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LinkedOut! has damaged port foil overnight - skipper Thomas Ruyant says one option open to him is to cut the foil away
While lying in second place in the South Atlantic in the Vendee Globe Race, some 72 nautical miles behind leader Charlie Dalin (Apivia), Thomas Ruyant last night sustained damage to the port foil of his IMOCA LinkedOut. He had to…
ICG said its car volumes were down 66.8% to 122,700 in the first ten months of 2020 from 369,700 the same time last year. Above AFLOAT captures this scene within the bridge of Irish Ferries cruiseferry W.B. Yeats which currently operates routine sailings to Holyhead during the winter months while taking its place on the Dublin-Cherbourg route during the low-season is the chartered in freight-orientated ro-ro passenger ferry (ropax) Epsilon to maintain vital direct Ireland-mainland Europe links via the French port.
Ferry company owner Irish Continental Group has reported a 26% drop in revenues for the first 10 months of 2020 as the number of cars it carried on its ferries slumped by 66.8%. In a trading update, ICG which operate…
Cruises by P&O were abandoned in March due to the coronavirus pandemic. Above AFLOAT's photo of the operator's 'adults' only Arcadia in Dublin Bay during an 'anchorage' call off Dun Laoghaire Harbour. The Vista class cruiseship is currently among a quartet of cruiseships in UK waters offshore of Teignmouth, Devon having previously been at anchor off Weymouth this summer.
Operator P&O Cruises will not resume cruise sailings until at least April next year. The company ended its cruises in March in response to the coronavirus pandemic and has not resumed any of its voyages since. The Southampton-based firm, which is…
Matt Allen, owner and skipper of 2019 overall winner Ichi Ban
The 76th running of the Cruising Yacht Club of Australia’s Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race will be different this year with COVID-19 restrictions in place around the world, however, organisers say it has not diminished the quality of the fleet;…
Racing Rules of Sailing 2021-2024 RYA Edition is Out Now
Make sure you're ready for the 2021-2024 changes to the Racing Rules of Sailing with the RYA rules books. The new editions are now available from the RYA shop - www.rya.org.uk/shop. Updated every four years by World Sailing, the Racing…
A screenshot from French producer Martin Keruzore's world beating video
The Mirabaud Sailing Video Award 2020 puts the spotlight on ocean racing! French producer Martin Keruzore (Air Vide et Eau Productions) wins this special edition thanks to his magnificent video summarising the 70,000 nautical miles he covered around the world…
A previous edition of the DBSC Turkey Shoot racing on Dublin Bay
Expectations are raised that winter sailing for cruisers in addition to two-handed dinghies will be possible in December if COVID restrictions are lifted later this week.  Sailing was part of a joint submission made to Government a fortnight ago that included…
Dr Peter Heffernan retired as chief executive of the Marine Institute in 2019
The former chief executive of the Marine Institute has been appointed as the new chair of the council of the Dublin Institute for Advanced Studies (DIAS). Dr Peter Heffernan served as the Marine Institute’s CEO for 27 years, retiring from…
Teasing Machine approaches Redonda
The 13th edition of the RORC Caribbean 600 is scheduled to start off Fort Charlotte, Antigua on Monday 22nd February 2021. “The RORC Flag Officers meet regularly and since July the overall commitment from the Club has been to provide…
File image of a common seal pup
Local residents have been disturbed by the discovery of decapitated seals on a Co Kerry beach, as the Irish Examiner reports. Speaking to Kerry Today on Radio Kerry, a local woman described coming upon the grisly scene on Banna beach…
Charlie Dalin in Apivia
Day 16: Charlie Dalin, Vendée Globe leader since yesterday morning, confirmed that he is in full ‘inshore mode, fighting for every metre I can gain,’ as he tries to break through to the southern ocean low-pressure train which should finally…
It has been claimed up to 1.7 (one point seven) million tonnes of unwanted and juvenile fish was being discarded annually
A well-intentioned campaign by a celebrity chef to reduce dumping of unwanted fish in European waters has led to an increase in fishing quotas, according to new research. The “unintended impact” of the European ban on discarding fish may lead…
Peta Koczy (left) and Holly Vint
The UK's Ocean Youth Trust South announces the appointment of Holly Vint as staff skipper for the charity’s sail training vessel Prolific. Holly is taking over from Peta Koczy who, after four years with OYT South, is moving on to…
Bangor Marina's Christmas Lights show last year
Bangor's favourite band, Snow Patrol, are well known for the lines in their hit 'Run' - Light up, Light up. And that's what, in this year of endless restrictions, Kevin Baird Manager of Bangor Marina on Belfast Lough, would like…
Charlie Dalin's Apivia currently leads the Vendee Globe
Before the 33 boats went off from les Sables-d'Olonne on November 8th to start the Vendee Globe, there'd been much talk of the possibility of reducing Armel le Cleac'h's notable record of 74 days established in the 2016-2017 event. It…
The new terminal in Liverpool (to serve the link to the Isle of Man) was originally scheduled to be completed this year.
A new ferry terminal along with a promenade both multi-million pound projects funded by the Isle of Man government are facing further delays, reports BBC News. The terminal in Liverpool, which was originally scheduled to be completed in December, is now…
Maritime Belfast Trust chief executive Kerrie Sweeney and chair Marie Therese McGivern with Joe O’Neill, chief executive of Belfast Harbour.
The charity responsible for promoting and preserving Belfast’s maritime heritage, Titanic Foundation Ltd is to be known now as Maritime Belfast Trust. The newly-named trust according to The Irish News, will broaden its remit to help deliver Belfast’s waterfront as…
Only a month to the shortest day of the year, yet late November at Howth produces hyper-strong sunshine with a sky so blue they haven't got a name for it yet
November sunshine plays tricks with how we see things. Maybe it's because it's so rare. But at the weekend at Howth – with just a month to go to the shortest day of the year – a special coaching course…
Holyhead carries 1,200 lorries and trailers a day across the Irish Sea. Above freight booths at the north Wales port.
"Mayhem" at Holyhead port is what hauliers have claimed there will be when the Brexit transition period ends. The north Wales ferryport is the second biggest "roll-on roll-off" port in the UK after Dover, carrying 1,200 lorries and trailers a…
Trading ship, sailing ship, school ship – the Ilen goes about her business in Kilrush, County Clare
The restored 1926-built 56ft Limerick trading ketch Ilen's project of education through action and involvement continues to be developed with the Ilen Marine School's Community and Cargo 2020-21 Programme. Transportation of cargo to coastal communities was the original purpose of…
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