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Unlucky 13th - the 2021 edition of the RORC Caribbean has been scrubbed
Competitors will have to wait until 21 February 2022 to take part in the Caribbean's only offshore race - the RORC Caribbean 600 - after the RORC announced the cancellation of the 13th edition due to the pandemic After much…
Hang Ten - Junior Optimist sailors catch a wave in California
They say that a good junior sail training programme will gradually introduce the young people to an increasingly demanding range of experiences afloat. But we doubt if the instructors in Santa Cruz in California at the weekend had had something…
The Marine Institute Headquarters, at Rinville in Galway
The Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine invites applications from suitably qualified candidates to fill four vacancies on the board of the Marine Institute. Candidates must have demonstrable experience relevant to the work of the Institute in one or…
The Dublin Bay 21 Naneen on her first sail after restoration, slipping effortlessly along on the Shannon Estuary off Kilrush
The continuing restoration of the Dublin Bay 21 class of 1902, in the longterm project guided by Hal Sisk and Fionan de Barra of Dun Laoghaire, has seen the work of Master Shipwright Stephen Morris of Kilrush and his team…
Defenders Team New Zealand nosedived and capsized in an unforced error shortly after gybing
Whether it be for the Challengers or the Defender, the speed at which the whole America's Cup fleet is developing has already taken even the experts by surprise. During the break between the PRADA America's Cup World Series Auckland and…
Charlie Dalin (Apivia) has taken the lead again
(Day 66, 250 miles east of Rio) After 65 days racing and over 23,000 nautical miles sailed on the course, the Vendée Globe in effect restarted off Rio de Janeiro, Brazil today with the five top boats regrouping within 26…
Inland Fisheries Ireland officers photographed a “working site” with evidence of gravel removed from the Gaddagh River
A farmer from Beaufort in Co Kerry was convicted and fined €3,300 plus costs following a prosecution taken by Inland Fisheries Ireland (IFI). In a hearing at Caherciveen District Court on Thursday 10 December, Judge David Waters convicted Raymond Breen…
File image of the Royal Canal at Ashtown
Waterways Ireland advises towpath users that site investigation works have commenced on the Royal Canal towpath between Phibsborough and Ashtown and will continue until March 2021. Dublin City Council have classified these as part of critical infrastructure works so they…
A massive fleet make their way out of the Solent in the 2019 Rolex Fastnet Race
Like tickets to Glastonbury, registration opened on the dot of 1000 UTC today for this summer’s Rolex Fastnet Race and speedily sold out. Within an hour an unprecedented 400 boats had entered the Royal Ocean Racing Club’s flagship event, which…
Seven men died when their dredger, the Solway Harvester, was caught in a storm off the Scottish coast on January 11th, 2000.
Fishing communities on both sides of the Irish Sea have marked the 20th anniversary of the sinking of a scallop dredger with the loss of seven lives off the Isle of Man. The Celtic League non-governmental organisation has also marked…
Arriving from China is a heavy-lift vessel at the Port of Liverpool from where Peel Ports welcomed last week additional port crane infrastructure as part of the next phase of growth at Liverpool2, the port’s deep-water container terminal.
Across the Irish Sea at the Port of Liverpool, the owners Peel Ports Group have welcomed an additional five cantilever rail-mounted gantry (CRMG) container shipping cranes that arrived at the UK port from China. The delivery which was completed last…
John McKenna with his RNLI long service medal
Howth Lifeboat Station Community Safety Officer John McKenna has been awarded a long service medal by the RNLI. In 2020, McKenna (73) reached a milestone: 21 years of volunteering for the RNLI and saving lives at sea.  He has been…
Peter Bullick with his long service medal
Peter Bullick is well known in sailing circles in Northern Ireland and has long been a familiar face associated with volunteering for the RNLI. He enjoys cruising to the west coast of Scotland and has ventured as far as St…
Imports still delayed despite Revenue’s relaxation of customs rule to get goods moving (to supermarkets where there have been empty shelves). Above in this file scene of a Stena 'Superfast' ferry from Cairnryan, Scotland at Belfast Harbour. Note the partially open shell doors at the bow of the ferry.
Ferry lorry drivers are bringing imports into the State from Britain through Northern Ireland to avoid the Brexit customs and regulatory procedures at Dublin Port that have delayed shipments. Businesses moving goods from Britain have struggled to complete the necessary…
A seafarer welfare app ‘Crew Matters’ has gone live to around 10,000 seafarers working on more than 400 vessels under the Isle of Man flag. This is a first such app developed by a flag state and its launch is notably timely as thousands of seafarers began the New Year separated from their families, with 400,000 currently working beyond their contracts, according to the International Maritime Organization (IMO).
The Isle of Man Ship Registry has formally launched the first ever seafarer welfare app designed by a flag state as Afloat previously reported. Director of the Isle of Man Ship Registry Cameron Mitchell said the app, named ‘Crew Matters’,…
Ryan Seaton and Seafra Guilfoyle start a 49er race at the 2020 European Championships in Austria
As Ireland's two 49er campaigns prepare for their last chance to win an Olympic berth in Tokyo, details of the final major championship of the 2020 Quadrennial have been announced in Greece. After four years of campaigning, minds have been…
Getting on a head of steam. Rockabill Vi (Paul O’Higgins, RIYC) starting to find the strengthening fair wind in the early stages of the 2019 Volvo Dun Laoghaire to Dingle Race. Already the defending champion after winning in 2017, she held on to her title in Dingle, and was also ISORA Champion and ICRA “Boat of the Year”, while her owner-skipper became 2019 Sailor of the Year
It’s only a week since the listings opened for the National YC’s 2021 Volvo Dun Laoghaire to Dingle Race scheduled for June 9th, and already 15 definite entries have arrived in with such speed that the organising committee - under…
File image of boats racing on the Solent, between Britain’s south coast and the Isle of Wight
An Irish-born sailor died after sustaining a “traumatic brain injury” while sailing around the Solent late last year, as Southampton’s Daily Echo reports. An inquest opening heard that Paul Kavanagh (63) was hospitalised on Friday 4 December after it was…
Thomas Ruyant on LinkedOut lies fourth overall, just 79.03 nm from the leader
All bets are off. Normally by the 64th day of recent editions of the Vendée Globe, the solo non-stop race round the world has been distilled down to a choice of two or at the outside three potential winners. But…
Kinsale Yacht Club’s Online Day Skipper Course Returns This Month
The coronavirus pandemic forced a sudden change of plans for Kinsale Yacht Club’s day skipper course last March. But after jumping in at the deep end and working out on the fly how to adapt the usual on-the-water lessons to…
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