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Stringent Health & Safety Covid19 protocols were put in place as Belfast Harbour welcomed their first cruise call in 15 months with the arrival of MSC Virtuosa above on the flat still waters of Belfast Lough
Major cruises from British ports will resume this week with a maiden voyage of a vessel around the coast of the UK. MSC Cruises second ship of the Meraviglia-Plus class, Afloat adds is MSC Virtuosa, which according to the Belfast Telegraph, will…
A lorry boards the Larne-Cairnryan P&O Ferries European Highlander at the Co. Antrim port. Across the North Channel in south-west Scotland, plans to construct a new border post near the ferry terminals at Cairnryan (incl. serving Stena Line Belfast route) is set to cost the taxpayer around £30 million, with opening scheduled in late summer next year.
South-west Scotland: Plans for ‘inland border facilities’ are required following Brexit, with the trade deal with the European Union requiring customs checks on various products such as high risk foods and animals. The border post, writes The Scotsman, has yet…
The RORC IRC fleet under spinnakers
The first edition of the RORC IRC National Championship was held in 1999 and for over 20 years a huge variety of yachts have enjoyed success winning the right to be named national champions. For the 2021 regatta, over 40…
Cong-Galway Race: this year's unique historic event - the oldest and longest inland sailing race in Europe 30 nautical miles - will take place on Saturday, June 26th.
After a tremendous race last year, despite challenging conditions both on and off the water, another hugely competitive fleet has been assembled for this year's Cong Galway Race on June 26th. The historic race from Lisloughrey in the shadow of Ashford…
Sea swimmer Nuala Moore from Dingle in County Kerry
“I never thought Cork would ever finish,” says Nuala Moore of that wonderful part of this coastline which she navigated in 2006. Moore was then one of six swimmers who undertook a round Ireland relay swim of 1,330 km in…
Racing at the 2019 Fireball Worlds in Canada
So, as the sun rises hopefully on a welcome return to international regattas, the Irish Fireball Class, in tandem with Fireball International and the Lough Derg Yacht Club are delighted to announce that the World Championships of the Class with…
Howth Yacht Club ILCA 6 sailor Eve McMahon
Leaving out the first two races of the ILCA 6 U21 European Championship & Open European Trophy 2021 in which she added more than 80 points, Howth Yacht Club sailor Eve McMahon later became the best of the sailors in the remaining…
Water Wag racing at Dun Laoghaire Harbour on Bloomsday 2021
26 Water Wag dinghies turned out last night for two Bloomsday races inside Dun Laoghaire Harbour on Dublin Bay. Dublin Bay Sailing Club Race Officer Tadgh Donnelly ran two races for the fleet that included an on the water tribute…
Larne RNLI’s inshore lifeboat Terry
Larne RNLI was requested to launch by Belfast Coastguard on Saturday (12 June) to reports of a kayaker in the water north-east of Skernaghan Point, close to Portmuck in Islandmagee on Northern Ireland’s East Antrim coast. Launching the inshore lifeboat…
Clifden RNLI helm Alan Pryce receives a letter of commendation from chairman Percy Hyand
Four Clifden RNLI crew members who went to the aid of a sailor stranded on the rocks of Inishark have received letters of commendation for their role in the complex rescue operation. On 20 September 2019, in severe weather conditions,…
Celebrations in Hobart at the end of the 2019 edition of the Great Race
Excitement is building for the return of the historic Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race, with entries now open for the 77th edition of ocean racing’s ‘Everest’. The Cruising Yacht Club of Australia (CYCA) has launched the Notice of Race and…
File image of Ballina train station
Mayo county councillors have called for a formal letter demanding that Dublin Port Company reverse its decision to end the regular rail freight service to Ballina, as The Western People reports. At a meeting of Ballina Municipal District this morning…
Emirates Team New Zealand against the Auckland city skyline in the 2021 America’s Cup
New Zealand’s reportedly rejected multi-million-euro offer to host the next America’s Cup could give some indication of how much Cork Harbour’s ambitions would cost. According to Marine Industry News, the Auld Mug holders Emirates Team New Zealand are opening discussions abroad…
Hard at work on board Mirpuri Foundation Racing Team
Another 24 hours of light-wind racing out on the Mediterranean on the third and final leg of The Ocean Race Europe saw both the VO65 and IMOCA 60 fleets compress significantly today, Wednesday 16 June, as they push towards the…
Racing at the Glandore Harbour Yacht Club Dragon Championships
The first major Irish Dragon Championships in Ireland since 2019 was hosted by Glandore Harbour Yacht Club with 19 Dragons on the racecourse under Principal Race Officer Ciaran McSweeney.  Cameron Good's Little Fella from Kinsale and Neil Hegarty's Phantom from…
Skellig Michael's re-opening to visitors is now July 1st
Skellig Michael's re-opening to visitors has been deferred to July 1st due to weather and sea conditions, the Office of Public Works (OPW) has said. The OPW had set a target date of June 21st for the 2021 season, but…
The Marine Minister requested an interim report to focus on arrangements for a temporary voluntary fleet cessation scheme
Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine Charlie McConalogue has now received the interim report of the Seafood Sector Task Force. The Minister set up the Seafood Sector Task Force to examine the implications for the Irish Fishing industry and…
Denis and Annamarie Murphy's Nieulargo—Grand Soleil 40. Overall winner D2D
Key Yachting is the Irish Agent for J Boats and Grand Soleil (also Nautitech Catamarans and Tofinou Day boats).  They are thrilled to see models from each of the Grand Soleil and J Boat ranges perform so well in the…
Daniel Smith at the helm of Sailing InTuition
As skipper of second-placed overall Derry/Londonderry/Doire in the 2015/2016 Clipper Round the World Race, the Atlantic Ocean to the west of the British Isles probably wouldn't have thrown anything worse at the crew of Sailing InTuition on the Rathlin to…
Lagan Weir Footbridge
Last weekend Lagan Search and Rescue were made aware of a video circulating on social media of a young man encouraged to enter the water off the Lagan Weir footbridge as a dare. Lagan SAR is a provider of Belfast's…

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