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Chip-skiff
02-03-2014, 02:29 PM
We'll be there in May, and I'd like to at least daysail on a wood boat. The plan is to concentrate on the west coast, Galway to the Dingle, but we've not booked firm commitments.

Any hints or inklings?

LongIslandBoy
02-04-2014, 12:04 AM
Search online for the WoodenBoat Magazine index of articles regarding the Galway Hookers. (NO, they're NOT what you think). Going through my small collection of back issues, I quickly found #193, December 2006 , p.44, "All her life's a circle" an article regarding "AN REAMON".

Chip-skiff
02-04-2014, 05:15 PM
Thanks— I recalled the article but hadn't gone to my stacks of WB yet. While I was looking for #193, another issue turned up with a piece on a Galway hooker (#191, p.44). The Galway Hooker Association was mentioned, and they have a website: http://www.galwayhookerassociation.ie/Default.asp?lang=1

Here's an excellent video that was posted on it:


http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=Rb7EB9A-4t0

I'm just starting to look over the website, likely the best starting point. It'd be grand to sail in a hooker, but I'll settle for a row in a currach, if it comes to that.

Chip-skiff
02-04-2014, 05:29 PM
This might be the ticket.

http://www.galwayhookerassociation.ie/img/norah.jpg

Courses
Scoil Seoltóireachta Húicéirí na Gaillimhe
Galway Hooker Sailing School

Sailing courses aboard traditional Galway Hooker
Modern Safety equipment carried and supplied to all participants
Registered with a passenger boat licence from the Dept. of Marine
Galway Hooker sailing school is based 25 miles west of Galway City in the village of Carraroe.

All activities covered by insurance

LongIslandBoy
02-04-2014, 07:20 PM
Sounds like a great way to spend a day or two, Chip. I might get a chance to do the same in August. Please keep us posted.

noddyone
02-04-2014, 07:30 PM
We'll be there in May, and I'd like to at least daysail on a wood boat. The plan is to concentrate on the west coast, Galway to the Dingle, but we've not booked firm commitments.

Any hints or inklings?
Hello, I know there's a hooker for hire in Roundstone, not far from Clifden, I don't have any contact details, but an e-mail to the tourist office in Galway or Clifden should help. I live on the other side of Ireland and go to the west most years to rent a cottage. Visit Ballynahinch Castle, Lough Inagh lodge and Kylemore Abbey if you get a chance. Enjoy your trip.

LongIslandBoy
02-04-2014, 08:27 PM
Chip, just a suggestion: New Thread: "WBF Members in Western Ireland?"
Might help

Hwyl
02-04-2014, 08:39 PM
Thanks— I recalled the article but hadn't gone to my stacks of WB yet. While I was looking for #193, another issue turned up with a piece on a Galway hooker (#191, p.44). The Galway Hooker Association was mentioned, and they have a website: http://www.galwayhookerassociation.ie/Default.asp?lang=1

Here's an excellent video that was posted on it:


http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=Rb7EB9A-4t0

I'm just starting to look over the website, likely the best starting point. It'd be grand to sail in a hooker, but I'll settle for a row in a currach, if it comes to that.
I posted the video on my Facebook page, I hope I have your forgiveness.

Chip-skiff
02-05-2014, 01:57 AM
Hello, I know there's a hooker for hire in Roundstone, not far from Clifden, I don't have any contact details, but an e-mail to the tourist office in Galway or Clifden should help. I live on the other side of Ireland and go to the west most years to rent a cottage. Visit Ballynahinch Castle, Lough Inagh lodge and Kylemore Abbey if you get a chance. Enjoy your trip.

Thanks for that. I poked about and found a page for the Roundstone Regatta http://www.roundstoneregatta.com/links/. The video above appears there as well, so p'raps it was taken at the Roundstone Regatta. Haven't found anything about a charter, but I'll keep looking.


I posted the video on my Facebook page, I hope I have your forgiveness.

Certainly, if I have the forgiveness of Mikey Ó Flatharta, who made it. Nice bit of filming, I reckon.

Chip-skiff
02-06-2014, 01:59 PM
The hooker formerly for hire from Roundstone and Clifden is the Truelight. So far, all the links I've found lead to a dead end, as the web domain www.truelight.ie is vacant except for an ad for chandeliers. The same is true for several e-mail addresses listed on tourist sites (such as the contact for the Galway Hooker Assoication).

The wilder reaches of the Gaeltacht seem not to be as wired as Dublin and more populous parts of the country. Part of the charm, I reckon.