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The 39ft ketch Teddy of Clifden in a Greenland anchorage
When long-distance American sailor Nick Kats – now 62 - arrived into Clifden in far west Connemara nearly ten years ago with his 39ft steel Bermudan ketch Teddy, it started a fascinating new chapter in an already interesting life. For…
Guidance On Sailing Events During The Covid-19 Pandemic
A group of volunteer race officials have worked together to create a guidance document to help in planning and implementing safe and happy sailing events for the season ahead. Irish Sailing has now published these guidelines, with details on planning,…
For sale: One Seal 22 in aid of the RNLI
Thanks to the generosity of Ivon and Jane Roberts from Rosscarbery, County Cork, you now can be the next owner as the couple has donated their boat Decade to Union Hall RNLI. Ivon and Jane bought Decade on their tenth…
Stay Safe On Or Near The Water With Handy Website Advice & Checklists
Before you take part in any water-based activity this summer, or any time of year, you should consider what you need to do in order to stay safe while on or near the water. Depending on whether you are actually…
Irish-Made Lifejacket Is Latest Addition To O’Sullivans Marine’s Range
The Mullion Stream 150N is the latest addition to the range of competitively priced, Irish-produced lifejackets at O’Sullivans Marine. The Mullion Stream 150N automatic inflatable lifejacket is a constant-wear, all-weather lifejacket for general use with foul-weather clothing. It comes in a…
UK Waters: The Home Office said at least 480 migrants attempted to cross the English Channel on Sunday, where AFLOAT adds above is a UK Border Force Coastal Patrol Cutter (CPV) Eagle. The agency has staff at airports and ports among them a base in the Port of Dover. The next busiest ferryport in the UK is Holyhead, Wales where Afloat tracked just over a month ago another such craft, CPV Active which departed Liverpool to arrive at Holyhead Boatyard. Also in port were a pair of Royal Navy 'Archer' class training boats, HMS Biter (P270) and HMS Charger (P292) which departed Holyhead Marina in the west of the harbour and when bound for Liverpool. Today another Archer class HMS Tracker (P274) is berthed at the facility.
Migrants in record numbers, reports BBC News, have crossed the [English] Channel on the day the home secretary announced a "new operation approach" to dealing with small boat crossings. The Home Office said 180 migrants made the crossing to the…
€1m for Castle Island in Roaringwater Bay, West Cork
Historial Castle Island in Roaringwater Bay off the coast of Schull, West Cork is on the market for offers in excess of €1m. The island is located immediately east of the entrance to Schull Harbour and south-west of Horse Island.…
ICRA's Boat of the Year Rockabill VI (Paul O'Higgins)in offshore mode in last weekend's ISORA Viking Marine Coastal Race on Dublin Bay
While sailing might have been late starting, there is plenty more planned in 2020 writes ICRA Commodore Richard Colwell After a long winter and a shut down due to COVID 19, that at one point threatened the whole sailing season,…
At the socially-distanced noonday ceremony at Royal Cork Yacht Club on Sunday to consign Volvo Cork Week 2020 to history were (left to right) Kieran O’Connell (Vice Admiral RCYC and Chairman Volvo Cork Week 2020), George Mills (Johnson & Perrott and Volvo), Ross Deasy (Director of Racing – Keelboats Cork300), Colin Morehead (Admiral RCYC & Chairman Cork300), Daragh Connolly (at signal cannon, Rear Admiral Keelboats RCYC), Megan O’Sullivan (Optimist sailor, RCYC), Annamarie Fegan (Rear Admiral – Dinghies RCYC) and Harry Moynan (Optimist sailor RCYC).
