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Galway solo sailor Yannick Lemonnier at the start of the 2021 Mini Transat Eurochef 2021 Race
Galway solo sailor Yannick Lemonnier is in 15th place in the 25-boat Proto division on the first stage of the Mini Transat Race. Lemonnier, the only Irish competitor, is 85-miles behind leader Perre Le Roy in a leg that has…
Grace O'Malley - A 164ft Tradewind schooner has been identified as a 'successor' to Asgard II, according to the Atlantic Youth Trust
Youth development, education and cultural charity the Atlantic Youth Trust have made a direct appeal to An Taoiseach, Micheál Martin TD and Minister Simon Harris TD, to reinstate the €950,000 which came from the National Lottery to support the operational…
Newcomer to the event is yawl Sky (1890), that will be competing in her first Centenary Trophy. Sky is described as a true Gentlemen's yacht that was relaunched in 2017 after a complete rebuilt and restoration.
Three Irish flagged yachts are among some of the most beautiful centenarians gathering in Saint-Tropez for the 10th edition of the Gstaad Yacht Club Centenary Trophy this Thursday, 30th September.  The "youngest "centenarian taking part in the Trophy will be the Irish…
A 90kg wireman is the optimum weight for this weekend's National 18-based All Ireland Sailing Championships
BYOW - Bring your own wireman, that's the call for this weekend's All Ireland sailing championships that puts a premium on a 90kg trapeze crew in the National 18s for what looks likely to be a breezy edition of the…
Royal St George sailor, Charlie Cullen 19, is Waszp European Slalom Champion and Junior (U20) European Champion
In a big year for the Irish Waszp class in which Royal St. George sailor Charlie Cullen (19) became European Slalom Champion and Junior (U20) European Champion, the class will host its Irish National Championships at the Cullen's home club…
As part of today's World Maritime Day, the International Maritime Organisation (IMO) will host a live webinar at 12.00 BST exploring the theme "Seafarers: at the core of shipping’s future". In addition to hearing from Secretary General Kitack Lim, attendees will hear from four seafarers about the following topics: diversity, safety, crew change and the environment. Click below a link to join in the webinar.
Today is World Maritime Day and where the International Maritime Organisation (IMO) and the global maritime community come together to celebrate the annual event with a focus on this year's theme: "Seafarers: At the Core of Shipping's Future". As part…
SailGP teams compete in identical F50 wingsailed catamarans that can reach speeds of up to 98km/h and each six-race Grand Prix event runs across two days.
Talks to bring a round of the 'SailGP' sailing Grand Prix to Dublin Bay in 2022 have encountered strong headwinds over a lack of shoreside space at Ireland's biggest sailing centre at Dun Laoghaire Harbour, Afloat sources say. It is…
Tall ship Danmark is anchored into Dublin Bay
The impressive 65 metres long tall ship Danmark arrived into Dublin Bay this morning after a nine-day voyage from Frederikshavn in Denmark. The 88-year old vessel, sailing under the flag of Denmark, is a fully equipped sail trainer. The full-rigged…
Overhead image of a solo rower on a river
Waterways Ireland advises all masters and owners of vessels on the Grand Canal that Offaly Rowing Club will be holding its Tullamore Time Trial on the inland waterway in the Cappincur area on Saturday 2 October. The event will take…
The remains of the shark found in the River Erne at Belturbet, Co Cavan in mid September
Inland Fisheries Ireland has expressed concern over a shark carcass that was found in the River Erne in Co Cavan earlier this month, as BBC News reports. The remains of what’s thought to be a small spurdog shark were found…
File image of Lower Lough Erne
Waterways Ireland confirms it has been advised by DfI Rivers in Northern Ireland that users of the Erne System can expect reducing water levels throughout the navigation from this weekend. It follows from the planned lowering of water levels on Lower…
Stena Estrid enters Dublin Port on her maiden voyage in January 2020
Duty-free shopping is making a big impact as it proves popular with passengers once again on routes between Ireland and Wales. Early sales figures show the huge potential it has to help the travel sector bounce back after the pandemic.…
National 18 dinghies will be used in the 2021 All Ireland Sailing Championships at Royal Cork Yacht Club
50mph winds forecast for Saturday morning's first gun may yet cause problems for the 2021 All Ireland Sailing Championships at Royal Cork Yacht Club in Crosshaven this weekend.  Sixteen invitees from the fleets of cruisers, one-design keelboats and IRC cruisers…
Pictured l-r: Mayor of Galway City, Colette Connolly with Dr Noírín Burke of Galway Atlantaquaria, Filmmaker Ken O'Sullivan and Professor Abhay Pandit, Scientific Director of CÚRAM, NUI Galway
Using sponge slime to fight cancer and copying barnacle glue for surgery are among projects highlighted at a new exhibition focusing on the contribution of the marine environment to medical research. The exhibition at Galway Atlantaquaria in Salthill, Galway, is…
Financial ‘resilient’ results at Foyleport was reported over the past year despite severe challenges posed by the Covid-19 pandemic. Above the port's terminal at Lisahally.
The latest financial results for Foyle Port's financial year ending 31st March 2021 show performance at the port remained ‘resilient' over the past year despite severe challenges posed by the Covid-19 pandemic. The figures published today show that trade has…
New rail-freight container service linking Port of Waterford and Ballina, Co. Mayo is launched today at the south-east port, the nearest Irish port Afloat adds to mainland continental Europe.
At the Port of Waterford today, Iarnród Eireann and XPO Logistics, a leading global provider of freight transportation solutions, launched a new rail freight service in each direction between the south-east port and Ballina, Co Mayo. The new rail service…
Laser stalwart Bill O'Hara at Balyholme's Laser 50th anniversary event
Some of the 'old hands' mixed it with the Laser sailors who had come on the scene since the birth of the Laser class at Ballyholme in 1974. The 39-strong fleet on Saturday (18th September) had a memorable day's racing…
A documentary on the crisis facing Irish coastal communities in the wake of Brexit is due to be released today. (View video below) Oireachtas members are invited to view the 26-minute film at a screening in Dublin when it will…
File image of the RV Celtic Voyager
The next SeaMonitor survey will be carried out by the RV Celtic Voyager in the North Channel from tomorrow, Wednesday 29 September. This latest stage of the project aims to deploy 80 acoustic listening stations (ALSs) across the North Channel…
Aerial image of Howth Harbour, with the West Pier on the right
The Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine is inviting tenders from suitably qualified contractors to carry out various upgrade works on the Arsenal Building on Howth Harbour’s West Pier. The building currently serves as the fishermen’s toilet and shower…

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