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Seafra Guilfoyle (right) and Johnny Durcan (Royal Cork YC) on their way to a 49er European championship race win in Aarhus, Denmark
With gusts above 30 knots and spinning rain squalls, the 2022 49er and FX European Championships kicked off in Aarhus with all the top teams taking lessons from some new crews; including Ireland. In an exciting start, both the Irish…
Eve McMahon of Howth Yacht Club has taken the overall lead at the Laser 6 Youth European Championships going into the final day of competition
Laser dinghy sailor Eve McMahon of Howth Yacht Club now leads at the Youth ILCA 6/Laser European Championships going into the last day of racing in Thessaloniki, Greece. Ten races have been sailed with significant changes in the top of the…
Map showing the location of the Corrib Gas Field and pipeline
Vermilion Exploration & Production Ireland Limited will carry out a campaign of inspection of the Corrib Gas Field near-shore pipeline and umbilical. Weather permitting, these works are due to commence on Thursday 7 July and will last for approximately 10…
Inland Fisheries Ireland’s Jose Perez and Andrew Crosbie on foot patrol
Inland Fisheries Ireland (IFI) says it carried out 3,000 more patrols in 2021, boosted by its new Mobile Support Unit and Delta seagoing fleet. Out of a total of 36,379 patrols, the State agency responsible for the protection and conservation…
Enniskillen RNLI’s volunteers survey Lough Erne from the inshore lifeboat
Enniskillen RNLI came to the aid of two people on Sunday (3 July) after their boat ran aground on Lower Lough Erne. The lifeboat volunteers were paged by Belfast Coastguard shortly before 1.45pm to rescue the duo at Gull Rock,…
The Grand Soleil 44 Essentia celebrate victory in Porto Cervo, Sardinia
The Grand Soleil 44 Essentia took a stunning victory in the 2022 ORC B class World Championships. Congratulations to the owner Catalin Trandafir and his crew who once again distinguished themselves with great success in the most renowned regatta of…
North Sails Ireland will be providing overnight sail repair services for next week's Cork Week in Crosshaven
As has become our custom and practice over the past 15 years at most of the major events, North Sails Ireland will be providing overnight sail repair services for next week's Cork Week in Crosshaven. Our Service Manager Shane Hughes…
Lough Derg Yacht Club examine the historic Fireball World Championship trophy at LDYC, Dromineer, Co Tipperary Ireland. Lough Derg Yacht Club and the Irish Fireball Association today welcomed additional sponsors for the Fireball World Championship to be hosted at the Dromineer Co Tipperary club this August. The watersports apparel producer GUL has been named as title sponsor of the event which will now be known as the GUL Fireball World Championship 2022. Failte Ireland has come on board as a major sponsor for the event, which with seventy teams travelling to Ireland from around the world will bring a significant tourism boost to the lakelands area and beyond. The new sponsors join Carrickcraft and Tipperary County Council as supporters of the event, one of the highlights of the Irish sailing calendar
A surge in entries before the main closing date for the GUL Fireball Worlds at LDYC Dromineer on Thursday saw entries reach 75 boats. Earlier in the week additional sponsors GUL and Failte Ireland came on board, joining Carrickcraft and…
Jane Kearney and Ollie Goodhead from Royal North and South Shields SC (14242) in the mix at a leeward mark
In a warm-up for the 12-day long GP14 Worlds in Skerries in early August, a very competitive 40-strong fleet came to the line for the Ridgeway Irish GP14 Championships hosted by the Royal North of Ireland Yacht Club on the…
The restored Cork Harbour One Design Jap will compete at Royal Cork's first Classic Boat Regatta being staged as part of Volvo Cork Week
Royal Cork Yacht Club will host a Classic Yacht Regatta for the first time this year as part of Volvo Cork Week Regatta starting next Monday. The 37-foot classic yacht Persephone, the 1919 classic Erin, the famous Opposition (Ex Morning…
