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Speakers Lineup Grows For Virtual Island Summit
More details have been revealed regarding the Virtual Island Summit taking place next month from 7-13 September. As previously reported on Afloat.ie, some 140 ambassadors representing 10,000 islanders will take part in the summit that will discuss the many common…
Two of the bottlenose whales that died in the mass stranding on Rossnowlagh Beach last week
One of the victims of a deadly mass stranding of bottlenose whales in Donegal last week has not reappeared, according to Highland Radio. Seven of the marine mammals died in the biggest mass stranding of its kind on record in…
Fishing for crab and lobster on Dublin Bay - Cultural heritage is associated with the sea, fishing and small-scale fleets
Bord Iascaigh Mhara (BIM), Ireland’s Seafood Development Agency, is to host a webinar on Wednesday 9th September 2020 at 2 pm on how the role of cultural values can be integrated more in small-scale fisheries management. The webinar, which will…
File image of the Irish Coast Guard
Independent.ie reports that a major search and rescue operation was launched last night (Wednesday 26 August) for a sea angler on the Kerry coast. The man reportedly fell into the water while fishing at Kerry Head. His angling partner entered…
The trading ketch Ilen berthed in County Clare where traditional sail traders berthed before her, at the quayside in Kilrush
The Shannon Estuary is king size and clearly defined. Where some other great rivers gradually broaden as they near the sea, sometimes dissipating further into a delta, the Shannon Estuary affirms its individuality with a rapid change as it emerges…
Getting their strength back. In yesterday’s pet evening at the end of a classic ridge day, the Dublin Bay Water Wags had their best turnout so far in this shortened season, with 25 boats lining up for two races
When the Dublin Bay Water Wags started racing 133 years ago in 1887, every boat had a Spinnaker Guy, and a vital role he played too in dealing with the eternal contest with Tidal Eddy. So far, however, there’s no…
First of the CalMac ferry pair, MV Glen Sannox Afloat adds moved from Ferguson Marine to Dales dry dock (above) earlier this month.
Scottish Islands minister Paul Wheelhouse told MSPs (yesterday) shipbuilders Ferguson Marine was responsible for the major delays and cost overruns that have plaqued a pair of CalMac Ferries. He said “contractor failure” had led to the fiasco which will see…
Entrance to the Port of Rotterdam which has renewed its EcoPorts’ Port environmental Review system (PERS). Europe's biggest port has trading routes connecting Irish ports among them Dublin Port where direct ro-ro and lo-lo services operate in maintaining vital trade of exports and imports.
The Port of Rotterdam has been congratulated from the European Sea Ports Organisation (ESPO) for renewing its EcoPorts’ Port environmental Review system (PERS), the only port sector specific environmental management standard. Being PERS certified requires amongst others that the port…
Dun Laoghaire Harbour's Kenny Rumball
Ireland’s Kenneth Rumball is in the final preparation stages before starting his first La Solitaire du Figaro which start this Sunday, 30th August in the Bay of Saint-Brieuc. Having made the twenty-four-hour delivery up from Port-La-Foret on Sunday, Rumball’s Team…
November's METSTRADE in Amsterdam has been cancelled
METSTRADE and RAI Amsterdam have announced that the world's largest marine equipment trade show, which was scheduled on 17-19 November in RAI Amsterdam, has been cancelled. For more than 32 years, METSTRADE has been providing the most complete meeting place…
Operator Irish Ferries carried a total of 56,600 cars in the first half of 2020, down 64.9% on the same time last year. Above W.B. Yeats departing Dublin Port
Irish Ferries parent company Irish Continental Group has reported a drop in revenues and earnings for the first six months of the year amid a challenging background of depressed economic activity and travel restrictions imposed across the EU because of…
The Dublin Bay 21 Naneen of 1905 vintage (foreground) and her 1903 sister-ship Garavoge, elegantly together in Kilrush Marina
The dedicated and detailed process whereby Hal Sisk and Fionan de Barra are restoring the historic Dublin Bay 21 Class (founded 1903) for a meaningful role in the 21st century has taken a major step forward with the 1903 Portrush-built…
A yacht wrecked at Crookhaven in Storm Francis
The West Cork harbour of Crookhaven took a hammering earlier this week in Storm Francis with at least one sailing boat lost from its mooring on Tuesday. Footage online shows the village pontoon swaying in the Force 11 gusts (see…
Union Hall RNLI Launches Fishing Vessel with Engine Difficulty
The RNLI lifeboat crew was requested to launch their inshore lifeboat Margaret Bench of Solihull, this morning at 5.37 am to a fishing vessel, with two people onboard, that was just west of Glandore harbour in West Cork. The lifeboat…
North Sails Ireland's Maurice 'Prof' O'Connell (pictured to leeward) raced on John O'Gorman's beautiful Sunfast 3600 "Hot Cookie" with Noel Butler, Hannah Linehan, Andrew Irvin and Alan Walshe
Whew! I am just back at base in Dun Laoghaire after the gruelling Fastnet 450 race. Having raced down the East coast, around the Tuskar Rock and the Fastnet Rock many many times, I think this one may have been…
Dun Laoghaire's inshore lifeboat alongside a yacht in Dun Laoghaire Harbour
Dun Laoghaire RNLI is appealing to businesses in the community to become RNLI local ambassadors by sharing key water safety advice to help keep people safe. On average, 175 people lose their life around the coast of Ireland and the…
Barnacle Geese
110 years ago Robert Lloyd Praeger brought a group of eminent European scientists to Clare Island to map the flora, fauna, geology and archaeology of the small, exposed Atlantic island off the coast of Mayo. The Royal Irish Academy’s New…
The 41st edition of the Rolex Middle Sea Race is scheduled to start on Saturday, 17 October.
The 41st Rolex Middle Sea Race entry list stands at 65 yachts representing 18 countries. It is a remarkable achievement in this extraordinary year. And, while there are less than two months to the race start on 17 October, there…
 Simon Knowles' J/109 Indian has put in a gallant showing for Howth to take fourth overall in this year's only big offshore race, the Fastnet 450
Ireland's sports organisations are taking a battering during the pandemic, and the operating model of sailing clubs, in particular, makes them especially vulnerable to a downturn in all activities afloat and ashore. Afloat.ie's W M Nixon wrote this piece yesterday…
Carol Commons and Laura O’Hara completed their 13km distance in Kilcummin, Co Mayo
This year’s Galway Bay Swim took on a different format than usual, as participants were encouraged to ‘swim the bay their way’. As Galway Daily reports, social distancing issues prevented the annual gathering of open sea swimmers to cross Galway…

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