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The breeze died and filled in again as the Schull Harbour Sailing Club fleet competed in the second race of the club's May League for the 'Genaveve Plate' in West Cork
The second race of the May league for the 'Genaveve Plate' was raced at Schull Harbour Sailing Club in West Cork on Saturday in near 'tropical' conditions, according to organisers. The fleet started downwind from the harbour line in a…
Gabby Hogan's Grand Soleil 45 Growler (IRL 7578) passes Copper Point Light at Long Island in the first 2024 summer sailing season at Schull Harbour Sailing Club
The opening race of the 2024 summer sailing season at Schull Harbour Sailing Club in West Cork was staged on Saturday in near-idyllic weather as the mixed cruiser fleet competed for the Rossbrin Boatyard Trophy. After starting in the inner…
Up to 80 basking sharks have been observed in Courtmacsherry Bay, West Cork
While a strong solar storm is producing spectacular displays of Northern lights over Ireland, large numbers of basking sharks have been sighted in waters off the south and south-west coasts. “We have seen 60, 70, and even 80 basking sharks…
The Master of Glandore. The late Don Street in full flow at a 21st Century Glandore Harbour YC awards ceremony, hitting the usual interesting dress-style note with a tweed jacket in high summer rather than his customary reefer
Donald MacQueen Street Jnr of Glandore and the Caribbean and formerly New York has gone from among us after an extraordinary life of nearly 94 years, in which he experienced a sometimes picaresque existence. Throughout it, he significantly encouraged, instructed,…
Some of the 18-boat Kinsale Yacht Club cruising fleet berthed at the Naval Services Yacht Squadron at Haulbowline for their overnight visit
Members of the Kinsale Yacht Club Cruising Group had a wonderful start to the cruising season with a BBQ and overnight stay at the Naval Services Yacht Squadron in Haulbowline Naval Base in Cork Harbour. The event was organised by…
Mark Gannon, coxswain with RNLI Courtmacsherry
RNLI coxswain Mark Gannon with West Cork’s Courtmacsherry lifeboat was on a call out in December 1981 when he and his crew heard over the radio about the Penlee lifeboat disaster - when an entire lifeboat crew was lost off…
The late Don Street on his beloved 1905-built yawl Iolaire in the Caribbean
Afloat.ie regrets to record the death of Don Street of Glandore in his 94th year. For many years a Caribbean enthusiast, writing a series of successful pioneering pilot books for the area, he was also a renowned authority on ocean…
Galley Head Lightkeeper Gerald Butler with Yvonne Shields Chief Executive of Commissioner of Irish Lights with Cillian Phelan (8 yrs) Sarah Phelan (6 yrs) and Sophie Costello (8 yrs)
Look for a surefire cure for seasickness, and no better person to ask than someone who worked on a lightship off the Irish coast. Lightship duty was both tough and boring, highly dangerous during wartime, and particularly hard on the…
Deputy Christopher O'Sullivan, Minister Charlie McConalogue, along with officials from Cork County Council, Department of the Marine, as well as representatives from Pier users in Union Hall at Ag House in Dublin, where they discussed the future of Keelbeg Pier, Union Hall
Cork County Council has confirmed funding for a foreshore license, design and site investigation for Keelbeg Pier in Union Hall. The Council and Union Hall pier users met with Marine Minister Charlie McConalogue to discuss the development of the old…
Calves Week 2024 announces Schull Harbour Hotel as the title sponsor for its August regatta in West Cork. From (left to right) Michael Murphy Schull Harbour Sailing Club (SHSC), Eric Coogan Heineken Ireland, Mark Murphy, Commodore SHSC, Jack Allen SHSC, Carmel O'Regan SHSC, Cornelious Ndlovu, Schull Harbour Hotel Operations Manager and Derval Murphy SHSC
Schull Harbour Hotel has been announced as the new title sponsor for the Calves Week 2024 Regatta in West Cork. This partnership will last for the next three years and will bring a great racing and onshore festivities experience to…
Joseph Griffiths
Baltimore Sailing Club’s Joseph Griffiths will be joining the two Northern Ireland youth sailors selected for the Griffin Project 2024. As previously reported on Afloat.ie, the Griffin Project is a Royal Ocean Racing Club (RORC) initiatve which gives young sailors…
Yacht in Kinsale Harbour at low tide, listing against the adjacent keel wall with its mast looming over the road
Low tide was a little too low for one Kinsale yacht which listed over the adjacent quay on Wednesday afternoon (10 April). As CorkBeo reports, a section of Pier Road in the West Cork town was closed to traffic after…
The USA project team meet Barryroe pupils to describe their work that sets small sailing boats out across the Atlantic Ocean
The organisation, which has launched two hundred small sailing boats to cross the Atlantic Ocean, fostering interest in the sea and developing cultural links amongst nations, intends to develop the project further following a particularly positive response from a coastal…
Some of the junior 4.7 fleet racing in the ILCA Munster Championships 2024 at Baltimore Sailing Club in West Cork
For ILCA sailors Easter always means the Munster Championships in Baltimore Sailing Club in West Cork. Despite the early Easter this year the Munster Championships lived up to all expectations, with nearly a hundred boats travelling from around the country,…
The Castletownbere RNLI lifeboat's Y-boat with two crew aboard was launched to cut off the rope from the propellor of the stranded fishing vessel
In an Easter sea rescue operation, the Castletownbere RNLI lifeboat 'Annette Hutton' was launched to assist a local fishing vessel that had lost its ability to manoeuvre on the north side of Sheep's Head. The lifeboat received an alert at…
The Schull 1 team lift the Munster Schools Team Racing Event Trophy at Bantry Bay
On Sunday, March 23rd, Bantry Bay Sailing Club launched the Irish Sailing fleet of Fireflies at 9:10 a.m. They had collected the boats from Malahide and Cork for the Munster Provincial Schools Team Racing Event. It was a drizzly morning…