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The Sun Odyssey 410 makes its Irish debut Dun Laoghaire
The Sun Odyssey 410 that MGM Boats showcased at Boot Dusseldorf last January is now afloat and berthed at Dun Laoghaire Marina. The Irish debutante is the most current design from French manufacturer Jeanneau and sold out its 2019 production…
Daniel Murphy and Brian Goggin from Kinsale have an early lead at the massive 150-boat Dragon 90th Anniversary Regatta in Sanremo
Ireland's Daniel Murphy and Brian Goggin head Fleet B after the opening two races of the Dragon 90th Anniversary Regatta in Sanremo, Italy. It's the perfect start for the Kinsale entry who are in Italy as part of a nine-boat Irish…
Stena Superfast X docked at the Welsh port which is in the heart of Holyhead which means there is no room to expand to create a holding space for lorries coming through customs.
The UK's second biggest roll-on roll-off ferry port of Holyhead is from where Gwynedd Shipping operate and say they are "absolutely" not ready for a no deal Brexit. Andrew Kinsella, Managing Director of the shipping company speaking on ITV News,…
Marine Minister Michael Creed
In the budget, Marine Minister Michael Creed has made provision for the Department’s Seafood Programme to increase by €5 million, to a total of €137.8 million. The provision, says Creed, will help fund vital investment in our fishery harbours, most…
Lough Erne winners – Gold Fleet Winners Il Riccio and Silver Fleet Winner Yachtzee
JP McCaldin and his Lough Erne Yacht Club crew were victorious at last weekend’s J24 Western Championships hosted by Lough Ree Yacht Club. A 13 strong fleet defied the aftermath of Hurricane Lorenzo to return Lough Ree for a re-run…
Read Mark Mansfield's pick of the top race yachts on the market next season below
Olympian and Sailing Coach Mark Mansfield runs through the options available for an owner looking to buy a new boat for racing in the 30 to 50-foot range and picks his top 15 from the market Having sailed in numerous…
The successful Australian Botin 52 Ichi Ban, a TP 52 variant, has seen Irish sailor Gordon Maguire (seen here on helm) much involved both as sailing master and during the design, build and development stages with owner Matt Allen. Ichi Ban is now on the three-boat short-list for the World Sailing 2019 Goslings Boat of the Year, the winner to be announced on October 29th
Gordon Maguire (58) may now be recognised as Australia’s leading all-round professional offshore/inshore keelboat skipper - his World Sailing Code Number is unmistakably GMA#1 writes W M Nixon. But somewhere in there is the exceptionally talented sailor, son of renowned…
RMS Titanic departing Southampton on April 10, 1912
An experienced Titanic diver, who also has family in Cork, will next week give a talk in the city on his experiences at the arguably the world's most famous shipwreck. Paul Henri Nargeolet has spent more time than anyone else…
Irish Sea ports of Liverpool, Heysham (above) and Sheerness (London Medway) which have received UK Government funding to enhance measures ahead of the expected departure from the EU on 31 October.
The Irish Sea ports of Liverpool and Heysham in addition Sheerness (London Medway) all part of the Peel Ports Group, have received funding to enhance measures they have already taken to improve resilience ahead of the UK’s expected departure from…
Transat AG2R La Mondiale Courts Mixed Crews For 2020 Race
Two decades after the first victory by a mixed duo, the iconic Transat AG2R La Mondiale is making a serious pitch for mixed two-handed crews to take part in next year's outing. Entry will now be free for mixed crews,…
Carrybridge RNLI's inshore lifeboat en route to the stricken vessel near Killyhelvin jetty
Carrybridge RNLI's inshore lifeboat and rescue water craft (RWC) were launched last night (Monday 7 October) after 7pm to a vessel with two people on board which had suffered engine failure around half a mile upstream from the Killyhevlin jetty.…
John Maybury steers Joker II to overall victory at the J109 Irish Championships on Dublin Bay
The J109 Irish Championship saw a competitive fleet on 10 entries come together on 5/6 October in Dublin Bay to race in the aftermath of Hurricane Lorenzo. As Afloat previously reported, the full programme of six races was completed. Saturday…
Scottish Finance Secretary, Derek Mackay has met with new recruits at the re-nationalised Ferguson Marine shipyard on the Clyde
An increase in employment is a pledge at the nationalised Ferguson Marine shipyard which has resulted in 17 new jobs, with a further ten to be recruited, the Scottish Government announced today. The yard, reports The Scotsman, is in the…
The HSA said there were five recorded workplace deaths at ports and docks countrywide since January 2018. Three of these were at Dublin Port (above), one was at Rosslare Ferryport and one at Waterford.
There has been a “blitz”of safety inspections launched at docks around Irish ports in response to concerns about five workplace deaths since the start of last year. As The Irish Times reports, the Health and Safety Authority (HSA) started the…
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Joker II flying her 3DL Main and 3Di RAW Code 2 Jib
"North Sails have been powering "Joker II" since 2007. They just keep getting better and better and I have no doubt their latest 3Di Raw headsails have been a big factor in our success this year in the ICRA's, Volvo Dun…
Brown Trout
If there is one species to survive climate breakdown or transfer to a new planet, it is very likely to be the wild brown trout. Humans may think they have “superpowers”, but the trout (Salmo Trutta) beats us all, according…
Nicole Carroll (Cavan) Women’s Open Wakeboarder
Two wakeboard athletes will be competing for Team Ireland at the inaugural ANOC World Beach Games in Doha, which run from the 12 – 16 October. The ANOC World Beach Games is a multi-sport event featuring all non-Olympic events, with…
Paul O'Higgins' Rockabill VI competing in the 2017 Turkey Shoot Series on Dublin Bay
With the ink drying on last Saturday's final race results of the 2019 Dublin Bay Sailing Club (DBSC) Summer season, the country's biggest yacht racing club has already unveiled its 2019 Winter programme and Turkey Shoot Series. A series of seven races…
In this AFLOAT photo, Irish Ferries new cruiseferry W.B. Yeats is departing Dublin Port and bound for Holyhead earlier this year. The cruiseferry has since completed its first summer season on the Ireland-France service and will spend the winter on the Ireland-Wales route. As NorthWalesLive highlighted, W.B. Yeats will be in place on the Irish Sea for the current October 31 Brexit date when there are concerns over the potential impact at Holyhead.
Cruiseferry W.B. Yeats has returned on the Holyhead to Dublin route, writes NorthWalesLive.  Irish Ferries' €150m vessel - dubbed the "largest and most luxurious ferry" to sail on the Irish Sea - initially arrived at the port at the end…
The always-absorbing world of a traditional sailing ship – students from Cork Life Centre get busy with Ilen Facilitator Chelsea Canavan during the vessel’s recent participation in Cork Mental Health Festival
The 1926-built 56ft Conor O’Brien trading ketch Ilen of Limerick has had an exceptionally busy first season in 2019 in her restored condition as achieved by the Ilen Boat-Building School of Limerick, and Liam Hegarty’s Oldcourt Boatyard in West Cork.…

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