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Fionn Lyden negotiates a wave in his home port of Baltimore
There was some high octane Finn dinghy sailing off Baltimore Harbour last week when Tokyo 2020 trialists Fionn Lyden, Oisin McClelland and visiting Finn sailors brought their boats to West Cork in the hope of some big wave experience. As…
Flying the flag for Ireland – a very neat start for IRL 2846 in the 2018 Australian Tasar Nationals in Darwin.
Conor Byrne remembers his best sailing in Ireland as being in Mermaids at his home port of Skerries writes W M Nixon. But for some time now he has been in the most tropical part of Australia in Darwin, and…
On the Irish Sea the UK shipyard on Merseyside, Cammell Laird has been shortlisted as part of a syndicate of British firms to compete against international bids to secure a contract to build three Fleet Solid Support (FSS) ships for the country's Ministry of Defence.
#Ports&Shipping- A UK shipyard based on Merseyside, Cammell Laird is delighted to have been shortlisted, as part of a syndicate of British firms, to compete to build three Fleet Solid Support (FSS) ships for the country's Ministry of Defence. Defence…
Ronan Wallace leads Dave Quinn in Race one of the Howth Laser Frostbites, 2nd December
The mild Autumn / Winter shows no sign of letting up, with another nice morning for the Howth Lasers again this week. Illness, injury and possibly some early Christmas celebrations depleted the fleet this week, but the competition was still…
Epsilon docked in Cherbourg, France, from where the chartered in ropax for Irish Ferries began the sailing bound for Dublin, but during Storm Imogen in February 2016.
#ferry - Commanders who took a decision of an Irish Ferries ship to “run ahead of” a Status Orange storm writes The Journal.ie led to multiple injuries and extensive damage to freight cargo, a report has found. Ten passengers and…
Minister for Agriculture, Food & Marine Michael Creed TD with Marine Institute CEO Peter Heffernan and Evelyn Cusack, Head of Forecasting at Met Eireann at the investment of €700,000 in the Marine Data Buoy Network in 2018.
The Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine, Minister Creed T.D., has announced an investment of over €0.7m in the Marine Data Buoy Network. The additional funding will provide for both ongoing operations and a significant upgrading of the existing…
The start of the 2017 D2D race. Changes to the 2019race means navigators and skippers can plot courses to hug the coastline, and to go inside Islands and lighthouses as part of their strategy"
The 2019 Volvo Dun Laoghaire to Dingle “D2D” Race will start from the National Yacht Club in Dun Laoghaire on Wednesday, June 12th 2019. The 2019 edition of D2D brings with it some important and exciting changes while retaining the…
Irish Fireballers Mark the Close of the Season with Prizegiving Dinner
The Irish Fireball Class Association marked the close of the summer season with their annual prize-giving dinner at the National Yacht Club on Friday 30th November. There was a good turnout for the dinner with a combination of young and…
Azura in Tallinn, Estonia on June 12, 2016.
#Cruiseliners - A captain of a cruise ship found to be burning fuel with excessive sulphur levels has been fined €100,000 (£88,500) in a Marseille court, the first such ruling in France. The prosecution writes The Guardian was intended to…
Enter the Afloat.ie online Crossword competition below to be in with a chance to win a pair of Dubarry deck shoes in this free to enter competition
Afloat.ie in association with Dubarry brings you a bi-monthly nautical crossword competition (No. 176). Win a pair of Dubarry Commodore X LT or Sailmaker X LT deck shoes! Complete the crossword below and add your details below and the first…
DMYC Frostbite Co-ordinator, Neil Colin presides over today’s prize-giving
The fifth round of the DMYC-hosted Frostbites provided the fleet with the most challenging conditions yet and even then what was forecast didn’t really materialise. On Friday at the Fireball dinner and prize-giving the speculation was that we mightn’t get…
On the second round of the course, the fleet negotiate no.7 buoy
With one race left to sail, Kieran Collins's Olson 30 Coracle IV of the host club has moved into the overall lead of the O'Leary Insurances sponsored  Royal Cork Yacht Club League in Cork Harbour writes Bob Bateman. After five races…
The new all–white Red Bay RIB bound for County Kerry. With 1200Lt Fuel Tanks the RIB has a 400–mile range
John Brennan of Dromquinna Manor in County Kerry took delivery of a new 11.5 metre rib from Irish RIB manufacturer Red Bay Boats last month. On its maiden voyage, it travelled 440 miles from the boat builders yard in County…
Mojito co-skippers Vicky Cox and Peter Dunlop receiving the Wolf’s Head Trophy from Peter Ryan of ISORA at the annual awards ceremony in the National YC in November
The annual November awards ceremony of the Irish Sea Offshore Racing Association is a highlight of sailing’s social calendar, a convivial gathering of friendly rivalry from both sides of the Irish Sea. But though 2018’s was staged with the usual…
Oisin van Gelderen performing in the Luderitz Speed Canal. As it’s on the edge of the desert, the air is exceptionally dry, and though anemometers may be recording winds of Force 9, they don’t exert the same destructive pressure as a dense-aired Force 9 in Ireland’s damp climate
Oisin van Gelderen is the Afloat.ie/Irish Sailing “Sailor of the Month” for November after twice breaking the Irish sailing speed record at the three week Luderitz World Speed Sailing Challenge in Namibia. The veteran National Windsurfing Champion from Loughshinny in…
Rob Dickson (left) and An Taoiseach Leo Varadkar and Sean Waddilove
If it wasn’t for their habit of appearing in national media reports following major competition success over the past few years, one might think that Robert Dickson and Sean Waddilove’s sailing campaigns have been deliberately shrouded in secrecy to protect…
Carrick on Shannon
#Rowing: The weather held up well for both the Muckross Head of the River and the Head of the Shannon at Carrick on Shannon today.  Shandon’s men’s intermediate eight topped the Muckross provisional rankings at the National Rowing Centre, while…
Irish Water Safety deputy chief executive and marketing manager Roger Sweeney with the IWAI’s John Dolan and Kay Baxter, and Minister of State Sean Canney
The Inland Waterways Association of Ireland (IWAI) was honoured this week at the Irish Water Safety National Awards. The Community and Social Responsibility Award was in recognition of the work by the association and its members in supporting Irish Water…
Product Warning Over ‘Kapa Silver’ Mooring Ropes
The Department of Transport, Tourism & Sport has issued a product warning for potential risk with the use of the Kapa Silver mooring rope. The rope does not comply with relevant European standards as it could come apart during usage,…
Connemara Airport is Aer Arann Islands’ base on the mainland
#IslandNews - Air service between the Aran Islands and the mainland has been saved for two more weeks after a short-term tender was agreed, as The Irish Times reports. Aer Arann Islands gave notice in June that it would terminate…

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