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My Explorers Seashore Guide Work Book Published on International Biological Diversity Day
Celebrating the United Nations International Day for biological diversity (22nd May), the Marine Institute's Explorers Education Programme has published My Explorers Seashore Guide Work Book with support from the National Biodiversity Data Centre's Explore Your Shore! project, to raise awareness…
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Quantum sail loft newly relocated in Oranmore
Quantum Sails Ireland is now 110% operational within COVID-19 guidelines and open for business for new sails, sail service and covers. Since mid-March, a lot has been going on behind closed doors with two new machines fitted and building work…
J/109 action at Howth. With many of the members living within 5 kilometres of the clubhouse/marina complex, and with a strong tradition of family and household sailing, Howth Yacht Club is able to get some sailing again within the Covid-19 Protocols
Howth Yacht Club will be testing sailing options this weekend within parameters outlined by Commodore Ian Byrne in a missive direct to members and on the club website, issued late Thursday night. After more than two months of total Covid-19…
Tom Dolan racing downwind in Smurfit Kappa
In the wake of the two-month lockdown from which it emerged on May 11th, France has reopened the coast and allowed all types of marine activities along the Atlantic. This is, of course, good news for Tom Dolan. The skipper…
US entrepreneur Gregg Bemis, right, who owns the shipwreck of the Lusitania, with diver Eoin McGarry
US businessman Gregg Bemis, owner of the Lusitania which was torpedoed off Co Cork with the loss of 1,200 lives during the first World War, has died in New Mexico. Mr Bemis was due to mark his 92nd birthday next…
ISORA Champion Mojito – Her USA trip is off after the IRC Worlds in New York were cancelled
Despite a strong entry list from the United States and abroad including Ireland, and the exhaustive efforts of the New York Yacht Club along with the governing bodies for the ORC and IRC rating rules, the decision has been made…
Quoile Yacht Club on Strangford Lough
The latest statement from the Royal Yachting Association Northern Ireland, the governing body for all water activities in Northern Ireland says “In the absence of any further guidance from Government Departments, our current interpretation is that this does permit all…
'Shaped By the Sea' Is Example of Northern Ireland's Literary Talent
There is a hidden wealth of literary talent in the North which deserves greater exposure and the book Shaped by the Sea produced by a team of volunteers in the East Antrim area is an excellent example writes Betty Armstrong…
Norwegian Navy's (HNoMS Thor Heyerdahl which according to the Irish Coast Guard was 109 miles off the south-west coast. The mission coordinated by MRSC Valentia saw the IRCG Shannon Helicopter R115 carry out the Medevac with R117 providing a support Heli Role.
An Irish Coast Guard helicopter successfully completed a long range rescue operation off the south west coast to bring a sick seaman from a Norwegian naval ship to hospital in Cork. The Shannon based Irish Coast Guard Sikorski helicopter, Rescue…
Sailing traditional boats at Baltimore, West Cork
West Cork's annual celebration of traditional boats has joined the ever-lengthening list of cancelled sailing events writes Tom MacSweeney The organisers of the Baltimore Wooden Boat Festival, scheduled for the end of this month, on the weekend of Friday, May…
Orca Whales in Strangford Lough - Robbie Gilmore also saw them ten years earlier as a schoolboy
As sailors, if we want to preserve our playgrounds, or at least slow their destruction, we have to talk to others writes Strangford Lough's Robbie Gilmore While I was at school, I gave a speech about a voyage my Dad…
Lough Erne
The Lough Erne branch of the Inland Waterways Association of Ireland (IWAI) welcomes the return to Lough Erne where boat owners with craft on the waterways can enjoy once more the beautiful scenery of this part of County Fermanagh, with…
The Dragon Gold Cup at Kinsale has been cancelled
Kinsale Yacht Club have today confirmed that the 2020 Dragon Gold Cup, due to be sailed from the 5 to 11 September, has been cancelled. “Clearly the global COVID-19 crisis has already impacted many events and our thoughts and prayers…
2020 Offshore World Championship Cancelled Due to COVID-19
World Sailing has cancelled the 2020 Offshore World Championship, due to be held alongside October’s Rolex Middle Sea Race in Valletta, Malta, as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. The many uncertainties created by the COVID-19 pandemic have forced the…
Historic departure – the ill-fated Titanic is manoeuvred out of her berth in Belfast Harbour on April 2nd 1912 to sail for Southampton and her maiden Transatlantic voyage, brought to a tragic end by an iceberg in mid-ocean just twelve days later
An ambitious project to retrieve the most famous marine radio in the world from 2.5 miles down in the Atlantic has finally secured legal approval. The saving of the Marconi radio which sent out the distress signals from the sinking…
Ireland Marine Sector Collaborates to Celebrate European Maritime Day Virtually
In recognition of European Maritime Day on 20th May and World Oceans Day on 8th June, the Marine Institute and partners will celebrate our seas, our world’s shared ocean and our connection to the sea through our Oceans of Learning…
Concern Lockdown Will Take Considerable Time to Unwind: Restart Sailing Survey
The UK government’s easing of COVID-19 lockdown restrictions has brought relief to many aspects of life and, particularly certain sports. Sailing is one of those fortunate past-times that is now allowed in England, along with all other forms of watersports…
Roonagh Pier in Co.Mayo which is to receive works and as AFLOAT adds is where ferry and freight services connect Clare and Inisturk islands. The ferry Clew Bay Queen is berthed along the pier.
An investment of €525,000 is to be put into four piers and harbours in Co. Mayo. The Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine, Michael Creed announced details of a €3.1m package to assist 10 coastal local authorities undertake and…
EU says customs checks and controls on some goods from mainland Britain required. Above AFLOAT adds is an Irish Sea serving 'new' ferry Stena Edda which entered service in March on the Northern Ireland-Britain route between Belfast and Birkenhead (Merseyside) opposite of Liverpool. The Twelve Quays Terminal was upgraded to accommodate the second E-FLexer series ferry built in China which accommodates 1,000 passengers, 120 cars and 3,100 lane metres for freight vehicles.
UK government rules out any new customs infrastructure at ports on either side of the Irish Sea to implement the post-Brexit Northern Ireland protocol. In a paper outlining how it will implement the protocol, which was agreed alongside the withdrawal…
Safehaven Marine’s pilot vessel for the Port of San Cirpian takes to the water on Tuesday 19 May
Safehaven Marine has emerged from ‘lockdown’ with the launch of its new pilot boat for the Port of San Ciprian in Spain. The Cork-based performance boat specialists put production on pause at the end of March, following strict Government restrictions…

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