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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…
The National YC's biennial Volvo Dun Laoghaire to Dingle Race, currently scheduled for June 9th 2021, could become symbolic of the emergence from pandemic. The start of 2019's race shows overall winner Paul O'Higgin's JPK 10.80 Rockabill VI (left) showing briefly ahead of Mick Cotter's 94ft line honours winner and new course record-setter Windfall
In normal times, the yearly Irish sailing fixtures list is a reasonably harmonious programme based around annual or biennial pillar events of various types and sizes, an ongoing succession of regattas and championships which slot together in a reasonably meaningful…
Ulster Canal - the restoration is being delivered in phases that are detailed below
Waterways Ireland has welcomed the significant funding announcement today by Minister Daragh O'Brien TD and Minister of State Noonan TD from the #Shared Island Fund to support the implementation of Phase 2 of the work on the Ulster Canal. Phase…
Dr Niall McDonough will serve as Chair of the JPI Oceans Management Board for a three-year term.
Dr Niall McDonough, Director of Policy Innovation and Research Support Services at the Marine Institute, was recently elected Chair of the JPI Oceans Management Board. JPI Oceans is an intergovernmental platform that works to increase the alignment and impact of…
Hawk Cliff at Killiney where the swimmer got into difficulty
A swimmer has died after getting into difficulty as Hawk Cliff in Dalkey in Killney Bay yesterday. The accident happened after the Irish Coast Guard based in Dun Laoghaire Harbour received a call about a swimmer in difficulty.   Emergency services…
The Forty Foot on Dublin Bay is a popular swim spot on Christmas Day
People are being asked to forego the annual Christmas Day swim at the Forty Foot in Sandycove on Dublin bay due to concerns over large groups of people gathering for the annual tradition. Dún Laoghaire Rathdown County Council, gardaí, and…
The boat cruises above the water, its weight rested on two hydrofoils
Billed as the world’s first electric hydrofoil speedboat, the Candela Seven has been brought to market by Swedish startup, Candela Speed Boat. Propelled by the Torqeedo Deep Blue 50i, the boat cruises above the water, its weight rested on two…
EPSO calling on businesses to prepare for Border checks. The European Sea Ports Organisation (ESPO) is the principal interface between European seaports and the European institutions and its policy makers. Above a busy port scene involving a variety of ship designs catering for transportation modes.
Businesses that conduct trade between the EU and the UK will from 1 January 2021 need to deal with border controls, thereby ensuring they submit the right formalities and information to border authorities in order to gain clearance for their…
An Oireachtas transport committee has been told that new customs checks and import controls at Irish ports due to Brexit will have huge implications and massive knock-on consequences for the road haulage industry. AFLOAT adds in preparation of post-Brexit, Stena Line recently deployed freight-only ferry Stena Foreteller for berthing trials at Rosslare Harbour (above) from where on 4 January, is to double frequency on the route to Cherbourg, France while also earlier that week, by two days, DFDS will launch a new direct freight-route too but connecting Dunkirk also in mainland Europe to avoid the UK 'land-bridge'.
Insufficient ferry capacity may pose an issue, reports The Irish Times, on direct routes to mainland Europe if the key “landbridge” route through Britain becomes congested after Brexit, the haulage industry has warned. Irish Road Haulage Association president Eugene Drennan…
New ships planned for Naval Service post-Brexit fishery protection patrols in the Irish Sea would involve a pair of smaller coastal patrol vessels (CPV) suited to the east coast. The additional tonnage would leave the existing larger offshore patrol vessels (OPV) such as LÉ Samuel Beckett to operate in harsher conditions of the Atlantic Ocean.
Plans are in place for the Naval Service to acquire two new ships for post-Brexit fishery protection patrols in the Irish Sea next year. They will be smaller than the 90m-long fishery offshore patrol vessels (OPV) vessels currently being used as…
Ahern Remarks on Brexit & Fish Anger Fishing Industry Leader
 As Brexit negotiations continue over fisheries, comments made by former taoiseach Bertie Ahern on the issue have angered a leading Irish fishing industry spokesman  Killybegs Fishermen’s Organisation (KFO) chief executive Sean O’Donoghue said he had contacted Minister for Marine Charlie…
Jangada, Richard Palmer's British JPK 10.10 announced as RORC Yacht of the Year 2020. L to R: Richard Palmer and Jeremy Waitt with the Somerset Memorial Trophy.
The 2020 RORC Yacht of the Year, winning the Somerset Memorial Trophy is the British JPK 10.10 Jangada, owned by Richard Palmer. Racing with Jeremy Waitt as crew, Jangada was the overall winner of the RORC Transatlantic Race and winner…
New York Yacht Club American Magic shares the overall lead with Team New Zealand
Four match races have been held on the second day of the Amercia's Cup World Series in Auckland on racecourse C, the preferred playing field as it brings the racing right into the heart of the Waitematā Harbour, with a shifty…
Mixed Reaction to EU Fish Quota Council
There has been a mixed Irish reaction to this year’s EU fish council, after a three-month “rollover” of catch allocations was agreed to facilitate ongoing Brexit negotiations. EU ministers agreed to allocate total allowable catches (TACs) and quotas based on…
A year end boating scene at Drake's Pool in Cork Harbour
Dear Reader, At the end of another busy year at Afloat.ie in 2020, we want to express our thanks for your continued support. Because of the generous backing from you and our other supporters, Afloat.ie is looking at another record…
On the edge - the car came close to plunging into Portrush harbour on Tuesday
A car was moments away from plunging into the sea after it edged over the side of the pier at Portrush on the North Coast on Tuesday morning at about 9.30 am. The car moved forward from the council car…
Fusion M6 Mainsail for an X332 client on the floor in Quantum Galway loft
A number of Irish owners have recently opted for the New Fusion M6 and M8 Membrane sails, built with Carbon. The first of these for an X332 has arrived at the Quantum Sails Galway loft. Another Main and Headsail is…
Paul Sheehan has been a dedicated volunteer crew with Dunmore East RNLI for 14 years
Dunmore East RNLI volunteer lifeboat crewman Paul Sheehan was recently recognised for a community volunteer award by his employer after being nominated by his co-workers. Paul is a general operative with Bausch and Lomb in Waterford, which recently held an…
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