A staple of the NC calendar, the Baltimore Wooden Boat Festival takes place on the 27th/28th May. There are two main events for the currachs - The Ilen River Race on Saturday morning and the exciting and almost always controversial pilot boat race on Sunday morning.
The weekend is a lovely mix of rowing, a trip or two to Sherkin, sailing if one wishes, good food, music, lots of craic and banter and basking sharks if we are as lucky as last year. A warm welcome is always guaranteed by Rob and the festival committee and the beautiful hand crafted prizes are much sought after.
Some people come along for the day and many make a weekend of it. People tend to book into the local hostel, rent a house or avail of the unofficial Naomhóga Chorcaí campsite on the village green - Public toilets and a shower has made it positively upmarket these days!
For the pilot race and trips to Sherkin, your presence in Baltimore will usually guarantee you a seat in a crew. However, it will be necessary to sign up in advance for the Ilen River row - numbers will be limited by trailer capacity and towers available. Some crews may wish to use it as a last training row before Ocean to City. The race leaves from Baltimore Pier this year (Details of race to follow). NC members should meet in Baltimore at 9am for a 10.30am race start.
Expressions of interest are invited below. All welcome. Please indicate if you are available to tow.
Here's hoping for another great weekend in Baltimore...