Simon Coveney, minister for the Marine, will give the keynote talk at Glandore Classic Boat Summer School on Saturday 14th. July. 

The theme of the 9th. Summer School “Our Ocean Wealth" reflects the growing realisation that our maritime empire to the west will be one of the dominant influences in shaping our economy in the 21st century. And not only the economy but more importantly, the way we think about our country and nation. ‘The Real Map of Ireland’ published by the Marine Institute 1 shows the Irish Continental Shelf which, at 220 million acres, is 11 times the size of our land area and is one of the largest seabed territories in Europe. How we treat this part of our country must be our greatest challenge in the years ahead. 

Other speakers will include Commodore Mark Mellett, OC Naval Service, Micheal O Cinneide of the Environmental Protection Authority, John O’Sullivan, Exploration Director of Providence Resources, Kieran Cotter, cox of the Baltimore lifeboat and a host of others. 

The programme will also cater for traditional boat enthusiasts with speakers on a variety of topics including the 50-footer BIM trawlers. Holger Lonze's presentation 'The Tin Voyage' will deal with the pre-historic trade in tin between Cornwall and West Cork and his plans to re-enact such a voyage. There will be a tribute to local boat-builder Billy Andy O’Driscoll who passed away earlier this year. 

The Summer School will take place in a number of venues in the picturesque village of Glandore including, for the first time, some lectures in the church overlooking the pier.

The newly-published book, G.L. Watson, The Art and Science of Yacht Design, by Martin Black, on the great Scottish yacht and life-boat designer -rival and contemporary of Wm. Fife Jr. - will have its southern launch on Satuday evening, 14th. July. 
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