The wind finally toughens and so does the competition betweens the boats at the famous St. Mac Dara’s race
Repeats Saturday @ 6.25pm
On the western edge of Europe, lies an unique culture that depended and fought with the Atlantic Ocean for thousands of years.
It is the native sailboat, the Galway Hooker, that sustained this poorest of communities, and the new generation of these same families of sailors still sail the coast of Connemara, now racing to be champions of the Galway Hookers Association Racing Series.
We meet the seven families of these workhorse boats, some 160 years old, learn the unique history of these boats, and how they see the racing season that lies ahead of them in the new sailing season.
Programme 2: An Cruas – Repeats Saturday @ 6.25pm
The wind finally toughens and so does the competition betweens the boats at the famous St. Mac Dara’s race, where there is plenty of noise between the crews and boats being pushed to the limit.
Programme 3: Cuan na Gaillimhe – Thursday @ 8.00pm
It is the native sailboat, the Galway Hooker, that sustained this poorest of communities. We follow the crew of An Mhaighdean Mhara (the Siren) as they bring turf to Kinvara, and the very competitive race between the Tónaí and the American Mór – the biggest nemesis amongst the Galway Hookers.