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Definitely not Glyndebourne style....In fact, these Dublin Bay Water Wags spotted on a beach in the Morbihan would probably be very offended at the suggestion that this is a picnic. They’re serious Picnic People in the Water Wags, and they’d regard this informal gathering as no more than a quick lunch stop. Photo: Judith Malcolm
Water Wag
It’s probably more than a little sacrilegious to suggest that, as some of the rituals of a global religion are built around The Last Supper, then it’s not at all unreasonable for the world’s oldest One-Design sailing class to have…
A traditional boat festival deserves a traditional programme. Forget about fancy modern, glossy and over-designed minimalist brochures. This retro-style fact-filled programme for the weekend’s Baltimore Woodenboat Festival is entirely appropriate. Scroll down for the full programme below
Historic Boats
The annual Baltimore Wooden boat Festival this weekend (full dates are Friday 26th to Sunday 28th May) provides the perfect setting for a remarkable range of craft of all shapes, sizes and rigs writes W M Nixon. It brings with…
Tender alongside MY Talitha that is registered in Hamilton the capital of the British Overseas Territory of Bermuda. The almost 90 year old vessel is in Dun Laoghaire Harbour for 'maintenance' see photo below.
Dublin Bay
#ClassicMY - An exclusive classic motor-yacht at 262ft long and at almost 90 years old, arrived into Dun Laoghaire Harbour today, however the main reason cited for the visit is maintenance, writes Jehan Ashmore. It is not known if the…
Up, up and away....Roddy Cooper’s Carrickfergus-built Howth 17 Leila of 1898 vintage takes to the skies at the Morbihan
Historic Boats
Howth 17 sailors are nothing if not optimists writes W M Nixon. They need to be, sailing a fleet in which the five oldest boats date back to 1898. Yet as reported on Saturday, everything was going fine with all…
Now you see them, now you don’t – spot the newly-arrived Howth 17s at the boatyard in Vannes at lunchtime today
Historic Boats
The 1898-vintage Howth Yacht Club Howth Seventeens haven’t survived and thrived for 119 years without being crazy like foxes now and again writes W M Nixon. So when six of them set off for Rosslare yesterday on their way to…
Local West Cork yacht Cuilaun of Kinsale, a 54 ft McGruer Ketch, is heading for the Glandore Classic Boat Festival on July 23rd
Historic Boats
As a fleet of Irish historic yachts depart for Morbhian Traditional Yachting Regatta and Dun Laoghaire Regatta announces up to 70 classic boat entries will compete in its inaugural Kingstown 200 Cup, classic boats continue to register for Glandore's Classic…
The mystery burgee on display in Galway Bay Sailing Club
Historic Boats
In the Committee Room of Galway Bay Sailing Cub there hangs a neatly-framed flag writes W M Nixon. But the flag itself is no longer neat – it has been battered by the winds. This flag has been about, and…
The restored Periwinkle reveals her classic style
Historic Boats
The last time the Alfred Mylne-designed Dublin Bay 24s raced together in their home waters was Saturday, September 25th 2004 writes W M Nixon. Since then, the class has been through various traumas as projects for a group rebuild/restoration in…
When Pierce Power of Passage West on Cork Harbour was commissioned to build the original punt for John Valentine Sisk in 1926, the specification was for an easily-rowed stable 10ft dinghy which could comfortably carry four adults. This is the modern version, providing much lighter weight through edge-glued construction
Historic Boats
The Baltimore Wooden Boat Festival 2017 from Friday 26th to Sunday 28th May will feature a remarkable selection of old, restored and new craft - traditional and classic alike - all reflecting the many aspects of the arts and crafts…
A currach on the shore on Inishbofin, which sees the launch of its latest community-build traditional boat this May Bank Holiday weekend
Historic Boats
#Currach - The first of four new community-built currachs launches from Inishbofin this afternoon (Sunday 30 April), as Galway Bay FM reports. Young people from the Connemara island have been heavily involved in the traditional boat-building project, funded via the…
Con Murphy and Cathy MacAleavey toast the launching of the new Water Wag, Mariposa,  while fleet members including daughter Annalise Murphy (right) applaud. The launch will feature on RTE Nationwide on May 5
Water Wag
Olympic Silver Medalist Annalise Murphy was on hand last Saturday to help parents Con Murphy and Cathy MacAleavey launch the new family dinghy, a traditional clinker–built Water Wag dinghy, a class that celebrates its 130th season this year. The champagne…
The Laurent Giles-designed classic Scythe with yawl rig fitted. Since being built in 1962, her rig has been varied between yawl and sloop, and she is currently sloop rigged
Boat Sales
The keener Irish owners of classic wooden yachts with performance potential are already finalising plans for an interesting season writes W M Nixon. In it, their judiciously-chosen programme will include enough races against other classics to give a sense of…
It takes a bit of effort to work out that somewhere in there is an Etchells 22
Historic Boats
Some boats are Classics from birth, others acquire Classic status over time, and there are others beyond that again which have had imaginative things done to them in order to confer a new Classic status writes W M Nixon. Back…
SAVE SHIP: A date of Monday 13 March was given to start dismantling Naomh Eanna, but has not yet happened. The historic Dublin built revited vessel is berthed in Grand Canal Dock Basin's disused Georgian graving dry-dock that are owned by NAMA. There are plans to redevelop this land, and this will require needing Naomh Eanna to be removed.
Historic Boats
#SaveShip! - Time is running out to save iconic Naomh Eanna, a former Aran Islands ferry and freight ship, writes Galway Independent. A voluntary group which hoped to return the ship to Galway into a maritime attraction at the Long…
Postcard from John Madden, a sailor on board the Laurentic who wrote postcards to his family while the ship stopped in Liverpool before its final voyage. This is marked the 18th of January 1917, one week before the fateful sinking.
Historic Boats
#Laurentic - History lovers on Thursday 6 April will get a closer view of some of the fascinating artefacts recovered from the tragic sinking of SS Laurentic in Lough Swilly as part of a unique workshop. The artefacts from the…
The spirit of Dun Laoghaire. J/109s giving it all they’ve got on Dublin Bay. For 2017’s festive Dun Laoghaire Regatta event from July 6th to 9th, the J/109s have very sensibly decided to opt for participation in the open division, adding the interest of racing against boats of other types while being secure in the knowledge that their own stand-alone National One Design Championship (2016 edition pictured above) will be held later in the year. If their “most serious series” is thus planned to be at another place and another time, why not allow them to finish at least one VDLR race within Dun Laoghaire Harbour?
W M Nixon
For the summer of 2017 at least, it looks as though Dun Laoghaire Harbour is going to remain free of the threat of the installation of a new liner berth. W M Nixon reckons this provides a unique opportunity for…

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