Final Winner of the SeaFest Kids Colouring Competition

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Nathan, age 6, from Knocknacarra is the final winner of the SeaFest Kids Colouring Competition. Nathan will receive a €50 Eason Ireland Gift Card for his colourful competition entry.

July was the final month for the SeaFest Kids Colouring Competition, which has been open since April 2018. Over the past four months, more than 90 entries have been received from Galway, Mayo, Clare, Dublin, Sligo and Waterford.

To see the entries for this month, view the Facebook Album – SeaFest Kids Colouring Competition – July.

The competition invited kids to get creative and colour in a picture of the RV Celtic Explorer docked in Galway Harbour during SeaFest 2017, drawn by urban illustrator, Róisín Curé. The competition entries were posted on Facebook or Twitter, adding a wave of colour to SeaFest social channels.

Thanks to the following businesses for supporting the competition – Marine Institute, Galway City Museum, Galway Atlantaquaira, Fáilte Ireland Office Galway, Galway City Centre Library, Ballybane Library, Westside Library, Oranmore Library, Harbour Hotel, House Hotel and the Galmont Hotel and Spa. SeaFest Colouring competition forms were made available in these locations, and could also be downloaded from the Kids Zone on seafest.ie

Thanks to all the talented kids for entering our SeaFest Kids Colouring Competition!

Nathan, age 6, Knocknacarra, is the SeaFest Kids Colouring Competition winner for July 2018.

SeaFest nets national award

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SeaFest, Ireland’s national maritime festival, has received a top national award. The 2017 festival was awarded the accolade of ‘Best Cultural Event’ at this year’s Event Industry Awards.

The award was announced at a gala awards ceremony on Friday 20th July held at Citywest Hotel, Dublin.

The Event Industry Awards celebrate excellence and showcase the very highest standards in Ireland’s event industry. SeaFest was nominated alongside some of Ireland’s most outstanding events and festivals.

SeaFest was described by judges as “a great celebration of Ireland’s maritime heritage, that serves an important cultural purpose and is more than deserving of this award.”

SeaFest has quickly become one of the most popular summer festivals in the country. Now in its fourth year, the festival has grown in attendance and scope – attracting 10,000 visitors in 2015, 60,000 visitors in 2016 and more than 100,000 in 2017 and again in 2018. The national festival celebrates our proud maritime heritage, and the amazing ways that our seas and oceans enrich our lives.

Speaking about the award, Sinéad Coyne, Communications Manager for the Marine Institute and SeaFest said:

SeaFest is now regarded as one of the biggest and most successful festivals of its kind in Europe. This would not have been possible without the huge support from a wide range of local, regional and national agencies who came together to plan and stage this large-scale event. Thanks also to our festival organiser Arcana, our suppliers and to the media who have shown great support for SeaFest, year on year.  Also a big thanks to our volunteers, and the people and businesses of Galway – we couldn’t have done it without you.”

SeaFest hoping to net National Event Industry Award

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SeaFest 2017 has been nominated for two awards in The Event Industry Awards 2018. Ireland’s national maritime festival, SeaFest, has been shortlisted for ‘Best Live Event’ and ‘Best Cultural Event’ in this year’s awards with the overall winners set to be revealed on Friday, 20th July.

The Event Industry Awards is the premier awards ceremony for the event sector in Ireland, and showcases the very highest standards in Ireland’s event industry. SeaFest is nominated alongside some of Ireland’s most outstanding events and festivals.

Communications Manager for the Marine Institute and SeaFest Sinéad Coyne said, “We are really delighted and honoured to be shortlisted for two categories in this year’s Event industry Awards alongside so many well-established companies. Congratulations to everyone involved and we look forward to the awards ceremony on July 20th at Citywest Hotel, Dublin.”

SeaFest, Ireland’s national maritime festival, creates awareness of Ireland’s maritime heritage and celebrates the many ways our seas and oceans enrich our lives. A relative newcomer to the festival scene in Ireland, SeaFest has quickly become one of the most popular events in the country. Now in its fourth year, the festival has grown in attendance and scope – attracting 10,000 visitors in 2015, 60,000 visitors in 2016 and more than 100,000 visitors this year.

All entertainment, events and activities at SeaFest were free and 103,000 visitors flocked to Galway Harbour to enjoy a host of activities and entertainment on and around the water. In addition, the festival generated over €6.5 million in direct income for Galway’s tourism industry.

