17th July

The Gathering Cruise

Gathering Cruise yachts at Courtmacsherry. Photo Geraldine Hennigan

Gathering Cruise yachts at Courtmacsherry. Photo Geraldine Hennigan

Norman Kean

Under cloudless skies on 17 July, two dozen boats from Ireland and England gathered in Dun Laoghaire to begin The Gathering Cruise. They were joined by another dozen, including the Irish Whale and Dolphin Group’s Celtic Mist and the Dutch sail training brig Astrid, as they made their way south and west. For many, it was a first visit to Ireland, and for others, a chance to bring home friends and family for a cruise together.

The fleet enjoyed the new facilities and the warm welcome at Dunmore East, and an excellent barbecue at Oysterhaven. The mood at the reception in Kinsale was overwhelmingly one of celebration at the safe rescue of the crew of Astrid, tinged by sadness at the loss of a fine old ship.

It was in Kinsale that the cruise’s founder Gail MacAllister, Cruising Officer of the ISA, demonstrated her genius for team-building by awarding every boat an individual prize for being best in the fleet at something.

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The Log of the Molly B

Cian Gallagher

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One of the great challenges of the keen sailor is to keep an updated log of all voyages and crossings, and especially of all lessons learned. Pete Hogan goes much further in his own log-keeping practices by literally painting the picture of locations visited, activities undertaken, and reasons for going where he went.

How many sailors can boast that level of dedication to their craft?!

At the very outset of his biographical adventure work, The Log of the Molly B, Hogan introduces the reader to what he had wanted to do for a very long time as a young man filled with a strong interest in boats.

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A spectacle of sail expected for the ‘Gathering Cruise’

Described as a ‘unique event’, the Irish Sailing Association and Gathering Ireland 2013 are organising a cruise involving 100 boats and 600-strong crew that will sail in company down the east and south coasts of Ireland. The flotilla will be joined en route by boats from feeder ports in the UK, Europe and America. 
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Arriving at gateway ports, boats will be greeted by Gathering Welcome Ambassadors and local communities. They will then join the flotilla that left Dublin on July 13 as it sails southwards to assemble in Kinsale, Co Cork, before heading westward along the West Cork and Kerry coastline for a major farewell gathering in Dingle on August 1.

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Do new harbour charges threaten growth in marine leisure sector?

 David Branigan

The statutory instrument enabling the Fishery Harbour Centres (Rates & Charges) Order 2012 has still to be signed into law by Simon Coveney, the Minister for Agriculture, Fisheries & Marine.

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Dingle Harbour is one of the five Fishery Harbour Centres that will be impacted by the increases. Photo Gillian Mills/ Inshore Ireland 

A wide range of charges were provided for under the Order, and the inclusion of fees for marine leisure activities attracted a strong response from the Irish Marine Federation which is concerned that development of the sector might be adversely affected. 

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Wear the fox hat...

The crew (l to r): Mickey, Dick, Donal, Tommy alongside in Crosshaven. Photo Tom Lawlor

The crew (l to r): Mickey, Dick, Donal, Tommy alongside in Crosshaven. Photo Tom Lawlor

Tom Lawlor

The perfect way to spend a summer is to idle on a boat along the Galician coast, especially in the company of kindred spirits. I was invited to join a delivery crew to sail the ketch Brisa Mar from Spain to its home port of Cork. I joined Donal O’Boyle and Dick Lincoln in Dublin airport for the flight to Santiago. Donal and I are old shipmates and were attired like pilgrims; Dick who has sailed to every island on the west coast of Ireland was more David Bowie. 

We joined the boat in Portosin where Tommy and Mikey Dwyer welcomed us on board.  We would spend the next week drifting from village to village before beginning the homeward leg to Cork.

Mikey showed all the symptoms of a man who was coming to the end of  a month’s holiday afloat: beard, deep tan and a gait that comes from strolling from boat to bodega to bunk with a following of disciples that would join us for some day sailing. Tommy appreciated the arrival of new shipmates. A fresh audience for his songs and stories.

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