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UK Government support is sought for the return of shipbuilding at Harland & Wolff, Belfast
#BelfastLough - UK government should show greater support for shipbuilding firms after Brexit, according to the chief executive of Harland and Wolff. As BBC News reports, Brexit offers opportunities, but the industry still needs government support, said Jonathan Guest. A…
Pile driving has been completed in Schull for the new North Harbour pontoon
Piledriving for Schull Harbour's new North Harbour pontoon is finished and the new pontoons are to be floated into position this week writes Bob Bateman.  A crane is now on site to lift the walkway into position. As Afloat.ie reported previously, the…
From left are Helm Brian Goggin with Daniel and Sean Murphy.
Kinsale Yacht Club victorious Dragon crew stopped off at the Bulman Buoy this evening on the way home from Cork Week. The purpose of the impromptu break in the voyage was to photograph RCYC's famous 'Thomas Lipton Trophy' – won earlier…
Set Off With SailCork Next Friday To View Rare Lunar Eclipse
#LunarEclipse - SailCork is organising a special yachting and powerboat trip to view next Friday’s lunar eclipse off Cork Harbour. The longest total lunar eclipse of the 21st century will be visible in Ireland on the evening of Friday 27…
A pilot cutter Afloat adds is underway having set off from Milford Haven, south Wales where the waterway will be at the centre of the 'Haven of Heritage' event next week.
#Ports&Shipping - Learn about the rich maritime heritage of the Milford Haven Waterway in south Wales in addition to surrounding towns that will be showcased during a unique event next week, on Thursday 26 July.  To celebrate Visit Wales’ ‘Year…
A misty morning yesterday greeted visitors to Killybegs on the visit of MS Queen Elizabeth, the largest cruise ship ever to have berthed in the Co. Donegal fishing harbour. Afloat adds the 90,900 tonnes 'Vista' class cruiseship operated by Cunard Line followed the call of slightly smaller sister Queen Victoria to the harbour also this season.
#CruiseLiners - Donegal received its biggest ship ever in Killybegs yesterday, Friday 20 July.  As Donegal Now reported the 'Queen Elizabeth' has over 2,000 passengers and a crew of more than 1,000. The luxury ship, part of the Cunard Line,…
Fireworks over Royal Cork Yacht Club celebrate the conclusion of Cork Week 2018
With the best score of any of the 120 boats over the past week, Rory Fekkes’ Fn’Gr8 (Carrickfergus Sailing Club) has been confirmed as the overall winner of Volvo Cork Week following an intense three-race final day. The Antrim boat…
2020 is the Royal Cork YC Tricentenary and1720 was when it first happened. The 1720 Sportsboats racing in towards Cork Harbour with the growing sea breeze are a timely reminder of this globally significant date in just two years’ time
If you set out to explain to a stranger to sailing everything that has been going on afloat and ashore at Volvo Cork Week 2018 (and we refer only to the official events), then you’d find yourself warbling away until…
Crew of LE Samuel Beckett arrive home after three months deployment in the Mediterranean on humanitarian rescue operations
#NavalService - Naval Service crew from offshore patrol vessel (OPV) LÉ Samuel Beckett arrived home to a heroes welcome today after three months in the Mediterranean on humanitarian rescue operations. The vessel writes Independent.ie is under the command of Lt…
The 170–berth marina at Carlingford in County Louth has introduced a new universal berthing charge for August
For the month of August, Carlingford Marina in County Louth will be trialling a “Universal Basic Berthage” rate for visiting yachts. The 170–berth marina, located on the East coast of Ireland, will be offering overnight berthage at a basic rate…
Louis Smyth (right) sailing his Fireball with crew Glen Fischer in 2017
A Humanist celebration of the life of Louis Smyth takes place at the National Yacht Club in Dun Laoghaire this Sunday 22nd July at 4pm. The event will mark the passing on June 24th of an inspirational figure in Irish…
Rounding the Fastnet Rock, is part of regatta weeks in West Cork
Schull Regatta is among some 18 coastal community projects across County Cork from Baltimore to Fountainstown will benefit from €241,100 in funding this year. Another beneficiary is Passage West Maritime Museum that has received €18,555 for the redevelopment of the…
Taoiseach Varadker speaking in Derrynane, Co. Kerry where he announced that Ireland will have to hire around 1,000 new customs and veterinary inspectors to prepare the nation's ports and airports for Brexit.
#IrishPorts - The Taoiseach Leo Varadkar has said Ireland will have to hire around 1,000 new customs and veterinary inspectors to prepare the nation's ports and airports for Brexit. As the Journal.ie reports, Varadkar said that “with growing uncertainty” about…
Commodore of the Naval Service Michael Malone, Minister of State Paul Kehoe TD, Royal Cork Yacht Club Admiral Pat Farnan, Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade, Simon Coveney TD, Lord Mayor of Cork Cllr. Mick Finn Lord Mayor of Cork, Chief of Staff of the Defence Forces Mark Mellett and Vice Admiral of Royal Cork Colin Morehead
Royal Cork Yacht Club's 300th anniversary flag bearing the inscription 'where it all began' was hoisted for the first time in Cork Harbour last night during the celebratory black-tie gala dinner for the Beaufort Cup Services competition, underway this week…
A pair of E-Flexer ro- ro ferries representing the 7 and 8 ships of the series have been ordered by Stena which are planned to enter the ferry company's network in 2022.
#FerryNews - An option to build a seventh and eighth of the E-Flexer ro ro class has been decided by Stena. The two vessels will be deployed within the ferry company's route network with a planned delivery in 2022. Additionally,…
The huge starting-line of a kilometre in length was needed to accommodate the 85 boats
Still with two days of racing to go, Volvo Cork Week staged a spectacular gathering of all the racing yachts today for the iconic Harbour Race that included a massed start and sail past the historic town of Cobh. Photographer…

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