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An artist’s impression of the new Xc 47 bluewater cruising yacht from X-Yachts
Earlier this month, a privileged view were treated to the latest on X-Yachts’ new Xc cruiser when the doors of its Haderslev HQ were opened for exclusive tours. Now the Danish yachting specialists have revealed to the world further details…
Artist’s impression of the Delphia 10 LoungeTop on the water in the light of dawn
The latest addition to Delphia’s ‘mindful cruising’ range — available in Ireland via MGM Boats in Dun Laoghaire — is the Delphia 10 LoungeTop, which will have its worldwide launch in Berlin this week. Designed for relaxation in total comfort,…
138 of the 143-strong fleet took the start for the 2,700nm sail to Saint Lucia in the 37th Atlantic Rally for Cruisers
It was an exciting start to the 37th edition of the Atlantic Rally for Cruisers (ARC) today, Sunday, 20 November, from Las Palmas de Gran Canaria, as a north-easterly swell gave the boats a rolling send-off. In total, 138 of…
The ARC 2022 Opening Ceremony in Las Palmas
Marking the final countdown to the start of ARC 2022 on Sunday, 20 November, a colourful Opening Ceremony parade was held today in Las Palmas Marina, celebrating the nations taking part in the 37th Atlantic Rally for Cruisers. At 11:30,…
The ARC + Cruising Division Start from Las Palmas de Gran Canaria
ARC+ 2022, World Cruising Club’s two-stage transatlantic rally to Grenada, set sail today, 6 November, from Las Palmas de Gran Canaria with 90 boats spirited away by the gentle tradewinds bound for Mindelo Marina, Cape Verde, for the first leg…
Glaciers on the Arctic island of Svalbard have retreated more than a kilometre in 12 years, a rate of more than 100m a year. Norwegian sailor Jon Amtrup has witnessed the changes first hand, having sailed to Svalbard regularly over more than a decade
An Arctic sailor from Norway has won £2,500 cash for his account of climate change on the island of Svalbard. Jon Amtrup’s article was the judges’ first choice in Yachting Monthly’s Brian Black Memorial Award 2022, which seeks to promote…
First look - Arctic enthusiast and dedicated nutritionist Nick Kats aboard his much-travelled ketch Teddy in Clifden Harbour
When the workmanlike-looking 39ft ketch Teddy returned to her familiar drying quayside berth in the deep shelter of Clifden Harbour in mid-September, it marked the completion of skipper Nick Kats’ tenth voyage to the Arctic, and his third detailed visit…
Home-from-home. Hoteliers John & Gwen Brennan took their Redbay Stormforce 1450 Dromquinna to Brittany, expecting to book into a hotel now and again, yet they spent every night on board in complete comfort. Thanks to John’s skills in manoeuvring, here at Saint-Marine in Benodet they have managed to get berthed beside the smaller craft with a minimal walk to the marina bridge
The Kenmare River where Kerry verges into Cork is one of Ireland’s cruising gems – it’s pure gold and then some. But we weren’t exactly cruising when the Nixon Tribe descended on the area precisely a year ago for a…
Geological heaven….The 39ft ketch Teddy (Nick Kats) from Clifden on the Greenland coast in August this year at South Channel, Milne Land
Nick Kats of Clifden and originally America is always looking to the north for new cruises with his hefty 39ft Danish-built Bermudan ketch Teddy. And when we say “north”, we mean Arctic voyaging and a continuing fascination with Iceland and…
Peter Owens, his wife Vera Quinlan and two children, Lilian and Ruairí, along with family and friends celebrate the return of Danu at Parkmore
Irish yacht Danú of Galway received a musical welcome when it berthed in south Galway bay last evening after a successful scientific, sailing and mountaineering expedition to the world’s largest and deepest fjord system in Greenland. Musicians who play regularly…
The yacht is due into Parkmore pier outside Kinvara at about 7 pm this evening, where it will be given a warm welcome by family and friends.
Irish yacht Danú of Galway is due home this evening, September 1st, after a highly successful trip to the world’s largest and deepest fjord system, Scoresby Sound in east Greenland. The group of independent adventurers on board the 13m (43ft)…
The crew of the Killary Flyer (l-r) Jamie Young, Vincent Monahan, Marieke Lexmond, Ciaran Lennon, Pauline Jordan and Menno Westendorp
Three years ago, adventurer Jamie Young set sail for Greenland on his 15 metre (50ft) aluminium yacht, Killary Flyer as Afloat reported here. The 1500 nautical mile course aimed to take Young and his crew to the West Greenland coastline,…
Elements of the floating pontoon being prepared for Cheekpoint at Inland and Coastal Marina Systems in Banagher
Work will commence in the coming weeks on a new floating pontoon at Cheekpoint harbour in Co Waterford. It comes a year after the Cheekpoint Boat Owners Association received planning permission for the 63-metre pontoon, which is being supplied by…
Boater reading from printed navigation charts
The UK Hydrographic Office (UKHO) has announced that it will be phasing out the manufacturing of paper charts, with the aim to completely end production by late 2026. Plans to withdraw the UKHO’s portfolio of ADMIRALTY Standard Nautical Charts (SNCs)…
The eye-of-the-needle in the Bull Rock off Kerry is so clean-cut that you’d wonder if some ancient people didn’t tunnel it through
The Bull Rock in the open Atlantic three miles northwest of Dursey Head in West Cork is one of many massive milestones on the Round Ireland Race. And it has the added distinction of having a tunnel clear through it,…
Irish adventurers Paddy Griffin, Peter Owens and Richard Darley of Danú, bound for Greenland
An Irish yacht on a scientific, sailing and mountaineering expedition to the Arctic has reached Iceland en route to the world’s largest and deepest fjord system, Scoresby Sound in east Greenland. The group of independent adventurers on board the 13m…

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