Young Limerick sailors take to the seas

Ready for the sea: Back row, left to right, Thomas Grimes, from Coonagh,  Dion Smalle, from Murroe, Andy Coffee, Ennis Road, and on the front row, left to right, Ashling Grimes, from Coonagh, and Sarah Fitzgerald, from Patrickswell.
LIMERICK’s wooden boat building school has launched its sail training programme, which will get underway this month, with its first cadre of trainees assembled and ready to voyage upon the sea.

LIMERICK’s wooden boat building school has launched its sail training programme, which will get underway this month, with its first cadre of trainees assembled and ready to voyage upon the sea.

It is planned that this five day voyage, on board The Spirit of Oysterhaven, will begin in Galway on Monday, July 27, and finish at Limerick City Docks, on Friday, July 31.

The young Limerick trainees, aged 16 and 17, have enthusiastically embraced the opportunity of travelling the ocean wave.

“We can all be very happy to have them as our roving overseas ambassadors,” said Gary MacMahon, director of the Ilen school for traditional wooden boat building in Roxboro.

“Limerick, Ireland’s midland port, seems a good location to contribute to the project of building a national sail training programme. Such programmes offer young people the chance to exercise their growing social, general capacity and confidence. A sea voyage offers the containment for team building with fellow crew members from other cultures, the expansiveness of venturing on sea overseas, and the opportunity of facing and overcoming new challenges,” he explained.

On this voyage, five young people from Limerick will voyage alongside five young people from Belfast. The Ilen’s partner organisations for this first sail-training voyage are Atlantic Youth Trust, Sail Training Ireland and PeacePlayers International.