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Tough sailing for Laser dinghies at Monkstown Bay Sailing Club. Scroll down to listen to the podcast below
Island Nation
I have always considered Laser sailors to be tough, particularly when I have seen them battling the elements of Winter weather during Frostbite series. So, standing on the Sand Quay at Monkstown in Cork Harbour, base of my home village…
Island Nation
Sailing is, definitely, a ‘sport for life’ but “you have to find a bit of time for it and, if you have a family, don’t let it hog your whole life and try to take your family with you.” Good…
Seascapes
Hello and welcome aboard this weeks edition of your maritime programme, we have music from Molgoggers, we preview the Lewis Symposium presented by MaREI – Ocean Energy; Theory, Practice and Integration hosted by the Environmental Research Institute Beaufort Building, University…
W M Nixon
Last Saturday’s Irish Sailing Association National Cruising Conference, sponsored by Union Chandlery with full organisational support from the Cruising Association of Ireland and the enthusiastic hospitality of Howth Yacht Club, was able to put through a very complete day-long programme…
Island Nation
It is probably only an “eccentric billionaire” who would come up with and finance a plan to build a second Titanic and operate it with a derivative of the name of the company which owned the original ill-fated vessel. Clive…
W M Nixon
With last night’s Irish Cruising Club Annual General Meeting & Prize-Giving hosted at Howth Yacht Club, and this morning’s day-long ISA Cruising Conference at the same venue, centre stage has been taken by the silent majority – the large but…
Seascapes
Hello and welcome aboard this week’s edition of your maritime programme Seascapes...this week we talk to Olympic sailor Annalise Murphy about her preparations for the Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro and the condition of the waters on the Olympic…
Island Nation
There is a battle beginning in Cork Harbour which could become nasty and how it turns out will shape the future of what has been described as “the second most beautiful natural harbour in the world.” At issue is €500m…
Seascapes
" You're very welcome aboard SEASCAPES the maritime programme on RTE Radio 1 with Marcus Connaughton .......This podcast is available to you courtesy of RTE Radio 1 and Afloat.ie." This week we feature the Irish Sailing Association Annual Awards in…
W M Nixon
You’ll have glimpsed the photo gallery and heard the reports of the International Fireball Dinghy Class 50th Anniversary Irish Reunion last Saturday night in the Royal St George YC in Dun Laoghaire. Fifty years, by George……Most sailing folk still think…
Island Nation
Listening to a seafarer describe how colleagues from his native town left port on a night of very bad weather, when their Skipper was advised not to go by other Skippers, I thought of how there can be a very…
W M Nixon
The Irish Sailing Association Annual Awards ceremony undoubtedly conveyed three clearcut messages. The first is that, in global sailing terms, we’re a wet and breezy little island which nevertheless punches way above our weight. The second is that we live…
Island Nation
“Behold the turtle who makes progress, but only when it sticks its neck out.”I like that quotation because I have ‘stuck my neck out” several times in reporting on the marine sphere.I am doing so again now.To judge from comments…
W M Nixon
The recently-published ISA Survey of Club Racing commissioned and supervised by Board Member Jack Roy has started the process of putting together a realistic picture of how we sail and go afloat for recreation, and it was analysed on publication…
Island Nation
Tara McCarthy has a magnificent view out of her office windows. “You could look out there all day,” she says as we chat in the office on Crofton Road in Dun Laoghaire, looking out on Dublin Bay. Even on a…
W M Nixon
The governments in both jurisdictions in Ireland have included an all-Ireland sail training ship for the Atlantic Youth Trust in their long term capital expenditure proposals. And the movement in favour of support for this project has become so strong…

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