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Tacks-free zone……the R-P/Marteen 72 Aragon leads the Rolex Middle Sea Race start out of Valetta Harbour with Nin O'Leary on the helm in an exemplary tacking-free exit
Nice one, Nin. With a sailing rockstar recruited into your crew, it's reasonable to expect a 22-carat gold rockstar introduction to the on-stage performance. And Crosshaven super-helm Nin O'Leary certainly came up with the goods at the start of the…
Crane assembly for Somaliland at Cork Dockyard with both a Cork Harbour tug and the Navy's LE Niamh alongside 
There are busy scenes at the Port of Cork this week where Liebherr cranes are being assembled before shipment at Cork Dockyard later this month. Eight Liebherr 'Ready to Go' (RTGs) have been assembled and are being finalised for sea transport to DPWorld…
An illustration from the WindEurope Flagship report
Each new wind turbine built in Europe generates €10 million worth of economic activity, according to a European industry network. A new report by WindEurope also says investing in wind energy will help Europe’s economic recovery from the impacts of…
Loch Ness RNLI’s crew approach the flying boat with engine trouble
The RNLI recorded one of their more unusual launches yesterday evening (Saturday 17 October) after a World War II-era seaplane made a distress call from Loch Ness. It emerged that the aircraft, the PBY Catalina, had experienced engine issues while…
Simon Coveney: Defence Minister has announced extra money for personnel who sign up for four years' service and undertake two of those years on seagoing patrols. Above Afloat adds the Flag Officer Commanding of the NavaL Service (FOCNS) hosted a visit to Haulbowline Naval Base in Cork Harbour by the Minister.
Personnel within the Naval Service have been thrown a financial lifeline, reports Irish Examiner, in the form of a €10,000 loyalty payment, which it is hoped will stem the exodus of trained crew members. Defence Minister Simon Coveney has announced…
The current Coastguard contractor operates a fleet of Sikorsky S-92 helicopters from four bases: Shannon, Sligo, Dublin and Waterford
The Irish Coast Guard has asked the Government to include fixed-wing aircraft and use of drones in the new State contract for search and rescue. As The Sunday Times reports today, tender offers for the new air/sea service, which will…
The new post-Panamax size ship-to-shore cranes
The two new Liebherr post-Panamax size ship-to-shore (STS) container gantry cranes make an impressive sight cutting the Cork Harbour skyline at the Cork Container Terminal (CCT) in the Republic of Ireland. Port of Cork took delivery of the gantry cranes at…
Key Yachting Takes three Nominations at British Yachting Awards 2020
Mark Mansfield, Irish agent for Key Yachting, has announced that two Grand Soleil designs have been shortlisted in the 2020 British Yachting Awards. In the Cruising Yacht of the Year class, The Grand Soleil LC42, which premiered at the 2020…
Royal St George Sunfast 3600 Yoyo competing on Dublin Bay, the race area of the 2021 VDLR Regatta
In addition to Volvo’s confirmation of Title Sponsorship of the Volvo Dun Laoghaire Regatta 2021 as announced previously by Afloat here, further sponsors have now also confirmed their support for the new format of the Dublin Bay regatta next July.…
Larne Lough and East Antrim Boat Club
As a result of the new NI Executive Covid restrictions announced on 14th October, East Antrim Boat Club at Larne has cancelled the Topper Northern championship event scheduled for 24th and 25th October. The EABC Covid team said, "The organising…
The start of the Middle Sea Race at Grand Harbour, Valetta
Day One: (17.00 CEST) Even with a reduced fleet, half the size of recent years, it was hard to not get sucked into the emotion and atmosphere of today’s Rolex Middle Sea Race start. The 41st edition got underway, as…
RYA NI Latest Advice Leads to Cancellation of Ballyholme Icebreaker Series Racing
Less than 24 hours after posting that the Icebreaker event run by Ballyholme Yacht Club on Belfast Lough, could take place on the scheduled date (tomorrow Sunday 18th), the club has had to cancel racing. Rear Commodore Rob Milligan informed…
The Vendee Globe village is officially opened in in Les Sables d’Olonne
The impressive scale of the record-sized fleet of IMOCA 60 yachts which will take the start line of the ninth edition of the Vendée Globe solo race round the world on Sunday, November 8th was obvious today in Les Sables…
Mikey Ferguson is racing on the Mana MOD70 crew
Mikey Ferguson from Bangor on Belfast Lough was looking forward yesterday (16th) to getting going on the MOD70 Mana in the 41st Edition of the Rolex Middle Sea Race which started today from the historic Grand Harbour in Malta's capital…
Skerries RNLI towing the yacht into Rogerstown
Skerries RNLI recently launched to the rescue of a yacht with one person aboard that was adrift in the Skerries Islands. The incident occurred on Thursday morning 15 October, when the yacht made a VHF distress call that was relayed…
Liam Glynn racing on day two of the Laser Europeans in Gdansk last week
Ballyholme Yacht Club’s Liam Glynn has secured a personal best and 43rd overall after six days of racing against 126 international competitors at the Laser European Championships in Gdansk, Poland. Northern Ireland sailor Glynn, who had been unable to train…
Brittannia is launched in Auckland
In less than 24 hours a second bold new America’s Cup race boat has been launched on Auckland’s Viaduct in New Zealand. INEOS TEAM UK have today christened BRITANNIA, their second AC75 exactly two months before the start of racing…
Record smiles: Cat Hunt (left) and Pam Lee dockside in Greystones early this morning after setting a new Round Ireland record. See vid below
Female Two-handed Round Ireland Speed Record: The Iarracht Maigeanta Two-Handed Round Ireland Record Challenge by Pamela Lee and Cat Hunt of Greystones Harbour Sailing Club just got better and better through yesterday evening and last night as they swept – with…
Handsome is as handsome does – the uncompromising Lombard 45 Pata Negra – used for several Howth YC successes – has been chartered by ISORA's Andrew Hall of Pwllheli for today's (Saturday) 41st Rolex Middle Sea Race from Malta
People have been unobtrusively getting on with sailing in many places during the pandemic, determinedly maintaining social distance afloat and ashore, reducing their interaction with outsiders to such a minimum it's almost non-existent, and doing it all thoughtfully, with properly-located…
The position at 2100. See live tracker below
Female Two-handed Round Ireland Record Day Four 2100hrs: The situation became transformed. It was like the clicking of a switch. Or so it seemed to those on the edge of their seats ashore, as they watched on screen as the Figaro…

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