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Lough Ree Yacht Club's Clinkerfest Postponed
The second oldest yacht club in the world, Lough Ree Athlone, has cancelled a major event planned for the celebrations of its 250th year writes Tom MacSweeney. The Club's Commodore, Garrett Leech, said that Clinkerfest, planned for three days over…
J Boats Collide Despite Last Minute Effort to Bear Away
The skipper of a 40-metre J class yacht describes the damage following a collision between rivals Topaz and Svea. Peter Holmberg, the skipper onboard Topaz relayed the incident which occurred shortly before the first race on March 12: "As we…
The restored 1926 ketch Ilen takes her departure for Greenland from the MacMahon stronghold of Carrigaholt Castle on the Shannon Estuary
There were several notable Irish sailing families with their names up in lights more than once at Saturday evening’s virtual awards ceremony for the annual achievements in Irish sailing. But none could match the seaborn diversity of an ancient tribe…
Shantax in a 1925 cruise en route from Clontarf to the North Shannon Yacht Club (towing Water Wags), and then down the Shannon to Athlone for the LRYC regatta, to Shannon Harbour and returning to Dublin via the Grand Canal. The picture was taken at Lock 35 on the Grand Canal. Club member Jack Stephensi is in the yachting cap
While we are in 'shutdown' mode due to Covid19 I have taken the opportunity to write a book about 'THE MOTOR YACHT CLUB OF IRELAND' which thrived from 1907 until its demise in about 1935. The club was active in…
Mark Bushe at the mast of Elsie shortly after launching her following restoration
What motivates a man to buy a wreck over a hundred years old and decide that he can repair her? Why bother and was he ‘mad’ to think of doing so? My Podcast this week is with a man who…
Galway Hookers Macdara and An Tonaí will feature in the second series of Bádóiri starting tonight on TG4
On the western edge of Europe lies a unique culture that depended and fought with the Atlantic Ocean for thousands of years. It is the native sailboat, the Galway Hooker, that sustained this poorest of communities, and the new generation…
The Kyle start at the Fife Regatta
The route for the 5th Fife Regatta plans to visit historic hidden gems along Scotland's Clyde coast, celebrating the local craftsman William Fife, whose yachts still compete around the world with a number returning to home waters this June. The…
The Cork Harbour One Design Elsie (Patrick Dorgan) at Glandore. She was designed by William Fife in 1895-96
Cork Harbour Master shipwright Mark Bushe will give a talk next week on the restoration of the 1896-built Cork Harbour One Design Elsie. The talk will take place at the Skippers and Members meeting in the Royal Cork Yacht Club…
Bluebottle renovations by David Heritage
The British Dragon Association (BDA) is proud to announce that this year’s Edinburgh Cup fleet will include the famous International Dragon Bluebottle. Hosted by the Royal Forth Yacht Club (RFYC) from 30 June to 3 July 2020 Dragon sailors from…
 The essence of the restored Ilen is captured in this evocative WoodenBoat cover photo taken in Greenland waters last summer by Gary Mac Mahon, Director of the Ilen Project and skipper for the outward Transatlantic voyage from Limerick to Greenland’s capital of Nuuk
The Limerick ketch Ilen has received the ultimate accolade among classic and traditional boat restorations by being chosen as the cover star for the March/April 2020 issue of WoodenBoat, the American magazine which deservedly has a global reach and reputation…
A look inside the pages of Hegarty’s Boatyard, by Kevin O’Farrell
The Skibbereen boatyard where Ireland’s last trading schooner was painstakingly restored has been immortalised in a new book of photography, as The Irish Times reports. Hegarty’s Boatyard, on the River Ilen near Skibbereen, is the last surviving traditional boatyard in…
Dublin Bay 21 Naneen will be back racing on Dublin Bay this season
There has been excellent progress on the revival of the Dublin Bay Sailing Club Twenty One project the world’s oldest intact on design keelboat class as they prepare for a new season racing again on Dublin Bay. Chris Moore of Dublin…
Caubeen, which won the Dinghy World Championships for Ireland in 1924, is being renovated for the Athlone event
There is enormous interest in the revival of the International 12 Foot Dinghy Class both in Ireland and abroad, in advance of the 250th centenary regatta at Athlone Yacht Club/ Lough Ree Yacht Club at the end of May 2020.…
The replica currach was built by James Madigan (left) with help from club members
The latest build from the West Clare Currach Club was launched at the weekend when a replica four-hand Scattery pilot "canoe" took to the water at Kilrush on the Shannon Estuary. The Club is an umbrella organisation for a growing…
Glandore Harbour
The entry has opened for July's JPF 2020 Glandore Classic Boat Regatta with a 20% discount for all entries until the end of April.  As Afloat previously reported, recognising that there will be an unprecedented ‘Gathering’ of extraordinary boats in…
An exhibition of art funded by the UK National Heritage Lottery Fund AFLOAT adds is currently on display on board HMS Caroline as above in Alexandra Dock, Belfast Harbour
On board HMS Caroline an exhibition of artworks produced by a community group in Belfast forms part of a National Heritage Lottery Fund project. As the Belfast Telegraph writes, Members of Forthspring Inter-Community Centre have used their artistic talents to…

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