high seas from (next) Monday, 29 June. The ferry service, writes CorkBeo.ie, will be running a limited service of five ships over the…
Covid-19: Port of Cork tug Gerry O’Sullivan paying its own water-canon display tribute to the Naval Service flagship LÉ Eithne as the HPV was the last of the six naval vessels deployed under Operation Fortitute. The flagship returned downriver to the Naval Base at Haulbowline and into operational reserve (according to RTE News). In the foreground AFLOAT adds at Albert Quay is berthed Arklow Fame, the last 'sea-going' ship to use the dry-dock in Dublin Port as reported when it closed in 2016, though the Liffey based 'static museum tallship' Jeanie Johnston was the last vessel to use the facility.
In Cork City along the quays the Health Service Executive paid special thanks to the Defence Forces for its support during Covid-19 at a ceremony (yesterday). Frontline staff and members of the emergency services deployed their blue emergency lights and…
The Union Hall RNLI crew
Union Hall RNLI in West Cork was requested to launch last night (Wednesday) at 9.01 pm to reports of a yacht with engine difficulty in very light winds. The volunteer lifeboat crew helmed by Chris Collins, with Cathal Deasy and…
Latest ‘Ocean Of Learning’ Series Sees Bright Future For Ireland’s Shipping Sector
As an island nation, Ireland is dependent on ports and shipping services to transport goods, and 90% of our trade is moved though Irish ports. Shipping and maritime transport services make a significant contribution to Ireland’s ocean economy, with the…
The 2020 Solo Maître CoQ fleet includes two Irish boats
Lunchtime today effectively sees the first Irish battle on the long road to the Paris Olympic Games 2024 as two embryonic campaigns go head to head in the offshore keelboat discipline, in the French season opener, the Solo Maître CoQ.…
Just the two of us….Howth’s Aqua Restaurant Two-Hander was for cruiser-racers only in 2019 (as seen here), but for this year's on Saturday July 18th, other classes will be accommodated, and visiting boats will be very welcome.
If you’re having trouble deciphering what you can do and can’t do as Lockdown lifts, well, welcome aboard. But at least Howth Yacht Club have realised that their annual Aqua Two-Handed Challenge may simplify things for locals and visitors alike,…
DBSC has drafted a plan to commence racing two weeks earlier on the 7th of July for keelboat and cruiser classes
Dublin Bay Sailing Club sees a potential start for keelboat and cruiser classes on July 7th, two weeks earlier than it had originally planned. In a note to members, Commodore Johnathan Nicholson tells members that "following the announcement last Friday…
Under Phase 3 of lockdown easing, it is anticipated multi-household groups will be able to crew on boats, committee boats, safety boats using a ‘pod’ system
Yacht Club Commodores from across Ireland have a conference call planned for tomorrow (Thursday) to see do they all interpret the lockdown-easing regulations the same way as sailing prepares to resume this weekend. The acceleration of the easing of restrictions…
Dun Laoghaire Harbour RNLI inshore lifeboat
Dun Laoghaire Harbour RNLI lifeboat came to the assistance of two anglers who were at risk of becoming cut off by the incoming tide today. The volunteer lifeboat crew were paged at 12:10 pm following an initial report from the…
Tall Ship 'Tenacious' sailing in strong winds
Sail Training Ireland has announced the launch of its 2021 Tall Ship voyage calendar (download below) coming after the disappointing decision to have to cancel its 2020 voyages due to COVID-19. Next year will see some new and exciting projects…
Welsh ISORA yacht Jackknife
Already buoyant entries for August's Round Ireland Yacht Race can expect a further boost when a potent Welsh IRC fleet comes out of lockdown. From the 2018 Race, seven Welsh boats finished in the top 20 but none of these…
Gangway on MFV Olgarry to shore in Killybegs, which was the subject of a recent MCIB investigation
The latest Marine Notice from the Department of Transport, Tourism and Sport reminds fishing crews of the dangers associated with boarding and transiting across vessels, especially under the influence of alcohol. The move is in response to recent reports from…
A Quantum Fusion Membrane mainsail and headsail
Often cruising boat owners are unsure what type of upwind sails to order. Many would have received sails with their boat when it was bought new, and no doubt these would have been the primary crosscut Dacron sails. Below, Mark…

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