Thursday, 23 May 2013

Cine Mara at Waterford


Strong Northerly winds today; tomorrow it is supposed to be getting better. 

After days of being the only OGA representative in Waterford we were today joined by Cine Mara owned and sailed by Rik Janssen and his redoubtable crew. Cine Mara is a beautifully built new (2012) steel, Dutch owned Galway Hooker.  The Hooker is a traditional design of local craft that used to be common on the unforgiving coast of Western Ireland. Rik must be unique in owning two Hookers, one in wood, one in steel. They have had a number of adventures since leaving Holland which reflect on the toughness of both boat and crew. The picture shows her on the pontoon at Waterford.

After another day spent ashore visiting museums etc. we feel saturated with the complexities of Irish history. In the evening we saw an excellent youth theatre production of 'Miss Saigon' in a packed theatre.

Lets hope for more seamanlike activity soon.