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Monday, 11th June 2018

Excitement building ahead of Maritime Festival

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The ten excited Drogheda Sail Training Bursary trainees who departed Drogheda on the high tide this morning aboard the sail training vessel Brian Boru.

The Irish Maritime Festival doesn’t officially start until Saturday but for one lucky group of youngsters the adventure has already begun.

The first group of ten excited Drogheda Sail Training Bursary trainees departed Drogheda this morning aboard the sail training vessel Brian Boru.

The trainees will sail south from Drogheda Port and visit Howth, Wicklow, Dun Laoghaire and Malahide before returning to Drogheda on Friday 15th June, just in time for the beginning of the Irish Maritime Festival on June 16th.

A second group of trainees will sail north the following week, departing Drogheda Port on June 17th and stopping off at Warrenpoint, Ardglass, Portaferry and Kilkeel, and will return to Drogheda on Friday 22nd June.

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Many previous trainees rate this adventure as the experience of a lifetime, it not only teaches sailing skills but valuable life skills such as team work, communications and compromise.

On Friday all of the participating ships will muster at the mouth of the Boyne at noon and sail in a procession right up to the Town Quays.

In previous years the wind has been from the East which meant that the ships have had to lower their sails as they turn up into the river and continue on engine power which is not as attractive.

So, if you want to see these fine ships with a full set of sails, your best bet is to get down to the moth of the river before they lower their sails

It really is a wonderful sight and one of the best vantage points is the Maiden’s Tower in Mornington where spectators will get a close up view of all the ships arriving.

So much to see and do!

Festival Director Colette Moss of Louth County Council concludes “There’s loads to see and do at the Irish Maritime Festival 2018, especially our fabulous line-ups of ships.

“It offers fun and activity for all ages. We’ve also got great space and seating for picnics, chilling out and listening the great bands playing.

“The Irish Maritime Festival is truly is a family friendly event that showcases our all that’s great in this maritime town. We look forward to welcoming visitors from far and wide to visit Drogheda this weekend.”

All your family favourites are back at the Irish Maritime Festival 2018:

  • Finn McCool’s Fairground has lots of fun rides to enjoy.
  • The ever-popular Sand Shanty includes our giant sandpit on the big day, your chance to discover archaeological treasures.
  • Cheer on the 200+ brave Boyne swimmers as they race the 2.7km down the Boyne on Saturday afternoon.
  • Watch out for the yachts as they race up the Boyne, competing in the Howth-Drogheda yacht challenge on Saturday.
  • Admire the beautiful little Water Wags as they race the Boyne on Sunday.

For more information see: www.MaritimeFestival.ie

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