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Cunard Line’s Vista class cruise ship Queen Elizabeth berthed at Cobh
Cruise Liners
#CruiseLiners - A new cruise liner terminal for Cobh could be up and running by 2020, as the Irish Examiner reports. Port of Cork commercial manager Captain Michael McCarthy says Ireland’s only dedicated cruise ship berth needs to take advantage…
Royal Cork Yachts among the fishing boats at Ballycotton
Royal Cork YC
Rounding Ballycotton Lighthouse on Saturday afternoon was satisfying, after a long beat from Crosshaven in the restored Royal Cork Ballycotton Race. Over the 15-mile course which took about three hours a Northerly breeze veered through to an Easterly whisper and then -…
France's oldest three-masted barque and in Europe, Belem (above upper saloon leading to stairwell ) which is open to the public in Cork on 28 July. In addition to opening held in Galway on 3rd August.
Tall Ships
#tallships – The impressive historic tallship Belem (1896), once the private yacht of the Guinness family, which opens to the public in Galway (see report) will also welcome on board those when docked in Cork on 28 July, writes Jehan…
The Cork Light Orchestra performing at the seafront in Cobh, Cork Harbour. Scroll down for a gallery of images
Cork Harbour
The exotic if brief spell of summer as we all remember it from childhood may be drawing to a close writes W M Nixon. But while it was at its height, photographer Bob Bateman captured the mood in Cobh with…
Trainee schoolship State of Maine is making an annual cruise that included a call to Cobh
Cork Harbour
#corkharbour- Following last year’s 75th anniversary of the Maine Maritime Academy, their flagship trainee schoolship returned to Cork Harbour as part of an annual cruise programme, writes Jehan Ashmore. The 12,000 gross tonnage TS State of Maine had sailed from…
The proposed International Shipping Services Centre could move from Dublin to the Port of Cork as stakeholders made a pitch for the southern city this week
Port of Cork
#PortOfCork - Stakeholders in Cork Harbour have proposed bringing the mooted International Shipping Services Centre to Leeside, as the Irish Examiner reports. Previously earmarked for Dublin Port, as discussed at the second Our Ocean Wealth summit in 2015, those plans…
A variety of handcrafted currachs will be used, including fifteen Dunfanaghy currachs in the Meitheal Mara youth race
Cork Harbour
Organised by Meitheal Mara, this Thursday 13th of July will see dozens of young people from the Bádoireacht programme take part in a heated Youth Race between Blackrock and Cork City in Cork Harbour. Starting at 18:30 from the newly…
Artist's impression of Haulbowline Island post-remediation
Cork Harbour
#CorkHarbour - Marine Minister Michael Creed today (Monday 10 July) welcomed the signing of contracts to commence remediation of the East Tip as the main focus of the Haulbowline Island remediation project. Commenting at the signing, Minister Creed said: “I…
Fifty years of service – Willie Lee (left) with former Crosshaven Boatyard Managing Director Wally Morrissey at the party on Friday
Boatyards
A very pleasant nostalgia-laden party in The Oar pub in Crosshaven on Friday night honoured shipwright Willie Lee, who was retiring after fifty years with Crosshaven Boatyard writes W M Nixon. In addition to colleagues past and present, the attendance…
Alex Barry and Richard Leonard were RS400 winners at RCYC Dinghy Fest
Royal Cork YC
Alex Barry and Richard Leonard successfully defended their RS400 Southern Championship crown this afternoon at Royal Cork Yacht Club. The dinghy duo were just one of many winners at the second edition of the multi–dinghy championships in Cork Harbour that…
Dinghy Fest Photo Gallery at Royal Cork – Day One
Royal Cork YC
The 2017 Dinghy Fest opened today at Royal Cork Yacht Club. A delayed start due to high winds saw 420s and RS200s race at 3pm. Bob Bateman captured the Cork Harbour action. Racing continues tomorrow
Mediterranean sailing at its best. With a suit of sails made by UK McWilliam, including one of Des McWilliam’s very special spinnakers, the Judel Vrolik IMS 48 Cristabelle is making hay off Alicante
W M Nixon
Yesterday’s report on Afloat.ie of the major changes shaping up in the ownership structure of the UK/McWilliam Sailmakers business in Crosshaven clearly rings a bell with many in the sailing community at home and abroad. The remarkable response has reinforced…
Black is beautiful – and fast. Rob McConnell’s A35 Fool’s Gold (Waterford Harbour SC) powers her way to a clean sweep of the Sovereigns Cup at Kinsale last week with the latest in UK McWilliam sails. Graham Curran of the sailmakers is trimming the headsail
Marine Trade
Leading Irish and international Crosshaven-based sailmakers UK/McWilliam are embarking on a fresh stage of development, with a major change in the company’s ownership structure which will draw on and develop the company’s exceptional range of global activities and expertise, providing…
Cruiser & Dinghy Racing Cancelled in Cork Harbour Due to High Winds
Cork Harbour
High winds in Cork Harbour have forced cancellation of RCYC cruiser racing in the harbour tonight as well as dinghy racing at Monkstown Bay SC. North west winds are forecast to reach 30–mph later this evening.
Alex Barry – the ISA's All Ireland Sailing Champion will defend his RS 400 Southern Championship crown this weekend
Royal Cork YC
Cork Harbour's own Alex Barry will be out to retain his southern title in the RS400 class as part of Royal Cork's Dinghyfest that starts tomorrow. It's one of a number of championships being staged as part of the Crosshaven…
The Faroese-flagged Fure Fladen is a oil/chemical tanker that berthed today at Whitegate Oil Refinery having arrived from the Firth of Clyde as seen above at anchorage off Ardrossan. The strategic plant in lower Cork Harbour is Ireland's only oil refinery.
Cork Harbour
#WhitegateOil – As the Whitegate Oil Refinery in Cork Harbour is the only such strategic facility in the State, Afloat took an opportunity to highlight a tanker berthed at the terminal today, writes Jehan Ashmore. According to the Port of…

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