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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…
The 12–boat Glen fleet is looking forward to its 52nd season this year. See video below
The Glen keelboat class video below was made by local sailor Ki Duong in action on Dublin Bay over the 2015 season. Edited in a jump cut fashion it had members of the Glen sailing community up on their feet and…
Riveting on Clontarf's new wooden IDRA 14 dinghy has recently been completed. See Video below
As the venerable IDRA 14 dinghy prepares for its 70th anniversary year, a launch date has been announced for the new addition to the clinker fleet, being built in Clontarf Yacht & Boat Club, the first in over 35 years.…
The Vikings are back on the River Boyne after a 1000 year absence. The marauders have returned alright but this time in the more benign form of a film set for the latest episode of the hit TV show Vikings.…
#NaomhÉanna - In a bid to bring the Naomh Éanna back to Galway, a new campaign has been launched according to Galway Bay FM. The historic vessel once carried passengers between the city and the Aran Islands, before being withdrawn from…
A fire at a boatyard in Cowes on the Isle of Wight yesterday has seen the destruction of around 30 yachts and one-design dayboats, including many irreplaceable classics. Vintage boats, including a World War Two rescue vessel, are among those…
An international gathering at the Ilen School, Roxboro, Limerick of expert marine traditional riggers, sailmakers and classic boatbuilders, might induce one to speculate that a sailing ship is somewhere in Ireland nearing completion. And yes, this gathering of last Friday,…

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