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#TallShips - For a number of years in the early 1990s, Ireland was the beneficiary of a gift of the use of a 25-metre ketch, Polaris, as a sail training vessel.   This programme was highly successful, and under the name Pride of Galway the ketch took part in various Tall Ships events, along with providing much needed sail training berth for young people in Ireland. In early April, Ben Garvey - whose family owned Polaris - will visit Ireland…
#tallships – The perpetual 'Asgard II Award' for outstanding achievement are among a range of awards to be presented at the Tall Ships Ireland annual prizegiving this Saturday (January 25th) at the Mansion House on Dawson Street, Dublin 2.  There will also be Trainee and Watch-leader of the Year awards made plus details of the latest initiative to provide opportunity for 100 Dublin youths to sail on the Tall Ships in 2014. In addition a schedule of Tall Ships visits to…
The Drogheda Maritime Festival will return in June 2014. Drogheda Borough Council and Drogheda Port Company have confirmed that the festival will go ahead next year after a successful first staging in 2013 when thousands of spectators viewed and visited the Tall Ships in Drogheda as well as enjoying a weekend of maritime-themed fun. The intentions are that the Festival in June 2014 will become a flagship event for the town, attracting not only local people but creating a major…
#tallships – In the first leg of the Lycamobile Meditteranean Tall Ships Regatta, Spirit of Oysterhaven crossed the finish line in Toulon, France in first place in Class C this afternoon. Competing in a fleet of 26 vessels Spirit of Oysterhaven, skippered by Tom O'Leary, started the 250 mile race in Barcelona on Tuesday. Before the race Tom was awarded a special presentation by the Mayor of Barcelona for having made the longest journey to get to Barcelona in the…
#Astrid - The West Cork Times reports that the wreck of the tall ship Astrid is to be transported to Cork Harbour for scrapping. Last week the Dutch training brig was recovered from her final resting place on rocks at the mouth of Kinsale Harbour using specialist lifting equipment brought over from the UK. Though the hull of the 95-year-old ship was in remarkably good condition after she grounded close to the Sovereign Islands, it was decided early on that…
#glenans – Les Glenans, the French sail trainers, one of the biggest sail training establishments in Ireland, is to close its operations at two bases in Ireland at the end of the month. In July, Afloat reported the recession hit school warned of possible closure of its Collanmore and Baltimore bases and in a statement last night entitled 'CALLING ALL MEMBERS' a message on the Glenans facebook page confirms the sad news: 'It is with teary eyes that we regretfully inform you…
#astrid – The Dutch Tall Ship Astrid that ran aground two months ago has been successfully recovered off the Cork coast today. Using specialist lifting equipment brought in from England, the 100– foot steel hull, now safely atop a massive barge, is remarkably intact as the pictures below, taken by Erskine Tanner at Kinsale harbour, show.  News of the salvage before the arrival of any autumn gales has been warmly greeted. The lift brings an end to the saga for all involved…
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