Global event specialists, Arcana were appointed event managers for SeaFest and worked with the Marine Institute and over 20 local, regional and national organisations and agencies to stage the three-day festival.

SeaFest Kids Colouring Competition Winner for June

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Eve, age 8, from Mayo is the winner of the SeaFest Kids Colouring Competition for June 2018. Eve will receive a €50 Eason Ireland Gift Card for her colourful version of the RV Celtic Explorer.

There were oceans of SeaFest Kids Colouring Competition entries received in June, adding a splash of colour to SeaFest social media. There were more than 50 entries received in the month leading up to the festival weekend (29th June – 1st July). See all the creative entries in the Facebook photo album – SeaFest Colouring Competition June Entries.

The SeaFest Kids Colouring Competition will run until the end of July 2018, and the winner will be awarded a €50 Eason Ireland Gift Card.

To enter the competition, get creative and colour in the picture of the RV Celtic Explorer docked in Galway Harbour at SeaFest, drawn by urban illustrator Róisín Curé.

Take a photo of the finished creation and upload to Facebook or Twitter and add #SeaFest and post on the SeaFest Facebook page or tag SeaFest on Twitter. Add your first name, age and county/country to your post. Remember to make your Facebook post public, so SeaFest can see your entry.

Download a copy of the SeaFest Kids Colouring Competition from the Kids Zone on the SeaFest website.

Eve, Age 9, Mayo is the SeaFest Kids Colouring Competition winner for June 2018.

Thank you from SeaFest

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After many months of planning and a fun filled weekend of events in Galway, we bid a fond farewell to SeaFest 2018. It came and went like the surf on the tide!

We’d like to thank everyone who came along and participated in SeaFest – we hope you enjoyed celebrating our seas with us. It was wonderful to see so many happy and inquisitive faces learning all about the amazing ways our seas and oceans enrich our lives.

Thanks also to all of our stakeholders, partners and sponsors who put in so much effort to help make SeaFest 2018 a success, Thanks also to our festival organiser Arcana, our suppliers and to the media who have shown great support for SeaFest, year on year.

We really appreciate all the volunteers who brought enthusiasm and positivity to visitors at SeaFest. Also a big thanks to the people and businesses of Galway – we couldn’t have done it without you.

SeaFest has quickly become one of the most popular summer festivals in Ireland. It celebrates our proud maritime heritage and raises awareness about the value and opportunities provided by our sea and oceans.

Thanks again for making this year’s festival such a huge success!

Meallann Féile na Mara 2018 breis agus 100,000 cuairteoir

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Mheall féile náisiúnta mhuirí na hÉireann, Féile na Mara, 103,416 cuairteoir go Cuan na Gaillimhe i rith an imeachta trí lá, a ghin breis agus €6.5 milliún don chathair.

Mealladh an líon ba mhó cuairteoirí go Féile na Mara a mealladh riamh Dé Domhnaigh, an 1 Iúil nuair a thug breis agus 50,000 cuairteoir aghaidh ar Chuan na Gaillimhe agus na Dugaí don lá deiridh scléipe.  B’álainn an leoithne fhionnuar farraige a bhí ag séideadh fad a tháinig na sluaite i láthair don lá deireanach d’Fhéile na Mara 2018.  Bhí an Surfálaí Eitleoige ón bPortaingéil a bhain an Churiarracht Dhomhanda amach, Francisco Lufinha, in ann aghaidh a thabhairt ar an uisce, chomh maith, chun a scileanna surfála eitleoige a thaispeáint do na cuairteoirí a tháinig go Cuan na Gaillimhe. Tá an churiarracht dhomhanda bainte amach ag Francisco don Aistear Surfála Eitleoige is Faide gan stadanna, idir Liospóin agus Oileán Mhaidéara, a chumhdaigh 874 km d’Fharraige na Portaingéile i dtréimhse ghearr ach 48 uair an chloig.

Dúirt an Dr John Killeen, Cathaoirleach Fhoras na Mara, “Sháraigh Cruinniú Mullaigh Shaibhreas ár nAigéin agus Féile na Mara 2018 araon an méid a raibh súil againn leis i dtaobh freastail agus feasacht phoiblí a chruthú ar na hacmhainní ollmhóra muirí a bhfuil flúirse díobh ann timpeall oileán na hÉireann. Táimid anois, mar thír, ag éirí níos feasaí de réir a chéile ar an rachmas féideartha is féidir lenár bhfarraigí a ghiniúint. Cuireann Féile na Mara ardán ar tairiscint chun an pobal a spreagadh tábhacht ár bhfarraigí agus an méid a chuireann siad lenár ngeilleagar áitiúil agus náisiúnta a thuiscint.”

