IT WAS a fabulous week on the waters around Skerries when the coastal town was taken over by 'mermaids' of the yachting kind.The Dublin Bay Mermaid National Championship was in town once again for its 43rd running and this year was particularly special because it coincided with the 80th anniversary of the design of the famed mermaid class yacht. Fully rigged, the beautiful classic wooden boats looked spectacular racing each day in Skerries Bay during the week. Mermaid Week traces its origins back to 1970 when the first one was held in Skerries. Each year, 30 to 50 of these fabulous yachts race against each other in a seven day championship. A number of home town boats and previous championship title holders were among the participants on the Skerries waves over the week of sailing. As part of the celebrations of the 80th anniversary of the craft, ' The Voyage Home' organised by Skerries sailor, Therese McHugh saw a mermaid leave Foynes on the Shannon Estuary and sail via the south coast, up the east coast to arrive for Skerries in time for the championships. Mermaid Week has had immense support from the local community from individuals and businesses alike and all of that support contributes to its continuing success.