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An RS Aero competing in Royal cork's mixed dinghy PY event in Crosshaven earlier in June. The class will host its Eastern Championships on July 2nd at the Royal St. George Yacht Club
The new RS Aero class is holding their first event ever in Ireland at the Royal St George on July 3rd and 4th, sponsored by Executive Coaching and Team Development company Seachange Now. The event has attracted a small but…
Ding-dong at Foynes – Gala Racing (Simon McGibney, Foynes YC) and Lola (Luke McBride, Sligo YC) trying their own side of the beat in search of success in last weekend's J/24 Southerns at Foynes on the Shannon Estuary. Alas, it was not to be – this wasn't the win move that seems to be promised here
The National YC's Dun Laoghaire to Dingle Race of Wednesday, June 9th – just two days after such things became permissible on June 7th - may have been hailed here as "a spectacular pillar event to launch the 2021 Irish…
Sailmaker Barry Hayes at the UK Sails loft in Crossahven repairing sails in time for tomorrow's final races of the 2021 Sovereign's Cup at Kinsale
After a comparatively windy penultimate day at the O'Leary Insurance Sovereign's Cup today and the final races of the series due to start on Saturday morning, another race is on at UK Sailmakers Ireland tonight to repair sails in time for…
Royal Cork Quarter Tonner Supernova (Dave O Regan & Denise Phelan & Tony Donworth) leads Sovereign's Cup IRC Three
In a ding dong battle since Wednesday, Royal Cork Quarter Tonner Supernova (Dave O Regan & Denise Phelan & Tony Donworth) has a single point lead over rival and club mate David Lane in the J/24 YaGottaWanna in the O'Leary Insurance Sovereign's Cup…
Code of Practice for the Safe Operation of Recreational Craft
As the summer boating season approaches its height, the Department of Transport has issued a reminder to all masters, owners and users of pleasure vessels and recreational craft to familiarise themselves with the Code of Practice for the Safe Operation…
David Kelly's Half Tonner King One, with Cork's Rob O'Leary as tactician, leads Class IRC of the Sovereign's Cup
Just a single point separates leader David Kelly's Half Tonner King One from Royal Cork Olson 30 Coracle VI (Kieran Collins) in IRC Division Two going into the final day of racing at the O'Leary Insurances Sovereign's Cup Regatta on Saturday. Races five and…
File image of boats on the Shannon Navigation
Waterways Ireland has issued an advisory to all vessels on the Shannon Navigation of low water levels, which are currently at or below ordinary summer levels. Masters of vessels are requested to observe the 5km speed limits on the inland…
Union Hall RNLI’s Atlantic 85 lifeboat, Christine and Raymond Fielding
A new inshore Atlantic 85 class lifeboat has officially gone on service at Union Hall RNLI in in West Cork. The lifeboat, which arrived at the lifeboat station last week, replaces the last Atlantic 75 in Ireland, Margaret Bench of…
Jump Juice (Conor Phelan) takes the Committee Boat end of the start of the third race of the coastal fleet of the 2021 Sovereign's Cup at Kinsale. The custom Ker 37 from Royal Cork leads the largest fleet of the event overall going into the final race on Saturday
Conor Phelan's Jump Juice from Royal Cork Yacht Club continues to lead the largest division of the O'Leary Insurances Sovereign's Cup at Kinsale after scoring a third in the third race of the coastal series to be one point ahead…
Lough Derg RNLI’s inshore lifeboat Jean Spicer and crew
Lough Derg RNLI launched yesterday afternoon (Thursday 24 June) to assist a family of five on a 30ft cruiser in difficulty by navigation mark G on the eastern shore of the lough. At 2.20pm the inshore lifeboat Jean Spier launched…
Mike and Richard Evans on the new J99 Snapshot have a ten-point lead in the IRC One Division going into the final day of the Sovereign's Cup Regatta
After six races sailed and one discard applied, Howth Yacht Club boats dominate the Class One podium of the O'Leary Insurances Sovereign's Cup in Kinsale.  An excellent 1 and a 2 for ICRA Commodore Richard Colwell in today's races saw the…
Headed up by Jon Challis, the Inland and Coastal Marina team received the trophy plus a Leatherman multi-tool each.
Eleven teams from across the UK marine industry set sail in RS 21 keelboats yesterday from Hayling Island Sailing Club (HISC) to compete in the 2021 Marine Industry Cup. The teams enjoyed breakfast and a pre-race briefing outside HISC’s club…
The Diving Bell on Sir John Rogerson's Quay in the colours of the rainbow for Dublin Pride Festival
For the first time, Dublin Port Company has illuminated The Diving Bell on Sir John Rogerson's Quay in the colours of the rainbow for the Dublin Pride Festival, in keeping with this year’s theme of Community. The Diving Bell is…
Clydeside Shipyard: The late Ferguson Marine ferries for Scottish operator, CalMac have been delayed up to another five months due to skill shortage and Covid. Above, the first of the pair, MV Glen Sannox (to serve Arran) this week showing repaired funnel, newly-constructed mast and fresh paint.
Delays of up to a further five months to the completion of two long-awaited CalMac ferries were announced yesterday by shipyard Ferguson Marine, writes The Scotsman. The latest setback was blamed on a shortage of skilled workers and Covid restrictions…
Containership Ever Given on the Suez Canal from where it has been held since March when its grounding caused a six-day shutdown of the globally important key waterway.
The insurer of containership Ever Given said an agreement in principle has been reached to release the ship from the Suez Canal from where Afloat adds, became blocked in March but was eventually freed in a major salvage effort. As LloydLoadingList reports,…
Class One racing at the 2021 Sovereign's Cup off Kinsale
Photographer Bob Bateman took to the skies yesterday to capture some of the O'Leary Insurance Group Sovereign's Cup action off Kinsale Harbour. There were more lights breezes and sunshine for the second day two of racing that saw changes across most leaderboards…
Lough Neagh rescue was tasked to a broken down motorboat with two children, three adults and a dog on board
In the early evening of last Sunday (20th June) Lough Neagh rescue was tasked to a broken down motorboat with two children, three adults and a dog on board. The vessel had been making its way from Battery Harbour on…
Dinghy sailing at Royal North of Ireland Yacht Club
Royal North of Ireland Yacht Club still has places available for sailing courses and fun days this season. The club lies on the North Down coast, near Holywood and enjoys safe waters in Belfast Lough. The courses start on 5th…
Weather forecaster Chris Tibbs predicted a building southwesterly breeze and he was spot on
Day One Report (24 June 2021) Racing at the Landsail Tyres J-Cup started today with two windward-leeward races in the Eastern Solent. North Sails weather forecaster Chris Tibbs predicted a building southwesterly breeze and he was spot on. 50 J/Boat…
The frustrations of a challenging year were blown away on Thursday as a solid sailing breeze kicked in to help celebrate the opening day of the 25th anniversary of Superyacht Cup Palma. Near ideal conditions once again graced the Bay…

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