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Dun Laoghaire's RNLI All weather lifeboat passes Dalkey Island on Dublin Bay
At noon this Christmas Eve at the end of the East Pier in Dun Laoghaire on Dublin Bay, RNLI volunteer lifeboat crew will gather to lay wreaths at sea and remember 15 of their predecessors who were lost while on…
David Aisher's 60ft George Wanhill designed classic Thalia
A substantial fleet of classic yachts will be racing at Volvo Cork Week, with one entry having a history with the Royal Cork dating back over 100 years. David Aisher's 60ft-George Wanhill designed classic Thalia raced for the Royal Cork…
Salmon migration
The route taken by young salmon (smolts) leaving the east coast of Ireland has been discovered for the first time. Inland Fisheries Ireland and Northern Ireland’s Agri-Food and Biosciences Institute have revealed findings which show young salmon leaving rivers on…
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Tom Slingsby winning the 2019 Worlds in Perth with North Sails
I've just been looking at the results from the Moth Worlds and have been following the progress of the Irish guys all week, so I thought I would share this with you writes Nigel Young. Earlier in the year, we talked…
Bantry Bay Harbour and marina
Bantry Bay Port Company recently commissioned the RIAI to undertake an independent and non-directional Design Review Process to consider the potential of the Inner Harbour and Slob Area in Bantry. The process also assists the local community in formulating a…
Niall & Olivia Dowling's FAST40+ Arabella
Online entry has opened for the 2020 IRC European Championship which will take place in Cork Harbour, Ireland during Volvo Cork Week as part of the unique celebration of the 300th anniversary of the Royal Cork Yacht Club. The 2020…
Spirtle as sighted off Fenit this past summer
Miracle dolphin Spirtle has returned to her home waters in the north-east of Scotland after her summer spent off Ireland’s south-west coast, as BBC News reports. The bottlenose dolphin with a distinctive sunburn scar was spotted with her family group…
Foyle & Carlingford Anglers Encouraged To Make Catch Returns For 2019
Anglers are being encouraged by the Loughs Agency to log and submit their efforts, catches and releases for the 2019 angling season in Foyle and Carlingford. Whenever anyone buys a rod licence to fish for salmon and sea trout in…
Malahide Marina pictured in 2017
A court has heard that Malahide Marina was flooded with enough sewage to fill more than two Olympic-size swimming pools in a pollution incident last year, as TheJournal.ie reports. Irish Water pleaded guilty to offences under the Waste Water Discharge…
Dave Kenefick in action in Perth
Royal Cork Yacht Club's David Kenefick has finished 28th and fifth nation at the Moth Worlds in Perth, Western Australia.  As Afloat reported earlier, the Cork Harbour sailor was one of two Irish helms competing. Also racing was the National…
Rockabill VI was the winner of the 2019 Boat of the Year Award
The Irish Cruiser Racer Association (ICRA) has issued the Notice of Race for its Boat of the Year (BOTY) Award. With the ICRA Nationals being hosted by Cork Week in 2020, Calves Week has been added to the events, on the…
Pictured at the contract signing were Dr. Paul Connolly CEO Marine Institute, Minister Michael Creed TD, Department of Agriculture Food and the Marine and Laudelino Alperi Baragaño, Executive Shareholder, Astilleros Armon Vigo S.A
The Marine Institute and Spanish shipyard Astilleros Armon Vigo S.A. have signed a contract for the construction of Ireland’s new state-of-the-art marine research vessel, following the completion of the design of the vessel by Skipsteknisk AS of Norway. This is…
Galway's Crisis Management Team at Salthill during last night's storms
Galway’s harbourmaster has hit out at the lack of warning for a severe storm which caused flooding in parts of the city and Salthill last night writes Lorna Siggins. The city’s emergency plan was invoked after southerly winds forecast at…
A Charity swim in Galway Bay
Water Safety Ireland has urged organising Charity swims on Christmas Day, St. Stephen’s Day or New Year’s Day to ensure that they provide comprehensive details of each event to the Irish Coast Guard and local Gardaí. Each event should have…
The closing date for entries to the 2020 RORC Caribbean 600 is 10th February 2020
The 12th edition of the Royal Ocean Racing Club's RORC Caribbean 600 will start on Monday 24th February 2020 from Antigua. Already the early entries are nudging towards an eclectic mix of 50 boats, with competition expected to be as…
Christmas Boating News From Afloat
There will be two Afloat newsletters over the Christmas period. One on Friday, December 27th and the other on Friday, January 3rd. The e-news highlights the latest content from popular sections of our website. Read previous editions here. The daily…
Increases in key stocks include mackerel (41% increase), haddock (+30%), monkfish (+7%) and megrims (+3%) in the Celtic Sea
Minister for Agriculture, Food and Marine Michael Creed has hailed EU agreement on next year’s fish quotas, while the deal has been condemned by environmental NGOs Birdwatch Ireland and Our Fish writes Lorna Siggins Mr Creed said that securing agreement…
Have an exciting day out at the All Wales Boat & Leisure Show next May
Wales’ largest indoor watersport event takes place at the Anglesey Showground in Holyhead on 29-30 May next year. The All Wales Boat & Leisure Show will feature the finest of personal watercraft and active watersport in a region that hosts…
Volunteers at 23 of the service’s 44 stations equipped with rigid inflatable boats (RIB's) and smaller D-Class boats couldn’t launch any rescue operations.
The entire fleet of the Irish Coast Guard’s in-shore rescue boat units will return to full operations by January, the Department of Transport has told the Irish Examiner. They were suspended last month after life jackets malfunctioned. As a result…
National Yacht Club Christmas Eve Swim in Aid of Children's Hospital, Crumlin
The popular National Yacht Club's Christmas Eve Swim at Dun Laoghaire Harbour takes place at 10.45 am next Tuesday. Open to members and non-members (for a small entry fee) the icy plunge is held annually in aid of good causes…
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