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Launch of ‘Bray Sailing Club’s Droleen Dinghy’ Book

2nd April 2022
The launch of  the new book on Bray Sailing Club’s historic Droleen Dinghy
The launch of the new book on Bray Sailing Club’s historic Droleen Dinghy

On Friday evening, April 1, Vincent Delany launched ‘Bray Sailing Club’s Droleen Dinghy’ book at the County Wicklow club in Bray harbour.

Vincent’s Co-author Jim Horgan was at the launch. Unfortunately the third author, Michael Weed was isolated in Donegal and unable to attend.

The book describes how the Droleen is the third oldest one-design in the world after the Water Wag (1886) and the Sutton Yacht & Boat Club’s Nipper Class.

Also at the book launch was Esther De Groot whose late husband Frank De Groot was one of the driving forces behind the Bray Droleen Project.

No Droleens survive from the 19th century, but five boats have been built within the past 20 years- and in 2021 they held their first-ever Irish Droleen Championship in Dun Laoghaire. It is planned to repeat this in Bray in 2022.

Bray Sailing Club’s Droleen Dinghy is €20 and is available from [email protected] or 086 8575374.

Published in Historic Boats Team

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