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Dublin Pilot boat Tolka's underwater hull shape is clearly visible on the MGM Boats Travel Hoist at Dun Laoghaire. The vessel's ability to handle high speeds in bad weather is due to an innovative beak bow design which can steady the hull of the boat as it pitches into the sea.
Dublin Port Company's striking new Pilot Boat Tolka was in Dun Laoghaire Harbour yesterday for a maintenance lift on MGM Boatyard's purpose-built travel hoist. The new addition to Dublin Port’s fleet plays a vital role in meeting the operational needs…
Fiona Hedderman explains the coming alongside manoeuvre in the second of INSS’ video lecture series
This past Monday (30 March), the Irish National Sailing & Powerboat School launched Sailing School from Home — a series of free short theory lecture videos on topics ranging from kids’ sailing to powerboating, yachting and shore-based programmes. “We hope…
The new gowns being manufactured at the Crosshaven sail loft
Cork Harbour sailmaker Barry Hayes and his UK Sailmakers firm at Crosshaven have joined the fight against Covid-19 and are deploying their resources to help make Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) for local healthcare workers at the front line in the fight…
Dublin Port at its most attractively busy on a summer’s day. However, the suggestion that commercial port activities be moved elsewhere to aid city waterfront development has recently been aired yet again.
In recent months the concept of a fixed link between Ireland and Britain has been rapidly developing as various politicians have proposed bridges between Northern Ireland and Scotland across the narrow, storm-tossed and tide-riven waters of the North Channel. But…
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Tune into North Sails Webinars
Our North Sails Moth webinar last week was a great success with "Mothies" from all over the world tuning in - including Irish Moth sailors from around the country! The upcoming North Sails Webinar schedule can be found here We'd…
RYA Urges British Boaters To Think Again Before Cancelling Payments & Support Local Networks
British boaters are being encouraged to support their local boating networks wherever possible during the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic. As Boating Business reports, the RYA is asking people to think again before cancelling payments to sailing clubs, marinas, class associations and…
Ronan Beirne of Leinster Yacht Brokers
Ronan Beirne of Leinster Boats is inviting those in the market for a boat this season to browse his extensive online boat listings.  Click on www.Leinsterboats.ie and www.networkyachtbrokers.com and also his listing on Afloat boats for sale here. The well known…
The 2021 Irish Sea sailing calendar has some early date clashes for cruiser-racer campaigners. The Dublin Bay J109 Something Else (John Hall), above, is a regular competitor and past class winner at the Scottish Series in late May but next year the Loch Fyne event clashes with the ICRA Nationals at Hall's home club, the National Yacht Club at Dun Laoghaire
The wholesale cancellation of early 2020 regatta fixtures, is impacting the 2021 season with some conflicting dates appearing for May and June 2021. So far, four key fixtures of Irish interest appear to be affected next season. Firstly, Scotland's biggest sailing event,…
Cover of Irish Yachting & Motorboating for May 1970, showing the International Dragons in a club evening race at RNIYC at Cultra on Belfast Lough with Jeremy Hughes in Medusa leading
Once upon a time, when life followed some sort of a plan, Irish sailing was getting into early action in April. In looking back at Irish Yachting & Motorboating – the predecessor of Afloat.ie – for the editions of April…
Eddie English - delivering online pilotage courses
Eddie English's Cork Harbour based Sailing School SailCork will use (free) ZOOM technology next week to provide interactive sessions on several different online pilotage and passage planning destinations. Each session will last between 45 minutes or 1 hr 15 mins.  Go-ahead…
Social distance markings painted on the ground at popular Dun Laoghaire Harbour on Dublin Bay
Outdoor enthusiasts have been urged to “stay local” this weekend to limit the spread of the Covid-19 virus. Two mountaineering organisations have urged people to refrain from heading to the uplands this weekend and ensure their one daily walk is…
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Watch Officer in the Irish Coast Guard (IRCG)
The Irish Coast Guard, a Division of the Department of Transport, Tourism and Sport has vacancies for Watch Officers at its three Marine Rescue Coordination Centres in Dublin, Malin Head,Co Donegal and Valentia, Co Kerry. The IRCG provides a nationwide…
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A code zero (left) and a Flying Jib on Dublin Bay cruiser WOW!
UK Sailmakers Ireland’s Barry Hayes looks at the differences between Code Zeros and Flying Jibs on IRC, what are the best angles for each and tips for using them. Both sails are used reaching, but at what angels and why…
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Viking Marine Operating Online: Supplying the Boating Parts & Equipment You Need
In response to yesterday’s Government Covid-19 announcement, Viking Marine has made further changes to ensure the safety of our customers and team writes Ian O'Meara. While staying at home and working on boats we wish to ensure you have the…
Irish Marine Federation chairman Paal Janson
Following today’s (Tuesday 23 March) announcement of further restrictions to combat the spread of Covid-19, the Irish Marine Federation has called for marine industry staff to be classified as ‘essential workers’. Taoiseach Leo Varakdar announced a slate of new measures…
A canal lock gate in Dublin
Outdoor ethics programme Leave No Trace Ireland has published a set of simple guidelines for getting outdoors responsibly and safely amid the Covid-19 crisis. “Now, more than ever, it is vitally important that collectively, we use the outdoors responsibly, taking…

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