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Patrick and Morgan Oliver - decribed as 'Claddagh Royalty' by Galway Mayor
The two Galway fishermen who rescued two paddleboarders in August have been honoured at a mayoral reception. Mayor of Galway Mike Cubbard described Patrick Oliver and his son Morgan as “Claddagh royalty” when he presented them with a framed presentation…
UK Landbridge: The (P&O) ferry sails every night from Hull to Zeebrugge (Belgium). Above AFLOAT adds the operator's pair of cruiseferries Pride of York (above in the Port of Hull) along with sister Pride of Bruges serve the North Sea route connecting the UK and mainland Europe. The pair built in 1987 are to be withdrawn from service. Note the 'tumblehome' deck of Marco Polo that was in the fleet of CMV (which in June went into administration) with the cruiseship remaining laid-up in Avonmouth (near Bristol), England.
A UK-Belgium ferry route is to be cut between Hull and Belgium in a decision that has been described as the "end of an era" for the city. Operator P&O Ferries said it was closing its service to Zeebrugge following…
 The spirit of September 2020, as the Water Wags have their last race of the season in Dun Laoghaire Harbour on the evening of Wednesday, September 16th. Tim & Marcus Pearson's Little Tern gets to the finish line just ahead of Ian & Judith Malcolm's Barbara, with Martin & Triona Byrne's Hild making in on port to finish third
Thank you, September. You did your best to provide us with good sailing as ingenious moves were implemented to run modified pandemic-compliant events which gave proper meaning to the season, and to our sailing traditions. It was neither your fault…
A First 35 on Dublin Bay with new Quantum Fusion J3
Quantum Sails Ireland is reminding interested parties that its winter discounting of up to 15% is ending in two weeks. Since Quantum Sails brought out the offer, they have seen a big increase in sail orders all over the country…
John Payne, director of lifesaving operations for the RNLI, and HM Coastguard director Claire Hughes sign the MOU at Dover Lifeboat Station on Thursday 1 October
The RNLI and HM Coastguard have signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) that lays out each organisation’s responsibilities for search and rescue operations in England, Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland. John Payne, director of lifesaving operations for the RNLI, and…
SailCork Navigation Courses Are Moving Online This Autumn & Winter
SailCork’s regular navigation courses are moving from the usual environs of the Royal Cork’s clubhouse to the online realm this autumn and winter. Directed by Eddie English, the RYA Online Plus navigation courses use a mix of videos, presentations, group…
Satellite image of Lough Neagh
Environmental campaigners have hit out at a Stormont decision to approve sand dredging in Lough Neagh, as the Belfast Telegraph reports. Sand dredging has been practiced in Lough Neagh since the 1930s, with no permission needed until after the lough…
RoRo freight ferries Afloat adds occupy berths in the UK at the Port of Heysham on the Irish Sea
The UK government today is ramping up its preparations for the end of the transition period with the launch of a £200 million fund for ports to build new facilities. Government launches the Port Infrastructure Fund to build new facilities…
The Grand Soleil 44 Performance is on show at Genoa until Tuesday 6 October
Following its announcement this past January at boot Düsseldorf, Grand Soleil’s new 44 Performance model has enjoyed its world premiere at the Genoa Boat Show in Italy. The Grand Soleil 44 already has an impressive pedigree, with Nieulargo and Eleuthera…
The Clyde naval base at Faslane in Loch Gare
Three northern bottlenose whales were the subject of special rescue operation in Western Scotland yesterday (Thursday 1 October) as boats worked to guide them out to sea ahead of a major military exercise. As the Guardian reports, rescue teams led…
A Sligo councillor recalls a journey from Coney Island with faulty lights leading to Sligo Harbour where also some 5kms along the coast offshore is The Metal Man. The 19th century beacon had received recently a paint makeover.
A north-west councillor has described how on a recent journey by boat from Coney Island to Sligo Harbour one evening recently it became apparent that the majority of lights in the harbour aren't working. As The Sligo Champion reports, Councillor…
Port of Foynes: re-opening the 40km Limerick-Foynes line, closed in 2002, would cost €45 million. Above AFLOAT adds the bulker Foxtrot berthed at the port and the derelict railway station located in north Co. Limerick
The Limerick-Foynes rail line is the focus of a plan to revive the link which will boost efforts to develop the Shannon Estuary as a centre for shipping and energy. Minister for Transport, Eamon Ryan, told the Dáil recently that…
RYA & British Marine: Boat Owners Left In Limbo By UK Government ‘Inaction’ On Brexit Customs & VAT Issues
British boaters face a choice between extra costs rising into four figures or seeing their vessels being stranded in the EU after the end of the Brexit transition period, unless the UK Government acts now. That was the warning in…
Robert Hendrick in the C1 category
Team Ireland is off to a great start at the 2020 Junior & U23 Canoe Slalom European Championships. Held in Krakow, Poland the championships are running from 1st-4th of October. Day one of racing saw the only Irish competitor in…
The Castletownbere fishing fleet in West Cork. The Irish fishing industry is worth €1.2 billion per annum to the economy
The Taoiseach and Minister for the Marine have been described as "dismissive, contemptuous and glib" in their treatment of the fishing industry in moving "dastardly legislation," against fishermen by the country's four fish producer organisations. The Irish South and West…
A very special house in a very special location. Edgewater in Kinsale has direct access to its own 6-boat marina
"Unique" and "iconic" are words so overused they've almost become meaningless. So it says something about a very special harbourside house on the market in Kinsale, that it should so confidently restore the vitality and meaning of those terms -…
Winning form – Rob O'Leary on his way to victory in the 1720 Munsters in Cork Harbour last weekend
The O'Leary family of Crosshaven and Baltimore have a fine reputation for top-level competitive sailing allied with ready enthusiasm for volunteering in services to our sport, and Rob, the youngest O'Leary brother is following this tradition. Having served successfully as…
Ben Graf on helm and Alexander Farrell on wire as they shape their champion International 420 for a start
Teenage skipper Ben Graf of the 250-year-old Lough Ree YC is September's Junior "Sailor of the Month" on the strength of a remarkably varied lineup of successes which reached a new level during the late season. Having won the 420…
Team spirit – 2019 Sailor of the Year Paul O'Higgins' JPK 10.80 Rockabill VI has retained the ISORA Championship in 2020
One of the many "little miracles" which kept Irish sailing alive and active during the continually-changing official restrictions in the summer of 2020 was the flexible and effective administration of the Irish side of the Irish Sea Offshore Racing Association's…
Serious business. Tom Dolan in the process of restructuring his sailing on Smurfit Kappa after good speed but erratic tactics provided frustration in the Figaro Solitaire 2019, a situation he and his support team successfully rectified for 2020's race
When Meathman Tom Dolan heads off for a solo or double-handed campaign with the Figaro 3 Smurfit Kappa from his French base at Concarneau, the Irish sailing community is with him all the way. But as the truncated 2020 season…

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