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Get the Innovative Ewincher 2 from CH Marine
Ewincher 2 is the electric winch handle with even more power — and it’s now available from CH Marine. With its single “one for all” handle, you can power all your winches in all situations and for all manoeuvres, whether…
annual National Yacht Club lift-in of cruisers
National Yacht Club Commodore Martin McCarthy has issued a cautious note of return to the water and summer sailing plans in Dun Laoghaire Harbour. Subject to Government restrictions that see Level 5 currently extended to April 5th, McCarthy told members in…
Maurice O'Connell from North Sails Ireland
The Royal St George Yacht Club in Dun Laoghaire Harbour presents a 'Winning Races In Dublin Bay'; a Top Tips From North Sails Ireland’s Maurice O'Connell on Wednesday, February 24th. “Prof” from North Sails Ireland never misses a DBSC race with…
Pelagic 77 Vinson of Antarctica launched at KM Yachtbuilders
The latest Tony Castro design has hit the water in Holland, a new 77-foot expedition yacht that will voyage to the Antarctic under round-the-world skipper Skip Novak. The designer of the Clipper 23m racing fleet, the SB20 sportsboat but probably…
Brendan Sharvin – kindness combined with lightning wit
The death of Brendan Sharvin of Strangford village at the age of 95 has taken from among us a remarkable man who was a leading figure in the development of sailing and boating in the southern part of Strangford Lough,…
boot Düsseldorf & European Boating Industry
boot Düsseldorf and European Boating Industry announce that the sixth edition of the annual International Breakfast Meeting will move to a digital format. On 20 April, high-level panellists from business and politics will discuss the impacts of the COVID-19 crisis…
Adverse weather conditions have led to the temporary closure of Dublin Port's load-on/load-off (lo-lo) terminals, among them the MTL Terminal (also above: the East-Link Bridge) on the south bank quays, close to Ringsend. For updates also on the affected access for pedestrians to the Great South Wall, consult the links below and live weather data from the Dublin Bay Buoy's 'twitter' account.
As Afloat reported, Dublin Port Company yesterday announced delays to some shipping activity and pilotage due to bad weather that also led to temporary closure for pedestrians to the Great South Wall (until to Wed 24 Feb, at 4am), writes…
16 GP14s Line up for Volvo Dun Laoghaire Regatta
16 GP14s represents the biggest fleet so far for July's new look Volvo Dun Laoghaire One Design Regatta.  With four months to the event itself, (and five days to the close of the VDLR Early Bird entry) the Dun Laoghaire…
The Marine Institute’s Newport Research Facility in Co Mayo
On Thursday 25th February 2021, the Marine Institute will host the Burrishoole Research Day, a virtual symposium showcasing the wide network of researchers connected to the Marine Institute’s Newport Research Facility in Co Mayo. The symposium will include short talks…
2017 GP14 Irish Champions Ger Owens and Melanie Morris
Three Irish GP14 sailors will feature at this weekend's virtual Dinghy Show run by the RYA in a section of the show called 'Women Win Too' are getting together by Zoom to discuss Women in Sailing and winning on the racecourse…
The rail bridge over the Grand Canal west of Tullamore town centre
Waterways Ireland advises inland waterways users that essential maintenance works are taking place on the rail bridge over the Grand Canal west of Tullamore until further notice. The maximum safe air draft for passing vessels is 3.2m (10.4ft).
File image of Courtmacsherry RNLI’s all-weather lifeboat
Courtmacsherry RNLI’s all-weather lifeboat was called out yesterday afternoon (Sunday 21 February) to a surfer in difficulty off Garrettstown Beach near the Old Head of Kinsale. The Trent class lifeboat with a crew of five was under way within minutes…
File image of Courtown RNLI’s inshore lifeboat
Courtown RNLI braved difficult sea conditions to recover a small boat that ran aground north of Cahore Harbour in Co Wexford yesterday, Sunday 21 February. Lifeboat volunteers were called at 3.45pm to the vessel with three on board, which had…
File image of Poolbeg Lighthouse at the end of the Great South Wall
Dublin Port Company has announced a temporary closure of pedestrian access to the Great South Wall Due to forecasted high winds and tides in Dublin Bay from tonight, Monday 22 February. Access will be closed from tonight at 10pm until…

A newly installed seabin, the device acts as a floating rubbish bin
The Seabin Project is providing funding for a Seabin and its installation in the UK, ideally in the London area to support cleaning up the capital’s waterways. This funding package is worth over £5,000. An award-winning piece of technology, the…
A fleet of six Rondar Firefly dinghies ideal for team racing is for sale at €9,500
Dublin based broker Leinster Boats are selling a fleet of six Rondar Firefly dinghies ideal for team racing for €9,500. Broker Ronan Beirne of Leinster boats say the GRP hulls require attention but that's to be expected with a 2004-built…
Ian O'Meara of Viking Marine with some tips for keeping sailing gear clear of salt water damage
We've all been there, forgetting to wash a sailing jacket only to discover the next time you pull it out of the bag, the zip is corroded. It's normally due to not being washed out thoroughly with fresh water that expensive…
In this angle image of RV Tom Crean, the superstructure show the decks and those below within the hull. Scientists will have various laboraties to work from in addition to facilites also to be used by crew with accommodation in total for 26 personnel.
The level of interest on the Marine Institute's €25m newbuild RV Tom Crean is most encouraging and so Afloat continues with further details of the ship currently under construction in Spain, writes Jehan Ashmore Before more information is outlined, just…
Younger sailors have been featuring more in South Coast racing including George Radley Jnr and crew on Creamy Beam, a vintage Sadler 25, competing in the 2020 Cobh to Blackrock Race
More young sailors are interested in racing offshore, an encouraging trend that should be fostered. It can help to bridge the problems that have been encountered in sailing where younger sailors have been lost to the sport in bridging the…
Orcas pictured on the south coast of Portugal, 12 miles from Cape Santa Maria in Faro
Late last summer and into the Autumn, there were several reports of orcas – "killer whales" if you want to be more sensational – getting decidedly friendly to the point of aggression with fishing boats and sailing cruisers off the…

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