Menu
Allianz and Afloat - Supporting Irish Boating

Ireland's sailing, boating & maritime magazine

Tom MacSweeney

Tom MacSweeney

Email The Author

Tom MacSweeney writes a weekly column for Afloat.ie. He also presents the radio programme Maritime Ireland on radio stations around Ireland.

National 18s and Mixed dinghies will start 2021 racing on Wednesday evening, June 9
This week the welcome sound will be coming to Scribbler. The 25-tonne travel hoist boat lift will be manoeuvred into position beneath her at Castlepoint Boatyard and Scribbler will be carried down Point Road, onto the Crosshaven slipway and lowered…
The LÉ Roisin detained the Punta Candierira approximately 95 Nautical Miles South of Mizen Head
After carrying out a high level of data and positional data analysis, the Naval Service has detained the Spanish fishing trawler involved in an incident with a Castletownbere trawler in Bantry Bay last Friday. As Afloat reported earlier, the LÉ…
Screengrab from video taken of the incident by the Irish trawler
The Sea Fisheries Protection Authority (SFPA) says that a Spanish-registered fishing vessel was "operating within the waters of Bantry Bay and therefore within Ireland's 12-nautical mile limit" during what Irish fishermen in the South West claim was an attempted ramming…
A flotilla of trawlers are heading for Cork City on Wednesday
Fishermen from the South West Coast will head for Cork Port on Wednesday to "show and tell the crazy scenario" facing their industry. "We are not being treated fairly by either the EU or the government who are not protecting…
Schull Sailing Commodore Sean Norris
Schull Sailing Club was founded in the West Cork harbour in 1977. Once a thriving fishing community, like other coastal areas that aspect of the village has diminished, but sailing has continued to develop. However, when Cork County Council didn't…
Launching a yacht by travel hoist in Crosshaven for the 2021 sailing season
Tonight is a big night for the Royal Cork at Crosshaven, where the Rear Admiral for Keelboats is looking forward to firing the starting gun again this evening. It's not for racing, but for keelboat training, as a prelude to…
Dunmore East RNLI tows home a sailing dinghy
I've never given much thought to why lifeboats are orange. It just seemed to me to be the right colour to be seen easily at sea. Now I know that it's also a colour that provides reassurance and relief -…
The first sightings of what are known as 'Liadhán chor gréine' or the 'Great Fish of the Sun' have been reported to the Irish Whale and Dolphin Group
Basking sharks should be given legal protection under the Irish Wildlife Act, the Irish Whale and Dolphin Group's Chief Executive says. They are protected in the UK, including Northern Ireland and around the isle of Man. Protection within 12 nautical…
The RYA is warning that if a boatowner carries flares, they'd better budget for the cost of eventual disposal
Reviewing the equipment on my Sigma 33. Scribbler, before launching this year, I've been wondering about flares. I don't have any needing disposal at present, but I've been following the debate in the UK where the Royal Yachting Association has…
Irish Sailing is hoping there will be competitive club racing this season
This is a crucial time for all those involved in sailing, with frustration clear because of uncertainty about the future of competitive events, including world championships such as the Topper Worlds, Laser 4.7 Worlds on Dublin Bay and other big…
 ISWFPO CEO Patrick Murphy said in an interview that all sectors of the industry were united in their approach for a fair share-out of the Brexit fishing impact amongst all EU nations
The fishing industry is "one hundred per cent united" in what it wants the Government's new Seafood Task Force to do for the industry, according to the Chief Executive of the Irish South and West Fish Producers' Organisation in Castletownbere.…
The well-supported PY 1000 All-In Dinghy Race has been cancelled
The start of the sailing season with two events in March in Cork Harbour has been set back. Two scheduled events have had to be cancelled due to the pandemic, both by the Royal Cork Yacht Club. The first of…
Bere Island lies at the entrance to the magnificent Bantry Bay and guards the deep water harbour of Berehaven, in West Cork
The Irish Islands' Federation has described as a "very unsatisfactory situation" that on offshore islands where there are not resident medical facilities or dispensaries, islanders are being required to travel to the mainland for Covid 19 vaccine injections. The Secretary…
A €35m development of Rosslare Europort is paying dividends after Brexit
Rosslare just breathes the atmosphere of the sea. Next month Rosslare Europort will hit a new record – a total of 36 shipping services a week operating from the port, which, its General Manager tells me, will make it the…
Royal Cork's Alex Barry and children out for a spin in a small motorboat in Cork Harbour
The oldest yacht club in the world has noted an increase of interest amongst members in motorboating. The Royal Cork Yacht Club at Crosshaven held a webinar in response to the interest of members in using motorboats to access areas…
The Old Head of Kinsale Napoleonic Tower and Memorial Garden in the foreground
The community group at the renowned South Coast landmark, the Old Head of Kinsale, plans to build a major, new Lusitania Museum to replace the present small museum at the site, where they have also constructed a memorial garden. The…
Younger sailors have been featuring more in South Coast racing including George Radley Jnr and crew on Creamy Beam, a vintage Sadler 25, competing in the 2020 Cobh to Blackrock Race
More young sailors are interested in racing offshore, an encouraging trend that should be fostered. It can help to bridge the problems that have been encountered in sailing where younger sailors have been lost to the sport in bridging the…
Outgoing SCORA Commodore, Johanna Murphy
"Offshore racing and club inclusion" will be the main themes for South Coast Offshore Racing Association (SCORA) in the year ahead according to the Commodore of SCORA prior to its annual general meeting which will be held this Thursday night.…
Golden Globe Irish racer Gregor McGuckin in rough conditions in the Southern Ocean before his dismasting
Two and a half years after Dublin solo sailor Gregor McGuckin returned from the Golden Globe Race, the strong public interest in Gregor's story led me to Malahide Marina Boatyard in County Dublin for this week's podcast. As regular Afloat…
Water Safety Ireland CEO John Leech
The Chief Executive of the State agency, Water Safety Ireland, has made an appeal to all fishermen to take a "risk-based approach" to safety throughout the year to reduce tragedies which coastal communities have endured. John Leech says that the…
Page 2 of 12

Featured Sailing School

INSS sidebutton

Featured Clubs

dbsc mainbutton
Howth Yacht Club
Kinsale Yacht Club
National Yacht Club
Royal Cork Yacht Club
Royal Irish Yacht club
Royal Saint George Yacht Club

Featured Brokers

leinster sidebutton

Featured Associations

ICRA
isora sidebutton

Featured Webcams

Featured Events 2021

vdlr21 sidebutton

Featured Sailmakers

northsails sidebutton
uksails sidebutton
quantum sidebutton
watson sidebutton

Featured Chandleries

CHMarine Afloat logo
osm sidebutton
https://afloat.ie/resources/marine-industry-news/viking-marine

Featured Marinas

dlmarina sidebutton

Featured Blogs

W M Nixon - Sailing on Saturday
podcast sidebutton
mansfield sidebutton
BSB sidebutton
wavelengths sidebutton
 

Please show your support for Afloat by donating