History is made in Cork Harbour at Rankin dinghies return to the water

History is made in Cork Harbour at Rankin dinghies return to the water

Twelve boats from the Rankin Dinghy Group set off for Crosshaven from Cobh.

A PART of Cork Harbour's history returned to the water at the weekend when Rankin dinghies gathered near Cobh. 

The Rankin dinghies were designed and built in Cobh in the late 1950s and have been revived in a campaign which started last year.

On Saturday the Class honoured 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.

Approximately 80 Rankin dinghies were built from the late 1950's to the 1980's and the Rankin Dinghy group was set up to revive the class and restore boats to their past glory.

The boats were multipurpose, sailed, rowed and used with outboard motors.

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.

Twelve boats from the Rankin Dinghy Group set off for Crosshaven from Whitepoint, Cobh at the weekend. They sailed from Whitepoint down-river to raft-up off the old Rankin yard, where the dinghies were built, and then across the harbour to Crosshaven.

Ms Hadley received a presentation at the Oar Bar, in Crosshaven.

The boats remained overnight at the Royal Cork Yacht Club where they could be viewed on Sunday morning before sailing back to Cobh.

"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," Evening Echo columnist Tom MacSweeney said.

Anybody with information on the location of Rankin boats in any condition are asked to contact Maurice Kidney 086 3225424 or Conor English 086 3531122.

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