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The essence of Irish sailing – participant sport at the Fastnet Rock during Calves Week at Schull, with Brian Heffernan’s Aisling in the foreground
Be careful what you wish for - it might just come to happen. This was the feeling that emerged in much of the rest of Ireland’s sailing community a year or so back, when “America’s Cup Venue Mania” was taking…
Leg 2, Day 9 (Thursday 2 February) onboard Team Holcim-PRB as Sam Goodchild assists with the hoist
Credit to GUYOT environnement - Team Europe who have regained the lead on the race tracker as well as their position as the most southerly boat in the IMOCA fleet on Leg 2 of The Ocean Race 2022-23. In a…
The first foreign naval ship to visit Ireland this year involved the UK Royal Navy minehunter HMS Brocklesby which this morning arrived to Dublin Port where the vessel will remain until Monday.
HMS Brocklesby became the first foreign naval ship to visit Ireland this year with an arrival in Dublin Port this morning, writes Jehan Ashmore. The visit of the UK Royal Navy minehunter in the Irish capital also takes place during…
The Coast Guard comprises almost 100 full-time staff, who are supported by nearly 1,000 volunteers across 44 units nationwide. Around 400 individuals are saved every year by the organisation as it responds to almost 3,000 call-outs. The Department of Transport has decided to appoint new leaders and managers across the maritime sector and within the Irish Coast Guard to support this vital work. See details below
The Department of Transport is expanding its dedicated staff in key areas of the maritime sector and across the Irish Coast Guard to address the ever-growing demands on its services. The Coast Guard comprises almost 100 full-time staff, who are…
Ireland’s marine footprint extends to more than ten times its land mass and the marine sector plays a central role in Ireland’s economic and social development. An opportunity now exists for a talented individual to play the lead role in…
The Irish Coast Guard (IRCG), a Division of the Department of Transport, and has responsibility for critical incidents response to maritime emergencies and the Director of IRCG has a key role in ensuring effective and efficient service delivery on behalf…
The Irish Coast Guard (IRCG) is 201 years old and we are now looking for an exceptional individual committed to ensuring that the search and rescue services provided across the State continue to be the best that they can be…
Pat Lawless - This time he will enter the Global Solo Challenge Race
Undaunted after being forced out of the Golden Globe Race at Cape Town in November, Pat Lawless is going to try again to sail solo, non-stop around the world. This time he will enter the Global Solo Challenge Race, with…
September's Irish Cruiser Racer National Championships at Howth Yacht Club will be contested from 8th to 10th September 2023
September's Irish Cruiser Racer National Championships (ICRA) at Howth Yacht Club will move forward one week due to low spring tides. The 2023 Championships will now take place in the north Dublin port from 8th to 10th September 2023. "Due to tidal…
Leg 2, Day 8: Life is hardly a breeze for GUYOT environnement - Team Europe on Thursday 2 February
One day can make a big difference in The Ocean Race. In fact, just a few hours can turn what had been a winning hand into something doubtful. That’s been the case for GUYOT environnement - Team Europe, who gambled…
Ageing fleet: CalMac have been forced to redeploy ferries elsewhere on the network which includes the Isle of Arran route on the Firth of Clyde which is affected as the service normally operated by Caledonian Isles is out of service due to several issues.
CalMac, the Scottish government owned ferry company have been forced to redeploy ferries elsewhere on the network to cope with two of their 14 ships being sidelined to passengers. The affected ferries is the 38-year-old MV Hebridean Isles along with the…
Shipyard group, H&W formally signed a subcontract with Spain's Navantia as part of a £1.6bn deal to deliver three Fleet Solid Support (FSS) naval vessels to the UK's MoD. It's expected to generate £700m-£800m in revenue for H&W over its duration with significant investment at the famous Belfast shipyard.
Shipyard group Harland & Wolff has formally signed a sub-contract with Navantia, the Spanish state-owned shipbuilder which is to deliver three Fleet Solid Support (FSS) naval ships to the UK’s Ministry of Defence (MOD). Harland & Wolff said the FSS…
Seatruck which last year was acquired by CLdN, recently announced in ceasing bookings for car based passengers and motorhomes on their Irish Sea freight routes that are now focused solely on such customers. Above Seatruck Point with a new livery albeit only with a change of funnel colours reflecting the new owners of the large European ro-ro freight operator.
Seatruck Ferries which last year was acquired by Compagnie Luxembourgouise de Navigation (CLdN) has recently announced in ceasing bookings for car based passengers and motorhome customers on their Irish Sea freight routes, writes Jehan Ashmore. Over the years, Seatruck Ferries…
Keelboat and cruiser racing is back on Dublin Bay after the Christmas break with the return of DBSC's Spring Chicken Series this Sunday that features a wide mix of boats including club-based J80s
This Sunday's AIB-sponsored DBSC Spring Chicken Series from Dun Laoghaire Harbour will take place at the National Yacht Club. From February 5 to March 12 (first gun 10:10), six races will be run using a progressive handicap on a case-by-case basis…
Coastwatch co-ordinator Karin Dubsky
Restoration is the theme of a Coastwatch event to mark UN World Wetlands Day today in Co Wexford. The one-day event will include a keynote address by Tobias Salathe of the Ramsar Convention European office in Geneva, Switzerland. Ireland currently…
New vessel - Executives from the Port of Cork and Safehaven Marine at the announcement that the Port company has ordered a new pilot vessel from the Youghal boat builders
The Port of Cork company has ordered a new pilot vessel from boat builders, Safehaven Marine based in Youghal. The new vessel is expected to be delivered in March 2024, and will be both designed and manufactured in Co Cork…
Maxine Strain and the Swim Smooth Ireland Squad making their donation to Wicklow RNLI on Sunday 29 January
Flying Fifteen sailor John MacAree was part of a major fundraising effort in aid of Wicklow RNLI by the members of Swim Smooth Ireland, who presented a cheque for more than €10,000 at the weekend. The swimming club’s big charity…
Skerries RNLI towing the fishing boat as Howth RNLI stands by on Tuesday afternoon 31 January
Skerries RNLI towed a razor-clam fishing boat with two men on board to safety on Tuesday afternoon (31 January) after they suffered mechanical failure near Rockabill lighthouse. The volunteers in Skerries launched the Atlantic 85 inshore lifeboat Louis Simson shortly…
The new Ros an Mhíl development will be accessible to large vessels such as Naval Service vessels, Marine Institute research vessels, marine survey vessels and marine leisure craft
Deep-water quay works have begun this week at Ros an Mhíl Fishery Harbour Centre in Co Galway, just weeks after the contractor was announced for the €30 million project. As previously reported on, the new Ros an Mhíl development…
With his first victory of 2023 already recorded, Anthony O’Leary has now been topping major leaderboards for fifty years and more
It says everything about Anthony O’Leary’s long and successful involvement with sailing to affirm that he puts even more back into the sport than he takes from it. Already a well-established national and international winner when he became the youngest-ever…

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