Hello and welcome aboard Seascapes ........... this weekend on this island we are mindful of the huge loss suffered by the seafaring communities of Waterford and of Passage East with the loss of the Bolger brothers Shane ; Kenny and Paul who lost their lives whilst collecting their lobster pots off Brownstown Head off the South East coastline this week ................... on this edition your maritime programme we have details on the latest edition of Irish Angler ; the inaugural Dublin Currach regatta is taking place this weekend at East Wall Water Sports Centre in Dublin; Pat Tanner has details of the Crosshaven Sailing Festival; We talk to Sky Tec Ireland about unmanned aerial vehicles and their maritime applications ; Kieran Devaney has the remarkable story of the De Cuellar family and their links with the Spanish Armada off the Sligo Coast; first this week to the exciting MOD 70 which are set to leave Lisbon for Dun Laoghaire in The first edition of the Route des Princes, a new European Tour which is solely for racing multi hulls, they take on a challenging new course over three weeks of racing Damian Foxall took Seascapes on a tour of OMAN AIR MUSANDAM MOD 70 in Valencia before they raced to Lisbon ....
The race seeks to mix exciting competition on the water with engaging activities and festivals ashore. The host organisations are Dun Laoghaire Harbour Company, Dun Laoghaire Rathdown County Council and the National Yacht Club who will host a festival on the East Pier from Friday to Sunday. The festival in Dun Laoghaire will start at 5pm on Friday 21st June with a concert from the Band Stand on the East Pier and will continue until Sunday 23 June with food courts and childrens amusements.
On Saturday and Sunday next , the multihulls will race in the bay from 2pm to 5pm and there will be live commentary from Irish Olympic sailor Ger Owens. There will be an emphasis on shared music traditions at the festival with the well known Breton guitarist Dan Ar Braz topping the list with a performance at 5pm on Saturday 22nd.