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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.

Forget about the Emerald Isle, this is Forty Shades of Grey. .….The Fastnet Rock as seen from Windfall as she passed at 1000hrs this morning, when she still held some breeze
Day #2 - 2 pm  Mick Cotter’s 94ft Windfall has to average “only” 11.25 knots over the shortest course from Dun Laoghaire to Dingle if she is to break the 24-hour barrier for this classic 270-mile race writes W M…
Conor Doyle's Xp50 Freya. The Kinsale Yacht Club entry lost its A2 sail off Wicklow head last night which, says crew member Kenny Rumball, 'hurt us downwind from Wicklow to Tuskar'. Freya is currently lying third on the water
Day #2 - 9am The Volvo Dun Laoghaire Dingle racers have left the murkier weather of the east coast astern, and this morning finds them reaching along the south coast in what could best be described as serviceable northerlies writes W…
Windfall under spinnaker at the start of the D2D Race
Day #1 midnight - When we remember the increasingly rugged conditions the fleet found themselves contending with as they slugged into rising headwinds past the Saltee Islands in 2017’s Volvo Dun Laoghaire Dingle Race, the current fair wind romp may…
Andrew Hall’s J/125 Jackknife from Wales holds the corrected time lead in the D2D Race
Day #1 8 pm: With Mick Cotter’s 94ft Windfall the on-the-water leader as she puts Cahore Point astern at 2200hrs, it’s intriguing to note that the unstable but brisk northerly airflow is generous if unpredictable in spreading its favours to…
The D2D start tonight at 6pm on Dublin Bay with Mick Cotter's 94-footer dominating the fleet. Scroll down for more D2D Race photos and vids
Day #1 (Start Time) 6 pm: The sky stayed grey, but the wind went away writes W M Nixon. There was almost a sense of anti-climax about the monochrome start to the 270-mile Volvo Dun Laoghaire to Dingle Race at…
The winds have been shaping up in optimum style to suit fast reachers, so Andrew Hall’s J/125 Jackknife from Pwllheli became a last minute entry for the Dingle Race, bringing the fleet up to 44 boats
A last-minute entry for this evening’s 280-mile Volvo Dun Laoghaire to Dingle Race is a clear case of horses for courses writes W M Nixon. Andrew Hall’s relatively new J/125 Jackknife from Pwllheli is renowned for her speed on a…
Always the Bridesmaid……The J/122 Aurelia (Chris & Patannne Power Smith) is seldom out of the frame, and tomorrow’s Volvo Dun Laoghaire to Dingle race will offer a useful opportunity to take the No 1 slot
There was an American Army General who pithily summed up the secret of success in old-fashioned wars as being a matter of victory going to “whoever gets the mostest there the fastest” writes W M Nixon This takes on a…
March, 2018. Who would believe this boat could ever sail again?
