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The jib topsail blossoms to drive Dickie Gomes’ Ainmara on her way as she sails fast to collect the “Best in Show” award at the RUYC’s 150th Anniversary Sail-past, fifty years after she took part in the same Club’s Centenary Regatta in 1966 with the same crew on board
W M Nixon
Afloat.ie’s W M Nixon grabbed only a few hours sleep after his almost continuous coverage of the Volvo Round Ireland Race 2016 before haring off to Bangor in County Down to sail in the RUYC 150th Anniversary Regatta on Saturday…
Oldest boat in the 2016 RTI Race, Thalia that has 19th century links to Royal Cork Yacht Club
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The oldest boat competing in this year's Race is almost certain to be Thalia (Sail #11). Built in 1888, she was one of the last yachts by George Wanhill of Poole who was boatbuilding from the 1850s onwards. In the…
IDRA 14 Number 166 is launched – 'Wicked Sadie' on her maiden sail at Clontarf Yacht & Boat Club
Historic Boats
Following the launch of the new build IDRA 14 wooden dinghy on Saturday, after a three year long project, the Clontarf Yacht & Boat Club team lead and novice boat builder Ronan Melling has thanked all of those involved in…
Breezing along – Dave Nixon aboard the Howth 17 Deiliginis yesterday, approaching the South Rock with fellow HYC boat and Volvo Round ireland racer Euro Car Parks just visible ahead. Photo: Dave Nixon
Historic Boats
What do former round Ireland trophy winners do when they don’t have time to do the race itself? Former regular in the Round Ireland fleet Dave Nixon of Howth tells us the best thing to do is sail a 109–year–old…
IDRA 14 No.38 Starfish competing in June's DMYC Regatta on Dublin Bay. The first new build in 50 years of this 70–year–old clinker dinghy type will be launched in Clontarf on June 25th
Historic Boats
To celebrate the 70th anniversary of the wooden dinghy IDRA 14, a group of amateur boat builders from Clontarf Yacht and Boat Club (CY&BC), led by Ronan Melling have built the first boat in almost 50 years. The clinker boat…
HMS Caroline, the sole surviving vessel from the Battle of Jutland, is opening to the public tomorrow, 1 June
Historic Boats
#Jutland100th - The last surviving Battle of Jutland naval ship provided a fitting backdrop writes the Belfast Telegraph for a commemoration honouring its centenary and all the Irish sailors who served in the First World War. The event today at…
The Battle of Jutland was fought off the north coast of Denmark
Historic Boats
#Jutland100th - Descendants of Irish sailors will gather in Belfast at Alexandra Dock on Tuesday for a commemoration marking their role during the First World War. The event writes the Belfast Telegraph will also mark the centenary of the Battle…
It could only be Connemara. A classic Galway Hooker in full racing trim. The story of these traditional boats and the people who build and sail them will be told on RTE One Television on Monday May 23rd at 7.30pm
Historic Boats
“Badoiri”, Joe St Leger’s documentary about the people and the western world of the traditional Galway Hookers, is due for its first screening on Monday May 23rd on RTE One at 7.30pm writes W M Nixon As Afloat.ie previously reported,…
Le premier monotype - Cathy makes the cover of influential French Mag Chasse Maree
Historic Boats
Leading French maritime heritage publication Chasse–Marée features Dublin Water Wag sailor and builder Cathy MacAleavey on its lastest front cover. In a full length feature article, the magazine features the history of the world's first dinghy ('le premier monotype') that…
 With staysail still being hoisted, the engine-less Maybird is about to be taken in tow by Arklow Lifeboat off the Arklow pierheads on Sunday evening
Historic Boats
When the report appeared here on Afloat.ie on Monday about the assistance given by Arklow RNLI to the “stranded” classic yacht off the Arklow pierheads on May 1st, warning bells rang writes W M Nixon. For classic boat enthusiasts will…
The IDRA 14 dinghy class celebrates its 70th birthday this season
Historic Boats
IDRA 14 sailors will be involved in a host of activities this year to celebrate the 70th Anniversary of the class. A series of events, both on and off the water, will be held to mark the birth of the…
The Fife counter stern in all its perfect beauty – the restored Belfast Lough Class I Tern of 1897 vintage mixes it with the big ones at Cannes, September 2015
Historic Boats
Classic yachts and traditional boats with close Irish links figured prominently among the prize-winners at the recent International Classic Boat Awards 2016 in London writes W M Nixon. At a ceremony which was attended by more than 120 specialists and…
Balmoral featured as a British 'troopship' in Michael Portillo's 1916 documentary 'The Enemy Files'. The veteran excursion vessel has been awarded UK National Flagship of the Year 2016
Historic Boats
#Portillos1916troopship – Excursion vessel, Balmoral, which featured on the 1916 Easter Rising documentary, ‘The Enemy Files’ presented by former British Defense Secretary Michael Portillo, has been awarded the UK’s National Flagship for 2016, writes Jehan Ashmore. The former Conservative Cabinet…
 Howth Harbour today is a very long way from the place deliberately forgotten in the mid-1800s. Photo:W M Nixon
W M Nixon
This weekend has the Irish Sailing Youth Pathway Championships being staged at Howth, and despite the weather the place is buzzing. From being a harbour abandoned in embarrassment for twenty years in the middle of the 19th Century, the peninsula…
Mermaid sailors are heading for Howth Yacht Club this August
Mermaid
The Dublin Bay Mermaid Sailing Association hosts its 2016 Championships from Thursday 4th August to Sunday 7th August at Howth Yacht Club. Racing on Saturday 6th and Sunday 7th in the 17–foot clinker class will be in conjunction with the Howth…
The current condition of Moonduster. See more pictures in the slideshow below
Royal Cork YC
The great Denis Doyle’s star-quality Frers 51 Moonduster of 1981 vintage, built in Crosshaven Boatyard with the legendary Dick Leonard in charge of the construction details and the then-locally-based designer Tony Castro as consultant, is in a sorry state in…

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