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Dublin Bay - playground, workspace, living area and complex ecosystem. With Dublin Port to the left and Dun Laoghaire Harbour on right, the sporting challenges of best utilising Dublin Bay's uniquely balanced potential have been successfully met by Dublin Bay Sailing Club
Dublin Bay Sailing Club's recognition today as the Mitsubishi Motors "Sailing Club of the Year" 2021 on the strength of achieving a remarkably full programme in 2020 when Pandemic Regulations permitted is well merited. Yet it's only the second time…
The biggest ever entry in the Dun Laoghaire Dingle Race arrives into Dingle Bay to set a new record in the 2019 race
Previous race entrants will be offered an early entry option into June's 2021 Volvo Dun Laoghaire-Dingle Race before entry is opened to others boats to allow up to a maximum of 50 for the 280-miler.  The next edition of the…
New year sail - A solitary sailing cruiser enjoys a New Year's Day sail on Dublin Bay with Howth's Baily lighthouse in the background
Boaters in the capital's waters celebrated a bright but cold New Year's Day with several sailing cruisers taking a tack on Dublin Bay yesterday, empty except for three or four Dublin Port bound cargo ships moored in the southern bay…
Batten down the hatches - Waves as high as a three-storey building and winds gusting to 55kts are expected over a ferocious ten-hour period
(Day 54 - 430 miles to Cape Horn this evening) Having been slowed since around 1800hrs UTC yesterday evening to evaluate and then today to make some kind of repair to his port side foil system of APIVIA, Charlie Dalin…
Ernie Mawhinney's unmistakable green vintage GP14 Ventura - it was about to be cut up and dumped
Think of the GP14 class in Ireland and among those uppermost in your mind, (depending on your age!) would be the late Ernie Mawhinney's Ventura, one of the earliest in the class at number 796. Ventura means 'fortune, chance or…
Ian Davies of Stena Line responds to freight truck paperwork issues through Holyhead on the 1st day of post-Brexit. The ferry firm also operates the port in north Wales (second busiest ferryport in the UK) and Fishguard in south Wales. In addition to running Loch Ryan Port at Cairnryan in Scotland. AFLOAT adds from this port according to a Stena retweet, the Stena Superfast VIII entered Belfast Lough at lunchtime today, thus becoming the first (ferry) ship to enter Northern Ireland via the new Irish Sea trade border.
Following widespread coverage in the media of freight trucks turned away on New Year's Day morning in the Port of Holyhead, Wales, as previously reported on Afloat, the ferry operator Stena Line this afternoon responded with a statement. Ian Davies,…
Stena Line appealed to freight operators to ensure they had their PBNs ready ahead of check-in, Afloat adds at Holyhead Port in the UK from where above off the north Wales port is Stena Adventurer following a crossing from Dublin Port.
It has been confirmed by Revenue that its new Customs Roll on-Roll off Service is operational, as administrative procedures for ferry freight kick in following the end of the Brexit transition period. The service enables transport companies to get a…
Dublin Port will be ground zero for checks on goods from Britain, but a lot remains uncertain. Above Afloat adds is Irish Ferries ro-ro passenger ferry Ulysses arriving to the port from Holyhead in the UK.
On New Year’s Day a handful of lorries will roll off the Irish Ferries ship Ulysses after it arrives into Dublin Port at 05.30 following a three-hour crossing from Holyhead in Wales. On previous Fridays, lorries would have driven clear…
Peter Ryan at the helm of the J/109 Mojito in the 2013 Fastnet Race. An active offshore racer since the 1980s, he continues in the sport while making a significant contribution to its administration
Peter Ryan of Dun Laoghaire is a dedicated sailing enthusiast – particularly for offshore racing – whose affable exterior camouflages the fact that his brain is busily whirring with ideas for improving the sport. Thus when the challenges of pandemic…
The Caribbean Don Street, at the helm of his beloved vintage yawl Iolaire in idyllic Trade Wind sailing conditions
Don Street of Glandore and the Caribbean is the Afloat.ie "Sailor of the Month (International)" for December in celebration of his continuing and inspirational joy in sailing at the age of 90, and in honour of the remarkable contribution he…
File image of an RS Aero sailing in Dun Laoghaire
The National Yacht Club has cancelled its previously scheduled January training sessions in the RS Aero due to the extended Level 5 coronavirus restrictions. It's hoped the sessions will be rescheduled for future weeks as restrictions allow. The NYC website will have…
Save the Date for Royal Cork Yacht Club’s 300th AGM
The Royal Cork Yacht Club will hold its 300th Annual General Meeting on Monday 1 February from 8pm. Proceedings will be online unless coronavirus restrictions allow otherwise, the club says, adding that registration details will be announced in early January.…
An IT system set up by the French authorities will not be able to distinguish between British and Irish lorry drivers transporting food consignments through the UK “landbridge”.
Border authorities in France have been asked to waive a pre-notification requirement for Irish hauliers exporting food through French ferry ports from Britain. Irish companies say the paperwork will delay deliveries from January 1st. As The Irish Times reports, transport…
Navigations are open up to 5 kilometres from your home (ROI only), provided you continue to observe social distancing at all times
Waterways Ireland Inspector of Navigation Paddy Harkin is advising all Masters of vessels and water users of the Shannon Navigation, Shannon-Erne Waterway, Royal Canal, Grand Canal, Barrow Line and Navigation that the following access to navigations and availability of services will…
Bill O'Hara has been awarded an OBE for his services to sailing
Among those in the New Years Honours List for 2021 is Bangor, County Down man Bill O'Hara who has been awarded an OBE (Order of the British Empire) for services to Sailing. A long-time member of Ballyholme and Royal Ulster…
Paddy Judge brings a wealth of technical experience and a long record of voluntary service to his new position as Howth YC Commodore
Paddy Judge, a long-serving committee member and flag officer with Howth Yacht Club, succeeded Ian Byrne as Commodore as the members were asserting the club spirit with an impressive entry in the competition for the best Christmas Festive Lights display,…
Kieran Cotter - At age 17, Kieran first became interested in Baltimore Lifeboat and he officially joined the crew on 1st January 1975
Yesterday, Wednesday 30 December 2020, marked the end of an era for the Baltimore RNLI Lifeboat with the retirement of Coxswain Kieran Cotter after 45 years of service. At age 17, Kieran first became interested in Baltimore Lifeboat and he…
Kilmore Quay skipper Will Bates
As details emerge on the full negative impact of Brexit on the Irish fishing industry, two Wexford skippers have called for the appointment of a dedicated minister for marine.  Scallop skippers Will Bates and Seamus Molloy who fish from Kilmore…
Emirates Team New Zealand powered by North Sails 3Di
Season's greetings everyone! The "trickle-down" effect is well known in other industries, and sailmaking is no different. Just before Christmas, North Sails Ireland attended our North Technology Group global virtual conference for our team members and affiliates around the world.…
French skipper Yannick Bestaven
For the top group on the Vendée Globe simultaneously the atmosphere is electrifying, stressful and very chilly with 1300 miles to go to Cape Horn mainly because at 55°S the race remains intense for the first fourteen boats, but also…
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