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The MacLean brothers practice for the Talisker Whisky Atlantic Challenge in Tobermory
Three brothers from Scotland have set a trifecta of world records after rowing across the Atlantic Ocean in just over a month. According to BBC News, Jamie, Ewan and Lachlan MacLean are the first three brothers to row any ocean,…
Hope For Royal Couple To Mark Cork Club’s Tricentenary On Proposed Visit
Royal-watchers will be hoping the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge pay a visit to the Royal Cork Yacht Club during its 300th anniversary celebrations when the royal couple come to Ireland within the next three months. As EchoLive.ie reports, William…
Great Blasket Island off Co Kerry is a popular tourist destination in the summer months
A whopping 23,000 applications have been received for two unique summer jobs on Great Blasket Island, as RTÉ News reports. Afloat.ie previously noted the huge response to the vacancies on the usually uninhabited Co Kerry island — for two people,…
One of the Dublin Dock Workers’ Preservation Society’s archive of nearly 7,000 images
Dublin Port has stepped in to save the extensive photographic images collection of the Dublin Dock Workers' Preservation Society, writes Tom MacSweeney. Afloat.ie reported the situation last week when the internet service holding the images, which are made available for…
RYANI’s Young Sailor of the Year Ethan McCormac with his mum Lisa
Over 150 guests at the RYANI Annual Awards ceremony in Queen’s University Belfast’s prestigious Riddel Hall last Friday (17 January) saw many sailors, instructors, volunteers and coaches receive well-deserved praise for a job well done in 2019, writes Betty Armstrong.…
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The UK Sailmakers stand at boot Düsseldorf 2020
UK Sailmakers Ireland are looking forward to seeing current and prospective customers at boot Düsseldorf this week. If you want to see what the latest sail technology in Ireland, be sure to drop by UK Sailmakers on stand D 10 in…
The Lady Gregory restaurent which AFLOAT adds is on board Irish Ferries W.B. Yeats
The tourism industry in Ireland has said it can deliver growth of 65% if the incoming government restores the 9% Vat rate. The Irish Tourism Industry Confederation published its election manifesto today and said Brexit, weakened demand and increased costs…
The current planned location of BigStyle’s new SUP hub at the Coal Harbour. Below, artist’s impression of the space
Irish watersport school BigStyle has announced the development of a new hub for stand-up paddleboarding at Dun Laoghaire’s Coal Harbour. The news comes just months after the business, which has expanded as far afield as East Africa, mooted plans for…
The new Pulse59 from RS in Hall 15 at boot Düsseldorf
The ‘game changer’ Pulse58 was officially launched at boot Düsseldorf yesterday (Sunday 19 January), and RS joint chief executives Alex Newton Southon and Jon Partridge spoke passionately about the vision for this project and what they have planned for the…
The RIB being towed to the safety of Carrickfergus by Larne RNLI’s all-weather lifeboat
Larne RNLI launched at 3.50pm on Saturday (18 January) to assist a RIB which had lost engine power half a mile south of Muck Island. The volunteer crew were requested to launch by Belfast Coastguard to the nine-metre RIB with…
The First 40 La Response will race in Dublin Bay next month
The new Dublin Bay arrival 'La Response', a First 40, is an early entry into next month's Dublin Bay Sailing Club six-race 'Spring Chicken' Series. As Afloat previously reported, the annual series will be held on Sunday mornings from February 2nd…
Annalise Murphy is relishing the windy conditions in Melbourne
Annalise Murphy's heavy air prowess is to the fore at Sail Melbourne this week where the Rio Olympic silver medalist is enjoying her second regatta since her return to the Radial for a Tokyo 2020 bid. The National Yacht Club's…
The Beneteau Oceanis 30.1 - European Yacht of the Year (Family Cruiser category)
Simply being nominated as the “European Yacht of the Year” or “European Powerboat of the Year” is a special recognition of a boatbuilder’s achievements. At Flagship Night, the maritime industry event organised by publishing house Delius Klasing Verlag and the…
Strangford Lough and its islands
Giffiths Valuation of Ireland tells us that in the middle of the nineteenth century the sole occupant of Trasnagh Island in Strangford Lough was a John Patton writes Betty Armstrong Now the County Down Spectator reports that for the first…
Aidan Foley (right) on the Beneteau stand at Boot Dusseldorf
A game-changing experience for everyone on board, built on the world’s best marine guidance platform is the promise of ‘BoatingOS’, an initiative by an Irish marine technology company led by County Waterford powerboater Aidan Foley that has signed Beneteau as…
Dun Laoghaire's East Pier
Dun Laoghaire Harbour Master Simon Coate has issued the first notice to Mariners of 2020 for the Dublin Bay harbour as a reminder which notices remain in force. No. 7 (2010) - Discontinuation of Fog Signal No. 6 (2013) - Disestablishment of…
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Special February Deals On Courses With The Irish National Sailing & Powerboat School
The Irish National Sailing & Powerboat School in Dun Laoghaire is running a number of special offers for its February courses — but act fast as places are limited. The week-long Competent Crew or Day Skipper programme runs from Monday…
The National Yacht Club in Dun Laoghaire Harbour
The first of 2020’s wine suppers, held on Wednesday 15 January, kicked off the National Yacht Club’s 150th anniversary celebrations. This follows the launching at Christmas of the splendid Sesquicentennial Anniversary gin and wines, which have been hugely popular with…
Amy Armstrong and James Corbett at the RYANI Award ceremony
Fundraisers at County Antrim Yacht Club won the Young Volunteer of the Year at the RYA Northern Ireland Awards last night in the Queen’s University’s Riddel Hall writes Betty Armstrong. The century-old CAYC, which lies on the north shore of…
Playing on beer barrels in the Dublin Docks
Good news from the Dublin Dock Workers' Preservation Society in their attempts to save their 6,000 historical photographs collection. The problem was reported earlier this week on Afloat. Declan Byrne of the Society says: "We have been overwhelmed by the…
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