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Old 06-02-2010, 05:17   #1
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Ahoy from Galway Bay, Ireland

Ahoy from Galway Bay Ireland !

hello everyone - we are a family with three children sailing a 26 foot sailing boat mostly local around the west coast of Ireland, based in Galway with the occasional cruise to further shores. In recent months we have started putting a blog together

Nighean Donn's Blog

Feel free to take a look or leave a comment.

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Old 07-02-2010, 00:16   #2
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Welcome Tony and congratulations on your blog. Haven't been through it completely, but what I've seen looks really good.
All the best and keep it up
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Old 07-02-2010, 02:35   #3
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Welcome to the forum Tom...I'm going to your blog now.
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Old 07-02-2010, 04:01   #4
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Welcome to the forum Tom...I'm going to your blog now.
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Thanks for the welcome - looking forward to contributing

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Old 07-02-2010, 04:03   #5
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Thanks Capdiy

You got a nice blog - boat looks great!! thanks for the welcome

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Yar! Yer just down the road I'm sure I'll see you out on the water sometime.
I just made port here myself not long back, I'm sure you'll find this forum as useful as I have.
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Hi Geminidawn - how ya doing?? You watching the show onTG4 on sunday nights - guy going round connemara in a currach ? I've a swinging mooring in Renville Oranmore - where do you keep your boat afloat?

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Hi Geminidawn - how ya doing?? You watching the show onTG4 on sunday nights - guy going round connemara in a currach ? I've a swinging mooring in Renville Oranmore - where do you keep your boat afloat?

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Muintir na Mara, great programme!
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The boatbuilding scene is very quiet this year but on the up side I'm finally getting a chance to work on my own boats.
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Wharram Pahi 63!!! That's the boat to take on the world!! Way to go!!
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Good to hear from members back in the old country. I left Derry and traveled to the new world back in '56. The boat was a big one. I remember saying we must be going to our doom, that thing is too big to float and everyone is crying...hey I was five. I am working on my own little ship, preparing for a return voyage.
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Good to hear from members back in the old country. I left Derry and traveled to the new world back in '56. The boat was a big one. I remember saying we must be going to our doom, that thing is too big to float and everyone is crying...hey I was five. I am working on my own little ship, preparing for a return voyage.
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Is the image you have posted of the Van De Stadt Victory your "own little ship"? She looks great and certainly up to the challenge of crossing the pond. I sail a Van de Stadt 26 footer which gives me nothing but admiration for his designs - extremely safe and seaworthy. Don't know if you go back to Derry regularly? I lived there for two years or so and sailed out of Lough Swilly with the local club. It is a town that has come on tremendously in recent years.

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Thanks for the welcome!! I'm beginning to feel comfortable already!
I love your signature link - had a quick browse and am definitely going back for more!!

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Hi Tom

Is the image you have posted of the Van De Stadt Victory your "own little ship"? She looks great and certainly up to the challenge of crossing the pond. I sail a Van de Stadt 26 footer which gives me nothing but admiration for his designs - extremely safe and seaworthy. Don't know if you go back to Derry regularly? I lived there for two years or so and sailed out of Lough Swilly with the local club. It is a town that has come on tremendously in recent years.

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Hi Tony,
I was in Derry two years ago. My Parents live there in Culmore. I have some cousins who live on Lock Swilly in the Buncranna area. My "little ship" will be up to the task I think. She is a little old having been built in the mid '70's, but she was sailed from S. Africa, where she was built, to Brazil then up through the Caribbean and on to N. America. The previous owner bought her in Annapolis in the early '80's and I got her from a non profit group who acquired her from his estate. She was once documented in England, but I cannot find any reference to travels there. It mabe that she was document in one of the British territories in the islands. I have been working on the boat for over 3 years and will be ready soon.
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Hi Tony,
I was in Derry two years ago. My Parents live there in Culmore. I have some cousins who live on Lock Swilly in the Buncranna area. My "little ship" will be up to the task I think. She is a little old having been built in the mid '70's, but she was sailed from S. Africa, where she was built, to Brazil then up through the Caribbean and on to N. America. The previous owner bought her in Annapolis in the early '80's and I got her from a non profit group who acquired her from his estate. She was once documented in England, but I cannot find any reference to travels there. It mabe that she was document in one of the British territories in the islands. I have been working on the boat for over 3 years and will be ready soon.

Hi Tom,

Thanks for the reply. Have you read Nigel Calder's Cruising Handbook? It is a great compendium of information for someone like you fitting out a boat for some serious cruising. Best wishes with your work.
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