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Emirates Team New Zealand testing two AC40s side by side in Auckland’s Waitemata Harbour on Thursday 2 February
America’s Cup defender Emirates Team New Zealand began its two-boat testing programme on Auckland’s Waitemata Harbour last Thursday (2 February) in ideal 12-15 knots northeasterly winds. It was the first opportunity the team has had to sail in the past…
Fireballs sailing on Tralee Bay in a still from recently digitised footage of the 1970 Fireball Worlds
Film footage of the 1970 Fireball World Championship hosted in Fenit by Tralee Bay Sailing Club has been digitised after more than 50 years and has been shared online by John Caig, who won the event with Jack Davies. According…
Aerial view of Royal Malta Yacht Club
The host club of the Rolex Middle Sea Race has been forced to relocate its operations into shipping containers after it was evicted from its premises. As the Times of Malta reports, talks to delay a court-ordered eviction or find…
Noel Butler presented with his trophy at Dun Laoghaire Marina by the DBSC in 2021 for his RS Aero performance
Noel Butler of the National Yacht Club is Stateside this week for the 2023 Florida RS Aero Winter Series in Tampa. Davis Island Yacht Club — known for its steady winter winds ranging from 8-15 knots on any given day…
St Bridget emerges onto the Liffey from Dublin's Grand Canal Dock basin's Buckingham Lock, following a winter-layover. The 96 passenger Dublin Bay Cruises vessel departed Dublin Port to Dun Laoghaire Harbour from where it is based for the forthcoming season. In the background Naomh Éanna (blue cover on wheelhouse) a former Aran Islands freight/ferry which recently became partially submerged in a graving dry-dock that was built more than 200 years ago.
Dublin Bay Cruises St. Bridget which departed the capital and headed across the scenic bay to neighbouring Dun Laoghaire Harbour from where it is based, is preparing for another busy season, writes Jehan Ashmore. The 96 passenger vessel (spelt St.…
Drone view of GUYOT environnement - Team Europe on Day 11 of Leg 2 (Saturday 4 February)
It was near midnight UTC on Saturday night (4 February) when boats in The Ocean Race fleet started to make their first significant move to the east towards Cape Town. Within an hour, all five IMOCA teams had gybed to…
From left, fisheries officers Jose Perez, Maureen Byrne, Andrew Crosbie and Christine Meehan
Inland Fisheries Ireland (IFI) has launching its recruitment drive to hire 36 seasonal fisheries officers for 2023. Subject to funding, the six-month posts are divided across seven River Basin Districts, covering 15 counties, with recruitment getting underway immediately. Seasonal fisheries…
K-Challenge is now Orient Express Team as ACCOR hotel group signs on as title partner for the team’s America’s Cup challenge
K-Challenge Racing is now Orient Express Team, after the ACCOR hotel group’s commitment to backing their challenge for the 37th America’s Cup. As previously reported on Afloat.ie, K-Challenge — who previously contested for the 32nd America’s Cup in 2007 as…
Spirit of France has returned onto the Dover-Calais route boosting sailing frequency using four ferries.  Above is Spirit of Britian, the twin of UK-France ferry, which are currently the biggest ever to operate the route until larger newbuilds enter service this year.
The operator P&O Ferries which has routes on the Irish Sea, North Sea and the Strait of Dover has reintroduced one of its ferries onto the short sea route to Calais. As KentOnline reports, the ferry Spirit of France which…
File image of Clarendon Lock in Co Roscommon
Waterways Ireland advises masters of vessels and waterway users on the Shannon Navigation that replacement of the upstream lock gates at Clarendon Lock is ongoing and the lock will now reopen for navigation on Friday 3 March. As previously reported…
Phillip Kasüske on the bow at sunrise on Day 10 of Leg 2 (Friday 3 February) onboard GUYOT environnement - Team Europe
“Around the outside” is a trope that gets pulled out at one point or another on every edition of The Ocean Race. It refers to a tactical option on the race course where a boat, or boats, sail a longer…
MSC Group to operate new container feeder service linking Dublin and Cork with mainland Europe through ports in France and Belgium
Major global container shipping operator the MSC Group is to launch a new direct 'feeder' service connecting Dublin Port and the Port of Cork to mainland Europe, writes Jehan Ashmore. The new weekly service to Dublin and Cork is to link…
Bernard and the late Caitriona Lucas in a Coastguard RIB
A date has been set for an inquest hearing into the death of Irish Coast Guard volunteer Caitriona Lucas (41), over six years after her death off the Clare coast. As The Irish Examiner reports, the Limerick coroner’s office has…
GP14 action from the 2022 World Championships hosted by Skerries Sailing Club in County Dublin
The 2023 Irish GP14  season gets underway with its first of seven events in April when Blessington Sailing Club hosts the O'Tiarnaigh Challenge. Coming off the back of an epic 2022 season, that saw 100 boats gather in Ireland for…
The Congressional Cup is recognised as the ‘grandfather’ of modern world-class match racing. The world’s top match racing skippers will return to Long Beach, California from April 18 to 22, 2023 for the 58th Congressional Cup regatta
The world’s top match racing skippers will return to Long Beach, Calif. April 18 to 22, 2023 for the 58th Congressional Cup regatta at Long Beach Yacht Club, and a founding event on the World Match Racing Tour. Reigning 2022…
The Arklow RNLI crew awardees recognised for their rescue of the yacht Jest
Seven members of Arklow RNLI have been honoured for their roles in a challenging and exhausting service, almost seven hours in duration, which saw a crew of three people, onboard a nine-metre yacht rescued. For his exceptional display of seamanship…
Outsider Woman of the Year Karen Weekes with Una May from sponsor Sport Ireland at the Outsider People of the Year Awards 2022 which was held at the Sugar Club
Atlantic rowers Dr Karen Weekes and Damian Browne, sea swimmer Jane Curtin and kayaker Dan Clohisey are among winners at the annual Outsider magazine awards.  The awards sponsored by Sport Ireland celebrate “people and organisations who are doing amazing things…
The Gonzaga College and Irish National Sailing & Powerboat School Shanahan Cup event will be sailed in RS Fevas
After a three-year pandemic-induced absence, the Shanahan Cup Secondary Schools' Team Racing event is set to take place next Wednesday, the 8th of February. Jointly hosted by Gonzaga College and the Irish National Sailing & Powerboat School racing is organised…
Skiffiefest 2023's schedule on Strangford Lough is for 33 races covering several age categories
A country park doesn’t readily come to mind as a venue for a weekend of St.Ayles Skiff racing, but Delamont lies on the shores of Strangford Lough near Killyleagh and has proved an ideal base for this activity in the…
The aim of the East Antrim Boat Club 'Ladies That Launch' initiative is to engage with existing female club members and get them back to dinghy sailing
A new ladies' sailing initiative at East Antrim Boat Club on Larne Lough in Northern Ireland got underway at the end of January when Ladies that Launch dusted off the wetsuits and had a fun afternoon trying to find the wind.…