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Kinsale Yacht Club is looking forward to welcoming Dragon sailors from all corners of the globe for what promises to be an exceptional week of racing at the 2024 Dragon Gold Cup
Kinsale Yacht Club has announced entry is open for its staging of the Dragon Gold Cup, sponsored by Astra Construction Services Ltd, from September 6 to 13, 2024. This year's event will attract over 60 teams from more than 20…
Paddy Conaghan (82) swam in every port and beach along Ireland’s coast this year
Jessika Robson (17) who became the youngest person to swim the North Channel, is one of a number of marine-related nominations for the annual Outsider magazine awards due to be presented this week (Wed 21). The Northern Irish teenager set…
Not the HYC you are thinking of as a Houston Yacht Club Melges 15 dinghy fleet cut quite a dash on starboard tack
As part of the ongoing promotional pricing to launch the Melges 15 dinghy class in Ireland, new customers who order a boat by the end of March will receive a free full deck cover and launching trolley writes Irish agent…
The chase boat alongside INEOS Britannia’s AC40 training boat Athena as its crew tackled a battery fire onboard on Friday 16 February
Britain’s challenger for the 37th America’s Cup suffered a setback during training off Barcelona last Friday (16 February) when an electrical fire broke out on one of its boats. According to Marine Industry News, the crew onboard INEOS Britannia’s AC40…
Lough Foyle’s native oyster population is important locally and internationally, economically and environmentally
Suspension of the native oyster fishery in the Foyle area will continue for another month, with the closure extended until 6pm on Sunday 31 March. The Loughs Agency says it made the decision following an analysis of the latest stock…
Stena Line CEO, Niclas Mårtensson, is the new Governor Chair of the Supply Chain & Transport Industry Community at the World Economic Forum. As for matters relating to the Swedish company’s Irish Sea operations, AFLOAT adds the Rosslare-Fishguard route today sees the return of the popular veteran Stena Europe following repairs, however last year was replaced by ropax Stena Nordica (currently, Dublin-Holyhead) is to resume on the Ireland-Wales link on St. David’s Day, 1st March.
Stena Line’s Chief Executive Officer (CEO) Niclas Mårtensson, is the new Governor Chair of the Supply Chain & Transport Industry Community at the World Economic Forum. Niclas will represent Stena AB, playing a critical role in accelerating the transformation of…
Royal Cork Rear Admiral Rob Foster says the “level of interest in Non-Spinnaker/White Sail classes is high
There is a very strong interest from the owners of Whitetail yachts for this year’s Volvo Cork Week, according to the Royal Cork YC organisers. Keelboats Rear Admiral Rob Foster says the “level of interest in Non-Spinnaker/White Sail classes is…
Ultim Challenge Race leader Charles Caudrelier
Not much has changed since yesterday on the Ultim Challenge Race Leader Charles Caudrelier continues to make steady progress in the North Atlantic. He is 300 miles south of the Azores archipelago, and he has been moving at around twenty…
A glittering start to the 15th RORC Caribbean 600 from Antigua on February 19th 2024
Over 500 sailors from around the globe gathered off Fort Charlotte, Antigua, on Monday, 19th February, to participate in a stunning start to the 15th edition of the RORC Caribbean 600. The non-stop 600nm race, which involves sailing around 11…
The largest shipyard of the Harland & Wolff Group, Belfast was visited by the UK’s Shadow Labour Defence Minister, who got to see the facility, during a busy period. As AFLOAT recently reported on two large but distinctly different types of ships, one for a large-scale refit while the other is undergoing a major mid-life upgrade. The shipyard is to assemble modular blocks in a major Fleet Solid Support (FFS) ships naval contract for the UK MoD.
