CROSSHAVEN Traditional Sail regatta will take place from June 19th-21st with in-harbour races, a parade of sail, traditional music, a gigantic fireworks display, family events, kiddies boat building and crab fishing among the 20th anniversary celebrations.
About sixty boats from across the south coast of Ireland are expected to take part in the festivities, which has become an annual family favourite for sea dogs and landlubbers alike, with a host of activities both on and off the water.
The fleet will assemble at the Hugh Coveney Pier from Friday evening, June 19th and visitors can behold an astounding collection of classic yachts and traditional Irish pleasure and working boats.
One of the most spectacular boats to visit this year’s event is the ‘Peel Castle’, a converted trawler, built in 1929 and restored in West Cork.
Also of interest is in an 18-ft day sailor Happy Days built by local sailor George Bushe (RIP). This boat has competed annually in the event since the first edition in 1995.
Shore side spectators can watch the in-harbour racing from vantage points at Camden Fort Meagher or enjoy the parade of sail from Crosshaven village as the fleet will sail along the Owenabue River on Sunday afternoon from 4pm.
The family programme includes a kids boat building on Saturday afternoon with the young sailors vessels being put to the test and raced downriver.
Crab fishing, knot tying and a chance to get up close to the big boats will also be high on the agenda for the young sailors.
The weekend highlight will be the fireworks display on Saturday evening from 11pm, which will be visible throughout Crosshaven village centre.
Full programme of events is available on CrosshavenTradSail.com