Taispeántar i bhfigiúirí a scaoil SEMRU ag Cruinniú Mullaigh Shaibhreas ár nAigéin, a cuireadh ar bun mar chuid d’Fhéile na Mara Dé hAoine, an 29 Meitheamh, gurb ionann luach geilleagrach gheilleagar aigéin na hÉireann agus €1.8 billiún nó thart ar 1% den Olltáirgeacht Intíre (OTÍ).

Ar leibhéal áitiúil, ghin Féile na Mara 2018 breis agus €6.5 milliún in ioncam díreach do thionscal turasóireachta na cathrach. Bhain cóiríocht, bialanna agus gnólachtaí eile ar fud na Gaillimhe tairbhe ón bplódú ollmhór daoine isteach a thug aghaidh ar Chuan na Gaillimhe i gcaitheamh an deireadh seachtaine.

Dúirt Méara Chomhairle Cathrach na Gaillimhe, Niall McNelis, “Bhí an rath geal arís eile ar Fhéile na Mara 2018 agus thaispeáin sé nach bhfuil a shárú ann ar Ghaillimh chun imeachtaí náisiúnta agus idirnáisiúnta muirí a chur ar bun. Tá ollacmhainn ann go ndéanfar ceannródaí de Ghaillimh sa domhan muirí, agus is ann atá Foras na Mara, Institiúid Uí Riain ag OÉ, Gaillimh, agus antIonad Taighde Mhuirí agus Fionnuisce ag GMIT suite. Acmhainn fhíor-álainn atá ina cuan nádúrtha don chathair agus sholáthair sé an t-amfaitéatar nádúrtha ab áille d’Fhéile na Mara i gcaitheamh an deireadh seachtaine.”

Bhí gliondar croí ar an Dr Peter Heffernan, POF Fhoras na Mara leis an líon daoine a bhailigh i gCuan na Gaillimhe chun taitneamh a bhaint as an scléip.

“Is éard a bhaineann le Féile na Mara ná an fharraige a cheiliúradh, agus chruthaigh an deireadh seachtaine seo ní hamháin gurb acmhainn luachmhar mhuirí an fharraige, ach is foinse spraoi agus siamsaíochta í agus b’iontach a thabhairt faoi deara go raibh taitneamh á bhaint as na díolta spéise agus na gníomhaíochtaí ar an uisce ag an oiread sin cuairteoirí.  Ceaptar anois go bhfuil Féile na Mara ar cheann de na féilte is mó agus is rathúla dá samhail san Eoraip. Ní fhéadfaí seo a bhaint amach murach an tacaíocht ollmhór a thug réimse fairsing de ghníomhaireachtaí áitiúla, réigiúnacha agus náisiúnta a tháinig le chéile chun an t-imeacht mórscála seo a phleanáil agus a chur ar bun, agus gabhtar buíochas ar leith le Cuideachta Cuain na Gaillimhe. Chomh maith leis sin, ghlac ár n-oibrithe deonacha páirt thábhachtach chun imeacht nach ndéanfar dearmad air a dhéanamh d’Fhéile na Mara 2018.” Dúirt an Dr Peter Heffernan

Rinneadh ‘domhan mara’ ollmhór idirghníomhach de Chuan na Gaillimhe don fhéile trí lá agus bhí an t-éadan le huisce beo bríomhar le gníomhaíochtaí agus siamsaíocht gan staonadh do dhaoine ar gach aois. Bhí na himeachtaí go léir a thit amach i rith Fhéile na Mara saor in aisce do na daoine a d’fhreastail ar an bhféile. D’éirigh leis na sluaite sult a bhaint as taispeántais spreagúla agus as gleacaíocht dhochreidte san aer nuair a bhí na seaimpíní domhanda citilbhoird i mbun cleasa i gcroílar an chuain. Bhí seoltóireacht agus cadhcáil saor in aisce ar fáil agus chuir Cumann Seoltóireachta na hÉireann rochtain do dhaoine faoi mhíchumas ar fáil do dhaoine ar spéis leo an tseoltóireacht i gcaitheamh an deireadh seachtaine.

