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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.

On course for Greenland…….Pip Hare’s IMOCA 60 has struck out into the open Atlantic from the Blaskets in search of wind in the RORC Sevenstar Round Britain & Ireland race
The clockwise 1800 miles Sevenstar Round Britain & Ireland Race has been dogged by light winds and calms ever since it started from Cowes at the weekend, and the bulk of the 30-strong fleet is still struggling along Ireland’s southwest…
A windfoiler arrives alone into the ultra-remote inlet of Portacloy in northwest Mayo. That would quite unusual in itself. But by the time this photo was taken, Hannes Louet-Feisser of Carlingford was already two-thirds of the way around Ireland on his extraordinary solo circumnavigation project
Most of us thought that all Round Ireland Sailing Records at the lower end of the size scale had been long since put to bed. After all, it was way back in 1961 that Kevin & Colm MacLaverty with Mick…
Serious competition at the sharp end of the traditional fleet at Kinvara during Cruinniu na mBad at Kinvara
When the highly-respected Organising Chairman Dr Mick Brogan declared - in May 2020 - that the annual Cruinniu na mBad - the Gathering of the Boats - could not be held in August at Kinvara in face of the spread…
Summertime sailing on the Fingal coast. The 1907-vintage Howth 17 Rosemary, built by James Kelly of Portrush and owned since 1974 by David Jones and George Curley with David Potter a more recent additional partner, comes to the lee mark under spinnaker in third place in one of Saturday’s four races. After the completion of the five-race series, Rosemary was Howth 17 National Champion for the first time
Even by the long-view standards of the 124-year-old Howth 17 Class, the 48-year owning partnership in the 1907-vintage Rosemary between David Jones and George Curley - with David Potter more recently joining the strength as George turned 90 last year…
HYC Commodore Paddy Judge welcomes the Howth squad home from the ILCA6 Youth Worlds in Texas with (left to right) Luke Turvey, Eve McMahon (Gold) and Rocco Wright (Bronze in U17). A carnival-style welcome home celebration will be staged at Howth YC next Friday (August 12th), starting 4 pm
In some ways, Howth Yacht Club has it easy. It isn’t hampered by being the senior sailing centre in Ireland. That particular burden has been carried since 1720 by Cork. Nor is it sailing’s premier centre. Since the active first…
Laura Dillon collects her Cowes Week trophy
Lady's Day at Cowes Week may sound like a charmingly old-fashioned Victorian concept, but there was nothing old-fashioned about the way that top women sailors of the calibre of Laura Dillon of Howth contested the time-honoured event yesterday in the…
Flying the flag for Ukraine and Clare – Seol Sionna’s new St Ayles skiff Ealu from Kilrush has a paint finish honouring both beleaguered Ukraine and the Banner County. Providing the rowing power on her traditional sunwise circuit of Scattery Island are James Madigan, Sean Walsh, Aisling Heaps, Peter Ranalow and John Kennedy
When it came to painting the new St Ayles skiff Ealu built by Seol Sionnas (the owners of the much-admired traditional cutter Sally O’Keeffe) under the direction of Steve Morris in Kilrush Boatyard, it was “No Contest” as regards décor…
Go to the islands for the sun – bright morning for the GBSC Lambs Week boats at Kilronan while the clouds hang out over nearby Ireland
It can sometimes take quite a bit of tough windward slugging to get to the islands out in the Atlantic off the Connacht coast. But those boats that do are usually well rewarded, as rain-bearing clouds from the west will…
Eve McMahon on her way to World Championship success in Texas
Eve McMahon (18) returned to top form for Ireland with two more bullets in today (Saturday's) final three races in the ILCA6/Laser Radial Youth Worlds 2022 at Houston in Texas. After six straight wins in the first four days, there…
The Charge of the Centenary Brigade – Shannon ODs (of all ages) in full flight on Lough Ree with (left to right): 99 (Peter Mulvihill, built 1975); 37 Kiwi (Mags Delany, 1923), 176 (Harman Murtagh Jnr, 2008); 138 (DJ Algeo, 1987); 142 Frank Guy (overall winner LRYC SOD Centenary Regatta and Combined LDYC/LRYC Centenary Regattas, 1990); 71 (Oonagh Reid, 1960); 73 (David Dickson (6th LRYC SOD Centenary Regatta, 1961); 151 (Graham McMullin 5th LRYC Cent. Reg, 1995); 155 (Cathal Breen, 4th LRYC and 2nd Combined LDYC/LRYC Regattas, 1999); 32 (Mary Cox (formally Syd Shine's boat) built 1922
