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Ffast Antic sailed by Andrew McCleery and Colin Dougan of Killyleagh Yacht Club on 17 points are lying third at the 2021 Flying fifteen East Coast Championships on Dublin Bay
With three results in the top five, Nigel Biggs and Peter Evans from Howth Yacht Club lead a buoyant 23-boat Flying Fifteen East Coast Championships after three races sailed in light winds and strong tides on Dublin Bay. Racing on…
(Right to left) Martin Byrne, Adam Winkelmann and John Simms sailing Jaguar at the Portuguese Dragon Nationals
It was a tough second day for Dublin-Belfast Dragon keelboat trio of Martin Byrne, Adam Winkelmann and John Simms sailing Jaguar at the Portuguese National Championship 2021 after four races sailed.  The Dublin Bay entry has dropped to third overall with…
The all-black Quarter Tonner Cartoon, skippered by Sybil McCormack and Ken Lawless on her way out to a light airs DBSC race course from Dun Laoghaire Harbour
In the first race of the Cruiser Three Championships that include Dublin By Sailing Club's Saturday Series - and Sunday's Kish Race from the DMYC - the all-black Quarter Tonner Cartoon, skippered by Sybil McCormack and Ken Lawless won both DBSC's…
File image of Donaghadee RNLI’s all-weather lifeboat Saxon
Donaghadee RNLI carried out a medevac of a passenger who became ill on a cruise ship that left Belfast Lough on Friday evening (17 September). The volunteer crew were requested by Belfast Coastguard to launch their all-weather lifeboat Saxon shortly…
One of the two Valentia RNLI crew who went ashore to assist with the casualty
Valentia RNLI’s lifeboat volunteers launched to the aid of a fisherman requiring medical assistance this week. At 3.11pm on Thursday (16 September), Valentia Coast Guard requested Valentia RNLI to launch their all-weather lifeboat for the fisherman requiring medical assistance on…
Podium place plus for a cheerful Tom Dolan in Saint-Nazaire, with Vivi Trophy victory and third in the final Figaro stage
Ireland’s Tom Dolan was in fine form last night (Friday) in Saint-Nazaire at the awards ceremony for the 52nd Solitaire du Figaro, winning the Vivi Trophy for the best-placed non-French skipper in the demanding fourth stage, and taking third place…
Skerries RNLI returning to station with the swimmers safely on board
Skerries RNLI rescued a man and a woman who got into difficulty while swimming off the north Co Dublin town this week. The lifeboat unit was requested to launch shortly before 5pm on Thursday afternoon (16 September) after a 999 call…
The cause of much joy – and grief. The schooner America wins the race around the Isle of Wight 170 years ago
Let's face it, Ireland bidding to host the 37th America's Cup in 2024 – or more accurately, Cork's campaigning to stage it – has all the makings of a handy TV drama. As it has to be a national investment,…
A Quantum Fusion M6 Mainsail for a 42 footer laid out in the Galway loft
Mark Mansfield of Quantum Sails Ireland highlights that their Winter discount period, where additional discounts of up to 10% are available, will be coming to an end in the next few weeks. Mark comments “ We have had a great…
(Right to left) Martin Byrne, Adam Winkelmann and John Simms sailing Jaguar at the Dragon Nationals, Portugal
A Dublin-Belfast Dragon keelboat trio of Martin Byrne, Adam Winkelmann and John Simms sailing Jaguar are lying second overall at the Portuguese National Championship 2021 after two races sailed.  The Dublin Bay entry broke a spinnaker pole in race one but still…
Howth Yacht Club had its best two results on Friday
Anthony O'Leary's Royal Cork Yacht Club is lying fourth overall but can retain its 2019 bronze medal if strong results are secured in Saturday's final two races of the New York Yacht Club Invitational Cup. Ireland's second team at the…
File image of Dingle Harbour
Marine Minister Charlie McConalogue has continued his series of visits to some of Ireland’s main fishing ports, spending yesterday and today (Thursday 16 and Friday 17 September) in Co Kerry. The minister met with fishers, fishing organisations and other stakeholders…
Newcastle RNLI’s crew attempt to pump water from the stricken cabin cruiser
Lifeboat crews from Portaferry and Newcastle RNLI were involved in the rescue of a man whose cabin cruiser was in danger of sinking off Co Down yesterday (Thursday 16 September). The volunteers were requested to launch their lifeboats at 6pm…
Belfast author and illustrator Flora Delargy
Harold Cottam was a 21-year old radio operator who was on duty on the night of April 14th, 1912 on board passenger ship RMS Carpathia when he received a Morse code message he would never forget. Nor would the world,…
Belfast Harbour has announced the recent appointment of three new Directors, to continue developing a strategy to become a world leading regional Port and as a key economic hub for the region.
Belfast Harbour has recently made the appointment of three new Directors to its Leadership Team. The appointments are designed so to continue developing its strategy to become a world leading regional port and a key economic hub for the region.…

Charles Wallrock with the King's silver bowl. The magnificent silver bowl given by William IV to the Royal Yacht Squadron on the Isle of Wight in 1835 is now for sale. Dealer Charles Wallrock from Lymington, Hants, bought it in the US and has carried out research. It is believed to be the one won by Irishman John Smith-Barry from Fota House in Cork Harbour.
A magnificent silver-gilt bowl presented by King William IV to the Royal Yacht Squadron (RYS) is back in England thanks to a maritime antique dealer. The bowl's history is an appropriate reminder of the depth of the sailing history of…
Danish shipping giant AP Moller-Maersk based in Copenhagen, handles one in five containers shipped worldwide.
A.P. Møller – Mærsk A/S, the Danish shipping giant sees no indication that the current red-hot freight market will lose steam this year, its chief executive has said. Maersk has lifted its 2021 outlook again, riding the rise in freight rates…
Successful Round Ireland non-stop voyager, Moonshine of Kinsale is a modified Hurley 22, built 1969
Skippered by Eoin Keyes with Leonie Conway as crew, the Hurley 22 Moonshine returned to Kinsale yesterday (Thursday) evening to complete a non-stop sail round Ireland. The voyage was undertake to raise awareness of the recent formation of the Irish…
Charlie Cullen of Dun Laoghaire's Royal St. George Yacht Club competing at the Saint Tropez SailGP Waszp event
Dun Laoghaire Harbour's 2021 Waszp European Slalom & U20 Champion Charlie Cullen was one of 16 young sailors, consisting of multiple World and European Champions from various classes, who were selected to race in last week’s SailGP event in the Saint Tropez,…
Team Resolute, a UK consortium consisting of Harland & Wolff, Navantia and BMT Global is pleased to announce it has been awarded a Competitive Procurement Phase (CPP) design contract by the UK Ministry of Defence.
Harland & Wolff, a wholly owned subsidiary of InfraStrata plc, and soon to be known as Harland & Wolff Group Holdings plc, as Afloat previously reported has announced several key successes across its yards in Belfast and Appledore. In addition to…

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