THE schooner ‘Spirit of Oysterhaven’, currently Ireland’s national sail training vessel, arrived in Bantry Port recently on a rare visit to the south west, skippered by local Coomhola man Owen Boyden.
The magnificent schooner was tied up at the Railway Pier in Bantry and open to the public on the Saturday morning, with people invited to drop by with the kids for a cuppa and a look around.
On the Saturday afternoon the vessel took ten people for a charity sail around Bantry Bay with all proceeds going to Bantry Inshore Search and Rescue Association (BISRA).
Skipper Owen Boyden said he was delighted to be visiting his ‘home port’. Boyden also paid tribute to ‘Spirit of Oysterhaven’ owners Oliver and Kate Hart of the Oysterhaven Activity Centre near Kinsale for enabling the schooner’s voyage to Bantry, and thanked Bantry harbour master Michael Murphy for facilitating the Bantry Port visit.
For more see www.spiritofoysterhavensailing.ie