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If Comanche (above) continues at this pace, the race record will be smashed by over three days
Cork's Justin Slattery is expected to cross the RORC Transatlantic Race finish time next Monday morning in Grenada and if the current pace from day two can be maintained then the the 100ft Maxi will win IRC Super Zero overall and…
Sara Sutcliffe
It’s a new year and ‘all change’ at the Royal Yachting Association (RYA) as the team today (Monday 10 January) welcomes Sara Sutcliffe MBE as the organisation’s new chief executive. Sutcliffe takes over from interim chief executive David Strain, who…
An Cósta Thiar - a new TG4 Maritime TV series
The "culture, challenges and benefits" of living on the Atlantic seaboard are explored in a new TG4 Maritime TV series broadcast from this week. Áine Ní Bhreisleáin, presenter of Bladhaire on Raidió na Gaeltachta and co-presenter of Beo ar Éigean…
The first edition of the New Year rally sets sail for Saint Lucia
For the first time, Gran Canaria bid farewell to an ARC fleet in the new year as ARC January 2022 set sail from Las Palmas today, Sunday 9 January. The new route has brought together an eclectic fleet of cruising…
Maxi Comanche (CAY) skippered by Mitch Booth is achieving over 20 knots of boat speed hour after hour on the second day of the RORC Transatlantic Race where tactics split the fleet
By sunset on the second day of the RORC Transatlantic Race, the majority of the record fleet had raced into the wide expanse of the Atlantic Ocean, leaving the Canary Islands in their wake. This would normally result in blasting…
The next race of the DMYC Frostbite event is scheduled for next Sunday, January, 16th
There was disappointment for Dublin dinghy sailors on Sunday as the DMYC Dun Laoghaire Dinghy Frostbites sponsored by Viking Marine was cancelled. In an inauspicious start to 2022, it's the second week running for cancellation at Dun Laoghaire Harbour due…
The Belfast Barge, then named MV Confiance at Lanyon Quay
Not too long ago the City of Belfast had turned its back on the River Lagan which enters Belfast Lough on the border between Counties Antrim and Down. But since 1989 when the Laganside Corporation began redevelopment of the surrounding…
British Keelboat Academy offshore sailing
The UK’s Royal Yachting Association (RYA) has launched a new framework of support for yacht racers and owners following a change in World Sailing’s Offshore Special Regulations (OSR). Since 1 January this year, as previously reported on Afloat.ie, yachts competing in…
St. Columba, custom built for British Rail/Sealink on the historic Irish Sea Dun Laoghaire-Holyhead route from 1977 until replaced by the Stena (HSS) service in 1996, has finally gone to the shipbreakers in Pakistan. For almost 20 years the ferry for many generations was a familiar sight in Dun Laoghaire Harbour (above as Stena Adventurer) with bow-visor partially open when off Carlisle Pier.The ferry was to head to Dover-Calais route, hence renaming but this never materialised. With the closure of the Irish Sea route in 2014, Stena Line were already operating out of Dublin to Holyhead with another Stena Adventurer (built 2003) that continues to serve along with Stena Estrid.
St. Columba, British Rail/Sealink's largest custom-built Dun Laoghaire-Holyhead ferry which served many a generation with fond memories and which left the Irish Sea 25 years ago, has gone for scrapping in Pakistan, writes Jehan Ashmore. The 44 year-old Massarah, originally of…
Completion in Scotland of the first of two long-delayed CalMac ferries by the revised date of September will be “challenging”, with Covid cases likely to cause “significant” disruption this month. The first newbuild, Glen Sannox on the Clyde last month at the Ferguson Marine shipyard in Port Glasgow.
The completion of the first of two long-delayed CalMac ferries by the shipyard's revised date of September will be “challenging”, with Covid cases likely to cause “significant” disruption this month, a Ferguson Marine chief has told MSPs. The Port Glasgow…
Silting at Heysham has led to dredging to resolve the issue at the Lancashire port, England. Above AFLOAT adds on the right is the IOMSPCo's ropax Ben-my-Chree berthed at the linkspan that serves ferry traffic of the operator's main route linking Douglas.
The issues surrounding silting in the Irish Sea ferry port of Heysham appear to have been resolved. Last week, the Minister for Infrastructure, Tim Crookall MHK , spoke with the Isle of Man Steam Packet Company regarding the problems that…
George Kingston (helming), new Royal Cork Yacht Club Admiral Kieran O'Connell on trapeze and Andrew Lane racing in the RCYC National 18 league
At the 301st AGM last Thursday evening, Kieran O’Connell was elected the 43rd Admiral of the Royal Cork Yacht Club. In his acceptance speech, O'Connell thanked Past Admiral Colin Morehead for the manner in which he executed his role over…
A spectacular sight at the start of the 8th RORC Transatlantic Race - the 100ft canting keel Maxi Comanche, skippered by Mitch Booth and with Cork's Justin Slattery on board
The 2022 RORC Transatlantic Race started on time in glorious conditions outside Marina Lanzarote and there was a number of Irish crew on the 30 boats on the 3,000 nm race to Grenada. As previously reported, Ireland's top ocean racer…
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Sport NI’s COVID Recovery Programme for Sports Organisations is now open for applications with a closing date of noon on Friday 28 January. The programme will support eligible organisations in Northern Ireland which have been negatively affected by the COVID…
File image of a frog and frogspawn near Omagh, Co Tyrone
Parental care by amphibians moving between freshwater and land influences how many eggs they lay, new research by Queen’s University Belfast (QUB) has found. While most amphibians abandon their young when they lay their eggs, those involved in parental care…
29er skiff sailing at the New Year Dinghy Clinic hosted by Tralee Bay Sailing Club
Dinghy Performance teamed up with Tralee Bay Sailing Club to bring back the Tralee Bay New year clinic onto the 2022 calendar. The clinic's concept is to have all the main junior and youth classes in the same venue, allowing…
Monkstown Bay Laser sailors ashore after today's blustery races
Local Laser sailor Chris Bateman emerged as the winner of today's three races of the Monkstown Bay Sailing Club's Yard of Ale Trophy in Cork Harbour.  The 14-boat fleet braved strong gales for today's series, the first dinghy racing of the…
Same bottles (of spirits) cost up to €34 in supermarkets after minimum alcohol pricing introduced. Above the entrance to a duty-free ferry shop.
Travellers on ferries and planes can expect a litre of vodka to be available for just €13, representing a massive discount on supermarket prices after minimum alcohol pricing laws were introduced. Ports and airports have witnessed a dramatic surge in…
File image of the tall ship Lady Ellen sailing
What goes around comes around. When Enda O’Coineen’s Atlantic Youth Trust revealed their interest in acquiring a classic three-masted topsail schooner from Sweden last Autumn for multiple maritime functions, of which sailing training would only be one, it set bells…
File image of American Magic racing in the Prada Cup Challenger Selection Series in Auckland, January 2021
The New York Yacht Club is back in the next America’s Cup, as its trustees this week approved a challenge for the 37th edition of sailing’s most prestigious trophy. “We are extremely excited to continue our quest to regain the…
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