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Lough Derg's Aisling Keller on her way to qualifying Ireland in the Women's Laser Radial for the Tokyo 2020 Olympics at the 2019 World Championships
A cut-short Olympic trial in the women's Laser Radial class has handed trials leader and Rio silver medalist Annalise Murphy selection for the Tokyo Olympics as Afloat reports here. News of this week's decision, however, has left two of the…
Monktown Bay Sailing Club in the 1970s
2020 was to be a year of special events in Cork Harbour. COVID 19 brought those plans to a crashing halt. The highest-profile hit was Cork Week and the events celebrating Cork 300, many of which are cancelled or in…
Irish Ferries cruiseferry W.B. Yeats captured by AFLOAT entering Dublin Bay during its maiden delivery voyage in 2018, but considerably later than scheduled from German shipbuilder FSG. Owners of the ferry operator, ICG has cancelled an order for a second vessel with the same German shipyard which would of been the World's largest ferry based from a version of W.B. Yeats. AFLOAT reported yesterday, W.B. Yeats which due to Covid19 was delayed by three months in resuming Dublin-Cherbourg route as the services 'cruiseferry' operated ship has completed its first round-trip this summer by arrival into Dublin Port this morning.
Ferry operator, Irish Continental Group (ICG) has said its division, Irish Ferries experience passenger numbers slump by 60 per cent so far this year due to Covid-19 travel restrictions. The company, according to The Irish Times, also said in a…
File image of Portrush RNLI’s inshore lifeboat
Portrush RNLI’s lifeboats aided in the rescue of a young man who fell 30 feet onto rocks on the north coast last night (Wednesday 10 June). Both the inshore and all-weather lifeboats were launched as a precaution due to the…
Sarnia’s youthful overall winning crew in the 1967 RORC Beaumaris-Cork Race were (left to right) George Sisk, Frank Larkin, Richard Lawton, Hal Sisk, Jim O’Shea and John Sisk
Some boats just come and go, leaving little trace in the Irish sailing community’s consciousness. But others quickly become an integral part of our enduring mental and physical furniture, and our story at the weekend about the 1966-vintage Sparkman &…
Offshore wind - under the Government’s Climate Action Plan, 70% of Ireland’s electricity will be generated from renewable energy by 2030
Coastal communities have been given just three weeks to respond to a consultation on developing a network of offshore wind farms to meet Ireland’s climate targets. Minister for Communications, Climate Action and Environment Richard Bruton has given a closing date…
Surfing at Colaiste Uisce in County Mayo
How to improve surfing with “pop-up” training is one of a number of “online” activities that a north Mayo Gaeltacht outdoor pursuits centre is offering to students this summer, The Irish Independent reports. Coláiste Uisce, which teaches surfing, sailing, windsurfing…
The monument marking explorer Christopher Columbus’s links to Galway has been vandalised
A former Italian honorary consul has expressed disappointment at damage to a monument marking explorer Christopher Columbus’s links to Galway. A Labour city councillor, Niall MacNelis, has also condemned the spraying of black paint on the monument, and says he…
2020 Vendée Globe Start Is Confirmed for 8 November
Organisers of the Vendée Globe have confirmed the start of this year’s event will take place Sunday 8 November off Sables d’Olonne. As reported last month on Afloat.ie, the Vendée Council and SAEM Vendée had hoped to maintain that date…
Quest trainees are facing a schedule shake-up this summer
Howth Yacht Club has made clear its current provisions for members under phase two of the roadmap to recovery which began this past Monday 8 June. Boat owners and members can now access the hard and marina to work on…
W.B.Yeats finally resumed its seasonal summer time role on the Dublin-Cherbourg route which saw the cruiseferry depart the Irish capital yesterday albeit under grey skies. Likewise a similar scene as above of this file photo taken when the cruiseferry berthed at one of the French port's ro-ro linkspan's.
Irish Ferries W.B. Yeats which has been delayed in resuming Ireland-France 'cruiseferry' sailings by almost three months due to Covid19, has finally begun its 'seasonal' service role, writes Jehan Ashmore. Afloat tracked W.B. Yeats depart Dublin Port yesterday for the…
Derry's Foyle Port marina consists of two pontoons
Foyle Port Marina in the North West of Ireland is now open to visitors; however, the self-Isolating restrictions introduced on Monday 8th June by the Government will apply to vessels visiting from outside the UK and Ireland. These can be…
Danu’s crew find their first sunshine as they depart from Ireland in late June 2019
The Quinlan-Owens family of Kinvara on Galway Bay arrived safely in Horta in the Azores this morning after a slow calm-plagued passage from Antigua in the Caribbean. It was all well on board for Marine Institute scientist Vera Quinlan, her…
New freight ro-ro service is to link Dublin Port (above) on calls to Liverpool, UK and Santander in northern Spain. Also above CLdN's con-ro vessel Mazarine was among vessels that launched the more established routes from Dublin-Belgium/The Netherlands in 2009. See Ship's Monthly (Feb) 2010. AFLOAT also adds the linkspan-berth No.2 at Alexandra Basin (East) is the same site of one of the port's original linkspans built for ro-ro traffic incl. passenger car ferries introduced in the late 1960's, though it was the nearby ferryport behind where all the action really began by B+I Line serving such services linking Liverpool. In addition to Holyhead but not open until 1982. In more recent times the Irish port demolished the old ro-ro linkspan and hydraulic tower with the above infrastructure.
Afloat can reveal that a new freight-ferry route calling to Dublin Port is to be introduced by CLdN ro-ro SA as part of their expansion of existing network which is to involve linking Spain via the UK, writes Jehan Ashmore.…
Blue Flag - Kinsale Marina has been awarded the environmental Blue Flag for 2020
Kinsale Yacht Club has been awarded the environmental Blue Flag for 2020. The 2020 results were announced today by An Taisce. The marinas and beaches who achieved the accolade must adhere to specific criteria related to water quality, information provision,…
The Wallycento Tango is one of Mark Mills’ award-winning designs
Yacht designer Mark Mills is the latest speaker in the Royal Irish Yacht Club’s special series of online talks tonight, Wednesday 10 June. Mark Mills started Mills Design in 1995 with an order from Peter Beamish for the 31ft Aztec,…
A Tall Ship visit on Dublin Bay during a Sail Traing Ireland event on the river Liffey
Sail Training Ireland has confirmed the difficult decision to cancel all its Tall Ship voyages for 2020 due to the ongoing impact of the Covid-19 virus. The objective of STI is youth development rather than just teaching people to sail.…
The UK Moth Nationals comes with an open invitation to sailors from any nation to come and race if they can make it to the UK
The 2020 International Moth World Championships scheduled for The UK's Weymouth and Portland National Sailing Academy has been cancelled due to COVID-19. The Organising Committee felt that the chances of being able to hold a Worlds event in September with…
The Sunfast 3300 Cinnamonn Girl is the 44th entry into the Round Ireland Race
Cian McCarthy's brand new Sunfast 3300 'Cinnamon Girl' from Kinsale Yacht Club is the latest entry into the SSE Renewables Round Ireland Yacht Race in ten weeks time. As regular Afloat readers will know, the recently arrived Kinsale-based 3300 supplied by…
Sheehy, an award-winning writer, died in June 2017 when the currach, Naomh Gobnait, was caught by a wave close to the Minho river estuary
Musician Glen Hansard has paid tribute to west Kerry poet, farmer and sailor Danny Sheehy with a new video marking the third anniversary of his death. Film-maker Dónal Ó Céilleachair, who recorded The Camino Voyage documenting Sheehy’s currach trip with…

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