Bhí turais oscailte ar fáil ar roinnt árthaí sa chuan a bhí líon lán le báid, ar cheann de na hárthaí is nua ina measc i gCabhlach na hÉireann, LÉ William Butler Yeats, árthach Choimisinéirí Soilse na hÉireann, an Granuaile, árthach taighde Fhoras na Mara, RV an Celtic Explorer, agus an trálaer peiligeach, Girl Stephanie.  Bhí an-tóir ar an taispeántas ollmhór ó na Fórsaí Cosanta i measc idir óg agus aosta. Chuir Bord Iascaigh Mhara agus an Bord Bia sárthaispeántas de bhia mara na hÉireann ar siúl, chomh maith le taispeántais bheo chócaireachta agus cheannaithe éisc ag roinnt de na chefanna is fearr in Éirinn. Bhí go leor le déanamh ag na leanaí óga sna ceardlanna ealaíne agus ceardaíochta, suiteálacha ealaíne, taispeáintí umar tadhaill agus Lego a bhí spreagtha ag cúrsaí muirí a bhí ar siúl. Rinne taispeáintí ag na Fórsaí Cosanta, agus cainteanna leis na ceamaradóirí fiadhúlra, Doug Allan agus Ken O’Sullivan siamsaíocht a chur ar fáil do chách.

SeaFest 2018 nets over 100,000 visitors

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Marine scientists enjoying Seafest, Ireland's national maritime festival 2018. Andrew Downes, xposure

 

Ireland’s national maritime festival SeaFest attracted 103,416 visitors to Galway Harbour during the three day event, generating over €6.5 million for the city.

Sunday 1st July, attracted the largest number of visitors ever to SeaFest, with over 50,000 visitors flocking to Galway Harbour and Docks for the final day of festivities. A welcome cool sea breeze carried the crowds to the closing day of SeaFest 2018. World-Record Kite Surfer Francisco Lufinha, from Portugal, was also able to take to the water to showcase his kitesurfing skills to visitors in Galway Bay. Francisco holds the world record for the Longest Journey Kitesurfing without stops, between Lisbon and Madeira Island, covering 874km of the Portuguese Sea in just 48 hours.

Dr John Killeen, Chairman of the Marine Institute said, “Our Ocean Wealth Summit and SeaFest 2018 have both exceeded our expectations in terms of attendance and also for creating public awareness of the immense marine resources which are abundant around the island of Ireland. We are now, as a country, beginning to become more aware of the potential wealth that can be generated by our seas. SeaFest offers a platform to engage the public in the importance of our seas and the contribution to our local and national economy.”

Figures released by SEMRU at Our Ocean Wealth Summit, held as part of SeaFest on Friday 29 June, show the economic value of Ireland’s ocean economy is €1.8 billion or approximately 1% of GDP.

On a local level SeaFest 2018 generated over €6.5 million in direct income for the city’s tourism industry. Accommodation, restaurants and other businesses across Galway benefited from the huge influx of people that descended on Galway Harbour over the weekend.

Galway City Council‘s Mayor Niall McNelis said, “SeaFest 2018 was a huge success showing once again Galway’s unrivalled capacity to host national and international maritime events. Galway has enormous potential to become a leader in the marine world as home to the Marine Institute, The Ryan Institute at NUI Galway, and the Marine and Freshwater Research Centre at GMIT. Its natural harbour is a magnificent resource for the city and provided the most amazing natural amphitheatre for SeaFest over the weekend.”

Dr Peter Heffernan, CEO of the Marine Institute was delighted with the number of people who gathered in Galway Harbour to enjoy the festivities.

“SeaFest is all about celebrating the sea, and this weekend proved that the ocean is not only a valuable marine resource, but a source of fun and entertainment and it was great to see so many visitors enjoying the attractions and activities on the water. SeaFest is now regarded as one of the biggest and most successful festivals of its kind in Europe. This would not have been possible without the huge support from a wide range of local, regional and national agencies who came together to plan and stage this largescale event, with special thanks to the Galway Port Company. Our festival volunteers also played an important role in making SeaFest 2018 one to remember.” Dr Heffernan said.

