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Dublin Bay Sailing Partnership Based on Artistic Endeavour
W M Nixon
#iris – It has been said that keeping a boat-owning partnership intact is much more difficult than maintaining a marriage in a healthy state. Thus for most of us with the boat-owning vocation, sole ownership is the only way to…
Tall Ships & Sail Training – Ireland's Atlantic Youth Trust Will Give It A Different Spin
W M Nixon
#tallships –  Rugged sailing in romantic tall ships; the camaraderie of the sea; character development. It's an inspiring combination which has gripped maritime nations for more than a century as sail has given way to more utilitarian sources of power.…
Dun Laoghaire Regatta Promises Champion Quality Yacht Racing For All
W M Nixon
#vdlr – The "suburban sailfest" which is the biennial Volvo Dun Laoghaire Regatta this year (Thursday July 9th – Sunday 12th July) is marking its tenth anniversary with the sixth edition. It's a classic Irish mix of sailing sport at…
National 18s Take Dinghy Racing Class Onto A New Plane
W M Nixon
#national18 – There are some special dinghy classes. There are some very special dinghy classes. And then there are the National 18s. You can see any number of reasons why this unique class, celebrating its 80th birthday in just three…
Is a 40m Sail Training Ship Too Much Of a Tall Order For Ireland?
W M Nixon
#tallship – With St Patrick's Day almost upon us, the westward trek across the Atlantic in search of American benevolence and funding for worthy objectives can become a very crowded pilgrimage. Among those looking for meaningful support for their pet…
Ireland's Sailing Successes Celebrated In Historic Setting
W M Nixon
#soy – Yesterday's Afloat.ie/Irish Sailing Association annual sailing awards ceremony saw a remarkable gathering of talented boat people and their supporters and friends at the Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland in Dublin to honour the Best of the Best in…
Sailing's Secret Side Revealed in Irish Cruising Club Awards
W M Nixon
#irishcruisingawards –  As the recent Irish Sailing Association's Public Consultation meetings in Dun Laoghaire, Cork and Galway to discuss its new Strategic Plan 2015-2020 have shown, the cruising community may not be high profile, but there are many of them,…
New Lease of Life for Vintage Wooden Boats Is a Maritime Highlight
W M Nixon
#woodenboats – It's an interesting time for old wooden boats. They may be traditional craft, or classics, or simply ordinary timber boats which have reached a stage in life where they need serious and special attention. Whatever the circumstances, it's…
Just Who Do The Irish Sailing Association Think They Are?
W M Nixon
#irishsailing – Ireland's national sailing authority has been going through turbulent times in recent years. With unprecedented expansion of ISA staff numbers as the country revelled in the boom years of the Celtic Tiger, the arrival of the inevitable and…
Did The America's Cup Destroy Belfast Lough Sailing?
W M Nixon
#americascup – The 35th America's Cup series will be staged in Bermuda in 2017, and already the first team – Ben Ainslie Racing – is starting to settle into its base in the islands at the beginning of a developing process…
Mickey d'Alton's Legion d'Honneur Celebrates A Great Sailor In War & Peace
W M Nixon
#dday – More than three generations have come of age since the end of World War II. For most people nowadays, it is remote and sometimes incomprehensible history, captured only in films which - it is assumed - exaggerate the…
Irish Sailors In Command of International Sailing in London
W M Nixon
#rorc – London's unique position at the crossroads of world sailing communications makes it a focus of attention in the winter months. Organisations of international standing will be having key administrative and decision-making meetings in the short non-sailing winter days,…
A New Tall Ship For Ireland? It's Back to The Future
W M Nixon
#tallship – The Tall Ships return to Ireland in spectacular style this summer with a major fleet assembly in Belfast from Thursday 2nd to Sunday 5th July for the beginning of the season's Tall Ships Races, organised by Sail Training…
Ireland Hit The High Spot In The Sydney Hobart Race 23 Years Ago
W M Nixon
#rshyr – Ireland's fascination with the Rolex Sydney-Hobart Race moved onto a new plane in 1991, when a three-boat Irish team team of all the talents had a runaway win in the Southern Cross Series which culminated with the 628-mile race…
For Irish Offshore Racing Sailors, 'Tis The Season To Be Sailing To Hobart
W M Nixon
#rshyr – Tasmania is a medium-sized island in the Great Southern Ocean which is sheltered to the west only by South America. And as Tasmanians reckon skinny little New Zealand doesn't really provide a proper lee, they'll tell you their island…
Dublin Bay 24 Wooden Boat–Building Provides Learning Through Working
W M Nixon
#woodenboats – You can't make a news item about the wooden Dublin Bay 24 yachts into an add-on to another story. When we focused on October 11th on the challenges of maintaining classic wooden yachts, citing as examples the difficulties being…

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