Ireland's sailing, boating & maritime magazine

In association with ISA Logo The Irish Sailing Association

Latest Stories
Conor Clarke's Embarr IRL829 with Stuart MacNay helming are Melges 24 World Champions
Racing
As a result of an amazing Championship, with all placements of the series – apart from one – within the fifth position of the ranking, the Royal Irish Yacht Club team of Embarr IRL829 (2-75/DNS) has been crowned at the…
Boats on the water at Muckross Head of the River
Rowing
#Rowing: UCC’s senior eight set an excellent time of 10 minutes four seconds for the course length of approximately three kilometres at the Muckross Head of the River at the National Rowing Centre. The young crew, stroked by Ciarán Higgins,…
Mark Light was deputy race director from 2012 after skippering Derry~Londonderry~Doire around the world
Clipper Race
#ClipperRace - Former Derry~Londonderry~Doire skipper Mark Light has been appointed as the new race director of the Clipper Round the World Race. Light, who replaces Justin Taylor in the role after almost a decade, was previously deputy race director since…
The Naval Service aided the rescue of migrants from a rubber vessel off Libya this morning
Navy
#Navy - The Naval Service’s LÉ Samuel Beckett assisted in rescuing 140 migrants from the Mediterranean off Libya this morning (Saturday 3 December), as The Irish Times reports. Food, water and medical treatment were provided to the people who were…
Irish Ferries' Isle of Inishmore sails the Rosslare-Pembroke route
News Update
#Ferry - The body of a woman was recovered from the water in South Wales yesterday (Friday 2 December) after a major search operation for a person missing from a Pembroke-to-Rosslare ferry, as the Western Telegraph reports. Irish Ferries’ Isle…
Stern view of giant containership Gustav Maeark
Ports & Shipping
#IMDOreview: The Irish Maritime Development Office (IMDO) Weekly Market Review which is produced in-house returns this week with coverage of domestic and global shipping news. Irish Maritime News: Brexit has revived a dormant territorial dispute between Britain and the Republic of Ireland…
Caribbean Princess (a regular caller to Irish ports) discharged thousands of gallons of polluted bilge waste along the British coast, while other ships used rigged sensors to hide contamination.
Cruise Liners
#RecordOilFine- A US$40m penalty is to be paid by Princess Cruises after pleading guilty to seven federal charges in an illegal ocean pollution case that involved one ship’s use of a so-called 'magic pipe' to divert oily waste into UK…
Phaedo3 does it again! A fantastic spice island welcome in Grenada for the team as they complete the 2016 RORC Transatlantic Race © RORC/Arthur Daniel
RORC
Lloyd Thornburg's American MOD70 Phaedo3 has taken Multihull Line Honours in the RORC Transatlantic Race for the second year running. The American MOD70 completed the course in 6 days 13 hours 39 minutes and 55 seconds. Although the team was…
Ireland's Embarr on Brink of Melges World Championship Victory; Two Races Left To Sail
Racing
Trickier conditions with a light breeze from 040° that filled in only in the afternoon, forced the Race Committee to raise AP flag until 2.50pm, moment when the fleet was eventually given the preparatory signal and allowed to sail the…
Monday 10th August 1987, and the Dubois 40 Irish Independent arrives at the Fastnet Rock, on her way to winning the Fastnet Race overall, and becoming top scorer for Ireland in the Admiral’s Cup.
RORC
Nearly thirty years ago, the growth of sponsorship in sailing could result in a confusion of results if rules from the era of total Cornithian participation were applied with precise regard for the last letter of the law writes W…
Conor O’Brien’s Saoirse as she was in the 1950s under Eric Ruck’s ownership. This eccentric-looking 42ft ketch achieved daily mileages in the Southern Ocean which showed she was something very special
W M Nixon
The process towards re-creating Conor O’Brien’s famous Baltimore–built 42ft ketch Saoirse, in which he gained his place in international sailing’s Hall of Fame with the first circuit of the world by a small vessel south of the great capes in…
Marcus Connaughton, Presenter of Seascapes
Seascapes
Hello and welcome aboard this week’ s edition of your maritime programme, the one thousand four hundredth edition of Seascapes ...this week we talk to Dr Deirdre Ni Conghaile of NUI Galway one of the speakers at last weekend’s  Conference…
The sole winter passenger operator to the Aran Islands is to resume services to Inis Mór while talks continue to find a long term solution with regard to a year-round service.
Island News
#AranIslands - Ferry services to Inis Mór, the largest of the Aran Islands will resume this evening, while talks continue to find a long term solution with regard to a year-round service. The Connacht Tribune writes that Island Ferries, Gaeltacht…
Phaedo3's Brian Thompson's showing his game face earlier this week
RORC
Lloyd Thornburg's American MOD70 Phaedo3 is flying towards Grenada's Camper & Nicholsons Port Louis Marina and expected to touch down in about 24 hours. Mike Slade's Maxi 100 Leopard 3 is racing against the clock in an assault on the…
Dublin Port is to 'soften' its boundaries with the capital city and provide a public realm at the Port Centre headquarters. This project will be the first such development in 35 years.
Dublin Port
#SoftPort - A major project by Dublin Port to 'soften' its boundaries between the port's centre headquarters and the capital city to enable a greater public realm is underway. The work is the largest physical intervention by Dublin Port in…
The Aqua Down jacket is available in both a women’s and men’s hooded and non-hooded version and also as a vest
Marketplace
Leading sailing gear manufactuer Henri Lloyd has used it’s 50 plus years of technical apparel design and development to launch a new collection of premium active wear and the range is available in Ireland at CH Marine & Viking Marine chandleries.…
Conor Clarke's Embarr IRL829 - 2016 Melges 24 World Championship - Miami - Day 3
Racing
Undisputed leader at the Melges 24 World Championships his week in Florida is Royal Irish Yacht Embarr IRL829 (2-1-2): the entry skippered by Conor Clarke. The good tactical calls, together with the amazing speed that the crew manages to reach…
The remains of Pegasus following salvage from Galway Bay off Rinville
MCIB
#MCIB - A loose gas hose is the most likely cause of an explosion that sank a restored classic yacht in Galway Bay earlier this year, according to the official investigation into the incident. As previously reported on Afloat.ie, an…
Annalise Murphy sails her winning Laser Radial dinghy at Rio 2016
Annalise Murphy
#Annalise - After a whirlwind 24-hour round trip by ferry and road to Britain this week, Annalise Murphy has returned to Ireland with the boat she sailed to a silver medal at this summer’s Olympic Games in Rio. The idea…
Skerries RNLI’s Atlantic 85 inshore lifeboat Louis Simson
RNLI Lifeboats
#RNLI - Skerries RNLI volunteers launched their Atlantic 85 inshore lifeboat Louis Simson for the second time in two days on Tuesday evening (29 November 29) after Dublin Coast Guard received reports from a fishing vessel of a boat on…

Featured Sections

Irish Sailing Association
ICRA
vdlr sidebutton

Featured Clubs

DBSC

Featured Blogs

W M Nixon - Sailing on Saturday
Tom MacSweeney - This Island Nation
RTE Seascapes
BSB sidebutton

Please show your support for Afloat by donating