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Evelyn Cusack of Met Eireann
Evelyn Cusack (Head of Forecasting, Met Eireann) heads up an exciting and interesting line up of speakers at the 2020 Irish Cruiser Racer National Conference (ICRA) National Conference this month writes ICRA Commodore, Richard Colwell. This year the conference will be held…
British Marine Launch Ambitious Vision for the Industry
Following the announcement of its first-ever National Agenda, British Marine has today (4 February 2020) launched an ambitious plan to drive its vision of a thriving industry delivering amazing on-water experience for everyone. Unveiled at the British Marine Spring Expo…
The John O'Gorman skippered Sunfast 3600 'Hot Cookie' leads the DBSC Spring Chicken Series
John O'Gorman's Jeanneau Sunfast 3600 Hot Cookie from the National Yacht Club was the winner of the first race of Dublin Bay Sailing Club's 2020 Spring Chicken Series. 19 cruisers raced in a blustery first race with 17 finishers on Sunday…
Greystones Harbour Marina in County Wicklow
BJ Marine is looking to recruit a yacht broker for our busy sales office at Greystones Harbour Marina, just south of Dublin. BJ Marine has a strong network of offices throughout Ireland, the UK and the Mediterranean, representing market-leading brands…
Apply For A Stand At European Maritime Day Expo In Cork
Sunday 15 March is the deadline to apply for a stand at the European Maritime Day Expo in Cork this May. Ahead of the official launch of registration later this month for the conference taking place at Cork City Hall…
Nimmo spotted in January 2019 with Mutton Island in the background
The traditional first day of spring in Ireland also saw the return of Nimmo, a bottlenose dolphin who’s become a regular visitor to Galway city. The Irish Whale and Dolphin Group (IWDG) says this is the sixth consecutive year for…
Larne RNLI’s crew sets up an alongside tow for the casualty boat
Larne RNLI’s volunteers diverted from their crew assessments on Sunday morning (2 February) to assist a person on a nine-metre motor boat which had broken down near Ballygally in Co Antrim. Launching at around 10.15am into a calm sea, the…
Revenue says they will enforce the new diesel fuel arrangements on a risk basis
If green diesel is found by the Revenue Commissioners in the fuel tank of a private pleasure craft during the early part of 2020, the owner of the craft may be liable for prosecution unless he or she can demonstrate…
CGI image of how P&O Ferries new generation super-ferries will look like on the Dover-Calais route linking the UK and mainland Europe. The new tonnage will feature a double-ended design and two bridges, meaning that there is no need for the ferry to turn around when within ports.
Official images have been released of P&O Ferries €260 million new generation of super-ferries which will see the new tonnage transform the experience of travelling between Britain and mainland Europe. The newbuilds will be the largest ferries ever to sail…
The scene at Portumna during the rescue of three people from a motorboat
Lough Derg RNLI was requested to launch on Sunday afternoon (2 February), by Valentia Coast Guard to reports of three people in difficulty on an 18ft motorboat in Portumna, at the northern end of Lough Derg. At 3.49 pm, the…
49er sailors Ryan Seaton and Seafra Guilfoyle
Irish Olympic 49er campaigners Ryan Seaton and Séafra Guilfoyle put in a spirited performance in the 74-strong fleet at the 2020 Oceania Championships at Geelong near Melbourne, which ended today. They posted a set of results which included a second,…
Tug Noordstroom and a new linkspan bound for Dublin Port is seen departing the Netherlands when off the Hoek van Holland. Also above is Stena Britannica berthed at a linkspan of the Dutch ferryport which connects Harwich in the UK. Afloat also adds that favourable weather conditions for the Irish bound linkspan permitted a passage time of 6 days as scheduled by the Dublin Port Co. when an arrival took place last month.
Dublin Port welcomed the arrival of new port infrastructure in the form of a linkspan which was transported by a supporting barge structure from the Netherlands last month, writes Jehan Ashmore. The new linkspan (No. 7) will form part of…
The RS Elite fleet in Cowes
The RS Elite Association is pleased to announce Brewin Dolphin as the Headline Sponsor for the Brewin Dolphin RS Elite International Grand Prix, to be held at the Royal Yacht Squadron, Cowes from 9th to 12th July 2020. The event…
Inland Fisheries Ireland Seeks Submissions for Corporate Plan 2020-2025
Inland Fisheries Ireland (IFI), the state agency responsible for Ireland’s inland fisheries, invites submissions for its new Corporate Plan 2020-2025. The consultation process is an opportunity for members of the public to have an input into the formulation of Inland…
Greystones Harbour
The Office of Public Works (OPW) has applied for planning permission for a new coastguard station in Greystones Harbour — three years after plans for the Co Wicklow town were deemed ‘not viable’. Lack of funds was the reason given…
Ferries from rival operators, Irish Ferries and Stena Line AFLOAT adds berthed at the Port of Holyhead in north Wales
On the Irish Sea the biggest ferry operator in this market area has confirmed that there will be checks, inspections and some new infrastructure for trade, and it wants to know what the UK government will pay for. The plans,…
A Topper capsizes in breezy conditions at the Kinsale Yacht Club Spring Series
Westerly winds of 16 to 20 knots greeted the first day of the Custom Rigging Spring Frostbites Series at Kinsale Yacht Club on Sunday.  Squibs, Toppers and Lasers competed over a course set by the race officer team of John and…
Squib sailing in Kinsale Harbour
The 2020 UK Squib National Championships come to Ireland once every five years and this summer Kinsale Yacht Club is hosting the event.  The event takes place from 21st to 26th June in one of the most scenic parts of…
Enter the Afloat.ie online Crossword competition below to be in with a chance to win a pair of Dubarry deck shoes in this free to enter competition
Afloat.ie in association with Dubarry brings you a bi-monthly nautical crossword competition (No. 183). Win a pair of Dubarry Commodore X LT or Sailmaker X LT deck shoes! Complete the crossword below and add your details below and the first…
Leading his club to two years of success: 2018-2019 RCYC Admiral Pat Farnan with Atlee Kohl RCYC, All-Ireland Junior Champion 2018. Photo Bob Bateman
Captain Pat Farnan’s retirement as Admiral of the Royal Cork YC on January 20th - after a two-year tour of duty in this top role - marked the completion of another chapter in an outstanding maritime career that took him…

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