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L.E. Roisin Berths for First Time Opposite National Convention Centre
The Naval Service OPV L.E. Roisin (P51) will be open to the public this afternoon (2-4pm) at the North Wall Quay, opposite The National Convention Centre Dublin, which celebrated its first anniversary last month, writes Jehan Ashmore. L.E. Roisin recently…
Crew Rescued from Sinking Fishing Boat off Donegal
The Irish Coastguard has rescued six people from a fishing boat off the north coast of County Donegal this morning. The Irish registered  'Amy Jane' fishing vessel began taking in water about 13 miles off Malin Head this morning and…
Afloat Top 10 Stories: 7th October 2011
Afloat's top 10 stories of the last week are... 10. Heavy Weight Crews in Deman for Tomorrow's All Ireland Champs 9. RS Class Stage Sprint Sailing Event in Dun Laoghaire 8. Dublin Port: As You've Never Seen It Before 7.…
Hundreds Set to Compete in Liffey Descent Canoeing Race
Eight hundred paddlers are set to take on the challenge of the Liffey Descent on Saturday. The 28.2 kilometre race from Straffan in Kildare to Islandbridge in Dublin starts at 12.30. The event was postponed from its early-September slot because…
Heavy Weight Crews in Demand for Tomorrow's All Ireland Champs
Strong winds forecast for Lough Derg means heavy weight crew are at a premium this morning as skippers attempt to gain a late advantage in selecting crew for tomorrow's Waterways Ireland sponsored All Ireland Sailing Championships at Dromineer. A line…
Safety of World's Tall Ships In Question
Safety on the world's 700 sail training tall ships has been called into doubt, Sail World reports. The concern comes following an investigation into the sinking of Canadian tall ship Concordia off the coast of Brazil last year. The…
Welsh Kayaker Sets New Irish Sea Crossing Record
A Welshman has set a new record for the fastest crossing of the Irish Sea by kayak. According to Canoe & Kayak, last Saturday 2 October Anglesey man John Willacy crossed from Soldier's Point in Holyhead to Howth in…
Govt Signs Off On €40m to Clean Up Haulbowline Waste Site
The Government has signed off on a €40 million package to begin clean-up of the toxic waste site on Haulbowline Island in Cork Harbour, the Cork Independent reports. As previously reported on, the site at the former Irish…
New Mooring Facilities on River Foyle
The Londonderry Port and Harbour Commissioners have signed a contract with McLaughlin and Harvey for development of mooring facilities on the River Foyle, as part of an EU funded project. Works will be sited just downstream of the city centre…
Olympic Visitor Wins Autumn League Elite Race
Despite the light airs on Belfast lough last Sunday morning for the fourth sailing race of the Mackey Eyecare Autumn Series, Ian Wilson and his crew had an impressive win in their Corby RESPECT. They were almost 12 minutes ahead…
Taoiseach Announces Marine Jobs On Visit of RV Celtic Explorer
An Taoiseach Enda Kenny visited the Marine Institute's research vessel RV Celtic Explorer in Dublin Port today, where he announced the creation of 92 jobs in the marine sector, writes Jehan Ashmore. "Ireland is now recognised as an emerging power…
Waterways Ireland Warning: Sarsfield Lock Restrictions
Waterways Ireland wishes to advise masters and owners of vessels and boats that Sarsfield's Lock will be on restricted service from the 12th to 22nd Oct 2011. During this time the lock will operate from 10am to 4pm daily. Masters…
Afloat Autumn Issue In Shops Next Week
Afloat's Autumn issue hits the shops next week and here's a sneek peek at what's inside... Diving Lusitania Exclusive images from the doomed Ship Canoe Round Ireland Shooter's 1,000 mile Journey The Next Dinghy Does the RS200 fit the bill?…
Strong Start for Derry-Londonderry in Clipper Race
After a week enjoying all Cape Town has to offer, Derry-Londonderry and the other nine teams taking part in the Clipper 11-12 Round the World Yacht Race have set off on Race 4 of the 15-race series. At 40,000 miles,…
Derry-Londonderry Racing to Australia
Irish entry Derry Londonderry under skipper Mark Light took part in a Parade of Sail in Cape Town, South Africa, beneath Table Mountain, at thestart of Race 4 to Geraldton, Western Australia, in the Clipper 11-12 Round the World Yacht…
Poolbeg Welcomes Back Dublin Bay Old Gaffers Winter Talks Programme
Once again the Dublin Bay Old Gaffers Association's (DBOGA) winter talk programme, makes a welcome return to the Poolbeg Yacht and Boat Club, Ringsend, in the heart of Dublin Port. During the winter / spring program which runs between October…
RS Class Stage Sprint Sailing Event in Dun Laoghaire
An inaugural RS sailing dinghy Sprint Trophy series at The Royal St George Yacht Club will be held on Saturday, 22nd October 2011. The plan is run up to 10 races over short team racing style courses. Each race is…
Marine Institute Research Vessels On Rare Double Calls to Dublin Bay Ports
On a rare occasion both the Marine Institute's research vessels docked in both Dublin Bay ports today, normally these vessels operate mostly off the western seaboard and using their home-port of Galway Harbour, writes Jehan Ashmore. The 65m RV Celtic…
Bumper Catch at Rock House Fishery
Described by The Irish Times' Derek Evans as "one of the Great Fishing Houses of Ireland", the Rock House fishery in Co Mayo boasted banner numbers of salmon and sea trout catches this spring and summer. April started off strong…
Planet Jupiter Mistaken for Distress Flare
A extensive rescue search in northeast England was called off on Monday when it was found that the planet Jupiter had been mistaken for a distress flare. BBC News reports that Tymemouth RNLI lifeboat and an RAF rescue helicopter…

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