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Dublin Bay 21 Sisters Reunited Afloat for First Time in 34 years

27th August 2020
The Dublin Bay 21 Naneen of 1905 vintage (foreground) and her 1903 sister-ship Garavoge, elegantly together in Kilrush Marina The Dublin Bay 21 Naneen of 1905 vintage (foreground) and her 1903 sister-ship Garavoge, elegantly together in Kilrush Marina Credit: Steve Morris

The dedicated and detailed process whereby Hal Sisk and Fionan de Barra are restoring the historic Dublin Bay 21 Class (founded 1903) for a meaningful role in the 21st century has taken a major step forward with the 1903 Portrush-built Garavoge, and the only Dun Laoghaire-built boat - the 1905 Naneen - now both afloat with Steve Morris and his skilled boat-building team at Kilrush Boatyard.

The timeless beauty of the highly-regarded Alfred Mylne design lives again, and though current circumstances have inevitably delayed the painstaking project of bringing the class back to life, the work goes on.

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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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