The Royal Irish Yacht club will host a series of winter talks on the first Thursday of every month. In line with last season, they are trying to find new and unusual topics and speakers.

The format will be to meet at around 7pm in the bar with the talks to begin at 7.30pm sharp. The talks will end at around 8.45pm followed by a sailing supper for €20 euro (2 courses) with a €5 supplement for dessert.

It is a great way to spend a Thursday evening in the company of friends and members of all sailing clubs are welcome. If you wish to come along the talk all you need do is turn up. However if you wish to dine please call catering on 01 2809452 and ask to make a booking. 

Thursday the 3rd of October

Whaling in the 19th Century  - a talk by Fergus Cahill

The contest between man and whale, which was epitomised in Melville’s classic, Moby Dick, reached its zenith in the New England whaling fleets of the 19th Century. But how was it done? How did six men, in a frail 27-foot open boat, capture and kill one of the largest animals on earth, and having killed it, what did they do with it? This presentation will take you on a four-year whaling voyage, on the famous whaler Charles W. Morgan,  from the New England port of New Bedford to the vastness of the Pacific Ocean – and back.

Fergus Cahill comes from a long sea-going background. His mother’s family were the Boggan’s of Wexford, who ran trading schooners out of Wexford in the 19th century. His maternal grandfather, Captain Matthew Boggan, was Commodore-Captain of the Burns and Laird Line, and commanded a ship at the Dardanelles, where he was awarded the DSC. His grandfather on his father’s side was Bo‘sun of the Coningbeg, which was torpedoed by a German submarine in 1917, and lost with all hands. Fergus himself served seventeen years in the Naval Service, in seagoing appointments in Gunnery, Navigation and as First Lieutenant, and ashore as Operations Officer and as a Staff Officer in Naval Headquarters. He is a Specialist in Navigation, and for a short period taught navigation through Irish in Inishmór. He served for nine years on the Board of the Marine Institute. His interest in whaling derives from whaling songs, and an “accidental wandering” into the Whaling Museum in New Bedford some years ago.


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