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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 crew of Irish Champion J/24 Headcase after sweeping the board in Kiel Week are (left to right) Ryan Glynn (Ballyholme YC), Sam O'Byrne (Howth YC), Cillian Dickson (Howth YC & Lough Ree YC, Louis Mulloy (Mayo SC) & Marcus Ryan (Mayo SC)
Whatever excitements the Irish J/24 class may have been providing in home waters this past weekend, the current all-Ireland Champions (in every sense) with the not-inappropriately-named Headcase have succeeded brilliantly in keeping their heads above water and their noses in…
A long way from the Swiss lakes…..SSE Renewables Round Ireland Race Line Honours Winner Kuka3 (Franco Niggeler, Switzerland) is a Cookson 50, a classic Bruce Farr design which has been at the forefront of the top offshore races for twenty years
We can only be wishing this morning that the traditional-type low pressure areas which march across the Atlantic from New England towards Old Ireland could take aboard some of the strict Sabbatarianism of the regions they’re passing through in their…
Mike and Richie Evans in the J/99 Snapshot - a case of oh so very near, but oh so very far in Round Ireland 2022
Round Ireland Race Day Six (Thursday) 1700 hrs -  In the end, it was just about two miles of the Wicklow coast that did for them. Mike and Richie Evans with the J/99 Snapshot knew they’d to be at the finish…
IRC 2 boat, the French J/111 SL Energies (Laurent Charmy) finished the 2022 SSE Renewables Round Ireland Race this Thursday morning at 0845
Round Ireland Race Day Six (Thursday) 0900 hrs - Although the Swiss Cookson 50 Kuka 3 and the Volvo 70 Green Dragon took first and second in the SSE Renewables Round Ireland Race 2022 in full daylight yesterday evening, an entire…
After four days five hours nine minutes and 46 seconds at sea the Cookson 50 Kuka3 (skippered by Franco Niggeler, Switzerland) and with Ireland's Tom McWilliam onboard (third from left) returned to Wicklow Sailing Club this evening to take line honours in the SSE Renewables Round Ireland Race for 2022
Round Ireland Race Day Five (Wednesday) 1830 hrs - The Cookson 50 Kuka3 (Franco Niggeler, Switzerland) took line honours in the SSE Renewables Round Ireland Race 2022 at 18:09 hrs this evening off the Wicklow pierhead, after closing in on the…
Mike & Richie Evans’ J/99 Snapshot (HYC) has been hanging in like a limpet to maintain her IRC lead
Round Ireland Race Day Five (Wednesday) 1500 hrs - Time was when most crews thought they’d had a crisp and efficient Round Ireland Race if they were finished by the Thursday evening. But George David’s sensational circuit with Rambler 88 in…
On-water leader Kuka3 (Cookson 50, Franco Niggeler, Switzerland) should be in Wicklow at lunchtime today
Round Ireland Race Day Five (Wednesday) 0800 hrs - Despite the continuing prospect of light north to northeast winds, this morning’s south-going ebb tide off the Wicklow coast should speed up the progress of the SSE Renewables Round Ireland Race from…
Robert Rendell’s Grand Soleil 44 Samatom has done remarkable things to come south from Rathlin now clearly ahead of Michael Boyd’s J/121 Darkwood
Round Ireland Race Day four (Tuesday) 2100 With the tides of the North Channel running favourably southwards for the Round Ireland fleet from around 16:30hrs today, the state of play for the leaders in the SSE Renewables Round Ireland Race…
Paul O’Higgins’ Rockabill VI – currently making the turn at Tory Island while registering a respectable 6.9 knots – is narrowly leading overall on Corrected Time
Round Ireland Race Day Four (Tuesday) 0830 hours: When the on-water leader, the Swiss Cookson 50 Kuka3 (Franco Niggeler), came past Rathlin Island at 03:00 hrs this morning, her crew knew that they had barely two hours of tide still…
The Swiss-flagged Cookson 50 Kuka3 with former Crosshavian Tom McWilliam on the strength
Round Ireland Race Day Three (Monday) 2000 hrs -  As the overnight northerly morphed unevenly into the new breeze from the west today with the fleet strung out between the latitudes of Kerry and the Aran Island, the tacticians in…
The JPK 10.80 Rockabill VI (Paul O’Higgins, Royal Irish YC)
Round Ireland Race day three (Monday) 0830 - The northerly winds have been easing through the night as the bulk of the fleet in the SSE Renewables Round Ireland Race make varying rates of progress northwards off the coast of North…
Kuka 3 is closing in toward Loop Head
Round Ireland Day Two 2030 hrs - At 06:30 this morning, came sweeping past the Fastnet Rock, and hardened sheets for the long and rugged slug to windward up the coasts of West Cork and Kerry, fired up to maintain her…
The two-handed Kinsale Sunfast 3300 Cinnamon Girl (Cian McCarthy & Sam Hunt) has zapped into the overall handicap lead and IRC 3 with it
Round Ireland Race Day Two (Sunday) 1300hrs - The majestic coast of West Kerry is a tumbling undulation of unexpected peaks and sudden steep cliffs, a seaboard for heroes. And when the wind is fresh to strong or worse from the…
The Swiss Cookson 50 Kuko 3, which is currently leading the Round Ireland fleet on the water, and was past the Fastnet Rock by 0620 hrs this (Sunday) morning
Round Ireland Race Day 2 (Sunday) 0900 - Conditions have been ideal for swift and steady progress by the fleet in the SSE Renewables Round Ireland Race since they cleared Wicklow Head and passed Arklow. An area of light breezes off…
The 47 boat fleet depart Wicklow under spinnaker on the 2022 Round Ireland Yacht Race
Round Ireland Race Race Start: The Swiss Cookson 50 Kuka 3, the Howth-based Grand Soleil 44 Samatom and the Italian Class 40 Influence had the best of today’s spinnaker start in the 21st SSE Renewables Round Ireland Race off Wicklow in…
The Round Ireland Start of 2014. It was the last time a Volvo 70 raced, but there are two taking part today. Overall winner was the Sydney 36 Tanit (right foreground) navigated by Richie Fearon of Lough Swilly YC, who races this year on the Grand Soleil 44 Samatom
With the four year pandemic-imposed gap since the previous edition in 2018, today’s restoration of the biennial SSE Renewables Round Ireland Race from Wicklow has been attracting an unprecedented amount of countdown attention and discussion. There has been an across-the-board…
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…
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