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In at the sharp end – John Twomey of Kinsale puts down a marker for Ireland at the start of one of his many Paralympic campaigns
World Sailing President Kim Andersen has claimed that the sport is in a strong position to lobby for a return to the programme at the Paralympic Games in time for Los Angeles 2028. This rings many bells in Ireland, as…
RYA & British Marine: Boat Owners Left In Limbo By UK Government ‘Inaction’ On Brexit Customs & VAT Issues
British boaters face a choice between extra costs rising into four figures or seeing their vessels being stranded in the EU after the end of the Brexit transition period, unless the UK Government acts now. That was the warning in…
Texaco Support for Sport, a club funding initiative for which EUR130,000 is set aside for distribution to clubs on a 26 county-by-county basis with successful applicants receiving €5,000 each, has been launched by Valero
Texaco has launched a support for sport initiative which sets aside a fund of €130,000 for distribution to sports clubs on a twenty-six, county-by-county basis, with successful applicants receiving €5,000 each. At a time when many sports clubs may be…
Artist’s impression of the mega-sloop Apex 850 at sea
Following the launch earlier this year of its biggest ever yacht, Dutch builder Royal Huisman has unveiled what’s being touted as the world’s largest sloop. Designed by Malcolm McKeon — who is also responsible for the BlackCat catamaran among others…
World Maritime Day "Lá Mara" to be Marked by Udaras na Gaeltachta Marine Webinar
Ireland’s “blue economy” and the opportunities for Gaeltacht communities will be debated at a marine “webinar” hosted by State agency Udarás na Gaeltachta on Thursday to mark world maritime day. Offshore renewable energy, standards for sustainable harvesting of both wild…
The survey will be carried out by the RV Celtic Voyager
The next legs of the Mobility of Sediment Waves and Sand Banks in the Irish Sea (MOVE) Survey begin tomorrow, Wednesday 23 September, according to the latest Marine Notice from the Irish Maritime Administration. As previously reported on Afloat.ie, the…
Sligo Yacht Club at Rosses Point
County Sligo was a big winner in the Fisheries Local Action Groups awards announced today with Sligo Yacht Club getting €33,465.00 to improve the facilities and Sligo County Council were awarded €32,396.84 for a Temporary Pontoon Project. On the East coast, Greystones Sailing Club got…
Presentation of the annual John and Stephanie Hannan award to Mark and Denise De Faoite- (left to right) CSS commodore Dave Cahill, Mark De Faoite, Stephanie Hannan, Marcus Hannan and Denise De Faoite
A special tribute has been paid to the late sea kayaker, mountaineer and circuit court judge John Hannan with a new annual trophy for sailors in An Spidéal, Co Galway. John Hannan, who died after an illness in Galway in…
The DMYC Kish Race is scheduled for Sunday morning
Several Dun Laoghaire Harbour sailing events scheduled for Dublin Bay this weekend are awaiting Government guidance as Level 3 Covid-19 pandemic restrictions loom for the capital. Four events planned for the Bay may need to be reconfigured – or even…
Although the Mayflower Autonomous Ship will not have a crew to experience the battering she might encounter in trying to cross the North Atlantic east to west directly from Plymouth in Devon to Plymouth in Massachusetts, at just 15 metres LOA she is likely to receive quite a battering nevertheless
Today (Wednesday) in Plymouth in England, the Mayflower Autonomous Ship is expected to have her official launch, though the word is she has been test floated in advance. If that's the case, it was a prudent move, for although un-manned…
Marshall King & Ian Wilson’s Soak Racing is the reigning J/70 Corinthian World Champion and at this regatta, defending the national championship
Dublin Bay and Greystones sailor Marshall King of the Royal St. George Yacht Club, who is the corinthian World Champion in the J70 class, has some work to do in the Class's British National Championships if he is to move…
The site of the now cancelled Ocean Village Show in Southampton
At 6.34 pm this evening, Thursday 10 September, on the eve of opening day, British Marine received the devastating news from Southampton City Council that the BOATS2020 show could no longer go ahead due to the rising risk of COVID-19…
The philosophical concept of "less is more" acquires an added layer of meaning when Mark Mills applies it to the design of the new award-winning MD75 Karma. Like the stately homes of the 19th Century, the theory is that almost all the mechanical and physical work needed to keep this extraordinary concept at optimum performance is taking place out of sight
County Wicklow-based international superyacht designer Mark Mills has scooped another major trophy at the stratospheric end of the global sailboat design spectrum. Back in April, he was an Afloat.ie "Sailor of the Month" awardee when his very advanced prototype Wally…
A CGI image of how the former RMS St. Helena, the final 'passenger' and freight ship to serve St. Helena in the remote South Atlantic Ocean and the rest of the world until an airport was completed in recent years for commercial flights. In addition a cargo-only (container) service took over by still connecting South Africa. Currently AFLOAT adds the renamed St. Helena is berthed on Merseyside undergoing conversion for a new career with Extreme E which is a radical new racing series which will see Electric-SUVs (transported onboard) compete in the most remote corners of the planet that have been impacted by climate change.
Formula 1 driver Lewis Hamilton, reports BBC Top Gear, has announced the creation of a new team to compete in the inaugural season of Extreme E with a team called ‘X44’. Now, Hamilton you might be familiar with (six F1…
Applications Open For Latest Radio Surveyors Panel
A call for applications has been launched for the latest three-year panel of radio surveyors. As with previous iterations, this panel will carry out statutory radio surveys on Irish seagoing vessels, including fishing vessels greater than 15m LOA, for compliance…
Irish Maritime Administration Launches Engagement Survey
A new survey from the Irish Maritime Administration (IMA) of the Department of Transport encourages feedback regarding its communication with stakeholders and service users. Marine Notices are one method used to communicate important information by the IMA and its divisions,…

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