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The RNLI is launching its Mayday Mile fundraiser today (Tuesday 27 April) as the charity’s rescue figures for 2020 show that over half (53%) of its 945 lifeboat launches took place in the months of June, July and August. Volunteer…
Quantum Sails article
What better way to get excited for what 2021 has in store by taking a look back at our favourite articles from 2020. The top five articles from Quantum Sails sites are listed below. They cover a range of useful topics…
Local athlete David McGaffin (left) with Portrush RNLI’s lifeboat operations manager Beni McAllister
Portrush athlete David McGaffin is taking the RNLI Mayday Mile challenge to a whole new level to raise funds for his local lifeboat station. The McGaffin family has a long association with Portrush RNLI on Northern Ireland’s North Coast. David’s…
Remains of a seven-metre female basking shark at Inchydoney in West Cork
The carcass of a second basking shark has washed up on the coast of West Cork just days after the discovery of an unusually fresh specimen 20km away. According to Cork Beo, the second large fish was found at the…
Oisin McClelland racing his Finn dinghy in Miami in January 2020
Northern Ireland’s Oisin McClelland will join than 60 Finn sailors from 30 nations converging on Porto in Portugal for the 2021 Finn Gold Cup next week. Pre-race prep begins on Wednesday 5 May before the 10 races scheduled from 8-12…
In this shipping scene off Dunmore East last week was Arklow Venus (taking a pilot) when inbound for the Port of Waterford. Also the dredger, Amazone which is currently conducting a maintenance dredging campaign along various waters of the south-east estuary.
Dredging along the Waterford Estuary has begun recently and will continue into next month as part of an approximate 28 day period of operations, writes Jehan Ashmore. According to the Port of Waterford, they have embarked on a maintenance dredging…
Royal Cork's Ben Fusco, says:
Clubs are hoping to get young sailors back into activity with the easing of restrictions on training. However, as in all sports, there is some concern about the effects of the lengthy restrictions on youth's interest in sport. Principal Coach…
Winds of change are blowing at New Ross Port, Co. Wexford, which is in profit but has major legacy issues. The above (1980's) scene, Afloat adds is of general cargoship, MV Carolina R when outbound at White Church along the banks of the River Barrow.
As the New Ross Standard reports, the cost of dredging the inland south-east Irish port and meeting its debts could run to more than €5m, councillors were told at the monthly municipal council meeting. Director of Services Carolyn Godkin gave…
Jack O'Keeffe's Drascombe Coaster Tyboat sailing sweetly, with the mainsail's wishbone boom (one of Jack's many modifications) performing exactly as planned
The many, varied and characterful boats of the Drascombe range became even better known throughout Ireland during 2020. Their trailerable flexibility of logistics and boat-positioning - together with their Association's long experience in organising cruises-in-company and rallies to remote coastlines…
RORC two handed overnight racing resumes on May 1
After a year and a half of disruptions to offshore racing due to the Covid-19 pandemic, the Royal Ocean Racing Club has confirmed an overnight race for Two-Handed teams starting on May 1st. The combined entry list for May 1st…
The sea eagles’ nest was saved from the fire’s ravages by a southeasterly wind
A pair of white-tailed sea eagles narrowly escaped the fire which ravaged Killarney National Park over the weekend. As The Times Ireland edition reports today, the blaze came within 300 metres of the nest built by a pair introduced to…
Of the trio of red-hulled survey and rescue ships that called to Dun Laoghaire within weeks, was Vos Endurance, an Emergency Response & Rescue Vessel (ERRV) berthed at St. Michaels Pier. Astern of the ship the fishing trawler Magan D as Afloat reported last month..
Three red hulled vessels since last month have called to Dun Laoghaire Harbour, where two of these ships required the same reasons, to enable a crew change, writes Jehan Ashmore. Of the callers, the most recent was Arctic Ocean, a…
Carrybridge RNLI assisted seven people on two separate call outs at the weekend
At 3.45 pm on Sunday 25 April, Carrybridge RNLI’s inshore lifeboat, Douglas Euan & Kay Richards and Rescue Water Craft (RWC) was launched to a vessel with two people on board, which had encountered engine difficulties approx. 2 miles north…
Mixed Irish offshore pairing Kenny Rumball and Pamela Lee
As World Sailing looks for alternatives for its Mixed Offshore Keelboat for Paris 2024, fledgeling mixed Irish pairing Kenny Rumball and Pamela Lee, who are campaigning in France this season, are taking the disappointment in their stride. The Dun Laoghaire…
More works are scheduled for the Codling Wind Park project, with the deployment of two lidar buoys to characterise the wind park area from this week. Weather permitting, the Voe Vanguard (callsign MBEN9) will deploy the buoys in the Irish…
Following Brexit, 'Duty-Free' sales are permitted onboard ferry routes between the UK and the EU
Swedish ferry company Stena Line’s revenue from its onboard shops for the first quarter of the year has shown a large increase on its routes between the UK and the EU compared to the same period last year. The growth…
All salmon and sea trout anglers who have not returned last season’s angling logbook and unused gill tags are being urged to do so immediately. Inland Fisheries Ireland (IFI) says the logbooks and unused tags are necessary to provide vital…
Courtmacsherry RNLI’s crew masked up and ready to respond
Courtmacsherry RNLI's all-weather Trent class lifeboat Frederick Story Cockburn was called out yesterday afternoon, Sunday 26 April at 3.40pm as people reported a surfer in difficulty off Garrylucas Beach near the Old Head of Kinsale. The lifeboat under coxswain Ken…
Skerries RNLI’s inshore lifeboat approaches a group of children stranded on Shenick Island by the incoming tide
Skerries RNLI rescued five children and four adults after responding to two separate incidents over the weekend. Shortly after 6pm on Saturday evening (24 April), the pagers sounded following multiple 999 calls reporting that three children in the water trying…
Stena Bulk's InfinityMAX concept cargo vessel design.
InfinityMAX is the name for a new concept cargoship vessel design from Swedish based Stena Bulk of Gothenburg. (See previous coverage on ferry operator's Stena's fossil free shipping by 2030). The concept for this new cargo vessel, has seen Stena Bulk…

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