When photos circulated of the mangled remains of the 1907-built Howth 17 Rosemary in the wreckage of her storage shed on Howth’s East Pier after Storm Emma in March 2018, many unacquainted with the spirit of this 1897-founded class thought…
Paul O’Higgin’s defending champion, the JPK 1080 Rockabill VI, will be hoping for firm breezes for next Wednesday’s 280-mile National YC Volvo Dun Laoghaire to Dingle Race
Will the Volvo Dun Laoghaire to Dingle Race next Wednesday find itself sailing with mostly fair winds asks W M Nixon. Will the presence of lows to the west of them, and other lows to the southeast, provide a line…
Racing the Scottish Series on Loch Fyne under the hills and mountains can be tricky. Approaching the mark in the hot RC35 Class, leading boat Chimaera (Andrew Craig RIYC) gets a sudden wind shift, yet still manages to carry her deflated finery round the turn. But right up her transom Something Else (John & Brian Hall NYC) and Hijacker (Stuart Cranston & J Buchanan, Down Cr C) are now hard on the wind - such as it is
The Clyde Cruising Club’s Scottish Series has long been a happy hunting ground for Irish boats and crews writes W M Nixon. We remember with particular fondness the great days of the Royal Cork YC’s Corby 36 Antix, with which…
Howth Yacht Club Half Tonner 'Harmony' (Jonny Swan) returns to her home port for Lambay Race action on Saturday having already been a class winner at this week's Scottish Series on the Clyde
It’s party time afloat and ashore this weekend at Howth Yacht Club, with the two-day Lambay Regatta – sponsored by Provident – featuring the historic Lambay Race itself on Saturday, while Sunday continues with a Family Day and Fun Race.…
It’s early summer in West Cork, and time for the Baltimore Wooden Boat Festival’s eclectic collection of timber craft to show their style. Typical of the mix are (left to right) Kevin O’Farrell’s Scottish Islands Class Mylne-designed McGruer-built sloop Canna, the Falmouth-based Dandy type Lively (James Baker), and the Mackerel Boat An Run (Nigel Towse, sailed by Ian Wright)
West Cork is as much a state of mind as it is a place writes W M Nixon. And when you’re in its bright and cheerfully breezy sailor’s capital of Baltimore, the annual Maytime Festival of Wooden Boats is something…
The restored Ilen of Limerick sails into Dublin Bay for the first time in 21 years for visits to Poolbeg, Dun Laoghaire and Howth. This weekend, she’s back in her birthplace of Baltimore
Three million euro - every bit of €3 million writes W M Nixon. That’s what the late Theo Rye, internationally-recognised expert on the restoring and re-building of classic and traditional craft, reckoned that breathing new life into Ireland’s historic 56ft…
This 2007-2015 refitted JONGERT TREWES CLIPPER 59 built in 1972 is for sale on Afloat Boats for Sale
There are as many people down-sizing boats these days as there are those who are trading up, with it becoming more difficult to get regular crew as modern family life makes time demands on people who, in a previous age,…
Ninety-three years after she was briefly a member of the fleet of the Royal Irish Yacht Club in Dun Laoghaire, the restored ketch Ilen visited the historic clubhouse for a special reception this weekend
In 1926, the newly-built 56ft trading ketch Ilen was for six months part of the fleet of the Royal Irish Yacht Club. Built in Baltimore in West Cork under the inspiration of pioneering global circumnavigator Conor O’Brien of Limerick to…
Mick Cotter’s SouthWind 94 Windfall is the largest boat entered for next month’s Volvo Dun Laoghaire to Dingle Race run by the National YC, and he’ll be looking to topple the course record he established with the 78ft Whisper in 2009.
You’ll seldom if ever hear anyone who has actually done the biennial Volvo Dun Laoghaire to Dingle Race dismissing it in an offhand way as some sort of Round Ireland Lite writes W M Nixon. It may only be 280…
The popular Squib Class revelling in crisp sailing conditions on what is undoubtedly Lough Derg
The 19ft–Squib keelboat is quite often raced with ferocious competitiveness which is almost frightening for those of us who bought them many years ago as handy little boats which worked as an ideal family day-sailer while providing some club One-Design racing…
Martin Byrne, his mother Hilda and his wife Triona with their classic new Water Wag Hilda, No 49 in a fleet whose origins can be traced back to 1887.
Martin Byrne, noted International Dragon sailor and former Commodore of the Royal St George YC in Dun Laoghaire, has happy memories of family sailing going back more than fifty years, when his parents decided that it was a sport which…
Timeless good looks, yet practical in every way. It takes a real effort to accept that the Laser is notching the Golden Jubilee this year
At a time when we’re constantly being warned in public life that we have to mark the current “Era of Centenaries” in a sensitive manner, it’s probably insensitive to respond by pointing out that the Irish sailing community is having…
Galway Harbour – waterfront heart of a significant Atlantic port
Lorient in Brittany was the first city to sign up as a twin to the proud citizens of Galway as far back as 1975. It was a statement of friendship and a commitment to exchange cultural experiences between the people…
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