Kish Rally and gathering at Royal Irish YC.
The Cruising Association of Ireland enjoyed their first day back on the water this weekend with a cruise around the Kish Bank Light to the Royal Irish Yacht Club which kindly permitted the entire downstairs area and the platform to be used by members of the CAI. They served a splendid meal (‘Covid distanced’ – the staff were amazing in maintain all the regulations) at 1700 hours with nearly fifty members enjoying the company of fellow cruisers. Seven yachts rounded the Kish of which five lay alongside the Royal Irish YC overnight, sailing back to Howth, Malahide and even Carlingford the next day. This was the first outing in ten months which just shows the effect the lockdown has had.
But no matter, this summer is far from over and the CAI has several events planned including a cruise to Belfast Lough and onward starting 12 August in Malahide with a BBQ, thence to Carlingford for meal in the Marina Club. Thereafter to Belfast Lough culminating in a meal in the RUYC by kind permission of the Commodore and committee. Further events include the Liffey Rally on September 19/20. It is great to be back afloat again. Membership has increased greatly during the Covid lockdown which is a credit to enthusiastic cruising sailors spreading the word, at a time when one might expect a loss of membership.