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Duncan and Maura Sclare's local cutter Little Egret (left) heads out to meet AK Ilen in Clew Bay, County Mayo
The historic Irish ketch, Ilen, has docked at Westport, County Mayo to deliver a unique addiction recovery programme. The boat, which was built in the 1920s and underwent a full restoration in 2018, is now part of the award-winning charity…
An anchor at the RMS Tayleur Memorial in Rush, Co. Dublin
Edward J. Bourke will give a talk on the 'Sinking of the Sailing Ship Tayleur, 1854' at Rush Library this Thursday, 16th May at 6.30 pm. To attend the talk, booking is available through Fingal Libraries (see details below). The…
Six Dragons contested the O’Leary Life Keelboat Regatta at Kinsale Yacht Club
A tie-break decided the six-boat Dragon Class season opener at Kinsale Yacht Club's O’Leary Keelboat Regatta on May 12th. With close racing over two days, James Matthews, David Good, and Fergal O’Hanlon on TBD took the trophy after six intense races. Ghost,…
Eight teams competed in Elliott 6m sportsboats at the  2024 Irish Match Racing National Championships organised by the Irish Match Racing Association at the National Yacht Club in Dún Laoghaire Harbour
Royal St. George Yacht Club trio Tom, Henry and Jack Higgins were crowned 2024 Irish Match Racing Champions after eight teams competed over two days in the National Yacht Club's Elliott 6m sportsboat fleet in Dun Laoghaire Harbour. Waterford Harbour match racer…
Skellig Michael is home to a profusion of seabird life, and neighbouring Little Skellig is the second-largest gannet colony in the world
UNESCO world heritage site Skellig Michael ( Sceilg Mhichíl) has opened to visitors for the 2024 season. Access to the monastic site off the Kerry coast is dependent on favourable weather, sea, and island conditions, the Office of Public Works…
The inaugural 44 Cup in Baiona, Spain, drew some of the best crews in the world, including Irish sailors Oisin McClelland and Cian Guilfoyle on board Aleph Racing (above), Simon Johnson on the Black Star Racing Team, and Grattan Roberts, who joins Team Ceeref Vaider for the 2024 season
Artemis Racing emerged victorious at the 44Cup Baiona, held at the Monte Real Club de Yates de Baiona (MRCYB) in Galicia, after winning five out of nine races. The second event of the 2024 44Cup concluded on Sunday, after a…
Yachts and boats dressed overall for a multi-coloured parade of sail on the River Liffey as part of the annual 'Blessing of the Boats' ceremony at Poolbeg Yacht and Boat Club on Sunday, May 12th. Scroll down for a photo gallery of participating boats
Up to 30 yachts and motorboats joined the annual Poolbeg Yacht and Boat Club parade of sailing down the River Liffey and out into Dublin Bay on Sunday afternoon, a tribute to deceased members of the Dublin City club. The…
File image of the 14th Lock on the Grand Canal at Killeenbeg, Co Kildare
Waterways Ireland advises all masters of vessels on the Grand Canal that the 14th Lock at Devonshire Bridge in Co Kildare has been closed with immediate effect. Navigation through the lock is not possible at this time. Further notices in…
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Waterways Ireland advises masters and owners of vessels on the Shannon Navigation that water levels in all areas north of Lough Ree are now at Ordinary Summer Level. Water levels on the Shannon Navigation south of Lough Ree are approaching…
The Fund Britain’s Waterways flotilla gathers on the River Thames outside the Palace of Westminster on Wednesday 8 May
Campaign group Fund Britain’s Waterways has returned to Westminster to deliver a loud and clear message for funding to safeguard the future of the country’s canals and river navigations. The 20-strong flotilla on Wednesday (8 May) was a spectacle for…
Seán Waddilove (left) and Robert Dickson
Robert Dickson and Seán Waddilove have emerged best of the two Irish contenders to compete in the men’s skiff event at Paris 2024 this summer. The Dublin crew — from Howth Yacht Club and Skerries Sailing Club respectively — qualified…
The dead whale was removed from the cruise ship and towed to shore in Sandy Hook, New Jersey. The endangered sei whale has undergone a necropsy, which may help determine whether or not it was killed by the ship
The body of a 44-foot long endangered sei whale was found on the bow of a cruise ship as it approached New York last weekend. As CBS news reports, the carcass was discovered as the ship neared the Brooklyn Cruise…
The National Yacht Club J109 Ruth was skippered by Tom Shanahan with a youthful crew to win overall in the first ISORA Cross-Channel Race of 2024 from Dun Laoghaire to Pwllheli, a 90-miler that took over 21 hours to complete
The Shanahan family J109, Ruth, of the National Yacht Club, pulled off a late-race victory in Saturday's marathon ISORA race from Dun Laoghaire to Pwhelli in North Wales. The win is a significant result in one of the biggest ISORA…
File image of Galway RNLI’s inshore lifeboat at speed
Galway RNLI’s volunteer crew were requested to launch by the Irish Coast Guard shortly before 4pm on Friday afternoon (10 May) following a call by a member of the public reporting four people on Hare Island cut off by the…
Carrigaline Choral Group perform at sunrise off Roches Point in Cork Harbour as part of the Royal Cork Yacht Club's support of the annual Darkness into Light national fundraiser
On Saturday morning, the Carrigaline Choral Group participated in the annual Darkness into Light national fundraiser with the Royal Cork Yacht Club. Up to 30 pleasure crafts sailed out into Cork Harbour before sunrise to support the charity Pieta, which…
Sailors ashore at Royal Cork Yacht Club at Crosshaven in County Cork after a day of racing at Volvo Cork Week Regatta
The excitement is building as the start of the Volvo Cork Week 2024 regatta approaches. With the event scheduled to begin on Monday, July 15th, the Royal Cork Yacht Club (RCYC) organisers say the club is buzzing with preparations for…
Victory on this iconic 3,900 nautical miles race across the North Atlantic from Lorient to New York is Ambrogio Beccaria's third major Transatlantic success
Italy’s Ambrogio Beccaria on his all-Italian designed and built Musa 40 Alla Grande Pirelli added the hugely prestigious Transat CIC Class 40 title to his steadily growing collection of solo and short handed ocean racing honours this morning when he…
Ireland's Robert Dickson and Sean Waddilove of Howth and Skerries are lying in eighth place at the  49er Europeans in La Grande Motte, France
With one last gold fleet race of the 49er European Championships in La Grande Motte, France, scheduled on Sunday morning before the medal race decider in the afternoon, Ireland's Robert Dickson and Sean Waddilove of Howth and Skerries aren’t counting their…
Johnnie Phillips' Elan 333 Playtime (National YC) won DBSC's non-spinnaker Cruisers 5a Saturday race
Dublin Bay Sailing Club's third AIB Saturday race of the 2024 season was sailed on May 11th in light to medium south-easterly winds on a hazy Dublin Bay. No results were posted in IRC Zero, as the first ISORA Cross-channel…
Up to 80 basking sharks have been observed in Courtmacsherry Bay, West Cork
While a strong solar storm is producing spectacular displays of Northern lights over Ireland, large numbers of basking sharks have been sighted in waters off the south and south-west coasts. “We have seen 60, 70, and even 80 basking sharks…

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