Up to 100 boats are expected to gather in ports around southern Ireland for a cruise in company to explore the Emerald Isle. The Gathering Cruise starts at Dun Laoghaire on July 17 and port-hops to Dingle in the south west arriving on August 1.
The highlight of the cruise is a 600-strong party in Kinsale, ‘gourmet capital’ of Ireland on July 24th, 2013.
The flotilla departs from Dublin Bay from July 18 and travels south, being joined by visiting boats and by Irish boats from various marinas and clubs located along the coast before meeting again in Kinsale on July 24.
After Kinsale, yachtsmen will then have an opportunity to explore the coastline of West Cork and Kerry for a week of unscheduled cruising. Gathering Cruise ‘ambassadors’ will be on standby to welcome boats as they arrive.
After the cruise there will be a ‘scattering’ where all boats will have the option to continue in a northerly direction in the company of other cruise participants
The rally is part of Gathering Ireland, a national tourism initiative to welcome friends and family from all over the world to Ireland during 2013.
The Gathering Cruise is organized by the ISA (Irish Sailing Association) and the IMOA (Irish Marina Operators Association) with support from the Cruising Association of Ireland, the Irish Cruising Club and the Gathering Ireland.
To join go to www.thegatheringcruise.ie
Courtesy of www.yachtingmonthly.com