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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.

The fleet Locking through in the Shannon One Designs’ Long-Distance Race down the Shannon from Lough Ree to Lough Derg. With a total distance of 40 miles to sail, the few locks between Ree and Derg provide a welcome break
Being involved in Shannon One Design racing in a normal year is a State of Mind as much as it’s a matter of active sport afloat in a highly individualistic 18ft una-rigged open boat, a hard-sailed work of art that…
Horses for courses - Maritime Mystic Meg now makes Cavatina joint favourite with Rockabill VI for the SSE Renewables Round Ireland Race
The white smoke has gone up from the chimney on a lonely cottage high in the Wicklow hills, and the word has come down from Maritime Mystic Meg on potential betting movements in the SSE Renewables Round Ireland Race: "Based…
In any reasonable world, it would be Rockabill VI’s turn to win the SSE Renewables Round Ireland Race from Wicklow, which starts on Saturday. The JPK 10.80, diligently and enthusiastically campaigned by Paul O’Higgins of the Royal Irish YC, has deservedly won just about everything else in the Irish offshore scene
In these hyper-communicated days, we can all follow developing weather situations on a 24/7 basis using input from many sources. Nevertheless, from time to time it puts things in some sort of snapshot focus to watch the scheduled broadcast TV…
The Squib fleet in action off Kinsale, where their premier 2022 Championship gets underway this weekend
The Bandon Co-Op-sponsored week-long British & Irish Squib Nationals getting underway this weekend in Kinsale - with the first racing on Sunday, June 19th - is an eloquent example of the imaginative thinking that is needed to get sailing back…
Sam Hunt and Cian McCarthy of Kinsale aboard the latter’s Sunfast 3300 Cinnamon Girl on the morning of the start of the Inishtearaght Race, which they won
Kinsale’s top two-handers Cian McCarthy and Sam Hunt with the Sunfast 3300 Cinnamon Girl seem to have already put in enough successful sailing in the season of 2022 to fulfil the ambitions of many crews for a whole year. And…
With Bloomsday on Thursday, June 16th, the ongoing Centenary of the publication of James Joyce's Ulysses will see even more local links to the great work and its author being highlighted and celebrated in many ways in several places. Noted…
The classic 162ft schooner Eleanora, one of the most beautiful boats afloat - until this morning
Until this morning, the 162ft (49.5m) classic schooner was one of the most beautiful boats afloat. But in Tarragona Marina in Spain today, some manoeuvring by a large red work-ship didn't quite go according to plan, and Eleanora floats no…
With all of Leinster to give them a lee, the Shannon One Designs racing the Clinkerfest at Lough Ree enjoyed perfect conditions while Ireland’s sea coasts were getting a battering
When the weather patterns conspire to provide wet or rugged sailing on Ireland’s sea coasts, the shrewd mariner heads for the inland sea that is Lough Ree, which has been geographically measured with some elegant 19th Century science as being…
First look - Skipper Lou Boorman (19) aboard her Contessa 32 White Knight in Galway before departing yesterday (Sunday) evening for the next leg of the RB&I 2022 to Lerwick in the Shetlands
Andy Fennell's 39ft trimaran Morpheus, the leader at the 48-hour Galway stopover in the 2000-mile Round Britain & Ireland Race 2022 from Plymouth, is now well on her way to the next stop at Lerwick in the Shetlands. But the…
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Wave 2022 at Howth, with main sponsors the Wright Hospitality Group, has been a three-day regatta of all the seasons, including today’s (Sunday) localised attempt at a mild monsoon. But the most important ingredient of wind was always present -…
Larne flyer off Howth in Wave Regatta’s Lambay Race – Peter Doig’s Jack (East Antrim BC) on her way to fourth in Class 2 IRC
With a real edge to the nor’easter of 25 knots plus (very plus at times) and the tide flooding north against it, the second day of Howth’s Wave Regatta proved to a case of Waves Plural and then some in…
The overall leader of IRC One at Howth Yacht Club's Wave Regatta is the J109 Joker II (IRL 1206) skippered by John Maybury of the Royal Irish Yacht Club in Dun Laoghaire pictured here shortly after the start of race three
“A perfect nor’easter” may sound like a good contender for Oxymoron of the Week, but that’s what they had today (Friday) for the three opening races of the Howth Wave Regatta. And evidently Old Sol hadn’t been reading the script,…
It’s summertime and most of the fleet have finished the Galway-Plymouth leg of the RB&I Race 2022. Seen in relaxed celebration in the dockside Commander Bill King Club were (left to right) Johnny Shorten (Commodore, Galway Bay SC), Conor O’Dowd (CEO Galway Port), Captain Brian Sheridan (Galway Harbour Master), and Maurice O’Gorman (Chairman of Galway Port)
There were slower boats still arriving from Plymouth in Galway yesterday evening in the Round Britain and Ireland 2022 as the majority of the fleet threw themselves into party and feasting mode in the temporary but very effective dockside Genesys-sponsored Commander…
J/109s racing Wave Regatta at Howth. This weekend’s Wave will include the class’s Eastern Championship
When a weather forecast looks just too good to be true, usually with hindsight we’re able to say that it was. But at the moment, the forecast for Howth’s Wave Regatta (starting this Friday, June 3rd) for three days of…
City centre welcome - Morpheus is escorted to her berth in Galway Docks
After a long and sometimes slow windward slugging match getting to the turn at the Blasket Islands yesterday (Tuesday) morning in the first Plymouth-Galway stage of the Round Britain & Ireland 2022, Andrew Fennell's Shuttleworth 39 trimaran Morpheus revelled in…
Tally-Ho! Classic scene of the Shannon One Designs making a start with the 148-year-old Phoenix as Committee Boat
You need stamina afloat and ashore to get the best of Shannon One Design Racing, and already it’s clear that that the class – with Philip Mayne as Captain/Chairman and Naomi Algeo as Honorary Secretary - will be looking for…
Current on-water leader of the mono-hull division of the Round Britain & Ireland 2022’s Stage 1 from Plymouth to Galway is Ross Hobson’s Pegasus, seen here at the start on Sunday. An Open 50 from Northumberland, Pegasus is a Round Ireland Race veteran
At 0846 this (Tuesday) morning, Andrew Fennell’s 39ft Shuttleworth trimaran Morpheus put in what her crew hope will be her final tack westward of the Blasket Islands, and found they could finally lay the course for Galway in the Round Britain…
Ready for the off – Kuba Szymanski’s First 40.7 Polished Manx from the Isle of Man in pre-start manoeuvres at Plymouth before the start of the Round Britain & Ireland 2022’s first leg to the Genesys-sponsored stopover in Galway
Although the fleet starting yesterday (Sunday) in the first stage from Plymouth of the Royal Western Round Britain & Ireland Race 2022 to the initial Genesys-sponsored 48-hour stopover in Galway found the early morning rain giving way to sunshine, by the…
"Reflections on Lough Derg", presented by the multi-talented Eleanor Hooker who is a poet, writer, and the helm of the RNLI Dromineer-based Lough Derg Lifeboat, is the Lyric Feature on this evening at 6 PM on RTÉ Lyric FM and…
Speed and comfort. The remarkable Dazcat 46 Hissy Fit, raced by Plymouth’s own Simon Baker and Dan Fellows, is a top contender in the Round Britain & Ireland 2022
After what has seemed like weeks of harsh southwest to northwest winds in Atlantic waters along Ireland’s West Coast, the fleet starting Stage 1 of the 2000-mile Royal Western Round Britain & Ireland Race 2022 to the Genesys-sponsored Galway stopover from…
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