Menu

Ireland's sailing, boating & maritime magazine

In association with ISA Logo Irish Sailing

Historic Boats
One of Ireland’s leading traditional boat authorities, Dr Criostoir Mac Carthaigh, editor of the monumental and authoritative Traditional Boats of Ireland (Collins Press 2008), is giving the Sligo Field Club’s monthly lecture on Friday November 20th. His topic will be…
The Ilen is a short film on the joy of working with wood, it documents the words and skills of Ireland’s few remaining traditional shipwrights, currently occupied in the rebuilding of Irelands sole surviving sail trading ketch. The award comes…
Clontarf Yacht and Boat Club (CYBC) will host Cormac F. Lowth of the Irish Maritime Archaeological Society who will deliver a free illustrated historic boats lecture, ‘The Sailing Trawlers of Ringsend’ this Friday, October 30th at 8pm. 'Cormac’s talk is…
Stories that abound in the West of Ireland concerning German U- boats refuelling and resupplying, or having pints in local pubs during World War Two appear to be "fanciful myths" the second annual Irish Maritime History Conference has been told…
The 1897-built Fife-designed 37ft Belfast Lough One Design Tern has made a successful debut in the classics scene in the Mediterranean by winning her class in Les Voiles de St Tropez 2015 writes W M Nixon. We’ve reported from time…
#HistoricBoats - A team of scientists aboard the Marine Institute's research vessel Celtic Voyager has revealed detailed images of World War I shipwrecks in the Irish Sea. The team, led by Dr Ruth Plets of the School of Environmental Sciences…
#ClassicBoats - A classic Galway hooker being restored by Claddagh boatmen is to be renamed in commemoration of murdered student Manuela Reido. As Galway Bay FM reports, the boat currently known as Fiona will be renamed Manuela after a unanimous…
Kinvara To Host First Cruinniú na mBád Since Death Of Its Founder
#GalwayHooker - Traditional Galway Hookers will converge on Kinvara next weekend (14-16 August) for the annual Cruinniú na mBád, or 'Gathering of the Boats'. As the Galway Advertiser reports, the festival that brings together the local favourite Galway Hookers with…
Grand Classics, Eleonora, Mariquita & Sumurun Showcase RYS Bicentenary International Regatta
#rys200 – The Royal Yacht Squadron's Bicentenary International regatta is complete. "Four seasons in one week," was the apt summary from crew member Richard Mason of Dorade of Monday's gales, and a gradual wind reduction to the windless afternoon that…
#international12 – Classic boat sailors in Dun Laoghaire are intending to hold a championship for the vintage 12–footers in the Royal St George Yacht Club on 30th August. The purpose in holding the event this year is as a preview…
Latest Clinker Waterwag Dinghy Goes on Display At the RDS National Crafts Awards Exhibition
#waterwag – The hull of the latest Waterwag, the oldest one design dinghy class in the world, is being exhibited at the 2015 RDS National Crafts Awards Exhibition this week and during the Dublin Horse Show next week. Built in…
Cork Sailor Seeks International 12 Dinghy
#int12  – In the 1950s Baltimore Sailing Club "inherited" a number of twelves from the Royal Munster to start the club going. We even had a few built by Paddy Hegarty in Oldcourt near Skibbereen. At the time they had…
Roundstone Regatta Festival 2015 Attracts Strong Fleet of Galway Hookers
#rounstoneregatta – Up to 15 Galway Hookers with distrinctive rusty coloured sails gathered for the two day Roundstone Regatta and festival that took place off the County Galway coasts in a mix of conditions over the weekend. Among the fleet…
Restored Yacht Wins CH Marine Glandore Classic 'Boat of the Regatta' Award
#glandoreclassics – Last Friday saw the closing prizegiving of the CH Marine Glandore Classic Regatta of 2015. The regatta opened last Sunday with a wonderful parade of sail with about 60 boats dressed overall and sailing around the picturesque harbour…
Classic Yachts Enjoy Spectacular Racing off Cowes
#classicboats – The sun returned on the third day of Panerai British Classic Boat Week 2015 and the fleet enjoyed two spectacular round the cans races in the Western Solent, races three and four of the series. Whilst the classes…
Classic Irish Yacht Mavis Re-launched In Maine
#mavisafloat – The renowned John B Kearney-designed-and-built 38ft yawl Mavis of 1925 vintage was launched in her restored form at Camden in Maine over the weekend writes W M Nixon. While the weather was not as summery as forecasters had…

Featured Sailing School

INSS sidebutton

Featured Clubs

DBSC
Howth Yacht Club
Kinsale Yacht Club
National Yacht Club
Royal Cork Yacht Club
Royal Irish Yacht club
Royal Saint George Yacht Club

Featured Associations

ISA sidebutton
ICRA
isora sidebutton

Featured Events

tokyo sidebutton
sovscup sidebutton
vdlr sidebutton

Featured Chandleries

CHMarine Afloat logo
osm sidebutton
viking sidebutton

Featured Sailmakers

northsails sidebutton
uksails sidebutton

Featured Marinas

dlmarina sidebutton

Featured Blogs

W M Nixon - Sailing on Saturday
podcast sidebutton
BSB sidebutton
sellingboat sidebutton

Please show your support for Afloat by donating