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Phil Sharp's OceansLab in record breaking mode
Subject to ratification by the World Sailing Speed Record Council, Phil Sharp has set a new record for single-handed monohull up to 40 foot for the Around Isle of Wight aboard Class 40 race boat OceansLab. At 08:24 UTC yesterday…
Enter the Afloat.ie online Crossword competition below to be in with a chance to win a pair of Dubarry deck shoes in this free to enter competition
Afloat.ie in association with Dubarry brings you a bi-monthly nautical crossword competition (No. 182). 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…
Cruising in the Netherlands
Newly updated 2020 editions of the UK Cruising Association’s three main inland waterways cruising guides for France, Belgium, the Netherlands and Germany have been published by the CA’s European Inland Waterways Section (EIWS) in time for the Christmas season. All…
Swords Sailing & Boating club Vice Commodore Patrick Wodhams presents a cheque to Steven Harris of Howth RNLI
Swords Sailing & Boating Club Vice Commodore Patrick Wodhams handed over a club burgee and a cheque for €710 to Howth RNLI on behalf of funds raised by club members today to the RNLI in Howth in County Dublin. The…
Royal Ulster Yacht Club Goblet - Could Afloat Readers Solve This Australian Mystery?
Recently Royal Ulster Yacht Club was contacted by a Mr Andre Jaku of Melbourne, Australia about a goblet he had bought from Leonard Joel’s Auction house in the city.  It was listed as silver and was engraved with the words: …
Michael Murphy's Shelly D sailing in Cork Harbour
I attended the SCORA annual meeting this week. I was seeking a particular answer about boats. The attendance at the meeting was the biggest in some years, a tribute to the work which the South Coast Offshore Racing Association’s Commodore…
Dun Laoghaire Coastguard Chosen For Drone Operations On East Coast
The Irish Coast Guard’s Dun Laoghaire unit has been chosen to pilot drone operations covering the East sector. Training is set to commence early in the new year using DroneSAR, a software platform developed by a Donegal-based team to employ…
Book Launch For Story Of Baltimore’s Lifeboat Next Saturday
RTÉ’s Fergal Keane will be at Baltimore Sailing Club next Saturday 7 December for the launch of a new book celebrating 100 years of the West Cork village’s RNLI lifeboat service. Baltimore Lifeboat: A Community Story by Éamon Lankford is…
Women at the Helm with Irish Sailing this past August
Irish Sailing has announced its new ‘Take the Helm’ programme for female sailors aged 16+ which is supported by Sport Ireland’s Women in Sport Programme, the campaign to increase female participation and progression in sport. Take the Helm will provide…
Five of the UCD 1969 Eights Champions of Ireland: Paul McElwee, Niall Sheehy, Rodney Mearns, John Riney and Frank Durkin.
The UCD Boat Club Annual Dinner was a celebratory end to an outstanding year for the rowing club. The victory of the men’s senior eight at the Irish Championships was marked with a special presentation - the club had also…
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The RS Aero dinghy in Dun Laoghaire
“Momentum behind this innovative and exhilarating dinghy is building in Ireland, and opportunities to engage a wide range of dinghy sailors cannot be overlooked”. Irish RS dealer Kenneth Rumball, is sure in his assessment of what the RS Aero can…
The modern Dragon class racing the 2019 Grand Prix at Cannes – an extraordinary transformation for a boat designed 90 years ago to be a weekend cruiser and club racer in the Swedish islands around Gothenburg.
The International Dragon Class and Kinsale seem to have been made for each other. When the Dragon Gold Cup is staged at the glossy south coast port next September, there will undoubtedly be a natural harmony to the event. With…
Autumn Halliday from Killyleagh pictured at Strangford Lough Yacht Club
A young sailor from Killyleagh has been awarded her own boat thanks to a national programme helping young talent progress in the sport. Autumn Halliday (12), who is a junior member of Strangford Lough Yacht Club (SLYC), will have exclusive…
Newbuild leadship of Stena's E-Flexer class, Stena Estrid departs the AVIC Weihai Shipyard, Shandong in China, bound for its new home on the Irish Sea between Ireland and Britain. Manned by a much-reduced crew of 27, with no passengers on board, the ship will undertake a delivery voyage of well over 10,000 miles, taking just over one month and making a number of stops on the way, before finally arriving in Wales from where it will start service in January on the Holyhead to Dublin route. Also above AFLOAT adds is Brittany Ferries chartered-in E-Flexer tonnage (top-left) for UK-Spain service and a pair of Stena E-Flexers.
The newest ferry bound for Irish Sea service, Stena Estrid has departed the AVIC Weihai Shipyard in north-western China and is making its delivery voyage to Wales from where it is to operate on the Holyhead-Dublin route. Stena Estrid is the…
Unloading of containers from a EUCON lo-lo vessel, Elbetrader at the Port of Rotterdam.
Dublin based Irish Continental Group (ICG) has brought its sixth containership. The shipowner and ferry operator, reports Tradewinds, has acquired the 974teu CT Rotterdam (built 2009), for an undisclosed price. Afloat adds that the container vessel was preceeded by another…
Plans to replace ferry Ben-My-Chree with new tonnage. The existing ropax operates the main Manx-UK route: Douglas-Heysham
The Isle of Man Steam Packet Company wants public opinion on a new ship.  The ferry operator reports Manx Radio, wants to know your thoughts, as it prepares for 'major investment in its fleet'. The company has plans to replace…
Some of the prizewinners at last night's presentation at RCYC by SCORA Commodore Johanna Murphy (centre). Scroll down for prizegiving gallery
The 19th AGM of SCORA, the south coast racing association, was held on Tuesday at the Royal Cork Yacht Club Crossshaven writes Bob Bateman The well-attended meeting included representatives of all the Cork harbour clubs in addition to Kinsale, Waterford and…
Irish 49ers practice in New Zealand
Two Irish 49er crews aiming to qualify Ireland for the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games face a stern test when the 49er World Championship series gets underway next week (evening of Monday 2nd December 2019 Irish time). Four nation places for next…
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The Grand Soleil 42 Long Cruise powering upwind
Mark Mansfield, newly appointed Irish agent for Grand Soleil yachts and J Boats, is sharing the announcement that the Grand Soleil 42 Long Cruise has been shortlisted in the Luxury Cruiser category for the 2020 European Yacht of the Year…
Irish Sailing President Jack Roy (left) raises the IS Training Centre flag at KIlrush Marina watched by Training Centre Principal and Marina Manager Simon McGibney
Irish Sailing President Jack Roy officially opened the Kilrush Marina Training Centre on the Shannon Estuary in County Clare last Sunday. “This is another great addition to the Clare region and an addition to the services provided at Kilrush Marina”,…

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