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Sir Ben Ainslie’s team won their the fifth race in a row in the Round Robins
INEOS TEAM UK stays unbeaten after what was probably the closest race seen so far on the AC75s, with nine lead changes throughout the nail-biting race against Luna Rossa Prada Pirelli. With that result, Sir Ben Ainslie’s team won their…
The Irish Optimist Trials will be staged by the Royal St George Yacht Club in Dun Laoghaire Harbour in May
The Royal St George Yacht Club in Dun Laoghaire Harbour will host the IODAI Optimist dinghy Trials on the May Bank Holiday  Weekend, 1st – 3rd May 2021. The trials event is a great opportunity for younger sailors to compete…
Killybegs Fishermen’s Organisation (KFO) chief executive Sean O’Donoghue
EU coastal states “haven’t taken the same hit” as Ireland in losing access to British fishing grounds and “must burden share”, an industry leader said. The fishing industry is “not interested” in financial compensation, and wants to ensure it “gets…
SoundYard will celebrate Belfast's maritime heritage, add to the animation, accessibility, and vibrancy of the Maritime Mile
The Maritime Mile is an initiative developed by Maritime Belfast Trust and is a curated experience that connects and celebrates Belfast's vibrant heritage waterfront. It was set up originally to deliver the Titanic Belfast Visitor attraction and now includes many…
There's a new offering for youth sailors in Cork Harbour
After a year in the planning, Royal Cork Yacht Club has launched a new offering for its youth sailors for 2021. The pathway is intended to complement our existing entry points into sailing in the club across dinghies and keelboats.…
Filmmaker and Aosdána member Bob Quinn
Galway Film Fleadh has confirmed it is extending its online film festival which includes the Atlantean series of documentaries by film-maker Bob Quinn. The documentaries explored Quinn’s theory that our maritime links were part of a common “Atlantean” culture extending…
Dublin Port Chief Executive Eamonn O'Reilly
Dublin Port Chief Executive Eamonn O'Reilly told RTE One's Nationwide programme this week that the capital's port will reach capacity in 2040. The CEO said the port, that handles almost 50% of all trade in the Republic of Ireland, faces a…
The issue of Rockall in the North Atlantic is not mentioned in an Ireland-Scotland Bilateral Review
A newly published Ireland-Scotland bilateral review advocates economic co-operation in areas including the marine and renewable energy. However, the issue of Rockall is not mentioned, although access flared up as an issue in early January when a Donegal vessel was…
‘Ireland’s Blubber Book’ — A New Educational Resource for Young & Aspiring Marine Biologists
The Irish Whale and Dolphin Group (IWDG) has announced a new educational resource for young and aspiring marine science experts. Ireland’s Blubber Book: Flukes Junior Vol 1 is a comprehensive workbook on cetaceans – the marine wildlife family comprising whales, dolphins and…
Foam in the Carrowbeg River in Westport resulting from the discharge on Saturday 16 January
Inland Fisheries Ireland (IFI) investigated a pollution incident that occurred last weekend on the Carrowbeg River in Westport, Co Mayo. IFI received a number of calls to the hotline number and had a report from the landowner where the pollution…
‘Istanbul Convention’ Should Apply for UK Boats With Red Diesel Cruising in EU Waters, CA Says
Marine red diesel is still on sale to leisure vessels in the UK despite Westminster’s pre-Brexit plans to phase it out, the Cruising Association says. As previously reported on Afloat.ie, the British Government made clear its intention to legislate for…
The former HMS Active was split in two by missile fire during the Pakistan Navy drill earlier this month
A former Royal Navy frigate was sunk in spectacular fashion during a live-fire exercise off Pakistan, as Mail Online reports. HMS Active was commissioned in 1977 and saw active duty in the Falklands War among other missions before being sold…
The CSO has released new figures on the performance of six of the main Irish Ports. Above: a containership departing in lower Cork Harbour and where a tanker is berthed at the Whitegate Oil Refinery.
Central Statistics Office (CSO) figures show a marginal decrease in the volume of goods handled in six of the seven Irish ports in the third quarter of 2020. Six of the main Irish ports - Bantry, Dublin, Drogheda, Cork, Shannon…
Paul O'Higgins' champion JPK 10.80 Rockabill VI in action off the West Cork coast in Calves Week. She has raced round or past the Fastnet Rock several times in other events, but this year the star Dun Laoghaire boat will be doing the Rolex Fastnet Race itself for the first time
If anyone in the Royal Ocean Racing Club's suite of race offices was bothered by the thought that the 2021 change of course in the club's core event, the biennial Fastnet Race, was going to have a detrimental effect on…
The devastating scene of the Port of Beirut blast that took place in August last year and which was connected with a ship whose captain is been sought by Interpol. Among the ships berthed during the incident was the Jouri which AFLOAT identified as the former City of Paris that traded in Irish waters
Red notices have been issued by Interpol for the captain and owner of the ship (MV Rhosus) that carried the chemicals which devastated Beirut in an explosion in August, killing 200 people, Lebanon’s state media said, according to Reuters. As…
Mermaid sailor Jim Dempsey of Skerries Sailing Club
Jim Dempsey, one of the sailing greats from Skerries passed away last night. He had been unwell for the last few years but he did not allow his illness to adversely impact on his good humour and his ability to…
 IMF at Boot - The Irish Marine Federation used regularly used the opportunity of Boot Dusseldorf as a sales platform but also for industry pow-wows (from left in 2020)Treasurer Ian O'Meara of Viking Marine, James Kirwan of BJ Marine, Chairman Paal Janson and Secretary Gerry Salmon of MGM Boats
The Irish Marine Trade has been giving its reaction to today's cancellation of the giant German Boat Show, Boot Dusseldorf that was scheduled for April and a key show for the Irish industry. As Afloat reported earlier, the world’s largest…
The esailing world championships launches today
The 2021 eSailing World Championship will be launched today as the race to win this year’s title – and a prize of USD $10,000 – officially begins. Launched in partnership between World Sailing, the International Federation for the sport, and…
Ferries from the UK berthed at Dublin Port
Differences in policy between north and south on travellers arriving at ferryports and airports have been discussed by Minister for Health Stephen Donnelly and his Northern Ireland counterpart Robin Swann. The different strategies, reports RTE, mean there are gaps in…
A Fin Whale off the Waterford coast - Environment Minister Eamon Ryan has increased funding to Environmental NGOs that includes the Irish Whale and Dolphin Group
Minister Ryan has announced significant funding of €1,764,000 for the Irish Environmental Network and its members in 2021. This is an increase of €704,000 on the level of funding provided in 2020. The Irish Environmental Network is made up of…

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