Christian Radich and Sørlandet in Ireland
Tall Ships Race - July 2011
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|Written by: Brian
Guckian, Dublin, Ireland||Date:
Christian Radich in Waterford, Ireland. Image by Brian Guckian|
Waterford is a small city in the south-east of Ireland and was founded
by Viking settlers in 914AD. It has a long maritime history and remains an
important port to this day.
On July 1st 2011, your correspondent embarked on a pleasant train journey
from Dublin and arrived mid-morning amid huge crowds and carnival scenes. In
fact the train was held outside the station for a while to allow additional
trains ahead to disgorge their passengers.
Main roads into the city had been closed to traffic and the city centre was
thronged with visitors enjoying the various festivities laid on as part of
this stage of the 2011 Tall Ships Race.
The ample quayside facilities in Waterford allow ships to berth right up to
the bridge connecting the north and south sides of the city, so this gave
easy access to the magnificent ships on display.
I had never seen the famous star of
the Christian Radich, close up before (though the Cinemiracle process
arguably almost achieves that!), and was suitably in awe. There is something
magical and romantic about such graceful, beautifully-wrought vessels.
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ship Sørlandet in Waterford, Ireland. Image by Brian Guckian|
It was hard to believe the Christian Radich is just short of 75 years old,
so well is it maintained and looked after. People were making the most of
the opportunity to tour this and other ships.
A little further along, the equally-impressive Sørlandet was also moored,
with a similar colourful display of pennants on its intricate rigging. One
would never know it was ten years older again than the Christian Radich! The
Sørlandet also featured centre stage on the cover of one of the main local
newpapers published that week.
These vessels, like the race itself, are captivating and appealing symbols
of tolerance, teaching and understanding.
The Tall Ships festival lasted four days and was a very big draw for
families across the region and beyond. There were dozens of stalls selling
locally-produced food and drink, music, performances and many activities
organised for both young and old alike.
It was a pity that the weather was poor on the day I visited, although it
did improve in the evening. A special late train had been organised for
those returning to Dublin, which gave more time for daytrippers.
*The spectacular film is soon to be available on DVD and Blu-Ray
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