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Traditional Irish sailing boat to go on show in Abu Dhabi

15/11/2011
A 95-year-old Irish sailing boat  - the traditional Galway hooker Nóra Bheag (Little Nora) will go on show in the UAE capital’s Corniche destination village, which will this New Year host the Volvo Ocean Race fleet and a fortnight of celebrations to mark the historic occasion (December 31-January 14).

Nóra Bheag’s crew includes musicians Mike and Sue Fahy who will also perform in the destination village, which will be opeb free-of-charge to the public.
 
The Irish activity will promote Galway’s hosting of the end of the Volvo Ocean Race next July.
 
Irish hookers are similar to Arabian dhows in that both were used for personal transport and fishing. The name ‘hooker’ refers to four classes of traditional sailing boats from the west coast of Ireland. They all have black hulls with distinctive dark red-brown or black sails. Nóra Bheag is the smallest type, known as a púcán, which has a dipping lugsail, but she can also be rigged with a traditional gaff cutter rig and will feature both rigs during her stay.

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