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Marc Miskelly’s Sadler 34, Star Chaser
Since his return to sailing with the lifting of coronavirus restrictions in Northern Ireland, Newcastle Yacht Club dinghy racer Marc Miskelly tells RYANI how he kept up a positive attitude during the lockdown months. Miskelly — who also sails a…
Fenit lifeboat volunteers come to the aid of the solitary dolphin
It was a most unusual callout for Fenit RNLI yesterday evening (Tuesday 25 August) as they were tasked to a dolphin in the shallows near Fenit Pier in Co Kerry. Locals out for a stroll in blustery conditions that trailed…
GLA's among them Irish Lights to discontinue DGPS service in 2023. Afloat's photo of the Irish Lights aids to navigation tender ILV Granuaile off Lamb Island that at low tide is connected to Dalkey Island in Dublin Bay. On the horizon is Irish Ferries chartered-in ropax Epsilon inward bound on a routine Irish Sea crossing from Holyhead, north Wales.
All three General Lighthouse Authorities (GLA) of the UK and Ireland - Trinity House, the Northern Lighthouse Board and Irish Lights - will discontinue their Differential GPS (DGPS) service in March 2022. The GLAs made this decision after carefully considering…
Rescue teams attend flooded streets in Newcastle after Storm Francis
Clean-up operations are under way in Newcastle and other parts of Co Down after the Shinma River burst its banks due to heavy rainfall from Storm Francis yesterday (Tuesday 25 August). As BreakingNews.ie reports, as many as 300 homes were…
Member – Sea-Fisheries Protection Authority
The Sea-Fisheries Protection Authority (SFPA) was established on the 1st of January 2007. The remit of the Authority includes promotion, detection and enforcement of sea-fisheries and seafood safety legislation, regulations, notices and statutory instruments, to protect and conserve fisheries resources…
Father and son winners Sean (left) and Yannick Lemonnier of Galway Bay Sailng Club
Taking the top spot this year at the annual Cong Galway Boat Race was Sean and Yannick Lemonnier of Galway Bay Sailing Club, making it three-in-a-row for the father and son duo, who won a luxurious night at the 5-star Ashford…
A yacht aground in Baltimore, West Cork during Storm Francis
Storm Francis hit the West Cork Harbour of Baltimore today with the town's RNLI lifeboat called out to nearby Crookhaven Bay to two yachts in difficulty on moorings as Afloat reported here this morning. Pleasure craft in Baltimore Harbour itself were also in…
Lock 15 on the Shannon-Erne Waterway at Tirmactiernan
Waterways Ireland has announced the reopening of Lock 15 on the Shannon-Erne Waterway at Tirmactiernan in Co Leitrim as of Thursday 27 August after a temporary closure for safety reasons. The lock has been closed due to the high volume…
The chub caught from the River Inny by fisheries staff this past June
Invasive chub have been confirmed in the River Inny in Longford, according to Inland Fisheries Ireland (IFI). A single fish was caught on rod and line at one of a number of spots where IFI staff recorded possible sightings following…
Baltimore RNLI’s all-weather lifeboat called out to Crookhaven during Storm Francis
Baltimore RNLI’s volunteer crew launched to the aid of two yachts in difficulty in Crookhaven Harbour as Storm Francis passed over West Cork this morning (Tuesday 25 August). The two vessels, one with four on board and the other with…
Portaferry RNLI assessed the situation and observed that the yacht was drifting close to shore off Taggart Island
Portaferry RNLI came to the aid of two sailors whose 36ft yacht got into difficulty on Strangford Lough this morning (Tuesday 25 August). The volunteer crew were requested to launch their inshore lifeboat at 9.55 am following a report from…
Appledore Shipyard on the River Torridge in north Devon has been acquired by owners of the Belfast shipyard Harland & Wolff
In the UK the Appledore Shipyard in south-west England which built its last ship for the Irish Naval Service is set to reopen, it has been announced. The historic shipyard as previously reported, has been acquired by Infrastrata, the owners of Belfast…
Darina Brown from the yacht Rhapsody and her accompanying sea dog Brody was on the Cruising Association of Ireland cruise from Dublin to Belfast
It's only 160 km by road but the passage north from Dublin Bay for the twelve Cruising Association of Ireland crews who set out for Belfast Lough was a great deal more. With stopovers in Carlingford Lough and Ardglass on…
The Connemara Flying Fifteens race on Friday evenings
A rejuvenated Flying Fifteen fleet in Connemara, County Galway is boasting one of the largest fleets in the country with up to 27 actively club racing.  Sailing takes place in clear blue seas and lovely scenery in Casla Bay from…
History redeemed….the Royal Cork YC have been denied much of their Tricentennial Celebration during 2020, so it was a very special moment when Denis & Annamarie Murphy's Grand Soleil 40 Nieulargo (RCYC) crossed the line at Roche's Point this (Monday) morning to win the Fastnet 450 Race
Day 3, Monday, 1600 hrs: The demanding Fastnet 450 course kept crews working very hard indeed until the last couple of miles running in towards the finish in the entrance to Cork Harbour under the iconic Roche's Point Lighthouse this…
1st Place Gold - Ben Graf and Alexander Farrell Lough Ree Yacht Club
The Irish 420 Sailing Championships for 2020 were hosted by Waterford Harbour Sailing Club in Dunmore East last weekend with sponsorship by McConnell’s Toyota Waterford. Storm Ellen provided lively weather conditions on Friday with the Race Officer Michael Tyrrell not…
Two of the stranded bottlenose whales that died on Rossnowlagh beach last Wednesday
The Army could be employed to euthanise beached whales and other marine wildlife that have no prospect of being refloated, the Irish Whale and Dolphin Group suggests in its draft protocol. As the Irish Independent reports, the proposal is part…
Med-Cruise: MSC Grandiosa's stringent Covid-19 guidelines were breached by a family on a shore excursion (Italy), which led to them being denied re-entry to the cruiseship. Afloat adds the leadship of the 'Meraviglia' class called to the Irish capital in recent years.
It is just over a week ago when MSC Grandiosa set sail from Genoa, Italy - with only citizens of Europe's Schengen-area countries and below its 70% capacity limit - it became the first cruiseship in MSC's fleet to return…
File image of Lough Ree RNLI’s inshore lifeboat
One of Ireland’s busiest lifeboat units is seeking the public’s help to upgrade its home base and carry on its lifesaving mission. Lough Ree RNLI’s volunteers have been rescuing people from the lough’s 29km stretch of inland waterway since 2012,…
File image of Shannon Harbour
Waterways Ireland’s jetties have reopened at Clonmacnoise, Shannonbridge, Shannon Harbour and Banagher on the Shannon Navigation following the lifting of coronavirus restrictions on counties Laois and Offaly. Meanwhile, visiting moorings on the Grand and Royal Canals, Barrow Navigation and Barrow…

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