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Over-canvassed, over-crewed, over-the-top…..the 1925 classic Yendys leads the vintage Sydney Harbour 18-footers
At the height of their fame, the unrestricted Sydney Harbour 18-footers worked on the theory that the more sail you could carry, then the faster you’d go writes W M Nixon. With serious betting going on among spectator crowds following…
Irish-Built Golden Oldie’s Round Ireland Achievement – All Will Be Revealed!
One of the most unusual achievements of 2018’s Irish sailing season was the veteran gaff-rigged ketch Maybird’s completion of the Volvo Round Ireland Race writes W M Nixon. Built by Tyrrell of Arklow in 1937, the 43ft Maybird was superbly…
The Ilen with sails set at Limerick Docks
After an eleven year rebuild, last Saturday offered a first opportunity for sending up ‘Ilen’s’ entire suit of sails, save her square sail - a headwind at Limerick Docks precluded its participation. It might be observed how ‘Ilen’ seems to…
The magic atmosphere of classic boat-building - the Dublin Bay 24 Zephyra under re-construction at the Apprenticeshop in Maine, USA.
Dublin Bay has an unrivalled continuous history of One-Design sailing and racing writes W M Nixon. It runs in a golden thread all the way back to 1887, when Ben Middleton launched his little class of Water Wag dinghies to…
Some of the boat building team with a Lough Erne Cot produced in a joint effort between Cavan Town Men’s Shed and Lough Erne Heritage in 2016
A new community heritage project in Co Fermanagh focuses on raising awareness and preserving the heritage of traditional boat building and the cultural heritage of the people who lived on and around the shores of Lough Erne. The ERNE Programme,…
A vintage yacht sailing on Dublin Bay - traditional techniques should not be forgotten says Tom MacSweeney
Yachts are marvels of engineering…. So I have been told – many times – at boat shows; by designers; builders; by sales staff; by sailors, amateur and professional; by proud owners….. Yachts are also nice to look at … I’ve…
The Square sail set on Ilen in Limerick
Joseph Conrad wrote many stories and novels with a nautical setting, based on his time in the British and French merchant marine and in the old sailing ships. They depict trials of the human spirit and one of his memorable…
The 1913-built Colin Archer gaff ketch Sandefjord on which Tim Magennis sailed round the world in 1965-67
Tim Magennis, the doyen of the traditional and classic boat movement on Ireland’s east coast, and one of the main movers in many significant historic sailing events in Ireland and the Irish Sea, was acclaimed with elevation to Honorary Life…
Duke of Lancaster in north Wales, where the Zombie Infection company says it will restore the ship to its "former glory". AFLOAT adds the former Irish Sea ferry during its British Rail / Sealink career included operating out of Dun Laoghaire Harbour on the route to Holyhead when providing summer support and during the entry of the new St. Columba in 1978.  In that year the 'Duke' was withdrawn from service and retired, initially going into lay-up in Barrow-in-Furness, Cumbria, England.
#historicboats - A plan to turn a former Irish Sea passenger ferry in north Wales along the Flintshire coast into a zombie attraction have been postponed. The Duke of Lancaster ship in the Dee estuary writes BBC News has been…
Galway Hookers racing off Connemara as seen on TG4’s Bádóirí
#OnTV - A new four-part documentary series on the people of Ireland’s west who keep the Galway Hooker sailing tradition alive behind tomorrow night (Thursday 10 January) at 8pm on TG4. Bádóirí provides an insight into seven Connemara families, part of…
Cork Harbour Festival Coordinators Required by Meitheal Mara
The Cork Harbour based Community based boatyard 'Meitheal Mara' is seeking applications for the position of Marketing, PR and Programme Coordinator plus a Maritime Event Coordinator for the 2019 Cork Harbour Festival. These are temporary positions and full details are given…
The jaunty look. Miraculous mid-winter calm for the first setting of Ilen’s new squaresail in the dock at Limerick
In ancient Greece, the Halcyon Days were a mythological seven day period of calm clear weather at the mid-winter Solstice writes W M Nixon. Down Limerick way, they’ve been making the best of the Halcyon Days, with the blue River…
Darryl Hughes – restorer and skipper of the classic ketch Maybird
Darryl Hughes is so completely identified with his classic 43ft 1937 Tyrrell-built ketch Maybird (whose superb restoration he project-managed himself) that, as Maybird shares her home port between Crosshaven in Cork and Poolbeg in Dublin, both places can claim this…
Maybird on the finish line at Wicklow in July, the first gaff-rigged boat to complete the Round Ireland Race since its inception in 1980
Darryl Hughes’ renowned 43ft ketch Maybird, built by Tyrrell of Arklow in 1937 and superbly restored in substantial works project-managed by the owner himself in 2009-2011, has had – at 81 years old - probably her best year ever for…
Irish Shipping's general cargoship 'Irish Poplar' from the collection of the Irish Naval Service painted by Kenneth King.
#HistoricBoats - As the trumpeter sounded the Last Post reports the Evening Echo, it was an emotional time as those attendent and sang ‘Abide With Me’, while the names of five men who died in Cork Harbour just before Christmas…
In the UK, the future of the historic steam powered tug, Danny Adamson, is to be safeguarded thanks to a donation. The veteran vessel used the canal network with cargoes to and from the Port of Liverpool, featured in recent months on Channel 4's 'Great Canal Journeys' along with the impressive Anderton Boat lift which links the Trent & Mersey Canal and the River Weaver.
#HistoricShips - One of Liverpool’s most significant historic vessels will have a more secure future thanks to a donation from the the operator of the UK north-west port, the Peel Ports Group. The safeguarding of the steam-powered former tug Daniel…

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