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Hoisting the Captains Clam Diggers (From left to right) Frank Godfrey Mayor of Drogheda, Maureen Ward Manager Drogheda Homeless Aid and Paul Fleming CEO Drogheda Port
The Mayor of Drogheda, Frank Godfrey, yesterday took to the waters of Drogheda Port to take part in the traditional ‘Hoisting the Captains Clam Diggers’ ceremony. The ‘Hoisting the Captains Clam Diggers’ is a tradition dating back centuries, certainly predating…
Fireworks for the Cobh Peoples Regatta
A magnificent firework's display was the centrepiece of the annual Cobh Peoples Regatta 2018 in Cork Harbour at the weekend.  As well as the shoreside festivities, there was racing for keelboats in class one, two, three and four in both…
Rocco Wright of Howth and the National YC has become the new Irish Under 12 Optimist National Champion, racing at Kinsale. He is seen here on his way to victory in the British Open Under 12 title, which he achieved with seven clear wins
The fantastic progress of Howth’s Under 12 Optimist star Rocco Wright continued at the Irish Nationals at Kinsale Yacht Club. But Justin Lucas of Kinsale and Tralee, having led the early stages of the series in the Senior Fleet, had…
Rankin Dinghies racing in Cork Harbour
Last Saturday in Cork Harbour saw the fourth Annual sailing of The Rankin Regatta Race since boat owners got together to form the group in 2014. Twelve sailing Rankins took to the water for the first gun and a hotly…
The Glen Sannox, launched last year on the Clyde, will not now enter service on the Scottish Western Isles services until around July 2019
#FerryNews -  A pair of ferries being built on the Clyde, Scotland for the publicly owned operator CalMac in a £100 million deal have been hit by new delays, the Scottish Government has confirmed. As The National reports, the roll-on…
Replacement girder trusses are fabricated at Gallas Foundry, Isle of Man as part of the restoration of Ramsey Pier - pictured is fabricator Matthew Collister
#IslandNews  - On the Isle of Man, sparks fly as a new future for Ramsey Pier is forged. Fabrication of five replacement lattice trusses writes IOMToday, will support the decking of the Victorian landmark’s first bay is under way at…
An impression of Cammell Laird BAE Systems 'Leander' frigate underway at sea
#Shipyards - Merseyside based shipbuilder Cammell Laird in Birkenhead, has announced it has built a network of more than 2,000 suppliers as it steps up its bid to build a cutting-edge warship as Afloat previously covered.  The UK west coast…
Part of the 50–plus boat ICRA championship fleet in Galway Docks. The event was cancelled last Friday with no races having being held due to weather and port restrictions in Galway Docks
Following the cancellation of the ICRA Nationals in Galway last Friday and GBSC Organiser Martin Breen's explanation on the event Facebook page here, the reigning Class One Champion John Maybury, of J109 Joker II, says it is the fact that the Port of Galway is lock–gated, and…
The Training Ship Jack Petchey in Dun Laoghaire with a class of Sea Cadets on the bow
The UK youth charity Training Ship Jack Petchey is alongside in Dun Laoghaire Marina this weekend on Dublin Bay. The  British-flagged training ship is named after Jack Petchey OBE. The Jack Petchey is part of the Offshore Fleet of the…
Carrickfergus Ruffian 23 Wins National Title at Royal St. George Yacht Club
Carrickfergus Sailing Club visitor Trevor Kirkpatrick skippering 'Carrageen' was the winner of the 12-boat Ruffian 23 National Championships on Dublin Bay after countback. After seven races sailed and one discard at the Royal St. George Yacht Club, Kirkpatrick had the…
ICRA yachts at Galway Docks awaiting a break in the weather
#ICRA - This year’s ICRA Cruiser Nationals have been dealt a fatal blow with the news that Galway Port is to be locked for much of tomorrow, Saturday 18 August. In a statement this evening announcing the cancellation of all…
MV Silver Wind, seen here in Cadiz, will be Galway’s last cruise call of 2018 next month. The city saw a doubling of cruise passenger numbers between 2016 and 2017
Maritime passengers arriving at Irish ports saw a 2.1% increase to 2.8 million from 2016 to 2017. That’s according to the Department of Transport’s latest Transport Trends report published earlier this week, which highlights the increasing importance of the cruise…
A 55-metre tall ship Anna Marjorie currently based in the Netherlands is expected to dock in Cork during the Autumn and become a floating hotel and restaurant.
#CorkHarbour - A Tall Ship Hotel could be berthed on Cork's City quays before the end of October, serving food and drink and with luxury rooms for overnight stays. According to the Evening Echo, a company which has planning permission to…
ICRA Championship competitors rafted up in Galway Docks
The 2018 ICRA Championships has again fallen victim to the strong winds on Galway Bay this morning. The 53-boat fleet gathered in Galway Docks have been waiting for a break in the weather since Wednesday for the first ever staging…
There was some tight racing off Kinsale in the first day of racing in the Optimist Nationals yesterday. Scroll down for Junior fleet racing gallery
It was a challenging day on the water in gusty conditions on day one of the Davy Irish Optimist Nationals in Kinsale Yacht Club. Scroll down for photo gallery below.
The Optimist fleet racing off Kinsale yesterday on day one of the Davy National Championships. Scroll down for photo gallery
Royal Cork Yacht Club's Justin Lucas leads the Davy Irish Optimist Nationals in Kinsale Yacht Club after three challenging races in gusty conditions on day one. Scroll down for our photo gallery by Bob Bateman below. Fleet leader – Justin Lucas of…

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