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Boaty McBoatface is the public's choice after a controversial online naming poll
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#BoatyMcBoatface - The votes are in and 'Boaty McBoatface' is the clear choice in a public poll to name a new British polar research vessel, according to the Guardian. As previously reported on Afloat.ie, bosses at the National Environment Research…
Douglas Bay, Isle of Man
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#IrishSea - The inquest into the death of a Polish woman from Dublin whose body was recovered from the water off the Isle of Man last summer has recorded an open verdict, as BBC News reports. Recording his findings at…
Galway Docks
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#Galway - BreakingNews.ie reports that post-mortems on two bodies recovered from Galway waters over the weekend are scheduled for today (Monday 18 April). Gardaí have confirmed that the body of soldier Private Ben Garrett (21), who was missing since 31…
All coastal Member States must establish maritime spatial plans by 2021
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Maritime spatial planning for Ireland takes a step closer this year thanks to an EU directive first adopted in 2014. The directive obliges all coastal Member States to establish maritime spatial plans by 2021. Member States, including Ireland, must transpose…
All that remained of the much-loved and superbly-restored 26ft Pegasus at Rinville in Galway Bay
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A much-admired ongoing restoration project, which had resulted in the full return to original condition of the classic sloop-rigged 26ft South Coast One Design Pegasus, almost ended in tragedy with an explosion aboard the newly-launched boat on the Galway Bay…
Maritime aspects of the 1916 Rebellion are being discussed at the NMCI this morning
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Ireland is an island nation but not yet a maritime nation. So said Capt. James Robinson of the Irish Maritime Forum and formerly of the Irish Naval Service when opening the Forum's conference at the National Maritime College in Ringaskiddy,…
Under legislation proposed by a new nationwide maritime republican pressure group called SOAR, only the Royal Western Yacht Club of Ireland at Kilrush (above, with RWYCI burgee) will be allowed to retain its “Royal” title
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The recently-formed maritime association SOAR (Sailors Of A Republic), which claims to have a nationwide membership, today outlines its plans to reclaim the yacht and sailing clubs of Ireland into a truly republican spirit. “In view of the successful and…
Brightlingsea One Design C56 Never Say Never - Owner Geoff Gritton at the helm. See video below.
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Not sailed in Ireland but looking remarkably similar to our own sadly depleted Dublin Bay Mermaid class, the Essex based Brightlingsea One Design (BOD) Class – a classic 18-foot three-man clinker dayboat which has been sailed continuously at Brightlingsea since…
Ed Dubois
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Dubois Naval Architects made the sad announcement yesterday that founder and famed yacht designer Ed Dubois has passed away. “Following a period of illness last year, Ed had been in better health and working as normal. Unexpectedly he was admitted…
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Get the latest edition of Afloat magazine is in your newsagents now. The 48–page edition carries news from all coasts and is on sale at €5. Contents include: Irish Sailing Association News on an upgraded Try sailing initiative plus a new sailing passport, how Donegal…
The new Natural Environment Research Council could be named 'Boaty McBoatface' thanks to an online poll
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#BoatyMcBoatface - The operators of a new British marine research vessel may be left red-faced as an online poll to name the ship has a clear favourite: Boaty McBoatface. The tongue-in-cheek submission is far ahead of rival choices such as…
J80 North sails have been stolen from Royal Thames
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10 symmetric North spinnakers, 3 mainsails and 5 vertical battened Jibs all in brand new condition along with 8 carbon assymetric spinnaker poles and 24 RTYC branded Spinlock Wing PFDs in new condition all contained in an Ifor Williams trailer…
The pier at Buncrana where the tragedy occurred, as seen last summer
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#Buncrana - Five people, including three children, understood to be from the same family are dead after their car slipped into the water at Buncrana, Co Donegal last night (Sunday 20 March). As the News Letter reports, a major emergency…
Volunteers are searching as far as Tawin Island for the man missing after entering the water in Galway city on 10 March
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#Search - The search remains ongoing for a man seen entering the water at Galway's Wolfe Tone Bridge 10 days ago. As previously reported on Afloat.ie, the man in his 30s prompted a widespread search in the city's waters after…
The British foiling Vampire catamaran has already reached 30–knots. See video below.
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With an aim to make a mark on the future of foiling sailing, the British foiling Vampire catamaran project has already reached peak speeds downwind of 30–knots. The project is a collaboration between catamaran sailor William Sunnucks and boat builder…
Searches Resume In Galway For Reported Missing People At Docks & Mutton Island
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#Search - Galway Bay FM reports that coastal searches resumed this afternoon in Galway for a man who was spotted entering the water last night (Thursday 10 March). The search began in Galway Docks after the man, believed to be…

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