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The Mirror dinghy class is rejuvenated in Ireland for 2024
The rejuvenated Mirror dinghy class is ready to kick off 2024 in Blessington on 27-28 April, whether you have the latest Winder racing unit or the wooden beauty your granddad built in his garage. Is it the fun, the intergenerational learning,…
As part of refurbishment is the Forward Lounge of fast-craft Manannan of the IOM Steam Packet – it is hoped to operate a year round service between Douglas and the ‘new’ ferry terminal in Liverpool. In March, the craft resumed seasonal service to Liverpool and last month to Dublin Port.
Once the new £70m ferry terminal in Liverpool Docks is in operation, it is hoped the Isle of Man Steam Packet can put on a year-round operated service between Douglas and Merseyside. The Steam packet’s fast-ferry Manannan currently does not…
J109, Hanse 341, Starlight 35, Jeanneau & Sun Odyssey 36i all sold By Leinster Boats
The Spring 2024 yacht sales period has been strong for Leinster Boats, with yacht sales completed despite the weather. Recent Spring sales sales include: J109,  Hanse 341,  Starlight 35  Jeanneau Sun Odyssey 36i   Happy buyers now have their plans set for the…
Bow of the newbuild Arklow Guard, the final of five short-sea traders on the stocks at the Dutch shipyard of Ferus Smit at Westerbroek.
The fifth and final of the 5,150dwt class, Arklow Guard, was launched at Ferus Smit’s Dutch inland shipyard in Westerbroek, writes Jehan Ashmore. Its launch on Friday saw the single-hold cargo ship take to the waters transversely into the adjacent…
Six brand new wing foilers from the Royal St George got their first taste of this extraordinary and fast-growing sport
To fly over water, almost silently is an amazing feeling. That’s according to Brendan Foley, Wing Foiling Class Captain at the Royal St George Yacht Club. Just this weekend six brand new wing foilers from the Royal St George got…
The J122 Aurelia with red kite (Chris Power Smith) and Tom Shanahan's J109 Ruth streak away from the Dun Laoghaire start line bound for North Kish in the second Viking Marine ISORA coastal race of 2024
Following Saturday's dead heat for first place in ISORA's season coastal race opener, 14 boats have entered next Saturday's four-hour race.  Among the contestants are last week's Dun Laoghaire winners, the J122 Aurelia (Chris Power Smith) from the Royal St.…
The Burren in County Clare
Ireland is on course to become the first country in the world to complete seabed mapping. The mapping of the seabed off the Burren and the Cliffs of Moher on the Clare coast will be one of the keynote topics…
Glenans sailing from Baltimore Harbour in West Cork
Glenans arrived in West Cork in 1969 with a vision to offer sailing and water activities to all in an egalitarian way. For 25 years, they trained thousands of Irish people in sailing instruction, boat building, and the marine environment.…
Yachts on Dublin Bay - Residents and sailors in and around Dublin Bay have been asked to give their views on a “noise action plan”
Residents and sailors in and around Dublin Bay have been asked to give their views on a “noise action plan”. The draft Dublin Agglomeration Noise Action Plan 2024-2028 has been put together by the capital’s local authorities – as in…
Racing at the Drheam Cup in 2022
More than 50 entries have been confirmed so far for the fifth edition of the Drheam Cup, which will take place from 11-21 July 2024 between Cherbourg-en Cotentin and La Trinité-sur-Mer in north-western France. As previously reported on, 11…
Ken Corry, Commodore of the Los Angeles YC (founded 1901). He learned his sailing in the Royal Cork at Crosshaven but left Ireland (as did many others) in 1985 and is now so into America’s West Coast sailing scene that he owns a classic Cal 40
The 1980s tend to get a bad press as a time when young people left the country in droves, searching for jobs that matched their potential and training. Those of us who stayed at home to battle on, but now…
Rathlin Island ferry service - Charles Stewart, Director at Dunaverty Ltd, Dawn Hynes, Managing Director at Dunaverty Ltd and Robert Lynn, Business Manager at Danske
Dunaverty Ltd, the operators of the ferry service to Rathlin Island off the coast of County Antrim, have successfully completed their first year in business. The company has announced that it has increased its team to 18 and transported thousands…
A live Q&A session with Ireland's Paris Olympic ILCA Representatives Finn Lynch and Eve McMahon
The Irish Laser Class Association (ILCA) has announced that its annual general meeting (AGM) will be held virtually on April 17th at 6:30 pm. The meeting will be followed by a live Q&A session with the ILCA representatives who will…
An exchange programme to improve co-operation in the “fight” against illegal, unreported and unregulated (IUU) fishing has been initiated by the European Fisheries Control Agency (EFCA). The EU-funded e-FishMed project involves fisheries inspectors and operators of Fisheries Monitoring Centres (FMC)…
The multi-purpose offshore vessel Dina Polaris
Fuinneamh Sceirde Teoranta (FST) will be undertaking both a geotechnical survey and geophysical survey for the Sceirde Rocks Windfarm Project in the Western Coastal Area (Connemara/Outer Galway Bay) and Atlantic Ocean, between Monday 15 April and Monday 10 June, subject…
The UN Secretary-General’s Special Envoy for Oceans, Peter Thomson handed Nature's Baton to the Greek Prime Minister's Special Envoy for Oceans, Dr Dionysia-Theodora Avgerinopoulou on Monday 15 April ahead of the Our Ocean Conference
The Ocean Race brought the spirit of ocean racing to the Our Ocean Conference 2024 starting on Tuesday (16 April) at the Stavros Niarchos Foundation Cultural Center in Athens, Greece. On Monday (15 April), Ericsson 1 — one of the…
File image of Enniskillen RNLI’s inshore lifeboat John and Jean Lewis
Enniskillen RNLI in Northern Ireland launched their inshore lifeboat, the John and Jean Lewis, at 10.30am on Saturday morning (13 April) following a request from Belfast Coastguard that a fishing boat was adrift close to the Horse Island near Kesh.…
The Swedish Challenge Women's and Youth America's Cup AC40 is craned into Belfast Lough for training purposes
If you were wondering why an AC40 was sailing in Belfast Lough in the last few days, here is the answer. About a week ago, the AC40 arrived in Belfast for the Swedish Women's and Youth America's Cup teams for…
A key decision is awaited on plans to sink the small ship MV Shingle off the Mayo coast, creating an artificial reef for tourism. The vessel was arrested in 2014 for smuggling, had been idle in Dublin Port (as above in Afloat’s photo) for almost a decade until last year, and is currently in dry dock at New Ross Boatyard.
A tourism project in Co. Mayo is waiting to hear if a decision will lead it to receiving a licence to tow a small ship into Killala Bay as part of a plan to create an artificial reef, reports the…
Due to planned maintenance of safety equipment, the former flagship, Ben-my-Chree will operate today’s Manxman's daytime sailings between Douglas-Heysham.
Last week, the Isle of Man Steam Packet announced a change of ferry for day-time crossings on its Douglas-Heysham route. As Manx Radio wrote, those travelling on the IOM-England route on Monday (15 April) will be on board the ropax Ben-my-Chree,…

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