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The X34 Alpaca skippered by Paul Tingle will defend the 'Cobh to Blackrock' yacht race title on Sunday
Cove Sailing Club's Cobh to Blackrock yacht race takes place in Cork Habour this Saturday (8th September) with a large fleet of 50 boats expected to take part. As Afloat.ie previously reported, a competitive fleet is already entered with competition…
Vikings are landing in Athlone this weekend as part of the Feastival festivities
The Athlone Shannon Feastival this weekend 8-9 September expects to attract thousands of people to the Midlands town to take part in and enjoy the action packed lineup of activities on and off the Shannon and Lough Ree waterways. This…
Busy scene at Warrenpoint Port, Co. Down
#Ports&Shipping - Over the next decade the investment needs of European ports amounts to 48 billion EUR, according to a report by the European Sea Ports Organisation (ESPO). Many port investments score high in creating societal value but the return…
Blue sharks rarely bite humans - and the recent incident on a boat off Roches Point is being put down to an angling accident
#Angling - A Belfast angler bitten by a blue shark at the weekend resumed his sea fishing trip within days of the incident, as the Belfast Telegraph reports. Robert Malcolmson was rushed to the mainland by Crosshaven RNLI last Saturday…
Racers round a mark on day 7 of the Optimist World Championships in Cyprus
#Optimist - Rian Geraghty-McDonnell is just outside the top 10 in the Gold fleet at Limassol as the 2018 Optimist Worlds draw to a close. It’s a big jump up the leaderboard for the National Yacht Club youth sailor and last…
The new £3m crane after unloading at Warrenpoint Port last month. Work on assembling is to take several weeks before commissioning into service which is scheduled in September.
#Ports&Shipping- Work on the construction of a new £3m crane at Warrenpoint Port began last month following the investment as part of a bid to facilitate further growth ahead of Brexit and beyond at Northern Ireland’s second largest port. The…
LÉ William Butler Yeats at Haulbowline in 2016
The Irish Times reports that the Naval Service has detained a Spanish fishing vessel that had more than 5,000 shark fins. Last week, the Virxen da Blanca, one of a fleet longline fishing for shark of the South West, was…
Making a morning arrival as Disney Magic also made a maiden call to Cork (Cobh) Harbour.
#CruiseLiners - Disney Magic made a maiden call to the Port of Cork this morning.  The Port of Cork welcomed the Disney Magic on the maiden call to Cobh, as part of Disney Cruise Line’s new seven-night British Isles cruise.…
Darragh McCormack, his brother Mark and Johnny Dillon on their way to winning the Mermaid Nationals at their home port of Foynes
Talented all-round sailor Darragh McCormack of Foynes (he’s a noted J/24 sailor) still has the classic 1932 vintage 17ft Mermaids as his first love, and in a thrilling National Championship at Foynes from August 1st to 5th with a fleet…
Unloading from Emslift Ellen of Liebherr built ship-to-shore container cranes to be assembled and put to use at the Port of Grangemouth. The lo-lo facility on the Firth of Forth is Scotland's largest.
#Ports&Shipping - Afloat has previously reported on Liebherr cranes from it Killarney plant installed at the UK North Sea Port of Hull from where further northward in Scotland at the Port of Grangemouth news of a new multimillion pound container crane…
Arklow Wave launched as the first of an enlarged quartet of newbuilds at the Ferus-Smit shipyard in Leer, Germany
#Ports&Shipping - Arklow Wave became the first of a quartet of new enlarged versions of ships to be launched at a German shipyard, writes Jehan Ashmore. Launching of Arklow Wave (no. 447) took place last Friday at Ferus Smit Leer…
Crosshaven Lifeboat Launched To Angling Boat Aground On Black Rock
#RNLI - While on exercise yesterday afternoon (Sunday 2 September), the volunteer crew Crosshaven RNLI overheard a radio transmission to the coastguard explaining that a 23ft angling boat was aground on Black Rock near Whitegate oil refinery in Cork Harbour. As…
Conor Doyle's Freya from Kinsale Yacht Club
Conor Doyle's new XP 50 Freya that expected to make her racing debut at the ill-fated ICRA Nationals in Galway Bay last month, won her maiden race instead at her home port of Kinsale last week. Competing in Kinsale Yacht…
The south Wales ferryport of Fishguard.
#FerryNews - In south Wales, the former leader of Pembrokeshire County Council has said Fishguard is losing out to Pembroke Dock because the A40 road to the port is so bad. As BBC News reports, Councillor John Davies wants the…
Star Breeze makes a first call this season to Dun Laoghaire Harbour yesterday. The small 212 guest capacity ship operating at the high-end of the luxury market is to make a repeat call also this month.
#CruiseLiners - A Windstar Cruises boutique style luxury ship docked in Dun Laoghaire Harbour yesterday, though only as the second of just three callers due this season, writes Jehan Ashmore. Star Breeze operating with a mere 212 guest capacity had…
The pleasure boat was unable to be recovered
#RNLI - Two RNLI lifeboats were launched on Friday (31 August) at the request of Belfast Coastguard to assist a pleasure fishing boat with four people onboard off Carrickfergus. Bangor RNLI was first to launch at 3.15pm to reports that a…

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