The ISA is delighted to announce 'The Gathering Cruise' an exciting new sailing event which the ISA will run in conjunction with the Irish Marine Federation as part of The Gathering 2013. The Gathering Cruise will provide the Irish diaspora with a unique opportunity with which to visit Ireland and experience its beautiful coastline and coastal towns.

Taking place between the 13th of July and the 1st of August, the Gathering Cruise will see over 100 boats congregate in key Gathering Ports across the UK before sailing together to Ireland. They will be joined along the way by other boats from feeder ports in Europe and America.

Upon arrival at the Gateway Ports, the boats will be greeted by dedicated Gathering Welcome Ambassadors and the local communities. The Gathering Flotilla will leave from the most northerly Gateway Ports and travel south. As the flotilla passes the other Gateway Ports, the assembled boats there will move out to join the growing flotilla.

The Gathering Flotilla will finally assemble in Kinsale, Co. Cork for a welcome reception. Flotillas will then have an opportunity to explore the coastline of West Cork and Kerry for a week of unscheduled cruising. Gathering Welcome Ambassadors will be on standby to welcome boats as they arrive.

All boats will then gather again in Dingle, Co. Kerry for a Gathering Cruise farewell reception. After the Gathering Cruise there will be a 'scattering' where all boats will have the option to continue their cruise in a northerly direction in the company of other cruise participants. Gathering Welcome Ambassadors will be available in Welcome Ports along the Irish coastline.

We encourage all sailors to spread the word by inviting friends or relatives to join them back in Ireland for this unique and exciting event.

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