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Dreams of long ago are re-born with relevance for today. The revived Dublin Bay 21 Class being re-created in Kilrush Boatyard will give an accessible introduction to classic wooden boat sailing in Dun Laoghaire in a way that is in tune with the modern trend towards non-ownership
In 1828, when the recently re-named and still only semi-finished harbour of Kingstown on Dublin Bay staged its first regatta, it certainly gave an indication of the transformed place’s potential for waterborne sport. Yet it was not until 1831 that…
Baltimore’s inshore lifeboat taking the sailing vessel under tow
Two people were rescued by Baltimore RNLI yesterday afternoon (Thursday 19 September) after their sailing dinghy was stranded ashore on Spanish Island near the West Cork harbour. The inshore lifeboat was on scene within minutes, and quickly established a tow…
A clean Class One start at Volvo Dun Laoghaire Regatta under International Race Officer Bill O'Hara from Ballyholme Yacht Club on Belfast Lough. As well as being an Olympic sailor himself, O'Hara has officiated at the Volvo Ocean Race and the Olympic Games
Olympic helmsman Mark Mansfield, who is now a sailing coach, provides some sailor-focused thoughts for Race Officers Over the past few years, I have been competing in various sailing events throughout Ireland, the UK, Europe and the USA. Very often…
Castletownbere Harbour in County Cork is a licensed Herring fishery
Minister for Marine Michael Creed has been forced to close the Celtic Sea herring fishery due to a virtual collapse of the multi-million euro stock writes Lorna Siggins The closure order, which has not yet been released publicly, was issued…
Naneen about to be launched
I won’t be challenging Hal Sisk’s confident declaration that he is Chairman of “the world’s oldest cruiser-racer class!” His offer to anyone to challenge him sounded across Kilrush Boatyard to where I had driven over 400 kilometres from Cork to…
The Kish Race is postponed this Sunday til first gun at 10.55 to facilitate the Rugby
While last year it was the threat of a gale warning decreased numbers, this year, it is an unfortunate clash with the opening Irish match at the Rugby World Cup. Accordingly, the DMYC has postponed the first gun to 10.55…
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Artist’s impression of the new Beneteau Flyer 10
Among the firsts BJ Marine have brought to the Southampton International Boat Show this week is the new Flyer 10. The flagship of Beneteau’s dayboat range is really a powerboat under the skin, blending style and comfort — across four…
Seven Successful Projects Set For Access To SmartBay Test Site Under Funding Programme
Seven successful applicants will be awarded funding under the Marine Institute’s SmartBay National Infrastructure Access Programme (NIAP) following the 2018/2019 funding call. The awardees will receive support of around €25,000 per project to trial and validate their technology and/or gain…
Annalise Murphy (left) and Katie Tingle - campaign has ended after 14 months
Olympic Silver medalist Annalise Murphy is expected to return to the Laser Radial dinghy immediately after abandoning hopes of a final qualification chance in the 49erfX dinghy she has been campaigning with Katie Tingle for Tokyo 2020. After a 'hugely…
The 30m cargo ship Evora which has been detained by the Marine Survey Office after it was holed near Kinvara, Co Galway. Residents feared that the fuel on board could cause a pollution risk in an area rich in shellfish
Irish authorities are still detaining a cargo ship close to Kinvara in south Galway Bay after its hull sprang a leak while loading cargo for the Bahamas writes Lorna Siggins As Afloat reported previously, the 30m ship Evora was detained last…
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Francis Roche (left), Ross O'Leary (centre) and Joss Walsh on the Jeanneau yacht stand in Southampton
Dublin's MGM Boats are on the international boat show trail this month and having concluded a successful Cannes Show in the South of France last weekend, the Irish yacht broker set up in Southampton this week where the Cote d'Azur…
The restored ÉIRE information panel below the Vico Road
The Dalkey Tidy Towns team is now ready for the official unveiling of the restored World War II-era ÉIRE sign at Hawk Cliff below the Vico Road. This past summer the rediscovered information panel — one of 80 installed around…
Pat Lawless is signed up for the second edition of the Golden Globe Race in 2022
Independent analysis on media coverage during the 2018 Golden Globe Race says the event attracted worldwide coverage worth as much as US$185 million. Les Sables d’Olonne, which will be the host start and finish port again in 2022, gained two…
East Link already up, Sam Beckett starting to swing…..it could only be in the heart of Dublin with the Cruising Association of Ireland getting together for their friendly invasion and the annual Three Bridges Opening
John Leahy, Honorary Secretary Cruising Association of Ireland, reports on this year’s "Three Bridges Liffey Cruise" The Cruising Association of Ireland’s “Three Bridges Liffey” cruise is an annual end of season mini social cruise which attracts a large number of…
Animal Secures Back to Back Scottish RC35 Championship Wins After GSS North Clyde Regatta
Jacob VII ends the RC35 season with another regatta victory but it's still not enough to unseat reigning champions Animal from securing back to back Scottish RC35 Championships writes Robin Young. The RC35 fleet, racing in the final round of…
Rescue workers at the powerboat which crashed in Venice last night, killing Fabio Buzzi and two other pilots
Renowned powerboat racer and designer Fabio Buzzi has been killed with two others while attempting to set a speed record in Venice last night (Tuesday 17 September), as Reuters reports. Buzzi (76) had been attempting to set a new record…
Sailing Art Exhibition Opens In Dun Laoghaire — And Meet The Artist On Culture Night
A new exhibition of classic racing boat paintings by Afloat.ie reader James Gilna opens today (Wednesday 18 September) at the National Maritime Museum in Dun Laoghaire. And the artist himself will be in attendance to discuss the works included in…
The "Eye of the Wind" is 109 years old, sails under UK flag, and is considered to be a "sailing legend" in the maritime world.
The traditional Tall Ship sailing vessel "Eye of the Wind" will reach Dublin Port within the next few days. The "Eye of the Wind" is 109 years old, sails under UK flag, and is considered to be a "sailing legend"…
A restored DB21 Naneen is lifted into the water at Kilrush yesterday
Once thought impossible due to the entire seven boat fleet rotting in a County Wicklow farmyard, the first revived Dublin Bay 21 'Naneen' was revealed yesterday at Kilrush Boatyard in County Clare.  The Hal Sisk led project has been working…
Kinsale Yacht Club 1977–vintage Quarter Tonner 'Runaway Bus' skippered by Alan Mulcahy is signed up for RCYC's Autumn League
There are already notable entries in for Royal Cork Yacht Club's Autumn Series 2019 that begins in just over ten days time under new sponsor banner: Horgan’s Quay, Cork. Racing starts on Saturday, September 29th and continues on October 06th,…

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