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The 1902-built Lady Min slipping effortlessly along in the waters of West Cork, which she has sailed for 120 years with many racing successes
Yet again, Ireland's classic boat restorers have found themselves on the peak of the podium, this time at last night's International Classic Boat Awards 2023 in London. The O'Keeffe family's gaff cutter Lady Min, designed and built in Schull by…
Paula Marten’s evocative painting of the early stages of the new Saoirse under construction in the Top Shed at Liam Hegarty’s Boatyard in Oldcourt . It will feature in her exhibition in Bushe’s Bar at the Baltimore Wooden Boat Festival from May 26th to 28th 2023
Let us imagine that you are both an enthusiast for Conor O’Brien (1880-1952), the Shannon Estuary’s great pioneering voyager, and that you are also one of those number-crunchers who enjoy calculating on what particular day significant anniversaries will fall in…
An ignoble end for the former Royal Navy minesweeper HMS Enterprise in Kilkeel Harbour, Co Down as seen on Wednesday 22 March
The old minesweeper HMS Enterprise has all but submerged in Kilkeel Harbour in Northern Ireland, as Afloat.ie reader Lee Maginnis has shared with his. His recent images of the vessel show a significant degradation from the last update in autumn…
Classic yacht Stormvogel returns having won line honours in 1961 and finished seventh overall in 2021
Appropriately, given the 2023 Rolex Fastnet Race will be the 50th edition of the Royal Ocean Racing Club’s premier event, a significant number of classic yachts are entered, competing for the Dorade Cup. In 2021, Paul Moxon’s Amokura was the oldest boat in the race and…
Neat work. Replacement ribs going into the Algeo family's Shannon One Design in the Athlone workshop of Dougal McMahon (right), with assistance from Rachel Guy whose family's SOD, No 142, emerged as overall champion from the class's Centenary Regattas in 2022
Classic clinker-built wooden dinghies can mean a lot of maintenance work as they mature. Betty Armstrong's recent stories on Afloat.ie of restoration projects on some of the almost-forgotten 14ft Ballyholme Insects in the North, will have been an evocative reminder…
The Pride of Schull: four generations of the O'Keeffes of Schull have sailed the Lady Min, recently restored by Tiernan Roe of Ballydehob
A year ago, the world of classic boats in Ireland was on a high with the news that maritime polymath Hal Sisk of Dun Laoghaire had been acclaimed as International Classic Boater of the Year, while Steve Morris of Kilush Boatyard…
People have been asked to get in touch with the National Museum of Ireland-Country Life, with  objects and memories of Naomh Éanna, the former iconic Aran Islands passenger cargoship where above islanders from Inis Oírr board from a currach in 1962. The museum hopes to represent the important service to Aran islanders through the permanent exhibition on Irish maritime heritage.
Naomh Éanna, the iconic CIE passenger/cargoship that for decades served the main Aran Islands-Galway route until 1988, is through artefacts to feature in a permanent maritime exhibition. The exhibition according to the Galway Advertiser is to be part of the…
In 1953, Mantis was listed as number 14 in the BYC Regatta programme to a G Claney. Now she is lying in the Maghery Boat Restoration yard in the southwest corner of Lough Neagh
The 14-foot clinker-built dinghy has XIV on the stern, and it was sold to Paddy Prunty, ex Manager of Kinnego Marina on Lough Neagh, as a Ballyholme Insect class dinghy. In 1953, Mantis was listed as number 14 in the…
Ready for sea and headed for Kilkee with a message of hope and support: Seol Sionna of Kilrush's own-built St Ayles Skiff Ealu is resplendent in the national colours of Ukraine
The St Ayles skiff Ealu, new-built by Seol Sionna in Kilrush, has been entered for this year's edition of the vast and deservedly legendary Semaine du Golfe for traditional and classic boats at the Morbihan in Southern Brittany from May…
Alfred Mylne lives anew. The modern build classic-style schooner Naema is a contemporary amalgamation of design concepts used by Alfred Mylne in two of his large schooners
We’re accustomed to thinking of successful and long-lived local One-Design keelboat classes as being a distinctive feature of Irish sailing. Thus we tend to overlook the fact that one particular Scottish designer created more of these Irish boats than anyone…
Mayor Karen Douglas (centre) with conference organiser Moira O'Rourke (right) at  Bangor City Hall Chamber for the Surging Sea and Quiet Lough conference
A full turnout of Maritime Heritage enthusiasts from around Co. Down gathered last weekend in the Bangor City Hall Chamber for a Conference to hear eleven illustrated presentations on subjects ranging from 1000 years of the Strangford Ferry to new…
The reconstructed Insect dinghy Grasshopper pictured in 2022
Insect dinghies are like buses. You wait for ages (in this case, years), and then two (or more) turn up at once. The exciting aspect of this is that Insect dinghies are over seventy years old and a testament to…
Inis Mór resident Micheál Ó Goill believes there is still a future for the Naomh Éanna
Aran island resident Micheál Ó Goill was all of six years of age when he saw the Naomh Éanna making its first sailing in from Galway to Inis Mór. That was April 1958, and in August of that year, it…
The Belfast visitor attraction, HMS Caroline is to reopen after an almost three year closure.
Among Belfast’s leading visitor attractions is HMS Caroline which is set to reopen in the city’s harbour after almost three years of closure. The WWI C-class light-cruiser HMS Caroline, which is the only surviving ship from that war’s Battle of…
Skiffiefest 2023's schedule on Strangford Lough is for 33 races covering several age categories
A country park doesn’t readily come to mind as a venue for a weekend of St.Ayles Skiff racing, but Delamont lies on the shores of Strangford Lough near Killyleagh and has proved an ideal base for this activity in the…
Crews pictured at a previous Ocean to City event on the River Lee. Organised by Meitheal Mara, youth races included over 50 young people in 22 traditional currachs
Cork Harbour's Ocean to City race is taking entries from February 15th for its 19th annual event on June 3rd. Over 500 people participated in last year’s event, which returned after a two-year break due to Covid-19. The all-inclusive rowing…