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Crosshaven Classic Boats Festival Celebrates 20th Anniversary
#classicboats – A buoyant 65 entries graced Crosshaven's 20th anniversary Classic boats festival in Cork Harbour at the weekend. Boats ranging in size from Graham Bailey's 65–ft Sailing Luger 'Peel Castle', to Conor English's locally built 8 ft Rankin marked its significant birthday with…
Dun Laoghaire Hosts Boat Restoration Project 'Kara Third'
#ClassicBoats - An art conservationist is turning his hand to a restoration of a different kind - in the form of a vintage boat. Simone Mancini, head of conservation at the National Gallery of Ireland, began work on restoring the…
Discovered Classic Wooden Folkboat To Be Auctioned in Wicklow
#folkboat – A 26ft–clinker Built 'Folkboat' discovered after ten years in storage will go under the hammer later this month. Auctioneer David Herman of Herman Wilkinson Auctioneers in Dublin says the ex–Galway classic boat named 'WAIRINGI' is a 'fabulous restoration project…
Dorade's Quest to Repeat her 1931 Transatlantic Race Victory
In late June, one of sailing's most celebrated yachts will attempt to retrace the steps of her first, and most significant, victory. The 52-foot yawl Dorade, owned by Pam Levy and Matt Brooks (Tiburon, Calif.), will join 40 other boats…
Ilen Gandelow Rowing Crew Celebrate Baltimore Wooden Boat Prize
#baltimorewoodenboatfestival – The Ilen School Gandelow crew are celebrating back in Limerick after taking the big rowing prizes at the Baltimore Wooden Boat Festival last weekend. Rowing races at the West Cork festival included on Sunday a Pilot Race Event under…
Naomh Eanna Backers Crowdfunding Micro Brewery As First Step In Refurbishment
#NaomhÉanna - Afloat.ie previously reported that restoration of the former Aran Islands ferry Naomh Éanna required solid financial backing before a number of ambitious future plans for the boat could proceed. Now campaigners for the historic vessel have turned to…
BBQ on Board Can Pose A Danger from the 'Silent Killer'
#carbonmonoxideboats – Whether at home or on holiday, summer is BBQ time but they can pose a real risk of carbon monoxide poisoning if used in poorly ventilated or confined areas like inside a tent or the awning of a…
Riva Speedboats Gather For Historic Rally in Venice
#riva – About 50 vintage runabouts will meet in Venice, from 2 to 7 July, to take part to the great rally organised by the Riva Historical Society, the International Federation of historic Rivas that brings 700 owners from all…
Glandore Launches CH Marine Classic Boat Regatta
#glandoreclassicregatta – The 12th CH Marine Glandore Classic Regatta was launched on Wednesday at the Kiln Bar in Murphy Brewery in Cork. An enthusiastic crowd of classic boat followers attended the launch of the biennial event which takes place from 18th–24th…
Vanishing Sail Film Documents Wooden Boat Building in The Caribbean
#historicboats – There is a small group of islands in the Lesser Antilles where the traditions of boatbuilding were once crucial to the survival of local communities skimming a living from the sea. Hundreds of sailing vessels were once launched…
Adventurer Bear Grylls Backs Campaign to Save Ireland's Most Famous Lifeboat
#beargryllslifeboat – TV adventurer, Bear Grylls, has given his support to a campaign to save Ireland's most famous lifeboat. His great grandfather, Sir Walter Smiles, was among 130 people who died in the Princess Victoria tragedy of 1953. The Royal National…
Royal Yacht Squadron to Hold Bicentenary Regatta in Cowes
#rys – The promise of a spectacle of timeless classic versus cutting edge modern is emerging early in the year as the entries for the Royal Yacht Squadron's Bicentenary start to lay down the gauntlet for the summer of sailing…
Galway Hooker Restoration Sparks Enthusiasm For Classic Boats
#WoodenBoats - With classic wooden boats in the spotlight this weekend, one hotspot that shouldn't be left out of the story is Galway – where the biggest Galway Hooker ever built is sparking a renewed enthusiasm for legacy vessels. According…
Ilen – Uniting Ireland's Coastal Communities Through Educational Endeavour
#ilen – As previously reported by Afloat.ie, the good ship Ilen's whiskey plank was jointly nailed home by Minister For The Marine, Simon Coveney, Mrs Kate Jarvey of Ruth Lily Philanthropic Trust, Mr Gerry Boland of JP McManus Charitable Foundation,…
Reprieve For Classic Yacht As Belfast Wooden Boat Gets New Home
#Following Friday's Afloat.ie story on the scrapping of a Clasic Irish yacht, owner Eanan O'Doherty has received 'lots of emails' about the Bangor S27 Sorona due for breaking up. Among the offers of assistance are emails from the Secretary of…
Who Will Save Classic Belfast Lough Yacht 'Sorona' From The Scrap Heap?
#yachttobescrapped – Round–the–world–yachtsman and Asgard restorer Pat Murphy has alerted classic boat fans to the fate of an Irish built Bangor S class 27' footer set to be scrapped next week. See more photos in the gallery below. The 1963–built…
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