Sail Training Ireland – Partner Vessels


Maybe, a 1920’s Dutch sailing ketch, made out of wood 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.

Pelican of London

Pelican of London is unique among Square Riggers. Her hull form was derived from the elite French clippers of the late 19th century, a long poop has been added which provides exceptional space and comfort for worldwide operation. Her exclusive rig generates twice her engine power and yet it is handy and easily adapted to extreme conditions. She is 45 metres overall and has 11 sails. Pelican has been designed principally as a sail training ship and can accommodate 28 trainees.


Brian Boru

A traditional gaff rigged wooden sailing ketch that calls Dublin its home, the beautiful sailing ship is the culmination of a 3-year renovation and conversion project under the management of her former owner Tony McLoughlin, a professional Master Shipwright.

She is now under the ownership of Michael Byrne, a strong advocate in the Sail Training community who previously worked for Sail Training Ireland.



Leader is rigged as she would have been when first built, as a gaff ketch. She is 80′ (24m) long on deck, and 105′ (32m) overall. She displaces about 110 tonnes in sailing trim. She has a beam of 19’6″ (5.9m) and a draft of 10′ (3m). Leader represents the Brixham design at its peak.


The Ilen is a 56ft, restored sail trading ketch, one of the last of Ireland’s traditional wooden sailing ships. Designed by Limerick man Conor O’Brien and built in Baltimore in 1926, she was delivered by Munster men to the Falkland Islands where she served valiantly for seventy years, enduring and enjoying the Roaring Forties, the Furious Fifties, and Screaming Sixties.

Spirit of Falmouth

The Spirit of Falmouth is a traditional 91-foot wooden Mersey Pilot Schooner. Weighing in at 88 tonnes, she is as long as seven cars and weighs the equivalent of a blue whale. With a wide deck for ease of movement, she can be sailed by a crew with varied physical abilities. She requires a core crew of six and has the capacity to carry twelve passage crew.


From Edwardian cargo vessel to family home to plaything of the rich and famous, Irene’s had a fascinating life.  She’s been the darling of the silver screen, burnt and sank in the Caribbean and now earns her keep as a charter vessel. Irene is a 100-foot West Country Ketch built in Bridgwater in 1907, the last ship built in the docks and the only Ketch built in the West Country still sailing.


Volharding is a fully restored, 85ft long, 120-year-old Dutch sailing barge. Her days as a cargo craft are long behind her and her task now is to make a positive and lasting difference to those who sail on her and experience the magic and heritage of the coast from an inspirational perspective. She is fully equipped to accommodate up to twelve trainees in comfort.  The three bathrooms are equipped with domestic-style electric showers and toilets, while meals are prepared in a well-equipped galley kitchen, containing a large cooker/oven, two fridges and freezer.