The unique 18ft Shannon One-Designs have lived through some decidedly mixed times in Ireland during their hundred years of setting the sailing pace on the great lakes of our lordly river. And the two special Centenary Regattas at their main…
Mark Wilson’s Sigma 33 Scorpio (GBSC), “King of the Bay 2021” after winning last year’s race from Kilronan round Inishmor and Inish Mean
The ultra-oceanic Galway Bay - with the Aran Islands in its midst, the complex coast of Connemara to the north, and the mighty Cliffs of Moher to the south – is so fixed in most people’s minds as an awe-inspiring…
Howth's Eve McMahon in the lead in Houston
Fresh from winning two major international championships in Europe already during July, Howth's Eve McMahon (17) has launched her campaign in the Laser Radial/ILCA6 Youth Worlds at Houston in Texas in appropriately rocket-assisted style with four bullets in a stellar…
Welcoming the world and its seaborne trade -historic Dublin Port is moving into a new era as its trade levels return towards re-pandemic and
pre-Brexit levels
During its 1,200 and more years of active trading, the Port of Dublin has successfully emerged from many adversities to maintain its role as Ireland's premier trading hub. Despite all the international frustrations to smooth trade and the pandemic problems…
The 1977 Ron Holland 39ft classic Imp, restored this year by George Radley of Cobh. Imp was winner of the Schull Centenary Regatta in 1984, when owned and skippered by Michael O’Leary of Din Laoghaire, and will be racing in Schull again in August in what is now Calves Week
The pace of this first full post-pandemic sailing season in Ireland has been such that when we reached what might be thought of as the mid-point around July 15th, there was a real need for a rapid re-charging of the…
The forthcoming Siege of Mullingar will again be entirely friendly
Back in pre-pandemic times, when the annual eight-day-long Fleadh Cheoil immersed Tullamore in music and festivities for three years in a row, the Offaly branch of the Inland Waterways Association organised the successful Float to the Fleadh cruise from each…
Keeping cool – Eve MacMahon leading in The Netherlands as the temperature builds
Despite the gathering record-breaking heatwave over Europe as July progressed, Ireland’s Eve McMahon (17) won Gold at both the ILCA 6 (Laser Radial) European Youth Championship in Greece, and then Gold again at the 2022 World Sailing Youth World Championship…
The eye-of-the-needle in the Bull Rock off Kerry is so clean-cut that you’d wonder if some ancient people didn’t tunnel it through
The Bull Rock in the open Atlantic three miles northwest of Dursey Head in West Cork is one of many massive milestones on the Round Ireland Race. And it has the added distinction of having a tunnel clear through it,…
A peaceful summer afternoon at Wineport Lodge on Lough Ree. It will be a different picture at lunchtime this Saturday when the Shannon One Designs - in the midst of their Lough Ree YC Shannon OD Centenary Regatta – descend on Wineport as the finish point in a passage race, and then apply themselves to enjoying its renowned hospitality.
When we remember that in the class’s early days, the hundred-year-old Shannon One Designs were accustomed to cramming much of their racing into the first half of August with the two traditional Regatta Weeks at Lough Ree and Lough Derg,…
The ultimate moving target - the current Clipper Fleet have got ahead of themselves (and everybody else) by crossing the Atlantic to Ireland quicker than expected
While the Robin Knox-Johnston-led Clipper Fleet Round the World Race organisation is a remarkably effective body, even its most experienced executives can only give a ball-park figure as to when the leading boats are going to complete a transoceanic leg.…
The gaff cutter Lady Min created in Schull by Maurice O’Keeffe in 1902
It’s not unreasonable to suggest that there will have been no other skipper in Cork Week sailing to final race victory in a boat designed and built by an ancestor back in 1902 at his family’s own home port, but…
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