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Cancellation of Traditional Boats’ Cruinnui na mBad in Kinvara in August is Evidence of Continuing Covid-19 Threat

13th May 2020
The hugely popular Cruinnui na mBad gathering of traditional boats at Kinvara in Galway Bay celebrated its 40th Anniversary last year The hugely popular Cruinnui na mBad gathering of traditional boats at Kinvara in Galway Bay celebrated its 40th Anniversary last year

The annual Cruinnui na mBad (the Gathering of the Boats) at the very hospitable port of Kinvara in the southeast corner of Galway Bay is one of the most popular events in the western sailing programme, and it was hoped that this year’s from 14th to 16th August might be late enough in the season for the Covid-19 threat to have passed. However, the Organising Committee is chaired by Dr Michael Brogan, who may be best known in sailing circles for his extensive voyaging in the large ketch-rigged Galway hooker Mac Duach, and also for his input into last year’s voyage to Greenland by the Limerick ketch Ilen, but his experience as a GP working in Connacht gives him an added insight into the current situation. He and his committee reckon that the very high level of sociability afloat and ashore for three days in Kinvara may still pose an unacceptable risk in August, and the following statement was issued at 11.19 today:

Cruinnui na mBad 2020 Cancelled

In the interest of public health and safety, the Committee of Cruinniú na mBád have decided that sadly this years Regatta/ Festival on 14th to 16th August will not go ahead as planned.

In light of the present circumstance regarding Covid-19, due to the uncertainty regarding where we might be at in mid-August, the Committee have determined it would be irresponsible to bring large crowds to the village risking resurgence or spread of the virus, despite sailing being considered low risk.

2020 was to be our 41st Cruinniú na mBád and we want to thank all those who have supported us since our first Cruinniú in 1979, especially the Boat owners, crews and sponsors for their loyalty to the Festival.

We look forward to Cruinniú 2021

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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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