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Ocean-Tramp at-Anchor
On 1st December last year, ‘Team South’ departed Ushuaia, Argentina, and headed south across the Drake Passage. Damian Foxall, Niall MacAllister and Lucy Hunt are ‘Team South’ - the three-person crew of highly experienced sailors and marine scientists leading a…
Irish Offshore Sailing’s motor cruiser Gaviota
Irish Offshore Sailing has extended its sail training and yacht racing programmes for 2020 with a full range of motor cruising courses on a specially fitted-out and coded motor yacht. Skippered by Yachtmaster Instructor Peter Beamish, the training boat is…
Irish Sailing President Jack Roy (left) with Cormac Mac Donncha at Kilronan in the Aran Islands in 2017 at the first staging there of the WIORA Championship, another Mac Donncha innovation.
At year’s end, the Sailors of the Month adjudicators survey the overall scene in search of an outstanding and innovative event which has added to the variety of the Irish sailing programme. In 2019 this role was well filled by…
Transatlantic success - Paul Fagan, Paul Barrington, Brian Uniake, David O’Reilly, Alan Daly, Barry O’Sullivan, Teddy Murphy (all NYC members) and Olly Cotterell (Skipper).
A National Yacht Club crew from Dublin Bay have finished fourth in class and fourth monohull in the 2019 Atlantic Rally for Cruisers (ARC).  As previously reported on Afloat, the NYC crew made the crossing in the 80-foot Swan yacht…
RCYC Cruising Boat of the Year Trophy - (from left) Rear Admiral Cruising Mike Rider, Maeve McDonagh, Admiral Pat Farnan and Seamus Gilroy
The well attended Royal Cork Yacht Club Laying Up Supper last weekend featured some important club annual awards presentations by Admiral Pat Farnan witnessed this year by special guests from the Royal Yacht Squadron in Cowes writes Bob Bateman. Neighbouring Cork…
Cruising in the Netherlands
Newly updated 2020 editions of the UK Cruising Association’s three main inland waterways cruising guides for France, Belgium, the Netherlands and Germany have been published by the CA’s European Inland Waterways Section (EIWS) in time for the Christmas season. All…
Flags of the nations, including Ireland, at today's opening ARC ceremony in Las Palmas de Gran Canaria
With the majority of boats now docked in Las Palmas de Gran Canaria and crews busy making preparations for their 2,700 nm Atlantic ahead of start of the ARC next Sunday - 24th November - it was time to mark…
Revenue Guidance For Compliance With Green Diesel Ban For Pleasure Craft To Come Before New Year
The Revenue Commissioners will prepare guidance material for their website and update relevant tax and duty manuals in advance of the upcoming ban on the use of green diesel for private pleasure craft, it is understood. That’s according to the…
Revenue ‘Yet To Reveal Changes For Oil Suppliers’ Ahead Of Upcoming Green Diesel Ban
With only seven weeks until the ban on the use of green diesel for private pleasure craft comes into force, the Revenue Commissioners have yet to formally declare to oil suppliers what changes are required under the new legislation, according…
Two Irish Boats Prepare for 2020 ARC Rally
The Atlantic Rally for Cruisers (ARC) will bring together a diverse group of boats and crews to sail with the historic ocean rally celebrating its 34th edition in 2019 and while there are no Irish entries among the fleet for…
Finance Bill Confirms Mineral Oil Tax Ban On Green Diesel For Private Pleasure Craft From January
As professional services giant PwC highlights in its Budget insights summary, the Finance Bill published last Thursday introduces measures to bring Ireland in line with EU law with respect to the use of marked gas oil for private pleasure navigation.…
Team South are leading a series of expeditions in Antarctica this winter in SV Ocean Tramp
Exploration and Discovery is the theme for the 2020 Irish Sailing Cruising Conference at the National Yacht Club on 15th February 2020 at Dun Laoghaire Harbour in County Dublin. Met Eireann Meteorologist and Wave Expert, Sarah Gallagher, will be talking about…
At the presentation to Dun Laoghaire RNLI of the Cruising Association of Ireland cheque for €1,000 collected at the recent CAI "Three Bridges Lifted” Rally in Dublin Port were (back row, left to right) Chris Watson, Ronan Adams, Jack Shanahan, Damien Payne and Oisin Corrigan of Dun Laoghaire lifeboat, and front row (left) Station Mechanic Kieran O’Connell (left) and (right) Duty Cox’n Adam O’Sullivan, with Commodore Vincent Lundy of the CAI, and Honorary Treasurer Bryan Downey
The Cruising Association of Ireland’s popular “Three Bridges Lifted” Rally to Dublin Port in September was a festive occasion in a weekend of exceptionally good weather, and a large fleet celebrated the camaraderie of seafaring and boats and cruising until…
Damian Foxall (left) with marine biologists Lucy Hunt and Niall McAllister
Two centuries after the “white continent” was recorded officially for the first time by an expedition led by Irishman Edward Bransfield, Kerry round-the-world offshore racer Damian Foxall plans to explore Antarctica by sail. Kerry-born Foxall will be accompanied on his…
East Link already up, Sam Beckett starting to swing…..it could only be in the heart of Dublin with the Cruising Association of Ireland getting together for their friendly invasion and the annual Three Bridges Opening
John Leahy, Honorary Secretary Cruising Association of Ireland, reports on this year’s "Three Bridges Liffey Cruise" The Cruising Association of Ireland’s “Three Bridges Liffey” cruise is an annual end of season mini social cruise which attracts a large number of…
Skellig Michael, with the Little Skellig and the coast of Kerry beyond. The patch of white water in the foreground indicates the location of The Washerwoman Rock, and it has been demonstrated that it is possible to sail – indeed, to race – between it and the Skellig itself.
It is ironic that the internationally-recognised abbreviated sail number identification on Irish racing boats should be IRL writes W M Nixon. For in global tech-speak, IRL is the acronym of “In Real Life”. If the rather intriguing way of existence…
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