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IDRA 14 Number 166 is launched – 'Wicked Sadie' on her maiden sail at Clontarf Yacht & Boat Club
Following the launch of the new build IDRA 14 wooden dinghy on Saturday, after a three year long project, the Clontarf Yacht & Boat Club team lead and novice boat builder Ronan Melling has thanked all of those involved in…
Breezing along – Dave Nixon aboard the Howth 17 Deiliginis yesterday, approaching the South Rock with fellow HYC boat and Volvo Round ireland racer Euro Car Parks just visible ahead. Photo: Dave Nixon
What do former round Ireland trophy winners do when they don’t have time to do the race itself? Former regular in the Round Ireland fleet Dave Nixon of Howth tells us the best thing to do is sail a 109–year–old…
IDRA 14 No.38 Starfish competing in June's DMYC Regatta on Dublin Bay. The first new build in 50 years of this 70–year–old clinker dinghy type will be launched in Clontarf on June 25th
To celebrate the 70th anniversary of the wooden dinghy IDRA 14, a group of amateur boat builders from Clontarf Yacht and Boat Club (CY&BC), led by Ronan Melling have built the first boat in almost 50 years. The clinker boat…
From the tracker – just after the start of ISORA Race Five
Innovation by necessity in windless conditions led ISORA to start Friday's race from Dublin to the Isle of Man by Virtual Race Management (VRM). The ground breaking move that brought about a silent start and finish could revolutionise race management,…
HMS Caroline, the sole surviving vessel from the Battle of Jutland, is opening to the public tomorrow, 1 June
#Jutland100th - The last surviving Battle of Jutland naval ship provided a fitting backdrop writes the Belfast Telegraph for a commemoration honouring its centenary and all the Irish sailors who served in the First World War. The event today at…
The Battle of Jutland was fought off the north coast of Denmark
#Jutland100th - Descendants of Irish sailors will gather in Belfast at Alexandra Dock on Tuesday for a commemoration marking their role during the First World War. The event writes the Belfast Telegraph will also mark the centenary of the Battle…
It could only be Connemara. A classic Galway Hooker in full racing trim. The story of these traditional boats and the people who build and sail them will be told on RTE One Television on Monday May 23rd at 7.30pm
“Badoiri”, Joe St Leger’s documentary about the people and the western world of the traditional Galway Hookers, is due for its first screening on Monday May 23rd on RTE One at 7.30pm writes W M Nixon As Afloat.ie previously reported,…
Le premier monotype - Cathy makes the cover of influential French Mag Chasse Maree
Leading French maritime heritage publication Chasse–Marée features Dublin Water Wag sailor and builder Cathy MacAleavey on its lastest front cover. In a full length feature article, the magazine features the history of the world's first dinghy ('le premier monotype') that…
 With staysail still being hoisted, the engine-less Maybird is about to be taken in tow by Arklow Lifeboat off the Arklow pierheads on Sunday evening
When the report appeared here on Afloat.ie on Monday about the assistance given by Arklow RNLI to the “stranded” classic yacht off the Arklow pierheads on May 1st, warning bells rang writes W M Nixon. For classic boat enthusiasts will…
The IDRA 14 dinghy class celebrates its 70th birthday this season
IDRA 14 sailors will be involved in a host of activities this year to celebrate the 70th Anniversary of the class. A series of events, both on and off the water, will be held to mark the birth of the…
The Fife counter stern in all its perfect beauty – the restored Belfast Lough Class I Tern of 1897 vintage mixes it with the big ones at Cannes, September 2015
Classic yachts and traditional boats with close Irish links figured prominently among the prize-winners at the recent International Classic Boat Awards 2016 in London writes W M Nixon. At a ceremony which was attended by more than 120 specialists and…
Balmoral featured as a British 'troopship' in Michael Portillo's 1916 documentary 'The Enemy Files'. The veteran excursion vessel has been awarded UK National Flagship of the Year 2016
#Portillos1916troopship – Excursion vessel, Balmoral, which featured on the 1916 Easter Rising documentary, ‘The Enemy Files’ presented by former British Defense Secretary Michael Portillo, has been awarded the UK’s National Flagship for 2016, writes Jehan Ashmore. The former Conservative Cabinet…
As part of the 1916 Rising maritime themed lecture programme: Dr. John Treacy will present his talk: The Silent Shore, The AUD, Roger Casement and Banna Strand.
#1916Lectures – On this centenary of the 1916 Easter Rising, a series of lectures themed on the lesser known maritime aspects of the rising continue to be held at the National Maritime Museum of Ireland. The second of the seven…
The Clondalkin-built Galway hooker Naomh Cronan sails serenely in Strangford Lough. But in the Narrows between Portaferry and Strangford Village, the strong tides will make the Portaferry Sail & Sound Festival 2016 a lively spectacle.
The revival of Portaferry in Strangford Narrows as a mid-summer focal point for classic and traditional sail afloat, combined with traditional music and festivities ashore, is set to take place from Thursday June 16th to Sunday June 19th this year…
For the first time, classic motor yachts are invited to join the renowned classic sailing regatta
The 2016 edition of Panerai British Classic Week, which takes place in Cowes from 16th to 23rd July is all set to welcome not only a fantastic fleet of sixty plus classic sailing yachts, but for the first time in…
The poor condition of Moonduster's varnished stern. The full video on facebook (below) reveals the current state of the 1988 Round Ireland record holder
There has been plenty of comment on social media about the current condition of the much loved Irish yacht Moonduster, the former Round Ireland record holder skippered by the late Denis Doyle of the Royal Cork Yacht Club. See the…

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