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Swuzzlebubble skippered by Phil Plumtree (UK) leads at Kinsale's Half Ton Cup
Kinsale
Winds in excess of 30–knots off the Old Head of Kinsale forced the abandonment of the programme for Day 3 of the Euro Car Parks Half Ton Classics Cup at Kinsale Yacht Club, Ireland. Although the conditions had eased by…
Graeme Noonan's Corby 26 Virgin Triangle from the host club will be competing in class two at the 'Taste of Greystones Regatta' on August 26th in County Wicklow
Greystones Harbour
140–boats are expected off the coast of County Wicklow for the two–race 'Taste of Greystones Trophy' later this month.  Greystones Sailing Club (GSC) will be keeping its fingers crossed for better winds than two years ago when the 2017 edition sets…
The Dunleary is back home 80 years after moving across the Irish Sea for lifesaving service in Lancashire
RNLI Lifeboats
#Lifeboats - A lifeboat once stationed in Dun Laoghaire almost a century ago has returned to the harbour thanks to the efforts of a local restoration group. The Dunleary was secured in the Coal Harbour yesterday (Tuesday 15 August) after…
Canadian bank reduces shareholding in Irish shipping group to just under 3 per cent. Above: Kaitaki which was acquired by New Zealand interests in the Spring
Ferry
#ferry - A Canadian bank has trimmed its stake in shipping and transport company Irish Continental Group (ICG) writes The Irish Times. In a note to the stock exchange following the close of business on Monday, ICG confirmed the Bank…
Ballycotton Island Lighthouse
Tom MacSweeney
A few weeks ago I rounded Ballycotton Island on the East Cork coastline, sailing beneath the iconic, dramatic black lighthouse which towers 195 feet above sea level. It was erected in 1851, the construction led by the renowned engineer George…
The original 1903-built schooner Atlantic, one of the most admired vessels of her era
Historic Boats
In 1905, legendary Scottish-American skipper Charlie Barr – renowned for his many successful defences of the America’s Cup on behalf of his adopted home of the United States – was challenged to establish a Transatlantic sailing record from Sandy Hook…
Phil Plumtree’s Swuzzlebubble leads at the Half ton Cup. Scroll down the page for gallery of photos
Kinsale
Phil Plumtree’s Swuzzlebubble found form on the second day of racing at the Euro Car Parks Half Ton Classics Cup at Kinsale Yacht Club with two wins and two second places during a long day afloat sailed in ideal conditions.…
The crew of Mermaid 189 Azeezy from left to right: Con Bissett, Sam Shiels and Eoin Boylan who won the National Championship title for the 2nd year in a row. Shown here with the Mermaid perpetual trophy
Mermaid
Following a tough, initial 4 days of racing at this year’s Dublin Bay Mermaid National Championship at Skerries Sailing Club the 2 remaining days saw the leaderboard again changing daily. Ultimately in what was a very close finish, reigning Champion…
Ben-My-Chree which in recent weeks undertook berthing trials at the Port of Larne
Ferry
#ferry -The Isle of Man Steam Packet Company has launched a public consultation as the operator is considering running services to and from Larne, Northern Ireland. As previously reported on Afloat the ferry Ben-My-Chree in recent weeks undertook berthing trials…
The 56ft ketch Ilen shortly after her launch at Baltimore in 1926
Historic Boats
When the restoration project on the 1926-built 56ft Conor O’Brien/Tom Moynihan Falkland Islands Trading Ketch got under way at two locations – Liam Hegarty’s boat-building shed in the former Cornstore at Oldcourt near Baltimore, and the Ilen Boat-building School premises…
Consistent sailing for Nigel Biggs put the British team in the lead of the Half Ton Cup in Kinsale
Kinsale
Nigel Biggs on his newly-refurbished Checkmate XVIII leads the Euro Car Parks Half Ton Classics Cup at Kinsale Yacht Club after a rain-soaked opening day but only two points separate first to fourth places. Although Phil Plumtree’s two-times past champion…
Variety Voyager underway from Dublin Port earlier this season
Cruise Liners
#cruiseliners – In this busy month for cruiseships calling to Dublin Port a trio of such ships were welcomed to the capital last week, writes Jehan Ashmore. Around 20 cruiseships this month remain scheduled to make a call to the…
The enormous Caribbean Princess docked at Belfast Harbour. The Grand Glass cruise liner is due for another visit to Belfast on 22 August, plus two more stopovers in September
Cruise Liners
#CruiseLiners - Belfast Harbour has submitted a planning application for a new cruise liner berth at Belfast Lough, as the Belfast Telegraph reports. Belfast city councillors are this week expected to discuss the proposals for a £15 million (€16.5 million)…
Vikings take to the East Pier, Dun Laoghaire this Sunday, 20 August
Dublin Bay
#dublinbay - The Vikings are to invade Dun Laoghaire Harbour as part of the Bicentenary celebrations. The pretty angry group of Nordic seafarers are to be welcomed to the 200 year old harbour next Sunday 20th August. The invasion takes…
Nigel Biggs' Checkmate XVIII, the UK entry came to the assistance of a Finnish rival in Kinsale as the call went out for a spare mast
Kinsale
As the 21-strong fleet (just two down from expectations in March) for the Euro Car Parks Half Ton Classics Cup at Kinsale Yacht Club prepares for race one this morning, a race against time has been ongoing since Friday to…
Bantry’s own footballing legend, Graham Canty along with Bantry Bay Port Company Chairman, John Mullins (right) were on hand to open the new 40–boat marina
Irish Marinas
Bantry Bay Port Company officially opened the new Bantry Harbour Marina yesterday (Friday, 11th August 2017). Over 40 boats visited the new marina which was officially unveiled by Bantry’s own footballing legend, Graham Canty along with Bantry Bay Port Company…

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