Ireland's sailing, boating & maritime magazine

In association with ISA Logo Irish Sailing

afloat headers waterport

Latest Watersport Stories
Former surf pro John McCarthy is now a church pastor in Lahinch
Surfing
#Surfing - He’s an Irish big wave surfer who’s credited with helping discover and naming the renowned Aileen’s break, near his home in Lahinch. But more than a decade ago, John McCarthy traded the vices of the pro surfing lifestyle…
Aileen Crowley and Aifric Keogh compete at the Irish Trial.
Rowing
#Rowing: Paul O’Donovan was by far the fastest single sculler at the Irish Trial, held over six kilometres at the National Rowing Centre today. The conditions at this point were excellent, and the world lightweight champion clocked 23 minutes 25…
The UCD senior eight, the Irish Univeristies champions 2017
Rowing
#Rowing: The UCD Boat Club centenary dinner was a huge and successful occasion, with 425 attendees. Tom Sullivan (81) was the keynote speaker and gave a summation of the history of the club: not just the good days, such as…
The trawler Christian M was detained in Castletownbere last week after marine inspectors found a number of outstanding issues
Fishing
#Fishing - A UK-registered fishing boat detained in West Cork last week had to be fumigated twice to remove an infestation of cockroaches. And according to the Irish Examiner, the Indonesian crew of the trawler Christian M have now walked…
Skerries RNLI position the razor boat alongside Loughshinny Harbour
RNLI Lifeboats
#RNLI - Skerries RNLI assisted a 12-metre razor fishing vessel that developed steering problems near Loughshinny last night (Friday 17 November). Shortly before 9pm, one of the volunteer crew raised the alarm after receiving a phone call from a fisherman…
Wild Salmon & Sea Trout Tagging Scheme (Amendment) Regulations 2017 and Conservation Measures For 2018 Season
Angling
#Angling - Sean Kyne, Minister of State at the Department of Communications, Climate Action and Environment, gives statutory notice of his intention to make the Wild Salmon and Sea Trout Tagging Scheme (Amendment) Regulations, 2017 to provide for the management…
Killybegs Harbour
Fishing
#MarineNotice - The Marine Engineering Division of the Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine is undertaking dredging works at Smooth Point in Killybegs Fishery Harbour Centre from this month till March 2018. Plant on site shall include the backhoe…
The UCD Junior Eight, 1947,  the champions of  Ireland, with Michael Cleary third from left. Junior was an adult grade.
Rowing
#Rowing: UCD Boat Club celebrates 100 years in existence with a special dinner and awards ceremony this Friday, November 17th. Over 400 people from all around the world will attend the event at the O’Reilly Hall on the UCD Campus.…
Dominic Casey and Denise Walsh at the Poznan World Cup this year.
Rowing
#Rowing: Ireland coach Dominic Casey has been chosen as one of the finalists for the Coach of the Year at the World Rowing Awards for the second successive year. Casey coaches the Ireland lightweights, who had an extraordinary 2017.  The…
Bookings Now Open For 2018 Season On Galway Fishery
Angling
#Angling - The Galway Fishery is now taking applications for bookings for the 2018 season. An increase of €45 has been applied to the cost of a main beat session permit (there are two sessions per day) in the 1…
The Golden Mile in Athlone is a beauty spot popular with anglers
Angling
#Angling - Minister for Communications, Climate Action and Environment, Denis Naughten has officially launched new angling developments at the Golden Mile in Athlone, Co Westmeath and at Lough Acalla in Co Galway. These works were completed under the National Strategy…
Courtmacsherry RNLI tows the trawler to the safety of Kinsale Harbour on Saturday night during Ireland’s match with Denmark
RNLI Lifeboats
#RNLI - Courtmacsherry RNLI’s all-weather lifeboat was called out at 7pm on Saturday night (11 November) to go to the aid of an 80ft fishing boat that got into difficulties 15 miles south of the Seven Heads in West Cork.…
Mark O'Donovan and Shane O'Driscoll
Rowing
#Rowing: A quadruple featuring three Ireland lightweight internationals finished 15th at the Head of the River Fours in London. Gary O’Donovan, Shane O’Driscoll and Mark O’Donovan joined Niall Kenny in the Tideway Scullers’ crew.  They had serious equipment problems which…
Cork Boat Club and UCC Take Good Wins at Skibbereen Head
Rowing
#Rowing: The big numbers – up 100 on last year – and good weather made for a successful Skibbereen Head of the River at the Marina. Cork Boat Club’s intermediate eight set a fast time of nine minutes 19 seconds…
Deadline Approaching For 2018 Oyster Dredge Licences
Fishing
#Fishing - Fishermen wishing to apply for oyster dredge licences for the 2018 season must submit a completed official form to the relevant River Basin District Office before noon on Friday 24 November. This process became necessary due to the…
Map of the approximate haul locations in this year’s Irish Groundfish Survey off the South and West Coasts
Fishing
#MarineNotice - The Marine Institute advises that the annual Irish Groundfish Survey (IGFS2017) is being carried out off the South and West coasts of Ireland till Saturday 9 December in fulfilment of Ireland's Common Fisheries Policy obligations. The IGFS is…

If it's happening on Irish waters we're aiming to cover it. This page covers Angling, Canoeing, Fishing, Diving, Kayaking, Kitesurfing, Open Sea Swimming Surfing, Rowing and Waterskiing. It's pretty comprehensive but we're keen on expansion!

If you have ideas for our pages we'd love to hear from you. Please email us at [email protected]

Featured Sailing School

INSS sidebutton

Featured Clubs

DBSC
nyc sidebutton flag

Featured Associations

ISA sidebutton
ICRA
isora sidebutton

Featured Chandleries

chmarine sidebutton
viking sidebutton

Featured Blogs

W M Nixon - Sailing on Saturday
podcast sidebutton
BSB sidebutton
sellingboat sidebutton

Please show your support for Afloat by donating