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File image of vessels moored at a previous Southampton Boat Show
This year’s Southampton International Boat Show has been postponed to 2021 as the effects of the coronavirus pandemic continue to reverberate throughout the boating industry. As International Boat Industry reports, the 52nd edition of the industry fixture — which had…
Dinghy instructor trainees get on the water with SailCork earlier this week
Over the years Eddie, English of SailCork has trained literally hundreds of sailing instructors. And following the coronavirus-enforced break, this week he was back at his favourite job, holding his first five-day course of the summer season with a new…
Thunderchild II on the hoist at Crosshaven Boatyard this week; a planned 2020 transatlantic record bid is now on hold
Safehaven Marine's Frank Kowalski has announced that his planned Trans-Atlantic record attempt this year in Thunder Child II has been postponed. Speculation mounted this week when the asymmetrical catamaran was lifted out of the water in Cork Harbour that it…
A Whaly 455R with outboard engine and road trailer from OSM
Here at O'Sullivan's Marine, we like nothing better than working with you to find the right solution for your boating needs. Each customer has unique requirements, not only on the type of boat, whether it be hand-laminated fibreglass boats, Linder…
Wolfram Diener (right) is taking over from Werner Dornscheidt
“Many of the hotspots of the water sports community in Europe are coming to life again”, boot Director Petros Michelidakis is delighted to report. He is Greek by birth and a keen sailor – and will soon be paying another…
Quantum Membrane sails on a J109
Mark Mansfield, Quantum sails Ireland agent and Professional sailor/coach outlines the options and deadlines for those wanting new sails for this year's Round Ireland Race and Wave Regatta at Howth. Due to COVID-19 restrictions, which have now virtually been lifted…
Thunderchild II is lifted by the special boat hoist at Crosshaven Boatyard in Cork Harbour
The fully refurbished Thunderchild II was on the hoist at Crosshaven Boatyard in Cork Harbour yesterday, fuelling speculation that she is preparing for a new world record transatlantic crossing? As regular Afloat readers will know, the record bid for the…
North Sails Ireland's Wicklow Service Loft is now open
North Sails Ireland has announced the opening of our new Service loft in Wicklow, close to the main Dublin sailing centres at Howth and Dun Laoghaire. Shane Hughes is the man behind the new operation and he is more than…
Ensure Responsible Racing With A Log Book From Viking Marine
The return of racing at yacht, sailing and boat clubs around Ireland this week is hugely welcomed by all. But as pointed out on Afloat.ie last Friday, we are being asked to make safety of a new kind our priority…
Kevin Magnussen (also below) extols the virtues of X-Yachts
Formula 1 driver Kevin Magnussen has shared his dreams travelling the world by sail in a new video from X-Yachts, as he sails an Xc 38 from the Danish firm’s easy sailing Xcruising range. The fellow Dane has long been…
The exterior and (below) interior of the 1997 Starlight 35 currently available at Crosshaven Boatyard
Viewing is highly recommenced on a 1997 Starlight 35 now for sale at Crosshaven Boatyard with a €59,500 price tag. The Bowman Yachts-built cruiser — which the broker assures to be in excellent condition — comes with six berths and…
Yamaha 36 going to windward with Beth Miller helming and Hannah Miller crewing
Keith Miller from Wexford transformed his Yamaha 36 from a slow cruising boat into a well-balanced and finely tuned IRC racer Keith’s Yamaha 36 was doing a race to the Fastnet and back when his backstay parted bending the mast…
File image of the Obelisk Bridge which crosses the River Boyne near Townley Hall
Independent.ie reports that a man has died in an incident while fishing on the River Boyne near Townley Hall, outside Drogheda yesterday afternoon, Saturday 27 June. It’s understood that a man in his 30s was taken from the river two…
Minister for the Marine, Barry Cowen TD
Barry Cowen (52) is the new Minister for the Marine. A brother of a former Taoiseach, the Laois-Offaly TD will get a chance to sit at Cabinet following nine years on the party frontbenches. Cowen's work and party pedigree make…
National Maritime Pollution Contingency Plan Is Published
The new National Maritime Oil & HNS Spill Contingency Plan (NMOSCP) will establish “a national framework and strategy to co-ordinate marine pollution preparedness and response”, according to the Department of Transport, Tourism and Sport. Published yesterday (Friday 26 June), the…
A Quantum Fusion Membrane mainsail and headsail
Often cruising boat owners are unsure what type of upwind sails to order. Many would have received sails with their boat when it was bought new, and no doubt these would have been the primary crosscut Dacron sails. Below, Mark…

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