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A photo provided by MBSC member John Hegarty of the race hut at Monkstown circa 1922
Despite the impact of the pandemic Monkstown Bay Sailing Club in Cork Harbour has had a resurgence of numbers in dinghy league racing. So outgoing Commodore Ciaran McSweeney told club members as he completed his two-year term in office. New…
UHL Future with her cargo onboard at Cork Docks
UHL Future, the first of two heavy lift vessels has loaded four of eight  RTG cranes in the Port of Cork for discharge in Berbera, Somaliland. As Afloat reported earlier, the heavy-lift operations have been ongoing at Cork Dockyard in Cork Harbour this week.…
Irish Defence Forces To Carry Out Military Exercise in Dublin Docks
The Irish Defence Forces say they will be conducting a military exercise in the Poolbeg area of Dublin Docks tomorrow morning between 6 & 9.00 am  The exercise aims to test junior leaders in a Military Operations in Urban Terrain (MOUT)…
The new Stena Embla during sea trials. Stena Line is one of Europe's leading ferry companies with 36 vessels and 18 routes in Northern Europe. Stena Line is an important part of the European logistics network and develops new intermodal freight solutions by combining transport by rail, road and sea. Stena Line also plays an important role for tourism in Europe with its extensive passenger operations
Stena Line says while today’s news on the Withdrawal Agreement is positive, the ferry company hopes it helps ease the way to agreeing on a Trade Deal. Clarity on Northern Ireland is only one part of Brexit and there remain…
The North Shannon Yacht Club
In 1896 a yacht club was founded on Lough Boderg which lies between counties Roscommon and Leitrim. The club thrived until 1929 when the profile of Irish society was changing from a landlord controlled society to a more democratic society.…
Rio Olympic silver medalist Annalise Murphy will represent Ireland in Tokyo 2021
Aquatic sports of sailing, canoeing and rowing are all now on the board of the Olympic Federation of Ireland after today's EGM. The elections and the EGM took place online due to the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic, with voting delegates from…
Robert and Colette Foster with their lifeboat crew daughter Caoimhe and her younger sister Clodagh at Crosshaven RNLI
The families of RNLI lifeboat volunteers have joined an all-Ireland appeal for support after the charity’s usual Christmas fundraisers were cancelled. As previously reported on, the charity that saves lives at sea launched its 2020 Christmas appeal as so…
EU-UK Deal: The agreement will be formally approved by EU member states and the UK government in the coming days. Above AFLOAT photo of freight vehicles on a North Channel ferry making an inbound sailing to Northern Ireland from GB.
An agreement between the EU and UK has been reached in principle on how to implement the most contentious issues around the Northern Ireland Protocol. The agreement as RTE reports, was announced in a joint statement by European Commission Vice-President…
The Ninth Edition of the Vendée Globe Race Returns Some Exceptional Numbers
One month ago today, Sunday November 8th, 33 solo racers, 27 men and 6 women, took the start of the ninth Vendée Globe amidst an unprecedented health crisis. Today December 8th presents the ideal opportunity to take stock. After 30…
Security experts: Ireland must invest in its air, sea and cybersecurity to fend off threats from hostile states, such as Russia. Above: LÉ Eithne leaving the Naval Base at Haulbowline Island opposite Cobh in lower Cork Harbour.
A number of military officers and academics say Ireland must invest in its air, sea and cybersecurity to fend off threats from hostile states, such as Russia. As the Irish Examiner reports, security experts point to incursions into Irish airspace…
New DBSC Commodore Ann Kirwan at the helm of her Ruffian 23 Bandit
Outgoing Dublin Bay Sailing Club Commodore Jonathan Nicholson handed over the tiller to Ruffian 23 helmswoman Ann Kirwan by Zoom last night at DBSC's virtual AGM.  Kirwan takes over the role for the next two years, becoming the second only female…
Pat Keating, CEO of Shannon Foynes Port and Paul Doherty, MD Gavin & Doherty Geosolutions’ pictured at Foynes Port |
The Shannon Estuary has the potential to become a global hub for floating offshore wind according to a major new study. If such a project were to be progressed, writes the Limerick Leader, it could attract up to 12 billion…
Ireland facing potential tariffs of up to €1.7 billion on exports to the UK. A container terminal in Dublin Port.
According to RTE News, it is expected the analysis will cover contingency planning for both a trade agreement being reached between the EU and UK, as well as a no-deal scenario. Mr Coveney said the stakes are really high and…
Tom Dolan - delighted to see double handed sailing as part of the VDLR 2021 slate
Top Irish Figaro skipper Tom Dolan has given a thumbs up to Volvo Dun Laoghaire Regatta's addition of a double-handed class into next July's event. "Yes, it's great to see and about bloody time!" Dolan says about the new racing…
Conor Fogerty (right) and Susan Glenny competed for Ireland in the first EUROSAF Mixed Offshore doubles racing this summer. Two handed racing has been added to the 2021 Volvo Dun Laoghaire Regatta and Fogerty is one of the first entries in a classic Shamrock
An exciting addition to Volvo Dun Laoghaire Regatta is its offshore double-handed and mixed keelboat component to the July 2021 event.  Offshore Mixed Doubles is the fastest-growing segment of offshore sailing that is also set to become an Olympic sport…
Vendee Globe race leader Charlie Dalin (Apivia)
(Day 29 - 550 miles north of the Kerguelen Islands) Britain’s Pip Hare should cross the longitude of the Cape of Good Hope early tomorrow, her first of the Vendée Globe’s three Great Capes. Lying in 20th place, she is…
The Mixed Two Person Offshore Keelboat Event is under further review by the IOC
The decision on the Mixed Two Person Offshore Keelboat Event for the Paris 2024 Olympics has been deferred until the end of May 2021 by the International Olympic Committee. The International Olympic Committee’s (IOC) Executive Board says it would like to…
A wave buoy like these will be deployed off Wicklow this week
TechWorks Marine has scheduled the deployment of a wave buoy off the coast of Wicklow on Tuesday 8 December, weather allowing. The buoy will be a yellow DB 500 and have a flashing light sequence of five flashes every 20…
The Ilen on port tack crossing Dublin Bay
The unmistakable sight of the traditional ketch Ilen as she crosses Dublin Bay today  (Monday, December 7th). The restored vessel is on a 'Sailing into Wellness' programme on the capitals' waters this week, working with organisations Coolmine, Tiglin and @tolkariver The…
Bill King of Oranmore Castle in Galway
Global circumnavigator Bill King of Oranmore Castle in Galway had lived to be 102 when he died – still very fit – in 2012. Yet he’d led such an extraordinary life of adventure and danger ashore and afloat and under…
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