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Mayor of Galway Colette Connolly and Fr Donal Sweeney of the Claddagh Dominican church at the blessing of the gleoiteog Loveen in the Claddagh basin
The Galway gleoiteog named Loveen tacked across the Claddagh basin this weekend, some 96 years after it was built by the Reaney family of Spanish Arch. The gleoiteog has been restored, plank by plank, by the Galway Hooker Sailing Association…
After decades of searching, researchers from the U.S. National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration and Coast Guard have located the shipwreck of the former U.S. Revenue Cutter, Bear. The wreck of the Bear, which was lost at sea in 1963, is…
The Oliver family, David, Daria, Ciaran, Sean and Martin who are instrumental in Galway's maritime environment and founding members of Galway Hooker Sailing Club, at the Loveen
Where else in the world would you hear yourself being addressed as Loveen but in Galway - and that's the name of a 96-year-old gleoiteog which is being blessed today (Oct 16) in the Claddagh Basin. The historic vessel which…
With their Centenary next year, the Shannon One Designs celebrate a unique boat and successful class which came into being at a time when Ireland was in a state of turmoil
In Ireland, we're living through the Decade of Centenaries in terms of marking conflict-laden historical events and major national happenings ashore. So it says everything about the blissful sense of having a world of our own in sailing that in…
The restored trading ketch Ilen floodlit off the modern section of the Limerick waterfront to launch Mental Health Week in her home city
The Ilen Marine School's 56ft-restored trading ketch Ilen of 1926 vintage is already renowned for her good work when taking part in the Sailing Into Wellness programme. It's one of the ship's many interests that were vividly high-lighted at her…
The The 1938-founded Ballyholme Bay Class when still going strong in 1970, with Bobby Swanston's Eileen leading from Frank Humphreys' Penelope. While the class in Bangor is now largely defunct, an active sister-ship has emerged in Isle of Wight ownership
Coming as it does from David Tasker - an Afloat.ie reader from the Isle of Wight - a typically Autumnal query received a day or two ago from this new owner of an interesting and much-loved vintage boat is one…
Calendar girl….the classic Irish yawl Mavis (Ron Hawkins) has received the ultimate accolade of being both the cover star and the November feature of photographer Benjamin Mendlowitz's 40th Annual Calendar 2022 of Wooden Boats
American sailing photographer Ben Mendlowitz of Maine has been recording classic and traditional wooden boats and their world with an unerring eye for forty years and more now. Apart from regularly contributing to leading magazines, he has had ten books…
The first sight of Ireland - Dun Laoghaire Harbour, as the scene above of the Irish Sea 'Mail' boat, Hibernia was taken in 1963 when passing the port's East Pierhead and Lighthouse.
NorthWalesLive takes a nostalgic trip on the ferries that travelled from Holyhead to Dun Laoghaire Harbour which have been a familiar sight to generations of families. The historic link to Ireland had operated until closing in 2014 which Afloat adds…
The way of a ship at sea….
While everyone else was staring goggle-eyed at rapidly-changing and decidedly hostile weather charts last Thursday, and wondering whether the weekend's racing was going to be possible at all, in typical style the always-amazing Gary MacMahon was at sea off our…
Cork helmsman Harold Cudmore lifts the trophy in St. Tropez after winning Le Voile Saint Tropez Classic Regatta on the restored Cork Harbour one Design, Jap. RCYC Admiral Colin Morehead is pictured third from left
The restored Royal Cork Yacht Club Cork Harbour One Design Jap skippered by Harold Cudmore and with a crew that counts club Admiral Colin Morehead among its number have won Le Voile Saint Tropez Classic Regatta in the South of France. Jap,…
Newcomer to the event is yawl Sky (1890), that will be competing in her first Centenary Trophy. Sky is described as a true Gentlemen's yacht that was relaunched in 2017 after a complete rebuilt and restoration.
Three Irish flagged yachts are among some of the most beautiful centenarians gathering in Saint-Tropez for the 10th edition of the Gstaad Yacht Club Centenary Trophy this Thursday, 30th September.  The "youngest "centenarian taking part in the Trophy will be the Irish…
The Snipe dinghy Ranger at the Heritage Festival at Lough Erne
For a very long time, the Snipe class Dinghy Ranger languished in the Boathouse at Crom Castle on Upper Lough Erne, but after lengthy restoration by Fred and George Ternan, Ranger has been afloat twice recently and last weekend (18th…
The Cork Harbour One Design Jap is the oldest yacht in the 10th-anniversary edition of the Centenary Trophy, and the smallest of the competing boats in Saint Tropez
Royal Cork Yacht Club Olympic helmsman Harold Cudmore will be on the tiller of the oldest and the smallest yacht at the classic yacht Centenary Trophy fleet in Saint Tropez later this month. Cudmore is skippering RCYC's restored Cork Harbour One…
Dara McGee's - 'Under a mackerel sky', part of the Curacha outdoor exhibition
The artists’ exhibition of 21 currachs used as canvases which ran over the summer on the Aran island of Inis Oírr transfers into NUI Galway for Culture Night. Irish international sculptor John Behan RHA, Tuam-based visual artist Jennifer Cunningham, Mayo-based…
Rob and Alice Armstrong sail Ranger on Upper Lough Erne
In late August, the Snipe dinghy Ranger, restored by Fred and George Ternan after sixty years lying abandoned on the Crom Estate, County Fermanagh, had her second outing on Upper Lough Erne at Crom. Ranger was one of two Snipes…
Some 50 participants in over 20 boats took part in the Ocean to City Youth Event, covering the 4.5km from Blackrock Village to Lapp’s Quay.
The river Lee was bustling with young people in traditional currachs as Meitheal Mara hosted their first physical event in Cork Harbour almost two years. Some 50 participants in over 20 boats took part in the Ocean to City Youth…

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