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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…
Seascapes On RTE Radio 1 Has Much To Celebrate After 25 Years
W M Nixon
#seascapes – The maritime community in Ireland is a mystery to the vast majority of the rest of the population. Admittedly anyone Irish will sing enthusiastically about how good it is to be entirely surrounded by water. But for most folk…
Afloat's Sailors of the Month Reflect Irish Sailing's Year–Round Diversity
W M Nixon
#sailorofthemonth – The Afloat "Sailor of the Month" Award has been a central feature of Irish sailing since 1996, and before that we ran various Sailors of the Year awards with several categories. But with the development of the "Sailor…
2015 Sailing Calendar Includes Two Bicentenaries & Ireland's Biggest Regatta At Dun Laoghaire
W M Nixon
Irishsailing – After the remarkable across-the-board success of the 2014 Irish sailing season, 2015 will have to be very special indeed to be remembered with such enthusiasm. But it's a special year in any case, as two major sailing Bicentenaries…
Irish Sailing Review 2014: A Year Of Hope, Regeneration & Success
W M Nixon
#irishsailingreview – 2014 has been the year in which Irish sailing regained its international confidence afloat by re-capturing the Commodore's Cup. Having won it in 2010, the national economic collapse prevented any defence in 2012, but in July 2014 the…
W M Nixon
#roundireland – The biennial Round Ireland Race from Wicklow is the jewel in Ireland's offshore racing crown. It may only have been established as recently as 1980, but now it is a classic, part of the RORC programme, and an…
W M Nixon
#classicboat – In the summer of 2014, the RNLI in Crosshaven received an unexpected cheque from an unusual source. As ever with lifeboat fund-raising, it was very welcome. But it's not every day you get €1500 out of the blue…
Lough Derg Drubbing For Some, But Dragons & Squibs Rise Above It
W M Nixon
#loughderg – Lough Derg's annual Keelboat Freshwater Regatta in October is meant to round out the season with some gentle lake sailing for salty folk in big boats. But 2014's event last weekend was just too near a ferociously active bad…

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