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Great Start for Kinsale Yacht Club Frostbites
The Custom Rigging Frostbites at Kinsale Yacht Club got off to a great start on a beautiful sunny Sunday with a medium SW breeze rather than the forecasted gale. Race Officer John Stallard assisted by Sue Horgan aboard the lovely…
There looks like there's going to be another season of great racing in the eight boat Irish Half Tonner fleet this season
Dave Cullen on where the growing vintage Irish Half Tonner fleet is racing this year Last year it was decided in Nieuwpoort to revert to a biennial format for the Half Ton Classic Cup so there is no event this…
The J/97 Windjammer
The J97 Windjammer leads the 2019 DBSC Spring Chicken Series after a light air first race sailed last Sunday.  Download results below.  Second in the Citroen South sponsored series is the J109 Dear Prudence followed by the Beneteau 34.7 Black Velvet. Race…
DBSC Race Committee Vessel MacLir
Dublin Bay Sailing Club has issued the Notice of Race for its forthcoming 2019 summer season. First DBSC RacesTuesday: 23rd April: Thursday 25th April: Saturday 27th April Last DBSC RacesTuesday 27th August: Thursday: 29th August: Saturday 28th September Full details…
W.B. Yeats on inaugural day of commercial service (22nd January) at Holyhead Port, north Wales where details of next proposed dockside protest announced by UK transport union, RMT involves an Irish Ferries sailing bound for Dublin this Friday morning from the port on Anglesey.
#ferries - A UK transport union is continuing its programme of objections to ferry and other shipping operators who sail under flags of convenience and skirt around UK employment laws and rates of pay with a protest which will take…
Newbuild FPV Rhodri Morgan arriving at Milford Marina, Pembrokeshire in south Wales
#fishing - The largest fishing port in Wales, at Milford Marina has welcomed the FPV Rhodri Morgan, one of five new fisheries patrol vessels taking to the waters in 2019. The vessel was built by local company Mainstay Marine Solutions,…
Who Will Be Named Irish Sailor Of The Year This Friday?
The wait is nearly over to find out who will be named Afloat Irish Sailor of the Year for 2018 at the star-studded Volvo Irish Sailing Awards in Dublin’s RDS this Friday 8 February. Once again the country’s finest sailors…
The fishing fleet in Howth, which could soon have cleaner surface waters with the proposed installation of two Seabins
#Seabin - Howth will be the latest Irish port to benefit from a revolutionary device designed to clean up harbour and marina waters. Independent.ie reports that local man Rowan Byrne has launched a crowdfunding campaign to pay for the installation…
Michael McCarthy of Cruise Europe and Simon Coveney, Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade at the Cruise Europe summit on Brexit held in Dublin.
#cruiseliners -  A Cruise Europe summit hosted by Dublin Port Company to discuss Brexit by members of the cruise association that promotes destinations in Northern and Atlantic Europe was recently held in the Irish capital. Attending the summit was Simon…
Sanita Puspure with her new Indoor record.
#Rowing: Sanita Puspure and Paul O’Donovan are the Rowers of the Month for January 2019.  The two world champions turned up for action at the Irish Indoor Rowing Championships at the University of Limerick – and both set new records…
Marine Environment Raised By More Than Half Of Submissions On New Planning Framework
More than half of submissions (53%) in the public consultation on the National Marine Planning Framework Baseline Report concerned the marine environment. Ports and shipping (44%), climate change (42%) and nature conservation (41%) were other important topics raised among the…
Marine Institute chief executive Dr Peter Heffernan shakes hands with Hans Ove Holmoey, managing director of Skipsteknisk AS, at the signing of the design contract for Ireland’s latest marine research vessel
#MarineScience - Ship design consultants Skipsteknisk AS of Ålesund, Norway have been awarded the contract to design the new state-of-the-art marine research vessel for Ireland. The new 50m research vessel due in 2022 will replace the RV Celtic Voyager and will…
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The all-new X40 is a forty-foot performance cruising yacht and will be the smallest model in the pure X range
X-Yachts has announced a presentation of the new X40 – the latest addition to the successful Pure X range. In 2016, X-Yachts launched the new pure ‘X’ range which included the X43 and the X65. In 2018, X-Yachts launched two…
Robert and Peter O'Leary in Miami for yesterday's first race
Baltimore Sailing Club and Royal Cork Yacht Club's Robert and Peter O'Leary are lying third overall after the first race of the Star Junior World Championship at Coral Reef Yacht Club in Miami, USA. Beautiful sunshine and light breeze welcomed…
Jean-Luc Van Den Heede
After finishing the non-stop round the world Golden Globe Race in France last week, both Jean-Luc Van Den Heede and Mark Slats are struggling with the transition between their solo sailing world and reality ashore. Jean-Luc was comparing notes with…
Back Row – Ciaran Callan (Director, Drogheda Port Company) Tony Mc Loughlin (Former Owner Brian Boru Sailing Vessel) Nessa Lally (Drogheda Port Company) Paul Fleming (CEO Drogheda Port Company) Seamus Mc Loughlin (Chairman Sail Training Ireland)     Front Row – Sinead O’Byrne (Drogheda Grammar School) Shauna Murphy ( Sacred Heart School Drogheda) Mayor of Drogheda Frank Godfrey.
Last Saturday, (2nd February) Sail Training Ireland held their Annual Awards event at the Mansion House in Dublin. The annual awards, as reported by Afloat.ie here recognise excellence, achievement and outstanding contribution in the sailing community at all levels. The Drogheda…
Yachts at moorings and large trawlers docked in Killybegs. Also berthed in the Co. Donegal port Afloat adds is German cruise operator Phoenix Reisen's Artania
#cruiseliners - Killybegs, Co. Donegal this summer will be visited by 12 cruise ships carrying 11,313 passengers. The season DonegalNow reports will mark a first for the port town in that one of the cruise ships will berth overnight. Barney…
Ron Holland
One time Irish based yacht designer Ron Holland has won a Lifetime Achievement Award at the Superyacht Design Symposium 2019, and Boat International Design and Innovation Awards The competition included a total of 61 nominated yachts with 19 receiving recognition.…
Skis up at the summit of Carrauntoohil before Damian Foxall made his descent down the Shoulder of Corrán
Kerry’s own Volvo Ocean Race winner Damian Foxall has made the news for a very different achievement — descending Ireland’s highest mountain on skis. The veteran round-the-world sailor made an early start on Saturday morning (2 February) for the ski…
Laser racing in Howth
January was very disappointing with Howth Yacht Club racing held on only one weekend out of four during the month. Hopefully, February will be different as yesterday gave us excellent conditions for Laser racing. 19 boats competed in breeze that…

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