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WM Nixon

WM Nixon

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William M Nixon has been writing about sailing in Ireland for many years in print and online, and his work has appeared internationally in magazines and books. His own experience ranges from club sailing to international offshore events, and he has cruised extensively under sail, often in his own boats which have ranged in size from an 11ft dinghy to a 35ft cruiser-racer. He has also been involved in the administration of several sailing organisations.

A class in good heart. Some of the top-performing Howth 17s racing in July's spell of good weather with (left to right) Rita (Marcus Lynch & John Curley), Aura (Ian Malcolm), Isobel (Brian & Conor Turvey), Sheila (Dave Mulligan & Andy Johnston) and Oona (Peter Courtney)
For more than fifty years now, the 1898-founded Howth 17s have all been located at their port of origin, and the class has been thriving, so much so that serious damage to seven of the boats in winter storage in…
New life for old – Richard Leonard's David Thomas-designed Bolero Bandit, the Bruce Farr 1977-vintage Farrocious, and the Young family's Albin Express North Star racing with Royal Cork YC last Thursday evening
Where other people and places see problems, down Crosshaven way they see opportunities and solutions. Thus although the sailing world generally may be getting increasingly agitated about the fact that fibreglass boats seem to last forever and eventually present a…
Home again. After an absence of 35 years - and all of 116 years after she first sailed here - the restored Dublin Bay 21 Naneen sails past Dun Laoghaire's East Pier lighthouse with a 21-gun salute
There's something about the way that Steve Morris and his boat-building team in Kilrush are restoring the 1903-vintage Dublin Bay 21s that speaks to people with only a vague notion of the sea and sailing. The class association circled around…
Keeping your ducks in a row….in damp and almost windless conditions, the three restored Dublin Bay 21s were seen being hustled along by mother-ship Molly Ban close off the Wicklow coast this morning, on their way towards returning to Dublin Bay for the first time since 1986
Despite a brief gale and much rain in the night, Ireland’s east coast has been a bit lifeless as regards wind this morning as the three restored Dublin Bay 21s make their way from Arklow to their appointment with destiny…
The Laser Youth Worlds on Lake Garda
Howth’s Eve McMahon managed to stay in second overall after Thursday’s first two finals races in the Laser Youth Worlds on Lake Garda even with missing out on the first race with a DNC. She came back with a third…
Costa del Carlingford – idyllic racing in Carlingford Lough in the SB20 Northerns with (foreground) Mel Collins chasing Eoin Leahy
"We'd an amazing weekend at Carlingford Marina for the SB20 Ireland Northern Championships", reports Irish SB20 President John Malone of Lough Ree YC Conditions were perfect on the very beautiful Carlingford Lough. There was wall-to-wall sunshine and a good enough…
Black and silver…..on Lake Garda at the current Laser Youth Worlds, the hyper-dark backdrop could either be an awesome cliff - or a looming thunderstorm
Volatile weather in northern Italy is adding to the drama in the huge fleet racing the current Laser/ILCA Youth Worlds on Lake Garda. The threat of sudden and violent winds making if difficult for competitors and organisers alike to keep…
Doing the business. Trick or Treat (Alan Pearson & Alan Blay) shows the style which had her overnight leader after the first day's racing in the Puppeteer Nationals at Howth
It was considered good going in the brief season of 2020 when Paul and Laura McMahon's 1978-vintage prototype Puppeteer 22 Shiggi Shiggi (sail number #1) emerged fresh but untried from the restoration laboratories and took the national title. But in…
The J/80 fleet taking advantage of the steadily-sharpening sea breeze at Howth for the annual Aqua Restaurant Two-Hander Challenge
It's not often that universally-agreed forecasts of exceptionally good weather will cause a reduction in numbers for an upcoming sailing race. But as the week drew on and yesterday (Saturday's) annual Aqua Restaurant-sponsored Two-Hander at Howth came steadily up the…
Glen Class OD revelling in Dublin Bay sailing. Dating from 1947, the class now show the signs of successfully emerging from limbo into classic status
The cherished local One-Design classes of Ireland have never been more relevant than they are now, in these crazy times of soaring-graph numbers when local is good. The expectation of staying local, while making do with fairly modest socialising and…
Pat O’Neill’s J/80 Mojo (HYC) revelling in good sailing conditions in the Baltic for the J/80 Worlds
After their first overall in the 2021 J/80 Danish Opens which acted as the preliminary for the upcoming Worlds at the same venue, Pat O’Neill of Howth and his crew knew the stakes would be much higher in the big…
Hanging in there - Paul Reilly and Davy Howard on the edge of reality with double-handed sailing and everything set on a J/80 in the successful Aqua Two-Handed Challenge 2020 at Howth
With good weather in prospect for the weekend, interest is quickening in Saturday’s (July 17th) Aqua Two-Handed Challenge at Howth Yacht Club. Contrary to popular opinion, this is an open event. But over the years, the Howthmen have managed to…
The restored 56ft Limerick ketch Ilen of 1926 vintage is such an eye-catcher - when you can get a proper view of her - that she immediately arouses, in both young and old, the secretly cherished dream of running away…
High density labour-intensive sailing……the 1720s racing the first day of their BNRG Easterns 2021 in Saturday's sunshine at Howth
When the Royal Cork Yacht Club unveiled the fresh concept of the Tony Castro-designed 1720 Sportsboat back in 1994, one of the tongue-in-cheek suggestions was that finance in developing the class could be through some grant scheme for Job Creation,…
Rocco Wright finished with a really stylish race win in Italy
Rocco Wright of Howth started the 9-day 2021 Optimist Worlds on Lake Garda with a race win. And he finished with another really stylish race win, as captured in this vid   In between, things didn’t go quite so smoothly, and…
Ireland's Rocco Wright (IRL 1631) flips on to port tack in the last race of the Optimist Worlds on Lake Garda
While Brazil’s Alex Di Francesco Kuhl continued his improving performance today on Lake Garda to topple the USA’s Gil Hackel from the overall lead to become the new Optimist World Champion, Ireland’s top helm Rocco Wright of Howth concluded with…
Was your journey really necessary?
It has been said here before, but it's worth saying again – on Thursday evenings in normal times in summer, the Dublin Bay Sailing Club programme is so popular that the fleet out racing would be considered a splendid turnout…
Peter Coad of Dunmore East with his Pocock 37 Blackjack has given an exemplary display of self-reliace when dismasted near the Fastnet Rock
Once upon a time, it was a tradition of offshore sailing - whether racing or cruising - that self-reliance in all circumstances was the golden thread running through your every venture at sea. You’ll note we say “ventures”. The traditional…
Lake Garda saw only one race completed today at the Optimist Worlds
It had been hoped to provide three races today (Thursday) at the Optimist Worlds 2021, but increasingly unstable weather over Lake Garda saw only one completed. In flukey conditions, with the wind drawing from the north for the first time…
Ireland’s Opti star Rocco Wright prefers a breeze, but today on Lake Garda he had to contend with a fading wind in the first two races of the finals for the Worlds 2021
A slowly fading southerly breeze on Lake Garda today - declining from an initial 10 knots - favoured early fleet leaders in the three day finals of the Optimist Worlds 2021, and the USA’s Gil Hackel found extra speed to…
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