Category Archives: journalists

Peggy, of Casteltown: the world’s oldest yacht?

It was an emotional moment this week when Peggy, probably the world’s oldest yacht – born 1789 – departed her boathouse at Castletown on the Isle of Man for the first time in c200 years – vertically, instead of horizontally. … Continue reading

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The Fife dynasty – first family of yacht design

It was our pleasure last year to assist CNN Mainsail’s Richard Simmonds and double Olympic gold medalist, Shirley Robertson, with their superb coverage of The Fife Regatta 2013, now up at YouTube. Their desire for accuracy and attention to detail … Continue reading

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The yachting firsts of Dublin Bay

In a response to W.M. Nixon’s Sailing on Saturday blog post for Afloat Magazine last week, Peggy Bawn Press publisher and author, Hal Sisk, contributed a fascinating, myth-busting comment on the earliest days of sailing… as a sport… or was … Continue reading

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Ireland to starboard, or port?

The Dromineer Literary Festival recently described Irish maritime journalist, author and historian, W.M. “Winkie” Nixon as: “…a sailing journalist who writes like a poet and whose love for his subject is apparent in his writing.” Winkie’s blog at Afloat.ie is … Continue reading

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Scottish Boating

Our friend and blogger, Ewan Kennedy, shares his passion for all things Clyde and West of Scotland nautical – especially the wonderful cult of small boat building, sailing and rowing there, and the people involved in that, past and present … Continue reading

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Seawards The Great Ships

Maritime and offshore news website gCaptain recently got quite excited about some remarkable ship launching footage from Croatia. [Update December 10 2014: unfortunately the original HD footage of the heavy lift ship Jumbo Kinetic’s launching at Brodosplit Shipyards, Croatia was … Continue reading

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Summer of ’68 – The Tobermory Race

This is not a classic yacht race. In the late 1960s, the elegant, bespoke, mostly locally designed and built yachts seen in the beautifully planned, filmed and paced documentary below were the norm on the Firth of Clyde and West … Continue reading

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