Three Bridges Rally 2023

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Sean O'Casey Bridge, Dublin

NOTE CHANGE OF TIME: Parade starts half an hour earlier at 15:00

This year’s Three Bridges Rally will take place on Saturday 2 September. We’ll muster at Poolbeg Marina before parading up and down the Liffey at 15:00. The Tom Clarke bridge will open again at 17:00 to let the Dublin Bay 21s return to Dun Laoghaire. We’ll spend the night rafted on the Liffey Pontoon beside the 3Arena. In the morning we’ll leave with the St Bridget at 11:00.
 
Our host ashore will be the Clayton Hotel, where we have the use of the Vertigo room for the evening. There will be a three-course carvery dinner followed by a raffle and some informal entertainment. If you can’t sail, you can still join us for the evening festivities.
 
Our event coincides with National Services Day, so we’ll be showing our appreciation for the RNLI and Coast Guard.
 
Prices
  • Administration fee €20 per boat in advance
  • Dinner €28 per person in advance
  • Raffle tickets €10 for one, €20 for three
Wednesday 30 August Last day for confirming bookings.
Saturday 2 September Three Bridges Rally
Sunday 3 September Depart for home ports
 
Download and read the detailed Briefing Notes – a PDF document giving details of all the arrangements. If you think you might attend, with or without a boat, then submit a provisional booking (below) as soon as possible.
 

Organisers (events@cruising.ie): Vincent Lundy, John Murphy, Simon Parker, Fiona Davis.

Timetable

Some times are approximate, and all are subject to review

Saturday 2 September
11:00Poolbeg marina and club open
14:30Cast off from Poolbeg
15:00Parade up to Samuel Beckett Bridge
16:00Berth at Liffey Pontoon
17:00Tom Clarke bridge opens briefly
17:30Clayton Hotel opens
19:00Dinner and other activities
Sunday 3 September
10:30Cast off from Liffey Pontoon
11:00Tom Clarke Bridge opens; all depart for home

Menu

Starter: Soup or Salad

Main:

  • Roast Lamb
  • Cajun Chicken
  • Hake in lemon butter sauce
  • Pea and Spinach Risotto in Pesto sauce

Dessert:

  • Baileys Cheesecake
  • Chocolate Brownie
  • Apple Pie

A starter will be served at the table. Main course and dessert will be served at the carvery buffet.

The hotel cannot accept late bookings or payment on the door, so you need to buy meal tickets in advance.

Entertainment

After dinner we’ll have a raffle, then a singalong and open-mic session.
 
We invite contributions from individuals, groups, boat crews or clubs. Songs, stories, poems, music, and dance are all welcome – brush up your party pieces and bring your instrument!
 
If you have something in mind let the organisers know, but spontaneous performances are fine too.
 
Microphones and a keyboard will be available and there might be backing musicians.

Raffle

Prizes have been generously donated by the Clayton Hotel, Marine Parts Direct and the CAI.

Prize list (subject to change)

  1. Hotel stay: two nights bed and breakfast for two at any Clayton Hotel
  2. Hotel dinner: dinner for two at the Clayton Hotel, Cardiff Lane (2 prizes)
  3. Six months membership of Club Vitae at the Clayton Hotel, Cardiff Lane
  4. Chandlery: voucher worth €100 at Marine Parts Direct (3 prizes)
  5. Hamper: red wine, white wine, cheese selection and crackers (4 prizes)
  6. Bottles of wine: one red, one white

All proceeds will be presented to the Royal National Lifeboat Institution.

Raffle tickets will be sold before and during dinner; the draw will be held later in the evening. Prizes will be allocated to winners at random.

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