Droleen boat project underway

Published 28/08/2013 | 05:22

A year-long boat-building project started in Bray last Thursday afternoon during National Heritage Week.

The Bray Droleen Project was launched outside the Design Centre in the town.

A group of local maritime enthusiasts will resurrect a fleet of boats which once sailed off Bray at the end of the 1800s.

By next year the Droleens will be seaworthy and riding the sea in a nod to Bray's maritime golden history.

The group would love to hear from anyone with information on the original boats or their owners.

If any groups, organisations or individuals who would like to get involved or indeed volunteer to help build one of these boats, contact braydroleen@eircom.net.

In 1987, eight of the dinghy-style boats were used by the Bray Sailing Club and sailed off the town's coast.

Club member Mr. W. Ogilvy designed the fleet of sturdy stable boats.

The group will collaborate with the community and businesses here and the very first boat is now under construction at the Design Centre.

A team of experts versed in the art of traditional boat building is leading community and business people in the task.

By summer 2014 it is hoped that at least six Droleens will be available to community groups, businesses and visitors for sailing, fishing rowing and racing on Bray's waterfront.

This project is coordinated by The Bray Droleen Association, sponsored byBray Town Council and Barracuda Steak & Seafood Restaurant.

For more information go to www.braydroleens.ie

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