Spirit of Oysterhaven
A classic 70ft steel Schooner of traditional design, the Spirit of Oysterhaven is Ireland's largest Sail Training vessel and flagship of Oysterhaven Activity Centre in West Cork. ‘Spirit’ is licenced to operate with 12 passengers and 3 crew. A regular at Irish sailing and maritime festivals, the crew on board have plenty of experience running 6 day youth and adult sail training voyages particularly along the stunning coastline of West Cork.
A traditional gaff rigged wooden sailing ketch that calls the Waterford Estuary its home, the beautiful Sailing Ship is the culmination of a 3 year renovation and conversion project under the management of her owner Tony Mcloughlin, a professional Master Shipwright. The passionate crew spend the warmer months running 1-6 day voyages in the special area of conservation of the Waterford Estuary, and along the coast of Ireland.
Morgenster (Morning Star) is traditionally rigged as a brig, with square sails on her two masts. This 48m sail training vessel is well known in Holland, where she is based, but has taken part in many International Tall Ships Races and Erasmus+ Youth Exchange voyages as she caters for up to 36 trainee crew in cabin and hammock style accommodation. Morgenster was originally built as a deep sea fishing vessel but was converted to a fine sailing ship in 2008. Her owners Marian and Harry Mutter intended that the rig would be ideal for sail training, fast and elegant.
Maybe, a 1920’s Dutch sailing ketch, made out of wood, launched in 1933, was designed for round the world cruising. She has been completely restored recently and returned to the Tall Ships races. A major milestone in ‘Maybe’s history is that she took part in the first ever Tall Ships Race in 1956! Since then Maybe came third in her class in the 2014 Tall Ships Race. Maybe can accommodate 12 trainee crew members and 3-4 permanent crew.
The "Gulden leeuw" (Golden Lion) has been designed and built as an ocean-going, ‘A’ class ship. In combination with the three-mast topsail schooner rig, it is a fast, robust ship. 70 meters long with 40 meter masts, the Gulden Leeuw was originally built in 1937 and completely redesigned and rebuilt in 2010, the ship has preserved its 1930s heritage ambience, but offers practical use of space with a giant dormitory sleeping up to 60 trainee crew.
Creidne is one of two yachts owned by the Naval Service, the other being Tailte, she was built in Norway in 1967 and is a 48ft Bermudan ketch, originally named Galcador. She was the national sail-training vessel from 1975 to 1980 when she acted as a stand in between the retirement of the original Asgard and the construction of Asgard II. The Waterford Bursary Voyage 2016 was the first voyage undertaken by Creidne since 2009/2010 when she carried out voyages to cater for trainees that had been scheduled to voyage on the lost Asgard II.
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