Saturday will be a significant day in the maritime heritage of Cork Harbour.
Rankins are scheduled to gather at Whitepoint near Cobh to mark the revival of these boats which are a great part of the history of Cork sailing.
The Rankin dinghies were designed and built in Cobh in the late 1950s. They have been revived in a campaign which started last year.
This Saturday the Class intends to honour the visit to Cobh of Ida Hadley, the sister of boat builders Eric and Dave Rankin, who produced the dinghies from the late 50s to the 80s.
Maurice Kidney in Cobh and Conor English in Crosshaven have led the revival of interest and searched out boats which had not been sailed for some time.
They have been very successful. It is encouraging to see the interest in restoring and returning classic boats to the water. Thirteen Rankins turned out for last year’s Cobh Regatta.
All owners of Rankin dinghies are invited to take part on Saturday. The boats were multipurpose, sailed, rowed and used with outboard motors.
Maurice told me that Ida and her husband have been particularly helpful in the revival and are “delighted with it, providing historical detail and sharing her extensive collection of old photographs of the boat building operation.”
The Rankins plan to gather at Whitepoint at 2pm and sail in convoy to raft-up off the old Rankin yard in Cobh in respect to the family. From there they will sail to Crosshaven Pier for a presentation function to Ida Hadley. Boats will overnight at the RCYC and be on view Sunday before returning to Cobh.
If the weather smiles, this should be a great day, remembering maritime history in Cork Harbour.
The turtle population of Bermuda is being rounded-up and moved to temporary accommodation – for their own safety!
Later this month racing for the Americas Cup will begin there, six nations involved as the Americans defence the “Auld Cup” as it is known. AC boats are far from traditional yachts. They are speed machines, fifty feet long (12 metres) lifting on hydrofoils out of the water to travel at speeds of up to 45 knots.
The turtles are in danger of being hit by the boats. A collision could be as catastrophic for them as for the turtles.
So the ‘Bermuda Reptile Round-Up’ has begun. The nation’s Aquarium Museum and Zoo, its Ministry of the Environment, other environmental organisations and the America’s Cup organisers are trying to catch the turtles and put them into purpose-built ocean enclosures where they will be out of harm’s way during the Cup racing.
The Chief Executive of the Americas Cup, Mike Winfield, said: “We want to look after the safety of the turtles because of the vastly increased level of marine traffic in late May and June.” Ian Walker, Principal Curator of Bermuda Aquarium said they have a plan to “capture the turtles in a safe and humane manner” and “keep them out of harm’s way”.
More about this on this week’s edition of THIS ISLAND NATION programme
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