Home from the sea - young Drogheda people who enjoyed a few days at sea on board the sail training vessel Brian Boru last year pictured on their return to Fiddle Case Quay. Front: Lee Duke Garvey and Jake Cunningham. Back Row (from left) Aisling McGee, Sinead O’Byrne, Shauna Murphy, Sarah El Masry, Michael McDonagh and Aoife Finn Gallagher. Photo: Andy Spearman.
The Maritime Festival may have taken a break to allow the Fleadh to take centre stage this August but Drogheda Port Company say they remain committed to the annual Boyne Swim and the Drogheda Sail Training Bursary which they say will keep the Boyne buzzing in June.
The sail training bursary, the first of its kind in Ireland, is available to local youths aged 16-18 years and has now facilitated over 100 local youths to participate in a life changing experience. Sponsored by Irish Cement, Fast Terminals, Louth County Council and Drogheda Port, the Drogheda Sail Training Bursary is now in its 7th year and has offered a number of additional progression voyages on larger tall ships travelling internationally.
This year Trainees will leave from Fiddle Case Pier on the early morning tide on June 10th aboard the wonderful Irish Sailing vessel, ‘Brian Boru’. They will embark on a five day journey of self-discovery, learning and guaranteed fun. The trainees return to Drogheda at lunchtime on June 14th and will enjoy a civic warm welcome followed by presentations and refreshments. The Brian Boru will remain in Drogheda for the weekend as she has enjoyed doing for many years now.
On Saturday June 15th come down to the river and cheer on the brave swimmers as over 150 participants battle it out for the increasingly prestigious title of the Boyne Swim 2019. The Inaugural Boyne Swim took place in 2014 and is now in its 6th year. The swimmers will be taking up a marathon challenge to complete the 2.7km course, for which many new swimmers have been in training for months.
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The number of swimmers taking part each year has grown steadily and the Boyne Swim is now a highly anticipated annual event for both open water swimmers and triathletes alike, competing for the beautiful perpetual trophies for overall Male, Female and Junior swimmers which were commissioned by Drogheda Port Company and designed by local sculptor Ronan Halpin.
The race will begin in Mell at 10.40am and will finish at the Boyne Fishermans building at the Marsh Road. Last years overall winner Isaac Fitzmaurice completed the course in 32.23 minutes.