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Dublin Old Gaffers Will Learn of How Not to Sail Round Britain & Ireland, & of Three Significant Boats

2nd December 2020
Harry Donegan's famous Gull and her successor Sibyl off Cobh – both boats are somehow involved in the story of how the "genuine fake ketch" Betty Alan has so far failed to sail round Britain and Ireland Harry Donegan's famous Gull and her successor Sibyl off Cobh – both boats are somehow involved in the story of how the "genuine fake ketch" Betty Alan has so far failed to sail round Britain and Ireland

Frances Edwards & Ed Maggs are clearly the most incompetent cruisers, as Ed says himself, for they have completely failed in their modest ambition of a circumnavigation of the British Isles by stalling on the West Coast of Ireland, and settling down for good in South Kerry, as outlined in Afloat.ie here

Ed will tell the complete story on Zoom on Thursday, December 10th for the Dublin Bay Old Gaffers Association and their guests – the true tale of how they ended up here, and talking along the way of three boats which contributed to this gravitational pull: Sibyl of Cumae, a Fife 35 foot linear rater, at one time owned by Henry Donegan Jr., son of the famous Harry; Talis II, owned by Ed's Dublin-born grandfather, which has so far survived three complete sinkings; and Betty Alan, their own boat, a "genuine fake of a gaff ketch", now based in Glengarriff.

Betty Alan, the "genuine fake gaff ketch", racing at Mullaghmore Regattta in SligoBetty Alan, the "genuine fake gaff ketch", racing at Mullaghmore Regatta in Sligo. On a round Britain and Ireland cruise, she managed ton get as far north as Donegal, but was irresistibly drawn back to Kerry. Photo: Brian Mathews

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The details of this Zoom meeting are:

Topic: Ed Maggs Talk 

Time:
 Thursday,
Dec 10, 2020, 20:00
Link to join the meeting: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/82770821027
Meeting ID: 827 7082 1027

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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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Dublin Bay Old Gaffers

The Dublin Bay Old Gaffers Association aims to promotes interest in traditional gaff rig and seamanship, to offer help, advice and comradeship to members and to organise races and rallies for members in the Dublin Bay Area. 

The Dublin Bay Old Gaffers normally organise a regatta, two rallies and four races during the summer season and a varied, interesting and well-supported series of talks during the winter (proceeds raised are donated to the RNLI). 

Many Dublin Bay members also travel to regattas and rallies organised by other Irish Sea OGA areas. 

While the Dublin Bay Old Gaffers activities are focused on  Dublin Bay, they also have a cluster of members in the Cork area and have members from all over Ireland and some in Britain too.

The Association is working up lans to celebrate its 60th anniversary in 2023.  In 2013 a fleet of boats set off around the UK and Ireland to celebrate OGA50.

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