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Bray Sailing Club and the Droleen Dinghy in Focus at Historical Society Talk by Vincent Delany

3rd November 2023
Bray Esplanade circa 1900, with some small boats sailing in the bay
Bray Esplanade circa 1900, with some small boats sailing in the bay

A talk on the maritime development of Bray Town in the 19th century will be held by Vincent Delany, a renowned maritime historian, at the Royal Hotel in Bray on November 16th, 2023 at 8:00 pm. 

During the talk, Vincent Delany will highlight the key people who held important positions in the town in the 19th century. He will delve into the great Regattas that took place in Bray from 1862, which attracted thousands of visitors from Dublin who travelled by train to attend them. 

A recently built Droleen is ready to raceA recently built Droleen is ready to race

The Regattas contributed to the establishment of the Bray Sailing Club in 1896, whose members built a unique one-design dinghy for Bray known as the Droleen that did not survive for long. 

Vincent Delany will describe the reasons behind the collapse of the class and how it was revived in the 21st century. Today, there are six known Droleens ready to race.

Published in Historic Boats Team

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