On the 1st, 2nd and 3rd July 2011 Rathmullan, Lough Swilly, County Donegal will play host to SeaFest which celebrates the region's unique coastal environment. The weekend begins with the launch of MalinWaters, a new cross-border marine tourism initiative for the zone between the north of Ireland and western Scotland. With the assistance of Ciaran Murphy, ISA Regional Development Officer, SeaFest was able to secure funding for the event from MalinWaters.
This promises to be an unmissable event as the sheltered waters of Donegal’s Lough Swilly will come alive with sails big and small, with the slap of oars and paddles. The shoreline and the golden sands of its beaches will play natural backdrop to theatre and games, to families and friends celebrating in the unique surroundings of our coastal environment.
On Saturday the action on the water kicks off in earnest with the Saldanha Cup, a traditional cruiser-racer sailing regatta commemorating the 200th anniversary of the sinking of the frigate, the HMS Saldanha. The regatta will start and finish off the pier in Rathmullan with a course taking in the site of the Saldanha wreck near spellbinding Ballymastocker Strand.
On the tables in the courtyard of Rathmullan’s historic Battery there will be an abundance of Donegal’s local food culture: fresh fish and shellfish from local waters; lamb, beef and pork from local fields – all of it turned into an exceptionally simple menu of regional cuisine by talented local chefs.