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The Hanse 455 Saoirse, with which Wolfgang Bee-Fenix and his Irish-German family have been making a Transatlantic circuit cruise, is expected back in Malahide later on Sunday, after a warm welcome home to Irish waters from both the Customs and…
The Irish-German Bee-Fenix family’s Hanse 455 Saoirse making lots of well-controlled knots under her downwind Transatlantic rig
When your name is Wolfgang Bee and your boat is a top-of-the-line Hanse 455, the smart money would say you’re German. But when your wife is a Fenix from a family with roots in Tippperary and a couple of other…
The fjords of Norway hold endless allure for cruisers
‘Cruising Scandinavia’ is the subject of this evening’s (Wednesday 20 May) online talk presented by Prof Andrew Curtain and hosted by the Royal Irish Yacht Club. The Nordic region provides a huge variety of sailing opportunities and a single presentation…
The ketch Danu leaving harbour in Antigua, homeward bound for Galway Bay with 12-year-old Lillian serenading from the foredeck
At Port Aleria on Clew Bay in Mayo, Alex and Daria Blackwell can see their Bowman 57 ketch Aleria when she’s on her moorings off their house. But at the moment, their minds are often elsewhere, as Daria is Vice…
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Alex & Daria Blackwell’s Bowman 57 Aleria revelling in good sailing on Clew Bay in a very different time. These days, Ocean Cruising Club Vice Commodore Daria is busy at home on the shores of Clew Bay, co-ordinating the Atlantic passages of voyaging boats anxious to deal with Covid-19 restrictions, and get clear of the Caribbean and home to Europe or North America before the hurricane season sets in.
Today, all being well, a flotilla of eight boats will be leaving Antigua, bound Transatlantic for Europe in the hope of being well clear of the Caribbean before the hurricane season sets in. Included in the group will be the…
Limited cruising on the Côte d’Azur is now back on the agenda
The first phase of Spain’s transition towards its ‘new normal’ amid the ongoing coronavirus pandemic saw boat owners yesterday (Monday 11 May) allowed to set their vessels free from moorings, as International Boat Industry reports. ‘Non-commercial cruising’ in limited groups,…
The dream in fulfillment – the ketch Danu in the Caribbean
The family crew of the 13 metre Bruce Roberts steel ketch Danu from Galway Bay hope to start their long Transatlantic voyage home from Antigua this weekend. The oceanic circuit cruise started nearly eleven months ago when Marine Institute scientist…
UK’s Cruising Association Confirms Proposals For Dyed Diesel Ban On Private Pleasure Craft
The UK’s Cruising Association (CA) says it has confirmed with HM Revenue & Customs that it is their intention to legislate that dyed or ‘red’ diesel can only be used for agriculture, railways and non-commercial heating from April 2022. This…
Author Dublin Bay sailor John Latham and Scoundrel at Fenit Marina in County Kerry
As a citizen of an island nation, John Latham long had the desire to sail around this country, headland by headland. With that in mind, co-owner John McQuaid and he were determined to carry out such a voyage in their…
 The King and the special sailing star – the late Patsy Dan Rodgers, King of Tory Island, with Rita Kennedy during her cruising visit to the island in 2017 with her husband Richard on their 34ft steel cutter Seachran
“If you find a good crew, marry her”. It may sound flippant. But when you think of all the challenges of keeping any ship’s company in a friendly and effectively-functioning form, and add to that all the challenges of a…
Nick Kats ketch Teddy in East Greenland waters last summer. Teddy was designed and built in steel in Denmark by Arne Hedlund in 1988
The further west you go in Ireland, the warmer is the hospitality. So despite the current ferocious weather and the fact that Clifden in Connemara is well out into Ireland’s Atlantic frontier, the mood will be friendly and warm in…
The Antarctic expedition yacht Ocean Tramp was one of the stars of the show at Saturday’s Irish Sailing Cruising Conference in the National Yacht Club
The annual Irish Sailing Cruising Conference attracted a capacity attendance of a hundred enthusiasts to the hospitable National Yacht Club on Saturday, with an excellent and sustaining club lunch at mid-conference to provide further energy for a very busy programme,…
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Royal St George Yacht Club's Frank O'Beirne won the Irish Cruising Club's (ICC) Perry Greer Bowl for the 'Best First ICC Log' that describes a cruise from Dun Laoghaire to the Hebrides last Summer, a voyage that has provided the…
Drone-Eye View Adds New Dimension To Sailing Directions
For 90 years, the Irish Cruising Club’s Sailing Directions have been the standard text on small-craft pilotage of the Irish coast. As Afloat contributor Lorna Siggins wrote in her review for The Irish Times: “Approach any port without these navigational…
View from the Shipman 28 of Christine Heath, who will discuss her cruising and racing experiences around Europe
Next weekend’s Irish Sailing Cruising Conference is now fully booked, with delegates looking forward to a day of exploration and discovery. As previously reported on Afloat.ie, the full programme of talks and sessions on Saturday 15 February will take in…

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