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Ilen Project Will Be Highlight of Glandore Classic Boat Summer School in July

26th June 2018
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Gary McMahon of the Ilen project in Limerick will speak at the Glandore Summer School Gary McMahon of the Ilen project in Limerick will speak at the Glandore Summer School

There's only four weeks to go until the 2018 Glandore Classic Summer School (21/22 July) which promises to be another excellent event writes organiser Cormac O'Carroll.

We hosted the first Summer school in 1992 and this event has been running biennially since then, this year promised another programme of fascinating speakers, including Gary McMahon on the completion of the AK Ilen Project of Limerick, Hal Sisk on the re-launch of the Dublin Bay 21’s, Simon Keeffe and Tiernan Roe bringing us up to date on the Lady Min, Pat Ruane and Martin O’Donoghue on the recent evolution and future developments of the Currach, Denis Horgan sharing aerial views of West Cork, and a presentation on the proposed OPW Flood Relief scheme for Cork city. And on Saturday evening we have a film presentation ‘The Camino Voyage’ an epic 2,500 modern day Celtic Odyssey from Ireland to northern Spain, presented by Padraig O’Duinnin. We are finalising the details now and the full programme will be announced shortly. 

The next Glandore Classic

We have had queries about the dates of the next Glandore Classic. Normally it would have been in July 2019, however, we have been offered an exciting opportunity to partner with RCYC, and have our Classic as part of their 300th Anniversary celebrations. This will be a major international event, and it will attract a much wider range of Classic boats, especially some of the bigger boats that have been missing in the recent years. The detailed Programme will follow but key dates are 12th July for the Cork 300 Parade of Sail and 19th July for the Glandore Classic Regatta Parade of Sail. We would have special Classic events in Cork, and then racing/cruising to Glandore via Kinsale. In Glandore, we would have harbour racing, and cruise/race to Castletownsend, with the possibility of boats continuing on to Baltimore and even Bantry if there is interest. It should be a great event.

This is the good news. But it does mean that we are postponing our Glandore Classic until July 2020. We will be sending regular updates as the programme for Cork 300 forms up. Looking forward to seeing you all there.

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The Ilen is the last of Ireland’s traditional wooden sailing ships.

Designed by Limerick man Conor O’Brien and built in Baltimore in 1926, she was delivered by Munster men to the Falkland Islands where she served valiantly for seventy years, enduring and enjoying the Roaring Forties, the Furious Fifties, and Screaming Sixties.

Returned now to Ireland and given a new breath of life, Ilen may be described as the last of Ireland’s timber-built ocean-going sailing ships, yet at a mere 56ft, it is capable of visiting most of the small harbours of Ireland.

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