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Shantax in a 1925 cruise en route from Clontarf to the North Shannon Yacht Club (towing Water Wags), and then down the Shannon to Athlone for the LRYC regatta, to Shannon Harbour and returning to Dublin via the Grand Canal. The picture was taken at Lock 35 on the Grand Canal. Club member Jack Stephensi is in the yachting cap
While we are in 'shutdown' mode due to Covid19 I have taken the opportunity to write a book about 'THE MOTOR YACHT CLUB OF IRELAND' which thrived from 1907 until its demise in about 1935. The club was active in…
Allblack Racing claimed the Cork-Fastnet-Cork speed record in 2018
Cork Harbour will play host to four major, and very different, powerboat events over the weekend of 11 and 12 July. Previously announced last autumn, the International Power Boat Festival, which is a first for Ireland, is part of the Cork300…
Black Swan - First production model is due to go into service in early 2020
Renault has worked in partnership with French specialist maritime company Seine Alliance and electric propulsion experts Green-Vision to develop the first all-electric passenger boat powered by ‘second life’ batteries. Called Black Swan, the new craft represents the first step towards…
Irish powerboat team Allblack Racing (pictured here in January 2017) claimed the Cork-Fastnet-Cork record in summer 2018
As part of celebrations for the Royal Cork Yacht Club’s 300th anniversary next year, Powerboat Ireland will host three major — and very different — powerboat events in Ireland for the first time. The International Power Boat Festival on 11…
Rescue workers at the powerboat which crashed in Venice last night, killing Fabio Buzzi and two other pilots
Renowned powerboat racer and designer Fabio Buzzi has been killed with two others while attempting to set a speed record in Venice last night (Tuesday 17 September), as Reuters reports. Buzzi (76) had been attempting to set a new record…
The proposed west-east route for Thunder Child II’s Transatlantic Challenge in 2020
The North Atlantic Challenge by Safehaven Marine of Youghal’s new 70ft XSV20 Thunder Child II was originally scheduled to be underway in mid-July this year. But although the boat had her preliminary launch in February, pressure of work on other…
No time to be nervous…..Class 3 in action at the OCRDA event in Torquay, with Team Power Marine of Malahide in foreground as Alan Power and Sam Jackson zap out of the turn
Most people on the inside track in cruiser-racer tuning in Ireland will know of Alan Power, who does magic things with the top Half Tonners and other sharp end boats in his fibreglass workshops in Malahide writes W M Nixon.…
Allblack Racing at sea in January 2017
#Power - Irish powerboat racing team Allblack Racing claimed a new record on the Cork-Fastnet-Cork route this past summer. The team’s Allblack SL44 powerboat set a time of two hours, six minutes and 47 seconds, with an average speed of…
An artist’s impression of Thunder Child 2 in Arctic waters next summer
#WorldRecord - Safehaven Marine has announced a new powerboat world record attempt — this time across the Atlantic. Frank Kowalski, managing director of the Cork Harbour boatyard, has developed what the Irish Examiner is calling a “radical” new hull for Thunder…
The Arklow–based team headed by John Ryan also won the best–placed non UK–crew and the best placed diesel Powered Powerboat
Irish powerboat racing team Allblack Racing were third overall at the Cowes Torquay Cowes 2017 UIM Marathon Powerboat. The Arklow–based team headed by John Ryan also won the best–placed non UK–crew and the best placed diesel Powered Powerboat. It was…
It was an arduous programme of pre-testing at this level which ensured that Thunderchild was fit and ready for her Round Ireland & Rockall Record challenge which concluded successfully last night.
The Safehaven Marine team led by Frank Kowalski on Thunderchild were safely home in Cork Harbour last night with job done, and the Round Ireland & Rockall Record set at 34 hours 01 minute and 47 seconds writes W M…
Otherworldly – Thunderchild at Rockall
Apart from two essential stops at Portrush in County Antrim and Ballyglass on Broadhaven in County Mayo to take on fuel, Safehaven Marine’s challenge for a viable record for the 2000 kilometres round Ireland and Rockall, powering on with their…
Even after the wind has eased, the leftover sea will frequently have Thunder Child airborne as she strives for maximum speed.
Safehaven Marine’s Frank Kowalski and his team on the Rockall-rounding challenger Thunder Child are closing in on their vital refuelling pit-stop at Broadhaven in Mayo, and expect to be at Ballyglass Pier about now, as their speed has gone up…
Rockall Well Astern as Safehaven’s Thunder Child Heads for Mayo Re-Fuel
Frank Kowalski’s team from County Cork’s Safehaven Marine with their futurstic record-maker Thunder Child now have Rockall well astern in their counter-clockwise Round Ireland and Rockall Record bid writes W M Nixon. After their first re-fuel on Ireland’s north coast…
Thunder Child is attempting to set a new Round Ireland & Rockall powerboat speed record
Safehaven Marine began a speed record attempt around Ireland and Rockall this morning, starting from the Old Head of Kinsale writes Tom MacSweeney. The Cork company designs and builds naval and military craft, pilot and patrol boats and has been…
All Black Powerboat Record Run Cork–Fastnet–Cork Aborted in Choppy Seas
Unfortunately due to weather, force 4–5 winds increasing with short sharp frequency the All Black Powerboat team aborted its attempt at the inaugural Cork–Fastnet–Cork record attempt 25 miles out. Skipper John Ryan told Afloat.ie: 'It's just not worth the risk…

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