Hundreds of locals including some veteran boatmen, gathered on Sruthán Pier in An Cheathrú Rua in County Galway, to wish the Galway hooker Clíona well as she embarked upon her non-stop journey to New York.

For years Galway hookers have brought turf from this point in in Cuan Chasla to the Aran Islands. The Clíona, while built in 1981 is just like the ordinary turf hookers of old. She will be the first boat of this kind to do a non-stop trip across the Atlantic Ocean to New York.

The hooker has a crew of five and they face five or six weeks together in a cramped space. Crew member Pádraic de Bhaldraithe sees this as his biggest challenge,

It will be more of a psychological endurance test, than a problem of navigation or sailing.

The hooker will make the return trip to Ireland with one original crew member and a fresh crew while de Bhaldraithe will be returning home by plane.

An RTÉ News report by Pádraic Ó Catháin broadcast on 4 June 1986