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Inshore sprat fishing
The Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine Charlie McConalogue T.D. today welcomed a provisional agreement concluded between the European Council and European Parliament on the text of the new European Maritime Fisheries and Aquaculture Fund (EMFAF) which will disperse…
Two Elliott Six Metre keelboat in the foreground and Optimist dinghies sailing in the mist at Dun Laoghaire Harbour
There was plenty of sailing at Dun Laoghaire Harbour today as Laser, RS Aeros, Toppers and Optimist dinghy fleets enjoyed some great breezes even if a sea-fog reduced visibility for a time even within the harbour confines.  Up to 30…
Dalin has been leading the Vendee Globe for 13 days
One of the outstanding performances of this Vendee Globe so far has been by Louis Burton on Bureau Vallee II who, despite recent auto-pilot problems, is continuing to hold his own in the top-three on the boat that won the…
The J/99 Juggerknot II racing in the revamped 2020 ISORA season
Peter Ryan, who was first elected to chair ISORA in 2007, will lead the Irish Sea offshore sailing body into the 2021 season following his reelection as chairman at November's virtual ISORA AGM hosted by Pwhelli Sailing Club. Ryan, of the…
Escoffier is vacuated
After being rescued from his liferaft six days ago by fellow Vendee Globe competitor Jean Le Cam, PRB skipper Kevin Escoffier was plucked from the Indian Ocean by the French Marine National after jumping clear of his rescuer’s IMOCA 60…
The 12th Lock on the Royal Canal in Castleknock
Waterways Ireland advises users of the Royal Canal in Dublin that there will be no boat passages possible on the inland waterway at the 12th Lock in Castleknock from Monday 7 December until the end of January due to works…
Emergency Works Near Completion at Wind Farm at Centre of Bogslide Incident in North West
The developer of a wind farm where a recent bogslide led to a major pollution incident in an important salmon river system has been carrying out emergency works to reduce the risks of further peat slippage. These nearly completed works…
Book Your Virtual Place for IWDG’s Online ‘Whale Tales’ Conference
The Irish Whale and Dolphin Group’s annual conference is moving online — and broadcasting live from West Clare next Saturday 12 December. Whale Tales is the annual meeting of the IWDG, where members and people interested in whales, dolphins and…
File image of the Naval Service patrol ship LÉ Samuel Beckett
Ireland has a “vested interest” in joining fellow EU nations and shoring up support to combat the transatlantic drug trade in West Africa. That’s the message from the head of the EU’s anti-smuggling agency MAOC, who has been outspoken about…
Kevin Escoffier (PRB) was successfully transferred from Jean Le Cam's IMOCA to the Nivôse, a French Navy frigate
At around 0210hrs UTC at a location in the South Indian Ocean some 360 miles north of the remote Crozet archipelago, Kevin Escoffier (PRB) was successfully transferred from Jean Le Cam's IMOCA to the Nivôse, a French Navy frigate. Escoffier…
A fathead mainsail on a J70
Small fathead mainsails, where the roach of the sail is increased due to a considerably wider head of the sail, are starting to pop-up on the racecourse and they are proving to be a winner. Getting extra sail area on…
Sean Moroney - a trawler-man of Kilmore Quay: Can the politicians of London and Brussels really kick them out of the waters that they have fished all their lives?
As efforts continue to agree a final Brexit deal, two Wexford fishermen have outlined on RTÉ Radio Countrywide how devastating loss of access to British waters will be. British prime minister Boris Johnson met European Commission president Ursula von der…
The RV Celtic Voyager will be conducting these works on behalf of PSE Kinsale Energy
Seabed survey operations in the Kinsale, Greensands, Ballycotton and Seven Heads gas fields off West Cork are set to commence from tomorrow, Sunday 6 December. PSE Kinsale Energy will undertake the decommissioning works on and around the relevant subsea infrastructure…
The Coastguard Cottages at Dun Laoghaire Harbour
Plans to restore Dun Laoghaire Harbour’s Coastguard Cottages for social housing are among the local authority’s list of goals and achievements throughout what’s been a tumultuous 2020. Most recently restored in 2014 and occupied by the combined Dun Laoghaire Waterfront…
The World War II mine was found in the Firth of Clyde on Tuesday 1 December
A World War II mine found in “remarkable” condition off western Scotland earlier this week contained 350kg of explosives, according to the Royal Navy. The unexploded ordnance was discovered by a Marine Scotland survey vessel in the Firth of Clyde…
Skipper Sam Davies
Following a violent collision last Wednesday evening, British Vendee Globe skipper Sam Davies (Initiatives-Cœur) sustained significant damage to the framework supporting the keel of her IMOCA. In consultation with her team, she made the decision to stop in Cape Town…
Sunshine at sea, clouds over the land – the season of 2020 is defined at the National Yacht Cub's Sesquicentennial Regatta in Dublin Bay on September 5th, with Flying Fifteen Class Captain Neil Colin (DMYC) racing Ffuzzy with Margaret Casey
It would be needlessly painful to look back at the Afloat.ie features of a year and more ago anticipating the coming sailing season of 2020. They exuded optimism, anticipation, energy and enthusiasm for the approaching twelve months. They looked forward…
Alex Thomson's Hugo Boss berthed in Cape Town
Each edition of the Vendée Globe, Cape Town, South Africa provides final safe haven for stricken solo racers to retire to, restore their mental equilibrium, to reflect on what should have been and to enjoy the safety and security of…
Youghal RNLI lifeboat is launched
Youghal RNLI was tasked yesterday at 1.45 pm by the Maritime Rescue Coordination Centre to reports of a missing person in the Ardmore Bay area of County Waterford. Assisting the Ardmore Coast Guard Unit and Rescue Helicopter 117 in an…
Ciara Dowling with her Volunteer Ireland Award
Dun Laoghaire Harbour sailor and Volvo Dun Laoghaire Regatta Secretary, Ciara Dowling has been honoured for her role in the COVID-19 pandemic by Volunteer Ireland.  Ciara, who was nominated by Brad Wilmot of Serve the City charity for her role in assisting…
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