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IOM Steam-Packet's annual 'Round the Island' cruise took place last weekend when ropax Ben-My-Chree with 300 sightseers on board the four-hour cruise experienced stunning views to include Peel Castle.  Afloat adds the 11th century castle is perched on St. Patrick's Isle located on the west Manx coastline.
Around 300 passengers enjoyed spectacular views of the Isle of Man’s coastline on this year’s Ben-my-Chree round-the-island cruise which was held last Saturday following Midsummer's day.  The ropax which the IOM Steam-Packet operates on the route to Heysham, England, departed…
Howth Yacht Club's 'Outrajeous' (Richard Colwell and Johnny Murphy) leads the fleet downwind to overall victory in Class One of the Sovereign's Cup
Despite a disqualification (DSQ) in the penultimate race of the five-race series last night, Richard Colwell and John Murphy's new J109 campaign from Howth Yacht Club held the lead in Class One of the O'Leary Life Sovereign's Cup to take overall victory…
George Sisk's new XP40 Wow was the Sovereign's Cup winner in the Coastal class, having delivered a hat-trick of wins
George Sisk's new XP40 Wow sailed to success in the O'Leary Life Sovereign's Cup today beating bigger sistership the XP50 Freya on her home waters off Kinsale in the Regatta's Coastal Class. The Royal Irish Yacht Club crew led the regatta from the…
Frank Whelan's winning Grand Soleil 44 'Eleuthera' - With an enviable string of all race wins in the four-day O’Leary Life Sovereign’s Cup, Eleuthera from Greystones Sailing Club took the overall trophy at Kinsale Yacht Club on Saturday night as the best boat performing under the international IRC rating system
With five wins from five races and discarding a first place in her overall score tally, the Greystones Sailing Club's Grand Soleil 44 'Eleuthera' made a clean sweep of Class Zero of the O'Leary Life Sovereign's Cup off Kinsale today.   It marks…
Cutting the ribbon on Phase 3 of the Shannon Blueway
The third phase of the Shannon Blueway has been opened by Michael Ring, Minister for Rural and Community Development, in the company of Waterways Ireland’s acting chief executive John McDonagh and Leitrim County Council Cathaoirleach Enda McGloin. The project has…
File image of Baltimore RNLI’s all-weather lifeboat
Baltimore RNLI launched yesterday morning (Friday 28 June) after a yacht became propped on a pot buoy two miles south of Mizen Head off the coast of West Cork. The all-weather lifeboat launched at 10.03am following a request by the…
Seapoint Bach in Termonfeckin
TheJournal.ie is reporting along with other news outlets that a teenage girl has died after getting into difficulty swimming off a Co Louth beach yesterday (friday 28 June). The 14-year-old girl was reportedly pulled out to sea by a rip…
Eleuthera still leads Class Zero in Kinsale
The weather might have thrown four seasons at the O'Leary Life Sovereign's Cup this week but it was no match for the organisers or competitors who successfully completed the penultimate days racing albeit in fog off Kinsale today.  It leaves…
The Enniskillen boys' quadruple train for Henley.
#Rowing: A good selection of Irish crews made it through the Qualifiers for Henley Royal Regatta on Friday – a number of them in the difficult ‘open’ events.  In the Hambleden Pairs – an open event – Natalie Long of…
Howth Yacht Club's Demelza	competing in White Sails Division 2 of the Sovereign's Cup. Scroll down for photo gallery
Day Three of the Sovereign's Cup in Kinsale today started in the harbour for both of the White Sail fleets in low mist and drizzle. Former Kinsale Yacht Club Commodore and veteran Irish Paralympian John Twomey was the leader of Class 2 on Shillelagh…
Catherine Jordan will speak at tomorrow’s Soapbox Science event at Galway’s Spanish Arch
PhD student Catherine Jordan will bring her research on phytoplankton blooms to the third annual Soapbox Science even in Galway tomorrow afternoon (Saturday 29 June). She will be among 12 female scientists standing on their soapboxes to talk about their…
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X-79 #1 has now been restored to its original condition, 40 years after first hitting the water
The restoration to original condition of X-79 #1, the first X-Yachts model produced some 40 years ago, has been completed by X-Yachts founding member Birger Hansen. As reported in March, Birger and Lars Jeppersen travelled to the Channel Islands last…
A fishing boat in Howth Harbour
Marine Minister Michael Creed yesterday (Thursday 27 June) helped launch the public consultation process on the draft Climate Change Adaptation Plan for the agriculture, forest and seafood sectors. “I am very pleased to launch this public consultation on adaptation planning,”…
Aran Islands RNLI approaching the yacht off Gorumna Island
Aran Islands RNLI rescued two sailors after their 38ft yacht got into difficulties off Gorumna Island in Co Galway yesterday morning (Thursday 27 June). The station received the shout at 7.27am and the lifeboat David Kirkaldy launched under coxswain Tommy…
The 56ft traditional ketch Ilen of Limerick making good speed. The restored vessel - the only surviving example of an Irish trading ketch - will depart Limerick on Sunday afternoon for her multi-purpose nine weeks voyage to southwest Greenland
It is 1200 nautical miles across the Atlantic from Loop Head at the north side of the long Shannon Estuary to Cape Farewell, the southernmost point of Greenland, writes W M Nixon. While the originally 1926-built ketch Ilen of Limerick…
Eamonn O’Reilly, CEO of Dublin Port and also Chairman of the European Sea Ports Organisation (ESPO) who is seated (centre) among guest speakers at the annual conference held in the Port of Livorno located on the west coast of Italy.
The European Sea Ports Organisation (ESPO) held its annual conference last month at the Port of Livorno, Italy. The gathering of European port and maritime industry marked the 16th edition of the ESPO Conference held in the impressive Girondi Theatre.…
Mature male Pacific pink salmon caught on the River Erriff in Co Mayo in August 2017
Inland Fisheries Ireland (IFI) has renewed its appeal to angling enthusiasts and the general public to be vigilant and report the presence of any Pacific pink salmon encountered in Irish river systems over the coming months. In 2017, this non-native…
Summer celebration. The re-born Howth 17 Anita – originally built in 1900 – begins her second life afloat for a day this week in Douarnenez in Brittany
After Storm Emma wrought extensive destruction through the seven Howth Seventeens stored in their much-damaged shed on Howth’s East Pier at the beginning of March 2018, it was feared that several of the boats – which since 1898 have been…
The Naval Service's LÉ Eithne (pictured above) AFLOAT adds at the flagship's adopted homeport of Dun Laoghaire and coastal patrol vessel LÉ Orla will be taken off operational duty for the foreseeable future. Note the HPV is 'dressed overall' on the occasion of the flagship and crew who were conferred the 'Freedom of Entry' (see below to link 'navy's flagship).
A tie-up of two ships in port indefinitely is planned by the Naval Service due to a deepening manpower crisis. Of the three services in the Defence Forces, the naval service is suffering the most from a haemorrhage of personnel…
"Stroller", a design by Michelle Browne and Jeni Roddy for the Galway 2020 "Hope it rains" project. The project is inviting public participation in imaginative designs for west of Ireland weatherproof gear
Seafarers know there is no such thing as bad weather, only bad gear. A Galway 2020 European capital of culture project is hoping to tap into some of that knowledge, as part of an international design contest for weatherproof wear.…

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