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The revived Dublin Bay 21 Class will remain true to their original colours, but their order of restoration is non-numerical, as Number 6 – Naneen, centre - has been the first to sail again, as she was the only one to be built in Dun Laoghaire
The complex project of restoring the Alfred Mylne-designed Dublin Bay 21 class – which first raced in 1903 and ceased racing in 1986 – has been in hiatus during the Lockdown. But now Hal Sisk and Fionan de Barra have…
Annalise Murphy, pictured with her Mercedes-Benz X-Class pickup, has been selected to represent Ireland in the Laser Radial class at the forthcoming 2021 Olympic Games in Tokyo
The news that Ireland’s 2016 Rio Olympics silver medal-winner, sailor Annalise Murphy, has been nominated to represent Ireland in the Laser Radial class at the forthcoming 2021 Olympic Games in Tokyo has been warmly welcomed by Mercedes-Benz commercial vehicles sales…
Johanna Murphy of Cobh, Commodore of the South Coast Offshore Racing Association, is also a Committee Member of of the Irish Cruiser Racing Association
Some offshore racing enthusiasts may have been hoping that the historic re-enactment of the “Kingstown to Queenstown" Race of 1860 – the first proper offshore event in Irish and British waters – might still have been staged in some very…
Friendly port and ocean crossroads – Horta in the Azores, with the commercial, ferry and cruise-liner berths in foreground, while the anchorage, old harbour, and yacht harbour are beyond
Today (Monday), the Quinlan-Owens family from Kinvara on Galway Bay with the Atlantic-circuiting 39ft steel ketch Danu have been finally free to roam ashore as they please in Horta on Faial in the Azores, as the next phase in the…
Sport Ireland Support for Clubs Includes Free Awareness eLearning Course
As Ireland moves through the various phases of the Government Roadmap, Sport Ireland is providing training & support resources to the sector in relation to Covid19. A Sport Ireland COVID-19 Awareness eLearning Course is now available on Sport Ireland's website…
Ship 'Sample' (Part 1 of 2) Stena Nordica seen shifting berths following a layover in Dublin Port more than a decade ago when serving on the Holyhead route. The ro-pax ferry continues to play an important role for the ship's owners as a relief ferry on the Irish Sea. As since last night the 'Nordica' carried out final sailings on the Wales route until today's resumption finally by the route's newbuild ropax Stena Estrid after engine-trouble in May. Also pictured is former Arklow Racer berthed at DeepWaterQuay (See: Shipping Snippets 'Ports & Shipping' news 5th June) one of the 'R' series of dry-cargo/ container ships which formed part of the backbone of Arklow Shipping's fleet for almost 20 years, but these oldest in the fleet are been disposed as ASL continue a newbuild programme. Afloat will feature in Ship Sample (2 of 2) on some of the 'R' class cargoships which have been sold, while looking into newbuild Irish flagged traders. As for the photo, this may be familar with reader/collectors of 'Ships Monthly' (Feb) 2010 issue as part of their Ships Pictorial centrespread.
Stena Nordica continues in nomadic mode as Afloat tracked the ropax ferry on a repositioning passage to Fishguard, having relieved duties of former engine troubled newbuild Stena Estrid which returned to the Holyhead-Dublin route today, writes Jehan Ashmore. The leadship…
After successful implementation in selected countries, the container line (MSC) is now extending the programme to clients worldwide throughout 2020. Above AFLOAT adds is DNV GL's ground-breaking new class notation to mitigate fire risks on container ships had been awarded to MSC. The notation has been implemented on the largest container ships in the world, the 23,000+ TEU MSC Gülsün class with their also important lowest CO2 emissions per container carried by design.
