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Defending champions Micheál O' Sullivan and Mikey Carroll lead a race at the 2018 All Ireland Junior sailing championships raced inside Dun Laoghaire Harbour
Royal Cork Yacht Club's Atlee Kohl has won the 2018 Junior Irish Sailing All Ireland Sailing Championships sailed in Firefly dinghies in Dun Laoghaire Harbour today. With only a single point between the top three boats, first and second place…
Captain Bligh (1754-1817) in 1800, eleven years after Mutiny on the Bounty, completed a survey of Dublin Bay in three months.
#Lectures - Friends of Glenua next week launch their 2018/19 winter lectures season, in aid of the RNLI, on Thursday 4 October at 8pm in the Poolbeg Yacht and Boat Club, Pigeon House Rd, Ringsend in Dublin. Opening the season's first lecture…
David Gorman (left) & Chris Doorly take the lead at the FF Nationals by a margin of eight points
Day 2 of the Flying Fifteen Championships of Ireland at the National Yacht Club saw Race Officer Jack Roy having to deal with westerly winds that were a lot stronger than the forecast for the day. With this being the…
Juggerknot was the J109 Cruiser 1 winner in today's final DBSC race of the 2018 summer season
Cruiser 0 IRC: 1. Wow, 2. Hot Cookie, 3. Tsunami Cruiser 0 ECHO: 1. Hot Cookie, 2. Tsunami, 3. Wow Cruiser 1 IRC: 1. Juggerknot, 2. White Mischief, 3. Jalapeno Cruiser 1 ECHO: 1. Prima Luce, 2. Gringo, 3. Jalapeno…
The Great Skellig as seen from the Limerick-bound ketch Ilen this (Saturday) afternoon
The restored Conor O’Brien ketch Ilen may have had her first sailing sea trials as recently as yesterday off Baltimore in West Cork, but the current spell of settled weather in the southern half of the country has been too…
RMS Leinster: Centenary events to mark the tragedy of the Irish Sea 'mail-boat' in 1918 (continue next month) notably on 10 October, when 100 years ago the ship was sunk by a German U-Boat with a major loss of life.
#RMSLeinster - Centenary events to mark the tragic sinking of RMS Leinster in the Irish Sea during WW1, continue into next month in Dun Laoghaire, notably on 10 October, the day the 'mail-boat' 100 years ago was struck by a…
Asbestos and three years of legal proceedings hinder disposal of Shingle. The seized vessel, Afloat pictured above in Dublin Port at a berth close to the Tom Clarke (East-Link) toll lift-bridge.
#DublinPort - Four years ago a ship was seized with illegal cigarettes and tobacco has cost the Revenue Commissioners €410,000 and they cannot sell it because it contains asbestos, according to the State’s financial watchdog. As The Irish Times reports,…
Action from last year’s Flying Fifteen Frostbite Series
The National Yacht Club’s Frostbite Series for Flying Fifteens, sponsored by Mitsubishi Motors, kicks off next Saturday 6 October. The five-race series runs till Saturday 17 November, with breaks for the October Bank Holiday and Lough Derg Regatta on 13…
Arthur returns to the Shannon on Friday 28 September for the first time since June
Richard Hayes’ Laser isn’t the only small boat to complete a circumnavigation of Ireland in recent days. This past Monday (24 September), the crew of Arthur — a 40-year-old inland motor cruiser based in Portumna on the River Shannon —…
Dun Laoghaire Harbour on Dublin Bay in South Co Dublin
#DLHarbour - Dun Laoghaire-Rathdown county councillors have suggested a potential increase in Local Property Tax to help offset Dun Laoghaire Harbour Company’s multi-million-euro liabilities, now that the harbour has been officially transferred to local authority control. Cllr Barry Ward tweeted…
Freight lorries queue at Holyhead Port which handles 320,000 trucks annually. In the EU referendum in 2016, Anglesey, in north Wales, narrowly voted to leave the union.
#FerryNews - Lorries forming long queus across Anglesea, north Wales could stretch from Holyhead Port to Bangor if there's a "no deal" Brexit, says a councillor amid uncertainty over the impact on the port. As the Daily Post reports, London…
Jonny Moneley, Marina Manager at the 170-berth Carlingford Marina on the County Louth coast
As regular Afloat.ie readers will know, in August, Carlingford Marina introduced a “Universal Basic Berthage” rate for visiting boats, doing away with the tried and tested price per metre rate used by the majority of marinas around the world. They…
Glen Sannox the first of two new ferries for Scottish west coast isles operator Calmac had been expected this year. Afloat adds the shipyard, Ferguson Marine above is where Glen Sannox was launched earlier this year in Port Glasgow by Scottish First Minister, Nicola Sturgeon.
#FerryNews - A ferry firm state-owned by the Scottish Government has insisted it will not pay any extra cash for two new car-ferries being built to serve Scotland’s island communities, despite the work running over time and over budget. As…
Victor Boyhan
The transfer of Dun Laoghaire Harbour Company to Dún Laoghaire Rathdown County Council will be raised by Independent Senator Victor Boyhan in the Seanad today at 11am. Boyhan who previously expressed doubts about the corporate governance of the Harbour Company…
Foyle Port’s day-to-day operations straddle Derry and Donegal, above Afloat adds is the port's main terminal in Lisahally in Northern Ireland
#Ports&Shipping - The Irish Times writes that Foyle Port, which has operations on both sides of the Border, plans to use its “unique” position to its advantage after Brexit, its chief executive said on Thursday. Brian McGrath said the port,…
Afloat took this photo in the summer at the UK Port of Hull, where Kimberly C, a Cowes, Isle of Wight registered cargoship operated by Carisbrooke Shipping is also based on the UK south coast island. Today, the ship at time of writing is docked in the port's King George V Dock (above pictured and as alluded taken in the summer). Next month on 21st October, the port will be open to public tours, though tickets apparently at this stage have been snapped up.
#Ports&Shiping - Cowes Week synominous for the World famous regatta held in the UK off the Isle of Wight town is also home to Carisbrooke Shipping which today has one of their cargoships docked in the Port of Hull which…

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