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Registration Now Open For Online ICRA Conference & AGM
ICRA has published the agenda and registration details for its 2021 Conference and AGM taking place over Zoom on Saturday 6 March. As previously reported on, RTÉ and Met Éireann’s Evelyn Cusack will head an exciting and interesting line-up…
Phocea Ex-Club Med, the legendary 75m racing yacht built for Alain Colas and the 1976 Single-handed Trans-Atlantic Race burns in Langkawi Harbour
The 75.13-metre sailing yacht known as Enigma and Phocea caught fire yesterday off an island near Langkawi, Malaysia as Superyacht Times reports. While at anchor less than one nautical mile northeast of Pulau Singa Kecil (Lion Island), the 530 GT…
Shannon Navigation Closure at Tarmonbarry for Lock Gate Repairs
Waterways Ireland advises that emergency repair works to the lock gates at Tarmonbarry on the Shannon Navigation will take place from Monday 8 March to Wednesday 28 April. Passage through Tarmonbarry Lock in Co Roscommon will not be possible during…
Sligo’s Mirror Worlds Postponed Over Travel Restrictions
This year’s Mirror World Championships in Sligo Yacht Club have been postponed due to the ongoing travel restrictions around the pandemic. “The backdrop of COVID-19 presented so many challenges in terms of the organising and logistics for such a large…
An illustration of some of the human activities which take place in the marine environment and the potential pressures which result from them and taken from a report by the Marine Protected Area Advisory Group for the Department of Housing, Local Government and Heritage published in October 2020
Ireland’s push to develop offshore renewable energy doesn’t have to be at the expense of sensitive marine habitats, a Government advisor has said. As reports today, existing provisions “should be used” to protect vulnerable habitats and species pending legislation…
Yachts race downwind during the 2019 edition of Antigua Sailing Week
The 2021 edition of Antigua Sailing Week (ASW), including the Round Antigua Race, scheduled for April 24 – 30 has been due to COVID-19. The timing of this decision for the cancellation was taken after in-depth consideration of the obligations…
Melges IC37 sailing
Solent yachtsman and Rear Commodore of the Royal Yacht Squadron, Bertie Bicket has announced that his latest Fargo is to be a new Melges IC37. Currently under construction at Fibre Mechanics in Lymington, she is due to be delivered in…
Sailing on the Olympic Race course in Japan
World Sailing’s preparations for the rescheduled Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games are firmly on track following discussions with the International Olympic Committee (IOC), the Tokyo 2020 Organising Committee and the Summer Olympic International Federations to ensure the Games proceed in a…
Operator, Brittany Ferries postpones the seasonal Cork-Roscoff flagship route due to current Covid-19 travel restrictions, however they hope to resume services in May. Above the custom built Pont-Aven which Afloat adds has been on the Ireland-France route since introduction in 2004.
Brittany Ferries has announced that due to the current Covid-19 travel restrictions, its flagship passenger route out of Cork Harbour to Roscoff,France will not now resume at the end of March. The operator which in 1978 began the route, will…
Race 5 and 6 will be held on Saturday and two races a day will follow until one competitor gets to 7 points wining the PRADA Cup
After a tense few days, crossed swords and hasty press conferences, racing will resume in the Prada Cup Final on, Saturday 20 February. Race 5 will see Luna Rossa Prada Pirelli facing Ineos Team UK, the race will start from…
Ten Irish entries are among the record 400 registrations for the race around Ireland's Fastnet Rock in August
Bow to bow, they stretch five kilometres – that's how the Rolex Fastnet yacht race organisers have welcomed the record entry for this summer’s race, which will have a new finish in Cherbourg, France. Some ten Irish entries are among…
A matter of profound public concern – Dun Laoghaire Harbour
The Save our Seafront group in Dun Laoghaire have been monitoring recent developments regarding the future of the harbour, and today issued the following statement and invitation: "The Council has hired consultants to produce plans for the future of Dún…
Cowes Week Organisers Hopeful for 2021 — But It Will Be a Smaller Affair
A more subdued Cowes Week is on the cards for 2021, without the usual Red Arrows flypast and fireworks display. But as the Isle of Wight County Press reports, efforts are being made to encourage a community event to breathe…
Blue Entrepreneurship Programme Aims to Foster Innovative Marine-Related Business Ideas
A new Blue Entrepreneurship Programme aims to foster innovative business ideas in the Blue Economy sector across the European Union’s Atlantic member states, including Ireland, France and Spain. Thirty applicants with business ideas related to the marine environment will be…
Murlough Beach Co Down
The first shout of 2021 for the Newcastle RNLI Inshore Lifeboat was a call out from Belfast Coastguard just before 3 pm today to reports of two teenage girls cut off by the tide on Murlough Beach.The beach is a…
National Schools Competition Once Again Fishing for Young Poets
Primary school pupils across Ireland are once again being asked to get poetic as the Something Fishy poetry competition returns for 2021. Started last year by Inland Fisheries Ireland and the Blackrock Education Centre to keep pupils engaged while out…
Brittany Ferries CEO Christophe Mathieu
Brittany Ferries has called for a “re-think on travel corridors” between the UK and mainland Europe as figures suggest a high take-up of COVID vaccines by the lucrative summer months. As reported by Marine Industry News this week, the chief…
Outgoing SCORA Commodore, Johanna Murphy
"Offshore racing and club inclusion" will be the main themes for South Coast Offshore Racing Association (SCORA) in the year ahead according to the Commodore of SCORA prior to its annual general meeting which will be held this Thursday night.…
Pat Lawless’s Saltram Saga is a proven ocean voyager
Bring your own cup of tea, biscuits, glass of something stronger…. plan to sit back, unwind and enjoy watching and listening to the adventurous Pat Lawless as he tells Killaloe Sailing Club and everyone else the story tonight (Wednesday) at…
"We expect to be heading to 150 cruise liner visits per year in the late 2020s when the two Cobh terminals are open," said Port of Cork chairman, John Mullins. Above AFLOAT adds is Cobh where a Celebrity Cruises 'Solstice' classship is seen from a Maersk containership 'banana boat' that departed from nearby Ringaskiddy, where the Deepwater Berth, the PoC plan to use less for large cruiseships due to increased freight demand. This will concentrate cruise operations already existing at Cobh and a add a new 'interim' mini-cruise berth upriver at Marino Point.
A second cruise ship terminal the Port of Cork hopes to be operational in Cobh by the end of the decade which will see up to 150 such ships visiting the town every year. In the interim it's planned to…

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