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Commandant Barry Byrne helms the J/109 Joker II around a sunlit Fastnet Rock on Sunday July 1st during the recent Volvo Round Ireland Race, with the sky beyond giving hints of the strong headwinds to be met off Ireland’s west coast. He will be racing round the Fastnet again next week in the same boat, defending the Beaufort Cup in Volvo Cork Week
Time was when “A Soldier’s Wind” was a slightly patronising term used to describe exceptionally favourable conditions for smooth voyaging in the great days of sail, with a beam reach in a good Force 4 being held up as the…
Dignitaries and guests attending the christening ceremony of Arklow Villa in Delfzijl, Netherlands. This is the final of 10 short-sea Royal Bodewes 5,170dwt Eco-Traders that were built since 2015.
#Ports&Shipping - Another progressive chapter for Arklow Shipping was notably marked on Monday as the final of 10 newbuild short-sea traders was christened at a ceremony held in The Netherlands, writes Jehan Ashmore. Arklow Villa was christened in Delfzijl, where…
This weekend’s sailing to France cancelled to accommodate Dublin-Holyhead route as Irish Ferries say repairs on Ulysses as previously reported on Afloat, are more serious than originally anticipated and it will be out of service for up to two weeks.
#FerryNews - Hundreds of holidaymakers who were forced to rearrange their travel plans after Irish Ferries cancelled all sailings of the WB Yeats to France this summer have now been told that their rescheduled crossings have also been cancelled. As…
LE James Joyce is seen in a view taken from Haulbowline Naval Base in lower Cork Harbour. The OPV90 class ship is currently nearing completion of the voyage in the central Mediterranean Sea to takeover Operation Sophia duties from a sistership.
#NavalService- LÉ James Joyce is currently in the Mediterranean having departed Cork Harbour almost a week ago to replace the first Irish Naval Service ship to be deployed to Operation Sophia during this year, writes Jehan Ashmore. Prior to the…
The HK team at the welcome reception in the DMYC
The sixth Interport Ruffian 23 challenge between Ireland and Hong Kong took place in Dun Laoghaire at the weekend. The 12-strong team of Ruffian sailors from RHKYC arrived in Dun Laoghaire on Thursday evening and joined the Irish sailors for…
Royal Canadian Navy's HMCS St. John's (340) with 225 crew is currently on a visit to Dublin, the Halifax class guided-missile frigate patrols European waters for NATO to defend and act as a deterrent to Russia. Above: A frigate fleetmate, HMCS Montreal  (336) also pictured in the Irish capital last year, is one of 12 'Halifax' class commissioned that form the backbone of the nation's navy.
#NavalVisits - A Royal Canadian Navy frigate assigned specifically to patrol European waters to meet and support NATO interests in the context of tensions with Russia, is currently on a visit to Dublin Port, writes Jehan Ashmore. The arrival of…
Port Reception Facilities: European ports believe however that the ‘polluter pays’ principle, which has been the cornerstone of the EU’s environmental policy, needs to be strengthened.
#PolluterPays- European Sea ports Organisation (ESPO) have welcomed proposals put forward by the European Parliament Rapporteur Ms Gesine Meissner in the draft report of the Transport Committee on the review of the Waste Reception Facilities Directive (Com (2018) 33). The…
A jack up rig arrives in Schull Harbour, West Cork
The long-awaited pontoon at the popular boating harbour in Schull, West Cork looks to be finally underway with the arrival, this week, of a jack-up rig for pile driving. As Afloat.ie reported in April, the Department of the Marine gave…
Experience maritime heritage events held during the Foyle Maritime Festival
#MaritimeHeritage - A rich seafaring past in Derry-Londonderry tells the story of the city itself. From pre-history settlements to nineteenth century emigration, from the Siege to the Second World War, the water has played a vital round in shaping the…
Ulysses seen in Belfast Dry-Dock (one of two such facilities) of Harland & Wolff, where further work will involve disruption by up to a fortnight before the cruiseferry can return to service on the Dublin-Holyhead route.
#FerryNews - Technical issues for Irish Ferries Ulysses remain unresolved as they are more serious than originally anticipated, forcing the operator to cancel further sailings than expected during the peak season on the busy Dublin-Holyhead route. Ulysses since late last…
Great sailing conditions for Bangor Town Regatta
Over 500 sailors and 100 keelboats and dinghies relished in the champagne sailing conditions served up in Belfast Lough by joint host yacht clubs Royal Ulster and Ballyholme in the first Bangor Town Regatta. The new event is already booked…
Class one J109s in the Royal St. George Yacht Club Regatta  on Dublin Bay
The Frank Keane BMW Royal St. George Yacht Club Regatta brought to a close June's Dun Laoghaire Waterfront Regatta weekends with yet another stunning set of sailing conditions for the two-race racing festival on the first Saturday in July. Full…
Map showing the location of Leac Buidhe Rock
#MarineNotice - Mariners are advised that a Port Lateral Mark has been deployed marking Leac Buidhe Rock, north of Dalkey Island. The buoy has the following light characteristic Fl(4)R.6s, and will be seasonally deployed from April to October. It can…
Naomh Éanna is to be turned into a luxury hotel on the Liffey. The Dublin built former Aran Islands ferry-cargoship is currently berthed in Grand Canal Dock's 250 year-old drydock in Ringsend, where the owner expects to restore the ship in the dry dock.
#HistoricBoats - Former ferry cargoship that CIÉ serviced the Aran Islands will writes The Irish Times become home to luxury five-star accommodation berthed at Dublin’s Custom House Quay as its owners plan a significant investment. The Naomh Eanna, acquired by…
Royal Cork organisers are making an early call to classes, such as the RS200 for Dinghy Fest 2019
With a year to go to Cork Dinghy Fest 2019, the Royal Cork Yacht Club Organising Committee is reaching out to 'all classes' to get in touch and express their interest in hosting a regional event at Dinghy Fest. While…
Sailing on the Half Tonner, Miss Whiplash, race sponsor Ronan Enright, (third from left) a former Rear RCYC Admiral, was one of 26 boats competing. Scroll down for gallery
There were two separate starts in Royal Cork Yacht Club's July League sponsored by Ronan Enright Solicitors tonight on the club's course 96 in fine sailing conditions in Cork Harbour writes Bob Bateman. Sailing as crew on the Half Tonner, Miss Whiplash, the…

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