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INSS courses are online tonight
The first in a series of short online courses at the Irish National Sailing & Powerboat School takes place this evening (Thursday) from 7 pm. Chief instructor Kenneth Rumball will be presenting a review of preparing a yacht for cruising…
Erica Rhodes, Leah Hanlon, Griff Kelleher and David Jones of the Royal Cork U25 Academy, who have been helping out at UK Sailmakers Ireland’s Crosshaven loft
The Royal Cork Yacht Club has congratulated members of its U25 Academy who have been getting involved in UK Sailmakers Ireland’s recent PPE-making efforts. After closing its Crosshaven loft to customers in mid-March, UK Sailmakers Ireland last month took on…
The lockdown means the ferry from Roonagh pier near Louisburgh, Co. Mayo will bring no one out to Clare island who doesn’t live there. Above AFLOAT adds is the passenger only Sea Sprinter alongside passenger and ro-ro freight ferry Clew Bay Queen operated by the O'Grady family noting the O'Malley's also have a ferry service on the same route. The ro-ro ferry previously named Árainn Mhór served Arannmore Island Ferry Services to the island off Co. Donegal. The 1972 built ferry was originally launched as Kilbrannan for Caledonian MacBrayne (CalMac) services on the Scottish Western Isles. The vessel can carry 96 passengers, 6 cars and heavy freight using an on board crane for cargo that can include bales of wool.
On Clare Island is Padraig O’Malley's crocery and post office and what is also a wonderfully balmy, sunny day – with clear blue sky above and 7km of turquoise sea separating the island from the Mayo mainland. “It’s not getting…
Donaghadee RNLI’s all-weather lifeboat Saxon
Donaghadee RNLI volunteers launched their all-weather lifeboat yesterday afternoon (Wednesday 6 May) after reports of three kayakers in difficulty off Cloughey in Co Down. Following Covid-19 protocols, the volunteers of lifeboat Saxon made full speed to the location. However, en…
Both Welsh and UK governments say they are working at securing the future of crucial trading route to Ireland Afloat adds between the Port of Holyhead and Dublin
Following an initial fallout over the lack of funding for the Port of Holyhead and the vital ferry route to Ireland both Welsh and UK governments say they want to work together to secure its future. Last month the UK…
Portaferry RNLI
Yesterday, Portaferry RNLI volunteer crew were requested to launch at 1225 to reports of a person in the water clinging to a small craft at Greyabbey Bay on Strangford Lough in Northern Ireland. Greyabbey is a small village about 11…
The 56th Shannon Boat Rally visiting Athlone in 2016
This year’s Shannon Boat Rally is the latest inland waterways event to be postponed due to the coronavirus pandemic. Hon Secretary Fiona Hoey made the announcement yesterday (Wednesday 6 May) in step with the guidelines of the National Public Health…
The late Bruce Lyster (on left) as his hugely successful Half Tonner Swuzzlebubble finishes first in the late August 1980 Abersoch-Howth Race to add the ISORA Championship Title to a season of national and international success
The death of Bruce Lyster of Dun Laoghaire at the age of 78 is the sad loss to the Irish sailing community - and our maritime world generally - of a multi-talented figure who combined exceptional abilities in the financial…
International stars Troussel and Mini Transat Winner Ian Lipinski off Wicklow Head in the 2018 Round Ireland Race
As preparations continue for the SSE Renewables Round Ireland Race's new start date on August 22nd, there is speculation that the postponement could play into the hands of the Irish offshore race with a larger than normal French entry as the…
On board the yacht ‘Two Drifters’ that has just successfully crossed the Pacific Ocean
As Northern Ireland sailors and boaters near the announcement by the Northern Ireland Executive that will outline a blueprint for the easing of lockdown restrictions and Boris Johnson’s anticipated announcement this Sunday, the RYA is working on a range of…
EU Ombudsman Disappointed at Failure of EU Fisheries Ministers to Embrace Transparency
EU Ombudsman Emily O’Reilly has expressed “regret” that EU fisheries ministers failed to adopt her office’s demand for more transparency in dealing out annual catches and quotas in EU waters. Ms O’Reilly’s comments follow the EU Council’s refusal to accept…
PPE sewing at Marshall Marine Textiles
Richard Marshall and his Cork Harbour company Marshall Marine Textiles are the Service Arm of North Sails Ireland.  Richard has been at the forefront of PPE supplies to the HSE and is currently working flat out with his small Team in…
John Nolan, Managing Director of Castletownbere Fishermen’s Co-op
The Managing Director of one of the biggest fishermen’s co-operatives in the country has criticised French fishermen who have tried to impose a boycott on the sales of imported fish. The Scottish fishing industry has also made complaints. “They like…
National Yacht Club Sesquicentennial Regatta Cancelled
With the Government announcement last week of the phased plan to relax restrictions, sailing can begin preparing for a resumption of sailing activity in accordance with the phases of that plan. The National Yacht Club has now cancelled its special…
David Graham
World Sailing has appointed David Graham, a 20-year veteran in the sailing industry, as its new Chief Executive Officer starting 13 July 2020. Graham’s extensive and impressive career includes functions in sales, events, coaching and sponsorship, including CEO and Managing…
Irish Marine Federation Gives 'Cautious Thumbs-Up' to the Resumption of Recreational Boating
The Irish Marine Federation has given a cautious thumbs-up to the resumption of recreational boating in line with the Government's COVID-19 Restrictions 'Roadmap'. In a statement, the IMF, the national organisation representing both commercial and leisure sectors of the marine industry in…
One of the basking sharks filmed by surfers off Co Clare at the weekend
A surfing quartet got up close with a school of basking sharks off Co Clare at the weekend, as the Irish Examiner reports. The surfers had brought a GoPro camera to video their wave-riding exploits, which came in handy to…
A virtual view above deck on the X4⁹
Take a tour through X-Yachts’ Pure X Range via its ‘Virtual X-perience’ VR guides for the stylish X4⁹, the European Yacht of the Year winner X4⁰, and the X5⁶, the new performance cruiser scheduled to launch later this year. Using your computer,…
An RNLI Lifeguard beach flag
Despite the challenges of the coronavirus outbreak, the Royal National Lifeboat Institution (RNLI) hopes to provide a lifeguard service on around 30% of the beaches the charity usually covers this summer, if government guidance allows. The rollout of the normal…
The INSS is making its two yachts available for charter but sees demand for more yachts for charter from Dun Laoghaire
The Irish National Sailing School (INSS) at Dun Laoghaire Harbour is taking the next steps to get domestic yacht charter up and running in the east coast port.  Following a survey launched earlier in April, the INSS believes that there’s…

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