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Kinsale Round Ireland Voyagers Highlight Sea Shepherd Conservation Movement at time of Abhorrent Dolphin Slaughter in Faroes

17th September 2021
Successful Round Ireland non-stop voyager, Moonshine of Kinsale is a modified Hurley 22, built 1969
Successful Round Ireland non-stop voyager, Moonshine of Kinsale is a modified Hurley 22, built 1969

Skippered by Eoin Keyes with Leonie Conway as crew, the Hurley 22 Moonshine returned to Kinsale yesterday (Thursday) evening to complete a non-stop sail round Ireland. The voyage was undertake to raise awareness of the recent formation of the Irish Chapter of the marine conservation international Sea Shepherd movement, and proved to be extremely timely, as the Sea Shepherds have been leading the global outcry against this week’s barbaric enactment of the “traditional” grindadrap in the Faroe Islands, the mass annual whale slaughter which resulted in the deaths of 1500 whir-sided dolphins on a Faroese beach.

As one of the smallest boats to have made the round Ireland circuit, Moonshine fond the often difficult stage from the Irish Sea to the finish at her home port to be a challenge with calms and then headwinds, but the final miles yesterday saw the wind freeing to speed their progress towards a warm welcome home.

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William M Nixon has been writing about sailing in Ireland for many years in print and online, and his work has appeared internationally in magazines and books. His own experience ranges from club sailing to international offshore events, and he has cruised extensively under sail, often in his own boats which have ranged in size from an 11ft dinghy to a 35ft cruiser-racer. He has also been involved in the administration of several sailing organisations.

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