Clare Island Lighthouse on stunning Clew Bay. Co. Mayo
The 'Great Lighthouses of Ireland' (see story) brought to you by Irish Lights, invites you to celebrate long summer days by following your very own lighthouse trail and be in with a chance to win a 7-night lighthouse road trip…
Multi-purpose gaff cutter. The design of the 25ft Shannon Hooker Sally
O'Keeffe was developed from the Estuary's traditional cargo-carrying
craft, and now she carries a human cargo of enthusiasts keen to learn
more of the sea and sailing
Sally O'Keeffe, the 25ft re-interpretation of the Shannon Estuary's traditional sail-driven cargo-carrying cutters which could usefully find their way into the smallest ports along both sides of the majestic waterway, is this year celebrating ten years of quietly useful service…
Some of the 400 classic cars seen boarding Brittany Ferries in Portsmouth to take the ferry to Caen, Normandy, from where last week the beautiful vehicles headed for the Le Mans Classic Festival. Afloat adds on right is the moored former 1970's Royal Navy destroyer HMS Bristol which became a Harbour Training Ship in the Hampshire port until decommissioned in 2020
Brittany Ferries carried hundreds of classic cars and of considerable value when the beautiful vehicles last week headed across the English Channel to France for the Le Mans Classic Festival. The classic cars belonged to Brits and other nationals attending…
Dara McGee's - 'The Royal St George team Martin Byrne, Adam Winkelmann and John Simms competing at the 2021 Dragon Marblehead Trophy
Royal St. George's Martin Byrne sailing with Adam Winklemann and John Simms has won the International Dragon Class Southern Area Championships at Royal Cornwall Yacht Club. A warm-up event for Tuesday's prestigious Edinburgh Cup at the same venue in Falmouth…
 Europe’s ports at ESPOSecretariat and terminal operators and LKB FEPORT call for OPS where it makes sense in AFIR and FuelEU Maritime.
The European Sea Ports Organisation (ESPO) and the Federation of European Private Port Companies and Terminals (FEPORT) have jointly agreed that the proposals for an Alternative Fuels Infrastructure Regulation (AFIR) and the FuelEU Maritime Regulation should enable the deployment of…
The scene at at Cove Sailing Club in Cork Harbour after the break-in
Cove Sailing Club in Cork Harbour had a break-in on Monday evening (July 4), resulting in considerable damage to its waterside clubhouse.  Contents of the clubhouse located at Whitepoint were 'smashed', but a defiant membership has posted on the club's…
Howth's Eve McMahon is a Paris 2024 hopeful for Ireland in the ILCA 6 dinghy class
Months of study for June's Leaving Certificate examination have not blunted Howth's Eve McMahon's ambition on the International ILCA/Laser race track.  The Paris 2024 hopeful is back on the circuit and lying second overall at the ILCA6/Radial Youth European Championships…
Lough Derg RNLI attending the motor cruiser with steering failure near Williamstown on Sunday 3 July
Lough Derg RNLI assisted seven people on two separate vessels in back-to-back callouts on Sunday afternoon (3 July). Valentia Coast Guard first requested Lough Derg’s lifeboat volunteers to launch to three people on a 25ft motor cruiser adrift with steering…
Rosemary Roy has been appointed as Honorary Secretary of Dublin Bay Sailing Club
Dun Laoghaire yacht racing official Rosemary Roy has been appointed as Honorary Secretary of Dublin Bay Sailing Club (DBSC), Ireland's biggest yacht racing club, following the retirement of the outgoing Chris Moore.  Moore retired as DBSC Honorary Secretary on Thursday, June 30th.…
Howth and Skerries Olympic 49er duo Robert Dickson and Sean Waddilove negotiate the Committee boat end of a Kiel Week startline. The pair finished ninth overall at the big German regatta
A seventh in the Kiel Week medal race leaving Dubliners Robert Dickson and Sean Waddilove in ninth overall represents another creditable result on the road to Paris 2024 for the Tokyo 2020 49er reps and another confidence boost before this…

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