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Launching The Grand Canal Recreation Report on Friday 27 January were Louise Dredge of Waterways Ireland with kayakers Paul Galvin and Barry Crombie
Waterways Ireland and Dublin City Council have launched a new study that considers the outdoor recreation opportunities of the Grand Canal and its towpaths and land resources in Dublin’s south central area. The jointly commissioned report by Irish Leisure Consultants,…
Solo sailor Simon Curwen, sailing the Biscay 36 Clara has reported a major Windvane failure before Cape Horn in the Golden Globe Race
At 1815 UTC on 27th January, 1200 miles Northwest of Cape Horn, Simon Curwen contacted Golden Globe Race control to advise of the total failure of his Hydrovane steering gear in the solo non-stop race round the world. He had weathered…
Discolouration caused by the pollution in the Shinagh stream, a tributary which flows into the Clydagh River, as witnessed by IFI staff on 11 November 2021
Lagan Materials Ltd in Bweeng, Mallow, Co Cork, now trading as Breedon Ireland, were convicted and fined €3,000 at Mallow District Court on Monday 9 January following a prosecution taken by Inland Fisheries Ireland (IFI). The defendants did not appear before…
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Meet the X-Yachts team in Fredericia at Boat Show Denmark which takes place over the weekends of 24-26 February and 2-5 March. Boat Show Denmark is the largest indoor boat exhibition in Denmark. The show is held every two years…
Gary Rogers (left), executive chef at Carton House, with Neven Maguire
On the next episode of Neven’s Greenway Food Trails on RTÉ One, chef Neven Maguire cycles the Royal Canal Greenway west of Maynooth to take in the attractions — culinary and otherwise — along the way. His journey begins at…
Bow and windward onboard Biotherm on Friday 27 January
Stakes are high as The Ocean Race fleet begins to settle into position for crossing the equator and passing through the doldrums (officially the Intertropical Convergence Zone, or ITCZ). As one can imagine, this area of what Wikipedia describes as…
The Irish National Sailing & Powerboat School are launching a “Build Your 2023 Dream Holiday Scheme” where dreams of a yachting holiday in a tropical paradise — turquoise waters, palm trees and white sandy beaches - can be realised, with you being the skipper of your charter yacht
Skipper a Yacht on Holiday this Summer - Here’s how the Irish National Sailing and Powerboat School can help inspire you with 2023 travel ideas and tempt you with something to look forward to. The Irish National Sailing & Powerboat…
The genesis of a successful idea – early days of the RC35 concept in 2018
There are cruiser-racing enthusiasts in Ireland who dream of living in a world of non-stop activity in 2023, making the most of a dedicated traditional schedule in which they swing into action with the Scottish Series - back on Loch…
Aerial view of Armação dos Búzio on Rasa Beach Bay
World Sailing has announced that the host venue of the 2023 Youth Sailing World Championships will be the coastal resort town of Armação dos Búzios in Brazil, while the 2024 edition is being planned for Italy’s Lake Garda. The 2023…
Howth sailor Eve McMahon with head coach Rory Fitzpatrick at the handover of the new van for the Irish Olympic Sailing Team
Ireland’s Olympic sailing team has started the New Year with a fair wind in its sails, having welcomed a new addition to its fleet of commercial vehicles in the shape of a new Mercedes-Benz Vito van. The second of its…
Susann Beucke throws the new sheet outboard of the foil onboard Team Holcim-PRB, Thursday 26 January
Lighter conditions doesn’t mean easier racing in Leg 2 of The Ocean Race 2022-23 as the IMOCA fleet finds itself constantly shifting gears, making sail changes and gybing as the teams zig-zag southwest towards the equator and the doldrums. Every…
Lightning was first sighted near the spectator Race Village, which was promptly evacuated before hitting the top of the New Zealand F50 F50 mast
SailGP's 10-strong fleet of one-design F50s is set to reshuffle ahead of racing in Sydney after New Zealand's lightning-struck F50 known as Amokura was deemed unable to compete. The Kiwis' boat was being towed back to the Tech Site shortly…
Apply now for the Marine Institute’s Summer Bursary Scholarship Programme 2023
The Marine Institute continues to invest in the next generation of ocean professionals through the 2023 Summer Bursary Scholarship Programme, which provides third-level students with work experience across several marine areas. The Bursary Scholarship Programme has been running for more…
The 2023 44Cup fleet has five events from March to November in 2023
The 2023 season of the 44Cup has been unveiled, with five events scheduled for the 16th season of racing between the high-performance owner-driver one-design monohulls. The fleet size will kick off with nine entries for the first event and, over…
Organisers of “TedFest” on Inis Mór in early March promise a “Priests Dance Off
The Aran islands’ “TedFest” has sold out several months before it kicks off on Inis Mór in early March. Organisers of the celebration of one of Ireland’s best-loved television shows advise people not to travel to Inis Mór unless they…
Court of Justice of the European Union (CJEU)
Ireland has been referred to the European Court of Justice for failing to transpose the Water Framework directive into national law correctly. The directive provides a framework for protecting inland and coastal waters and groundwater by preventing pollution and protecting…
Calls have been made to
There have been calls to "urgently remove" a capsized former Galway-Aran Islands passenger and freight ferry that was left to rot in a Dublin dry-dock reports Dublin Live.  As Afloat reported earlier the veteran vessel had taken in water ingress during the…
The 26m Pesorsa Dos was detained last Saturday (January 21) by the LE George Bernard Shaw, but it took several days to haul its gear before it could be escorted into Castletownbere, Co Cork yesterday (Thurs Jan 26)
A German-registered Spanish vessel which was involved in a confrontation off the Scottish coast over two years ago has been detained by the Naval Service off the southwest coast. The 26m Pesorsa Dos was detained last Saturday (January 21) by…
Aerial view of Team Malizia during the first sunset after departing Sao Vicente, Cabo Verde on Wednesday 25 January
It was a tense first night in Leg 2 of The Ocean Race 2022-23 as the IMOCA fleet has sailed south, away from Mindelo and towards the uncertainty of the Doldrums. It was an exciting start, despite the light conditions,…
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Energia intends to deploy marine acoustic monitoring equipment off the coasts of Co Waterford and Co Wexford between now and 24 February, subject to weather and operational constraints. The deployments are part of works for Energia’s North Celtic Sea and…

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