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Get In The Red For Valentine’s Day With Viking Marine
If red is to be your colour this season, then Valentine’s Day is the day to buy your red paint from Viking Marine. To celebrate Cupid, the Dun Laoghaire chandlery is offering 20% off red paint purchased in store on…
Laser racing in Howth on Sunday 10 February
Two races were sailed by the Lasers at Howth Yacht Club on Sunday 10 February in demanding conditions, writes Dave Quinn. We had westerly winds against a flooding tide, which generated a small but steep chop. Absolutely brilliant for reaching,…
Seized products bagged in the joint operation by officials that took place in Dublin Port
#dublinport - In a joint operation between the Department of Agriculture and Revenue Customs, FarmIreland writes of seized illegal meat at Dublin Port that took place recently. Some 3.7t of various meat products were seized as they did not comply with…
Harry Pritchard (foreground) in top form at the MBSC league
Cork Laser sailors converged in Monkstown on Saturday, February 9th for the fifth day of the Monkstown Laser Frostbite league sponsored by CH Marine. A cold morning dawned with cloudless blue skies and a light breeze blowing down the bay…
Laurel Hill winners at the third Shannon Foynes Port Company ‘Compass’ TY competition for Transition year students as seen alongside quays at the Port of Foynes in Co. Limerick
#marinescience - One of Ireland’s maritime commercial hubs, Foynes, in Co Limerick was where innovation was in rich supply as schools presented ground-breaking concepts for sustainable energy sources of the future. The schools congregated at the biennial Shannon Foynes Port Company…
Following a 35 year absence the Liffey Ferry service was reinstated today reported The Irish Times which added operators confident after successful maiden voyage despite lack of passengers. AFLOAT adds the restoration of No.11 Liffey Ferry was a joint project carried out by the Dublin Port Company and Dublin City Council.
#ferries  - Dublin city had for the first time in 35 years, a new ferry service writes The Irish Times.  It was a cold, bright pre-dawn morning when the Dublin No 11 Liffey Ferry left its berth beside the MV…
Kinsale Harbour
Kinsale Yacht Club is encouraging its members to make submissions on the recent licence application for a mussel farm off Castlepark Beach in the West Cork harbour. Following its previous trial in the area, Woodstown Bay Shellfish — based in…
Optimist spring training in Baltimore last year
#Optimist - Baltimore Sailing Club have started preparations for the annual invasion of Irish Optimist sailors for the week from next Sunday 17 February. The International Optimist Dinghy Association of Ireland’s (IODAI) team of coaches are making plans for training both…
Seabins like this one will soon be seen in harbours and marinas along the Antrim coast
Mid and East Antrim Borough Council has voted unanimously to approve the installation of water-cleaning Seabins along the coastline north of Belfast Lough, as the Larne Times reports. Harbours and marinas from Carrickfergus to Carnlough are now expected to benefit…
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North Sails agent Maurice O'Connell will talk about upwind sail trim and escaping from the start in his lecture at Rush Sailing Club on Wednesday
Rush Sailing Club in North County Dublin is the venue for the next North Sails talk where North Sails Ireland agent Maurice O'Connell will talk about upwind sail trim and escaping from the start. RSC is the home club of…
Stars go downwind in Miami, Florida
Royal Cork and Baltimore Sailing Club's O'Leary brothers are making most of their trip stateside and chalked up third overall yesterday in the Miami-based Star Winter Series. They won the Walker Cup sailed as part of the series at the…
On Channel 4 News (tonight) Arklow Shipping revealed that it had never agreed any contract (with Seaborne Freight) and blamed the UK government for pushing the deal through too fast. The Arklow Bank featured on the TV news and as AFLOAT adds the 'B' class short-sea trader cargoship is seen above docked in Dublin Port on this day exactly four years ago when berthed at the South Bank Quay.
#ferries - The UK Transport Secretary reports Channel 4 News, has been facing mounting calls for his resignation after he cancelled a £14 million contract with ferry company Seaborne Freight. The government pulled the rug on the contract yesterday after…
Plenty of wipeouts in the second race of the DBSC Spring Chicken Series
With northwesterly winds gusting to 30-knots the 40 boats competing in the second race of DBSC's Spring Chicken series had a wild ride south to Dalkey Island this morning, accompanied, for a while at least, by LÉ George Bernard Shaw…
Phil Lawton (right) and Owen Laverty competing in a Fireball dinghy in the DMYC Frostbite Series
With the Dublin Bay Buoy recording 23 knots gusting to 34 knots seconds ago, the decision to cancel today's DMYC Dinghy Frostbites was vindicated.  The forecast for the afternoon was for winds in the high teens/low twenties but with gusts…
The Squib Allegro (134), Colm Dunne & Rob Gill, competing in a blustery KYC frostbite series second race
Another amazing sunny day greeted the sailors competing in the Custom Rigging Frostbites in Kinsale Yacht Club on Sunday 10th February writes Dave O'Sullivan. Race Officer John Stallard assisted by Sue Horgan aboard Destiny (Bruce & June Matthews) fixed a…
UK Transport Secretary Chris Grayling arrives for the weekly cabinet meeting. Downing Street said the prime minister had full confidence in the transport secretary. As for Jacob Rees-Mogg, a leading pro-Brexit Tory MP, suggested Arklow (Shipping) might have ended support (for Seaborne Freight) after political pressure in Ireland.
#ferries - UK prime minister Theresa May faced cross-party calls to sack her transport secretary, Chris Grayling, last night, after the calamitous collapse of a no-deal Brexit ferry contract handed to a company with no ships. As The Guardian reports,…
A view of the Shannon estuary near the site of the proposed LNG plant
#coastal - At the High Court it is expected to rule next week on its judicial review on extending planning permission to build a liquefied natural gas (LNG) plant on the Shannon Estuary. The judicial review hearings reports the Limerick…
Arklow Shipping one of the backers of Seaborne Freight has withdrawn from the deal to operate the proposed Ramsgate-Ostend (Belgium) service. AFLOAT adds above is file photo of the Kent port where The Viking of Sally Line operated to Dunkirk, France until the late 1990's. Another operator TransEuropa Ferries also ran to Ostend between 1998 and 2013.
#ferries - RTE News reports that the UK's Department of Transport has cancelled a contract with a company to provide extra ferries in the event that the UK leaves the EU without a deal. Seaborne Freight was awarded a £13.8m…
Sailor Hit By Electric Shock While Moving Boat Tells How His Life Was Saved
A North Cork sailor recently reunited with the people who saved his life after he was electrocuted while moving his sailboat. As Echo Live reports, it’s now a year since Noel Moloney was hit with a 10,000-volt electric shock when…
Waves ‘As High As Two Buses’ During Storm Erik: Irish Coast Guard
Waves as high as two buses battered a Russian vessel off Dingle yesterday (Friday 8 February) as the Irish Coast Guard launched a double rescue during Storm Erik. BreakingNews.ie reports on comments made by coastguard divisional controller Derek Flanagan regarding…

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