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Sally O’Leary presents the Archie O’Leary Memorial Trophy to Anthony O’Leary and Sophie Browne (all in spinnaker fleet) Included are Kieran O’Connell, Rear Admiral Keelboats, Capt. Pat Farnan, RCYC Admiral and Nicholas O’Leary
With Cork Harbour Winter racing falling victim to gales like Dublin Bay, Royal Cork Yacht Club presented the overall prizes for its O'Leary Insurance Winter League writes Bob Bateman. Competitors gathered in the bar of the RCYC for mulled wine…
Econowind's system tested on DFDS Lys-Line container and side-port loading vessel Lysbris Seaways. Afloat adds a sister, Lysvik Seaways is due to Belfast Harbour next week as part of its logistics network connecting Norway with the UK and mainland Europe. The pair transport containers, paper products and refuse-derived fuel among other things.
An interesting take on wind-power made by Econowind has now been installed on DFDS container/side-port loader vessel Lysbris Seaways following recent tests in the Netherlands. A metal sail in a box is a novel concept, but it could be a solution…
Kevin O'Farrell and Rob Collins
An Irish crew, the Salty Pair, will row the Atlantic ocean next year. Dubliners Rob Collins and Kev O’Farell will be part of the Talisker Whiskey Atlantic Challenge, which is set to leave the Canary Islands in mid December heading…
Conor Fogerty's foiling Figaro 3 was campaigned offshore in 2018
World Sailing has sent a shout out to its member countries to take part in the 2020 Offshore World Championships, to be held in association with the Middle Sea Race in October 2020. The prospect of the new Olympic class…
According to BBC Newsline, people living along the shores of Belfast Lough (above) say they're opposed to the development of a major oil importation facility close to their homes. The plan would see large tankers docking near Whitehead to pump off fuel. Those opposed to the plans say they don't fit with everything the public is being told about climate change and the need to reduce reliance on fossil fuels. Afloat adds also above a cargoship inbound to Belfast Harbour while a ferry heads out of port.
Along the shores of Belfast Lough, people living in the area have said they cannot understand the logic for the expansion of an oil facility that would see large tankers offloading fuel several times a month. The £20m project, reports…
Robert Dickson and Sean Waddiove racing in gold fleet in Auckland
Despite a bravo performance by young Dublin skiff sailors who finished in the top quarter of the 88-boat fleet, an Irish Tokyo 2020 berth was not secured in Auckland today. Four European countries were selected this week in a championship…
The Turkey Shoot Start line
Today's sixth race of the DBSC Turkey Shoot Series for cruisers has been cancelled due to strong winds on Dublin Bay. The final race of the 2019 series will be sailed next Sunday.  Met Eireann says South to southwest winds…
The St Joseph's juniior 18 eight
St Joseph's of Galway were the fastest crew in the shortened second head at the Head of the Shannon rowing event in Carrick on Shannon today. The men's junior 18A eight rowed well and set a provisional time of nine…
DMYC Dinghy Frostbites Cancelled Due to Gale Warning
Dun Laoghaire Motor Yacht Club (DMYC) has made an early decision to cancel its Sunday afternoon dinghy frostbite series in Dun Laoghaire Harbour. Met Eireann say South to southwest winds will reach gale force later today on all Irish coasts…
Dragon boats racing with the back drop of the Tall Ship Jeanie Johnston on the River Liffey
All In A Row 2019 came to the capital’s River Liffey last Saturday, 30th November, and challenged teams rowing 40 skiffs, kayaks, canoes and currachs to exceed a 1,000km target in eight hours in aid of the RNLI. As Afloat…
Cork Registered Fishing Vessel Raised from the Seabed off Ardglass
Ardglass, on the southern coast of County Down, has one of the Northern Ireland’s main fishing harbours, is home to over 30 fishing vessels and is the main hub for the region’s pelagic fish processing industry writes Betty Armstrong As…
Team Takes on Impossible Row
Jamie Douglas-Hamilton is attempting to enter the history books with a world first, rowing 750 miles unassisted and without wind power from Cape Horn in South America to mainland Antarctica across Drake Passage, considered the most dangerous ocean crossing in…
Neptune and Belfast BC Crew Set the Pace at Head of the Shannon
The Neptune/Belfast Boat Club masters men's eight were the fastest crew home in the first head of the Head of the Shannon rowing event in Carrick on Shannon today. In reasonably good conditions they went off first and set a…
Robert O’Leary and Torvar Mirsky overshadowed by the first-placed pairing of Mateusz Kusznierewicz and Bruno Prada on day four in Nassau
Ireland’s Robert O’Leary crewing with Australian Torvar Mirsky appeared to have lost their stride yesterday (Friday 6 December) and were the only team to drop out of the top 10 in the Star Sailors League Finals in the Bahamas. This…
Harland and Wolff win first contract since takeover.
Shipyard Harland and Wolff has won its first contract since it was taken over by the London-listed group InfraStrata. The new parent company of the historic Belfast shipyard said that Harland and Wolff had secured a contract for the “dockings…
Pay attention, boys and girls. This is how your daddies and grandaddies used to get downwind speed back in the 1970s. This is the fabulous Ron Holland-designed Imp heading towards another Solent success in 1979 while still with first owner Dave Allen of San Francisco, and showing us that some very skilled people really could make a blooper look like it was useful. Soon afterwards, Imp came into Irish ownership, and after years of ocean wandering and moth-balled existence, current owner George Radley of Cobh is trucking her home for a major restoration
It says everything about the legendary allure of the 1976 Ron Holland 40-footer Imp that we only have to run a headline saying Imp is coming home for most sailors in Ireland to have some idea of what it’s all…
Robert Dickson (Howth YC) and Sean Waddilove (Skerries Sailing Club) in action in Auckland
Another three top ten results scored in the gold fleet of the 49er World Championships for Dubliners Robert Dickson (Howth YC) and Sean Waddilove (Skerries Sailing Club) moved the pairing up to 19th overall in Auckland Harbour today. It's been this week's…
“The light of other days…..” The Dublin Bay 21 Naneen sails for the first time in 33 years in the otherworldly illumination of December sunshine on the Shannon Estuary. Photo: Kate Griffiths
Sunshine in December imparts a surreal look to everything it illuminates with its vivid low-angled delineation. And for anyone who happened to be on the Shannon Estuary between Kilrush and Scattery Island on Monday afternoon this week, the sense of…
Enda O'Coineen at his Belfast book launch
No Alibis on Botantic Avenue in Belfast was the venue for the launch of Enda O’Coineen’s latest book, Journey to the Edge writes Betty Armstrong. This cosy venue owned by David Torrans was filled with friends and the several large…
Newest Naval Service offshore patrol vessel (OPV) LÉ George Bernard Shaw opens to the public this weekend (7th and 8th Dec) while alongside Rathmullan Pier, Lough Swilly in Co. Donegal. Also above is an older version of the class, the OPV LÉ Niamh at sea along with a Coastal Patrol Vessel (CPV).
Newest Naval Service vessel, LÉ George Bernard Shaw is to open to the public for guided tours this weekend (7th-8th December) at Rathmullan Pier in Lough Swilly, Co. Donegal. Navy personnel of the latest offshore patrol vessel (OPV90) P60 class…

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