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David McGowan - Resignation with immediate effect
Rowing Ireland has issued a statement confirming that David McGowan has resigned from his position as High-Performance Coach effective immediately, due to personal reasons. David took up the position in 2018. Speaking of his departure, David Mc Gowan said “I…
Although the Mayflower Autonomous Ship will not have a crew to experience the battering she might encounter in trying to cross the North Atlantic east to west directly from Plymouth in Devon to Plymouth in Massachusetts, at just 15 metres LOA she is likely to receive quite a battering nevertheless
Today (Wednesday) in Plymouth in England, the Mayflower Autonomous Ship is expected to have her official launch, though the word is she has been test floated in advance. If that's the case, it was a prudent move, for although un-manned…
Royal St. George's J97 Windjammer is racing to the Kish lighthouse on Sunday
With entries close to 35 boats, the annual DMYC Kish Race has been made all the more interesting with some of top ISORA boats now entered for this Sunday's Race on Dublin Bay.  ISORA coastal regulars such as the Royal…
Ireland's newest cargsoship, Arklow Archer which made a first visit to Dublin Port this month having joined the Co. Wicklow shipowners fleet of almost 60 dry-cargo ships mostly operating in Europe and further overseas.
Ireland's newest cargoship Arklow Archer made a maiden call to Dublin Port marking the lastest of the A-series of bulk orientated dry-cargo vessels to be in Irish waters, writes Jehan Ashmore Arklow Archer joins the fleet of Arklow Shipping Ltd…
British Marine Seek Answers After Cancellation of Southampton's 'Boats2020' Event
As the fall out from the cancellation of the Southampton Boat Show continues, organiser British Marine is seeking answers from Southampton Council and the UK Secretary of State over the cancellation of last week's 'Boats2020' exhibition. On Friday, 11 September British Marine released…
The new course from Cowes to Cherbourg via the Fastnet Rock will see new challenges for navigators and crews in next year's 695 nm Rolex Fastnet Race
Moving to Cherbourg for the finish of the Royal Ocean Racing Club's premier event, the Rolex Fastnet Race next year will see navigators and crews facing a few significant new challenges writes James Boyd Firstly the new course is 90…
UK SB20 national honours will be decided at Royal Southern
The Royal Southern Yacht Club in Southampton welcomes the SB20 Class for four days of action. On Thursday 16th September, the SB20 UK Sprint Championship is a stand-alone event with the SB20 fleet blasting along through six back-to-back short, sharp…
Happy Anniversary! Neville and Jean Maguire quietly celebrate 69 years of marriage on board their motor-cruiser in Howth Marina. Photo: Judith Malcolm
Congratulations have been pouring in for sailing legends Neville and Jean Maguire of Howth, who celebrated their 69th Wedding Anniversary in yesterday’s balmy weather aboard their Seaward 23 motor-cruiser Two Much in Howth Marina. These days, they’re best-known internationally as…
Mel Morris and Ger Owens with the GP14 Autumn trophy
Royal Irish Yacht Club's Ger Owens & Mel Morris were the winners of the 20-boat GP14 Autumn Open at Blessington Sailing Club last weekend, the first event of the 2020 GP14 calendar due to COVID-19.  The winner of the silver…
Gentoo, a Sunfast 3300, has a full Quantum sails inventory
Gentoo, a Sunfast 3300 with a full Quantum Sails inventory, won the RORC IRC Doublehanded Championships last weekend. Gentoo is a sister ship of Cian McCarthy's Cinnamon Girl from Kinsale which finished second in the recent Fastnet 450 race. Commenting…
The new dates for next year's ICRA National Championships, are September 3rd - 5th 2021 at the National Yacht Club, Dun Laoghaire
After cancelling its 2020 championships twice, the Irish Cruiser Racing Association (ICRA) has now seen fit to move the dates of its 2021 National Championships from May to September next year because of the continuing threat of COVID-19. In a…
1st Overall Nick Walsh, Rob Brownlow and Eddie Rice
Whilst we were all heading up to Blackrock on Saturday the National 18 Class were holding the Irish Nationals from the RCYC. Reduced numbers this year due to our friend C-19 but no let-up in the racing. Talking to some…
Under 23 duo Robert Dickson and Sean Waddilove were top Irish 49er performers in Kiel last weekend
The first European 49er test after COVID has produced some important markers for both Irish men's skiff teams at Kiel, Germany last weekend, not least the fact that it was the Under 23 duo Robert Dickson and Sean Waddilove that came out…
Susan Glenny and Conor Fogerty raced at the Eurosaf Mixed Offshore event in Italy
France has claimed the inaugural European Mixed Offshore Title in Italy in which Ireland's Conor Fogerty and Susan Glenny made their debut in the L30 keelboat but unfortunately did not finish the one race event.  Fogerty says he is still…
Damage to the bow of ‘Medi Mode’ sustained in the collision
Two airline pilots on board a yacht which collided with a tanker off Greystones in the Irish Sea last year have disputed criticism of their experience in a report by the Marine Casualty Investigation Board (MCIB). The MCIB inquiry into…
Tom Dolan (left) and Erwan Le Draoulec in the middle of the fleet in stage three
Irish solo sailor Tom Dolan is delivering on his pre-race promise of consistent sailing and is now up to 13th place and less than four miles behind the leader. It's an impressive performance from the County Meath sailor to add…
ICRA's 2019 Boat of the Year, Rockabill VI competing in this year's ISORA Series on Dublin Bay
With the loss of the key cruiser-racer events in 2020 Irish Cruiser Racing Association (ICRA) Commodore Richard Colwell says the association is unable to award its annual Boat of the Year prize. As well as its own ICRA National Championships,…
Lower Lough Erne
Users of the Erne System have been advised to expect reduced water levels throughout the navigation from Thursday 1 October. This is when water levels on Lower Lough Erne are expected to be drawn down by DfI Waters to a…
The 34th Lock on the Royal Canal at Balroe, Co Westmeath
Waterways Ireland advises that emergency works on the Royal Canal embankment in Westmeath will continue until the end of this month. As previously reported on Afloat.ie, the inland waterway between the 34th and 35th locks, at Balroe and Ballynacarrigy respectively,…
Matt Foley, centre, is congratulated on his retirement from Crosshaven Boatyard by colleagues Judy Phillips, Hugh Mockler, Joe Berry, Mark Lewis and Steve O'Sullivan
After forty years of service, popular County Cork boatyard manager Matt Foley has retired from Crosshaven Boatyard. Matt started work in the Cork Harbour yard on the 20th of August 1980. His first role was as a storeman at a…

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