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Ballyholme Yacht Club dinghy park in the late 1950s
Eric and Barbara Mayne had been active sailing and committee members of Ballyholme Yacht Club for many years. Eric had been a past Hon Secretary and Commodore and Barbara held many and various positions on Committees. They undertook the mammoth…
Kevin Byrne's Starlet was the winner of Tuesday's Thursdays and Saturday's IRC
Lindsay Casey's Royal St. George Yacht Club J97 Windjammer that has performed on both inshore and offshore circuits this season was the winner of the best yacht on handicap and has lifted Dublin Bay Sailing Club's premier Waterhouse Shield award. The overall results…
Tim and Richard Goodbody's J109 White Mischief was the Thursday IRC winner in DBSC Cruisers One division
The Royal Irish Yacht Club (RIYC) took the lion’s share of IRC prizes at the recent Dublin Bay Sailing Club (DBSC) prizegiving for the 2020 AIB sponsored season with wins in Cruisers Zero, One divisions and two of the club's…
File image of Strangford Sailing Club in Strangford, Co Down
Strangford Sailing Club has been named among the finalists for RYA and Yachts & Yachting Club of the Year 2021. Ten clubs across the UK have been selected by the RYA Awards Panel, with online voting now open. The Co…
Farmer Fined €8,000 in Prosecution Over Slurry Discharge in Cork River Catchment
A Co Cork dairy farmer has been fined €8,000 at Midleton District Court following a prosecution taken by Inland Fisheries Ireland (IFI). On Thursday 12 November, Brian Duncan pleaded guilty before Judge Patricia Harney to polluting the Douglas River at…
Irish Sailing's Regional Development Officer, Gail MacAllister.
The pandemic could provide an opportunity for sailing. That is an interesting view and comes from Irish Sailing's Regional Development Officer, Gail MacAllister.  "There is such a massive interest in being outdoors because of the imposition of the Covid restrictions,…
Boatyard Operative Required By MGM Boats, Dun Laoghaire Harbour
MGM Boats Ltd is looking for a Boatyard Operative to join their award-winning boatyard team in Dun Laoghaire Harbour, Co. Dublin. Experience in boatyard operations, hull polishing, valeting, antifouling etc preferred. Apply in confidence by sending CV to: Paul Gavin,…
Local graduates from the Aquabusiness course in Wexford Campus celebrated receiving their diploma having gathered in Kilmore Quay (as pictured above). The harbour also includes a marina on the south-east coast.
Graduates from Wexford Campus' Aquabusiness course have celebrated the completion of their studies. As the Wexford People highlighted, this is the only course of its kind in the country, as the Higher Diploma in Business in Aquabusiness is now in…
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…

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