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Sailing on Saturday with WM Nixon
W M Nixon
We may be an island nation, but are we a maritime people in our outlook and way of life? It could be reasonably argued that we most definitely aren’t. On last night’s Seascapes, the maritime programme on RTE Radio 1,…
W M Nixon
As we near the end of the traditional sailing season, inevitably there’ll be heart-searching among boat owners as to the success and value obtained from their summer afloat – can they really justify the expense of continuing to keep a…
W M Nixon
How would you like to undertake an intense course of guaranteed Irish offshore racing training? Start as an absolute beginner on a strange boat in April next year. Dedicate yourself to it. Then by the end of June, the boat…
Killaloe is one of Lough Derg and the River Shannon’s very special places. Photo: W M Nixon
W M Nixon
Ireland is a country of seaways, and waterways which are dominated by the majestic River Shannon. On our island, you can never be more than sixty miles from the nearest navigable bit of sea. Add in the myriad of inland…
Dun Laoghaire Tries To Shape The Future As Its Harbour Crumbles
W M Nixon
#dlharbour – History has been made with the announcement that Dun Laoghaire town and harbour have been confirmed as the hosts for the 2016 Laser Radials Youth Worlds, and also next year's Laser Radial Men's Worlds, which will be run…
Fastnet 2015 Was Great Value – It Provided Two Races For The Price Of One
W M Nixon
#rorcrfr – Not only did the Rolex Fastnet Race 2015 provide two completely different sailing experiences all in the one event package, but this 90th Anniversary of the Grand National of Offshore Racing was so suffused with historical references and…
Fastnet Becomes Slownet As Jetstream Takes A Holiday
W M Nixon
#fastnetrace – The northern jetstream seems to have taken a holiday from Ireland for a few days. This mysterious climatic force - which interacts with the restless brew which develops when large areas of cold and warm air go head…
Sailing In The Olympics – Does Ireland Expect Too Much?
W M Nixon
#olympicsailing – We have heard much of how the 2016 Olympiad Sailing Venue in Rio de Janeiro is setting its courses in polluted waters which will constitute a serious health risk to the participants and those who are afloat staging the…
Ireland's Sailors Race In All Parts Of The World, And Face Every Kind Of Weather
W M Nixon
#irishsailors – With the coldest, wettest and windiest July finally put astern, Irish sailors of all ages competing at every level at venues near and far – sometimes very far - keep their fingers crossed that summer will manage to…
Sailing The Wild Atlantic Way & Cruising Ireland's West Coast
W M Nixon
#wildatlanticway – There's an elemental quality to Ireland's Atlantic seaboard which can be more than matched by the weather the ocean throws at it. In the recent Transatlantic Race, the participants commented – often forcefully - on the extreme sailing…
Restored Irish Sailing Classic Yacht To Go Afloat Near Belfast Today
W M Nixon
#classicboats – One of the most significant boats in Irish sailing history is due to be re-launched today after a lengthy restoration. W M Nixon sets the scene, and takes a look at other Irish boat restoration projects on the weekend…
Dun Laoghaire Harbour: Afloat's W M Nixon Responds to Liam Shanahan (Snr)
W M Nixon
#dlharbour – When someone with the exceptional background, qualifications and standing of Liam Shanahan Snr gives his considered opinion on the future of his beloved Dun Laoghaire Harbour, it can only be to the benefit of us all - and…
Sailing at Dun Laoghaire Regatta 2015 Has Everything – And Then Some More
W M Nixon
#dlregatta – Anyone who thinks they're comprehending all the action and the full story in the continuing, colour-filled and action-packed sailfest in Dublin Bay clearly hasn't been there. You can only grasp quick visual and mental snapshots of specific classes and…
Dun Laoghaire Regatta 2015: 400 Boats & 3,000 Sailors, It's Dublin Bay Sailfest!
W M Nixon
#dlregatta – With the Kinsale ICRA Nats/Sovereigns Trophy 2015 very successfully concluded last weekend, and a classic Dun Laoghaire to Dingle Race put stylishly in place before that, the feeling of another sailing summer busily in progress is all-pervasive. But…
Kinsale ICRA Nats Puts Sovereign Sparkle Back into Irish Sailing
W M Nixon
#sovscup –  It's only now, with clear signs that the Irish economy is on track to return to vigorous health so long as everyone is reasonably sensible, that we can look for a real upturn in sailing enthusiasm. But with…
Dun Laoghaire–Dingle Race Won By Family Sailing Values
W M Nixon
#d2drace – It's the Irish offshore race which ticks all the boxes.You start conveniently on a Friday night from a harbour which – despite everything that has been done to it in the name of modern architecture – continues to…

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