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Famous Wooden Boat 'Saoirse' Maybe Re-Born At Baltimore Sailing Festival
W M Nixon
#woodenboats – In the annals of Irish seafaring, whether professional or amateur, only a very few can match the achievement of Conor O'Brien (1880-1952). Between 1923 and 1925, this multi-talented sailor from Foynes on the Shannon Estuary circled the world south…
W M Nixon
#inss – Last week, Sailing on Saturday featured the Royal Cork Yacht Club, the oldest in the world, as it comfortably donned the mantle of the ISA/Mitsubishi Motors Sailing Club of the Year 2015. This morning, we find ourselves involved…
Royal Cork Yacht Club Has Secret Of Eternal Youth As 300th Birthday Beckons
W M Nixon
#royalcork – Four years and seven months may seem an eternity for many people. Yet if you're in the business of planning major club and sporting events, particularly where there's a significant international context, then four years and seven months…
It's Character Boats From The Isle of Man To Achill Island
W M Nixon
#boatswithcharacter – With the hope that boat numbers will start to increase again as we emerge from recession, categorisation resumes its central place in our thinking about the different types of craft we sail. Yet for a while, when the economy…
Ireland's Invisible Boat Builders
W M Nixon
#boatbuilders – In the good old days of bespoke boat-building, regular visits to the boatyard by the prospective owners were a sociable part of the process, regarded as normal and mutually instructive. And as most boats were built in waterfront premises…
ICRA Sails for Kinsale But Views Differ on How Irish Regattas Are Staged
W M Nixon
#cruiserracing – Can you successfully incorporate a full-blown National Championship into an established neighbourhood regatta? We're going to find out from June 24th to 27th, when the ICRA Nationals and the Sovereigns Cup in Kinsale are combined into one four…
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…

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