The Cruising Association of Ireland which has around 150 active cruising members and 70 yachts has found it necessary to cancel their traditional end of season event – The Three Bridges Liffey Cruise. The name reflects that the normal event involved the simultaneous lifting of all three Liffey bridges at 3 pm on a Saturday towards the end of September. The fleet usually numbering over 40 yachts then proceed up the Liffey to the head of navigation, with full sail where possible and flags in abundance.
The fleet does a double circuit between the East Link Bridge , through the Samuel Beckett and Sean O”Casey swing bridges, up to the Matt Talbot bridge. They then spend the night at the “Point/3 Arena pontoon belonging to Dublin Port (by kind permission) and enjoy a lively evening in a local hotel. Covid restrictions and a sense of respect for others are the main considerations bringing about the cancellation.
While it is a disappointment, the CAI has been running a full program since March when the lockdown began and hosted multiple Zoom sessions during the spring and early summer every Tuesday night. A cruise to Belfast has just concluded with 14 yachts and around 40 sailors – all operating not only strictly within HSE guidelines but with even stricter protocols reflecting the unique challenges of cruising during the current pandemic. The coming autumn and winter will again feature a series of Zoom Tuesday Night Talks, which have become knows as “TNT” talks to reflect that they are on a Tuesday, and perhaps the explosive attendance at them! Mini Yachtmaster courses are also planned during the winter months. The CAI is open to all cruising sailors whether in a yacht club or not. Membership is a very affordable 30 euro (family membership is 45). And you can join very easily at www.cruising.ie. Direct link to join is https://cruising.ie/join-us/.
Link to previous Three Bridges Rally https://youtu.be/1DyaJ8bwmic
Kevin Cardiff – CAI Web Team