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The Quinlan-Owens Family of Kinvara are Sailors of the Month for July

2nd August 2020
Getting started. The Quinlan-Owens family sport the shades in hopeful anticipation as they depart a largely sunless Ireland in June 2019 on the Atlantic Circuit cruise Getting started. The Quinlan-Owens family sport the shades in hopeful anticipation as they depart a largely sunless Ireland in June 2019 on the Atlantic Circuit cruise

The Sailor of the Month contest has been running for nearly a quarter of a century now, but this may well be the first time the award has gone to a single seagoing family. Vera Quinlan, her husband Peter Owens, and their children Lillian (now 12) and Ruairi (10) departed their home near Kinvara in the southeast corner of Galway Bay with their 43ft steel ketch Danu in June 2019 in anticipation of a comprehensive Atlantic circuit cruise to South America and the Caribbean, concluding back in Galway Bay at the end of August 2020.

Despite their plans being battered by the massive international effects of the COVID-19 pandemic, Danu and her crew have managed to finish a very complete voyage of remarkable variety, and they thoroughly deserved the warm welcome and congratulations they received from family and friends when they arrived back into Kilronan in the Aran Islands on Wednesday 29th July.

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