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In Conversation With Damian Foxall: ‘You Can Take A Sailor Off The Water But Not For Very Long’
The latest edition of The Ocean Race’s Off Watch video interview series sits down with Damian Foxall, Irish veteran of the yachting challenge formerly known as the Volvo Ocean Race. Kerryman Damian Foxall has competed in the round-the-world race six…
Fernando Corral in Armada 1588: Shipwreck & Survival
A new docudrama telling the story of a Spanish Armada captain shipwrecked in Sligo launches tonight (Friday 22 May) as a digital download. Armada 1588: Shipwreck & Survival follows the tale of Captain Francisco de Cuéllar, who washed ashore on…
The late Bruce Lyster (on left) as his hugely successful Half Tonner Swuzzlebubble finishes first in the late August 1980 Abersoch-Howth Race to add the ISORA Championship Title to a season of national and international success
The death of Bruce Lyster of Dun Laoghaire at the age of 78 is the sad loss to the Irish sailing community - and our maritime world generally - of a multi-talented figure who combined exceptional abilities in the financial…
Celebrate Poetry Day Ireland With ‘Odes To Our Ocean’
To mark Poetry Day Ireland tomorrow (Thursday 30 April), the Marine Institute is sharing a selection of poems that celebrate the power of our seas and oceans. The State agency for marine research will join Poetry Ireland’s annual celebration of…
The UK pirate radio ship Radio Caroline, pictured in 1966 when she ran aground between Frinton and Holland-on-Sea, Essex. The setting up of Radio Caroline inspired the 2009 Richard Curtis film, The Boat that Rocked. AFLOAT adds the name of the vessel was Mi Amigo registered in Panama which operated Radio Caroline South while in 1964 another radio pirate vessel Caroline served as Radio Caroline North when anchored offshore of Ramsey, Isle of Man. According to Soundscapes.info, both vessels were equipped at the Port of Greenore, Co. Louth.  See Afloat coverage of 50th anniversary of the Irish Sea radio with link below.
Irishman Ronan O’Rahilly, the founder of the celebrated pirate radio station Radio Caroline, has died at the age of 79. Mr O’Rahilly revolutionised commercial radio in 1964 when he set up Radio Caroline outside UK territorial waters and broadcast to…
Sigma 33 keelboat racing on Dublin Bay at the Volvo Dun Laoghaire Regatta 2019. With luck, sailing will be back and there can still be a rewarding season ahead in 2020
The Government is preparing for a 'controlled and gradual return to sport' and the 2020 sailing fixtures are being tentatively redrafted by yacht clubs across Ireland as the country enters a new phase in dealing with the Coronavirus. The Taoiseach told the…
A Professor of international health and tropical medicine has said that single-handed sailing could return 'very soon' while the government asked sporting NGBs this week for information on what challenges are faced in returning to sport
Government is seeking input from sports bodies – including sailing – as to how a 'gradual and controlled' return to activities can be achieved. Yesterday, the Taoiseach told the Dáil that the Government would like to set out a roadmap…
The PPE made by UK Sais
Barry Hayes of UK Sailmakers Ireland reports that gowns (pictured above) made at his Crosshaven sail loft are destined for care homes and GP surgeries across the country in the fight against COVID-19. 'Our not-for-Profit makeshift gown making endeavour has…
The UK Sailmaker produced PPE gear on the sail loft floor in Crosshaven
UK Sailmakers in Cork Harbour have busy fulfilling the many orders for gowns for healthcare workers in the frontline against COVID-19. As Afloat reported previously, sailmaker Barry Hayes and his team at Crosshaven have been deploying their resources to help make…
According to the Naval Service, for the past number of days LÉ Eithne has operated in support of HSE to prepare stocks of PPE for distribution throughout the Cork region. In addition Naval Service Reserve personnel have been instrumental in this effort. Above the flagship last week having departed Haulbowline in Cork Harbour is seen heading upriver on the Lee to Cork city where it remains on standby for other tasks when required.
Crew of the LÉ Eithne, which EchoLive.ie reported earlier today, have been tasked to deliver personal protective equipment to HSE locations across Cork city. The Naval Service vessel is docked in Cork city since March 20, awaiting a tasking from the HSE…
RYA Welcomes Business Grants & Rates Packages For Sailing Clubs In England
Sailing clubs and centres in England are already beginning to benefit from the £22 billion grant and business rates package recently announced by the Chancellor Rishi Sunak, the RYA says. Businesses in the retail, hospitality and leisure industry, such as…
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…
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…
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,…
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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