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'Regatta Club' aims to encourage youngsters from 8-to-18 years into "sociable sailing” and, perhaps, return to those days when children loved to go down to ‘the club’ to go sailing
Island Nation
There was a time when the local sailing club was a social centre for children, where they got their first ‘taste’ of sailing as a ‘fun’ and enjoyable occasion without the stress of competition and performance separating them from each…
The big boys’ game….Antix in fine form in the RORC Easter Challenge 2016. But it was during this event that it became clear the newest generation of the Fast40+ class marked an up-grade in performance, and the amateur crew on the now-veteran Antix will have to focus their efforts with total attention if they’re to be at the races at all.
W M Nixon
It has been confirmed by the Irish Cruiser-Racing Association (ICRA) that it’s extremely unlikely that Ireland will be mounting a defence in July 2016 of the RORC Commodore’s Cup, which we so convincingly won in 2014 with the team of Catapult,…
Cork Harbour Naval base showing single road bridge access to Ringaskiddy where Indaver wants to build a hazardous waste incinerator
Island Nation
“The boy stood on the burning deck,” is one of the most famous lines in literature and particularly relevant in the maritime sphere. Many people can quote the next line…”Whence all but he had fled…” But why was he there,…
The magic book. The Princess Royal receiving the special copy of Lord Dufferin’s Letters from High Latitudes from Myles Lindsay, Vice Commodore, at the recent reception in the Royal Ulster YC
W M Nixon
Maybe it’s time and more to see sailing and its story – and particularly the complex history of Irish sailing north and south – in a new light. This year, the historical sailing focus is on Northern Ireland, where the…
The ISA 'Try Sailing' Programme will be launched at Kinsale on Bank Holiday Monday
Island Nation
I have been vocal over the past few months in expressing concern about improving access to sailing and combating the impression that the sport is elitist. I spoke about the need for initiatives at the annual conference of the Irish…
Hear about a Round Ireland Cruise with the Sailing in Dublin club ...scroll down to listen to the podcast below
Seascapes
Hello and welcome aboard this week’s edition of your maritime programme Seascapes, this week we have a report from last weekend’s commemoration in Ventry of the O‘Rahilly from Grainne McPolin for Seascapes, we’ll also be hearing from historian Brandn O…
She flies…..current Round Ireland Record Holder Musandam-Oman will be on the line for the start of the Volvo Round Ireland Race at Wicklow on June 18th – and this time Damian Foxall will be on board.
W M Nixon
In precisely eight weeks’ time from this morning, adrenalin levels around Wicklow Harbour on Saturday June 18th will be rising as the final countdown begins to the start of the 19th Round Ireland Race. With new sponsorship for Wicklow Sailing…
Tony Kehoe and the Kehoe lifeboat family of Rosslare
Island Nation
I said words in tribute to a Lifeboatman on radio this week that I have never said before as I introduced my programme (scroll down the page for the podcast). I meant them and I was honoured to be able…
Hear about one of the unique designs 'the Barracuda“ as Ron Coveney of Seascapes speaks to Safehaven Marine Managing Director Frank Kowalski...scroll down to listen to the podcast below
Seascapes
Hello and welcome aboard this week’s edition of your maritime programme Seascapes ...(scroll down to listen) this week maritime historian Sean Rickard writes about the Shannon Turf Boats; we have a report from the recent Fishermans Friend Irish Mens Shed Association…
The beginning of a beautiful friendship – top men Chris Moore of Dublin Bay SC (left) and Philip Sherry of Sherry Fitzgerald at yesterday’s launch of the new sponsorship. Photo: Brendan Fogarty
W M Nixon
The 133rd annual racing programme of Dublin Bay Sailing Club was unveiled yesterday in the National Yacht Club in Dun Laoghaire, and it brought the announcement by incoming Commodore Chris Moore that the club had secured a strong three year…
Vector Martini speeding under Haulbowline Bridge
Island Nation
It isn’t often that I am told “she is a beast of a boat…” with admiration in the voice of the person describing the boat to me. However, when she has over 2,000 horsepower to get her moving, it is…
Seascapes Podcast: Revolution on an Island & More
Seascapes
Hello and welcome aboard this week’s edition of your maritime programme Seascapes ...(scroll down to listern). Hugh Oram talks to the programme about his latest book on Sandymount published by The History Press Ireland and we hear the story of…
The Ship’s Wheel finds its new home for 2016. At the Mitsubishi Motors “Sailing Club of the Year” presentation to the Royal Irish Yacht Club this week were (left to right) David Lovegrove (President Irish Sailing Association), Afloat.ie’s W M Nixon (adjudicator), James Horan (Commodore RIYC), Billy Riordan (Mitsubishi Motors, adjudicator) and Frank Keane (Chairman, Mitsubishi Motors).
W M Nixon
We’re into the last weekend in which the popular figure of James Horan will be making regular appearances on the Dun Laoghaire waterfront, and at national sailing occasions, as Commodore of the Royal Irish Yacht Club. Next week at the…
Would it actually have been possible for the AUD to have landed its cargo in Tralee Bay?
Island Nation
I love Irish history. It is the story of the Irish people, living in an island nation. But I have always wondered about a maritime, a shipping aspect of the Easter Rising, the commemoration of which has raised the profile…
A plaque erected to maritime historian Dr. John De Courcy Ireland in his home town of Dalkey in County Dublin. Listen to the podcast below.
Seascapes
Hello and welcome aboard this week’s edition of your maritime programme Seascapes .....this week we’ll be hearing fromRichard McCormick, President of the Maritime Institute on the re publication of John de Courcy Irelands’ “The Sea and the Easter Rising “…
 Howth Harbour today is a very long way from the place deliberately forgotten in the mid-1800s. Photo:W M Nixon
W M Nixon
This weekend has the Irish Sailing Youth Pathway Championships being staged at Howth, and despite the weather the place is buzzing. From being a harbour abandoned in embarrassment for twenty years in the middle of the 19th Century, the peninsula…

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