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The Three Festivals Tall Ships Regatta 2018: Irish luck on prize giving day

Posted on: 03.06.18

The luck of the Irish was working for the fleet of the Three Festivals Tall Ships Regatta 2018 in Dublin.  Following a packed day of trying Gaelic sports and exploring Dublin City Centre the crews took part in prize giving ceremony attended by the Lord Mayor of Dublin, Mícheál Mac Donncha, before enjoying a great crew party.

Photo gallery posted on our Facebook page here.

The crew of Maybe arrive in Dublin

Most Spectacular Arrival:

Maybe (UK) who made the most spectacular arrival into the River Liffey in totally tropical style

Best Dressed Ship:

Atyla (Vanuatu)

Most International Crew:

Atyla (Vanuatu) with 11 different nationalities (China, Finland, Ireland, Mexico, Spain, United States of America, Estonia, France, Kazakhstan, Netherlands, UK)

Youngest Crew:

Adventure Wales (UK) Average age 18 years old




Best Ball Catcher:

Ben from Adventure Wales

Best Hurley Waver:

Koh Yan Xin



3rd Class C on Corrected Time:

Adventure Wales (UK)

3rd Class B on Corrected Time:

Atyla (Vanuatu)

3rd Class A on Corrected Time:

Belem (France)


2nd Class C on Corrected Time:

City of London (UK)

2nd Class B on Corrected Time:

Belle Poule (France)

2nd Class A on Corrected Time:

Pelican of London (UK)


1st Class C on Corrected Time:

Sir Stelios (UK)

1st Class B on Corrected Time:

Maybe (UK)

1st Class A on Corrected Time:

Morgenster (Netherlands)


Race Committee Prize:

Lord Nelson (UK)

Line Honours:

Sir Stelios (UK)

Final race results can be seen here.

What does luck of the Irish mean?

The term “luck of the Irish” is not Irish in origin.During the gold and silver rush years in the second half of the 19th century, a number of the most successful miners were of Irish and Irish American birth. Over time this association of the Irish with mining fortunes led to the expression ‘luck of the Irish.’


The Three Festivals Tall Ships Regatta is a two-leg event across three sea areas in north-west Europe. Liverpool, United Kingdom (U.K.) was the start port for the race to Dublin, Republic of Ireland (R.O.I).  They will race to Bordeaux, France leaving on Tuesday 5 June.

Any Tall Ships Regatta is a spectacular event for visitors and crew alike, and the Three Festivals Tall Ships Regatta 2018 is no exception. Each stop on the regatta route coincides with major celebrations as Liverpool marks the ten year anniversary of their year as the European Capital of Culture and Bordeaux is holding its leading European wine festival, Bordeaux Fête le Vin.

The Regatta is age friendly and accessible to all as it offers the opportunity to participate to a wide age demographic and there are also ships specially designed to facilitate various levels of physical ability