Bray People - - NEWS - By ES­THER HAY­DEN

SOME rain­fall failed to dampen spir­its in Wick­low at the week­end for the an­nual Volvo Round Ire­land Sail­fest week­end.

The fes­ti­val got un­der way on Fri­day night with a night of Celtic mu­sic in Wick­low Sail­ing Club where lo­cal trad band, The Maguire Fam­ily, high pro­file Celtic Trad band, Per­fect Fric­tion, fol­lowed by the unique Mic Shy en­ter­tained the crowds.

The open­ing evening con­cluded with the low­er­ing of the na­tional flags of all the yachts tak­ing part in the race fol­lowed by a spec­tac­u­lar fire­works dis­play at the Black Cas­tle.

On Satur­day the main event was the start of The Volvo Round Ire­land Yacht Race with 64 boats tak­ing part. This year’s race had a re­ally in­ter­na­tional flavour with crews tak­ing part from Oman, France, USA, Ger­many and many other Euro­pean na­tions.

Once the boats set sail the en­ter­tain­ment con­tin­ued with an air dis­play, face paint­ing, chil­dren’s games, ma­gi­cians, fal­conry, cir­cus shows and a host of other ac­tiv­i­ties. On Sun­day it was all about food and fam­i­lies as the Taste of Wick­low re­turned to the his­toric Abbey Grounds. De­spite the day long rain, the event at­tracted over 2,500 vis­i­tors to see a star stud­ded pro­gramme of celebrity chefs in­clud­ing Neven Maguire, Derry Clarke, Paul Kelly, The Druid Chef Rory Mo­ra­han and lo­cal chefs Alan He­garty of The Light­house Restau­rant, Veron­ica O’Reilly of Healthy Habits Café, and Andy McDaniel of The Bridge Tav­ern. The bud­ding chefs from East Glen­dalough School and Do­mini­can Col­lege also did them­selves proud with their food pre­sen­ta­tions.

There was also plenty of mu­sic en­ter­tain­ment spon­sored by the Bridge Tav­ern as well as a visit from Kenyan Am­bas­sador, his Ex­cel­lency Richard Opembe, who is cur­rently work­ing with Wick­low Town & Dis­trict Cham­ber of Com­merce to de­velop a long term com­mer­cial strat­egy with Wick­low.

Over 30 ar­ti­san food stalls were sell­ing and dis­play­ing their wares with ten craft stalls also par­tic­i­pat­ing. The day was packed full of fam­ily fun with chil­dren’s games, ma­gi­cians, face painters and en­ter­tain­ers.

On Mon­day the Sul­tanate of Oman’s flag­ship tri­maran Mu­san­dam- Oman Sail won the Round Ire­land race com­plet­ing the course in just 38 hours, 37 min­utes and 7 sec­onds smash­ing its own 2015 record by an in­cred­i­ble 2 hours, 14 min­utes and 50 sec­onds.

The yachts at the start of the race.

Chil­dren hang­ing out on one of the can­nons.

Deb­o­rah and Freya Jame­son.

Al­fie and Sen­landa Si­mon­net .

Pam Bea­com on the Old Pier.

Carolann Mur­phy, Julie Clancy Har­rold and Jen­nifer Haughton.

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