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The new Fountaine Pajot 59 sailing catamaran
The upcoming launch of the new 59 sailing catamaran represents a massive development in the continued growth of Fountaine Pajot. 'The 59 model will stay true to the FP DNA of delivering a catamaran with true sailing performance, that also delivers…
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The Sun Fast 3300 with the kite up
Yacht brokers MGM Boats have the first Sun Fast 3300 order arriving into Ireland next month and it will be competing in the upcoming Round Ireland Yacht Race from Wicklow this June. The boat will be essentially set up for offshore…
The Pulse 58 - an electric RIB
RS Electric Boats, the brand-new sister company to RS Sailing, this week launches the Pulse 58 - its electric RIB. Unveiled at Boot Dusseldorf, the Pulse58 is the product of two years of development and is ground-breaking as the first-ever…
Leadship of the new E-Flexer class ropax, Stena Estrid AFLOAT adds is seen on arrival in Dublin Port yesterday following a maiden crossing from Holyhead, north Wales. In the foreground of the 'next-generation' ferry is a Dublin Port tug Shackleton which presented a traditional maritime water cannon salute.
Not even Storm Brendan as Afloat reported, could prevent Stena Line’s newest ferry Stena Estrid making its maiden voyage yesterday on the Holyhead to Dublin route. After more than six years’ in planning and construction, Estrid braved the challenging sea conditions…
Port of Cork on the river Lee
The Port of Cork has today launched the theme of their 2020 Primary Schools Initiative which is aimed at 5th Classes from Cork City and County. Themed ‘Cork Harbour and the importance of our marine eco-system’, this year’s theme will…
A screenshot from the successful National Waterport Campus application showing the scale of the project in the south Dublin town
Plans for an €8m National Watersports Campus at Dun Laoghaire Harbour got the green light from Government today with the announcement of a €400k feasibility study grant from the Large Scale Sport Infrastructure Fund (LSSIF). The successful application was made by…
Thunder Child II on the water during Storm Brendan on Monday 13 January
Safehaven Marine put Thunder Child II to the test against the might of Storm Brendan yesterday — showing just how well the wave-piercing powerboat can handle the roughest elements at sea. Sea trials for the XSV20 design began a year ago…
The Dublin Dock Workers’ Preservation Society needs help in storing it's collection of over 6,000 photographs
There has been 'terrible news' reported for Dublin Dock Workers' preservation society who need urgent help to preserve records stored on the internet. The Dublin Dock Workers’ Preservation Society was set up nine years ago, in early 2011. It is…
A 3D chart of the Westerschelde with gorgeous detail that cannot be found on modern charts
Kinsale's Bobby Nash will be exhibiting his framed 3D nautical charts at the Boot Dusseldorf show in Germany which starts this Saturday, January 18th and runs until January 26th. A regular at the massive international show, Nash flies the flag…
Stena Estrid AFLOAT adds departing this morning from Holyhead on the Irish Sea route to Dublin Port. The new leadship E-Flexer class ferry this afternoon is to complete a maiden round trip voyage to its north Wales homeport, albeit delayed due to Storm Brendan.
The newest Stena Line ferry is expected to begin sailing the Dublin to Holyhead route on the Irish Sea today. The 215m (705ft) Stena Estrid, writes Independent.ie, is described as "one of the most advanced vessels in operation", with space to…
Frostbite Mug Winner, Hugh O’Connor, Laser Radials, with Frostbites Director, Neil Colin
With wind speeds of 37 knots being recorded off the end of the East Pier at lunchtime on Saturday (on a handheld anemometer) and Storm Brendan blowing hooligans today, the DMYC Dinghy Frostbites of Sunday 12th January could be said…
Team New Zealand’s AC75 Is A Flyer In Training For America’s Cup World Series
New footage from Emirates Team NZ (see below) shows just how fast its AC75 foiling yacht can glide over the water. The team is continuing training ahead of the first leg in the America’s Cup World Series which begins this April…
Photographer Jack Lowe with his more-than-a-century-old camera alongside Castletownbere RNLI’s all-weather lifeboat Annette Hutton
Five years into his remarkable and challenging project to photograph all RNLI lifeboat station in the UK and Ireland with a Victorian-era camera, Jack Lowe has visited 147 stations and met more than 2,000 volunteers. And it’s not over yet,…
Pull like a Dog - Great fun and games at the MBSC raft race. Scroll down for photo gallery
Monkstown Bay Sailing Club in Cork Harbour finally got their sixth annual Raft Race underway this morning, it having been cancelled due to weather on 26th December writes Bob Bateman Fundraising for Pieta House, the charity that offers free support…
The Great South Wall closure is due to tide height and dangerous winds on the exposed wall surface
As Storm Brendan is forecast to arrive on Monday morning, 13th January 2020, combined with a period of high tides, Dublin Port Company will temporarily close public access to the Great South Wall and the North Bull Wall Bridge on…
Rescue 116 pictured over Wicklow in August 2015
The Minister for Transport’s approval of a review of the Air Accident Investigation Unit’s draft final report into the Rescue 116 helicopter crash has been described as “unprecedented” by the Irish Airline Pilots’ Association (IALPA) writes Lorna Siggins. The pilots’…
Amendments To Fisheries Bill Over New ‘Points System’ For CFP Infringements Sent For Pre-Legislative Scrutiny
The Government have authorised the Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine to arrange for the referral of the General Scheme of the Sea-Fisheries (Amendment) Bill 2020 to the Joint Oireachtas Committee on Agriculture, Food and the Marine for pre-legislative…
Great Blasket Island off Co Kerry is a popular tourist destination in the summer months
The owners of three rental cottages on Great Blasket Island have been “inundated” with queries about a caretaker vacancy on the Co Kerry island, according to Extra.ie. The “unique” job position advertised on the Great Blasket Island Twitter account calls…
The Seabird aka Citizen Sea
If you go down the ramp to the pontoons in Bangor Marina you couldn’t miss the impressive vessel sitting to your right. She’s the Seabird, Northern Ireland’s first sea-going boat-based environmental charity known as 'Citizen Sea', supported by Ards and…
EUROSAF race officers are gathered at the Royal Irish Yacht Club in Dun Laoghaire for a Race Officials Conference hosted by Irish Sailing President  Jack Roy (pictured seated centre)
Irish Sailing President Jack Roy is hosting a European Sailing Federation (EUROSAF) conference at the Royal Irish Yacht Club in Dun Laoghaire, County Dublin this weekend.  35 Race officers from 25 countries are planning the 2020 continental sailing season at…
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