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The 'mail-boat' of the City of Dublin Steam Packet RMS Leinster.
#Lecture - In this centenary year of the great disaster that struck RMS Leinster, the Dun Laoghaire Borough Historical Society is hosting next week an illustrated lecture titled "The Sinking of the Leinster". Presenter Cormac Lowth will outline the disaster…
Irish champion George Miller competing in Dun Laoghaire
The fourth edition of the Vintage Yachting Games takes place in Copenhagen from 16-22 September 2018. The Vintage Yachting Games provide an opportunity for a high-level international regatta for the classes which were once Olympic Games equipment or Paralympic Games…
George Miller's 'Pixie' Wins International 12 Irish Championships
The term ‘vintage’ is rarely used in respect of racing dinghies, however, in 1920 the Olympic Federation were felt that a suitable dinghy should be used in addition to the 40m.2, 30m.2, 15m., 12m., 10m., 8m., 7m., and 6m. keelboat…
Newly-partnered Catherine Martin and Brian Murphy in 14/122 “Diane” of Dun Laoghaire Motor Yacht Club raced superbly, keeping tight to the shore to avoid the strong tide and won two of the three races
After the near gale force racing conditions and white-knuckle sailing experience of 2017, this year’s IDRA 14 Nationals held at Carlingford Sailing Club 9th–11th August proved a more nuanced and tactical racing experience for the 15 boats that competed over…
Cluaine Uaine Bheag moored at Shannon Harbour in 2009
#HistoricBoats - Waterways Ireland is seeking tenders to restore a legacy canal barge as an office space for Dublin’s Silicon Docks. According to the tender document, Waterways Ireland intends to clean out the vessel, further inspect its structural condition and…
Aigh Vie at Letterfrack Pier in Connemara, making final preparations to sail for the Isle of Man
The historic 45ft ketch Aigh Vie, built in the Isle of Man in 1916 as an anonymous gift for a fishing skipper who had saved many lives after the sinking of the Transatlantic liner Lusitania in May 1915, is now…
Declan Tiernan's Brigid was second at the Heir Island Championships
There is a new World Champion following the running of the Crosbie Cup / Heir Island Sloop World Championships in Baltimore Harbour in West Cork at the weekend. David Townend having achieved four race wins and two seconds secured the…
Summertime at Arklow. The vintage Arklow-built Round Ireland racer Maybird takes the local Sea Scouts for a sail as part of the celebration of her achievement in becoming the oldest and first gaff-rigged boat to complete the Round Ireland race
The many strands of Arklow’s maritime life, and its seafaring and boat-building traditions, have been getting together this week to celebrate the achievement of Darryl Hughes’ veteran ketch Maybird writes W M Nixon. Last week, the 1937-vintage Arklow-built Maybird became…
During the weeks contest the 38ft wooden gigs will be sailed and rowed
11 International teams will make Antrim their home for the International Contest of Seamanship tomorrow. As Afloat.ie reported previously in March, 200 young people from USA, Russia, St Petersburg, Belgium, Ghent, GB, Ireland, Quebec, France, Denmark, Canada and Northern Ireland…
Elegance personified – the 1949-vintage Northele steps out in style at the Crosshaven Traditional Festival in June
If you were putting together a pub quiz about classic yachts, “Who was Sandy Balfour?” would be a very handy question to get the elementary section going writes W M Nixon. Dyed-in-the-wool classics aficionados would roll their eyes in amusement…
Naomh Éanna is to be turned into a luxury hotel on the Liffey. The Dublin built former Aran Islands ferry-cargoship is currently berthed in Grand Canal Dock's 250 year-old drydock in Ringsend, where the owner expects to restore the ship in the dry dock.
#HistoricBoats - Former ferry cargoship that CIÉ serviced the Aran Islands will writes The Irish Times become home to luxury five-star accommodation berthed at Dublin’s Custom House Quay as its owners plan a significant investment. The Naomh Eanna, acquired by…
Gary McMahon of the Ilen project in Limerick will speak at the Glandore Summer School
There's only four weeks to go until the 2018 Glandore Classic Summer School (21/22 July) which promises to be another excellent event writes organiser Cormac O'Carroll. We hosted the first Summer school in 1992 and this event has been running biennially…
The Brittany-built American mini-cat in Skol ar Mor colours gets ready for sailing on a Shannon lake
There’s an informal international network of wooden boat adherents - both classic and traditional - which has found in Ireland an increasingly useful source of recognised designs of intriguing boat types to provide many building challenges for skilled craftsmen and…
Today's start, at 2pm off ‘the Grassy,’ is a traditional sail race starting point for generations of sailors
Today's Crosshaven Traditional Sail pursuit race attracted all types of plus keelboats for a harbour pursuit race, just part of this weekend's line up of attractions in Cork Harbour this weekend.  Today's start, at 2pm off ‘the Grassy,’ is a traditional sail race starting point…
S.S. Shiedhall awarded the UK's 2018 regional flagship for the National Historic Fleet is seen in Southampton with backdrop of 'Solstice' class cruiseship Celebriry Eclipse which Afloat adds is 'home-porting' out of Dublin Port this season. Excursion trips in Solent waters can be made on the Shieldhall which is a former Glasgow based sewage dumping vessel built 1955 by Lobnitz & Co Ltd, Renfrew.
#HistoricBoats - Volunteers on the UK heritage steamship, SS Shieldhall, are celebrating having received one of the highest accolades from a national organisation. The Southampton-based vessel has been chosen as the 2018 regional flagship for the National Historic Fleet. (Click…
Ilen arrives in Baltimore for her launch. See launch video below
A video, by Paul Fuller, features the restored historic ketch Ilen motoring down the Ilen River towards Baltimore for her celebratory launch last week at the Wooden Boat Festival in the West Cork town. Conor O'Brien's famous traditional vessel, that has been faithfully…

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