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Blessing of Oyster Yacht 'Ruth II' at the National Yacht Club

15th April 2018
The Oyster 625, Ruth II, anchored off Sandycove Point on Dublin Bay on Saturday The Oyster 625, Ruth II, anchored off Sandycove Point on Dublin Bay on Saturday Photo: Afloat.ie

A 'blessing of the boat' ceremony for Dublin yachtsman Liam Shanahan's new Oyster 625 Ruth II took place this afternoon at the National Yacht Club in Dun Laoghaire.  

Family and friends gathered onboard the new Rob Humphries design that recently arrived in to Dun Laoghaire on her maiden sail from Ipswich in the UK.

The magnificent 65–foot cutter–rigged vessel was moored off the East Pier during the short ceremony. 

The Shanahans, who regularly sail together as a family crew, have some long term ambitions for the boat that include transatlantic voyages.

Ruth IIRuth II's 'blessing of the boat' ceremony off the NYC in Dun Laoghaire this afternoon 

As Afloat.ie previously reported, the sailing plan for Ruth II's first season, however, is to sail initially from Cork to Galicia, according to Shanahan, a former Irish Sailor of the Year. Once the Leaving Certificate exams are finished, the rest of the Shanahan family will join the boat in Spain for a week or two.

The intention then is to sail down the Iberian peninsula, stopping in Cascais and then possibly around to near Barcelona, and on to the Balearics by September for a 'very relaxed regatta' and some island exploration.

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