posted on August 01, 2013 13:34
The Gathering Cruise will rally for one final time in Dingle today (01 August). The fleet will be welcomed to Dingle by the Harbour Master, members of Dingle Sailing Club and Dingle Chamber of Commerce. The sailors are hoping that Dingle dolphin Fungie will make an appearance.
As an extra special welcome to Dingle, Dingle Brewing Company will provide each boat with Crean's chilled beer as well as offering a Free Tour of the Dingle Brewery to all the crews. At 5.00pm, the official welcome be held at Dingle Maria followed by dinner in Fish @ The Marina.
One of the UK boats that has completed the full three week cruise is Safeena Saree from Portsmouth. On board is Adrian Rivett and his new wife Sue who are celebrating their honeymoon on the cruise having recently married after 30 years together.
Also in Dingle will be the Irish Whale and Dolphin Group Celtic Mist who is no stranger to Dingle. The IWDG have been briefing the cruisers on recent sightings on the coastline and what to watch out for during the cruise.
The Gathering Cruise departed from Dun Laoghaire on the 17th of July and overnighted in Greystones, Wicklow, Arklow and Kilmore Quay before heading to Dunmore East for a party on Saturday the 20th of July. The cruise rallied again in Oysterhaven on Tuesday the 23rd of July where owner Oliver Hart hosted a barbeque for 120 sailors.
Unfortunately the following morning during a parade of sail in to Kinsale, the Tall Ship Astrid from the Netherlands who was leading the parade hit rocks and all crew and trainees had to be rescued by emergency services.
The Gathering Cruise continued for the last week exploring the cruising waters of west Cork before heading around the Mizen to reach Dingle.
“We had champagne sailing conditions for the first two weeks of the cruise and it gave the sailors an opportunity to appreciate our beautiful coastline. The sailors were overwhelmed by the kindness and friendliness of everyone they met at each of the welcoming ports. Many of the sailors want to return with their friends in the coming years and we look forward to welcoming them on a similar cruise in company” stated Gail MacAllister, Irish Sailing Association.