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Brent Geese arriving on Strangford Lough
Strangford Lough is world-famous as the main arrival site for most of the migrating Canadian population (up to 80%) of pale-bellied Brent geese. Every autumn thousands of these birds leave their breeding grounds in eastern Canada and travel to Ireland…
18th at 49er Euros - Irish under-23 duo of Robert Dickson (left) and Sean Waddilove
In the hunt for the last Olympic berth for Toyko next year, the Irish under-23 duo of Robert Dickson and Sean Waddilove have, for a second time in a fortnight, beaten double Olympian Ryan Seaton sailing with Seafra Guilfoyle at…
Kenmare Bay in Co Kerry
A new report from the Irish Wildlife Trust says some of this country’s protected marine zones are suffering from “serious deterioration, and in some cases outright destruction”. And according to The Irish Times, the situation is grave enough for the…
Overall leader Chris Bateman gets a nose out at the start of an MBSC Dinghy League on Saturday. See vid below
All Ireland Junior champion Chris Bateman leads Class One of Monkstown Bay Sailing Club October Dinghy League after the first two races sailed from a boat start in Cork Harbour on Saturday. Second in Class One's 18-boat fleet is fellow…
UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson comes to grips with live crab in Orkney this past July
Post-Brexit fishing rights were high on the agenda at a “crunch” summit yesterday (Saturday 3 October) between British Prime Minister Boris Johnson and European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen. The Guardian reports on the EU’s warming to the idea…
The draft proposal slammed government ports policy as 'misguided' and 'naive'. Above the Tivoli Container Terminal at the Port of Cork.
In a confidential discussion document prepared by the Irish Ports Association (IPA) cite that the Exchequer should provide money for infrastructure development at Ireland's commercial ports. The draft document, circulated amongst port CEOs last week, heavily criticises Government policy on…
Tralee Bay Sailing Club's Paddy Cunnane (211141) was the winner of the 11-strong Standard division
Day Two of the 60-boat Laser Munsters at Kinsale Yacht Club has just been cancelled due to weather conditions with winds forecast to gust to nearly 40 knots today. With four races sailed yesterday, as Afloat reported earlier, the championship…
Ready for launching - with the mast stepped right in the eyes of the ship, the link between the Bray Droleen and American cat-rigged sloops became clearer
Every summer since 1997, the historic and picturesque English Jurassic Coast town of Lyme Regis (think Jeremy Irons & Meryl Streep in the 1981 multiple Oscar-nominated movie The French Lieutenant's Woman) has enjoyed the quaint ceremony of the Launching of…
Three generations of the Matthews family from Kinsale are involved with this weekend's KYC Laser Munster Championships. From left Harvey, James, Bruce, Dorothy, Shirley and June. The 4.7 Munster fleet leader James Dwyer Matthews (not pictured) is another grandson of Bruce and June Matthews.Scroll down for shoreside photo slideshow
Tralee Bay Sailing Club's Paddy Cunnane leads an 11-strong Standard division at a 60-boat Munster Laser Championships in Kinsale Yacht Club.  The Kerry solo sailor leads Royal Cork Yacht Club Master Nick Walsh by dint of his victory in the last race…
Racing in last weekend's first day of the RCYC Autumn Series last Sunday
Sunday 9 am:  Racing today in Royal Cork's AIB Autumn Series in Cork Harbour has been abandoned. 'N' over 'A' was hoisted on the club flagpole this morning indicating the second day of the series has fallen to strong winds. As…
Juno, and X-34 from 2010, arrives in Hamble ahead of next weekend’s ‘Experience the Brand’ days
Juno, an X-34 from 2010, is a new arrival to the brokerage market and now available to view by appointment at X-Yachts’ UK office in Hamble (details attached below). It joins a selection of new and old X-Yachts that will…
Galaxy and Altair are two seals currently in the care of Seal Rescue Ireland in Courtown
Volunteers with Seal Rescue Ireland walked 117km — a kilometre for every seal the charity rescued last year — to raise much needed funds for their efforts last month. As the Gorey Guardian reports, the ‘Seal Stride’ challenge took the…
Portrush RNLI’s all-weather lifeboat on course for Rathlin last night
Portrush RNLI’s all-weather lifeboat launched to reports of a yacht in difficulty off Rathlin Island in Northern Ireland last night (Friday 2 October). The volunteer crew were in the water just before 9pm, half an hour after paging, and headed…
Firefighters attend the incident on the LÉ Niamh earlier this afternoon
Independent.ie reports that a fire which broke out on a Naval Service vessel in Cork Harbour has been brought under control — but the scale of the damage could be significant. It’s understood that the accidental blaze started in a…
Bobby Kerr (left) with Ian O'Meara at Viking Marine
Newstalk's' Bobby Kerr popped into the new look Viking Marine Store in Dun Laoghaire Harbour this week and he and Viking's Ian O Meara de-mystified the term 'chandlery' and discussed opportunities for the Irish marine industry, as well as business…
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…

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