Hello and welcome aboard this week’s edition of your maritime programme –Seascapes on the programme we’ll be hearing from Norman Freeman –author of Seaspray and Whisky with more tales from the Southern Oceans ;We’ll be talking with Joya Kuin of Meatheal Mara about the Ocean to City Maritime Festival in its ninth year and the Ras Mor ; the Baltimore Wooden Boat Festival is on next weekend we’ll have the details ; the Old Gaffers Association are celebrating Fifty Years and combining forces with Dublin Port to celebrate in a major river festival which will feature the majestic Howth Seventeen first this week to a man we spoke to a few weeks ago he is a founding member of the 8u Calafort Dun Laoghaire Sea Scouts and also Commodore of Poolbeg Yacht and Boat Club he talked to Seascapes about our remarkable maritime heritage and Asgard 1 which can be seen in The National Museum in Collins Barracks – here is Peter Tobin ....
Malahide Sea Scouts are in the process of fundraising for a new Den and as part of this, on the 28th of June they are organising a "Source to Sea" event, where they are aiming , as a group , to travel the entire 125kilometres from the source of the River Liffey to the sea. ........Malahide Sea Scouts will be using all means known to scouts - sailing, cycling, rowing, canoeing. Its going to be a weekend event and should be great fun..........
A Number of Tall Ships are voyaging from Belfast to Dublin at the end of this month ......
The Howth 17s – widely regarded as the world's oldest one-design keelboat class still racing as originally designed – will play centre stage of a 3-day sailing regatta in Dublin Bay.
Adding further maritime splendour along the city quays will be five Class A & B Tall Ships, as part of the OGA50th/ Dublin Port River Festival which will see classic craft competing for the inaugural RMS Leinster Trophy and Asgard Trophy, and the Howth 17s competing in the River Liffey Race between the East Link and Samuel Beckett Bridges.
The Howth 17s were designed in 1897 by the lawyer and founding Commodore of Howth Yacht Club , Herbert Boyd. The first five boats were built by John Hilditch of Carrickfergus.
Two years later another three boats were built in Dún Laoghaire and five more in Portrush in 1906. During the next six years, four more boats were built, bringing the fleet to 17.
Making her centennial return to the River Liffey for the OGA 50th festival will be the 36ft cruising yawl Ainmara, owned by noted Strangford Lough sailor, Dickie Gomes.
She will join a visitor fleet of OGA gaffers currently at sea, some of whom will be heading this way to compete in the Dublin Bay events.
Ainmara was built in Ringsend in 1912; Dickie Gomes spent 27 years on her restoration.