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It may be nearly six months since she sank without a trace, but political references to the Asgard II keep bobbing to the surface. In the latest metaphorical voyage, Elaine Byrne uses the decision to leave Asgard on the seabed…
Arklow SC is to stage a challenging 34 nautical mile circumnavigation of the Arklow Bank Wind Farm this summer on May 31st. The inaugural race coincides with the Arklow club's 40th birthday celebrations. It is estimated it will take about…
Mary Bailey of Galway is the Irish Independent/Afloat.ie “Sailor of the Month” for February. From a well-known Connemara seafaring family, during February she has become the face of traditional boat sailing in the west and nationally through her presentation of…
Dun Laoghaire's Cookson 50, Lee Overlay Partners (Adrian Lee) set a cracking pace around the track, beating ICAP Leopard by over an hour on corrected time and in doing so, winning IRC Class Super Zero, Canting Keel and the prize…
Speaking for the first time in detail about the events on and after September 11th last to The Irish Times this week, Capt Colm Newport has told marine correspondent Lorna Siggins that he still has no idea what caused the…
Although it is entitled 'Advice to Commercial Fishermen' the latest press release from Irish Water Safety is of use to anyone going afloat because it outlines key steps to reduce drowning risk.
The Coast Guard continue to monitor the recent oil spill currently 45 miles south of Ballycotton. The oil spill now consists of 300 tons of oily water and it is continuing to weather and significantly disperse. The spill is currently…
Developing local watersports Communities is the theme of the ISA National Conference, which takes place in the Burlington Hotel on 7th and 8th March 2009. It's not the most riveting subject for racing sailors but the national authority is sending…
The Marine Survey Office (MSO), which is the national authority responsible for regulating maritime safety, has issued a notice in advance of Galway's Volvo Ocean Race in May. It is  advising skippers of the obligation to operate with a licence…
Northern Ireland's Ross Monson has navigated  ICAP Leopard, the 100ft super maxi that broke the Round Ireland record last year to line honours in the inaugural RORC Caribbean 600.At 07:25 local time, off the coast of Antigua, Monson Completed the…
Afloat web editor Markham Nolan was among the winners at the recent fourth annual Irish Blog Awards last week. Markham, a keen sailor, who also blogs on afloat.ie picked up the award for Best Blog at a ceremony at Cork…
Ciara Peelo's attendance in Dun Laoghaire last night for the luanch of the ISAF youth worlds was an appropriate move by Royal St. George organisers towards its stated goal of a gold medal at the 2012 youth worlds. The event…
Gerry Burke, Vice Chairman of Lough Derg Branch has asked me to let you know that there will be a work party on Saturday and Sunday of this weekend to remove fallen trees and other debris from the Woodford River…
The Master of the sail training ship Asgard II has expressed “disappointment” at the decision by Minister for Defence Willie O’Dea to leave the ship on the seabed off northwest France. He was only one of three former Asgard crew…
We're not wallowing, we're the marine industry
Asgard sank, and so did the economy. The doomsayers are taking to the lifeboats but the Taoiseach says we can't afford to "wallow in a sea of doubt". It's not the most auspicious start to the 2009 Allianz Boat Show…
Ireland's difficult berths
Just over a year ago, consultants were pointing to the fact that leisure craft berths needed to triple in Dun Laoghaire harbour to cater for extra demand. It was obvious to the watersports community at that time, but Dun Laoghaire…
A National Marine Policy for Ireland?
It is almost 12 months since the Irish Marine Federation called for the immediate introduction of a National Marine Policy for Ireland. To date, there has been almost no progress to report. The European Union has requested each coastal member…
Developing the sort of jobs that cannot be shipped abroad
When the media showed up in the RDS I did not hesitate to tell them in my role as Marine Federation Chairman that the marine sector could develop jobs. I called it a 'potential gold mine'. A wise man I…
The Asgard II, which sank last September off the coast of France, will not be lifted from the seabed inspite of an Afloat petition that generated thousands of comments and signatures. The Minister for Defence, Willie O'Dea, has announced that…
Undertake one of the world's greatest adventures – to circumnavigate the globe by tallship. Just 25 berths are available on a modern, ocean going tallship departing England April 2009 for an epic 1 year 30,000 mile passage of self discovery.…
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