Galway Harbour was transformed into a giant interactive ‘sea world’ for the three day festival and the waterfront was awash with non-stop activities and entertainment for those of all ages. All the events taking place during SeaFest were all free for festival-goers. Crowds got to enjoy thrilling performances and breath-taking aerial acrobatics from world-champion flyboarders in the heart of the harbour. Free sailing and kayaking was on offer and Irish Sailing also offered disabled access for budding sailors over the weekend.

There were open tours available on a number of vessels in the ship filled harbour including one of the newest vessels in the Irish Navy, LÉ William Butler Yeats, the Commissioners of Irish Lights vessel the Granuaile, the Marine Institute‘s research vessel the RV Celtic Explorer, and pelagic trawler Girl Stephanie. The huge display from the Defence Forces was popular with the young and young at heart. BIM and Bord Bia hosted a showcase of Irish seafood as well as live cookery and fishmongery demonstrations with some of Ireland’s top chefs. The dedicated Kids Zone kept little hands busy with art and craft workshops, art installations, touch tank displays and marine-inspired LEGO. Talks with wildlife camera men Doug Allan and Ken O’Sullivan entertained all.

RTÉ Nationwide to showcase SeaFest 2018

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RTE Nationwide will devote this Wednesday’s episode to SeaFest 2018, Ireland’s biggest and best maritime festival.

Presenter Mary Kennedy spent a couple of days in Galway Harbour, talking to some of the key figures involved in the festival and enjoying some of the activities and events on offer.

She interviewed famous wildlife cameraman Doug Allan, who has captured amazing footage on documentaries including Blue Planet, Frozen Planet and Ocean Giants. Doug was at SeaFest all weekend to give talks about his experiences filming in some of the wildest and most remote places on earth.

The programme will also feature an interview with Irish underwater cameraman Ken O’Sullivan. His documentary Ireland’s Deep Atlantic on RTE captured the attention of the nation with groundbreaking footage of sea creatures in Irish waters.

Nationwide met with Dr Peter Heffernan, CEO of the Marine Institute, who spoke to them about the marine economy and Our Ocean Wealth Summit. He also talks about some of the technology innovations highlighted at the Marine Ireland Trade Show during the festival.

As always, SeaFest 2018 featured ships of all shapes and sizes and Mary Kennedy met with a couple of captains onboard – Tomás Conneely, Captain of super trawler Girl Stephanie and Lt Cdr David Fleming, Officer Commanding of the naval vessel LÉ William Butler Yeats.

SeaFest features on Nationwide this Wednesday (4 July) on RTE One at 7pm.

Filmmaker Ken O’Sulliavn with Mary Kennedy from RTE Nationwide.

50,000 for final day of festivities of SeaFest

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Surf and sea breeze sees record numbers on Sunday at SeaFest

Vanessa Aravgo, Sophia, Roberta and Lucas Amorim all from Galway and Miaya Brill, Athlone at SeaFest 2018
in Galway. Photo:Andrew Downes, xposure.

A cool sea breeze carried crowds to SeaFest, as the festival came to a close today in Galway. World-record kite surfer, crafts for kids, cookery and kayaking were just some of the activities on offer for Ireland’s largest maritime festival, taking place in Galway this weekend.

Today, Sunday 1st July, attracted the largest number of visitors ever to SeaFest, with over 50,000 visitors flocking to Galway Harbour and Docks for the final day of festivities.

World-Record Kite Surfer Francisco Lufinha, from Portugal, took to the water to kitesurf in Galway Bay. Francisco holds the world record for the Longest Journey Kitesurfing without stops, between Lisbon and Madeira Island, covering 874km of the Portuguese Sea in just 48 hours.

With pump-powered jet packs, three world-class Powerfly flyboarders soared high into the air and performed amazing tricks and flips in the heart of Galway Harbour.

The newest vessel in the Irish Naval Service, LE William Butler Yeats, was a crowd-favourite at this year’s SeaFest. The Commissioner of Irish Lights vessel, ILV Granuaile, the Marine Institute’s RV Celtic Explorer, and the pelagic trawler Girl Stephanie were all open for tours.

Visitors were also delighted at the chance to take to the water, with 800 kayaking experiences and 500 people also took part in the sailing sessions and boat trips taking place over the weekend – all free for festival-goers.

Award-winning cameraman, Doug Allan, most well-known for his work on BBC’s Blue Planet and Ocean Giants, entertained those of all ages with seven free talks over the three days. The documentary produced by Irish filmmaker Ken O’Sullivan, Ireland’s Deep Atlantic and children’s animation Song of the Sea, were also screened in The Atlantic Theatre.

