Sun, sea and sail at Kinsale’s Clipper Carnival

KINSALE is in party mood this weekend after its Clipper Carnival kicked off yesterday.

The sun shone on the seaside town as thousands of tourists and day- trippers arrived by land, while boats sailed into the harbour to celebrate the week-long stopover by the Clipper Round the World Yacht Race. The clippers travel to Cork city on Wednesday.

Crowds thronged to Long Quay all day yesterday, visiting the Goldiefish Artisan Food and Craft Market with its 40 stalls.

Chris Baker from Kinsale took a stroll down to the fair before lunch. It was “fantastic”, he said.

“It’s also great to have a sailing event that is being so supported by the town council. It’s a perfect-sized fleet for us to hold and it was fantastic to see everyone coming in up to four days early. All the crews have had plenty of time to rest. The town is all spruced up like never before,” he said.

A “Stopover” art exhibition is showcasing art from each of the 10 regions participating in the race. It opened at the Kinsale Arts Week Hub at the newly-refurbished Mill last evening.

Joe Trahorsch was there to see his partner Amanda Zadow’s contemporary aboriginal art go on display. From Geraldton, Australia, her acrylic on canvas is a contemporary take on traditional Aboriginal art forms.

“I’ve never been to Europe before so I’m so pleased to be here and to have been chosen to represent my region,” she said.

The Clipper crews all spent Christmas Day at Geraldton, a small town which one of the Cork Clipper crew, Jacqui Browne from Fenit, Co Kerry, described as “like Main Street, Castleisland”.

“We had a great time there though; swimming in a pool which was just surrounded by barbecues.

“It was a Christmas day to remember,” she reminisced.

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