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Réamonn Byrne with Frank Wolf, a Canadian explorer who had been on the boat’s previous expedition around the North West Passage.
A Waterford man is set to row across the Atlantic in aid of a charity that repatriates Irish people who die overseas. Réamonn Byrne, originally from Kilmacthomas but now based in New York City, is the driving force behind ‘The…
Aerial view of Inis Oírr, Aran Islands
The go ahead to upgrade pier works at Inis Oírr, Aran Islands, has been approved by the Minister for Rural and Community Development Heather Humphreys. As Galway Bay FM reports, Minister Humphreys has announced that a business case is to…
File photo of Finlaggen, of Caledonian MacBrayne (CalMac) at Cammell Laird, which earlier this year secured a four-year contract with the Scottish state run operator, one of the UK’s largest ferry operators, for the annual maintenance and dry docking of the five largest vessels in its fleet. AFLOAT also adds Finlaggen operates in south-west Scotland to Islay, the southermost of the Inner Hebrides and the closest to the northern coasts of Ireland.
According to Merseyside shipyard Cammell Laird, demand for longer term repair and maintenance framework relationships from ferry operators is increasing as the sector prepares to recover from Covid. Despite a reduction in ferry projects at the UK facility in Birkenhead,…
The latest Jeanneau Merry Fisher Marlin 605 on display at Dun Laoghaire Marina
Go ahead Dublin yacht and boat broker MGM Boats are busy in their homeport of Dun Laoghaire Harbour displaying the latest Jeanneau Merry Fisher Marlin 605 for the 2021 boating season. The proudly displayed new French marque is turning heads from…
Dr Susan Steele - appointed head of the EU’s monitoring body for the Common Fisheries Policy
An Irish marine biologist has been appointed head of the EU’s monitoring body for the Common Fisheries Policy. Dr Susan Steele, who grew up on West Cork’s Beara peninsula, has been appointed executive director of the European Fisheries Control Agency…
The RYA is warning that if a boatowner carries flares, they'd better budget for the cost of eventual disposal
Reviewing the equipment on my Sigma 33. Scribbler, before launching this year, I've been wondering about flares. I don't have any needing disposal at present, but I've been following the debate in the UK where the Royal Yachting Association has…
Volvo Dun Laoghaire Regatta has received 94 entries so far for the Open Cruiser Championship (8th – 11th July 2021) on Dublin Bay
Entries for Volvo Dun Laoghaire Regatta (VDLR) are beyond expectations for July's event giving organisers the opportunity to close the entry system at the end of April to review the 320 boats received so far. Ireland's biggest regatta on Dublin…
The Italian Team’s time is 18 minutes better than the 2015 record set by Lloyd Thornburg and Brian Thompson aboard Phaedo3
Maserati Multi 70 and Giovanni Soldini won in the duel against Peter Cunningham’s MOD 70 PowerPlay and conquered the Channel Record today. They set sail off Cowes (UK) at 9:13:40 GMT and they crossed the finish line off Dinard (FR)…
An aerial view of the European Olympic qualifier ILCA 7 racing in Vilamoura
Irish hopes of a Tokyo Olympic place in the men's single-handed class all but disappeared today in light and shifty breeze off Vilamoura, Portugal at the European Olympic qualifier event. With the 139 competitors now split into gold and silver…
In Making a Currach – Michael Conneely, Michael’s daughter Máire Conneely recalls the excitement from the week the Museum visited their home on Inisheer; “The currach was being made on the sand outside the house, so we children were able to keep an eye on all the work. We were surprised they were so interested in the work, they were writing down every word that my father said. Of course, pictures were being taken of the work. My mother had a job chasing us away, telling us not to be getting under their feet!”