There were oceans of fun activities for kids to dive into, including LEGO workshops, art and craft, interactive games and touch tank displays. Galway City Museum also offered Fishy Faces workshops and entertaining and educational experiments as part of the ‘Sea Science – The Wild Atlantic’ exhibition.

Seafood cookery and fishmongery demonstrations, interactive exhibits and displays were also on offer at the BIM/Bord Bia Seafood Experience. The Gastronomy Showcase Van also hosted seafood cooking classes and demonstrations from Galway food producers and restaurateurs.

The huge display from the Defence Forces was also a popular attraction for the young and the young at heart. The roving seafaring entertainment, from swashbuckling pirates to giant deep sea divers, exploded onto the streets, also added to the exciting carnival atmosphere on Galway Harbour.

SeaFest 2018 is a key part of Harnessing Our Ocean Wealth: An Integrated Marine Plan for Ireland (HOOW) and its goal of increasing participation and engagement with the sea.

The Marine Institute co-ordinates SeaFest on behalf of the cross-government Marine Coordination Group, working together with a wide range of agencies and organisations. SeaFest has received support from Bord Iascaigh Mhara (BIM), Bord Bia, Commissioners of Irish Lights, Department of Defence, Galway City Council, Galway County Council, Port of Galway, Irish Coast Guard, Irish Sailing, the Royal National Lifeboat Institution (RNLI), Department Agriculture Food and the Marine, European Maritime and Fisheries Fund, Ireland’s European Structural and Investment Funds Programmes 2014-2020.

Women at the helm at SeaFest 2018

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Women sailors were at the helm at SeaFest 2018, Ireland’s national maritime festival, when they sailed six yachts from Oranmore across to Galway Harbour on the second day of the festival.

Some 39 women from Galway Bay Sailing Club were involved in the flotilla as part of Women on Water Ireland (WOWI), a network of female windsurfers, sailors and powerboaters based in Ireland. WOWI is an Irish Sailing initiative and was formed with the aim of raising the participation, profile and level of women’s water sports in Ireland. It is encouraging women to take to the helm with the goal of becoming the first women’s tribal inter-club event in 2019.

SeaFest 2018 included a strong line up of influential women in this year’s festival including Joan Mulloy, the first Irish female sailor to compete in the world-famous Solitaire du Figaro race, Mary Robinson, Former President of Ireland, Kathryn Sullivan, former NASA astronaut and oceanographer, and Orla Doherty, producer of BBC’s award-winning Blue Planet.

One of the biggest crowd pleasers at the festival was the naval ship the LÉ William Butler Yeats.

SeaFest’s social media team caught up with Lieutenant Maria O’Callaghan, second in command on the ship. She spoke about the work that the naval ship does, including the mission to help rescue migrants in the Mediterranean last year. She said SeaFest is an excellent way for the naval service to engage with people and explain the work that they do.

Joan Mulloy was a big draw at the BIM/Bord Bia Seafood Experience. The first Irish female sailor to compete in the world-famous Solitaire du Figaro race, Joan brought her yacht with her to SeaFest, and had it hoisted out of the water and proved an impressive display for festival goers. Joan was promoting Ireland’s connection with the sea and seafood producers on BIM’s Taste the Atlantic – a Seafood Journey trail on the Wild Atlantic Way.

Joan explained that she’ll be the only Irish woman in the races she’s competing in this year. “The races I do – I go offshore for three to five days at a time,” she said. “It’s racing non-stop, all day and all night, 24 hours a day.”

She said she doesn’t have time or energy to be worried during races as all the focus is on making the boat go faster, checking where the competitors are and keeping track of her performance.

There was a strong line up of female speakers at Our Ocean Wealth Summit, which is held as part of SeaFest. Former President of Ireland, Mary Robinson, was the keynote speaker while broadcaster Olivia O’Leary MC’ed the proceedings over the two days of the Summit.

Kathryn Sullivan, former NASA astronaut and oceanographer, was another key speaker at the Summit. Orla Doherty, producer of BBC’s award-winning Blue Planet II series, was one of the other highlights of the summit programme. With family roots on the Donegal coast, Orla has a strong connection to the sea. She is an expert in underwater filming and has filmed scientists at the frontline of ocean discoveries from Indonesia.

Across the weekend, SeaFest involved many female marine scientists, educators and also many from the marine economy.