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Monkstown Bay Sailing Club
Monkstown Bay Sailing Club members, at their annual general meeting on Sunday afternoon in Cork Harbour, elected Jacqui O’Brien to continue as Commodore for another year in office. Vice-Commodore is Richard Harrington and Rear Commodore Alan Fehily. The blue painted…
The 17-boat fleet prepares for a start on week three of the RS400 Winter Series at Royal North of Ireland YC on Belfast Lough
A cold and fresh westerly wind attracted a larger turnout for week three of the RS400 Winter Series at Royal North of Ireland YC on Belfast Lough. The lucky streak of glamour sailing conditions continued for another weekend. The forecasted…
The start of a blustery race three of IRC White Sails Division of the O'Leary Insurance Winter League 2023 in Cork Harbour with overall league leaders Peter O'Leary and Stephen O'Sullivan in the Star keelboat (8527) pictured right
Peter O'Leary and Stephen O'Sullivan took a third win in a row this morning to be firmly atop the leaderboard of the IRC White Sails Division of the O'Leary Insurance Winter League 2023 in Cork Harbour. Blustery conditions off Roches…
National Broadband Plan surveying work is underway on a number of Irish islands extending from Donegal to west Cork
Irish offshore islands are used to having to wait, whether it is for safe piers or electricity decades ago. However, they are being prioritised for pure fibre links under the national broadband plan. Three West Cork islands are due to…
Friday before the post-Storm Debi clean-up at Galway Bay Sailing Club
Galway Bay Sailing Club (GBSC) has shared with photos of before and after its clean-up operation following the devastation caused by Storm Debi last week. As previously reported on, some 20 boats and dinghies parked at the club…
Pictured at the announcement of the 2024 conference are (l to r): Niall Collins, Minister of State at the Department of Higher Education, Research, Science and Innovation; Captain Brian Fitzgerald, Director of External Affairs, Simply Blue Group; Paul Hegarty, Head of School, National Marine College of Ireland (NMCI); Liz Goff, Chair, SERIFF (Inshore Fisheries Rep)
The National Maritime College of Ireland (NMCI) has announced its third annual Seafarers’ Conference, ‘Realising Ireland’s Maritime Ambition’, which will take place on 22 February 2024 in the Castletroy Park Hotel in Co. Limerick. The conference, sponsored by Simply Blue…
The Racing Division start of the ARC 2023 from Gran Canaria
A light southerly breeze and bright sunshine accompanied the 156 yachts in the 38th Atlantic Rally for Cruisers as they departed Gran Canaria bound for Saint Lucia, 2700 nautical miles away. Leading the ARC 2023 fleets were Pierre de Saint-Vincent’s…
The Viking Marine-sponsored DMYC dinghy Frostbite Series at the same venue has been cancelled due to westerly winds
Although Sunday morning's third race of the AIB-sponsored DBSC Turkey Shoot racing for cruiser-racers went ahead off Dun Laoghaire Harbour, this afternoon's Viking Marine-sponsored DMYC dinghy Frostbite Series at the same venue has been cancelled due to westerly winds in…
Thomas Ruyant and Morgan Lagravière (For People) cross the finish line to take first place in the Transat Jacques Vabre IMOCA division
When they broke the finish line of the 30th-anniversary edition of the Transat Jacques Vabre Normandie Le Havre off Fort-de-France, Martinique in the inky darkness of this Sunday morning at 0202hrs local time, (0602hrs UTC), Thomas Ruyant and Morgan Lagravière…
Satellite view of Lough Neagh, which was “choked” by blooms of toxic blue-green algae in the summer of 2023
Warning signage is being removed from locations around Lough Neagh following this past summer’s blooms of toxic blue-green algae. But as BBC News reports, it could be years before the ecological impact on the lough is fully understood. Ulster Angling…
Mick Gillooly, interim CEO of the Marine Institute with pupils from Scoil Chaitríona Junior
Scoil Chaitríona Junior in the Galway city suburb of Renmore has been crowned the national winner of the Explorers Ocean Champion School Awards 2023 for the Healthy Ocean project, ‘Caring for our Ocean’. It marks the second year the prize…
File image of Carrybridge RNLI’s Atlantic 85 inshore lifeboat and rescue water craft
Following their fellow Northern Ireland lifeboat volunteers in Larne, as reported last month on, the crew at Carrybridge RNLI will feature in the latest series of Saving Lives at Sea on BBC Two at 8pm next Thursday 23 November.…
Sarah and Mark McLoughlin on a demo sail in the Melges 15 dinghy off Howth
After a successful demo weekend at the end of October, a full container of twelve Melges 15s will be heading to Howth Yacht Club for Spring 2024 to supplement the existing boat there. Family is a predominant theme amongst the…
Alex from Galiana WithSecure well and truly getting in touch with the Southern Ocean
There are winners and losers in every game — and never more so in the Ocean Globe Race. The 11 yachts that slipped lines in Cape Town on 5 November and who are now surfing down the five-metre waves towards…
Ferry workers on the new flagship Manxman are to be balloted on whether they would support strike action in a row over employment conditions. The newbuild has facilities for seafarers to live on-board.
Ferry crew working for the Isle of Man Steam Packet, BBC News reports are to be balloted on whether they would support strike action in a row over employment conditions. Seafarers who are members of the trade union, Nautilus International…
The crew of the Irish yacht Tír na Nóg who will be starting the ARC transatlantic race tomorrow (from left to right) Mark Mansfield, Anthony Doyle, John Forde, owner Bob Rendell, Thomas Hoey and Paddy Gregory
Robert Rendell's Oyster 565 'Tir Na nOg' from Howth Yacht Club is among over 250 international yachts that have gathered in Las Palmas de Gran Canaria this month for their transatlantic adventure to the Caribbean with the annual ARC rally.…
A plan has been submitted to provide berths for houseboats and develop a residential marina at Pigeon House Harbour, which would be reopened beside the decommissioned power station
The former Pigeon House Hotel at the mouth of the River Liffey has a special place in Dublin's maritime history, as does the unused Pigeon House Harbour beside it. The Inland Waterways Association's Dublin Branch has come up with a…
Twin newbuild ferries being built for CalMac’s Arran route on the Forth of Clyde could be worth only a ‘fraction’ of what Scottish taxpayers have spent on their construction, Holyrood was told.
Twin newbuild ferries that are delayed and overbudget at a shipyard in Scotland and which are to serve Caledonian MacBrayne (CalMac) could be worth a “fraction” of the £360m taxpayers have spent on them when they are finally completed, MSPs have…
The Naval Service patrol ship LÉ Roisín
Tributes have been paid to a Naval Service seaman who was found dead on board the patrol ship LÉ Roisín while it was docked in Cork Harbour. Leading Seaman Conor Kiely (39) was found in an “unresponsive state by crewmates”…
Claire Morgan and Barry Hayes with loft Shelty, Bert at their new sailing shop in Crosshaven, Co. Cork
After 50 years, there is a major change in sailmaking at Crosshaven, Cork Harbour’s dominant sailing centre..Outside the village, the loft associated with the legendary Des McWilliams and family is no longer a sailmaking centre. Barry Hayes and his wife,…

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