Thursday, August 11, 2016

Header Photo: Shannon One-Design Start

The previous photo is a start of the Shannon One Design, an Irish, 18 foot, clinker, cat-rigged traditional dinghy that is raced primarily out of Lough Derg on the River Shannon. The class came about when, in 1920, sailors on the River Shannon decided to ditch their motley assortment of 18 foot sailing/rowing open boats and settle on a design by Morgan Giles.

These Shannon One Design's are very quick in a breeze.

In looking up the Shannon One Design, I came across the BBC show, "Three Men in a Boat", which seems to be a watery takeoff of the hit BBC car show, "Top Gear"; both shows featuring three guys swimming in back-and-forth witty banter . "Three Men in a Boat" did a show on cruising the Shannon and featured the Shannon One Design (seen at about 19 minutes in on the following YouTube).

The Wikipedia page for the Shannon One Design can be found here.


Dieharddinghysailor said...

Enjoying watching the Three Men in a Boat series, thanks, nice bit of nostalgia, lovely scenery.....time I went back for a visit..!

Tweezerman said...


It's amazing what you come across when researching a topic.

Tweezerman said...


Oh, I forgot to wish you good luck in that four-wheeled contraption you cooked up.