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The Swedish Challenge Women's and Youth America's Cup AC40 is craned into Belfast Lough for training purposes
If you were wondering why an AC40 was sailing in Belfast Lough in the last few days, here is the answer. About a week ago, the AC40 arrived in Belfast for the Swedish Women's and Youth America's Cup teams for…
A key decision is awaited on plans to sink the small ship MV Shingle off the Mayo coast, creating an artificial reef for tourism. The vessel was arrested in 2014 for smuggling, had been idle in Dublin Port (as above in Afloat’s photo) for almost a decade until last year, and is currently in dry dock at New Ross Boatyard.
A tourism project in Co. Mayo is waiting to hear if a decision will lead it to receiving a licence to tow a small ship into Killala Bay as part of a plan to create an artificial reef, reports the…
Due to planned maintenance of safety equipment, the former flagship, Ben-my-Chree will operate today’s Manxman's daytime sailings between Douglas-Heysham.
Last week, the Isle of Man Steam Packet announced a change of ferry for day-time crossings on its Douglas-Heysham route. As Manx Radio wrote, those travelling on the IOM-England route on Monday (15 April) will be on board the ropax Ben-my-Chree,…
Your only man. The late Brendan Cassidy of Howth officiating at Irish Sea Folkboat Week 1978
When the stories attached to the former Cassidy four-storey pub on Howth waterfront appeared on last week, telling of how it might become a boutique hotel owned by a syndicate including MMI Word Champion Conor McGregor, eagle-eyed peninsula dwellers…
MV Bore Song began its charter to Stena Line on the Dublin-Liverpool (Birkenhead) route, the Ireland-UK link that the company opened two months ago today. The 195-metre ro-ro vessel is seen berthed at the 12 Quays Terminal, Birkenhead, before it yesterday made its maiden crossing.
Stena Line has introduced a larger (chartered) ro-ro freight ferry, Bore Song, on the Dublin – Liverpool (Birkenhead) route, which will increase capacity on the Ireland-England route by 30%. The Dublin-Liverpool dedicated freight service has been operational since 15th February…
Viking axes and Bronze Age spearheads are among the items found, along with vessel remains, after a hydrographic survey of Lough Corrib in which Underwater Archaeologist Karl Brady was involved
Although the beautiful Lough Corrib is one of the most important features of County Galway and has played a key role in the life and transport in the West since time immemorial, it is not connected to Ireland's main inland…
Achill Island RNLI's all-weather lifeboat 'Sam and Ada Moody'
Two men were rescued off the coast of Achill Island on Sunday, April 14th, when their small open pleasure craft began drifting off Old Head. The Irish Coast Guard requested the assistance of Achill Island RNLI, who quickly launched their…
Royal Cork Yacht Club Admiral Annamarie Murphy's Grand Soleil 40 Nieulargo leads the Axiom Private Clients Spring Series 2024 at Kinsale Yacht Club
Royal Cork Yacht Club Lady  Admiral Annamarie Murphy leads the Axiom Private Clients Spring Series 2024 at Kinsale Yacht Club after three wins from three races sailed. In provisional results subject to protest, the Murphy family Grand Soleil 40 Nieulargo from Crosshaven heads…
Christian Schwoerer La Pericolosa's crew, including Ireland's Will Byrne (third from left), celebrate victory in the opening round of the 2024 UK Cape 31 Class Race Circuit at the Royal Southern Yacht Club
As part of Christian Schwoerer La Pericolosa's crew, the National Yacht Club's Will Byrne has won the blustery opening event of the 2024 UK Cape 31 Class Race Circuit at the Royal Southern Yacht Club. It was the first event in the German…
Joseph Griffiths
Baltimore Sailing Club’s Joseph Griffiths will be joining the two Northern Ireland youth sailors selected for the Griffin Project 2024. As previously reported on, the Griffin Project is a Royal Ocean Racing Club (RORC) initiatve which gives young sailors…
