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With her staysail stowed as she approaches the pier in Kinvara, the Croi an Cladaig is a handsome 2012 example of the traditional boats being built by Badoiri na Gaillimh in the heart of Galway City
Historic Boats
This weekend’s annual Cruinnui na mBad festival (the Gathering of the Boats) in Kinvara in the southeast corner of Galway Bay celebrates a tradition going back far into the mists of time writes W M Nixon. In the old days,…
The original 1903-built schooner Atlantic, one of the most admired vessels of her era
Historic Boats
In 1905, legendary Scottish-American skipper Charlie Barr – renowned for his many successful defences of the America’s Cup on behalf of his adopted home of the United States – was challenged to establish a Transatlantic sailing record from Sandy Hook…
The 56ft ketch Ilen shortly after her launch at Baltimore in 1926
Historic Boats
When the restoration project on the 1926-built 56ft Conor O’Brien/Tom Moynihan Falkland Islands Trading Ketch got under way at two locations – Liam Hegarty’s boat-building shed in the former Cornstore at Oldcourt near Baltimore, and the Ilen Boat-building School premises…
An ancient class in the best of health. The Howth Seventeens Oona (left, Peter Courtney, built 1910), Isobel (Conor & Brian Turvey, built 1988) and Orla) (Ian Malcolm, built 2017) racing towards Ireland’s Eye in their Annual Championship on Saturday. In addition to their five race “National” Championship, the class provides about 60 club and regatta races in the course of the season
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The Massey family’s 1907-built Deilginis of Howth Yacht Club has retained the Howth Seventeen Annual Championship after a five–race series concluded on Saturday with a countback following a points tie with the 1910-built Oona (Peter Courtney) writes W M Nixon.…
Kiwi takes a well earned rest
Historic Boats
When a yacht is one hundred years old, it might be normal to celebrate the event, perhaps by breaking open a bottle of champagne with a few close friends, or having a small celebratory article printed in ‘Afloat.ie’, or even…
Wexford Boatbuilder Larry Duggan
Historic Boats
One of Wexford's leading timber boat builders Larry Duggan, of the The Moorings, Carcur, will celebrate his 90th birthday shortly.  Duggan has been constructing wooden craft for over seventy five years.They include three Dublin Bay Mermaids,Wexford Sailing Cots, Work Boats, numerous Shooting and Pleasure Craft. He…
The restored ketch Ilen in her new colours, and maybe smiling to herself about it all
Historic Boats
There are those who think that attributing characteristics of sentient life to the appearance of a boat is quaint to the point of serious irritation writes W M Nixon. So those opposed to such hyper-anthropomorphism may as well look elsewhere…
One hundred and seventeen years of sailing, and still going strong. The Dublin Bay Water Wags set the style at Glandore with their design of 1900, although the class itself dates back even further, to 1887
Historic Boats
If variety is the spice of life, then the 25th Anniversary Glandore Classics Regatta is currently staging the most vibrant and flavoursome boat show on the Irish coast writes W M Nixon. Admittedly the mid-week routine, which will lead on…
 First glimpse through the paint mist of Ilen’s final colour scheme. Photo:
Historic Boats
The mood in the Corn Store at Oldcourt Boayard near Baltimore where the Conor O’Brien ketch Ilen is being restored may still be distinctly ghost-like writes W M Nixon. The old place would make a good setting for some tales…
Darragh Mc Cormack from Foynes Yacht Club with crew Johnny Dillon and Noel Mc Cormack, overall winners at this year’s Skerries Regatta.
Mermaid
Last weekend saw the annual Skerries Regatta take place over Saturday and Sunday the 15th and 16th of July. With an ambitious six races planned (3 per day), an impressive fleet of 18 Mermaids took to the water, completing 5…
Spectral white…..Conor O’Brien’s ketch Ilen as she was this morning
Historic Boats
When Gary MacMahon of Limerick brought the 57ft Conor O’Brien ketch Ilen back from the Falkland Islands in 1998, the 1927-built former inter-island trading and passenger transport vessel was in danger of becoming a ghost ship writes W M Nixon.…
'Fiendishly Tricky' Racing at Cowes Classic Boats Week
Historic Boats
It was sun and fun all the way on day five of Panerai British Classic Week 2017 in Cowes, where not only did the participants enjoy some fiendishly tricky racing, but they also finally came together for the traditional Open…
Classic boat action at Cowes
Historic Boats
The sun returned on day three of Panerai British Classic Boat Week where the fleets completed race five of the series, followed by the traditional Ladies Race. Not only had the sun reappeared, but the wind had moderated too and…
A variety of handcrafted currachs will be used, including fifteen Dunfanaghy currachs in the Meitheal Mara youth race
Cork Harbour
Organised by Meitheal Mara, this Thursday 13th of July will see dozens of young people from the Bádoireacht programme take part in a heated Youth Race between Blackrock and Cork City in Cork Harbour. Starting at 18:30 from the newly…
The handsome McGruer ketch Cuilaun – whose CV includes a Transatlantic Race Class Win – is headed for the Glandore Classic Regatta 2017 from July 23rd to July 28th
Historic Boats
With just twelve days to go to the start of the 25th Anniversary Glandore Classic Boat Regatta 2017 from July 23rd to July 28th, Glandore Harbour Yacht Club are swinging all systems into action with the extra muscle provided by…
15 Mermaids took part in VDLR 2017 in what was also their Leinster Championship
Volvo Regatta
The 2017 Volvo Dun Laoghaire Regatta saw the return of the Mermaid fleet in impressive numbers to Dublin Bay for the first time in a number of years. 15 Mermaids took part in what was also their Leinster Championship from…

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