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Lucy Whitford, new Commodore at East Antrim Boat Club in Larne
East Antrim Boat Club in Larne has appointed Lucy Whitford as Commodore, only the third lady in the Club's 70-year history to enjoy that position. The others were Lilian Stewart and Anne Morris. Although Lucy is a regular sailor, and…
The new J/45 cruiser racer
Introducing an exciting, new 45’ offshore sailing yacht like no J boat before it. The J/45 is a true sailing yacht, designed and built for the sea by dedicated, life-long sailors. The J/Boats and J/Composites teams have collaborated to create…
Passenger travel restrictions due to Covid-19 has been imposed by the Irish Government. Above: an inbound sailing of Stena Estrid as the new ropax enters Dublin Port from Holyhead in the UK.
Ferry operator Stena Line has issued an important update for passengers intending to travel on services to the Republic of Ireland and the Netherlands. Due to new measures imposed by the Irish Government and the Government of the Netherlands, there…
Some Irish truckers stranded in UK will have to look at other routes, says Eamon Ryan. Above file photo dated Dec. 11th of lorries queuing to access the Eurotunnel site near Folkestone in Kent. AFLOAT adds at nearby Port of Dover is closed to all accompanied traffic leaving the UK until further notice. Operation Stack (phase 2) has now been implemented to deal with freight trucks.
Ferry operators offering direct routes to continental Europe are being asked to bring forward services due to commence the first week of January, Minister for Transport Eamon Ryan has said. Mr Ryan told RTÉ radio’s Morning Ireland that he believed…
Artist Kenneth King's depiction of a German bomber over the lightship Isolda off the Wexford coast on December 19th, 1940. Six Dun Laoghaire men died and 22 survived
Six Dun Laoghaire mariners never came home for Christmas 80 years ago, when their lightship was attacked and sunk by a German bomber aircraft off the Wexford coast. Now, the grand-daughter of one of those lost has appealed to other…
Vendee Globe leader Yannick Bestaven
Yannick Bestaven, who has been at the front of the Vendee Globe fleet for four days, passed the Antimeridian at 1337hrs UTC this Sunday afternoon with his lead now extended to 120 nautical miles over second-placed Charlie Dalin. Of the…
Cllr Derek Mitchell cuts the ribbon on the new coastal park and boardwalk overlooking Greystones Marina in County Wicklow. Front row left to right: Pamela Lee, Derek Mitchell, Breege Kilkenny (Director of Planning WCC),  Back Row. Norman Lee, Frank Curran (Chief Executive WCC), Merlin Ovington (WCC)
A new coastal park and boardwalk overlooking Greystones Marina were opened last week by Cllr Derek Mitchell, Cathaoirleach of Greystones Municipal District in the presence of Frank Curran, Chief Executive of Wicklow Council Council and Pamela Lee who set the…
Dunmore East Harbour will host up to 30 1720s from June 4th-6th for the European Championships
The 1720 sportsboat European Championships will be hosted on the Irish South Coast in 2021. The fleet will muster at Waterford Harbour Sailing Club after the disappointment of the cancellation of its 2020 event at Royal Cork Yacht Club due…
Research Funders Review Ireland’s Progress in Marine Research & Innovation at Latest Forum Meeting
The recent sixth meeting of the National Marine Research Funders’ Forum on 26 November followed the launch this past summer of the new National Marine Research Database. Developed in collaboration with national funders, the database displays more than 500 marine…
Ella’s Pink Lady in Sydney after Jessica Watson’s solo circumnavigation
Mail Online is reporting that the yacht used by would-be round-the-world record-setter Jessica Watson has been left to rot outside the maritime museum where it has resided for almost a decade. In 2009, then 16-year-old Watson, from Australia, sailed her…
Waiting for the wind in Auckland
No winner in Auckland today for the Prada America's Cup Christmas Race as the breeze dropped away after the start of race 1 and there was not enough to complete the 4 races scheduled for the day. Race 1 between…
The Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race has started from Sydney Harbour every year since 1945. 
The Cruising Yacht Club of Australia has announced its 76th Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race will not be proceeding in 2020. The impact of COVID-19 that has disrupted sporting events around the globe for so much of the year has…
One time leader Charlie Dalin is in the hunt for first place again
Caught up in the lighter winds at the back of a front during the hours of the European night, daytime for the leaders, has seen second-placed Charlie Dalin concede handful of miles to leader Yannick Bestaven. Looking briefly at comparisons…
RYA Northern Ireland’s 2021 Cruising Conference Goes Virtual
The countdown is on for the virtual RYA Northern Ireland Cruising Conference 2021, which will take place online over three separate evenings in the new year. The conference, which will be hosted via Zoom, will run on Tuesdays 19 and…
Explorer and writer Tim Severin was a longtime resident of West Cork
A famed adventurer who crossed the Atlantic by currach in a journey inspired by the story of Brendan the Navigator has died at the age of 80, as RTÉ News reports. Tim Severin set out in 1976 on the epic…
DMYC has srubbed its inaugural Dinghy Christmas Cracker
A DMYC Committee meeting held this weekend has decided to abandon plans for its inaugural Christmas Dinghy Challenge at Dun Laoghaire Harbour.  As Afloat previously reported, the event was scheduled in anticipation of the lifting of Level 3 restrictions this weekend…
Arklow Arrow takes to the waters during launching of the new 8,500dwt bulker that took place yesterday.
A new bulk oriented general cargoship for Arklow Shipping took to the water for the first time yesterday as the fifth of six ships was launched by shipbuilder Ferus Smit, writes Jehan Ashmore. The 8,543dwt newbuild (NB.441) bulker was christened…
Team New Zealand celebrate
As if written into the script, the final race was the one that mattered when it came to who would take the PRADA America’s Cup World Series Auckland trophy. With Emirates Team New Zealand and American Magic on even points,…
The 'SOS - Save Our Sea in Dublin Bay' has received 18,611 signatures for its petition to the EPA
A “giant-size” towel collage has been spread out at Blackrock’s Seapoint shoreline in Dublin Bay on Saturday to highlight the need for action over Dublin Bay water quality. Open water swimmers suspended hostilities over whether dry robes or towels were…
MGM Boats Reveal New Zodiac Medline 6.8 for Spring 2021 Launch
Christmas is coming and MGM Boats at Dun Laoghaire Harbour is taking the opportunity to present the latest Zodiac RIB, the 'Medline 6.8 m' in detail. As regular Afloat readers will know, the first pictures of the new marque appeared…
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