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Weather Forces Second Postponement of Féile an Spidéil Galway Hooker Regatta

19th June 2022
A file photo of the Clondalkin community-built 43ft Galway Hooker Naomh Cronan on Dublin Bay in 2003
Credit: W M Nixon

Weather has once again forced the postponement of Féile an Spidéil, the regatta for traditional craft in Co Galway.

The regatta, which was originally set for June 12th off An Spidéil on the northern shores of Galway Bay, had been due to take place today, June 19th.

However, a forecast of force five winds gusting to force six from a north-west to northerly direction been issued for the west coast from Mizen to Erris Head for Sunday afternoon.

A large fleet of traditional craft had been anticipated for the 2022 event, but safety of crew and boats dictated another deferral to a date yet to be agreed.

In a statement issued in Irish on Saturday evening, organiser Jimmy Keady said that “ de bharr cúrsaí aimsire agus sábhailteacht na mbád agus criúnna, tá geallta an lá amárcah curtha ar athló”.

“Tá fórsa 5 le gustaí fórsa 6 geallta ag a 3 [a chlog] amárach,”the statement read.

The regatta programme aimed to include races for báid mhóra and leath bháid in the Galway hooker class.

Bádóirí an Cladaig, based in Galway city, had also planned to send several craft to the event, availability of crews and weather permitting.

The three city-based boats include the recently refurbished 31 ft leath bhád Mairtín Joe, the 32 ft leath bhád Croí an Cladaig, and the 40 ft Naomh Cronáin.

The Mairtín Joe was originally built by the Cloherty brothers in Mweenish, Carna in 1979 for Noel Ó Tuairisc in Indreabhán, Co Galway, and was sold on to Judge John Lindsay in Dublin. Before his death, he donated the vessel to Galway for promotion of sail training and tourism.

Lorna Siggins

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Lorna Siggins is a print and radio reporter, and a former Irish Times western correspondent. She is the author of Search and Rescue: True stories of Irish Air-Sea Rescues and the Loss of R116 (2022); Everest Callling (1994) on the first Irish Everest expedition; Mayday! Mayday! (2004); and Once Upon a Time in the West: the Corrib gas controversy (2010). She is also co-producer with Sarah Blake of the Doc on One "Miracle in Galway Bay" which recently won a Celtic Media Award

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