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Britain's Maddy Anderson will compete in the Formula Kite World Championships that will take place in Torregrande, Sardinia, from October 13 to 17
The Formula Kite World Championships will take place in Torregrande, Sardinia, from October 13 to 17. The event is part of the Open Water Challenge, which celebrates board sports including kite, wing foil and SUP. A whole host of British…
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Portsmouth City Council's cabinet in the UK have approved a strategy for shore power provision at Portsmouth International Port, which will allow visiting ships to switch their engines off whilst alongside. The port has bold plans to tackle emissions and…
Neck-and-neck in IRC3 at Howth on Saturday – the J/24 Kilcullen (HYC-U25), the Laser 28 Alliance II (Vincent Gaffney) and the 2021 Irish Sigma 33 Champion Insider (S & D Mullaney)
In 1905, mutineer Ivan Beshoff made good his escape from the Imperial Russian Battleship Potemkin after he and his shipmates had taken over command in the Black Sea, and he set out walking west. Knowing of the long reach of…
Inland Fisheries Ireland logbook return 2021 banner
Inland Fisheries Ireland (IFI) is encouraging salmon and sea trout anglers to return their angling logbooks, setting out their fishing and catch record, and any unused gill tags from 2021 licences. Under the Wild Salmon and Sea Trout Tagging Scheme,…
A massive wave captured by the Saildrone Explorer’s onboard camera during Hurricane Sam
In what’s being touted as a world first, a drone sailboat was sent into a Category 4 hurricane in the Atlantic to capture live footage from inside the storm. Saildrone collected the footage with one of its 23-foot Explorer remote-operated…
HM Coastguard helicopter arrives at Ballintoy to assist in the rescue of paddle boarders from Sheep Island
Portrush RNLI has had a busy Sunday launching to separate reports of kayakers and paddle boarders in difficulty yesterday (10 October). In the first callout, the all-weather lifeboat crew were paged just after 10am to reports of kayakers in difficulty…
Meridian (Thomas Roche) is lying second in Kinsale Yacht Club's White Sails Series
Kinsale Yacht Club's October/November White Sails series has six boats entered in the IRC 1 fleet where the leader is Anthony O'Brien's White Tiger, with Meridian (Thomas Roche) second and Valfreya (M.Leonard/D.Riome) third. The IRC 2 leader is Patrick Beckett's,…
Report of Seafood Sector Task Force
The Minister for the Marine, Charlie McConalogue TD, today announced that he has received the final report of the Seafood Sector Task Force that he established in March 2021. The Taskforce examined the impacts on the fishing sector and coastal…
Dun Laoghaire Harbour RNLI features in Saving Lives at Sea
The volunteer lifeboat crew of Dun Laoghaire Harbour RNLI will be taking to the small screen on Tuesday, 19 October as they feature in the ninth episode of the BBC TV series Saving Lives at Sea. Real life rescue footage gives…
Irish-French sea connections reach 44 with new Dunkirk terminal. AFLOAT highlights these routes is a combination of ro-ro (ferry) and lo-lo (container) shipping routes operating directly between Ireland and mainland Europe through France.
Minister for European Affairs, Thomas Byrne, is today inaugurating a new Irish terminal at the French ferry port of Dunkirk, with Ireland-France shipping routes rising from 12 before Brexit to 44 now. It has already handled nearly 50,000 freight units…
At the first turning mark, the Brits followed the same fate as the Spanish and capsized the boat following a serious nose-dive. The spectacular capsize inevitably ended the Brits quest for the top spot, leaving the Aussies to run away with the win. See vid below
Over 11,000 fans witnessed the Australians claim SailGP victory after a dramatic podium race with powerhouse rivals The US and Great Britain. The Spanish home team went from hero to zero when a capsize ahead of the final day of…
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Dun Laoghaire Harbour's Viking Marine Chandlery Team are taking a well-earned break together on Tuesday afternoon. Viking will close the shop at noon and actually get out on the water themselves with a tailored team day from a local yacht charter…
Bundoran RNLI
Bundoran RNLI was involved in the rescue of a woman who got into difficulty off the Main Beach in Bundoran early yesterday morning (Sunday 10 October). The volunteer crew were requested to launch their inshore lifeboat by Malin Head Coast…
Export performance is improving at Irish firms, an Enterprise Ireland survey has found
A survey has revealed that more than half of exporting businesses here have seen their exports increase this year compared to last year, despite the impact of Brexit and the Covid-19 pandemic. According to the new survey carried out by…
Kinsale Yacht Club is planning to acquire a suitable yacht (most likely a J/24 like the Royal Cork club boat (pictured above) for its new under 25 team
Kinsale Yacht Club plans for an Under 25 sailing team are progressing in West Cork.  The plan is to acquire a suitable yacht (most likely a J/24) that will compete on the under 25 keelboat circuit around Ireland. It follows expressions…
There were 46 safe and exciting Sea Scouting races under two fleets which made for an excellent day of sailing!
Originally hosted from the decks of the 102-ft Lightship Albatross in Dún Laoghaire Harbour, the event has grown popular as ever within Sea Scouting under a very exciting team-racing format using fleets of Pico/ Topaz ensuring it is fun and…
RL Sailing finishes at Cherbourg to record a five hour win in the Figaro 3 Two-Handed Division in the Rolex Fastnet Race 2021
Afloat reported in August that the Irish duo of Kenny Rumball and Pamela Lee aboard RL Sailing had been denied a podium position in the Fastnet Race despite crossing the finishing line ahead of her class rivals. The Royal Ocean…
Dun Laoghaire Harbour sailor Justin Burke was racing in the IRC B division of last weekend's postponed Spi Ouest Regatta and received a warm welcome in Brittany.  Burke of the National Yacht Club, a champion SB20 and Flying Fifteen sailor, recently…
Michael Beckett, 26, from Solva in Pembrokeshire has become the third Brit in as many years to claim the ILCA 7/Laser class European title
Michael Beckett has become the third Brit in as many years to claim the ILCA 7/Laser class European title. Beckett, who has twice come runner up at the Euros, in 2018 and 2020, led the week-long regatta in Varna, Bulgaria,…
Close racing as the Royal Cork Autumn League fleet took on coastal courses on the third weekend of racing
Competitors in today's AIB Autumn Series in the Royal Cork Yacht Club enjoyed light northerly breezes and summer-like conditions. All fleets sailed coastal courses off Cork Harbour under the watchful eye of race officer Ross Deasy.  Kieran Collins Coracle IV…

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