The association for all owners and crew of the Shipman 28 - the affordable cruiser-racer and a great boat to sail!

Photos from Wicklow 2019

Cruising adventures

Over the years many owners of Shipmans have taken some amazing journeys around Ireland and beyond.  Take a look at some of their stories in the Cruising section of the site including Sybil's trip to Scotland, or Joe Slim's Iona Pilgrimage.

Promotional video

With racing cancelled one Sunday morning Shipman owner, Neil McSherry, decided to whip up a short video to showcase why the Shipman is such a great boat to sail!  The video was featured in Afloat Magazine an article titled "Old Shipman 28s Never Die, They Only Keep Sailing Away...& Then Back Again".

News and Updates:

Notice of Shipman Association AGM

for the year 2021

The Shipman Association AGM

will be on Thursday the 11th of February next.

The meeting will be held in form of a Zoom Webinar

Notice of the meeting has been emailed to all our registered Shipman members

If you have not received the Notification of the Meeting

and would like to Join-In on the evening

please send your email address to our Commodore,

Gerry Glynn at

Thank you

25 May 2020
To help Shipman owners begin to plan for the resumption of sailing, member Neil McSherry has made available an example risk assessment plan.  Please use this document to help think about the requirements and contingencies that will need to be implemented to help reduce risk to yourselves and your crew.

Click here

Dun Laoghaire Harbour
Dun Laoghaire Rathdown County Council
Dun Laoghaire
Co Dublin
Date: 16 March 2020
This notice should be read by all Masters, Owners, Operators and Agents of all Vessels arriving to Dun Laoghaire Harbour who are directed to comply with the Department of Transport Tourism and Sport Marine Notice No. 06 of 2020. (Marine Notice 06 of 2020)
as amended
The Department of Transport, Tourism and Sport has been requested to publicise instructions from the Health Service Executive (HSE) at the attached Annex, in connection with the current Novel Coronavirus (2019-nCoV) infection crisis, for ships entering Irish ports. Masters are required to:

1. Complete and submit a “Maritime Declaration of Health”, via the SafeSeasIreland portal, where:
• a ship has called to (Affected Areas) within the past 30 days, or
• crew members or passengers have joined the ship having been in (Affected Areas) within the past 14 days, or
• there is suspected contact with the Novel Coronavirus (2019-nCoV), or
• there is a suspected Novel Coronavirus (2019-nCoV) case on-board, and

2 Submit an updated Crew List and, in the case of Passenger Ships, a Passenger List, via SafeSeasIreland.
The information, at points 1 and 2 above, is required to be submitted whether or not there is a suspected case on-board.
Queries regarding this Marine Notice can be forwarded to Additional guidance from the HSE is available at the following website: 

Masters, Owners, Agents, Charterers, Marinas, Yacht Clubs and Recreational Boaters should ensure that the contents of this Notice are made known to the Persons in Charge of their vessels or craft.

All Notice to Mariners can be found on the Dun Laoghaire Harbour website: 
Simon Coate
Harbour Master
Dun Laoghaire Harbour contacts: Phone: +353 1 271 3102 or +353 83 144 3412

Missive from the ISA re: Covid 19 and Sailing

UPDATE 15 March 2020

Irish Sailing continue to monitor and follow the HSE advice on Covid-19 on a daily basis. As always, the health and safety of our members and the sailing community is of paramount importance. The Government has now asked bars and pubs to close from this evening until 29th March and we would advise that bars in clubs should conform with immediate effect.

Since the guidelines issued by An Taoiseach last Thursday, we have been in discussions with a number of stakeholders from both competitive and training backgrounds, and have concluded that social distancing is not only difficult to achieve on shore from an organisers’ perspective, but also difficult to achieve at a personal level on the water. For double handers and/or keelboats requiring two or more crew, it is not possible. Even for organised activities involving single handers requiring safety cover (with two people in the safety boat), it is not achievable.

For this reason, Irish Sailing advises that all organised sailing activity should cease with immediate effect and will be reviewed on 29th March. We will continue to monitor Government announcements and update the advice accordingly. You can read the HSE guidelines here:

Harry Hermon Chief Executive

Lamb's Long Weekend Sailing - Shipman have been invited to participate in the the Lambs Long Weekend sailing event being held from 30 September to 03 August 2020.  This looks to be a fantastic 4 days of sailing.  Please check out the following page for more information.

Shipman maintenance information now available! - Looking for some tips and tricks to help you keep your Shipman at it's best?  Check out the information posted in the notes from the 2019 and 2020 maintenance evenings.  If you have additional information that you are willing to share with the fleet, all contributions are welcome.