Tag Archives: W.M. Nixon

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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Summer of ’42

Water Wag dinghy class historian Vincent Delany has uncovered more remarkable vintage sailing regatta footage at Dublin’s Irish Film Archive – this time in colour – showing vibrant regatta activity off Howth Harbour, County Dublin, in the summer of 1942. … Continue reading

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2500 Miles Without a Keel

Jean-Pierre Dick has bravely succeeded in completing his 2500-mile keel-less balancing act to safely finish in the Vendée Globe singlehanded round the world race. He crossed the Les Sables d’Olonne finishing line with Virbac Paprec 3 after 86 days, 3 … Continue reading

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Skulduggery Pleasant

Charles Paine Burgess, University of Glasgow educated naval architect and aeronautic engineer – designer of the revolutionary aluminium rig for the 1930 (13th Cup match) J-Class America’s Cup defender Enterprise – and brother of America’s Cup designer Starling Burgess,  once … Continue reading

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