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Due to problems currently at Douglas Harbour, the Isle of Man Steam Packet's fast-craft ferry Manannan (above) is to step in for ropax Ben-my-Chree on the Heyham route during a period up to Saturday, 3rd April. For a revised sailing timetable click the operator's link below for latest updates.
Due to ongoing problems in Douglas Harbour, the Isle of Man Steam Packet's sailing timetables for its ferry services have been revised. The fast-craft Manannan will run two daytime sailings (today, 31 March) instead of the ro-pax Ben-my-Chree, departing at 9:30am…
The National Yacht Club's O'Leary Cup presented for the best performance in one design  was won by Stephen Oram and Noel Butler
Thanks to modern technology and the can-do spirit of National Yacht Club volunteers and staff, the Dun Laoghaire Harbour club held its Awards ceremony last Friday night. Commodore Martin McCarthy told Afloat "We had a lot to reflect on and…
1720s sailing off Cork Harbour. The class European Championships are scheduled for Waterford Harbour in early June
Although the summer sailing season draws closer and anticipation builds around a returning to training and competition, there was little concrete for sailing in the cautious government easing of COVID restrictions announced last night. On Dublin Bay, Ireland's boating capital, the…
For Cowes Week 2021, there will be eight IRC classes, Black Group One Designs such as the J/109 as well as 17 One Design Day Boat classes in the White Group
Entries for Cowes Week 2021 will open at 12 noon on Monday 29 March. Whilst this is somewhat later than usual, the event is carrying over nearly 200 entries from 2020 and the team have been inundated with questions about…
North Sails were used in the recent America's Cup finals and Prada Cup Challenger series finals
Here at North Sails Ireland, we feel blessed to be associated with the larger North Sails team that designed, manufactured and delivered the sails used in the recent America's Cup finals and Prada Cup Challenger series finals. We are lucky…
File image of Lough Ree RNLI’s inshore lifeboat
Lough Ree RNLI is urging the public using the River Shannon and Lough Ree to be safety conscious as they make the seasonal return to the waterway this weekend. The volunteer lifeboat crew at Lough Ree RNLI have, in line…
File image Athlone in Co Westmeath, on the Shannon Navigation
Waterways Ireland has announced that the winter mooring period on the Shannon Navigation and Shannon-Erne Waterway has been extended by another month until Friday 30 April. There will be no additional cost for this extension, but masters of vessels are…
The new X-Power 33C was taken out of the Haderslev yard on a sunny spring day
Spring has sprung in Denmark, prompting the X-Yachts team to take the new X-Power 33C — dubbed ‘The Red Baron’ — out of the Haderslev yard. Chief executive Kræn Brinck Nielsen joined Kasper Brinck Mair and Martin Lindbæk, sales manager…
Ian O'Meara of Viking Marine with some tips for keeping sailing gear clear of salt water damage
 It isn't an April Fool! Thursday will be to Bangor Marina berth holders the end of a long-awaited return to their craft after a roller coaster of lockdown, opening up and lockdown again over the past year. In Harbour Master…
16-year old Malahide Yacht Club cadet, Daniel Flavin
A 16-year-old Malahide Yacht Club cadet has become one of the youngest sailors to be awarded the RYA Day Skipper (Sail & Power Craft) and ICC Certificate. Daniel Flavin, a Transition Year student at the local Community School, was assessed…
Larry Martin

Larry Martin RIP

30th March 2021 RStGYC
One of the most popular longtime sailors in Dublin Bay, former RStGYC Commodore Larry Martin, has died, and our sympathies are with his family and many friends afloat and ashore. A full appreciation of his generously-lived life appears on Afloat.ie…
The Half Ton Classic Cup 2022
The date for the Half Ton Classic Cup 2022 announced this week for Cowes following the cancellation of the 2021 event due to COVID-19 has changed its dates.Inbox The Cup will now be run from the 15-19th August 2022 to…
GLOBAL SHIFT: Søren Skou (CEO of A.P. Møller-Maersk) believes further exposure of the fragility of just-in-time models adds additional momentum to the move towards just-in-case stockholding and diversification of suppliers. Above AFLOAT adds, the stricken Suez vessel, Ever Green, of the 20,000 (TEU) 'Golden' class, is one of the largest containerships in the world, based on the capacity of TEU (Twenty-foot equivalent unit) containers. Above AFLOAT's photo of a previous title holder, Mette Maersk of the Triple E-class (18,000 TEU) berthed at the UK's biggest 'box-boat' Port of Felixstowe. The Danish flagged containership, had transitted the Suez, is currently off Sri Lanka in the Indian Ocean and according to AIS, is scheduled to arrive in Singapore on 3rd April (this Saturday).
Blockage of the Suez Canal that had been caused by Evergreen's containership ‘Ever Given’ since 23 March, will hasten the global shift away from just-in-time supply chains after further exposing their fragility, according to A.P. Møller-Maersk CEO Søren Skou. The…
61 years after the 1st Rankin came off this very same mould a new Rankin is born. From right to left; the original mould, the new shell, and a finished product
Sixty-one years after the first Rankin came off a mould in Cobh, a new one has been built from the same mould. "From the roots of this revered dinghy class in Cork Harbour, a new boat has been built," the…
Cancelled sailings is blamed to silt build up Douglas Harbour.
Ferry sailings of the Isle of Man Steam Packet were called off for the ro-pax Ben-my-Chree. Sailings to and from the Island, reports Manx Radio, have been cancelled due to silt build up in Douglas Harbour. The Steam Packet Company…
Tom Dolan - overbalanced while stepping back into the cockpit of his Figaro Beneteau 3 and landed heavily, hurting his ankle and injuring his hand
County Meath solo sailor Tom Dolan is confident he will be fighting fit for the double-handed Transat en Doible Concarneau to Saint Barthelem which starts May 9th. This is despite an ankle injury sustained by Dolan in the Season Opening…
Onshore Power Supply (OPS): Calls by Europe’s ports for more onshorepower where it makes sense. Read about the Europen Sea Ports Organisation's (ESPO) proposal for an intelligent approach towards OPS.
The Onshore Power Supply (OPS) is part of the solution to greening the shipping sector. It is an important tool for reducing CO2 emissions and air pollution at berth and in ports. The greening of the shipping sector is a…
Rounding the Fastnet Rock: Cherbourg-based Alexis Loison and Jean Pierre Kelbert on JPK 10.30 Léon - back this year to defend their Two Handed title
Doublehanded offshore racing had been gaining popularity with the Rolex Fastnet Race’s IRC Two Handed class almost doubling in size between 2009 and 2019. But for this year’s edition of the world’s largest offshore yacht race its entry has soared…
Public Consultation Launched For Review of How Marine Accidents Are Investigated in Ireland
The Department of Transport has launched a public consultation on matters relating to an independent review of the current organisational structures underpinning marine casualty investigation in Ireland. The move follows Transport Minister Eamon Ryan’s promise earlier this year to undertake…
Skerries RNLI returning to station with the paddle boarders on board
Skerries RNLI rescued two stand-up paddle boarders after strong currents and Force 6 offshore winds prevented them from making their way back to shore. Shortly before 2.30pm yesterday afternoon (Sunday 28 March), a retired Skerries RNLI volunteer noticed a man…

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