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Two young girls dressed in nautical clothes and hats look ahead to this weekend’s Belfast Maritime Festival
Visitors can discover a treasure trove of free activities at this weekend’s Belfast Maritime Festival on Saturday 9 and Sunday 10 September. Taking place along the city’s Maritime Mile, with entertainment stretching across Queen’s Quay to HMS Caroline in the…
Sport NI has reported record engagement with the 2023 Get Wet Stay Safe Programme. Now in its second year, the scheme, which aims to raise awareness about water safety, has seen 729 people participate in training sessions across NI since May 2023, and over 1,300 since the campaign began
Sport Northern Ireland has announced that the 2023 Get Wet Stay Safe Programme has achieved record engagement this year. The initiative, now in its second year, aims to raise awareness about water safety and has seen over 1,300 people participate…
Wychcraft racing - Gerry Reilly and Jordan Conway winners, with  number seven, sailed by the Rogers family, number nine Master McGrath, Oliver and Sean Curran,  number eight sailed by John and James Murray
One thousand stainless steel screws and then more. That is what it took to restore Oliver Curran’s Wychcraft dinghy. They’re used to building boats in strange locations on either side of the Strangford Narrows in Co Down, with Billy Brown’s…
Groomsport Harbour
Groomsport is a small village on the North Down coast about two miles east of Bangor but in no way overshadowed by the larger town. It and its inhabitants have always had strong maritime links. The original Gaelic name for…
Second overall at the RS Feva Northern Championships were Felix Dion and Lucas Browne from the National YC (1774)  pushing hard upwind
Fourteen boats with a mixture of duos and family crews took part in the East Down Yacht Club hosted RS Feva Northern Ireland championships over the Bank Holiday weekend. The club is situated on the sheltered shores of Holm Bay…
File image of Larne Lough
The High Court in Belfast has dismissed a legal challenge against proposed gas caverns under Larne Lough. As previously reported on Afloat.ie, judgment was reserved in early May in the "complex" and "significant" judicial review into granting a marine licence…
Having reached the Caribbean, on the Jeanneau Sun Odyssey Optimistic stayed on and cruised the islands, finishing in Antigua, from where they crossed the Atlantic via the Azores to Ireland with crew Frederik Meyer (Switzerland), Michelle Bart (Switzerland), Keith Murphy (Dublin), Elwyn Agnew, second right kneeling (Portglenone), and Rory Kerr (Portstewart)
Ballyronan Boat Club lies on the northwestern shore of Lough Neagh, the largest freshwater lake in the British Isles. In his welcoming words on the club website, Commodore Elywn Agnew says the Club is keen to create great experiences and…
Shane McCarthy and Alan Green of Dun Laoghaire Harbour are favourites for the Irish Flying Fifteen Championship title at County Antrim this weekend
Entries are in from the North, South, East and West for this weekend's Irish Flying Fifteen National Championships, but where will the title rest after the sailing is over? On Wednesday, County Antrim Yacht Club advised that 24 entries have…
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Waterways Ireland advises masters of vessels and waterway users on the Erne System that dredging operations on the Kesh River in Co Fermanagh are continuing. Dredging at the mouth of the Kesh River (West Section) has been completed as of…
Tom Coulter from East Antrim BC and Portrush YC in Co Antrim topped the 23-strong ILCA 6 fleet at the Howth National Championships
Of the 15 Northern Ireland competitors in the ILCA Nationals at Howth Yacht Club recently, the best showing was that of Tom Coulter from East Antrim BC and Portrush YC in Co Antrim, who topped the 23-strong ILCA 6 fleet…
File image of Lough Neagh Rescue’s inshore lifeboat Bungy
Lough Neagh Rescue says interference with access to the water due to silting issues “will cost lives”, as BelfastLive reports. The Northern Ireland community lifeboat group said two call-outs in recent days were delayed due to silt blockages at Maghery…
Newcastle RNLI’s inshore lifeboat, Eliza, and all-weather lifeboat, Leonard Kent
Newcastle RNLI’s inshore lifeboat, Eliza, and all-weather lifeboat, Leonard Kent, launched on Thursday, (24 August 2023) to assist a man who took ill on Murlough beach. At approximately 1.40 pm, Belfast Coastguard requested assistance from Newcastle RNLI. The RNLI’s lifeguards…
Wakeboarding at the Cranagh Activity Centre on the Lower Bann in Coleraine
A popular destination for watersport on Northern Ireland’s North Coast has blamed governmental inaction over wastewater discharges for its decision to close after nearly three decades. In a statement on social media, Rob Skelly of the Cranagh Activity Centre said…
Optimist dinghy sailors prepare to race at the National Championships at Ballyholme Yacht Club
On Monday, as the international squads arrived at Ballyholme Yacht Club on Belfast Lough in Northern Ireland, the IODAI Development Squad - who are the newest sailors in the Main Fleet - took to the water with Head Coach Adam…
File image of Portaferry RNLI’s inshore lifeboat
The volunteer crew from Portaferry RNLI were requested to launch by Belfast Coastguard shortly before 5pm on Friday (18 August) to assist a sailing yacht in difficulty. The 28ft yacht with two adults and a child on board had run…
NI sailors and fellow competitors at the British Topper Nationals held at Plas Heli Sailing Club from 5-11 August
RYA Northern Ireland has hailed the success of its junior sailors in the recent Topper Worlds as well as the Irish and British Nationals in the region’s largest junior single-handed class. In early July, four out of the top five…