Gorgeous film of Galway hookers racing

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My long-standing sailing and Internet friend Peter Vanderwaart today tipped me off about this Youtube clip of a collection of Galway hookers, and cheered me up no end.

I gather it was made for a television series featuring the boats broadcast on TG4, but I haven’t been able to work out how to see the programmes via the station’s website. But aren’t these heavy, shapely wooden boats just the bee’s knees?

There’s an enthusiastic few paragraphs about the hookers at the Sailing Anarchy post for today, which seems a nice if slightly surprising thought when you consider the modern, high-tech kind of boating that site usually features. It’s not somewhere I link to very often.

Thanks Peter!

9 thoughts on “Gorgeous film of Galway hookers racing”

  1. Thanks Gavin, for the lovely video. Howard Chapelle has plans for the Galway Hooker in his American Small Sailing Craft. I built a model that my children and I sail on our neighbor's pond.


      1. It's true – American Small Sailing Craft includes something that in the mid 19th Century was called an Irish cutter, and which Chappelle says was really only a slightly modified Galway hooker. He adds that there's a drawing of a Galway hooker in Dixon Kemp and I've just taken a look – and by Harry he's right.


  2. Hi Gavin,

    For more on the Galway Hookers – (for those addicted):

    Have a look for work by An Eamon & Ciane de Buitlear.

    DVD – The Islandman

    The Galway Hookers by Richard J Scott ISBN 0-9547915-0-9 includes a DVD – Huiceiri (Hookers)

    Book/DVD/plans – three booklet set – Shipwrights:

    1. The Galway Hooker ISBN 0-9549023-0-0 (3 page drawings include offsets)

    2. The Canvas Currach ISBN 0-9549023-2-7

    3. The Wooden Currach ISBN 0-9549023-1-9

    ( this is a loverly bit of work)


    Traditional Boats of Ireland
    (a tome – I'm still working through this one)

    Gary Mac

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