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Elegance personified – the 1949-vintage Northele steps out in style at the Crosshaven Traditional Festival in June
If you were putting together a pub quiz about classic yachts, “Who was Sandy Balfour?” would be a very handy question to get the elementary section going writes W M Nixon. Dyed-in-the-wool classics aficionados would roll their eyes in amusement…
Maybird has finally got back to Wicklow in a time of nine days and 22 hours
Everyone thought that while the Volvo Round Ireland Race 2018 from Wicklow was one of the most interesting and unusual ever staged in the race’s 38-year history, it was assumed that no record had been broken writes W M Nixon.…
Naomh Éanna is to be turned into a luxury hotel on the Liffey. The Dublin built former Aran Islands ferry-cargoship is currently berthed in Grand Canal Dock's 250 year-old drydock in Ringsend, where the owner expects to restore the ship in the dry dock.
#HistoricBoats - Former ferry cargoship that CIÉ serviced the Aran Islands will writes The Irish Times become home to luxury five-star accommodation berthed at Dublin’s Custom House Quay as its owners plan a significant investment. The Naomh Eanna, acquired by…
Gary McMahon of the Ilen project in Limerick will speak at the Glandore Summer School
There's only four weeks to go until the 2018 Glandore Classic Summer School (21/22 July) which promises to be another excellent event writes organiser Cormac O'Carroll. We hosted the first Summer school in 1992 and this event has been running biennially…
The Brittany-built American mini-cat in Skol ar Mor colours gets ready for sailing on a Shannon lake
There’s an informal international network of wooden boat adherents - both classic and traditional - which has found in Ireland an increasingly useful source of recognised designs of intriguing boat types to provide many building challenges for skilled craftsmen and…
The winning crew of 188 Innocence from Foynes Yacht Club, the 2018 Leinster Champions, from left to right, Frankie Browne Jnr, Darragh Mc Cormack (helm), Mark Mc Cormack and Johnny Dillon.
Last weekend, the 16th and 17th of June, saw the Dublin Bay Mermaid fleet making a very welcome return to Clontarf Yacht and Boat Club for their 2018 Leinster Championship event. In what were undoubtedly testing conditions for the fleet…
Today's start, at 2pm off ‘the Grassy,’ is a traditional sail race starting point for generations of sailors
Today's Crosshaven Traditional Sail pursuit race attracted all types of plus keelboats for a harbour pursuit race, just part of this weekend's line up of attractions in Cork Harbour this weekend.  Today's start, at 2pm off ‘the Grassy,’ is a traditional sail race starting point…
S.S. Shiedhall awarded the UK's 2018 regional flagship for the National Historic Fleet is seen in Southampton with backdrop of 'Solstice' class cruiseship Celebriry Eclipse which Afloat adds is 'home-porting' out of Dublin Port this season. Excursion trips in Solent waters can be made on the Shieldhall which is a former Glasgow based sewage dumping vessel built 1955 by Lobnitz & Co Ltd, Renfrew.
#HistoricBoats - Volunteers on the UK heritage steamship, SS Shieldhall, are celebrating having received one of the highest accolades from a national organisation. The Southampton-based vessel has been chosen as the 2018 regional flagship for the National Historic Fleet. (Click…
Ilen arrives in Baltimore for her launch. See launch video below
A video, by Paul Fuller, features the restored historic ketch Ilen motoring down the Ilen River towards Baltimore for her celebratory launch last week at the Wooden Boat Festival in the West Cork town. Conor O'Brien's famous traditional vessel, that has been faithfully…
Shannon Harbour Canal Boat Rally Is Back On The Agenda
#Heritage - The Shannon Harbour Canal Boat Rally will go ahead this month, despite reports of its recent cancellation. Afloat.ie has learned that a new voluntary group has taken over the hosting of the rally, after Inland Waterways Association of…
The restored ketch Ilen makes her public debut at the Baltimore Woodenboat Festival
In 1926, Tom Moynihan and his shipwrights on the waterfront in Baltimore built the 56ft ketch trading Ilen to Conor O’Brien's designs at their boatyard in the heart of the West Cork fishing village writes WM Nixon. However, Baltimore nowadays…
A Lagan Currach
Cork Harbour Festival grows each year, and its flagship event Ocean to City - An Rás Mor, now in its 14th year, has received a record-breaking entry! Over 200 boats and 600 participants from Ireland, U.S, Holland, Germany, Spain and…
Fully rigged and full restored and finished in  a bright new style, the Ilen is afloat in time to be pride of place at the Baltimore Wooden Boat Festival this weekend
The hard-working boat building team behind the restoration of the historic ketch Ilen in West Cork have successfully launched the 1926–built vessel in time for this weekend's Wooden Boat Festival at Baltimore. As Afloat.ie reported earlier this week, the final touches were being…
Queen of the Fleet – the East Wall racing skiff An Tulcha
Cormac Lowth of Dublin is a one-man Maritime Institute writes W M Nixon. He has an incredible memory, encyclopaedic knowledge, and an exceptional collection of nautical memorabilia. There’s always something of special interest when one of his missives pings into…
Worthy of celebration and support. Cork City’s own Bantry Boat, the Fionnbarra, sailing in style on Lough Neagh, the setting for this year’s biennial Atlantic Challenge in July
Poetry with a seafaring flavour by Theo Dorgan, Paddy Bushe, Mick Delap and the late Richard Murphy will bring a distinctive nautical mood to an evening of absorbing interest at the National Maritime Museum in Dun Laoghaire next month in…
A ship transformed. While she is still very much a serious seagoing proposition, the restored 1926-built 56ft Conor O’Brien ketch Ilen will take to the waters this weekend in Baltimore with her new and positive educational purposes emphasised by a fresh colour scheme and a brighter style
The restoration of the 56ft 1926-built ketch Ilen by Liam Hegarty and Fachtna O’Sullivan and their team in the boatyard at Oldcourt near Baltimore in West Cork, working in concert with the Gary Mac Mahon-directed Ilen Boat-Building School in Limerick,…

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