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Tradewind sailing of the Atlantic Rally for Cruisers (ARC) 2018
The next Friends of Glenua lecture to be held on Thursday, 7th November takes place at the Poolbeg Yacht and Boat Club, in Ringsend, Dublin. As previously reported on Afloat the same Dublin venue is where a series of other separate…
Shorten the Winter with Varied Talks for Sailors at Poolbeg Yacht & Boat Club
A winter night's gathering in the familiar setting of Poolbeg Yacht & Boat Club in Ringsend in the heart of maritime Dublin can make it seem like summer again for a few magic hours, and this year’s programme, put together…
Breezy sailing for J109s at the 2017 DBSC Turkey Shoot Series on Dublin Bay
This Sunday sees the first of a series of seven races on Dublin Bay for the 2019 DBSC Turkey Shoot Series.  The popular winter fixture has again attracted up to 70 boats for the short sharp races and this year…
Busy Frostbite mark rounding at the DMYC Frostbites in 2018. Another bumper fleet is expected this year starting on November 3rd
After a Bumper DMYC Dinghy Frostbite on Dublin Bay last year with approximately 70 Lasers spread over three rig sizes and approximately 40 various Portsmouth Yardsticks  (PY) taking part, the DMYC has set its stall out again to replicate the…
‘Monster Clean-Up’ On North Bull Island This Sunday
The Dublin Bay Biosphere Youth Committee is holding a ‘Monster Clean-Up’ on North Bull Island this Sunday 27 October from 2pm. Get into the spooky spirit in this Hallowe’en-themed coastal litter pick-up event, and all taking part will be entered…
The RNLI All-Weather lifeboat located the casualties south-east of the Muglins Rock fifteen minutes after launching
Two scuba divers were rescued on Dublin Bay this afternoon by Dun Laoghaire RNLI after the pair became separated from their boat. The incident occurred shortly before 3 pm when the divemaster on the surface reported the overdue divers to…
Ambitious Dublin Wind Farm Plan Would Stretch From Booterstown To Greystones
A €1.5 billion offshore wind farm stretching from Booterstown to Greystones could generate enough electricity to power 600,000 homes. The Irish Times reports on proposals by an Irish-German partnership for the ‘Dublin Array’ offshore energy venture that could see as…
Fastnet '79 Yacht Race Disaster: A Royal Navy helicopter rescues the crew of the yacht “Camargue” during the Atlantic storm in August 1979
Once again the Friends of Glenua launch their annual winter season of lectures with the 2019/20 programme held in Dublin at the Poolbeg Yacht & Boat Club, Ringsend.  “Back to the Rock- Fastnet '79” is the title of the opening lecture in…
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This live stream (below) looks northwards from the Scotsman's Bay shoreline at Sandycove out into Dublin Bay. Left of screen is Dun Laoghaire's West Pier lighthouse, the harbour mouth and the back of the East Pier itself, showing the town…
Storm Lorenzo: Bulloch Harbour on Dublin Bay is located along the Dalkey coastline
A hearing will be held in the High Court writes Dublin Gazette, on an application by local campaigners against a housing development at Bulloch Harbour, Dalkey next week. Earlier this year, the controversial development got the green light from An…
The former director of Dún Laoghaire Harbour Company has called for the release of its final accounts. Above AFLOAT adds is the HSS Stena Explorer berthed at the Irish port from where the fastferry's final sailing took place on 9 September 2014. Noting it was not until early in the following year that the operator Stena Line officially confirmed in February that they would not resume the seasonal-only service to Holyhead but consolidate out of Dublin Port with an existing year-round route to the same north Wales port.
Financial accounts of Dún Laoghaire Harbour Company must be published and presented to the Oireachtas without delay, a former director of the company has said. As The Irish Times reports, Independent Senator Victor Boyhan (see call for ferry return) who was a…
Big gusts  for the second day of racing at the J109 Nationals on Dublin Bay
John Maybury's consistent Joker 2 has won the J109 National Championships after six races sailed at the Royal Irish Yacht Club today.  Maybury won half of the six races in the series but counted all six results in the top three.…
Images of the plastic shards from the safety advisory posted last November
Plastic fibres released during construction on the Dun Laoghaire baths site last year have again washed up on nearby beaches, as The Irish Times reports. The plastic shards were washed into the water during a concrete pour at the development…
The newly-restored Marguerite of 1896 vintage is the latest addition to Dun Laoghaire’s flotilla of classic yachts
Anyone sailing in Dun Laoghaire on one of those gentler days which have occasionally punctuated this Autumn’s meteorological extremities could have been forgiven if they thought they were seeing a ghost writes W M Nixon. White of hull – very…
File image of the Forty Foot in Sandycove
BreakingNews.ie reports that a man in his 50s has died after an incident at the Forty Foot swimming spot in south Co Dublin. The alarm was raised after the man got into difficulty in the water this afternoon (Sunday 29…
The restored ÉIRE information panel below the Vico Road
The Dalkey Tidy Towns team is now ready for the official unveiling of the restored World War II-era ÉIRE sign at Hawk Cliff below the Vico Road. This past summer the rediscovered information panel — one of 80 installed around…

Dublin Bay

Dublin Bay on the east coast of Ireland stretches over seven kilometres, from Howth Head on its northern tip to Dalkey Island in the south. It's a place most Dubliners simply take for granted, and one of the capital's least visited places. But there's more going on out there than you'd imagine.

The biggest boating centre is at Dun Laoghaire Harbour on the Bay's south shore that is home to over 1,500 pleasure craft, four waterfront yacht clubs and Ireland's largest marina.

The bay is rather shallow with many sandbanks and rocky outcrops, and was notorious in the past for shipwrecks, especially when the wind was from the east. Until modern times, many ships and their passengers were lost along the treacherous coastline from Howth to Dun Laoghaire, less than a kilometre from shore. 

The Bay is a C-shaped inlet of the Irish Sea and is about 10 kilometres wide along its north-south base, and 7 km in length to its apex at the centre of the city of Dublin; stretching from Howth Head in the north to Dalkey Point in the south. North Bull Island is situated in the northwest part of the bay, where one of two major inshore sandbanks lie, and features a 5 km long sandy beach, Dollymount Strand, fronting an internationally recognised wildfowl reserve. Many of the rivers of Dublin reach the Irish Sea at Dublin Bay: the River Liffey, with the River Dodder flow received less than 1 km inland, River Tolka, and various smaller rivers and streams.

 

At A Glance – Dublin Bay

The Bay is a C-shaped inlet of the Irish Sea and is about 10 kilometres wide along its north-south base, and 7 km in length to its apex at the centre of the city of Dublin; stretching from Howth Head in the north to Dalkey Point in the south

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