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The J121 Jackhammer ISORA crew taking in the rays while fending off the cold stateside
Earlier this month UK Sailmakers Ireland’s Barry Hayes was in Newport, Rhode Island, commissioning sails aboard the new J121 “Jackhammer”. Owned and campaigned by ISORA and Ocean Racing veteran Andrew Hall – “Jackhammer” has an extensive programme planned for her…
J109 Wakey Wakey won class one and overall in last weekend's pre-season ISORA race
The ISORA 2018 offshore sailing series starts this weekend on both sides of the Irish Sea with Racing on Saturday in Pwllheli and Race two in Dun Laoghaire this Sunday. The fixture is part of ISORA's 'Viking Marine Coastal Series'. Weather…
Viking Marine is hiring new staff
As the new sailing season arrives, Viking Marine in Dun Laoghaire and Kilcoole is looking to recruit full time and part time people to join its crew, both in the shop, and out and about at events. The ideal candidate/s…
The former Royal Mail Ship, RMS St. Helena, a passenger-cargoship Afloat adds was confirmed by the St. Helena Government with a sale of the ship concluded in London yesterday. The 6,000 gross tonnage ship is now to serve as an anti-piracy security transfer vessel in the Middle East.
#Ports&Shipping- The UK's last working postal ship, RMS St. Helena, was for nearly three decades the main source of contact between one of humanity’s remotest islands and the outside world. Now the ship, cherished by the 4,500 residents of British-ruled…
Mike Evans' Half Tonner Big Picture, using North 3DL sails, in action in Howth at a breezy start to the Key Capital Spring Warmer Series
North Sails Ireland sailmakers Shane Hughes and Maurice "Prof" O'Connell were afloat in the coaching RIB at the first day of the Key Capital sponsored Spring Warmer Series in HYC on April 14th. Also in Howth was NS colleague Nigel…
Grand Prix legend Eddie Jordan with his Oyster 885 Lush
Ireland’s Formula One Grand Prix legend Eddie Jordan has long been a keen sailor - his current vessel is the well-travelled Oyster 885 Lush. He has now stepped-up his involvement with the well-known UK-based firm as a result of its…
Alistair, (right) Arthur Rumball and Bobo the Dog from the early days of the INSS sailing a Sherrif Day Sailor in Dun Laoghaire Harbour
Alistair will be reliving 40 years of teaching tonight (Wednesday, the 18th of April at 8pm) at the INSS Clubhouse on the West Pier in Dun Laoghaire. As Afloat.ie previously reported, the talk is titled “A Life in the Irish…
The polyestermite – nasty little thing, consuming fibreglass boats somewhere near you. The rumour is that they breed them in Glandore
Be careful what you wish for if you’ve tunnel vision in favour of wooden boats writes W M Nixon. Fibreglass, the most useful and popular boat-building material, may be at risk from the polyestermite. And there are two notions about…
Weymouth Sailing Club was the scene of the incident on Monday 16 April
A man has died after he was crushed by the half-ton yacht he was working on in a Weymouth boatyard, as Mail Online reports. The 56-year-old, believed to be a company director, was carrying out repairs on his 29ft sailing…
Peter Beamish (right) with the Camira crew at Dun Laoghaire Marina all set for a 3di Sail Trial on Dublin Bay
North Sails Ireland's Maurice "Prof" O'Connell had a chilly evening's test sail on Friday April 13th, unlucky 13th for Prof, as he had no foul weather gear! The occasion was the unveiling of new sails on the Beneteau First 31.7…
Jeremy Elliott fits a new Spirit 76 3Di mainsail for a North Sails Ireland client in Antibes
Kinsale sailor and naval architect Jeremy Elliott is heading up North Sails Design Services giving him a key role in making the latest technology available to the North Technology Group companies and their clients. Based in Gosport, he’s worked on everything…
Alistair Rumball on the set of the TV programme Vikings. As well as running a successful sailing school, Rumball also runs a marine film services facility. His varied career will be the subject of his talk next Wednesday at the INSS club house
Forty years ago, when Alistair Rumball started the Irish National Sailing & Powerboat School the fleet comprised of four Darragh 14 sailing dinghies, one 21ft Sherrif Day Sailor and a 15ft O’Sullivan “Crash Boat” with a 9.9hp engine. The school…
The Endurance trapped in pack ice during the Shackleton-led Imperial Trans-Antarctic Expedition
#Shackleton - A new expedition is being launched next year that will attempt to find the wreck of Ernest Shackleton’s Endurance in the Antarctic. As BBC News reports, the primary focus of the scientific mission is to study the Larsen…
Rescue 118, pictured above, airlifted three casualties from a life raft 16 miles off Eagle Island
The Irish Mirror reports that a man has died after a fishing boat capsized off the Mayo coast yesterday afternoon (Tuesday 10 April). It’s understood that the deceased was a man in his 50s from North Mayo. He was one…
Participation in UK Boating Activities Hits Highest Levels Since 2002
According to the latest research released today, a record 3.96m UK adults (7.4% of the UK adult population) participated in one or more of 12 core boating activities1 in 2017, the highest volume recorded since this research initiative was first…
The Z-Cru is for stylish wear both on and off the water. Available from Viking Marine and CH Marine
Zhik’s bright new Z-Cru™ jackets breathe new life into the myriad of crew sailing jackets on the market and feature some neat technical detailing, in line with Zhik’s ethos of disrupting the status quo in order to move technical clothing…

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