The currach, with its primitive design of wooden frame and waterproof skin, is the best known of all the Irish boats. By the mid-twentieth century this once common boat was noticeably disappearing from our shores, and rarer still were the…
A Seller's Market for Brokerage Boats: Now is the Perfect Time to Sell your Boat with Key Yachting
Did you know that demand for brokerage boats is currently exceeding supply – which makes this a seller's market? Mark Mansfield, Irish Agent for the four Key Yachting brands, advises, "Key Yachting has an unrivalled knowledge of J Boats, Grand…
RoRo volumes on ROI – GB routes fell significantly, by 31%, with a surge in ROI – EU traffic, which rose by 74%.
In its first post-Brexit quarterly review of port volumes, the Irish Maritime Development Office (IMDO) offers an overview of maritime traffic on an all-island basis. Commenting on key points in the report, Liam Lacey, Director of the IMDO said that…
Following cancellation of the IOM Classic TT and MGP, the IOM Steam Packet confirms customers booked to travel from 21st Aug – 4th Sept inclusive will be contacted and offered the chance to transfer their booking to next year’s event or receive a refund. Above AFLOAT adds is the seasonal fastcraft ferry Manannan from where motorbikes in recent years, disembarked at Douglas Harbour.
Ferry firm Isle of Man Steam Packet Company has released figures that have again highlighted the continued popularity of world-class motorsport events in the Isle of Man. The company has revealed that 75% of passengers due to travel during this…
Among the clients of A&P Falmouth involved a regular Ireland-mainland Europe containership, Samskip Express which following a grounding on the Irish coast (last year), led to extensive repairs carried out at the UK shipyard repair facility in Cornwall. AFLOAT also adds the 803TEU capacity containership was recently in Dublin Port (as above in this file photo) and is currently berthed in the Port of Rotterdam.
The largest shipyard-repair complex in the UK, A&P Falmouth, announced that they had a 100% occupancy of all three dry docks over the last six months - with some docks occupied simultaneously by multiple vessels. A&P Falmouth carried out repairs…
Irish Nautical Trust has launched the “Liffey Sweeper
The Irish Nautical Trust has launched the “Liffey Sweeper”, a new environmental vessel designed to collect large amounts of non-natural debris such as plastic, cans and bottles from the city’s waterways. The newest addition to Dublin’s nautical fleet is part…
Peter Conroy of the Irish Tow Surf Rescue Club opposes a proposed ban on jet skis at Count Clare beaches
“Aquabikes” caught the attention of former Irish Times journalist Kevin Myers back in 1982. The Irishman’s Diary writer was seriously concerned about the pressure windsurfers were putting on the RNLI Dun Laoghaire lifeboat at the time. He had read about…
The top right tile shows a Sentinel-2 satellite image of Clonakilty Bay from August 2020. The bottom left is the corresponding spatial extent (highlighted) of the algal bloom in the bay at low tide and the bottom right shows the corresponding biomass the amounts of algal material present in grams per metre squared.
European space satellite imagery could replace human monitoring as an effective “health check” of Ireland’s coastal environment, according to new research by NUI Galway scientists. As The Times Ireland edition reports, earth observation data sets recorded by European Space Agency…
Peter Cunningham’s MOD70 PowerPlay is set for a world record attempt from Cowes – Dinard
Peter Cunningham’s MOD70 PowerPlay is set for a world record attempt from Cowes – Dinard tomorrow, Thursday 22 April 2021. The current record for the 138 nautical mile course is held by MOD70 Phaedo 3 which scorched across the English…
Go Fishing Week 2021 Programme Launched to Get People Hooked on Angling
Inland Fisheries Ireland (IFI) has announced the line-up of virtual events for Go Fishing Week 2021, its national celebration of fishing and angling. Sustainability, protecting habitats and wellbeing benefits are the big themes over a week of free events that begins…
Members of the RYA Northern Ireland Youth Forum in 2019
A group of inspirational young leaders who took part in RYANI’s Youth Forum have come together for a celebration event marking the progress they have made during an extraordinary year. RYANI’s Youth Forum began in 2019 as a pilot project…

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