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Historic Boats Shape Up for Solent's Classic Week
#classicboats – Cowes produced near perfect conditions for day three of Panerai British Classic boat Week where Squadron Racing Ltd ran two more excellent races in the Central Solent for the 52-strong fleet. With hot sun, a balmy sea breeze…
Classic Sailing Week Off to A Flying Start in Cowes
#classicboats – Panerai British Classic Week 2014 got off to a spectacular start off Cowes today with an opening race in dappled sunlight under scudding clouds and a variable west to northwesterly wind ranging from sub ten to almost twenty…
Drogheda's Tribute To Submarine Pioneer John Philip Holland
#Historic - Last weekend saw the unveiling in Drogheda of a sculpture of the Fenian Ram, the first successful submarine whose designer was connected with the town. As The Irish Times reports, the modern submarine was pioneered by John Philip…
Battle to Save Heritage Ship: NAMA Only Potential Stumbling Block
#NaomhEanna -The Naomh Éanna, a former CIE ferry that campaigners are attempting to save from being scrapped appears to be making progress, reports TheJournal.ie Having reached a deal to take over responsibility for the vessel with a number of other…
Cobh Traditional Sail Regatta Attracts Wooden Vessels Ruth, Irene & Soteria
#tradsail – Now in its fourth year, Cobh Traditional Sail Regatta will be held from 27th to the 29th June 2014, on the waters adjacent to the amphitheatre of the town of Cobh. The event is organised in association with…
Living on A Wooden Boat; 'Twenty Eight Feet' Yacht Restoration Video
#woodenboat – A short documentary (eight mins) about David Welsford, who has given up the luxuries of land in search for happiness and adventure on a 50–year old classic wooden boat he restored from a scrap heap. In March 2009…
Haiti Shipwreck Could Be Remains of Columbus Flagship 'Santa Maria'
#SantaMaria - Christopher Columbus' voyage of discovery to the Americas more than 500 years ago is almost the stuff of legend today - but now marine archaeologists think they've found the remnants of his flagship, the Santa Maria. The potential…
Limerick's Varangian Vikings Raid Venice By Gandelow
#gandelow– The Ilen School Gandelow Races in Venice were a great success. The Venetians threw open their port to Limerick's superb traditional boat. Having trained our crews on Canal Grande and Bacino di San Marco the main race was held…
Destruction of Iconic Ship Naomh Éanna Delayed to Facilitate Survey
#NaomhÉanna - Minister for Heritage, Jimmy Deenihan and Waterways Ireland have agreed to restrain the scrapping of the nation's oldest surviving merchant ship, Naomh Éanna until next week, while a campaign group arrange a survey as previously reported on Afloat.ie,…
Gandelows Move to Venice After Battle of Clontarf Victory
#gandelow – Fresh from their millenial victory at the Clontarf replay on April 23rd 2014, the Munstermen in their Viking Gandelows move on this week to Venice where they plan to take the city by storm. Aided by gallant oarsmen and gallies…
Naomh Éanna's Fate In Balance As Survey Draws Near
#NaomhEanna - The fate of heritage vessel Naomh Éanna still hangs in the balance as moves are made towards a structural survey of the former Aran Islands ferry. As previously reported on Afloat.ie, the historic boat has been earmarked for…
Kinsale Remembers Former Scora Commodore With A Minute's Silence Before Racing
#kinsale – Sunday's racing at Kinsale Yacht Club in County Cork was overshadowed by the sad passing of former Scora Commodore Vinnie O'Shea. Vinnie had been a great supporter of Kinsale Yacht Club and was well known as the Skipper…
Naomh Éanna Trust Save Our Ship (SOS) Campaigners Launch Fundraiser Appeal to Survey Ship for Restoration Plans
#NaomÉanna – Following last week's meeting between Irish Ship & Barge Fabrication Co and Minister for Heritage, over a €1.85m plan to restore former Aran Islands ferry Naom Éanna, in which campaigners described the meeting "as not constructive" however a…
Naomh Éanna Meeting With Minister 'Not Constructive' Says Campaigner
#NaomhEanna - Campaigners for the preservation of the heritage vessel Naomh Éanna have said their meeting with the Heritage Minister this week "could not be described as constructive". Last Wednesday the Naomh Éanna Trust's Save Our Ship (SOS) campaign and…
European Boat Builders to Row Meitheal Mara Currachs During Cork Visit
#historicboats –  Boat-building organisations from France, Spain and Belgium and boating enthusiasts from across Ireland will attend an EU backed workshop conference as part of a three day visit to Cork Harbour next week. The host organisation Meitheal Mara, based at Crosses…
Save A Prayer for Naomh Éanna as Business Plan Is Presented to Heritage Minister
#NaomhÉanna – Marine restoration specialists Irish Ship & Barge Fabrication Co in co-operation with the Naomh Éanna Trust's Save Our Ship (SOS) campaign group are to present a €1.86m business plan today to Heritage Minister, Jimmy Deenihan. As previously reported…

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