When The Gathering concept was launched back in 2012, it was decided that this was an opportunity to have a gathering of sailors to celebrate and promote our coastline. The Gathering Cruise 2013 was born and Gail MacAllister joined forces with Steve Conlon of the Irish Marina Operators Association to apply for funds to promote the cruise. The application was accepted for an international promotional campaign, including full web site of port facilities. The Gathering Cruise 2013 was a fantastic success and cruising sailors that participated and those that “missed the boat” are asking to join in another year.
The cruise achieved its objective of awareness of our coastline, a legacy web site which will continue to grow and a hunger out there for more.
So The Gathering Cruise will return in 2017 with a Heritage Cruise – details to follow soon. The cruise generated enormous interest in ‘cruising in company’ along our coastline nationally & internationally, which will help to gain more support from Failte Ireland in promoting our beautiful coastline and cruising infrastructure. If your cruising members or clients are interested in being more involved in organised “cruise in companies” please get in touch with Gail directly on 086 2214724 or firstname.lastname@example.org .