The Boatmen Dinner 2017 turned out to be a pleasant event. The dining room was crowded with the boatmen and their families, each one enjoying the meal and sharing in company and laughter. 
At the end of the dinner, Donncha said a few words, reporting the activities of GHA, what was achieved till now and the Committee’s plans for the future development. 
The prize-giving then followed, starting with some special prizes kindly offered by Dubarry to Ronan O’ Briain, as the best sailor of the year and to Cathal “Cookie” O’Griofa - the best young sailor of the year - who was virtually present in a nice video recorded on board of the ship where he is at present for a stage.
A new trophy, offered by Seanchaí Editions, especially aimed at a person who has been prominent in promoting and spreading the image of Galway Hooker, was awarded this year to Johnny Healion, whose merits were acknowledged in a short video about his work on “Morning Star”, the boat he took back in Carna after an attentive restoration: his sailing during the Mc Dara festival in 1976 sparkled the revival of Galway Hookers. “Well done Johnny and many thanks!”
The evening went on with the prize-giving of the artistic GHA trophies to the winners in each class of Hookers, so once again “Well done!” to the crews of An Tonaí, Norah, Naomh Ciarán, Mc Hugh and Sruthán Buí.
The “formal” event thus over, everyone joined in chatting and dancing on the music by “Fóidín Meara”.
All in all, an enjoyable evening for all the people gathered at an Óstán an Cheathrú Rua; our special thanks to Donncha Mac Con Iomaire, Stiofán de Bhailís and Maria Ní Chonghaile, who worked hard for this successful Dinner!

 



 

The Galway Hooker Association has a RIB type boat for attending the regattas during the sailing season. Aboard with the RIB skipper, the race referee is there to assure that the races are run fairly and also to assist in any accident or emergency that might occur during the regatta. Like all boats, this boat needs regular investment to keep her in a safe and seaworthy condition. The RIB motor needs a complete service and all the electrical system needs to be completely overhauled for her to be ready for the 2018 season. The Department of the Gaeltacht have granted €3,843 which is to be supplemented by €960 (20%) by the Galway Hooker Association to cover the complete costs.



 

The Galway Hooker Association is providing a shore-based course in navigation for its members with the support of the BIM FLAG scheme. Galway Hooker sailors are naturally gifted mariners and this course in Coastal Navigation will enhance their expertise at sea. It is also a great opportunity for our younger members getting on the first step of maritime academic education. Many members of the Galway Hooker Association who are now professional mariners internationally took this course as their first certification.
We are delighted to announce that Micheal Conroy, a native Irish speaker like nearly all of Galway Hooker Association members, from Ros Muc is the instructor of the four-evening course.
Each participant will receive a new lifejacket and handheld VHF, safety equipment that should be in all boats today. BIM have invested €6,914 in this project and each participant will pay €100 to cover the rest of the costs.



 

 The winners and the Ranking for 2017 Championship are now available here