Allianz and Afloat - Supporting Irish Boating

Ireland's sailing, boating & maritime magazine

100-Year-Old River Class History is Published

30th December 2020
100-Year-Old River Class History is Published

John McVea, class captain of the now 100-year-old River Class which sails regularly at Strangford Lough Yacht Club, had been looking forward to a 2020 season of centenary celebrations. Covid 19 put paid to that, but one achievement which has materialised is the publication of a beautifully illustrated history of the class.

The fact that only 12 yachts were commissioned a century ago and that all 12 are still seaworthy is remarkable, a testament to both the boats and the many owners over the years. Sadly, not all have been launched this year due to the Covid restrictions.

"The fact that only 12 yachts were commissioned a century ago and that all 12 are still seaworthy is remarkable"

Compiled by James Nixon, who himself owns with Faughan with David Lindsay and John Witchell, the history is a 207-page limited Hardback edition of 100, in A4 with a dust jacket and lavishly illustrated.

River class racing on Strangford LoughRiver class racing on Strangford Lough

The book appeared just in time for Christmas. James has acknowledged the assistance of a great number of people "Many of you helped me in the three-year-long task, and some have even sailed in these great boats. I also found much material in the Public Record Office and in the Newspaper Library in Belfast".

The back cover of James Nixon's new book on the River keelboat ClassThe back cover of James Nixon's new book on the River keelboat Class

You can read more about the River Class here

The book retails at £30 and is available from James Nixon. +44 7811 397546/+44 28 9754 3336 or email [email protected]

Betty Armstrong

About The Author

Betty Armstrong

Email The Author

Betty Armstrong is Afloat and Yachting Life's Northern Ireland Correspondent. Betty grew up racing dinghies but now sails a more sedate Dehler 36 around County Down

We've got a favour to ask

More people are reading than ever thanks to the power of the internet but we're in stormy seas because advertising revenues across the media are falling fast. Unlike many news sites, we haven’t put up a paywall because we want to keep our marine journalism open. is Ireland's only full–time marine journalism team and it takes time, money and hard work to produce our content.

So you can see why we need to ask for your help.

If everyone chipped in, we can enhance our coverage and our future would be more secure. You can help us through a small donation. Thank you.

Direct Donation to Afloat button

Featured Sailing School

INSS sidebutton

Featured Clubs

dbsc mainbutton
Howth Yacht Club
Kinsale Yacht Club
National Yacht Club
Royal Cork Yacht Club
Royal Irish Yacht club
Royal Saint George Yacht Club

Featured Brokers

leinster sidebutton

Featured Associations

isora sidebutton

Featured Webcams

Featured Events 2022

Featured Sailmakers

northsails sidebutton
uksails sidebutton
quantum sidebutton
watson sidebutton

Featured Chandleries

CHMarine Afloat logo
osm sidebutton

Featured Marinas

dlmarina sidebutton

Featured Blogs

W M Nixon - Sailing on Saturday
podcast sidebutton
mansfield sidebutton
BSB sidebutton
wavelengths sidebutton

Please show your support for Afloat by donating