The Cruising Association of Ireland will conclude a successful season afloat with their annual “Three Bridges Rally” on Saturday 15th September. This summer they have conducted rallies to the Clyde in Scotland, Malahide, Greystones, and some yachts have spent a month or more cruising extensively.
The Liffey event is supported by Dublin Port and Dublin City Council, who will organise for ALL THREE of the Liffey bridges (East Link, Samuel Becket and Sean O’Casey) to lift at 1500 hours on Saturday.
The lifting of all three bridges is unique to this event. And permits the 30 or more yachts, ranging from 46 to 26 feet and all lengths in between, to sail right up the Liffey, sails up and flags flying. It makes quite a spectacle. The yachts do a circuit of the Liffey between the East Link bridge and the Matt Talbot bridge. They then berth at the Dublin Port pontoon near the “Point Depot” which has been extended to 200 meters in length. The Port very kindly arrange security for the night, and also promote the event by providing entertainment later in the evening. The evening is a celebration of sailing with a Commodore’s reception, heading out for a fine dining and entertainment.
Lines are slipped on Sunday when the East Link bridge opens to permit the small passenger ship, St Brigid, to exit the Liffey at 1100 hours which means that there only has to be one bridge lift.
The CAI is a group of over 120 cruising sailors that organise events and support eachothers adventures. www.cruising.ie