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CLdN, has chartered two additional RoRo vessels to increase sailings between Ireland and mainland Europe, increasing from eight to ten in each direction, on a weekly basis. An additional chartered vessel and previously announced Cadena 3, have been chartered to cover this expansion. This will prepare the way for the introduction of further newbuilds arriving in Q4 2021, which have the benefit of offering dual fuel propulsion (LNG).
European freight-ferry specialist, CLdN has chartered two additional RoRo vessels to increase sailings between the Continent and Ireland, increasing from eight to ten in each direction, on a weekly basis. As reports, the additional chartered vessel and previously announced Cadena…
Blasting it - Tokyo Olympic bound duo Dickson & Waddilove on their way to second overall in Cascais
Howth Yacht Club and Skerries Sailing Club Olympic skiff duo Robert Dickson and Sean Waddilove have had a pre-Olympic boost by taking second overall at the 49er Championships in Cascais, Portugal. It's not the only boost for Irish Skiff sailors either…
The Half Tonner Big Picture' is for sale from at €48,000
The Howth Yacht Club Half Tonner 'The Big Picture' that is currently on the market has had a price drop from €55,000 to €48,000 as the 2021 sailing season kicks off. Skipper Michael Evans says he is selling due to the purchase of a…
Oisin McClelland from Donaghadee competing for a Tokyo place at the Finn Gold Cup in Portugal
Donaghadee Sailing Club's Oisin McClelland is lying 31st after the first race sailed at the 2021 Finn Gold Cup in Porto, Portugal where the Northern Ireland sailor is bidding to take the last available place at the Tokyo Olympic Regatta. …
Lough Derg RNLI lifeboat station has welcomed Stephen Seymour, Ania Skrzypczynska, Ciara Moylen and Richard Nolan as new volunteers to the crew panel
RNLI lifeboat volunteers come from a multiplicity of backgrounds. And though some may have no previous maritime experience before they enrol, this is not an issue as the RNLI provide a comprehensive and rigorous programme that equips trainees to meet…
The fishing vessel and the Coastguard Rescue 117 Helicopter, as the heli crew drop the emergency salvage pumps and winchman on board the trawler in heavy seas.  The Courtmacsherry RNLI lifeboat stood by=
The Courtmacsherry All Weather Trent Class RNLI Lifeboat was called out this morning Sunday at 11 am, to go to the aid of a 75-foot fishing vessel that had got into difficulties 27 miles off the Old Head of Kinsale…
Aerial view of rowing teams from St Patrick's Rowing Club on the water
Dublin Port Company has hailed the return to the water of its neighbour rowing clubs St Patrick’s and Stella Maria with the easing of COVID-19 restrictions for under-18s partaking in sports. “It is great to see, even in these challenging…
Mirror dinghy racing on Sligo Bay
Following the recent easing of COVID-19 restrictions, Mirror Sailing Ireland has published a revised 2021 events calendar for this summer and autumn. First up are the Mirror Northerns at Lough Ree Yacht Club on the weekend of 12-13 June. They…
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An underwater surveying start-up recently spun out from Queen’s University Belfast in Northern Ireland has secured £316,000 in seed funding, as Silicon Republic reports. FjordStrong has developed a specialised system called Auto-release Baited Underwater Video, which is designed to survey…
A ferry berthed at VT4, one of Belfast Harbour's terminals.
Ministers in Stormont, BBC News writes, have been urged to change guidance for travel after restrictions were relaxed in England. Twelve international destinations are on a green travel list for people in England, meaning anyone returning will not need to…
After month's of speculation on the state of the 2021 season, Monday marks a return to the water in training mode and the beginning of the 2021 sailing season.
If evidence that Ireland's 2021 sailing season was about to start next week was needed, it was most definitely on display yesterday on Dublin Bay with dozens of different types of sailing cruisers and dinghies taking on a stiff south-easterly…
Zoe Whitford and Kelly Patterson racing their 29er skiff at Larne
It was back to dinghy racing at the Larne club, East Antrim, for the May Day regatta on Sunday 2nd under current NI Covid restrictions. There was a good turnout of 21 in four classes – Optimist, Toppers, Single and…
A draft Protocol for the America's Cup has been put forward by the New York Yacht Club and features several key concepts
On Thursday, May 6, the New York Yacht Club submitted to the Royal New Zealand Yacht Squadron in Auckland, New Zealand, a challenge for the 37th America’s Cup. The challenge was accompanied by a draft Protocol for the regatta, which…
The Howth RNLI inshore boat and the rescued inflatable dinghy
 Howth RNLI in County Dublin rescued four people in an inflatable dinghy who were struggling to make it back to shore against strong winds and tides on Saturday, May 9th. Howth RNLI was requested to launch the inshore lifeboat at 6.50…
The aim of Kitesurfing Ireland is to represent kitesurfers by promoting responsible kitesurfing
A new voluntary organisation has been set up to represent Kitesurfing in Ireland. "Kitesurfing Ireland was formed earlier this year after it was clear that without representation it is difficult to have a voice", says KI's spokesperson Linda O’Dwyer. The aim of…
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The Dundalk Bay cockle fishery is the subject of a public consultation opened this week by the Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine. Views of all those with an interest in the fishery are sought regarding the permits policy…
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Following the recent reopening of inland waterways in the Republic, Waterways Ireland has given an update for all masters of vessels and water users on the Erne System, the Shannon-Erne Waterway (within Northern Ireland) and the Lower Bann Navigation. In line…
Irish Sailor of the Year Tom Dolan (right) with French Ace Gildas Mahé in joking form before the Transat en double was postponed due to severe weather
Irish sailor Tom Dolan is among the 18 duos breathing a collective sigh of relief today in Concarneau, France after Sunday’s start of the Transat en Double race to Saint Barthélemy has been postponed because of severe weather forecasted for…
Tramore on the Co. Waterford coast line
A community group of stakeholders, Blue Horizon, is calling for all offshore wind projects to located at 22 km from the Waterford coast line. According to Ocean Focus, this would follow the EU approach where the average ‘bottom fixed’ site is…
Coastal car ferry service on Carlingford Lough is set to recommence next Saturday, 15 May. The ferry, Afloat adds is Aisling Gabrielle which links Greenore, Co Louth (above) and Greencastle, Co Down.
The coastal ferry service across Carlingford Lough is set to recommence next weekend with the easing of lockdown. As The Irish News reports, the service, between Greenore in Co.Louth and Greencastle in Co.Down, has not been operational since last March.…

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