Dublin Bay Old Gaffers Association (DBOGA), dedicated to conserving and preserving traditional gaff-rigged sail boats and the skills in building, maintaining and sailing them, as part of the OGA 50 Years Celebrations announces its not to be missed annual Traditional Sailing Boat Rally to be held at Poolbeg Boat and Yacht Club & Marina in Dublin Port over the week-end of 31 May to 2nd June 2013
The atmosphere around the Dublin docks area promises to be magical, and with four days of festival events to enjoy there will be something to entertain everyone.
On the Sunday in what promises to be a spectacular and highly colourful event the Howth 17s will race on the Liffey and the entire fleet -probably the largest ever of Gaff-rigged vessels assembled on the east coast- will hold a Parade of Sail upriver on the Liffey and past the imposing landmark of the new Samuel Beckett Bridge which will be swung open for the occasion. The Rally will be brought to its finale with a good old-fashioned Irish ‘Hooley’ in the Clubhouse with superb music.
The signature event will take place on Monday 3rd June consisting of a race in Dublin Bay to contest the Asgard perpetual trophy, followed by a BBQ and lots of music and fun - whats known in the vernacular as ‘Ceol agus ‘Craic’ at the Poolbeg Clubhouse.
(The trophy is a handcrafted sculpture made from a mixture of new and some original timber from the Yacht Asgard owned by Erskine Childers skipper of Asgard and who will be perennially linked to the July 1914 Howth Gun Running when Childers and his crew (including his intrepid wife Molly) performed superhuman feats of seamanship sailing through one of the worst storms recorded and in atrociously cramped conditions).