At times of sadness, we are helped by ceremonial. For sure, no-one would dream of comparing the enormous grief visited upon those who have been and will be bereaved by COVID-19 with the quiet sense of loss caused the absolutely…
Independence of Marine Casualty Investigation Board 'Not Guaranteed', European Court of Justice Rules
The European Court of Justice has ruled the State’s marine incident investigating body is not independent due to the presence of two civil servants on its board. In a judgment issued late last week, the European Court of Justice (ECJ)…
Kinsale Dragon Week will be sailed in September
Kinsale Yacht Club has announced Cantor Fitzgerald is the headline sponsor for Dragon Week 2020 which will be held in Kinsale from the 5th to 12th of September 2020 After the unfortunate cancellation of September's Gold Cup, the Kinsale fleet…
Engagement Promised On Long-Term Solution For Grand Canal Houseboats
Waterways Ireland has committed to looking for a long-term solution for people living on houseboats on the Grand Canal, it has emerged. The news comes after last week’s final-hour reprieve for a number of barge owners who had faced eviction…
Dublin Port arrival - The Q2 decline at the port of -17.0% was less than had been feared following a decline in the month of April of -26.2%. This was followed by a smaller decline of -20.5% in May and by a decline of just -5.5% in June.
Dublin Port Company has today reported its second-quarter trading figures for 2020. The latest figures show a decline in overall port tonnage of -10.9% in the first six months of 2020. As Afloat reported previously, having seen a decline of…
The Naval Service has confirmed that it's had to “deep clean” one of its ships after a sailor was confirmed as having the virus. Above Afloat adds is the Haulbowline Naval Base in located in lower Corlk Harbour
Two representative associations of the militiary are seeking financial compensation for troops who are forced to leave their families two weeks prematurely to go into compulsory Covid-19 quarantine prior to deploying on overseas missions. Meanwhile, the Naval Service has confirmed…
Rescue 116 winchman Derek Everitt in a still from a short film by Vertical Magazine last October
Vertical Magazine has shared video of a roundtable discussion on helicopter rescues from earlier this year, featuring a member of the Rescue 116 crew with the Irish Coast Guard. Helicopter winchman Derek Everitt was in attendance at the HAI Heli-Expo…
Seafarers' (Covid-19) Rights: An international maritime summit which was a first for the UK in regards to addressing the impact of COVID-19 on crew changes and more issues that challenge seafarers globally was held in London last week. ABOVE AFLOAT's photo of tug Irishman (40 ton bollard pull) assisting cruiseship Marco Polo (with an international crew) depart the lock system at Port of Hull, England into the Humber estuary leading into the North Sea. The cruiseship was also a regular to Irish waters. According to Marco Polo's operator, Cruise & Maritime Voyages (CMV) have stated due to the continued escalation of the global pandemic outbreak of the Covid-19 coronavirus, Government advisories in force and the lockdown of many countries and ports around the world, we CMV has taken the decision to suspend all our cruises up to 25th August 2020. As for the Irish authorities, they advise against all non-essential travel overseas until further notice. This includes Great Britain but does not apply to Northern Ireland. It also includes all travel by cruise ship.
Seafarers worldwide will get enhanced rights as key workers following a joint commitment made at the International Maritime Summit held in London last week. UK holds first international maritime summit to address impact of COVID-19 on crew changes international recognition…
File image of Ireland’s Optimist fleet racing
The Royal Cork Yacht Club has confirmed that its hosting of this year’s Optimist Nationals will proceed as planned next month, and the Notice of Race is now available. The AIB Optimist Irish National Championships 2020 run from 13-16 August…
Coastguard and lifeboat crews attending the scene at the Forty Foot yesterday
Dun Laoghaire’s coastguard unit was tasked yesterday (Sunday 12 July) to assist paramedics with a casualty who had fallen down steps at the Forty Foot bathing spot. Dun Laoghaire RNLI’s inshore lifeboat was also in attendance at the scene, where…
Statio Bene draws together over 40 artworks describing the traditions and historic views of Cork Harbour among them Unknown, View of Cork Harbour from Rostellan, Inisbeg Island, 1809. Collection Crawford Art Gallery, Cork
In Cork at the recently reopened Crawford Art Gallery is where a new exhibition features the maritime traditions of the port in the south of Ireland. Statio Bene draws together over 40 artworks describing the traditions and historic views of…
Isle of Man Steam Packet introduce more regular sailings served by the Manx operator's main ferry Ben-My-Chree seen in Douglas Harbour
Ferry sailings to and from the Isle of Man have been updated as the Manx government announced it's easing travel restrictions. As Manx Radio reported, Chief Minister Howard Quayle announced yesterday the Isle of Man is moving from stage five…

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