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The Murphy family's vintage Moody 30, Shelly D, was the overall winner of the Schull Harbour Sailing Club May Series
The final race of the Schull Harbour Sailing Club May Series was run on Sunday in West Cork following cancellation due to inclement weather on the previous day. The fleet started in the harbour in a fresh 22 knots westerly…
Attending the RNLI 200 garden party were volunteer crew from Dun Laoghaire RNLI (from left): helm Nathan Burke, station mechanic and coxswain Kieran ‘Colley’ O’Connell and helm Gary Hayes
Volunteers from Irish lifeboat stations including Dun Laoghaire, Arklow and Union Hall were among the 2,500 guests at a special garden party at Buckingham Palace last Thursday (23 May) to celebrate the 200th anniversary of the Royal National Lifeboat Institution…
Having served with distinction in the fishing industry, this 39 ft ketch 'The Richard' changed hands several times in the 1960s and 1980s. During that time, she cruised extensively in southern Europe and on the North Atlantic coast of Africa before heading trans-Atlantic to cruise the Caribbean. Now, largely forgotten and overshadowed by the stories of more illustrious locally built boats, this Cinderella of our maritime heritage deserves to have her story told, Baltimore Wooden Boat Festival organisers say
The Baltimore Wooden Boat Festival in West Cork will be held this weekend, starting on Friday and continuing until Sunday. “This area has a long history of engagement with trans-Atlantic sailing ships, with Eastern-bound ships picking up a Pilot off…
The breeze died and filled in again as the Schull Harbour Sailing Club fleet competed in the second race of the club's May League for the 'Genaveve Plate' in West Cork
The second race of the May league for the 'Genaveve Plate' was raced at Schull Harbour Sailing Club in West Cork on Saturday in near 'tropical' conditions, according to organisers. The fleet started downwind from the harbour line in a…
Gabby Hogan's Grand Soleil 45 Growler (IRL 7578) passes Copper Point Light at Long Island in the first 2024 summer sailing season at Schull Harbour Sailing Club
The opening race of the 2024 summer sailing season at Schull Harbour Sailing Club in West Cork was staged on Saturday in near-idyllic weather as the mixed cruiser fleet competed for the Rossbrin Boatyard Trophy. After starting in the inner…
Up to 80 basking sharks have been observed in Courtmacsherry Bay, West Cork
While a strong solar storm is producing spectacular displays of Northern lights over Ireland, large numbers of basking sharks have been sighted in waters off the south and south-west coasts. “We have seen 60, 70, and even 80 basking sharks…
The Master of Glandore. The late Don Street in full flow at a 21st Century Glandore Harbour YC awards ceremony, hitting the usual interesting dress-style note with a tweed jacket in high summer rather than his customary reefer
Donald MacQueen Street Jnr of Glandore and the Caribbean and formerly New York has gone from among us after an extraordinary life of nearly 94 years, in which he experienced a sometimes picaresque existence. Throughout it, he significantly encouraged, instructed,…
Some of the 18-boat Kinsale Yacht Club cruising fleet berthed at the Naval Services Yacht Squadron at Haulbowline for their overnight visit
Members of the Kinsale Yacht Club Cruising Group had a wonderful start to the cruising season with a BBQ and overnight stay at the Naval Services Yacht Squadron in Haulbowline Naval Base in Cork Harbour. The event was organised by…
Mark Gannon, coxswain with RNLI Courtmacsherry
RNLI coxswain Mark Gannon with West Cork’s Courtmacsherry lifeboat was on a call out in December 1981 when he and his crew heard over the radio about the Penlee lifeboat disaster - when an entire lifeboat crew was lost off…
The late Don Street on his beloved 1905-built yawl Iolaire in the Caribbean
Afloat.ie regrets to record the death of Don Street of Glandore in his 94th year. For many years a Caribbean enthusiast, writing a series of successful pioneering pilot books for the area, he was also a renowned authority on ocean…
Galley Head Lightkeeper Gerald Butler with Yvonne Shields Chief Executive of Commissioner of Irish Lights with Cillian Phelan (8 yrs) Sarah Phelan (6 yrs) and Sophie Costello (8 yrs)
Look for a surefire cure for seasickness, and no better person to ask than someone who worked on a lightship off the Irish coast. Lightship duty was both tough and boring, highly dangerous during wartime, and particularly hard on the…
Deputy Christopher O'Sullivan, Minister Charlie McConalogue, along with officials from Cork County Council, Department of the Marine, as well as representatives from Pier users in Union Hall at Ag House in Dublin, where they discussed the future of Keelbeg Pier, Union Hall
Cork County Council has confirmed funding for a foreshore license, design and site investigation for Keelbeg Pier in Union Hall. The Council and Union Hall pier users met with Marine Minister Charlie McConalogue to discuss the development of the old…
Calves Week 2024 announces Schull Harbour Hotel as the title sponsor for its August regatta in West Cork. From (left to right) Michael Murphy Schull Harbour Sailing Club (SHSC), Eric Coogan Heineken Ireland, Mark Murphy, Commodore SHSC, Jack Allen SHSC, Carmel O'Regan SHSC, Cornelious Ndlovu, Schull Harbour Hotel Operations Manager and Derval Murphy SHSC
Schull Harbour Hotel has been announced as the new title sponsor for the Calves Week 2024 Regatta in West Cork. This partnership will last for the next three years and will bring a great racing and onshore festivities experience to…
Joseph Griffiths
Baltimore Sailing Club’s Joseph Griffiths will be joining the two Northern Ireland youth sailors selected for the Griffin Project 2024. As previously reported on Afloat.ie, the Griffin Project is a Royal Ocean Racing Club (RORC) initiatve which gives young sailors…
Yacht in Kinsale Harbour at low tide, listing against the adjacent keel wall with its mast looming over the road
Low tide was a little too low for one Kinsale yacht which listed over the adjacent quay on Wednesday afternoon (10 April). As CorkBeo reports, a section of Pier Road in the West Cork town was closed to traffic after…
The USA project team meet Barryroe pupils to describe their work that sets small sailing boats out across the Atlantic Ocean
The organisation, which has launched two hundred small sailing boats to cross the Atlantic Ocean, fostering interest in the sea and developing cultural links amongst nations, intends to develop the project further following a particularly positive response from a coastal…