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No safer place in the sun! Salamander snugly anchored on private gulet charter’
2020 was deeply frustrating for those many couples planning to get married as their plans kept being altered by ever-changing COVID regulations. Legions of boat owners also found their racing and cruising plans frustrated. One local couple managed to resolve…
One of the roles of the Irish Maritime Directorate is to facilitate maritime trade. Port workers look at the MV Celine, the world’s largest short sea Ro-Ro ship owned by CLdN at Dublin Port
The Irish Maritime Directorate has issued a 'Notice to all Maritime Stakeholders' about the development of a strategy for the Directorate. The Irish Maritime Directorate (IMD) is the term used to reflect the wide range of maritime responsibilities that fall…
Promoters say thanks to an innovative mechanical system to manage the power of the kite, the boat will be  able to achieve high speeds while remaining naturally stable
Reaching 80 knots (150 km/h) in sailing, beating the current record set at 65,45 knots and hence becoming the fastest on water in 2022: therein lies the objective of the SP80 project. The young Lausanne team has been testing a…
The Brexit transition period is scheduled to end on 31 December 2020
Ireland could see an influx after Christmas of visiting boaters from Northern Ireland seeking to secure the VAT and duty status of their vessels as the Brexit transition period ends. The suggestion comes after the UK’s Royal Yachting Association earlier…
New Panel Established for Radio Surveys of Irish Seagoing Vessels
A new three-year panel of authorised radio surveyors has been established by the Department of Transport following a call for applications this autumn. The latest three-person panel — who will sit until 20 October 2023 — will conduct statutory radio…
Virtually Shackleton Online Autumn School Takes Place on Saturday
Ireland and the Antarctic Treaty and the conservation of Ernest Shackleton’s Quest ship’s cabin in Connemara’s Letterfrack are among topics for this year’s Shackleton autumn school which takes place online on Saturday (Oct 31). “Virtually Shackleton” is hosted online by…
Over 18 million people die each year due to lack of surgical care. Mercy Ships builds a response to this world problem for the future with the world’s newest, largest, purpose-built, non-governmental hospital ship, Global Mercy, weighing 37,000 tons and measuring 174m is to sail to Africa, partnering to improve healthcare systems and treat more patients than ever before. The newbuild will provide surgical care and medical training for the nations it serves.
The World's largest and newest charity hospital ship operated by Mercy Ships announced plans to sail to Africa in late 2021 under the name of Global Mercy. Mercy Ships, a faith-based global organisation powered by charitable donors and volunteers, has…
In at the sharp end – John Twomey of Kinsale puts down a marker for Ireland at the start of one of his many Paralympic campaigns
World Sailing President Kim Andersen has claimed that the sport is in a strong position to lobby for a return to the programme at the Paralympic Games in time for Los Angeles 2028. This rings many bells in Ireland, as…
RYA & British Marine: Boat Owners Left In Limbo By UK Government ‘Inaction’ On Brexit Customs & VAT Issues
British boaters face a choice between extra costs rising into four figures or seeing their vessels being stranded in the EU after the end of the Brexit transition period, unless the UK Government acts now. That was the warning in…
Texaco Support for Sport, a club funding initiative for which EUR130,000 is set aside for distribution to clubs on a 26 county-by-county basis with successful applicants receiving €5,000 each, has been launched by Valero
Texaco has launched a support for sport initiative which sets aside a fund of €130,000 for distribution to sports clubs on a twenty-six, county-by-county basis, with successful applicants receiving €5,000 each. At a time when many sports clubs may be…
Artist’s impression of the mega-sloop Apex 850 at sea
Following the launch earlier this year of its biggest ever yacht, Dutch builder Royal Huisman has unveiled what’s being touted as the world’s largest sloop. Designed by Malcolm McKeon — who is also responsible for the BlackCat catamaran among others…
World Maritime Day "Lá Mara" to be Marked by Udaras na Gaeltachta Marine Webinar
Ireland’s “blue economy” and the opportunities for Gaeltacht communities will be debated at a marine “webinar” hosted by State agency Udarás na Gaeltachta on Thursday to mark world maritime day. Offshore renewable energy, standards for sustainable harvesting of both wild…
The survey will be carried out by the RV Celtic Voyager
The next legs of the Mobility of Sediment Waves and Sand Banks in the Irish Sea (MOVE) Survey begin tomorrow, Wednesday 23 September, according to the latest Marine Notice from the Irish Maritime Administration. As previously reported on Afloat.ie, the…
Sligo Yacht Club at Rosses Point
County Sligo was a big winner in the Fisheries Local Action Groups awards announced today with Sligo Yacht Club getting €33,465.00 to improve the facilities and Sligo County Council were awarded €32,396.84 for a Temporary Pontoon Project. On the East coast, Greystones Sailing Club got…
Presentation of the annual John and Stephanie Hannan award to Mark and Denise De Faoite- (left to right) CSS commodore Dave Cahill, Mark De Faoite, Stephanie Hannan, Marcus Hannan and Denise De Faoite
A special tribute has been paid to the late sea kayaker, mountaineer and circuit court judge John Hannan with a new annual trophy for sailors in An Spidéal, Co Galway. John Hannan, who died after an illness in Galway in…
The DMYC Kish Race is scheduled for Sunday morning
Several Dun Laoghaire Harbour sailing events scheduled for Dublin Bay this weekend are awaiting Government guidance as Level 3 Covid-19 pandemic restrictions loom for the capital. Four events planned for the Bay may need to be reconfigured – or even…

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