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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…
Racing underway at Cove Sailing Club
The first cruiser race of the Cove Sailing Club season was started from the brand new Cove Marina in Cork Harbour on Friday, July 10. Cove Race Officer Brian Curtis got 12 boats away using the marina and the flagstaff at…
Class40 Credit Mutuel skippered by Ian Lipinski
Mini Transat Winner and 2018 Round Ireland Yacht Race contestant Ian Lipinski has set a Round Britain solo record. On Friday, 10 July, the Class40 Credit Mutuel skipper crossed the virtual finish line by crossing Cape Lizard, to set this…
A towline was established and the yacht with two sailors was brought safely alongside the East pier at Wicklow harbour
A 20ft sailing yacht with two people onboard was brought to safety by Wicklow RNLI this afternoon (Sunday 12 July). The inshore lifeboat launched at 11:45 am with Graham Fitzgerald (helm) and crew Alan Goucher and John Stapleton to reports…
Busy times in the great days of sail at the entrance to Dun Laoghaire (Kingstown) Harbour in a fresh to strong east sou’east wind, as painted by Admiral Richard Brydges Beechey, with a working cutter towing a hobblers’ boat entering as two yachts leave, while a stately naval man o’ war comes down the harbour, setting sail as she goes.
Dublin Bay Old Gaffers Association invites you to join their next Zoom session on Historic Dublin Bay Gaff Rigged Vessels from Maritime Paintings and Photographs, which will be given by Cormac Lowth on Thursday 16th July. Dublin’s leading maritime historian…
Sir Robin Knox-Johnston in April 2019 recreating his arrival in Falmouth 50 years to the date he completed the Golden Globe Race
In the latest editions of her new podcast series, double Olympic gold medalist Shirley Robertson sits down for a two-part chat with Sir Robin Knox-Johnston, founder of the Clipper Race and the first man ever to sail solo non-stop around…
Eoin Boyle and Annie Birney took up residence on the island earlier this month
A Dublin couple chosen from thousands of applicants for two caretaker positions on Great Blasket Island have started their new jobs on the remote offshore idyll. As previously covered on Afloat.ie, well over 20,000 applications were submitted for the two…
Levante was the DBSC 31.7 DBSC winner
Michael Leahy and John Power's Levante from the National Yacht Club was the winner of Saturday's DBSC Beneteau 31.7 One Design race on Dublin Bay. Second were NYC clubmates Bluefin Two (Michael & Bernie Bryson) while third place went to…
Marine Minister Barry Cowen pictured in the Dáil
Negotiations with the UK over future fisheries arrangements were the focus of the first meeting between Ireland’s new Marine Minister, Barry Cowen, and the EU Fisheries Commissioner this past week. Meeting virtually with Virginius Sinkevičius on Thursday (9 July) from…
Yacht racing resumes in Cork Harbour
Royal Cork's weekly league racing is underway with some fine sailing breezes to get the first races of the season underway last Thursday and Friday. Among the fleet of mixed keelboats is a 'Cork300' branded RCYC 1720 sportsboat marking 300…
File image of Kinsale RNLI’s inshore lifeboat Miss Sally Anne Baggy II
A motorboat with four on board which was overcome by poor weather was towed to safety by Kinsale RNLI volunteers this past week. The inshore lifeboat Miss Sally Anne Baggy II was requested to launch shortly after 11.30am on Wednesday…
Class Two winner Black Velvet (blue kite) on port gybe shortly after the start of the second race of the ISORA Viking Marine Coastal Series
Reigning ISORA Champion Rockabill VI (Paul O'Higgins) took a one-minute 35-second margin on corrected time to win the second ISORA Viking Marine Coastal Race on Dublin Bay this afternoon. The JPK10.80 was the IRC overall and Class Zero winner according…
Motorboat racing on Lough Ree in 1932
July 12, 1903 was also a Sunday, but it was not the sound of Orange bands marching that dominated the River Lee from Cobh to Cork City, but that of powerboat engines competing for what had been envisaged as the…
Ballyholme Yacht Club junior sailing in Bangor County Down
Neighbouring clubs Royal Ulster and Ballyholme at Bangor in County Down on Belfast Lough are both due back on the water soon. The RUYC sailing committee has decided that in line with further guidance from the RYA that competitive sport…
An Australian competitor at the 2019 Subaru Flying Fifteen World Championships on Dublin Bay
The 2021 Flying Fifteen International World Championship that was scheduled to be sailed at the Royal Freshwater Bay Yacht Club in Western Australia next February has been cancelled, according to Afloat sources. There is no official news of the cancellation…
Tory Island- French filmmaker Loic Jourdain is screening the world premiere of his latest feature on Tory island, entitled The Tribe of Gods.
A documentary on how Tory island’s late king Patsy Dan Rodgers led his community’s efforts to secure their rights and a study of a “maverick islander” are scheduled for Galway Film Fleadh’s online programme this weekend. French filmmaker Loic Jourdain…

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