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Yachts from all over the world will be descending on Plymouth for the 2019 Rolex Fastnet Race, organisers have confirmed
Plymouth City Council and the Royal Ocean Racing Club (RORC) have confirmed that Plymouth will host the finish of the 2019 Rolex Fastnet Race. Plymouth has marked the end of the renowned biennial offshore yacht race since its inception in…
Canoeing and Sailing at the Inclusion Awards in Galway
There are three sailing finalists in the 2018 Cara National Inclusion Awards and confirms that sailing really is a “Sport for All”. Irish Sailing’s incredibly successful Watersports Inclusion Games, hosted in Galway this year, is a finalist for the 2018…
Bantry Bay, Co. Cork looks set to become a must-stop destination for luxury expedition cruises. AFLOAT adds above at anchorage the small luxury expedition cruiseship Serenissima. The former Norwegian 'Hurtigruten' cargo-ferry Harald Jarl, visited in May, had company in the form of a sail trainee tallship Danmark. See below link for related coverage.
#CruiseLiners - West Cork's scenic Banty Bay looks set to become a must-stop destination for luxury expedition cruises, reports The Southern Star.  Businesses, tourism groups and Bantry Bay Port Company are working on a strategy which would appeal to what…
The Zhik ZK Seaboot 900 was designed for teams during the Volvo Ocean Race 2017-18
The new ZK Seaboot 900 is a marine clothing product created as a direct result of Zhik’s partnership with team AkzoNobel and the Dongfeng Race Team, overall winners of the recent Volvo Ocean Race. Designed for serious, long-distance offshore racers…
Irish seafarers memorial monument to those who lost their lives during WW2, is located on City Quay, Dublin where a commemorative service at 12 noon will be held next Sunday, 18th November
#WW2Seafarers - The annual Maritime Institute of Ireland held Commemoration for Irish Seafarers is to take place in Dublin next Sunday, 18th November. The wreath-laying event at 12.00 noon along the City Quay Memorial monument, is dedicated in honour of…
A native white-clawed crayfish
All water users along the River Shannon are being urged to take precautions after confirmation of an outbreak of crayfishrayfish plague on a stretch of the Al River. This river is one of the main tributaries to the River Shannon…
Stuart Walker at the 2012 Vintage Yachting Games
American dinghy racing legend Stuart Walker has passed away at the age of 95. Dr Walker was a paediatric specialist by day, but outside the hospital was a key figure in Annapolis, Maryland’s sailing scene — co-founding in the mid…
RCYC's second race of its winter league for Cruisers in Cork Harbour
Hello and welcome to my weekly Podcast …. Tom MacSweeney here …. As Winter approaches and onshore activity at clubs begins to focus on annual meetings, conversation topics, I find, seem to focus on perennial issues about the state of…
Commissioners of (Irish Lights) aids to navigation tender, ILV Granuaile at anchor in the vessel's homeport of Dun Laoghaire Harbour. The tender's aft-deck is equipped with a Liebherr 20 tonne (SWL) safe working load crane
#Lighthouses - The Research and Radionavigation team (R&RNAV) that supports the three General Lighthouse Authorities (GLAs) of the UK and Ireland - Irish Lights, the Northern Lighthouse Board and Trinity House will now be known as GLA Research and Development (GRAD).…
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Make This Year’s Christmas One To Remember With Viking Marine
Christmas is less than six weeks away — but no need to fret, as Viking Marine has many wonderful gift ideas for all the sailors in your life. Whether they’re only starting out or an ‘ancient mariner’, a dinghy enthusiast…
Nacra 15s ready for practice ahead of the 2018 RYA Youth Nationals this past April
Parasailing and kiteboarding have been added to the list of events at the 2019 RYA Youth Championships to take place in Weymouth next spring. Entries are now open for the new-look regatta from 12-19 April 2019, which also welcomes the…
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Viking Marine Recruiting Full-Time & Part-Time Sales Assistants
Viking Marine is currently looking to recruit some hard-working and experienced sailing enthusiasts to work full time and part time as sales assistants in its Dun Laoghaire store. If you are an experienced sailor with dinghy and yachts knowledge and…
John O'Gorman skippered Sunfast 3600 'Hot Cookie' leads the DBSC Turkey Shoot
After two races of the DBSC Turkey Shoot Series, it is Dublin Bay newcomer 'Hot Cookie' that that leads the 72–boat fleet in the pre-Christmas seven–race fixture sponsored by Citroen. The John O'Gorman skippered Sunfast 3600, that will collect the best…
Which Direction? - A shipping scene in Dublin Port and from where in the capital at Leinster House, representatives from the British Irish Chamber of Commerce and the Irish Exporters Association will appear before a Committee today (3.30pm). To view live televised proceedings online - see link below.
#Ports&Shipping - In Dublin, the Joint Committee on Agriculture, Food and the Marine will meet today (Tuesday, 13th Nov.) to discuss the impact of Brexit on agriculture, food and fisheries. Representatives from the British Irish Chamber of Commerce and the…
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All Eyes On Viking Marine’s Black Friday Deals
Viking Marine in Dun Laoghaire has something special in store for this year’s Black Friday sales. Be sure to visit next Friday 23 November for exclusive savings and major discounts on clothing, safety equipment, boat hardware and more. And be…
A new Flying Fifteen fordeck plug at the Ovington Boats factory
Jonny Fullerton chats with Boat Builder Nathan Batchelor at Ovington Boats regarding the development of the Flying Fifteen and the future prospects for the class. The Flying Fifteen is described as ‘the original sportsboat’ although unlike today’s modern sportsboats, it…
80% of Irish freight trucks that head to Europe pass through Welsh ports
#Ferry- Ferries from Ireland, BBC News reports, could bypass Welsh ports and the UK entirely if it leaves the EU without a deal, a body representing Ireland's trucking industry has said. Verona Murphy, the President of Irish Road Haulage Association,…
Clare Guinness, CEO at Warrenpoint Port with the new crane
Warrenpoint Port has commissioned a new crane and has commenced the refurbishment of two other cranes following a major £3 million capital investment. The new crane, built and supplied by Finnish manufacturer Konecranes, will significantly improve efficiency at the Port…
Lough Ree RNLI
Lough Ree RNLI assisted two people on a barge that had run aground in Hudson Bay. At 6.03pm yesterday (Monday,12 November) Lough Ree RNLI volunteer lifeboat crew were tasked by the Irish Coast Guard in Malin Head to a barge,…
Volunteer crew from Lough Derg RNLI and members of the Lough Derg RNLI Fundraising Committee with Robert Spier (right)
Lough Derg RNLI’s new lifeboat, the Atlantic 85 B911 Jean Spier arrived at the Station yesterday.  On Saturday, November 10, the Naming Ceremony for the new lifeboat, the Jean Spier, took place at the RNLI Lifeboat College at Poole in…

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