Achill Yawl Festival / Cruinniú Bádóirí Acla

The 2017 Achill Yawl Festival / Cruinniú Bádóirí Acla takes place from 24th June to 3rd September.

Scroll down for full calendar of dates and locations.

Or see the Achill Yawl Sailing facebook page.

achill-island-tourism-12The Achill Yawl Festival (Cruinniú Bádóirí Acla) is an annual series of races involving traditional Achill yawl sailing boats. The races take place at various locations along Achill Sound, the body of Atlantic water that connects Clew Bay with Blacksod Bay on the west coast of County Mayo, Ireland.

The Achill Yawl is a traditional wooden sailing boat with a solid hull and a single mast. In recent years, partly due to the success of Cruinniú Bádóirí Acla, there has been a revival in this traditional vessel. A dedicated workshop has even been established at Mulranny to build new yawls, and the first craft from this enterprise was sold in 2003 to a customer in Boston, USA.

achill-island-tourism-11The Achill Yawl Festival runs from July to September each year, with races taking place at weekends and in the evenings (when tides allow). An exciting spectator sport, the races are keenly contested by local teams from the Achill and Mulranny areas.

Tá Cumann Bádóirí Acla ag iarraidh cultúir agus traidisiúin seoltóireachta an yawl a chosaint agus a leanú amach. Béidh béim dhá chur ar labhairt na Gaeilge insna h-imeachtaí seo.

achill-island-tourism-10Le cúpla bliain anuas tá uimhir na mbád árdaí ó 3 go 13. ‘Sé an cuspóir atá againn cur leis an bfás iontach seo. Tuigeann Cumann Bádóirí Acla an tábhacht atá leis an chultúir agus an teanga a chaomhnú. Béidh imeachtaí na Féile dhá reachtáil tré mheán na Gaeilge. Baineann na sluaite a bhíonn i láthair ag na rásaí an-tsásamh as an spórt ársa seo, as an scil iontach a bhaineann le gabhail na Yawlta agus an choimhlint ghéar a bhíonn ann le ceann scríbe a bhaint amach.Calendar for 2017 Achill Yawl Sailing Festival