On a visit to Harland & Wolff Group's main shipyard in Belfast, the UK Shadow Defence Procurement Minister, Maria Eagle MP saw first-hand Northern Ireland’s vital contribution to the UK’s defence sector. The Shadow Minister said that under a Labour…
The ILCA 7 European Championships in Athens was becalmed for a second day, and along with it, the second leg of the Irish Olympic Trial for Paris 2024
Irish rivals Finn Lynch and Ewan McMahon have been left frustrated for the second consecutive day as their Olympic trial was postponed due to high pressure over Greece, leaving the ILCA 7 European Championships without racing in Athens today.  The…
Phelim O’Neill, Head of Property, Land Development Agency, and Minister for Housing, Local Government and Heritage Darragh O’Brien TD (centre)  at Galway Harbour alongside local politicians and representatives from the Galway Harbour Company and Galway City Council to announce the transfer of a 3-acre Galway Harbour site, with potential for more than 250 homes, to the LDA
The Port of Galway is transferring a three-acre waterfront site with the potential for over 250 homes to the Land Development Agency (LDA). Minister for Housing Darragh O’Brien TD visited Galway harbour on Monday to formally announce the transfer. A…
Among the cruise ships scheduled to sail into Waterford estuary this season, Seabourn Ovation which is set to visit in May, with the majority calling beyond and up to September.
Cruise ships visiting the south-east Port of Waterford will total 28 scheduled calls this season, with arrivals to take place in Belview and Dunmore East, which represents a 33% increase on last year. More than 27,000 cruise-goers this season will…
Ríonach Ní Néill who reveals her fears for the future a new Flooding documentary due to be broadcast on TG4 this month
The cost and impact of flooding influenced by climate change and environmental degradation is the focus of a new documentary due to be broadcast on TG4 this month. “Tuilte”, an hour-long documentary by Dearcán Media, examines just how vulnerable coastal…
Vanessa O’Connell as its new Development Project Director for the Dublin Array offshore wind farm
RWE Renewables Ireland has appointed Vanessa O’Connell as its new Development Project Director for the Dublin Array offshore wind farm. Dublin Array is a proposed 824MW offshore wind farm, which will be located about 10 kilometres from the coast of…
Trinity House appoints Damien Oliver who will lead the way on major projects for the General Lighthouse Authority (GLA) for England, Wales, Channel Islands & Gibraltar. The GLA is a charity dedicated to safeguarding shipping and seafarers. Above AFLOAT has identified in the background, the merchant shipping vessel of CLdN, the ro-ro freight ferry. Sixtine which operates in both English waters and the Irish Sea on routes between Dublin and continental Europe.
Trinity House, the General Lighthouse Authority (GLA) for England, Wales, Channel Islands and Gibraltar, has recently appointed Damien Oliver as its new Director of Major Projects.  Damien’s appointment sees him as the lead on the Vessel Replacement Project, where he…
Superstar international sailor Lawrie Smith lists Glandore Harbour YC as his home club when campaigning his own boat may have got there first by naming Lawrie Smith, the Master of Tralong and enthusiastic member of Glandore Harbour YC, as one of our "Sailors of the Month" for September 2023 after he'd won the Dragon Gold Cup as…
Busy Geeps in the Frostbites at Howth. With a new Howth-based Melges 15 fleet increasingly evident on the horizon, the long-established GP14s have boats from several clubs doing their thing in the current Howth Spring Frostbites
Spring was very much in the air - for the time being anyway - as the intriguing selection of boats in a growing fleet took to the water in glorious sunshine in the HYC Dinghy Frostbites on Sunday, with theprospect…
New DNA: More than £12.7m in funding has been secured for the Derry~Londonderry on the North Atlantic (DNA) Museum in Ebrington Square on the banks of the Foyle. The museum will play an important role in celebrating the rich maritime heritage of the North-West region, and highlighting the strategic importance of the city down through the centuries with trade and industry.
It has been warmly welcomed by members of Derry City and Strabane District Council’s Business and Culture Committee on the news that final Letters of Offer have been received from funding partners for the new Derry~Londonderry on the North Atlantic…
The National Inshore Fishermen’s Association (NIFA) outline how shellfish markets have collapsed, margins have tightened, there are new restrictions on catching pollack, and many boats have had no earnings for the past two months
Inshore fishermen are due to state their case about the crisis experienced by their members to TDs and senators later this month (Feb). Members of the Dáil and Seanad have been invited to hear the delegation from the National Inshore…

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