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The five IMOCA competitors race for the first points of the In-Port Race Series in Alicante on Sunday 8 January
Team Malizia (GER) won the IMOCA In-Port Race in Alicante on Sunday afternoon (8 January) after a frenetic battle to close the first day of action in The Ocean Race 2022-23 — one that saw four of the five boats…
Poster for lunch with Donal McClement at the Rochestown Park Hotel on Thursday 6 April 2023
A lunch to celebrate Donal McClement and his sailing life in Cork and beyond will be held this April at the Rochestown Park Hotel. McClement is a stalwart of the Cork sailing community, among his many achievements co-founding Cork Week in…
New sails arriving at the Quantum sail loft in County Galway
Mark Mansfield of Quantum Sails Ireland with five things you should consider to get you ready for the new racing season. 1. Clear out the boat It may seem straightforward, but you would be surprised by how many boats leave…
Aran archive - Justin Ó Gliasáin DCU with Bairbre Uí Chonaill and Áine Uí Fhlaithearta of the BBÁ
The island folklore of Oileáin Árann has been collated on a new website by residents of Inis Mór, working with a number of academic partners. Bailiúchán Béaloidis Árann, the Árainn Folklore Project, has been “more than twenty years a-growing”, according…
A Wind Farm on the North Sea
A team of German scientists has suggested that offshore wind farms in the North Sea could significantly impact the ecosystem. The scientists from the Helmholtz-Zentrum Hereon Research Institute used numerical modelling to show how there could be physical disruptions to…
The Irish Whale and Dolphin Group report says that deep-sea habitats are “currently largely unexplored by man and far removed from all human settlements”, and it is “difficult for many people to appreciate what impacts deep sea mining might have on marine habitats and resources”.
Deep-sea mining for scarce minerals and trace elements may have a “catastrophic impact” on the ocean floor, a study by the Irish Whale and Dolphin Group warns. The International Seabed Authority (ISA), which Ireland is a member of, “lacks transparency”,…
The pier at Schull Harbour in West Cork
Directors of the Schull Community Harbour Development Company Limited (SCHDC) say they have met to discuss “next actions” and “continue to consider all options available” following the expiry of planning permission for redevelopment of the West Cork harbour. In a…
James Murphy leads the Monkstown Bay Sailing Club Laser League in Cork Harbour
Monkstown Bay Sailing Club (MBSC) Laser Winter League 2023 got off to a blustery start in Cork Harbour on Saturday, January 7th, when the scheduled third race was cancelled as gusts hit 30 knots. James Murphy's results of two and…
Dawn over Alicante on Saturday 7 January as The Ocean Race fleets prepare for the first In-Port Race
The opening salvos will be fired in The Ocean Race 2022-23 on Sunday (8 January) with the start of the In-Port Race Series in Alicante. As previously noted on Afloat.ie, there will be separate races for the two different classes…
Saoirse pictured in Dun Laoghaire before Conor O’Brien embarked on his historic circumnavigation in 1923
The Journal has highlighted the upcoming centenary of Irish yachtsman Conor O’Brien’s pioneering circumnavigation. In June 1923, Limerick man O’Brien set off on his yacht the Saoirse — named after the then newly created Irish Free State — on the…
Map showing Inchmore Island
Following the pre-Christmas warning over an off-station marker on the Shannon Navigation, Waterways Ireland advises that a temporary red marker has now been installed in the relevant area north of Athlone. The temporary marker is in place of the port-hand…
The lobster pot Christmas tree next to the Port of Kinsale harbour master’s office at night
Tony Blair’s former spin doctor has bestowed an unusual honour upon the Port of Kinsale’s special Christmas tree. Earlier this week, Alastair Campbell named the lobster pot creation by local fisherman Eamonn O’Neill has his ‘Unusual Tree of the Day’…
Howth Yacht Club’s 2022-2024 Commodore Neil Murphy racing his co-owned Puppeteer 22 Yellow Peril in a brisk breeze off the Fingal coast. First sailed in 1978, the Puppeteer 22s are the numerically largest among Howth’s successful location-specific One Design classes, and in 2022 the winner of the Class Championship was Paul and Laura McMahon’s Shiggi-Shiggi
The selection of Howth Yacht Club as Ireland’s latest MG Motor “Sailing Club of the Year Award” represents a remarkable harmony of achievement between the competition winners and the sponsors, with Howth Yacht Club becoming “Sailing Club of the Year…
The Ocean Research Project happened upon the Swan 48, Wolfhound, some 800 miles off Bermuda many weeks after it was abandoned at sea
Video has recently surfaced online of ocean researchers’ encounter in the Atlantic with an abandoned Dun Laoghaire yacht — one that was the subject of headlines a decade ago. It’s nearly 10 years since Alan McGettigan and crew were rescued…
James O’Mahony
11th Hour Racing Team’s longtime sustainability manager Damian Foxall isn’t Ireland’s only connection to the IMOCA getting ready to foil around the world in The Ocean Race 2022-23 this month. Cork sailor James O’Mahony, a veteran of two previous editions…
Minister for Marine Charlie McConalogue at May's IFPO-Migrant-Fisheries-Workers-protest
A new permit scheme giving non-EEA migrant fishers the same rights as EU crew members has been welcomed by the Irish Fish Producers Organisation (IFPO). The Department of Justice confirmed the new arrangements this week, which provide for a “more…
Aerial view of Dun Laoghaire Baths
Wheelchair users have highlighted accessibility issues at the newly reopened Dun Laoghaire Baths — with the current temporary ramps deemed as too steep. As The Journal reports, one accessibility advocate described the ramps to the lower-level amphitheatre as “disgraceful”. “They…
Chris Bateman competing in the annual Monkstown Bay Sailing Club's Winter Laser League in Cork Harbour. the 20223 series starts this Saturday
Monkstown Bay Sailing Club's Winter Laser League in Cork Harbour begins this weekend and runs for six Saturdays until February 11th. There will be an all-in start as close as possible to the village's Sand Quay at 10.12 am, with…
The top Welsh J109 Mojito is heading for Volvo Dun Laoghaire Regatta in July
North Wales ISORA champion Mojito is one of the first entries into July's Volvo Dun Laoghaire Regatta.  The Pwllheli J109 of Vicky Cox and Peter Dunlop is a regular visitor to the Irish east coast and was a big winner…
MAPFRE crew member Guillermo Altadill deploys a drifter buoy during Leg 7 of The Ocean Race 2017-18 from Auckland to Itajai
The forthcoming edition of The Ocean Race, which sets sail from Alicante on 15 January, is set to feature the most ambitious and comprehensive science programme created by a sporting event. Every boat participating in the gruelling six-month around-the-world race…
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