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The Atlantic Youth Trust is recruiting for an executive administrator to manage and optimise its day-to-day management and fundraising efforts. The trust is a North–South youth development and cultural integration charity established in 2013 to connect youth with the ocean…
Robert McKay, Stephen Broaders, Siobhan Broaders, all of Swords Sailing & Boating Club present a cheque to Howth RNLI Ops Manager, Colm Newport 
Swords Sailing & Boating Club Vice Commodore Siobhan Broaders has presented a cheque for €500 to Howth RNLI lifeboat service on board its Trent Class lifeboat in County Dublin. The North Dublin club raised funds through a New Year's Day sail…
Three of the restored Dublin Bay 21 vintage one-design wooden yacht fleet, Naneen (blue), Geraldine (white) and Estelle (yellow), on their new moorings off the bandstand at Dun Laoghaire Harbour's East Pier
The restored Dublin Bay 21 vintage one-design wooden yacht fleet is sitting pretty this season on new moorings off the bandstand at Dun Laoghaire's East Pier. The newly laid dedicated trot of seven moorings will give the Edwardian fleet a…
The annual lift-in of boats at the National Yacht Club (green crane in the foreground) and Royal St. George (red crane in the background) took place in perfect weather conditions on Saturday, April 13th ahead of the 2024 Dublin Bay Sailing Club summer season
Saturday’s (April 13th) Lift-in of yachts and boats at Dun Laoghaire Harbour in gusty westerly winds and sunny conditions marked the opening of the 2024 summer sailing season on the capital's waters of Dublin Bay.  In the harbour, the National Yacht Club and neighbouring Royal…
The Luna Rossa Prada Pirelli boat is set to compete in the 37th America's Cup, and the team is confident that their preparation and dedication will pay off in the end, bringing the trophy home to Italy
The city of Cagliari was buzzing with excitement as Luna Rossa Prada Pirelli launched its boat for the 37th America's Cup. The sailing-mad 'Tifosi' - Italian fans of the sport - are hoping that the boat will bring the coveted…
Wicklow RNLI Inshore lifeboat crew after returning from the call out. (Left to right) John Stapleton, Robbie Quinn and Helm Alan Goucher
Wicklow RNLI inshore lifeboat was launched on Saturday afternoon ( 13 April) following a crew pager alert. The alarm was raised after a windsurfer contacted the Coast Guard, to say his friend was unable to get into the harbour due to…
Irish rowers Fiona Murtagh and Airfic Keogh, with silver medals for the Women's Pair won at the World Cup Rowing at Lago di Varese, Italy
Irish rowers Fiona Murtagh and Airfic Keogh are taking home the silver medals for the Women's Pair and the Men's Double of Philip Doyle and Daire Lynch are also coming home with silverware after winning bronze. Up against reigning World Champions…
Chris Power Smith's J122 Aurelia from the Royal St. George Yacht Club returned to the 2024 ISORA circuit with a joint win in the first Viking Marine ISORA Coastal Series race of 2024 at Dun Laoghaire
The first Viking Marine ISORA Coastal Series race of 2024 at Dun Laoghaire on Saturday produced a dead heat for first place on IRC rating, according to race organisers at the National Yacht Club. Chris Power Smith's J122 Aurelia from…
Sanita Puspure of Old Collegians BC is back racing for medals in the Women's Single after qualifying today for the A Final
After a few miserable days in the lead-up to Rowing World Cup racing in Lago di Varese, Italy -, the sun finally shone on Lago di Varese as day two of the World Rowing Cup II got underway. The regatta…
At the Port of Larne, is where former P&O Ferries workers held a protest with union colleagues in March 2022 following firing of 800 personnel in the UK and Ireland. Above at the port is European Causeway, one of two ropax’s that the company operate on the North Channel route linking Cairnryan, Scotland. Last year, their Dublin-Liverpool route closed, but other routes remain with UK-France/Netherlands.
In Larne Port, Co.Antrim, P&O Ferrymasters recorded a pre-tax profit of £11.1 million in results for the year in which its parent company, P&O Ferries, fired 800 workers across the UK and Ireland, the Belfast Telegraph reveals. According to accounts for…

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