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Andrew Alego's J109 'Juggerknot' from the Royal Irish Yacht Club in Dun Laoghaire will race as RNLI Baltimore with Olympian Peter O'Leary on board for the 2018 Beaufort Cup
After the success of the inaugural Beaufort Cup for Military and Emergency teams in 2016, this year's entries are approaching 20 boats already, including no less than eight J109's for the Cork Week event. There's an excellent line up of…
A close up view of Douglas Harbour's ferry terminal and visible (on the left), one of two ro-ro ramp linkspans and associated covered passenger walkways.
#FerryNews - IOM Today reports of a newly-formed lobby group that says it has ’serious concerns’ about the ’strategic vulnerablility’ of Douglas port. Isle of Man Maritime Ltd, a not-for-profit company which has replaced the Isle of Man Shipping Association,…
Baltic Sea cruiseferry Viking Grace with newly installed 'rotor' sail, the first passenger ship to have this sail-assisted feature in the world. Afloat adds at time of writing the 57,565grt cruiseferry is on the final (eastbound) leg of the routine Stockholm (Sweden)- Åland Islands-Turku (Finland) service. The cruiseship was built in the west Finnish port.
#FerryNews - Scandinavian operator, Viking Line based in Finland, has announced that its LNG fuelled cruiseferry M / S Viking Grace has become the first passenger ship in the world to utilize wind power through mechanical rotor driving. The rotor sail…
Ulysses, Irish Ferries 50,938grt cruiseferry on the Dublin-Holyhead route where sailings are cancelled on those operated by the largest ro-ro ferry on the Irish Sea. In this file photo the Finnish-built Ulysses is seen berthed at Dublin Ferryport Terminal 1.
#FerryNews - Ulysses, Irish Ferries cruiseferry on the Dublin-Holyhead route has sailings cancelled today (2 May) and up to Friday (4 May).  According to the operator's website this is due to technical reasons. All of the cruiseferry's operated sailings in…
Royal St. George at the Millennium Bowl: Ben Cooke, Jennifer Andreasson, John O'Connor, Owen Laverty, Martin Byrne, Stephanie Bourke, Paul Maguire, Neil Hegarty, Clare Hogan, Peter Bowring, Charlie Bolger and Ailbe Millerick
This biennial tri-club team racing event championed by the late Harry Maguire for many years was run over the weekend in the Gareloch, Scotland and hosted by the Royal Northern and Clyde YC. The holders Royal St George YC travelled…
The Dong Energy site (left) and behind the famous gantry cranes of Harland & Wolff, Belfast
#BelfastLough - Chief Executive Robert Cooper has stepped down from his position in Harland & Wolff Group after a 44-year career at the shipyard, where he has been replaced by Jonathan Guest. As The Irish News reports, he began his…
Attending ICOYC San Francisco 2018 were (L-R) Colin Morehead, Vice Admiral, Royal Cork YC,  Andy Anderson, President ICOYC & Gavin Deane, General Manager, Royal Cork YC
At the International Council of Yacht Clubs (ICOYC) World Forum 2018 in San Francisco, the Royal Cork Yacht Club was selected to host the ICOYC World Forum in September 2019. Vice Admiral, Colin Morehead, and Club General Manager, Gavin Deane,…
The components for the new embarkation pontoon ready to be installed
#Youghal - The components for Youghal’s new marina pontoon have arrived, and the amenity is currently being installed in the East Cork town. Preparation for the new embarkation pontoon began last November with pile driving works in the harbour, as…
The growing DBSC Laser fleet racing in Dun Laoghaire Harbour
The busy season for DBSC  Laser Fleet kicked off last Tuesday with 2 short sharp races in the Harbour in light conditions. With an entry of over 30 Standard and Radial rigs this year will be action packed with Laser…
Taoiseach Leo Varadkar with Clare Guinness CEO Warrenpoint Port
Warrenpoint Port, the second largest port in Northern Ireland and the fourth biggest on the island of Ireland, used a meeting with Taoiseach Leo Varadkar today to impress on him the need for a frictionless border during Brexit negotiations. But Port…
Winners at the CH Marine Ulster Laser Championships at Ballyholme Yacht Club
Ballyholme's Olympic trialist Liam Glynn won the CH Marine Ulster Laser Championship title last weekend on Belfast Lough counting five race wins. Royal St George Yacht Club sailors did the double by securing the 4.7 and Radial titles. The Radial…
SB20 winners – Stefan Hyde, John Malone and Jerry Dowling
The SB20 fleet got the 2018 season off to a flying start with the first regional event of the year hosted by a very hospitable Greystones Sailing Club. The fleet were challenged by a mix of conditions over the two…
James Matthews and the Diamond crew in winning form
Event Sponsor James Matthews was back in form and Diamond regained the IRC trophy secured last year. Conor Phelan’s Jump Juice first place on the water secured the overall winners spot for IRC Class 1 over Denis Murphy’s Nieulargo Peter…
Stena Carrier arrived into Dun Laoghaire Harbour this morning
The Ro–Ro Cargo Ship 'Stena Carrier' arrived into Dun Laoghaire Harbour this morning berthing at the Carlisle Pier. The Danish flagged vessel has been at anchor in Dublin Bay since April 22nd.  The 182.77m ship is the first such cargo…
Connemara was originally to launch a new Ireland-Spain route (today) with an inbound sailing from Santander, however work on the ropax at Astander's yard, Santander (above) is underway to prepare the ferry fully. Instead a revised date of the inaugural outward crossing (from Cork) will be next Sunday, 6th May. The ferry will have an all-white livery and not the 'économie' branding blue wave scheme as depicted in the image posted on Afloat when the new service was announced in January.
#FerryNews - The new Cork-Santander route, the first ever direct ferry service connecting Ireland and Spain, originally scheduled to start today, has been delayed to next weekend, writes Jehan Ashmore. Afloat had noted the change of sailings and confirmed with…
Tug boat Shackleton and Celebrity Eclipse arriving into Dublin Port. The 2,850 guest Celebrity Eclipse has arrived in Dublin to become the first ever cruise ship to be based from the port. Celebrity Cruises will operate five cruises from Dublin Port in 2018 that will see over 14,000 people start their holiday from the city.  Calling Dublin home until June 2018, Celebrity Eclipse's regular departures from the city are each expected to bring an estimated €1 million in knock-on economic benefits to the area. Celebrity Cruises has already committed to return in 2019
The first cruise ship to ever be based in Dublin has arrived into port. Celebrity Eclipse from Celebrity Cruises will bring 2,850 guests into the city each time a sailing starts from Dublin Port. In total, over 14,000 people will…

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