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Aoife Ní Niocaill’s GAA football was found on the shore of Llanrhystud in Wales
A family in Waterford got a big surprise at the weekend when they learned a football they’d lost in the water was found on the Welsh coast. As the Irish Examiner reports, Aline Denton was walking on the shore near…
Marine Ireland Industry Network Expands Its Online Footprint with New Website
The Marine Ireland Industry Network (MIIN) is expanding its social media presence as it prepares for the official launch of its brand-new website. Established in 2016 with the aim of bringing together Ireland’s marine industry under the ‘Marine Ireland’ brand,…
Jim Schofield with the plywood-and-epoxy hull of his ClassGlobe 5.80
An amateur sailor is putting his lockdown downtime to good used by building a boat he plans to sail solo across the Atlantic, as RTÉ News reports. Inspired by a worldwide ‘build at home’ challenge, 57-year-old Jim Schofield started work…
File image of boats racing on the Solent, between Britain’s south coast and the Isle of Wight
An Irish-born sailor died after sustaining a “traumatic brain injury” while sailing around the Solent late last year, as Southampton’s Daily Echo reports. An inquest opening heard that Paul Kavanagh (63) was hospitalised on Friday 4 December after it was…
The Brendan currach – "36ft of Cow & Gate" – made for a challenging east-west crossing of the northern North Atlantic in 1976-77
When the Courtmacsherry Harbour Boat Club was founded ten years ago, the late Tim Severin - the neighbourhood's own legendary sea adventurer and explorer of international renown - found himself in several roles at the inaugural gathering. Naturally, he was…
The new foiling Mini Maxi design is underway
County Wicklow designer Mark Mills Design is starting one of the most exciting new design projects outside of the America's Cup. The vision of his repeat client and Italian Owner of the Year Roberto Lacorte is to be the first…
UK Boat Owners Must Carry Proof of VAT-Paid Status ‘At All Times’ Post-Brexit
UK boat owners are being encouraged to carry evidence supporting their vessels’ VAT status “at all times” in the latest advice from the British Government. Marine Industry News reports on the new HM Revenue & Customs notice on ‘sailing your…
The court was told Crayfish is considered a globally threatened species
Three men have been summonsed by The National Parks & Wildlife Service for the illegal hunting and possession of protected White Clawed Crayfish Two men, Mr. Scaletchi Dumitru of Bettystown, Co. Meath, and Mr. Veaceslav Verdes, of 51 Bathe Abbey,…
A year end boating scene at Drake's Pool in Cork Harbour
Dear Reader, At the end of another busy year at Afloat.ie in 2020, we want to express our thanks for your continued support. Because of the generous backing from you and our other supporters, Afloat.ie is looking at another record…
The World War II mine was found in the Firth of Clyde on Tuesday 1 December
A World War II mine found in “remarkable” condition off western Scotland earlier this week contained 350kg of explosives, according to the Royal Navy. The unexploded ordnance was discovered by a Marine Scotland survey vessel in the Firth of Clyde…
Achill Yawls racing by artist Pete Hogan
Maritime artist and round the world sailor, Pete Hogan is inviting you to a virtual Open Studio tonight in Dublin by Zoom at 8 pm.  Hogan's popular sailing paintings include all manner of craft including works entitled 'Red Sails' that…
No safer place in the sun! Salamander snugly anchored on private gulet charter’
2020 was deeply frustrating for those many couples planning to get married as their plans kept being altered by ever-changing COVID regulations. Legions of boat owners also found their racing and cruising plans frustrated. One local couple managed to resolve…
One of the roles of the Irish Maritime Directorate is to facilitate maritime trade. Port workers look at the MV Celine, the world’s largest short sea Ro-Ro ship owned by CLdN at Dublin Port
The Irish Maritime Directorate has issued a 'Notice to all Maritime Stakeholders' about the development of a strategy for the Directorate. The Irish Maritime Directorate (IMD) is the term used to reflect the wide range of maritime responsibilities that fall…
Promoters say thanks to an innovative mechanical system to manage the power of the kite, the boat will be  able to achieve high speeds while remaining naturally stable
Reaching 80 knots (150 km/h) in sailing, beating the current record set at 65,45 knots and hence becoming the fastest on water in 2022: therein lies the objective of the SP80 project. The young Lausanne team has been testing a…
The Brexit transition period is scheduled to end on 31 December 2020
Ireland could see an influx after Christmas of visiting boaters from Northern Ireland seeking to secure the VAT and duty status of their vessels as the Brexit transition period ends. The suggestion comes after the UK’s Royal Yachting Association earlier…
New Panel Established for Radio Surveys of Irish Seagoing Vessels
A new three-year panel of authorised radio surveyors has been established by the Department of Transport following a call for applications this autumn. The latest three-person panel — who will sit until 20 October 2023 — will conduct statutory radio…
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