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 With staysail still being hoisted, the engine-less Maybird is about to be taken in tow by Arklow Lifeboat off the Arklow pierheads on Sunday evening
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When the report appeared here on Afloat.ie on Monday about the assistance given by Arklow RNLI to the “stranded” classic yacht off the Arklow pierheads on May 1st, warning bells rang writes W M Nixon. For classic boat enthusiasts will…
The IDRA 14 dinghy class celebrates its 70th birthday this season
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IDRA 14 sailors will be involved in a host of activities this year to celebrate the 70th Anniversary of the class. A series of events, both on and off the water, will be held to mark the birth of the…
The Fife counter stern in all its perfect beauty – the restored Belfast Lough Class I Tern of 1897 vintage mixes it with the big ones at Cannes, September 2015
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Classic yachts and traditional boats with close Irish links figured prominently among the prize-winners at the recent International Classic Boat Awards 2016 in London writes W M Nixon. At a ceremony which was attended by more than 120 specialists and…
Balmoral featured as a British 'troopship' in Michael Portillo's 1916 documentary 'The Enemy Files'. The veteran excursion vessel has been awarded UK National Flagship of the Year 2016
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#Portillos1916troopship – Excursion vessel, Balmoral, which featured on the 1916 Easter Rising documentary, ‘The Enemy Files’ presented by former British Defense Secretary Michael Portillo, has been awarded the UK’s National Flagship for 2016, writes Jehan Ashmore. The former Conservative Cabinet…
 Howth Harbour today is a very long way from the place deliberately forgotten in the mid-1800s. Photo:W M Nixon
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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…
Mermaid sailors are heading for Howth Yacht Club this August
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The Dublin Bay Mermaid Sailing Association hosts its 2016 Championships from Thursday 4th August to Sunday 7th August at Howth Yacht Club. Racing on Saturday 6th and Sunday 7th in the 17–foot clinker class will be in conjunction with the Howth…
The current condition of Moonduster. See more pictures in the slideshow below
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The great Denis Doyle’s star-quality Frers 51 Moonduster of 1981 vintage, built in Crosshaven Boatyard with the legendary Dick Leonard in charge of the construction details and the then-locally-based designer Tony Castro as consultant, is in a sorry state in…
The Clondalkin-built Galway hooker Naomh Cronan sails serenely in Strangford Lough. But in the Narrows between Portaferry and Strangford Village, the strong tides will make the Portaferry Sail & Sound Festival 2016 a lively spectacle.
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The revival of Portaferry in Strangford Narrows as a mid-summer focal point for classic and traditional sail afloat, combined with traditional music and festivities ashore, is set to take place from Thursday June 16th to Sunday June 19th this year…
For the first time, classic motor yachts are invited to join the renowned classic sailing regatta
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The 2016 edition of Panerai British Classic Week, which takes place in Cowes from 16th to 23rd July is all set to welcome not only a fantastic fleet of sixty plus classic sailing yachts, but for the first time in…
The poor condition of Moonduster's varnished stern. The full video on facebook (below) reveals the current state of the 1988 Round Ireland record holder
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There has been plenty of comment on social media about the current condition of the much loved Irish yacht Moonduster, the former Round Ireland record holder skippered by the late Denis Doyle of the Royal Cork Yacht Club. See the…
The 12–boat Glen fleet is looking forward to its 52nd season this year. See video below
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The Glen keelboat class video below was made by local sailor Ki Duong in action on Dublin Bay over the 2015 season. Edited in a jump cut fashion it had members of the Glen sailing community up on their feet and…
Riveting on Clontarf's new wooden IDRA 14 dinghy has recently been completed. See Video below
Historic Boats
As the venerable IDRA 14 dinghy prepares for its 70th anniversary year, a launch date has been announced for the new addition to the clinker fleet, being built in Clontarf Yacht & Boat Club, the first in over 35 years.…
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The Vikings are back on the River Boyne after a 1000 year absence. The marauders have returned alright but this time in the more benign form of a film set for the latest episode of the hit TV show Vikings.…
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#NaomhÉanna - In a bid to bring the Naomh Éanna back to Galway, a new campaign has been launched according to Galway Bay FM. The historic vessel once carried passengers between the city and the Aran Islands, before being withdrawn from…
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A fire at a boatyard in Cowes on the Isle of Wight yesterday has seen the destruction of around 30 yachts and one-design dayboats, including many irreplaceable classics. Vintage boats, including a World War Two rescue vessel, are among those…

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