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Surfers and boarders at the launch of Doolin Surfest 2020
This Sunday 15 March is the last date for surfers and boarders around Ireland dto submit their entries for the competitions at Doolin Surfest 2020, which is set to return next weekend for its second year. Doolin Surfest celebrates the…
Action Required is Urgent to Meet Security Threats from Sea, Air & Online - Report
In an urgent need to address gaps in maritime and air security, and the threat posed by cyber attacks, they feature prominently in submissions made to the country's first national security strategy. A total of 60 submissions have been made…
Precautions In Post-Flood Conditions On Shannon, Erne, Barrow & Lower Bann
Waterways Ireland advises all masters of vessels and water users that the flood levels are receding on the Shannon, Erne, Barrow and Lower Bann inland waterways. Operations staff are now preparing the jetties, quays, slipways and facilities for reactivation as…
R116 Coastguard Helicopter
Almost three years after four Irish Coast Guard aircrew lost their lives in a helicopter crash off the north Mayo coast, a senior counsel has been appointed to chair a review into aspects of the State investigator's final report writes Lorna…
RYA Northern Ireland Celebrates Award for Women on Water Initiative
RYA Northern Ireland is celebrating clinching a prestigious award at the Active Fit and Sporty Awards at the ceremony held at the Crowne Plaza Hotel in Belfast, just a few days before International Women’s Day. The Active, Fit and Sporty…
3Di RAW North Sails on Swan 42 one designs
North Sails have been the market leader in sail technology for as long as I have been sailmaking, and that's a couple of years now! (started back in 1981). When a company like North Sails comes up with something new,…
Irish Olympic Qualifier to be Rescheduled as World Cup Genoa is Cancelled
Ireland's bid for two further Tokyo Olympic 2020 places will be rescheduled after the cancellation of World Sailing's World Cup Series Genoa event that was due to be held in the Italian city from 11 – 19 April 2020 due to…
CCA Commodore Bob Medland (left) and Gregor McGuckin
The outstanding achievement of Irish solo sailor Gregor McGuckin in the Golden Globe round the world race was recognised in New York last Friday with a presentation by the Cruising Club of America. As Afloat reported earlier, McGuckin received his…
Habour2Harbour - The event, which last year attracted over 1,800 participants, will be rescheduled for a later date in the Autumn
In the interests of public health and to further minimise large gatherings of people, Aware and Dublin Port Company have decided to postpone the annual St. Patrick’s Day Harbour2Harbour fundraising walk, including the ‘Halfway Hooley’ at Dublin Port. The event,…
The original A13 that became Phosphorus II was built for Eric de Turckheim and sailed as Teasing Machine.  The boat competed in the 2018 Round Ireland
Coronavirus may have postponed tonight's official launch party but there's no stopping interest in June's SSE Renewables Round Ireland offshore race that gets underway in 14 weeks time. The prospect of some potent international entries into this year's race is adding extra…
The National Rowing Centre has seen little competiton
In the light of the absence of all the domestic events in the month and the severe curtailment of the Ireland trials, the judges have decided not to choose an Afloat Rower of the Month for February 2020.  The pincer…
The Round Ireland Race starts from Wicklow onJune 20th
Wednesday's launch of the  SSE Renewables Round Ireland Yacht Race at the Royal Irish Yacht Club on Dublin Bay has been postponed over increasing concern surrounding the transmission of Coronavirus. Wicklow Sailing Club Commodore and Race Organiser Kyran O'Grady said: "We…
Ton Dolan in training off the French coast in February
After April's Transatlantic race, Irish solo sailor Tom Dolan is planning to bring his boat Smurfit Kappa to Ireland for six weeks to trial some potential female sailors with a view to forming an Irish campaign for the two-handed offshore…
Two World Cup Regattas Cancelled Because of Covid-19
The first two World Cup Regattas of the rowing season have been called off. The hosts were courses in Sabaudia (April 10th to 12th) and Varese (May 1st to 3rd), both in Italy. Fisa has decided that it was not…
Senior Master Kris Gadomski of the Stena Line Edda vessel before it's maiden voyage
The next generation of ferry travel went into service yesterday evening as Stena Line reaffirmed its commitment to operations on the Irish Sea and providing the ‘very best freight and travel experience for customers’. As Afloat reported previously, Stena Edda,…
49ers racing in Palma in preparation for this month's Trofeo Princesa Sofía Regatta
Organisers say there is intense activity already at the Trofeo Princesa Sofía Iberostar, to be held in the bay of Palma from 25th March to 4th April, especially at the venues of Club Nàutic S’Arenal and Club Marítimo San Antonio…
Iain Percy is vying for a £30m UK Government grant to part-fund an innovation project to develop (in Belfast Harbour) passenger ferries that use hydrofoil technology.
An Olympian with two gold medals is skippering a bid to make (Belfast Harbour) the UK a world leader in zero-emissions passenger ferries. Sailing champion Iain Percy is combining his own know-how from designing America’s Cup racing yachts with expertise…
Irish Freight Association has said there is no problem with the food supply chain.
Across the country's supermarkets have seen certain shelves completely emptied over the last week, as consumers stock up on tinned goods, hand soap and disinfectant products following confirmation of coronavirus cases in Ireland. According to research by iReach, one in…
Galway’s port company could be dissolved and operations taken over by the local authority
Galway City Council has deferred its decision on whether it will take a shareholding in the Port of Galway company — or dissolve it and take over operations — until its members receive further information. As Galway Bay FM reports,…
The Irish Sea as seen off Blackpool in Lancashire
Three wildlife trusts in the north-east of England have been boosted with a £300,000 (€345,000) award from a major grantmaking charity for efforts to protect marine wildlife and habitats in the Irish Sea. As the Chester Standard reports, the Esmée…

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