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Fionan de Barra & Hal Sisk of Dun Laoghaire are "Sailors of the Month (Services to Sailing)" for July

1st August 2021
The DB21 Naneen arrives in Kilrush in 2016 pre-restoration, with (left to right) Fionan de Barra, boatbuilder Steve Morris, designer Paul Spooner, and Hal Sisk.
The DB21 Naneen arrives in Kilrush in 2016 pre-restoration, with (left to right) Fionan de Barra, boatbuilder Steve Morris, designer Paul Spooner, and Hal Sisk. Photo: DB21 Assoc. Credit: DB21 Association

The restoration of all seven original Dublin Bay 21ft One-Designs (the oldest of them date from 1903) is still work in progress. But a major milestone in the process - the Cape Horn of a unique voyage – was safely put astern on Friday, July 30th, when the first three superbly-restored boats sailed back into Dun Laoghaire after an absence of 35 years. Many craftsmen have been involved in this - most notably Steve Morris and his team at Kilrush Boatyard - but none of it would have happened without the undying belief of Fionan de Barra in the value of the project and its meaning for Dun Laoghaire and its maritime community, combined with the inspired support of Hal Sisk in fulfilling a vision which is a great service to sailing not only in Dublin Bay, but nationally and internationally as well.

The restored DB21 Garavogue (built James Kelly of Portrush in 1903) sails north into Dalkey Sound on Friday July 30th 2021, 35 years after she'd last sailed through the Sound, bound for Arklow and an uncertain future. Photo courtesy DB21 Assoc.The restored DB21 Garavogue (built James Kelly of Portrush in 1903) sails north into Dalkey Sound on Friday July 30th 2021, 35 years after she'd last sailed through the Sound, bound for Arklow and an uncertain future. Photo courtesy DB21 Assoc.

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