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File image of the RV Celtic Explorer, one of the Marine Institute’s two active research vessels
The first and second legs of this year’s Irish Anglerfish and Megrim Survey (IAMS 2022) will be carried out from Saturday 11 February to Tuesday 7 March. Surveys will be conducted to the West, Southwest and South Coasts of Ireland…
Enter the online Crossword competition below to be in with a chance to win a pair of Dubarry deck shoes in this free to enter competition in association with Dubarry brings you a bi-monthly nautical crossword competition (No. 201). Win a pair of Dubarry Commodore X LT or Sailmaker X LT deck shoes! Complete the crossword below and add your details below and the first…
An initial order of 12 boats has been placed for 12 Melges 15s for Dublin Bay this summer
The Melges 15 dinghy, a new double-handed dinghy taking the US by storm, is due to launch in Europe this summer, with its first European fleet set for Dublin Bay. Leading the class launch is John Sheehy of the Royal Saint…
Leg 2, Day 7: King Neptune visits Biotherm for the first Equator crossing ritual of The Ocean Race 2022-23 on Tuesday 31 January
As January comes to a close, so does one chapter of Leg 2 of The Ocean Race 2022-23. The IMOCA fleet has burst into the southern hemisphere, crossing the equator overnight and escaping the calms of the doldrums. GUYOT environnement…
Caroline Bocquel is the new Chief Executive Officer of Bord Iascaigh Mhara
Caroline Bocquel has been named CEO of Bord Iascaigh Mhara (BIM), Ireland's Seafood Development Agency. Marine Minister McConalogue welcomed the selection of the new CEO and said, "I am delighted to announce that Caroline Bocquel has been named as BIM's…
There will be a ‘Wild West’ entertainment-filled evening at the Blackbird, Ballycotton on Friday 3rd February to support the local RNLI station
The Ballycotton RNLI fundraising calendar 2023 kicks off in style with a ‘Wild West’ entertainment-filled evening at the Blackbird, Ballycotton on Friday 3rd February from 7.30 pm until late. Dust off your cowboy hat and pull on your dancing boots…
South African Kirsten Neuschäfer (39)onboard her Cape George 36, ” MINNEHAHA”
149 days ago, on Sept 4th 2022, 15 men and one woman set out from Les Sables d’Olonne. Their dreams and aspirations were to circumnavigate solo in the extreme Golden Globe Race. In 1968, nine set out on the first…
Howth's Ewan McMahon in the ILCA 7 is signed up for competition at the Olympic classes Trofeo Princesa Sofia Mallorca in March
More than 560 crews from 54 countries have already pre-registered for the 52 Trofeo Princesa Sofia Mallorca. In the history of Mallorca's classic Olympic class regatta, this is already an unprecedented level of interest in the showcase regatta, which runs…
CSO statistics showed that Dublin Port accounted for 62% of all vessel arrivals in the third quarter of 2022. Above the 804TEU capacity containership Mirror makes an arrival.
In the third quarter of last year, Irish Ports handled tonnes of goods which increased by 4% compared with the same period the year before, according to Central Statistics Office (CSO) data. Of the seven main ports, some 3,202 vessels arrived, however…
British windsurfer Sam Sills scooped a silver medal in a thrilling finale to the first Olympic class regatta of 2023
British windsurfer Sam Sills scooped a silver medal in a thrilling finale to the first Olympic class regatta of 2023. Sills, 29, from Launceston in Cornwall, dominated the opening round of the iQFOiL Games in Lanzarote but had to settle…
Crews pictured at a previous Ocean to City event on the River Lee. Organised by Meitheal Mara, youth races included over 50 young people in 22 traditional currachs
Cork Harbour's Ocean to City race is taking entries from February 15th for its 19th annual event on June 3rd. Over 500 people participated in last year’s event, which returned after a two-year break due to Covid-19. The all-inclusive rowing…
Norwegian adventurer and oncology nurse Astrid Furholt became the first woman to ski to the South Pole in Roald Amundsen’s tracks
It took her just over sixty days, covering more than 800 miles on skis while pulling a 350-pound sledge. Five years ago, in January 2018, Norwegian adventurer and oncology nurse Astrid Furholt became the first woman to ski to the…
Swimmers embark at 2017 swim event at Dunmore East, Dunmore East RNLI Shannon Class Lifeboat ‘William & Agnes Wray”
This year will see the welcome return of the annual Dunmore East RNLI Open Water Swim in County Waterford, which will take place on Sunday, 28th May 2023. Hundreds of swimmers will be taking to the water starting from the…
River Liffey All in a Row organiser Dave Kelly with the IUSRU at the prizegiving at the Poolbeg Yacht and Boat Club
The All In A Row Liffey Challenge was held in early December on the capital’s River Liffey with the challenge for the rowers to smash a 1,000km target in eight hours. Fifty skiffs, kayaks, canoes, dragon boats and currachs were…
Trainee of the Year Marissa O’Sullivan-Irwin receiving the award from Lord Mayor of Dublin Caroline Conroy and Sail Training Ireland Chairman, Seamus McLoughlin
Trainees who made outstanding contributions to the Tall Ships voyages organised in 2022 by the charity Sail Training Ireland were recognised at the Annual Awards Ceremony at the Mansion House, courtesy of Lord Mayor Caroline Conroy (on Saturday, 28th January…
Artist’s impression of the Athy Distributor Road bridge being constructed over the Barrow Navigation
Waterways Ireland advises all masters of vessels and waterways users on the Barrow Navigation that the construction of the Athy Distributor Road Bridge has progressed to stage three with the bridge deck installation. Resulting from this, new navigation and pedestrian…
Dinghies compete in a strong wind edition of the Viking Marine DMYC Dinghy Frostbites in Dun Laoghaire Harbour on January 29th
With “Frostbites Director” Neil Colin off on a sporting holiday, the decision on whether to race yesterday fell squarely on the shoulders of the day’s Race Officer, Cormac Bradley, and while I had been monitoring the weather as early as…
Team Holcim-PRB making their way through the doldrums on Sunday 29 January
It’s been a difficult 24 hours for The Ocean Race fleet as the five IMOCA teams become fully engulfed in the Intertropical Convergence Zone, better known as the doldrums. The light, fickle winds, random storm cells and clouds that bring…
Let's hear it for Wexford! Despite a gear failure in one race, Ronan Wallace of Wexford continues to be a star in the Howth Frostbite
Whatever about weather extremes being experienced elsewhere in the world, Howth is apparently in its own little magic microclimate. January has served up four Sunday mornings on the trot with good racing for the MG Motor "Sailing Club of the…
Ports of Milford Haven (above) and Port Talbot in south Wales say campaigners if given 'freeport' status could generate billions in investment and jobs
The granting of a freeport status to two ports in Wales would generate billions of pounds say campaign backers. Among the three bidders is Celtic Freeport which hopes to see the south Wales ports of Milford Haven and Port Talbot…

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