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The Grand Soleil 44 Performance - a new model for 2020
Mark Mansfield, Irish agent for Grand Soleil, highlights recent Irish sailing successes on different Grand Soleil models and looks forward to the New Grand Soleil 44 Performance being similar The much-lauded Grand Soleil 44 performance was announced at Dusseldorf Boat…
Winning MoJo team (L-R) Conor Cleary, Aaron Jones, Pat O’Neill, Shane Hughes
With the current Covid restrictions and other protocols in place, credit must be given primarily to the RstGYC, Jonny O'Dowd and the Irish J80 class for putting the event together and running it in compliance with these regulations. A fleet…
All Change in £40m Plan for Bangor Waterfront on Belfast Lough
Bangor on Belfast Lough is hoping to secure through Ards and North Down Borough Council, around £40m from the Belfast City Regional Deal to fund the Bangor Waterfront Development and will submit the Outline Business Case to the Belfast Region…
'Saoirse na Farraige' before leaving Hong Kong from where the 40-metre is en route to Galway Bay and will enter service next spring
A new ferry will be Ireland's largest domestic passenger ferry when the 40-metre 'Saoirse na Farraige' arrives in Galway Bay this October. As Independent.ie writes the ferry constructed in Hong Kong with a capacity of 400, is expected to enter…
Dun Laoghaire's inshore lifeboat at Blackrock
Dun Laoghaire Harbour RNLI was requested to launch by the Irish Coast Guard at 5:57 pm this evening (Thursday 17 September) after a member of the public reported a swimmer who appeared to be in difficulty off Blackrock The inshore…
The first Flying Fifteen Championship of the year on Dublin Bay will be sailed this weekend from the National Yacht Club
There is always a danger with putting together an article of this sort! People who are omitted from the assessment could be offended! Assumptions that people will be in attendance may be unfounded! So, in the best interests of putting…
Lough Derg as seen near Mountshannon
Waterways Ireland advises all masters of vessels and water users on Lough Derg to proceed with caution moving in or out of Mountshannon as the green navigation marker for the western side of Cribby Island is currently off station. Lough…
Dave Quinn crossing the final finish line to take the title at last year’s Irish Laser Masters in Howth
Update Friday 18 September: The Irish Laser Masters have been cancelled on the eve of the event after Dublin was moved into Level 3 of coronavirus restrictions. Afloat.ie has more on the story HERE. The Royal St George Yacht Club…
With all of Dun Laoghaire Harbour to play with, and an unusual evening onshore breeze, the Water Wag fleet takes all the tactical options on Wednesday evening. Polly (31, Roger Mossop & Henry Rooke), Badger (20, John & Anne Marie Cox) and Ethna (1, David Sommervillle & Pauline McNamara) in foreground
With a turnout of 24 boats keen to enjoy the benefit of sunshine at sea while the mist gloomed over the land, the Dublin Bay Water Wags continued to push the truncated 2020 season to its limits on Wednesday evening.…
Takes some shifting.... as Afloat adds the transformer attracted crowds on a beach in north Wales from where it is to reach its final destination at Trawsfynyd tomorrow. In the distance is the  Llŷn Peninsula which juts into the Irish Sea south of Anglesey.
Across the Irish Sea crowds gathered at a north Wales beach to watch a 128.5-tonne electricity transformer arriving ashore. The transformer, BBC News Wales reports, was unloaded from an 262.5ft (80m) barge on the coast near Porthmadog, Gwynedd which Afloat.ie…
The movement of goods into Northern Ireland from Britain is a key sticking point. Above the VT2 terminal at the Port of Belfast.
In the UK the Government, according to Belfast Telegraph, is set to pay for work on post-Brexit port checks in Northern Ireland, DAERA Minister Edwin Poots has said. The DUP MLA told the BBC that the UK Government would now…
Top form - Irish solo sailor Tom Dolan
The newfound more robust, cool-headed approach continues to work for Irish solo sailor Tom Dolan who today finished seventh on Leg 3 of the 51st La Solitaire du Figaro, an epic four day 492 miles light winds slog from Dunkirk…
New Greystones J122, Kaya will race in Sunday's DMYC Kish Race
Up to six County Wicklow boats will travel from Greystones Harbour early on Sunday morning to compete in the DMYC Kish Race swelling the already buoyant 40-boat entry for the annual Dublin Bay Race. The Greystones visitors include the latest…
The DMYC Kish Race is scheduled for Sunday morning
Several Dun Laoghaire Harbour sailing events scheduled for Dublin Bay this weekend are awaiting Government guidance as Level 3 Covid-19 pandemic restrictions loom for the capital. Four events planned for the Bay may need to be reconfigured – or even…
After 24 days in the Nordic and Greenland Seas to investigate past climate change in the Arctic region, scientist and crew on the RV Celtic Explorer returned yesterday (Afloat adds from Bergen, Norway) to the Port of Galway.
Scientists led by an Irish team on board the Marine Institute’s RV Celtic Explorer (returned yesterday) to the Port of Galway, after 24 days in the Nordic and Greenland Seas to investigate past climate change in the Arctic region. Scientists…
It's Island Time! Limited availability for Kevin Barry's Aerial Sparks at Inis Oírr Lighthouse this month, so please book in advance if you are planning a visit to experience the muli-media monologue. The lighthouse on the smallest of the Aran Islands, Galway Bay, can accommodate max 3 people at a time. It is also a unique opportunity to experience a landmark that is normally closed to the public according to Irish Lights.
An Aran Islands lighthouse located on Inis Oírr, the smallest of these Atlantic isles in Galway Bay is the wonderful setting for this month's Aerial/Sparks: Island Time, written and performed by Kevin Barry. Long, long ago, a melancholy lighthouse keeper…
British Marine's BOATS2020 Appeal to Secretaries of State Rejected
BOATS2020 which was due to take place from 11-20 September 2020 and was cancelled on the evening of Thursday 10 September, despite having a licence which was issued on the 28th July, and having been set up to the strict…
Newly Appointed Chief Executive of the Port of Cork Company Mr Eoin McGettigan
The Port of Cork Company has appointed Eoin McGettigan to the role of Chief Executive of the company. Eoin replaces Brendan Keating who retired recently after 18 years of service as CEO. The Chairman of the Port of Cork Company,…
One Design Savings From North Sails Ireland
North Sails Ireland are pleased to announce that our Seasonal Savings promotion has started for all of our One Design Classes. Now is the very best time to order your race-winning sails ready for the 2021 season. For more information…
Tom Dolan approaches the Saint-Nazaire finish at the end of stage three in a highly creditable seventh place
Ireland's Tom Dolan has finished the third leg of the La Solitaire du Figaro race in seventh overall, a result that will almost guarantee him a top five overall going into the final leg of the French solo marathon. Dolan sailed…

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