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Cruising Club of America Names Solo Sailor Randall Reeves as Winner of 2020 Blue Water Medal
Randall Reeves has been named winner of the 2020 Blue Water Medal by the Cruising Club of America (CCA) for sailing his 45-foot aluminium cutter, Moli, alone around Antarctica and then through the Northwest Passage in a single season—departing and…
Solo sailor Gary Crothers (second from right) is congratulated on returning home to Derry this summer in his yacht a Kind of Blue
The Ocean Cruising Club (OCC) has awarded Northern Ireland one-armed solo sailor Garry Crothers its 2020 Seamanship Award.  Despite a pandemic raging throughout the year, the OCC found numerous achievements to recognise in the cruising world including the Derry sailor's summertime transatlantic…
‘Istanbul Convention’ Should Apply for UK Boats With Red Diesel Cruising in EU Waters, CA Says
Marine red diesel is still on sale to leisure vessels in the UK despite Westminster’s pre-Brexit plans to phase it out, the Cruising Association says. As previously reported on Afloat.ie, the British Government made clear its intention to legislate for…
Ireland's Daria (right) and Alex Blackwell of the Ocean Cruising Club
Royal Cruising Club (RCC) Awards the Medal for Services to Cruising – 2020 to the Ocean Cruising Club (OCC). The Royal Cruising Club (RCC) announced at the Awards Evening on 07 January, held on Zoom, that the Ocean Cruising Club…
RYA’s First Virtual Cruising Conference Set for March
Following last month’s news that its Northern Ireland branch’s cruising gathering is going online for 2021, the RYA has scheduled its first virtual cruising conference for the wider UK on Sunday 21 March. The conference will cover the issues that…
The new Jeanneau NC 33 will be available from Irish agents MGM Boats
Irish Jeanneau agents MGM Boats are targeting this summer for the delivery of the stunning Jeanneau NC 33. With a hull design by Michael Peters, the new NC 33 is powered by twin diesel engines with Joystick Docking Control. It…
Sean Drumm was owner of Corraquill Cruising based on the Ballyconnell-Ballinamore Waterway
Tributes have been paid to Corraquill Cruising owner Sean Drumm who died in a tragic accident in Co Fermanagh at the weekend. As BelfastLive reports, it’s understood the 69-year-old slipped on an icy jetty and fell into the freezing water…
RYA Round-Up of Brexit Issues for British Recreational Boaters Says Thousands Facing ‘Enormous Financial Disruption’
The RYA has published a new document outlining where British recreational boaters stand post-Brexit — with a deal still not struck eight days before the transition period ends. In its end-of-year summary, which details what is currently understood about a…
RYA Northern Ireland’s 2021 Cruising Conference Goes Virtual
The countdown is on for the virtual RYA Northern Ireland Cruising Conference 2021, which will take place online over three separate evenings in the new year. The conference, which will be hosted via Zoom, will run on Tuesdays 19 and…
Natasha Lambert at the start of this year’s transatlantic ARC
A young woman with cerebral palsy has become the first person to cross the Atlantic by ‘sip and puff’ sailing. Natasha Lambert — who three years ago sailed into Dun Laoghaire to complete a crossing of the Irish Sea by…
The Atlantic Rally for Cruisers departs
Following years of planning, months of trepidation, days of stowing, and hours of farewells, over 300 crew set sail today from Las Palmas de Gran Canaria for the start of the Atlantic Rally for Cruisers - ARC 2020. It was…
Author Alan McMahon, painted the boat name on the harbour wall in Porto Santo, his entrance point to the Atlantic
Dublin sailor Alan McMahon has published a book on his solo sailing adventures aboard a Hallberg Rassy 352 which he sailed across the Atlantic and back in 2018/19.  'Sailing Away' is an autobiographical account of one man's 13-month adventure, sailing…
RYA Hosting Free Webinar On Brexit Issues This Wednesday
The Royal Yachting Association is hosting a free webinar this Wednesday 14 October at 4pm to share news on its latest lobbying activities over Brexit. Representatives from the RYA’s cruising and legal and government affairs teams will cover the latest…
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…
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