CAMDEN — In 1796, when the French sent an invasion fleet to Bantry Bay in the west of Ireland, only one ship's boat, now called the Bantry Long Boat, made it ashore.
Tuesday, July 16, at 6:30 p.m., in the Camden Public Library’s Amphitheatre, British sailor and poet Mick Delap tells the story through a fusion of live Irish music, poetry, and a multi-media slide show.
The Bantry Bay Long Boat, also known as a “gig,” is seeing renewed life as the Atlantic Challenge Gig.
Apprenticeshop founder Lance Lee will accompany the performance to describe the modern history of the Bantry Bay Long Boat, which Lee replicated as the Atlantic Challenge Gig. The story of the creation and growth of the Atlantic Challenge will be put in the context of Lee’s strong belief in the importance of international camaraderie among sailors.
The first Atlantic Challenge Gigs were built by young people in Maine and France, and now are being constructed in sixteen other countries around the world, according to the Library, in a news release.
The Atlantic Challenge Gigs meet every other year with ten male and female oarsmen/sailors to compete in the International Atlantic Challenge Regatta. The next regatta will be in 2020 in St Petersburg, Russia.
Following his presentation, Lee will invite the audience to gather around a ten-foot model of the gig for a question and answer session.