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Lough Derg as seen near Mountshannon
Waterways Ireland advises all masters of vessels and water users on Lough Derg to proceed with caution moving in or out of Mountshannon as the green navigation marker for the western side of Cribby Island is currently off station. Lough…
Hire cruisers at Banagher Marina this summer
Cruiser hire firms on the River Shannon have experienced a boom in business from ‘staycationers’ as holidays abroad this year were cancelled in droves, according to RTÉ News. While some operators felt the brunt of coronavirus restrictions in the spring…
A previous edition of the Three Bridges Liffey Cruise
The Cruising Association of Ireland has cancelled its traditional end of season event in Dublin, The Three Bridges Liffey Cruise. The name reflects that the normal cruising event involved the simultaneous lifting of all three Liffey bridges at 3 pm…
Darina Brown from the yacht Rhapsody and her accompanying sea dog Brody was on the Cruising Association of Ireland cruise from Dublin to Belfast
It's only 160 km by road but the passage north from Dublin Bay for the twelve Cruising Association of Ireland crews who set out for Belfast Lough was a great deal more. With stopovers in Carlingford Lough and Ardglass on…
Down Cruising Club occupies an unusual clubhouse, the old Lightship, Petrel
Down Cruising Club is celebrating a return to the water with a Members' Day next Saturday (22nd August). Located at Ballydorn, near Whiterock on Strangford Lough, DCC occupies an unusual clubhouse, the old Lightship, Petrel. It was built in 1915…
Philly Eves and Tedd Hamilton on board Kari which they spent 6 years on from 2003 with their children (from left)Cian, Soracha and Oisin
“A steel boat will take you anywhere if it is well maintained, but knowing it inside out made all the difference,” “You can jump onto a boat and sail it, but you can have lots of problems if you aren’t…
A heron at Bangor Marina in County Down
In a few days, a large fleet of 17 boats from the Cruising Association of Ireland will arrive in Belfast Lough. It's three years since they last cruised here in Northern Ireland. The contingent will include two boats from the…
Larry Pardey - a consummate cruising sailor and boat builder
Ireland's solo Round the World sailor Pete Hogan gives a personal memoir of Canadian author and bluewater sailor Larry Pardey, who circumnavigated the world both east-about and west-about, and who died last month aged 81.Many Irish sailors will have read,…
Vera and Peter Quinlan-Owens with Lilian and Ruairí on board Danú of Galway after berthing at Parkmore pier, near Kinvara, Co Galway yesterday after 14 months at sea
When two Galway children set sail with their parents for a circuit of the North Atlantic last summer, little did they know they wouldn’t be homeschooling on their own. Nor was “pandemic” on the list of potential hazards as Lilian…
Escape to the islands…..late evening sunshine in Kilronan in the Aran Islands yesterday (Friday) evening as Galway Bay SC cruisers on their way to Roundstone and Inishbofin meet up with the Quinlan-Owens family in their Transatlantic-voyaging Danu. The lilac-pink banners indicate participation in the GBSC “Lambs Weekend”.
After spending much of the past two months on her own in the Atlantic making her way home from the Caribbean via the Azores, the Quinlan-Owens family’s 43ft ketch Danu found her crew being swept up into a socially-controlled welcome…
Dingle Harbour in Co Kerry
The Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine (DAFM) has confirmed that bathroom and shower facilities at Dingle’s harbour and marina will reopen by the coming weekend. Marina users had expressed dismay that facilities at the fishery harbour had remained…
A bit weather-beaten, and some haircuts needed, but the Quinlan-Owens family on Danu are feeling fine and glad to be home
Last night (Wednesday) the 43ft steel ketch Danu made her way round the end of the breakwater at Kilronan in the Aran Islands in the evening light, with the day’s rain clearing away to the northeast. The Quinlan-Owens family of…
RYA Urges Engagement With UK Red Diesel Consultation
The British Government has launched its long-anticipated consultation with red diesel users across the UK, including Northern Ireland, following the news of plans to restrict the fuel’s usage from 2022. This past April the UK’s Cruising Association confirmed Westminster’s intention…
 The Quinlan-Owens family’s ocean-voyaging Roberts 39 ketch Danu of Galway is expected shortly back in the familiar waters of Connacht
The Quinlan-Owens family of Kinvara are expected home in Galway Bay within the next day or so with their 39ft steel ketch Danu of Galway, a 1993-built ocean voyager which Marine Institute scientist Vera Quinlan and her husband Peter Owens…
The CAI Round the Kish Cruise concluded at the Royal Irish Yacht Club in Dun Laoghaire
The Cruising Association of Ireland was back on the water last weekend with a cruise around the Kish Bank Light on Dublin Bay and onwards to the Royal Irish Yacht Club at Dun Laoghaire Harbour. Seven yachts rounded the Kish…
Nick Kats’ 39ft ketch Teddy in gentle waters at Inishbofin off the coast of Galway. Having been at sea for several days on passage to Iceland and Greenland, Teddy’s skipper has decided that his crewing arrangements were unsuitable for what would have been his third cruise to Greenland, and he has returned to an Irish port at Tory island off Donegal
The pressures of assembling an ocean-going crew on-line in the highly-constrained times of Coronavirus may have been a factor in experienced Arctic voyager Nick Kats’ decision to cut short what would have been his third cruise from Ireland to East…

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