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Cuna Mara is ashore in Crosshaven Co Cork.  She has been in the family for the last 20 years and is a very stable platform for family cruising.  A traditional look with the comfort of a modern boat.
In his almost-under-the-radar way of working, Andrew Wolstenholme is one of the most versatile boat designers practising the art of putting interesting craft afloat. All he seems to ask of clients is that they don’t request a run-of-the-mill vessel of…
The Open Dutch Championships ORC 1, 2 and 3 were scheduled to be held during the now cancelled North Sea Regatta
To mark the 50th anniversary of the death of Uffa Fox, one of the most highly regarded naval architects and enthusiast of all aspects of sailing, the Royal London Yacht Club, together with the Cowes Classic Boat Museum, and supported…
Above file photo of Isle of Arran (Eilean Arainn) at its namesake island when berthed at Brodick on the Firth of Clyde. The veteran vessel has been deployed by Scottish ferry operator, CalMac to a Western Isles service albeit on a temporary overnight freight-only basis.
A spare ferry that operates Scotland's most southerly island year round ferry route (peak times) on the Clyde, the MV Isle of Arran, has according to CalMac, since last week temporarily taken over an overnight freight run in the Western Isles.…
Inisheer, the smallest of the Aran Islands
Irish offshore islands may have mixed feelings about hosting school tours, but the Department of Education says they can take place within Covid-19 guidelines. As The Times Ireland edition reports, The department says that “educational trips” by both primary and…
Freight forwarders say the knock-on effects of last month’s Suez Canal blockage have worsened and prolonged problems of equipment availability, tight capacity, and schedule reliability ‘in an already very constrained market’, but have not led to a catastrophic congestion crisis. Above the Port of Felixstowe in the UK. .
Blockage of the Suez Canal at the end of last month is set to prolong the current operational capacity issues in ocean ship freight, it has not led to the catastrophic congestion crisis some had feared, major forwarders have told…
A helium balloon shining in the sun was mistaken for a distress signal on Lough Swilly
Lough Swilly RNLI in County Donegal was tasked by the Irish Coast Guard at 2.26 pm Sunday 25th April to reports of a distress signal sighted around the Leenan Head area of the Lough. After a short search, it was…
World Sailing needs new proposals for sailing's tenth medal in three year's time
World Sailing's Council has unanimously approved a regulatory amendment to enable alternative event(s) to the Mixed Two Person Offshore Keelboat, for sailing's 10th medal at the Paris 2024 Olympic Games to be proposed. As Afloat reported previously, following a request…
Ballycotton RNLI all-weather Trent class lifeboat the Austin Lidbury tows home the broken down fishing vessel
Ballycotton RNLI all-weather Trent class lifeboat the Austin Lidbury was tasked by Valentia Coast Guard at 11.25 am yesterday to a report of a fishing vessel with engine failure approximately 5 miles off Flat Head, south of Cork Harbour.  Conditions…
Howth RNLI approach the sailing cruiser aground off Ireland's Eye
Howth RNLI launched both the all-weather lifeboat and the inshore lifeboat to come to the aid of a sailboat with a family of seven people aboard after they ran aground off Ireland's Eye. The RNLI pagers sounded at 3.10 pm…
A trial safety patrol will involve a responsible adult in a RIB, providing an advisory and reporting service on the water within Dun Laoghaire Harbour
The return of anti-social behaviour at Ireland's biggest recreational boating centre by some powered watercraft users has led Dun Laoghaire Rathdown County Council to introduce a trial of a Harbour Water Safety Patrol service this weekend. In an advisory letter…
Lough Derg RNLI
At 11.30 am today, Sunday 25 April, whilst out on exercise, Lough Derg RNLI volunteers in County Tipperary noticed the passengers of a 20ft motorboat waving to them to signal their distress. The motorboat was south of the Scilly Islands…
Image illustrating the proposed Codling Wind Park
Following the recent notice of geophysical surveys for the Codling Wind Park comes news of a series of geotechnical surveys in the Irish Sea off Wicklow for the project set to commence tomorrow, Monday 26 April. Works to characterise the…
File image of Garretstown Beach in West Cork
RTÉ News reports that a 22-year-old man has died after falling into a blowhole near Garretstown Beach last night (Saturday 24 April). It’s understood that the man had been part of a group camping overnight at the beach, and that…
Kitesurfer Dylan Green after carrying out the rescue on Friday evening
A kitesurfer who rescued a swimmer off the Seven Heads in Cork on Friday evening (23 April) said he was “just delighted to help”. As TheJournal.ie reports, Dylan Green was out on his board when he was alerted to a…
The lift in of sailing cruisers at Wicklow Sailing Club for the 2021 season
Following on from the successful lift of sailing cruisers at Dun Laoghaire Harbour a fortnight ago, at the Royal St. George Yacht Club and National Yacht Clubs, another east coast club has launched for the 2021 boating season. It might…
A plinth is in place ready for the statue of Roger Casement to arrive on site at the Dun Laoghaire Baths on Dublin Bay
Despite the stop-start nature of construction due to COVID-19 restrictions, shoreward photography taken at the weekend of the new Dun Laoghaire Baths shows that significant progress has been made in all areas of the flagship project for Dun Laoghaire Rathdown County Council.…
Howth RNLI rescue kite-surfer in difficulty
Howth RNLI was on exercise this afternoon Saturday 24th April when it received a call to join the Irish Coast Guard Helicopter Rescue 116 who were tasked to locate a kite-surfer who had got into difficulty off Sutton Strand in…
Ewan McMahon from Howth YC improved to 48th overall
Ireland can only look to the future and Paris 2024 - just three years away - for its next chance to compete in the men's singlehanded Laser class following Finn Lynch's failure to qualify Ireland in the Laser event for Tokyo 2020…
Colourful RS dinghies from Dun Laoghaire Harbour out for a sail in perfect sailing conditions on Dublin Bay
Boating activity returned to Dun Laoghaire Harbour yesterday on Dublin Bay as fine April weather ushered in the start (officially or unofficially) of the 2021 boating season with a range of sailing and boating underway at the country's biggest boating…
The Red Bay lifeboat launching on the callout this morning from Cushendall
Red Bay RNLI launched their B class Atlantic 85 lifeboat at 9.20 am this morning (Saturday 24 April) after reports that a small fishing boat with three crew onboard was grounded on rocks one mile south of Glenarm Marina on…

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