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Team Aqua, World Champions 2021 - Powered by Quantum Sails
The RC44 class World Championship has just finished last weekend at Scarlino, Italy, and like the TP52 Class, it was won by a boat using Quantum Fusion upwind sails and spinnakers. A last-minute manoeuvre by Nico Poons’ Charisma won them…
West Cork's David Harte discussing the setting of realistic goals at the inaugural youth sailing symposium at Lough Ree Yacht Club
Garrett Leech reports on the inaugural Youth Double Handed Sailing Symposium was held at Lough Ree Yacht Club last weekend. Just over 60 sailors from all over Ireland descended on the Club Saturday morning for this anticipated event, many not…
The luxury Baltic Sea cruise-ferry, MS Romantika yesterday heads up the Firth of Clyde bound for Glasgow where the ship will be docked during COP26 so to house delegates. The ferry Afloat adds, asides working on charter, normally plied between Sweden and Latvia, though due to Covid, services has been suspended since March, 2020.
The first of two large Baltic Sea cruise ferries which arrived yesterday (13 Oct) on the River Clyde is set to house COP26 delegates in Glasgow. The cruise ferry that called to the Scottish city was MS Romantika which has docked…
The UK Ship repair and ship building specialist A&P Group (Tyne, Tees & Falmouth) has appointed Eddie Purves as its new group managing director. Above the cruiseship (Adonia previously with P&O Cruises) in dry-dock at the group's facility in Falmouth, Cornwall.
The UK ship repair and ship building specialist the A&P Group has announced the appointment of its new group managing director. Eddie Purves takes the lead of A&P’s three facilities located on the Tyne, Tees and Falmouth, following more than…
Ros a Mhíl - A Strategic Hub for the Development and Support of the Offshore Wind Industry on the West Coast of Ireland says a new report
The south Connemara harbour of Ros an Mhíl could become a strategic hub for the floating offshore wind sector with potential for 900 jobs, according to a new report. The report, commissioned by Údarás na Gaeltachta and presented to Minister…
Cian McCarthy's Sunfast 3300 Cinnamon Girl, debuted at Kinsale Harbour in 2020
Ireland will have a second Jeanneau Sunfast 3300 for next season's offshore yacht racing calendar. As regular Afloat readers know, the first of the new range, Cian McCarthy's Cinnamon Girl, debuted at Kinsale Harbour in 2020 but this second one, a…
File image of Valentia Lighthouse in Co Kerry
The latest Marine Notice from the Department of Transport gives advance notice of the discontinuation of the Differential Global Positioning System (DGPS) service around the coast of the island of Ireland from 31 March 2022. DGPS has been provided as…
File image of the RV Celtic Voyager
The Department of Transport advises that an analogue survey consisting of multibeam, side-scan sonar and magnetometer will be carried out off the South Coast of Ireland by the Marine Institute on behalf of Providence Resources from Saturday 23 to Sunday…
Greystones Harbour J122 Kaya
The East Coast Cruisers Zero competition just got tougher with the news that a third J122 may be joining the Dublin fleet later this year.  In 2021, Chris Power Smith's top ISORA offshore performer J122 Aurelia from the Royal St.…
Britains Biggest 'Box' Port: Maersk, the world's largest container shipping company, has diverted some vessels away from the English Port of Felixstowe, which handles 36% of the UK's containerised freight. Above: Mette Maersk an E-class (18,000TEU) containership berthed at the east coast port in Suffolk on the North Sea, where Afloat adds global trade routes include the major Europe-Asia services via the Suez Canal.
The British Government said today that people should buy normally for Christmas and that there would be no shortage of gifts after shipping containers carrying toys and electrical goods were diverted from the UK's biggest port because it was full.…
Northern Ireland Protocal: Freight lorries on board a ferry bound for Belfast during a crossing of the North Channel from Scotland.
According to BBC News, the EU is to set out proposals later to address the row about trade in Northern Ireland. The UK wants to change the deal struck as part of the Brexit process to allow goods to circulate…
The edible crab Cancer pagurus
Brown crabs are “mesmerised” by electromagnetism from underwater power cables laid around Scotland for offshore wind farms, a newly published study has found. The edible crab Cancer pagurus displayed a clear attraction to the underwater cables, the study published in…
The dolphins were accompanied out of the shallow water by local boats including the RNLI lifeboat in the Crosshaven Harbour, four or five times, as the tide was going out
Four boats, including a Port of Cork RIB, a kayak and the local RNLI, were involved in Tuesday morning's dolphin rescue in Crosshaven in Cork Harbour that eventually saw two small dolphins escorted safely back to sea. The dolphins were…
The Islandmagee project is a proposed salt cavern gas storage facility located on Islandmagee in County Antrim, Northern Ireland.
A gas storage project, located off the coast of Northern Ireland, has been awarded a Marine Construction Licence, giving it the green light to proceed towards construction. Islandmagee Energy’s gas storage project will initially unlock seven much-needed gas storage caverns.…
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Among today’s Budget 2022 announcements is the allocation of €108 million to maritime transport and safety as well as ongoing support to the Irish Coast Guard. In respect to the coastguard, funding will provide enhanced building and IT programmes as…
The research found that microplastics are affecting the behaviour of hermit crabs
New research at Queen’s University highlights the impact that microplastics are having on hermit crabs, which play an important role in balancing the marine ecosystem. The research found that microplastics are affecting the behaviour of hermit crabs, namely their ability…
Bioeconomy-The Blue Perspective event advert
What is the ‘blue bioeconomy’? Who are the people working on it in Ireland and where do they get support? Marine scientist and influencer Finn van der Aar will host the first in a series of online events later this…
The Ceilidh Cup/Scottish Student Sailing (SSS) Match Racing event was hosted at the Royal Northern and Clyde Yacht Club in Rhu
Blustery conditions made for challenging racing for the seven teams competing in the Ceilidh Cup / Scottish Student Sailing (SSS) Match Racing event, hosted at the Royal Northern and Clyde Yacht Club in Rhu, Scotland, on Saturday 9th & Sunday…
The restored trading ketch Ilen floodlit off the modern section of the Limerick waterfront to launch Mental Health Week in her home city
The Ilen Marine School's 56ft-restored trading ketch Ilen of 1926 vintage is already renowned for her good work when taking part in the Sailing Into Wellness programme. It's one of the ship's many interests that were vividly high-lighted at her…
Since going live with its crowdfunding, Borrow A Boat has secured an additional 165 investors and has raised 63% of its £750,000 target
Britain’s leading boat rental and yacht charter marketplace, Borrow A Boat, has today gone live with its £750,000 crowdfunding campaign, having already received £448,495 in investment from 138 investors. The campaign has now opened up to the 1.3million users of…

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