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Flying Nikka - At 60 feet long, with foils similar to the AC75 boats used in the 36th America’s Cup, the first full-foiling monohull yacht in the Mini Maxi category gets airborne
Wicklow-based designer Mark Mills has been working on a 60ft foiling ocean-going version of the current America's Cup AC75 boats, and the new machine has just had her first sail, full story and pics here
Alistair Court & Conor O’Leary, were Thursday night DBSC Flying Fifteen race winners
Fourteen DBSC Flying Fifteens had a cracking night on the water last night on Dublin Bay when the light zephyrs of the past few sessions, Thursdays and Saturdays, were replaced by a robust breeze out of the west. The forecast had…
Lt Sean Flood at the helm of the Erskine & Molly Childers ketch Asgard in 1961
Afloat.ie joins with his extended family and many friends in sailing and the business world in wishing Sean Flood of Howth a happy 90th Birthday this week. The very epitome of enthusiasm, energy and optimism both ashore and afloat, Sean…
Canoe polo in Mullingar Harbour
Waterways Ireland advises masters and owners of vessels on the Royal Canal that a further canoe polo event will be taking place in Mullingar Harbour this weekend, Saturday 14 and Sunday 15 May. A subsequent event will be held on…
Scottish Series racing on Loch Fyne
Scotland's top regatta has been cancelled just 20 days before the first race. The scrubbing of the 'premier regatta' is not due to a lack of entries but a lack of volunteers to run the event on Loch Fyne, according…
Colin Byrne's XP33 Bon Exemple
Colin Byrne's XP33 Bon Exemple from the Royal Irish Yacht Club was the winner of tonight's windy third race of the AIB Dublin Bay Sailing Club (DBSC) Thursday night series. Tony Fox's IMX 38 Gringo from the National Yacht Club was…
Leinster House
Morale among the Irish Coast Guard’s volunteers is at an all-time now, an Oireachtas committee has been told. RTÉ News reports on yesterday’s hearing of the Joint Committee on Transport and Communications, which was addressed by former coastguard volunteers who…
At least 30 teams will be racing in IRC Two-Handed in the RORC De Guingand Bowl Race
The fifth race of the RORC Season’s Points Championship is the De Guingand Bowl Race, scheduled to start at 09:30 BST on Saturday 14th May to the west, from the Royal Yacht Squadron Line, Cowes. The course for the overnight…
An order for two 7,999 mts dwt efficient coastal tankers has been placed by Thun Tankers, whose dark green hulled ships are frequent callers in Irish ports. Among them, Afloat highlights Dublin Port where almost daily arrivals of Thun Tankers discharge petroleum products that were loaded at Milford Haven, Pembrokeshire in south Wales.
Frequent Irish ports caller, Thun Tankers whose fleet continues to expand as the Scandinavian shipping company haved place an order for a pair of 7,999 mts dwt tankers. Thun Tankers is part of the Erik Thun Group, a company owned by…
IFPO chief executive Aodh O'Donnell
Is Derry on the island of Ireland? That’s a question being asked by fishing industry representatives in a bitter row over how the State’s sea fisheries regulator has been handling landings of valuable blue whiting. The Irish Fish Producers’ Organisation…
The rules have been eased to allow a multi-site freeport and governments will work together on choosing the location/s. Above freight check-in booths of operators Irish Ferries and Stena Line.
Accross the Irish Sea, the Welsh Government has reached an agreement with the UK Government on the establishment of Freeports in Wales with £26m in starter funding secured. As North Wales Live revealed (earlier) this morning, the deal had been…
Cork County Council CEO, Tim Lucey
The Bantry inner harbour development scheme has re-generated interest in the West Cork town as a marine leisure and sailing centre. Bantry Bay Port Company, operated by Cork Port, has a sheltered marina with 40 berths there. But the town…
The IWAI Powerboat Branch RIBs on the River Liffey in Dublin city centre
The 'mystery' to local observers of just who was behind the impressive 15-boat strong RIB raid fleet powering across Dublin Bay last Sunday morning was answered this week on social media when it emerged the boats, ranging from 5 to…
Successful RORC campaigner J121 Darkwood is coming to Cork Week for the ICRA IRC National Championships in July
With less than nine weeks to go, the countdown is on to the ICRA National Championships 2022 which forms part of Volvo Cork Week from July 11th -15th. Hosted by the Royal Cork Yacht Club, the oldest yacht club in…
International One Metre Radio Sailing
The first radio sailing event in the Dublin area for many years will be sailed on the 4th and 5th June. The event will take place at a new venue for radio sailing on Lough Ramor and is organised by…
The 44Cup Cascais sets sail today at noon
Two Irish sailors are among the crews lining up this morning in the 44Cup, the circuit of the high-performance one-design RC44 class.  As Afloat reported previously, Simon Johnson is in the Pit of Black Star Racing and Dublin Bay's Cian…
The start of last year's Ballinacurra Race for National 18s off Cobh
The home of Ireland’s last engineless freight-carrying schooner, the Brooklands, will be the centre of the popular Ballinacurra Race in Cork Harbour this Sunday. Creenan’s hostelry in Ballinacurra village near Midleton in East Cork will be the mecca for dinghy…
A whale shark in the Egyptian Red Sea, a busy shipping area
The world’s largest fish may be under threat due to collisions with ships in the oceans, a new study has claimed. As reported by RTÉ News, researchers in the Global Shark Movement Project set out to identify reasons for a…
Harland & Wolff are delighted to appoint The Seafarers's Charity as their 2021/22 partner.
The iconic Belfast shipyard and multisite fabrication company of Harland & Wolff with over 160 years of maritime and offshore engineering pedigree has appointed The Seafarers’ Charity as its 2021/22 partner. This partnership will see Harland & Wolff join forces with one…
ICG sees increase in revenue with lifting of restrictions but higher costs bite. Total revenues across the group’s ferries division amounted to €98 million, up 165 per cent on the prior year. Above Afloat adds is the high-speed craft HSC Dublin Swift serving the Holyhead route.
The owner of Irish Ferries, the Irish Continental Group said it has been forced to pass on increased costs to consumers in the form of higher prices. In a trading update (see also) the ferry operator reported an 80 per…

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