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Racing the Scottish Series on Loch Fyne under the hills and mountains can be tricky. Approaching the mark in the hot RC35 Class, leading boat Chimaera (Andrew Craig RIYC) gets a sudden wind shift, yet still manages to carry her deflated finery round the turn. But right up her transom Something Else (John & Brian Hall NYC) and Hijacker (Stuart Cranston & J Buchanan, Down Cr C) are now hard on the wind - such as it is
The Clyde Cruising Club’s Scottish Series has long been a happy hunting ground for Irish boats and crews writes W M Nixon. We remember with particular fondness the great days of the Royal Cork YC’s Corby 36 Antix, with which…
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Rig tuning on Harmony in Scotland
The North Sails Ireland Team moved out of home for a few days last week and set up camp in Tarbert for the 2019 Scottish Series writes Nigel Young. Maurice O'Connell was helping Andrew Craig and his team on the…
Martin Le Pape, Figaro Skipper of Macif 2017
The introduction of the new foil-assisted Figaro Bénéteau 3 has proven to have had a particularly magnetic attraction to past winners of the famous annual La Solitaire URGO Le Figaro. When the 47-strong fleet of solo racers start from Saint…
Gary O'Donovan
#Rowing: Gary O’Donovan took fourth place, one slot outside the qualifying spots for the semi-finals, in his repechage at the European Rowing Championships in Lucerne today. Norway, Turkey and Serbia battled it out at the head of the field and…
Industry representatives at a meeting of the National Inshore Fisheries Forum (NIFF) at the National Seafood Centre in Clonakilty, Co Cork
The Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine, Michael Creed T.D., today announced that he has approved a new conservation measure that will provide legal protection for v-notched crawfish. The measure received widespread support when the Minister discussed it with…
Fintan and Jake McCarthy
#Rowing: Jake and Fintan McCarthy produced a brilliant final sprint to take a place in the semi-finals of the lightweight double sculls at the European Rowing Championships in Lucerne today. Just two crews would go through, and Italy led the…
The key to the Dragon's enduring appeal lies in the careful development of its rig. Its well balanced sail plan makes boat handling easy for lightweights, while a controlled process of development has produced one of the most flexible and controllable rigs of any racing boat
Glandore Harbour's Don Street has entered Dragon IRL15, which at 78 years old is thought to be the oldest Dragon still racing, into the 90th-anniversary celebration regatta for the class in Italy. Street will race against other historic Dragons including ESP1…
A new ferry for DFDS Dover-Calais service in 2021, will be named Côte D’Opale and follows a steel cutting ceremony of the ferry in China. AFLOAT adds the newbuild chartered from Stena Ro Ro which has ordered eight Stena's E-Flexer class ropax ferries to include sisters entering Irish Sea service from next year.
Danish shipping giant DFDS, has announced the name of their new ferry Côte D'Opale which is due for English Channel service between Dover and Calais in 2021. The newbuild is named after a region of France that overlooks the English…
Sanita Puspure
#Rowing: Sanita Puspure opened her account at the European Rowing Championships in Lucerne with a good win. The world champion in the single sculls was given a good test in the third heat by Victoria Thornley of Britain, who stayed…
Dublin Bay prawn on subtidal sand at South Rigg in the Irish Sea, one of the UK’s new marine protected areas
Forty-one new marine conservation zones on England’s coast will create a ‘blue belt’ of protected waters for marine wildlife eight times the size of greater London, as the Guardian reports. The string of new protected areas runs from Bournemouth to…
Dave Kenefick leads Irish hopes at the Moth Euros in Portugal
After four races sailed on day two at the International Moth Championships in Portugal at Clube de Vela de Lagos Royal Cork Yacht Club's Dave Kenefick is top of three Irish sailors competing in the 47-boat fleet in eighth place overall. The…
The German Navy frigate FGS Augsburg (left) recently took part in exercises involving rocket shooting in waters near Sundsvall, Sweden. Also involved is the corvette, FGS Erfurt auf dem.
A German Navy frigate which carried out exercises in Swedish waters has arrived in Dublin Port and will remain docked during the June Bank Holiday weekend, writes Jehan Ashmore. The 'Bremen' 122 class frigate FGS Augsburg displacing 3,680 tonnes had…
Wild Oats XI approaching the finish to take line honours in the 2018 Rolex Sydney Hobart Race Yacht Race
A mix of newcomers and race-winning veterans headline a 75-strong list already entered in the 75th editor of the Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race which sets sail less than seven months from now, on Thursday 26 December. The Cayman Islands-registered…
Gary O'Donovan
#Rowing: Gary O’Donovan took sixth place in his heat of the lightweight single sculls at the European Rowing Championships in Lucerne this morning. The Skibbereen man, competing for the first time at this level in a single, found himself at…
Philip Doyle and Ronan Byrne
#Rowing: Philip Doyle and Ronan Byrne gave Ireland a top-class start to the European Rowing Championships in Lucerne this morning. They won their heat of the double sculls with a powerful display, seeing off a challenge by Romania, who gave…
A Spanish fishing vessel has pleaded guilty to catches of Blue Shark off the Irish coast
Irish shark experts have called on newly elected MEPs to outlaw the growing shark fin fishery in European waters, following a fine imposed on a Spanish fishing vessel detained off the Irish coast. The Sea Fisheries Protection Authority (SFPA) has…
Keith Poole's Flying Fifteen 'The Gruffalo' from the National Yacht Club was the winner of tonight's DBSC race
There was a bumper DBSC turnout of 134 boats for tonight's Thursday night racing. The fleet enjoyed a fine SW to W F3-4 breeze on Dublin Bay. DBSC Results for 30/05/2019 Cruiser 0 IRC: 1. Rockabill, 2. Wow, 3. YoYo Cruiser…
Team Racing is Ireland's fastest growing form of sailing and is fun, inclusive and competitive for all levels of sailing
The Royal St. George Yacht Club in Dun Laoghaire is running week-long youth team racing clinics writes Greg Arrowsmith. The clinics, starting on the 10th of June and also on the 1st of July are open to everyone, RStGYC members…
Two Irish solo racers in the Figaro - Tom Dolan of County Meath and Joan Mulloy of County Mayo are taking on the might and depth of the French Figaro race
Rather than any accumulated local knowledge it will be the strong, primal lure of returning to the homeland, Ireland, which might yield any additional speed advantage to Joan Mulloy and Tom Dolan when the two Irish solo racers compete on…
A screenshot from Beaches.ie showing the restriction in place at Galway's Grattan Beach
Galway City Council is investigating whether a testing fault has resulted in high levels of bacteria being reported at several of its beaches. As Afloat reported earlier today, a swimming ban has been imposed at Silver Strand, Salthill and Blackrock,…

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