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MacDara Conroy

MacDara Conroy

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MacDara Conroy is a contributor covering all things on the water, from boating and wildlife to science and business

Beneteau wants to use the concept Neoliner to transport yachts across the Atlantic to its key North American market
Groupe Beneteau has confirmed its interest in a project that’s developing a revolutionary method of wind-powered cargo shipping. The French maker of top-range sailing yachts said the NEOLINE project was “a natural choice” for transporting its exports from Europe to…
‘Marathon Man’ To Take On 500km Charity Swimming Challenge From Causeway Coast To Tramore
This summer, Waterford’s ‘marathon man’ will attempt a 500km open water swimming challenge from the Causeway Coast to Tramore to raise funds for stroke and cancer support. Alan Corcoran made headlines in 2012 when be became the first man to run…
Birds surround the sperm whale carcass spotted in the Atlantic some 100km west of Galway Bay on Monday
#MarineWildlife - The remains of two sperm whales have been spotted around Ireland in recent days. The first was sighted in the Atlantic Ocean some 100km west of the Aran Islands on Monday (25 March) by an Air Corps airman.…
Brendan Foley’s Running Wild is in the running for the Enriquetta Cup for significant keelboat performance
The Royal St George Yacht Club has revealed the nominees for its Annual Sailing Awards, otherwise known as the RStGYC Oscars. Chris Power Smith’s J/122 Aurelia is guaranteed a share in the Commodore’s Cup for best offshore performance as the…
Wendy Tuck pictured in Derry last July just days before her victory was confirmed in Liverpool
Clipper Race founder Sir Robin Knox-Johnston has described as “unfortunate” the lack of a female skipper in the upcoming 2019-20 edition of the round-the-world yacht race. But he also expressed his hope that the gender imbalance will be corrected in…
Kezenoy-am, which lies mostly in Chechnya, is also the deepest lake in the Caucasus Mountains
A unique regatta is encouraging crews to swap the delights of Dublin Bay and other sea-level sailing grounds for the heights of the Caucasus. The Kezenoy-am Cup is hosted by the Sailing Federation of the Chechen Republic at the highest…
Sea lettuce is a common sight on Irish shorelines
Nitrates and phosphates from intensified agriculture are a significant cause of so-called green and red tides in West Cork, according to a new report. Dr Liam Morrison, one of the researchers behind the NUI Galway study, tells the Southern Star…
Sailing at the Harken 29er Grand Prix in Torbay this past weekend
Rian Geraghty-McDonnell and Nathan Van Steenberge were first juniors and sixth overall in the Harken 29er Grand Prix at Royal Torbay Yacht Club this weekend, as Yachts & Yachting reports. Winds and rain on the Saturday gave way to Champagne…
Artemis Technologies CEO Iain Percy OBE with the firm’s head of innovation Mark Gillan in Belfast last October
Artemis Technologies’ Belfast-based bid for a carbon-free yacht-building project is in line for major seed funding, according to Sail World. As previously reported on Afloat.ie, the company spun off from America’s Cup team Artemis Racing and led by double Olympic…
The MV Viking Sky pictured in Sète, France last December
Nearly 400 people have been airlifted from a cruise liner adrift off the coast of Norway, as RTÉ News reports. More than 1,300 passengers and crew were on board the luxury liner Viking Sky yesterday (Saturday 23 March) when it…
Joan Mulloy will be racing from the Bay of Biscay next week without a title sponsor
Joan Mulloy’s 2019 Figaro bid gets a step closer to reality as the first race of the season, the Sardinha Cup, comes in just a few days’ time. Mulloy, who made her debut in the Figaro last year, has been juggling training…
Gregor McGuckin with his yacht Hanley Energy Endurance in Dun Laoghaire, months before drama unfolded in the Souther Ocean
#HYC - Gregor McGuckin will be bringing his lecture on his experiences in the golden jubilee Golden Globe race to Howth Yacht Club this coming Thursday 28 March. Last month McGuckin talked Poolbeg Yacht & Boat Club members through the…
Clipper Race Skippers Revealed As Preparations For 2019-20 Edition Ramp Up
#ClipperRace - Organisers of the Clipper Race have announced the 11 skippers who will lead teams in the 2019-20 edition of the round-the-world race from this August. “Not many people are capable of racing and leading a team in the…
Marine Minister Michael Creed
#Fishing - Following a meeting yesterday (Thursday 21 March) with Irish fishing industry leaders from fish producer, processor and inshore organisations, Marine Minister Michael Creed said he will proceed with new legislation to restore the Voisinage Arrangement for reciprocal inshore…
Coypu are known for their large size compared to other river rodents
Waterways Ireland advises all users of sightings on the Royal Canal at Ashtown of a large invasive rodent species that is highly damaging to river, lake and canal banks. As previously reported on Afloat.ie, the coypu — also known as the…
Ireland’s Eye off Howth lies just south of the proposed wastewater outfall pipeline
Planners are from today set to review proposals for a controversial €500 million wastewater treatment scheme in North Dublin, as The Irish Times reports. Clonshaugh near Dublin Airport was chosen in June 2013 as the site for the sewage ‘super plant’…
 A Seabird Half Rater at Trearddur Bay in North Wales
#VDLR - Trearddur Bay Sailing Club brings its centenary year celebrations to Dublin Bay this summer as a number of its Myth class and Seabird Half Raters will be making the trip across the Irish Sea for the Volvo Dun…
Putting one of the Nekton First Descent mission’s Triton subs to the test off the Seychelles
A leading marine science researcher based in Ireland is part of a pioneering mission to explore the depths of the Indian Ocean, as Silicon Republic reports. Prof Louise Allcock is head of zoology at NUI Galway’s Ryan Institute and has…
Dara Fitzpatrick as pictured in the pages of Afloat in 1994
An Irish Coast Guard captain lost in the Rescue 116 tragedy two years ago would be “would be so proud of the little boy” her young son has become. The sister of Capt Dara Fitzpatrick was speaking on RTÉ Radio…
HM Coastguard’s Coleraine station was ransacked by burglars in Tuesday night
Coleraine Coastguard is back in business after a reported burglary at its station during Storm Gareth on Tuesday night (12 March). Volunteers woke yesterday morning (Wednesday 13 March) to find that their station “had been broken into and ransacked”. The…
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