Are you eager to see historic vessels that have been used back in the twenties and have been restored to their old glory?
Then you should not miss the historic vessels parade being planned to be part of the 25th anniversary regatta event of Glandore Classic Boat Regatta. This regatta will be hosted in July 2017 and will have several races as well as a parade of historic vessels as part of the club’s anniversary celebrations.
A sail trader, the only remaining specimen that has been restored, called Lien, would be gracing the waters which were originally made in 1926 after which it had been used as a trading vessel in the South Atlantic waters. There would be other classic boats restored and put up for this parade such as Big Momma, Spirit of Oysterhaven, Peggy Bawn, Celtic Mist and others, each vessel having a unique history of its own dating back decades. The Naomh Lua would be another interesting vessel that would be brought in for participation, having served as a lifeboat which had rescued about 120 passengers in the fifties and sailed the Shannon estuary region for thirty years.
There are several plans being made for this unique anniversary regatta event. It would be hosted by Dee Forbes, the first woman Director General of RTE. There would be a classic car rally as well, which will inaugurate the event on Sunday, 23rd July. Several events and special menus would be on at the local restaurants and pubs. There would be food trucks stationed by the pier to cater to the sailors. Several boarding facilities would also be available for those who come to be part of this week long event. Non sailors can try different water activities like whale watching, deep sea fishing and kayaking. Drombeg Stone Circle would have guided walks available for the tourists.