Kinsale Regatta Festival 2017 – will again have a range of activities, on land and sea, for people of all ages and abilities. Celebrating 221 years, the oldest Regatta in Ireland set in one of Ireland’s most spectacular harbours and the Regatta is a fun packed week, with many land-based events in addition to the traditional water activities. These range from ocean yachts to mixed dingy racing, a long-distance swim around Sandycove Island, and children’s sailing.
The programme was officially launched by Chairman of the Bandon Kinsale District, Kevin Murphy, who said that the continued success of the regatta was proof of the great community spirit of the committee lead by Ted McNamara. Mr. Mcnamara said that those involved gave a great boost to the local economy and provided a real welcome home for the Kinsale emigrants year after year. This was still a great part of the real spirit of the town which had such a long tradition linked to the sea.
This year Kinsale Regatta Festival features a spectacular Zap Cats Display at the Pier at 10pm on Sunday August 6th 2017, followed by Monster Fireworks Display at 10.15pm. The Water Carnival, on Monday August 7th 2017, which includes the popular ‘Greasy Pole’ event and lots of free, fun activities for all ages – with great prizes.
Thursday August 3rd kicks off the Regatta with the Official Opening by Leo McMahon at the Plaza, Short Quay at 8pm with street entertainment, live music, face painting and balloons for the spectators. Friday August 4th is the Road run/walk/race; starting at 7.30pm with prize-giving afterwards at the Temperance Hall. A busy 2017 Regatta schedule also includes, the Fancy Dress Parade on Sunday August 6th; Boules, children’s canoeing and the Kinsale RNLI Lifeboat Station will again host visitors from 1.30pm on Sunday August 6th 2017.
The annual Emigrants Welcome Home Reception will be on Tuesday August 8th 2017 and it is a great opportunity to catch up with friends and family, share news, views and socialise. Previous years brought visitors from as far away as New Zealand, USA, Canada, Japan and Dublin…. This year the event will held be at the Temperance Hall.
Live Bands playing nightly at the Plaza Stage, on Short Quay, include Michael Aherne & Friends; live DJ Corkery, Mason’s Apron, the Irish Weavers and many more.