The weather in July 1929 was pretty much the same as this year – good in parts. On the evening of Friday the 12 July, 1929 the weather had improved and in sunshine, five boats, who has been cruising Kerry and West Cork gathered partly by chance and partly by design, at the head of Bantry Bay. On the following Saturday, in Roches Hotel, Glengarriff, Harry Donegan, a Cork solicitor and a prominent sailor ( who incidentally had been instrumental in setting up the first Fastnet races and had raced in it ) proposed the formation of an Irish Cruising Club. The club was duly founded and the subscription set at half a crown.
Fast forward 85 years, and over 30 boats from the Irish Cruising Club are assembling in Crosshaven, Co Cork to sail back towards Glengarriff for a 85th birthday party on the 13 July 2014 in Eccles Hotel. Along the way the prominent white , black and red burgee featuring the Fastnet lighthouse, will be seen in Courtmacsherry, for a BBQ, Sherkin Island for another BBQ and undoubtedly other watering havens along the coast.