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Galway Hookers
19-AUG-2012 Dick Keely

Galway Hookers

Kinvara, Co. Galway

The Galway Hooker is a traditional fishing boat used in Galway Bay off the west coast of Ireland. The hooker was developed for the strong seas there. It is identified by its sharp, clean entry, bluff bow, marked tumble-home and raked transom. Its sail plan consists of a single mast with a main sail and two foresails. Traditionally, the boat is black (being coated in pitch) and the sails are a dark red-brown. Recently there has been a major revival, and renewed interest in the Galway hooker, and the boats are still being painstakingly constructed. The festival of Cruinniú na mBád is held each year, when boats race across Galway Bay from Connemara to Kinvara on the Galway/Clare county boundary.

Nikon D800E ,Nikkor 80-400mm f/4.5-5.6D ED VR AF
1/640s f/10.0 at 330.0mm iso400 full exif

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rousselziak20-Aug-2012 07:31
Excellent ! -V-
lou_rozensteins19-Aug-2012 23:38
Great shot of these unusual sailing boats. Nice colour and details.
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