Ireland's sailing, boating & maritime magazine

In association with ISA Logo Irish Sailing

News Update
Children will be encouraged to get out on the water at the Southampton International Boat Show next month
Nearly a quarter of all children in Great Britain — a whopping 2.28 million — have never been swimming in the ocean, and 35% have never been in a boat on the sea. That’s according to new research commissioned by…
Previous RYANI award winners
The RYANI is calling on clubs across Northern Ireland to nominate their sporting heroes for its the Annual Awards, sponsored by Garden Rooms NI. This year’s awards evening will be held on 17 January 2020 at Queen’s University Belfast’s Riddel…
Michael Kingston
An Irish maritime lawyer intends to seek a High Court declaration that the Whiddy island deaths which occurred in the Betelgeuse oil tanker explosion and fire 40-years ago were “unlawful”. Lawyer Michael Kingston also intends to seek a State apology…
Survey conducted at Dun Laoghaire Regatta
In a survey of competitors at the 2019 Volvo Dun Laoghaire Regatta on Dublin Bay, 60% of respondents said the Irish boating portal '' was their 'go-to' website for Irish sailing & boating news. Nearly 200 sailors were polled from…
Seapoint Bach in Termonfeckin is reporting along with other news outlets that a teenage girl has died after getting into difficulty swimming off a Co Louth beach yesterday (friday 28 June). The 14-year-old girl was reportedly pulled out to sea by a rip…
AMS Panther is one of the three vessels that will be involved in the ecological survey for the Dublin Array between now and May 2020
A series of ecological surveys will take place in the Irish Sea off the Dublin and Wicklow coast between now and May next year to provide data on seabirds and marine mammal species to inform the development of the Dublin…
A tug assists HMS Medway, the second of five new UK Royal Navy Batch 2 River Class Offshore Patrol Vessels which for the first time berthed at its homeport of Portsmouth today. During a delivery voyage from Scotland, the 2,000 tonnes newbuild was in relatively close proximity of the Irish flagged cargoship Arklow Cliff (2,999grt) which by coincidence was bound for the River Medway where located is the Port of Rochester which is reached from the approaches to the Thames Estuary on the North Sea.
Following the Rockall fishery dispute that grabbed the headlines last week, the UK's newest Fishery Patrol Vessel (FPV) completed a delivery voyage from Scotland to its homeport of Portsmouth today, writes Jehan Ashmore. HMS Medway arrived on Solent waters this…
The stamp by Clare artist Vincent Killowry depicts the Vimy Vickers above an Atlantic swell
When a Vimy Vickers bi-plane made a crash landing in Connemara a century ago, it not only marked the first transatlantic flight – but also the first such airmail delivery writes Lorna Siggins Aviator John Alcock, who flew with Arthur Whitten…
Rockall - Legal Experts Says Scotland Right & Ireland Wrong
Two Irish international maritime law experts have said that Scotland is within its legal rights to place a 12-mile territorial limit around Rockall writes Lorna Siggins. Statements made by Government ministers over the past week have been “incorrect”, as Rockall is…
John Kerry, Alicia O’Sullivan, Simon Coveney and Selina Neirok Leem in discussions at the Our Ocean Wealth Summit 2019 in Cork
Former US Secretary of State John Kerry has called for immediate action to move to decarbonisation to manage climate change. The former US senator and presidential candidate was delivering the first keynote address of the Our Ocean Wealth Summit in…
Veterans at the D-Day 75th anniversary at Southsea Common, Portsmouth where world leaders joined the commemorative event today from those nations that formed the Allied Forces that fought in Normandy, France.
Veterans in their hundreds,RTE News reports, have joined world leaders and royalty to honour those who fought in the D-Day landings 75 years ago at a commemoration ceremony in the UK. Britain's Queen Elizabeth was joined by Prime Minister Theresa…
Fibre Optic Cable Laying In The Irish Sea This Weekend
Marine Notice No 13 of 2019 advises that a pre-lay grapnel run and route clearance operations will be conducted in Irish waters for three days from tomorrow, Friday 31 May, to Sunday 2 June as part of installation of the…
File image of the Garda Water Unit
A former member of the Garda Water Unit who died on a diving excursion at the weekend has been remembered by colleagues as “a really popular guy who had won several awards for water rescues”. The Irish Times reports that…
The UK Royal Navy's only 'on-duty warship' HMS St. Albans departed Portsmouth Naval Base (as AFLOAT pictured above) is scheduled to arrive today (lunchtime) at the Port of Holyhead (operated by Stena Line Ports). The north Wales port town is to hold a special events tomorrow (read below) including public tours of the 'Duke' class frigate at the Orthios Jetty. This is close to Newry Beach where AFLOAT also adds is the local Maritime Museum which over the years has developed closer relationships with its Irish Sea counterpart located near the East Pier, Dun Laoghaire Harbour.
A UK Royal Navy warship is sailing to north Wales (today) to take part in the annual Armed Forces Day celebrations. HMS St Albans, reports NorthWalesLive, will arrive at the Port of Holyhead to take part in a series of events…
‘Racing for the Corinthian Challenge Cup on Lough Derg’ by Montague Dawson, which was sold at auction in London on 1 May
A painting by Montague Dawson recently sold at auction may not depict an amateur sailing race on Lough Derg as claimed, according to one yachting historian. As previously reported on, the painting titled ‘Racing for the Corinthian Challenge Cup…
Japan and Australia nose to nose in San Francisco at this weekend's SailGP event
Australia’s SailGP team repeated their performance from February in Sydney as they raced to victory against Japan in the US debut of the event this weekend. Thousands were in attendance at the Marina Yacht Club Peninsula Race Village to see…

Featured Sailing School

INSS sidebutton

Featured Clubs

dbsc mainbutton
Howth Yacht Club
Kinsale Yacht Club
National Yacht Club
Royal Cork Yacht Club
Royal Irish Yacht club
Royal Saint George Yacht Club

Featured Brokers

mgm sidebutton
bjmarine sidebutton
xyachts sidebutton

Featured Associations

ISA sidebutton
isora sidebutton

Featured Events

tokyo sidebutton
sovscup sidebutton
vdlr sidebutton

Featured Chandleries

CHMarine Afloat logo
osm sidebutton
viking sidebutton

Featured Sailmakers

northsails sidebutton
uksails sidebutton

Featured Marinas

dlmarina sidebutton

Featured Blogs

W M Nixon - Sailing on Saturday
podcast sidebutton
BSB sidebutton
sellingboat sidebutton

Please show your support for Afloat by donating