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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…
The spirit of West Cork traditional sailing – Jeremy Irons making knots in an Heir Island yawl.
It’s not every day you’re helped aboard a new boat by an international star of stage and screen writes W M Nixon. But it happened at the weekend in Baltimore, where A-list actor Jeremy Irons is now a quietly familiar…
Save Historic Ship: Owner of the ‘Naomh Éanna’ Sam Field Corbett has high hopes for development of his ageing former Aran Islands ferry converted into a boutique hotel located on the Liffey
#SaveShip! -The owner of a heritage ship is seeking about €2 million from a joint investor to convert the Naomh Éanna into a boutique hotel/ hostel, cafe and restaurant, which he then hopes to berth close to the CHQ building…
Ten years on since Cill Airne arrived to Dublin Port to embark a new career that began during the tail end of the Celtic Tiger era. Above the veteran vessel dating to the early 1960's and built locally at the Liffey Dockyard is seen this week at her stationary berth at the North Wall. The backdrop is dominated by the recently opened new headquarters of the Central Bank that was originally to be those for the former and disgraced Anglo Irish Bank.
#10yearArrival – The unique venue of Dublin’s only floating bar and restaurant located on the Liffey in the form of MV Cill Airne arrived to the capital a decade ago as of last Thursday, writes Jehan Ashmore. At that stage…
Con Murphy and Cathy MacAleavey sailing the Jimmy Furey-built Water Wag Mariposa in idyllic conditions on the Golfe de Morbihan
The intriguing story of how a ship’s gig of 1796 came to be quietly preserved in Bantry House is well known among classic and traditional boat enthusiasts writes W M Nixon. The elegant craft was left behind after the unsuccessful…
The size and variety of the Morbihan Festival fleet continued to amaze at todays picnic, but the style of the boats wasn’t quite matched by the style of the crews on the beach
When you’ve an inland sea well filled with islands, the tides running between them are bound to be quite strong from time to time writes W M Nixon. After the second day of the Morbihan Festival of Sail, the veteran…
A quiet evening at the Claddagh, with a classic Galway hooker gliding along on a calm sea. But the peacefulness is going to be rudely shattered with a Viking invasion in the days ahead, just as the many traditional Galway Bay boats are gathering for their annual festival
When the Vikings were busy at the day job raiding along the Irish coast, they relied on a considerable element of surprise to achieve success writes W M Nixon. So much so, in fact, that they occasionally worked overtime, and…
“Don’t look now, but I think we’re being followed.......” The Howth 17 Aura of 1898 vintage in company with a French sail training ship of a much more ancient design, but probably much newer vintage
When you’ve 1400 sailing boats gently milling about, all in seemingly amiable confusion but with lots of warm sunshine, it’s an achievement to avoid a collision, and it’s a real breakthrough when you can recognise another participant writes W M…
A traditional boat festival deserves a traditional programme. Forget about fancy modern, glossy and over-designed minimalist brochures. This retro-style fact-filled programme for the weekend’s Baltimore Woodenboat Festival is entirely appropriate. Scroll down for the full programme below
The annual Baltimore Wooden boat Festival this weekend (full dates are Friday 26th to Sunday 28th May) provides the perfect setting for a remarkable range of craft of all shapes, sizes and rigs writes W M Nixon. It brings with…
Up, up and away....Roddy Cooper’s Carrickfergus-built Howth 17 Leila of 1898 vintage takes to the skies at the Morbihan
Howth 17 sailors are nothing if not optimists writes W M Nixon. They need to be, sailing a fleet in which the five oldest boats date back to 1898. Yet as reported on Saturday, everything was going fine with all…
Now you see them, now you don’t – spot the newly-arrived Howth 17s at the boatyard in Vannes at lunchtime today
The 1898-vintage Howth Yacht Club Howth Seventeens haven’t survived and thrived for 119 years without being crazy like foxes now and again writes W M Nixon. So when six of them set off for Rosslare yesterday on their way to…
Local West Cork yacht Cuilaun of Kinsale, a 54 ft McGruer Ketch, is heading for the Glandore Classic Boat Festival on July 23rd
As a fleet of Irish historic yachts depart for Morbhian Traditional Yachting Regatta and Dun Laoghaire Regatta announces up to 70 classic boat entries will compete in its inaugural Kingstown 200 Cup, classic boats continue to register for Glandore's Classic…
The mystery burgee on display in Galway Bay Sailing Club
In the Committee Room of Galway Bay Sailing Cub there hangs a neatly-framed flag writes W M Nixon. But the flag itself is no longer neat – it has been battered by the winds. This flag has been about, and…
The restored Periwinkle reveals her classic style
The last time the Alfred Mylne-designed Dublin Bay 24s raced together in their home waters was Saturday, September 25th 2004 writes W M Nixon. Since then, the class has been through various traumas as projects for a group rebuild/restoration in…
When Pierce Power of Passage West on Cork Harbour was commissioned to build the original punt for John Valentine Sisk in 1926, the specification was for an easily-rowed stable 10ft dinghy which could comfortably carry four adults. This is the modern version, providing much lighter weight through edge-glued construction
The Baltimore Wooden Boat Festival 2017 from Friday 26th to Sunday 28th May will feature a remarkable selection of old, restored and new craft - traditional and classic alike - all reflecting the many aspects of the arts and crafts…

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