We stumbled upon the Baltimore Wooden Boat Festival, during our road trip along the Wild Atlantic Way, Mr Uphilldowndale was a happy chappy, a celebration of wood, glue and varnish, the kind of thing that floats his boat.
There was a lot going on, on the water, racing of Currach, a traditional Irish craft, note the oars, or should they be poles?
Historically the boats were made with animal skins, stretched across the timbers, these days canvas is used
There was much activity around the beautifully restored historic Falklands Islands trading ketch Ilen which was launched at Baltimore in 1926
There’s a lyrical description of her restoration here
There was an atmosphere of concentration and competition, to build a boat,
and great to see so many young teams
Looked like a lot of glue, screws
and refreshments were required.
A grand day out.
In a welcoming and hospitable town