Following a successful implementation in selected countries, global container line Mediterranean Shipping Company (MSC) is now extending its the MSC Carbon Neutral Programme to clients worldwide throughout 2020. Since early 2019, MSC has partnered with leading global climate solutions provider…
The new government targets include increasing offshore wind energy from 3.5 gigawatts (GW) to five GW off the east and south coast by 2030
Plans for upscaling offshore renewable energy under the new Programme for Government will fail unless the State agencies receive more resources, an industry group has warned. The Marine Renewables Industry Association (MRIA) has described as “revolutionary” the new targets, which…
Set of safety measures announced by Stena Line with potential easing of lock-down and travel restrictions on non essential travel is aimed to ensure those taking a ferry is the safest form of public transport
A set of safety measures announced by Stena Line, given the potential easing of lockdown restrictions and the re-emergence of non-essential travel, is aimed at ensuring ferry travel is the safest form of public transport. Social distancing, fog machines, fresh…
File image of Howth’s fishing fleet in port
A ‘Green New Deal’, protections for Ireland’s fishing sector and a successor to Harnessing Our Ocean Wealth with a greater focus on sustainability are among the promises included in the draft Programme for Government published this afternoon (Monday 15 June),…
High performance athletes like Rio 2016 bronze medalist Annalise Murphy are a focus in the draft programme for government published today
High performance sport receives an emphasis in the draft Programme for Government published this afternoon (Monday 15 June) after the leaders of Fine Gael, Fianna Fáil and the Green Party reached agreement following marathon weekend talks. Under the heading ‘High…
Ro-Ro Cargo Ship Victorine crew members and Captain Andrey Shevchuk (pictured above), receiving care packs from Dublin Port Harbour Master Michael McKenna, with Rev. William Black and Rose Kearney of the Dublin Port Seafarers' Centre.  Dublin Port Company is distributing 500 care packs to seafarers in gratitude for their service during the global pandemic
Dublin Port Company today delivered the first of 500 care packs to international seafarers as a thank you for their frontline service during the coronavirus crisis. Due to the pandemic, many members of ships’ crews have had lengthy enforced extensions…
Harold Cudmore & The Admiral's Cup, RORC Video Interview
Royal Cork yachtsman Harold Cudmore, Ireland spoke with Louay Habib for an hour-long show focusing on the Admiral's Cup for the 11th edition of the RORC Time Over Distance Series. In the 1970s Cudmore was one of the first sailors…
Dinghies on the water at Wicklow Sailing Club this past Saturday
Roll on sailing in 2020, says Wicklow Sailing Club as it welcomed a number of very happy sailors out on the water this past Saturday 13 June with the recent further relaxing of coronavirus restrictions. In its latest newsletter, the…
3Di Cruising Sails have been launched in Ireland by North Sails
Last week I mentioned a new product launch was coming for 3Di Cruising Sails and please find the link below for the complete range of Ocean 3Di sails here Before 3Di it was almost impossible to build a low stretch,…
Royal St George’s Online Talk This Thursday Explores History Of Waterfront Club
Royal St George Yacht Club members are invited to join Peter Pearson as he takes a journey back in time with an engaging talk about the history of the Dun Laoghaire Waterfront club. Peter is a native of Dun Laoghaire…
Youghal RNLI’s inshore lifeboat and volunteer crew
Youghal RNLI’s inshore lifeboat and her volunteer crew responded to their pagers yesterday (Sunday 14 June) when the alarm was raised by two people aboard a fishing vessel with steering failure. Helmed by Liam Keogh, The lifeboat launched just before…
ISORA's protocol will be issued early this week
The Irish Sea Offshore Racing Association (ISORA) is working on a protocol that will allow coastal racing to begin at the end of this month. The return to full racing, however, hinges strongly on the two-metre social distancing being reduced,…
Ruan O’Tiarnaigh of Royal Ulster Yacht Club
Ballyholme's Ruan O’Tiarnaigh of Royal Ulster Yacht Club and Ballyholme Yacht Club on Belfast Lough is the 44th entry into August's SSE Renewables Round Ireland Race. O'Tiarnaigh, originally of Sutton Dinghy Club on Dublin Bay, is a multi dinghy champion…
Hugo Boss - skipper Thomson has made clear the team’s sole focus over this period will be maximising their time on the water over the next five months
Alex Thomson has returned to the water onboard HUGO BOSS, the boat which he hopes will lead him to victory in the 2020 Vendee Globe. Thomson who has strong links to Cork Harbour and is a former Afloat Sailor of…

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