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Start of the third leg of 2021’s The Ocean Race Europe from Alicante to Genoa
A new trophy has been announced for the VO65 one-design class in The Ocean Race 2022-23, which sets sail from Alicante in Spain next month. Along with five confirmed IMOCA teams racing around the world, up to five VO65 teams…
Rowers at Stella Maris RC in Dublin put in the kilometres on their ergometers as part of the 24-hour fundraising challenge on Saturday 26 November
East Coast rowing clubs pooled their efforts to row more than 3,200km in 24 hours and raise more than €20,500 in aid of a young cancer patient from Blackrock. As previously reported on, St Michael’s Rowing Club members spearheaded…
Several small motorboats, RIBs and the southern section of the marina infrastructure were partly sunk or damaged in the collision with the trawler
It’s feared that damage to Dingle Harbour’s marina caused by a runaway boat last week may not be repaired until next summer. And as The Kerryman reports, it could cause major disruption for regattas on Dingle’s 2023 calendar, not least…
Aerial view of the redeveloped Dun Laoghaire Baths
The Dun Laoghaire Baths will finally reopen this month, four-and-a-half years after redevelopment works began, with the local authority sending out invitations to the official opening on Tuesday 13 December. The project has been a long time coming, with works…
The Royal Navy's HMS Brocklesby berthed in Douglas Harbour today, noting another former vessel of the class, HMS Ramsey was named after the harbour town to the north of the Manx capital. Also in port today, AFLOAT adds is the Isle of Man Steam Packet's fastcraft Mannanan which also has a naval connection with a previous owner when chartered to the US navy, prior to the Steam-Packet acquiring the ferry in 2009. On Wednesday, the fastcraft came out of winter layover to make a brief non-commercial call to Dublin Port on Wednesday. The reason was to enable crew to reach their required pilotage hours.
A British Royal Navy minehunter HMS Brocklesby, Manx Radio reports had arrived in Douglas Harbour today. It was a morning arrival for the Royal Navy minehunter to the Manx capital as the visiting vessel berthed alongside the harbour's Victoria Pier.…
Strike-action:  Whiddy Island oil terminal has 31 permanent employees at the south-west Cork facility where the company is implementing five redundancies as part of the restructuring process. Above AFLOAT's scene of the tanker, Seasprat at the terminal's dedicated single point mooring in Bantry Bay.
Workers who are members of Ireland's largest trade union, SIPTU have notified Zenith Energy Bantry Bay Terminals located on Cork's south-west coast, that they will take strike action next month. The strike according to the Irish Examiner, is set to take…
Irish Fish Producers Organisation chief executive Aodh O Donnell (left) meets EU Fisheries Commissioner, Virginijus Sinkevičius (right), in Brussels. Also pictured is Fine Gael MEP, Colm Markey, second left
The Irish Fish Producers Organisation (IFPO) has met the EU Fisheries Commissioner in Brussels to demand they reject Norway’s request for unilateral access to Ireland’s blue whiting grounds. The demand comes as ongoing Norway-EU fisheries negotiations run over time, partly…
Manx fisheries patrol vessel, FVP Barrule was in a 'close quarters situation' with a fishing boat, the incident was reported to Isle of Man Ship Registry. AFLOAT adds the 22m Barrule serves the Department of Environment, Food and Agriculture (DEFA) whose fisheries officers enforce fisheries legislation within the Isle of Man’s territorial seas, which extend to 12 nautical miles. The FVP was custom-buit for DEFA by Scouter Marine, Isle of Wight in 2000.
An Isle of Man Government fisheries protection vessel (FPV) which enforces legislation up to 12 nautical miles offshore, was recently involved in a ‘close quarters situation’ with another boat. According to ManxRadio, the incident led to ‘avoidance manoeuvres’ having to…
The Erskine Childers Centenary Stamp cover version
Time was when the launch of commemorative stamps by An Post was done with considerable fanfare. But these days it seems that they believe good work is best done by stealth, as the launching last week of stamps to mark…
Double Olympic medallist (and skipper of
Greetings IRC racers here in Ireland! On Tuesday 6th, December, the RORC will host a panel discussion about 'How to optimize your boat under IRC’. This is a "must-see". North Sails' own double Olympic medallist (and skipper of "Green Dragon"…
A new bridge over the Ulster Canal at Derrykerrib in Co Fermanagh
Ireland’s Rural Development Minister has called on Northern Ireland leaders to consider investment in restoring the full length of the Ulster Canal. Speaking at the site of a new marina in Clones, part of the second phase of Irish Government-funded…
The Hunter F1 JouJou skippered by Ivan Miles  competing in the ABC Winter Series  third race
The conditions for Race 3 of the Antrim Boat Club Winter Series were not just as gusty as the previous weeks but nevertheless, it was blowing hard. With its situation on the North shore of Lough Neagh at the mouth…
Racing in the 2022 AIB DBSC Turkey Shoot Series on Dublin Bay
After more unstable offshore wind conditions for last Sunday's race four, the forecast for Sunday's race five of the DBSC Turkey Shoot Racing on Dublin Bay indicates winds from a new direction. The forecast says Dublin's 78-boat winter cruiser-racing fleet can expect easterly winds gusting…
Two new sailmaking appointments for UK Sailmakers Ireland: Kenny Rumball (left) and Liam Glynn
The clearest indication that a business is succeeding is when one sees growth and expansion in that company’s staffing and operational footprint. Such is the case here at UK Sailmakers Ireland, led by renowned sailmaker and yacht racer Barry Hayes.…
Ballyholme Yacht Club
Two Northern Ireland sailing clubs have been chosen as finalists for the Royal Yachting Association’s Club of the Year 2023 award. Ballyholme Yacht Club and County Antrim Yacht Club have both been announced as finalists as well as 10 other…
Rowers taking part in the Head of the Shannon in 2019
Waterways Ireland advises all masters of vessels and waterway users on the Shannon Navigation that the Head of the Shannon rowing event will take place in Carrick-on-Shannon this Saturday 3 December. The event will take place downstream of Carrick bridge…
Carnroe Lock on the Lower Bann
Waterways Ireland advises masters of vessels on the Lower Bann navigation that infrastructure maintenance works at Carnroe Lock, south of Coleraine in Northern Ireland, are under way as of Thursday 1 December and are expected to continue until March 2023.…
From left: Deborah Coleman of SSE Renewables with Senator John McGahon, Cathaoirleach of Ardee Municipal District Cllr Paula Butterly and Martin Sweeney of SSE Renewables on Clogherhead beach at the launch of the wind park rebrand
SSE Renewables is rebranding its Braymore Wind Park project as Setanta Wind Park, following consultation with communities in in Louth, Meath and North Dublin. “The new name will better reflect the region in which the project is situated, while highlighting…
Concept art for George’s Dock Lido
Campaigners for a heated outdoor swimming pool at the site of Dublin City Council’s ill-fated whitewater rafting course proposal have released conceptual images to visualise how it could transform the Docklands area. Last year the two doctors behind the plans…
A passing-out ceremony at the Naval Service base on Haulbowline Island, in Cork earlier this year: While there are vacancies across all three wings of the Defence Forces, the navy continues to suffer the most.
The strength of personnel in the Naval Service which celebrated its 75th anniversary last year, has fallen below the 800 mark which is over 200 below its minimum staffing level of 1,094. There are no captains heading cavalry squadrons when they…

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