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While the new Kinsale-conceived 206ft sloop will provide extensive comfort, top sailing performance is a priority
The largest boat currently racing in the Sovereigns Cup series at Kinsale is Conor Doyle's locally-based Xp50 Freya. For most of us, she's a biggy, and an elegant one at that. But if you were to exit Kinsale Yacht Club…
The 88m Maltese Falcon was the largest ever superyacht to race at the Superyacht Cup Palma in 2011. The cup celebrates its 25th year this July
With less than a month to go to the start of Superyacht Cup Palma’s landmark 25th anniversary, final detailed preparations are falling into place, according to organisers. The celebration of Europe’s longest-running superyacht regatta from June 23-26 has been carefully…
Nin O'Leary and the crew of Aragon on port tack in the Loro Piana Superyacht Regatta
Royal Cork's Nin O'Leary together with Cian Guilfoyle of Dublin Bay and other Irish crew are lying third on Aragon in the Loro Piana Superyacht Regatta this week. The Costa Smeralda put on its best show to deliver a second unforgettable…
“Vento” project: presented in Venice for the very first time the concept of a new 100 metre megasailer by Nuvolari Lenard which claims to be a realistic return to 'sustainable sailing'
A new 100-metre sailing superyacht can - and must - be environmentally friendly and have as little impact on the ecosystem as possible say the promoters of the NL 285 "Vento" project, presented by designers Nuvolari Lenard at this week's…
The 29m Aragon yacht (ex: Windfall ) was built in 2012 by Southern Wind and under Royal St. George skipper Mick Cotter set the 2019 Dun Laoghaire to Dingle Race record.She races next week at Sardinia's Loro Piana Regatta
Dublin Bay, Howth and Cork Harbour crews will race the latest 29-metre Aragon in Sardinia next week at the prestigious Italian superyacht Loro Piana Regatta. Dun Laoghaire Harbour's Cian Guilfoyle fresh from last week's RC 44 Cup as Afloat reported here,…
the moment a £65m superyacht crashes into dock . . . twice
A £65m superyacht crashed into a luxury Caribbean yacht club’s pier, causing ‘very significant’ damage, after reportedly suffering a computer malfunction. The 235ft-long vessel is said to be owned by Capri Sun juice tycoon Hans Peter Wild, but it is…
Phocea Ex-Club Med, the legendary 75m racing yacht built for Alain Colas and the 1976 Single-handed Trans-Atlantic Race burns in Langkawi Harbour
The 75.13-metre sailing yacht known as Enigma and Phocea caught fire yesterday off an island near Langkawi, Malaysia as Superyacht Times reports. While at anchor less than one nautical mile northeast of Pulau Singa Kecil (Lion Island), the 530 GT…
The philosophical concept of "less is more" acquires an added layer of meaning when Mark Mills applies it to the design of the new award-winning MD75 Karma. Like the stately homes of the 19th Century, the theory is that almost all the mechanical and physical work needed to keep this extraordinary concept at optimum performance is taking place out of sight
County Wicklow-based international superyacht designer Mark Mills has scooped another major trophy at the stratospheric end of the global sailboat design spectrum. Back in April, he was an Afloat.ie "Sailor of the Month" awardee when his very advanced prototype Wally…
The Earl of Belfast’s brig-rigged superyacht Waterwitch successfully working up to windward of the Royal Navy’s crack Channel Squadron in an offshore sailing test in 1834
In the current wave of revulsion against slavery and its appalling history, no European nation has totally clean hands. For although we might like to think that the huge Caribbean sugar plantations worked by African slaves in the 1800s brought…
37–metre Celtic Spirit of Fastnet berthed at Dun Laoghaire Marina
Celtic Spirit of Fastnet, a 37–metre (121'5) custom yacht sailed into Dun Laoghaire Harbour this morning the first of a number of much-anticipated superyacht arrivals into Dublin Bay this summer. Coming to Dun Laoghaire Marina, the sailors' gateway to Dublin…
Sinot’s Aqua concept mega-yacht would be powered entirely by liquid hydrogen
Multi-billionaire Bill Gates has not commissioned an eco-friendly luxury superyacht that’s powered entirely by liquid hydrogen, the boat’s creators insist. First unveiled at last autumn’s Monaco Yacht Show, the futuristic Aqua is a 370ft, five-deck mega-yacht with room for 14…
UK Maritime Rescue Coordination Centre worked overnight to oversee the search and rescue operation in Indonesia
HM Coastguard in the UK was among the agencies joining an international search operation last night (Friday 22 November) after a superyacht sank off Indonesia. While initially believed to be a UK-registered vessel, it was quickly confirmed that the yacht,…
The 90m superyacht Nero listing in dry dock at Amico & Co in Genoa
Four people were reportedly injured when a superyacht owned by Irish media mogul Denis O’Brien listed while being relaunched from a dry dock in Italy. According to Boat International, the 90-metre Nero was in the process of being moved out…
Former Royal Mail Ship (RMS) St Helena having passed through Tower Bridge, arrives to moor alongside HMS Belfast in the Pool of London this week (see link below to Afloat's 2016 coverage). St. Helena's visit was to promote Extreme E electric car racing launching in 2021 as the ship will transport the championship’s supplies and equipment. Afloat adds in 1995, RMS St. Helena made a once-off charter to Swan Hellenic Cruises with calls to Ireland, Dublin and Cork (Cobh), Isle of Man and the Western Scottish Isles.
#shipping - Former Royal Mail Ship (RMS) St Helena returned to London almost three years after a farewell 'once off' visit took place just days before the UK Referendum to remain or leave the EU was held, writes Jehan Ashmore. Afloat…
Christopher berthed at Dun Laoghaire Marina in 2014
#Superyachts - Afloat.ie has learned that superyacht Christopher is moored in Dun Laoghaire Marina this morning (Monday 13 August) after passage from Belfast. The 46m Ron Holland-designed cruising ketch previously sailed into Dublin Bay in June 2014, when it was…
Superyacht ‘Tulip’ Berths In Dun Laoghaire Marina
#Tulip - Dun Laoghaire Marina yesterday (Friday 13 July) welcomed the arrival of the K&M superyacht Tulip for a brief visit. Designed by German Frers Jr and launched in 2012, the luxury 88-footer has the appearance of a classic sloop…

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