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RIB Challenge Prize up for Grabs at National Yacht Club
14 teams have reached the final of the Yachtsman Insurance/ISA RIB Challenge. The competition promotes safety in power boating and it is aimed at training young crash boat drivers. The final round of the competition is being hosted by the…
Laura and Sam Say Thank You RNLI Crosshaven
Laura O'Mahony visited Crosshaven RNLI station during the week to say "Thank You" to the lifeboat crew who rescued her and her Red Setter dog, Sam. In April of last year, Laura was walking her dog near Hop Island, when…
Online Petition Challenges Cuts to UK Coastguard Network
A campaigner on Twitter is encouraging supporters to sign an online petition against the closure of coastguard stations across the UK. http://afloat.ie/safety/coastguard/ So far almost 7,000 signatures have been added to the petition started by Twitter user @Coastguard_SOS in protest…
Italian Marinas Facing a Tough 2011
In a bad omen for marinas in Ireland and elsewhere in Europe, Italian marina operators are facing a further decline in fortunes, according to boat industry website IBI Plus. http://www.afloat.ie/port-news/irish-marinas/ The site highlights a report in Italian newspaper Il Sole…
Concerns Over Seal Deaths in Donegal
Seven dead seals washed up in Donegal are believed to have died of natural causes - but concerns over a pattern of seal deaths nationwide remain. As the Donegal Democrat reports, the seven grey seals - which are a protected…
Work In Progress in Dun Laoghaire Maritime Museum
The 'soft-opening' of the Maritime Institute of Ireland's (M.I.I.) maritime museum in Dun Laoghaire this Saturday is to showcase developments to invited groups. The public will be welcomed to the museum when it is due to officially opened in March…
Dutch Naval Stealth Frigate On Visit to Dublin Port
The Dutch Navy's HNLMS De Ruyter (F804), one of four De Zeven Provinciën-class air-defence and command frigates (LCF) docked in Dublin Port this morning, writes Jehan Ashmore. Displacing 6,050 tonnes the 144m frigate is on a weekend visit to the…
A prestigious appointment to the top of one of the world's biggest sail making firms is a life time reward for a member of a Cork sailing family who built a sail-making business in Ireland. In a major Irish marine…
Strong Ireland Team for World Rowing Coastal Championships
A 17-strong Ireland team will travel to the World Rowing Coastal Championships in Bari in Italy. John Keohane, the champion in the men’s single last year, and Monika Dukarska, the women’s single champion in 2009 are part of the team.…
New Round Rockall Race Date to Clash with Round Ireland
Galway Bay Sailing Club has announced details of a new Irish offshore yacht race, the  Round Rockall Race 2012 that will start on the same day as Wicklow's biennial Round Ireland race and a week before the Volvo Ocean Race…
New Fisheries Partnership for the River Shannon
The ESB has made an agreement with Shannon Fisheries Preservation and Development Co to establish the new Shannon Fisheries Partnership, The Irish Times reports. http://www.afloat.ie/port-news/shannon-estuary/ http://www.irishtimes.com/newspaper/ireland/2011/1010/1224305515678.html The new group will comprise representatives from both bodies as well as Inland Fisheries…
Notice of Angling Reservoir Closures in Northern Ireland
Northern Ireland Water has announced that some of its reservoirs will be closed to angling temporarily from next January to facilitate refurbishment work. http://www.afloat.ie/watersport/angling/ The water levels on the reservoirs in the DCAL Public Angling Estate work be lowered on…
Search for Missing Kayaker to Resume
A major search for a man thought to have gone missing while kayaking on Carlingford Lough has ended for the night, UTV News reports. http://www.afloat.ie/watersport/kayaking/ http://www.u.tv/News/Missing-person-search-in-weather-delay/40ae194e-1d61-4697-949a-cb73f2919738 Emergency services will decide this morning whether to resume the search for a kayaker…
Dublin Bay Sailing Club Gets Ready for Turkey Shoot Series
Dublin Bay Sailing Club (DBSC) has issued the notice of race for November's Tukey Shoot event. A series of seven races to be held on Sunday mornings under modified ECHO handicap. Cruisers, cruising boats, one-designs and boats that do not…
ICRA Seek Team for Defence of 2012 Commodore's Cup
The Irish Cruiser Racing Association (ICRA) is seeking expressions of interest from owners to form an Irish team to defend the Rolex Commodore's Cup next July. ICRA Commodore Barry Rose says that despite the current difficult environment ICRA remains hopeful…
Leitrim's 'The Cottage' Restaurant Wins Taste of the Waterways Award
Representatives of the very best in Irish hospitality gathered at Bord Bia in Dublin today, for the announcement of the 2012 Georgina Campbell Awards, associated with the respected Georgina Campbell's Ireland independent hospitality guides, and Ireland's most popular independent hospitality…
New Celtic Link Ferry on Re-Positioning Voyage off Africa
As previously reported on Afloat.ie, Celtic Link Ferries look forward to the arrival of a new ro-pax ferry Celtic Horizon (photo), which is currently sailing on the shipping lanes off Algeria, having departed from Palermo, writes Jehan Ashmore. Celtic Horizon…
Dublin Port Turn-Around Offers Direct Cruises to the Sun
Portuguese-flagged Ocean Countess (1976/17,593grt) returned to Dublin Port from Vigo, this morning after completing a 10-night Iberian and Morocco cruise. She embarks on another direct cruise from the capital today, writes Jehan Ashmore. Operated by UK-based Cruise & Maritime Voyages…
Sonar Survey Reveals Torpedoed Guinness Ship
High Resolution images of a merchant ship which was sunk ninety-four years ago today (October 12th) off the coast of Dublin have been revealed by the INFOMAR (Integrated Mapping For the Sustainable Development of Ireland's Marine Resource) Programme during a…
Kennedy Seeking SB3 Hat-trick on Lough Ree
Up to 25 boats are expected for the Irish SB3's end of season bash this weekend at the Midland Championships at Lough Ree Yacht Club. This event was first run in 2007 as part of the first SB3 national circuit.…

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