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The 56ft ketch Ilen shortly after her launch at Baltimore in 1926
When the restoration project on the 1926-built 56ft Conor O’Brien/Tom Moynihan Falkland Islands Trading Ketch got under way at two locations – Liam Hegarty’s boat-building shed in the former Cornstore at Oldcourt near Baltimore, and the Ilen Boat-building School premises…
Kiwi takes a well earned rest
When a yacht is one hundred years old, it might be normal to celebrate the event, perhaps by breaking open a bottle of champagne with a few close friends, or having a small celebratory article printed in ‘Afloat.ie’, or even…
Wexford Boatbuilder Larry Duggan
One of Wexford's leading timber boat builders Larry Duggan, of the The Moorings, Carcur, will celebrate his 90th birthday shortly.  Duggan has been constructing wooden craft for over seventy five years.They include three Dublin Bay Mermaids,Wexford Sailing Cots, Work Boats, numerous Shooting and Pleasure Craft. He…
The restored ketch Ilen in her new colours, and maybe smiling to herself about it all
There are those who think that attributing characteristics of sentient life to the appearance of a boat is quaint to the point of serious irritation writes W M Nixon. So those opposed to such hyper-anthropomorphism may as well look elsewhere…
One hundred and seventeen years of sailing, and still going strong. The Dublin Bay Water Wags set the style at Glandore with their design of 1900, although the class itself dates back even further, to 1887
If variety is the spice of life, then the 25th Anniversary Glandore Classics Regatta is currently staging the most vibrant and flavoursome boat show on the Irish coast writes W M Nixon. Admittedly the mid-week routine, which will lead on…
 First glimpse through the paint mist of Ilen’s final colour scheme. Photo:
The mood in the Corn Store at Oldcourt Boayard near Baltimore where the Conor O’Brien ketch Ilen is being restored may still be distinctly ghost-like writes W M Nixon. The old place would make a good setting for some tales…
Spectral white…..Conor O’Brien’s ketch Ilen as she was this morning
When Gary MacMahon of Limerick brought the 57ft Conor O’Brien ketch Ilen back from the Falkland Islands in 1998, the 1927-built former inter-island trading and passenger transport vessel was in danger of becoming a ghost ship writes W M Nixon.…
'Fiendishly Tricky' Racing at Cowes Classic Boats Week
It was sun and fun all the way on day five of Panerai British Classic Week 2017 in Cowes, where not only did the participants enjoy some fiendishly tricky racing, but they also finally came together for the traditional Open…
Classic boat action at Cowes
The sun returned on day three of Panerai British Classic Boat Week where the fleets completed race five of the series, followed by the traditional Ladies Race. Not only had the sun reappeared, but the wind had moderated too and…
The handsome McGruer ketch Cuilaun – whose CV includes a Transatlantic Race Class Win – is headed for the Glandore Classic Regatta 2017 from July 23rd to July 28th
With just twelve days to go to the start of the 25th Anniversary Glandore Classic Boat Regatta 2017 from July 23rd to July 28th, Glandore Harbour Yacht Club are swinging all systems into action with the extra muscle provided by…
Eight metre yachts Helen, Athena, Osborne and Saskia take part in the Panerai Classic Yachts Challenge 2017
The opening race day of Panerai British Classic Boat Week 2017 was an absolute scorcher with barely a cloud in the sky and glorious sunshine showing the fifty-one participating classic yachts off to absolute perfection. The regatta opened with a…
The SOD's long distance race on the River Shannon is reputed to be the longest inland dinghy sailing race in the world and this year attracted a record fleet for a special celebration
The annual Long Distance Race for Shannon One Designs (SOD’s) took place last weekend (24th & 25th July) under the Burgee of Lough Ree Yacht Club. As Afloat.ie reported earlier, this year was more special than usual as it was…
Classic sailing at Crosshaven. See more photos below
There was more for historic boat fans at today's Crosshaven Traditional Sail festival in Cork Harbour.  Afloat's Bob Bateman captured both the classic boat fleet and spectator craft (below) on another lovely afternoon at Crosshaven. See day one Traditional Sail photos here and day…
Traditional boats will be sailing at Crosshaven this weekend
Preserving traditional boats is very important, using them even more so and racing them a sight to behold writes Tom MacSweeney. All can be seen this weekend at Crosshaven in Cork Harbour where vintage boats of all types, shapes and…
The recently refurbished HMS Caroline the only survivor of the Battle of Jutland 1916 has returned from H&W to her neighbouring berth in the Alexandra dry-dock, Belfast
#HMScaroline - An historic ship with a wartime past that is a modern day Belfast tourist attraction has had its future secured thanks to a major programme of innovative repairs, safety upgrades and improvements. As the Belfast Telegraph writes, HMS…
The IDRA 14/38 sailed by Alan Carr/Dana Kilroy of Sutton Dinghy Club
Seven IDRA 14s made the trip North over the weekend for their annual Northern Championships, with the usual entourage of “camp followers” young and old to enjoy the hospitality and beautiful scenery for their 22nd consecutive year at Carlingford Lough…

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