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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…
Howth Sailor Injured On Antix Told Shipmates to Stay Silent
#antixfinger – When you play in the big boys game, then you play by the big boys' rules writes W M Nixon. And you take it like a man. That seems to be the attitude of the amateur crew who…
Limerick Boatmen Row 180–Miles in Angling Cot
#anglingcot – The Ilen School, Roxboro, are today celebrating a great River Shannon adventure. This adventure involved 180–miles of rowing from Belleek in Fermanagh to Limerick City, over a two week period, by a team of two Ilen School boatmen…
70 Historic Craft For British Classic Week 2015
#historiccraft  – Already more than 70 entries have registered for Panerai British Classic Week 2015, which will take place from 18th – 25th July at Cowes Yacht Haven. Leading the international visitors are French America's Cup legend Bruno Troublé who…
New Claddagh Boat-Building Project To Feature In Galway Film Fleadh On Thursday
#galwayhooker – Although the classic cutter-rigged Galway hookers are synonymous these days with Connemara and Kinvara, time was when there was a thriving boatbuilding community in the Claddagh in the heart of Galway city. But there hadn't been a substantial…
Wooden Boat Building In Fermanagh: Keeping The History Alive
#HistoricBoats - The storied tradition of wooden boat building in Fermanagh is the subject of a new exhibition at Enniskillen Library from next Monday 29 June to Saturday 4 July. Photos, anecdotes and artefacts of the era of clinker-built boats…
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…
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…

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