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First yachts are arriving – “Big Willi“ is flexing its muscles for Boot Düsseldorf 2018
Marine Trade
Boot Düsseldorf 2018 is starting in 32 days and the initial boats are already on their way to the city on the Rhine. Ship crane “Big Willi” is being used to lift two elegant Italian yachts and one sleek Dutch…
The overall winner Mermaid IV,  a Beneteau 50
Turkey Shoot
Mermaid IV, a Beneteau 50, one of the biggest yachts in the 73–boat Rathfarnham Ford DBSC Turkey Shoot, held on to her overall lead in the predominantly heavy weather series to clinch the Christmas Turkey First Prize at the Royal…
Beneteau Announces Special Price For Class Members For New Figaro 3 Foiling Yacht
Boat Sales
#Figaro - Following this summer’s first images of its new foiling one-design, Beneteau has announced the pricing for the Figaro 3. And the French marque says it has kept its promise of an affordable boat, with a special price of…
The haven under the hill. Howth will be pulling out all the stops to make its new Wave Regatta from June 1st to 4th 2018 a user-friendly success
W M Nixon
A successful new development in the national sailing programme will inevitably be something of a revolution. Yet if those managing the event handle it in the right way, the changeover can take place without people thinking that anything really revolutionary…
Speakers at yesterday’s information session on what Horizon 2020 and blue growth mean for Ireland’s marine and maritime sector
News Update
#Horizon2020 - This week’s information day on Horizon 2020 as a key investment driver for the marine sector highlighted the importance of ‘blue growth’ as an important opportunity for marine research in Ireland. Since 2014, 27 Irish marine participating organisations…
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News Update
This 64 page full colour A4 magazine includes a review of 2017 plus all the details for 2018 Afloat and all you latest sailing news in time for Christmas! BUY IT HERE! Order your copy at €8 plus €2.80 shipping…
A Rash'r Vest. Rash'R an Irish company which designs and manufactures the 'brightest rash vests on the planet'.
Viking Marine
The winner of November's Viking Marine Rash'R vest competition is Eileen Dooley of Dublin.  Congratulations to you, Eileen! Your prize of a Rash'R vest will be winging its way to you shortly!  Stay tuned for more prize competitions on Afloat.ie!  Rash'R…
SCORA Commodore – Kieran O'Connell
Tom MacSweeney
After a few negative years, resulting in some despondency about the future of cruiser racing, the annual meeting of SCORA, the South Coast Offshore Racing Association, had a more positive atmosphere, with a good attendance of skippers, boat owners and…
Mermaid IV rounds a leeward mark at this year's Turkey Shoot
Turkey Shoot
Mermaid IV, a Beneteau 50, one of the biggest yachts in the 73–boat Rathfarnham Ford DBSC Turkey Shoot, has increased her overall lead of the series after five races sailed and one discard applied. Download results below. Mermaid IV is now on 43…
The new comfort in winter sailing from Zhik; Overgloves
Marine Clothing
Right now, on Sunday mornings, do you feel your fingers are about to drop off at Cork Harbour's Winter Leagues? Or Dublin Bay's Turkey Shoot or DMYC Dinghy Frostbites? Innovative Australian sailing gear manufacturer Zhik think they have the answer…
The body of Lu Na McKinney was found by a jetty at Devenish Island on Lough Erne, near Enniskillen
News Update
#LoughErne - BelfastLive reports that a man has been charged with the murder of a woman whose body was found in Lough Erne earlier this year. Lu Na McKinney was recovered from the water by emergency services in the early…
Paul O’Higgins (second left) with the crew of Rockabill VI in Dingle after winning the race from Dun Laoghaire
Sailor of the Month
Paul O’Higgins (RIYC) is November’s Afloat.ie “Sailor of the Month (Offshore)” for the sporting way he campaigns his JPK 10.80 Rockabill VI. He knew when to make it serious to win the Volvo Dun Laoghaire to Dingle Race, but equally…
Afloat.ie is aiming for even more readers in 2018 thanks to a great scene on Irish waters
News Update
Afloat.ie is on course for another record year for visitors on its dedicated Irish boating website, with a 20% increase on 2016 figures. The Irish sailing, boating and maritime website reached a high water mark a year ago, informing and…
Viking Marine’s Advent Calendar Is In Full Swing
Viking Marine
Viking Marine is four days into its Advent calendar on Facebook, highlighting a different gift idea for your favourite sailing enthusiasts each day until Christmas. Stocking stuffers featured thus far include the new Gloma Nautica Rope Bracelets, Dexshell waterproof socks,…
Several members of the Wives & Partners of the Defence Forces (WDPF) group are seen protesting outside Leinster House yesterday. This was followed last night with an overnight vigil held outside the Dáil. Afloat adds that the Naval Service's OPV LE Niamh is currently tasked overseas as part of the Eunavfor Med Operation Sophia which is attempting to tackle the issues of people-smuggling from north Africa.
Navy
#Navy - More than 100 people writes RTE News have taken part in a protest over pay and conditions for rank and file members of the Defence Forces. The demonstration was organised by the Wives & Partners of the Defence…
Mermaid IV leads the DBSC Turkey Shoot
Turkey Shoot
Mermaid IV, a Beneteau 50, one of the biggest yachts in the 46–boat Rathfarnham Ford DBSC Turkey Shoot has moved into the overall lead of the series after four races sailed and one discard applied.  News of the Modified ECHO…

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