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Updated Programme for Dublin Bay Old Gaffers’ 60th Anniversary Weekend at Poolbeg Later This Month

4th May 2023
Poolbeg Yacht and Boat Club marina on Dublin’s River Liffey
Poolbeg Yacht and Boat Club marina on Dublin’s River Liffey Credit:

The Dublin Bay Old Gaffers Association have updated the programme of events for their 60th anniversary weekend at Poolbeg Yacht and Boat Club in Dublin Port later this month.

Booking in commences Friday 26 May at 4pm ahead of the opening ceremony at 7pm, followed by an evening of dinner (from 7.30pm) and entertainment (from 8.30pm).

There’s a relatively leisurely start to Saturday 27 May with a half-hour for breakfast at 8.45am before the skippers’ briefing for racing on the bay at 10am. First gun will be at noon for the afternoon of racing, with the prize-giving at 6pm. Dinner is at 7pm followed by music from 8.30pm.

After breakfast (8.45am) on Sunday morning 28 May, there will be a currach demonstration as well as lifejacket testing with the RNLI (10am-12pm). Skippers will get a briefing at noon or the parade of sail, which heads upriver along the Liffey from 1.30pm via three lifted bridges. The closing ceremony back at the club (with bar food available) is scheduled for 6pm.

As previously reported by our own WM Nixon, the diamond jubilee gathering for the Old Gaffers has been fully booked for some time and features a more compact programme without the usual Leinster Trophy, which will get its own standalone in August. has more on this story HERE. Team

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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.