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Old 28 November 2006, 14:00   #11
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...And Enda asserted himself when he visited the Solent that he did the trip for a bet (bottle of whiskey).



St. Brendan however (also of irish stock) is alleged to have made the crossing in an even more basic craft thereby 'discovering' America. Sadly he's not around to start a saintly blog.

Fair play to them all, Alan Priddy included. Takes guts+

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Old 28 November 2006, 14:24   #12
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I wonder what is the point of this record attempt, its not a new thing anymore
I would have thought that travelling west to east from Norway against all that's prevailing would be a bit of a challenge. Either that, or it's the Viking gene.
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Old 28 November 2006, 15:11   #13
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Crossing the atlantic Irish style

Hello Jackeens,

By the way, Us non Dublin people call Dublin people "Jackeen`s"

The St Brendan was Galway Bay Hooker (of the sailing variety). It is a big boat that was designed (Or copied) to take Livestock and Turf from The Mainland (Ireland) to the Islands. It would travel over with full load and then take on stones as ballast on the way home.
It was not that basic a boat really, it was bulky enough but the ballasting was everything. It has a Gaff rig/Gunter Rig Main with Mizen for steerage. They also used this Mizen for trawl Fishing I think they call it trolling from the stern.

The Kilkullan was a rib and relied on possibly two stroke outboard as I dont believe they had the 4 stroke at that time.
He relied on a simple jusr rig Sail running with the wind off the quarter and the drift which added several knots and used the Engine when he needed to have helm in high seas.
I think the Navy rescused him at least once. If I recall, he made it the third time. But then again I am getting old and dont remember the facts nor the book fully. One could say he crossed by floating and navigating his way.
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Old 28 November 2006, 15:25   #14
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Finding AMerica

Hi Jackeens,

Whats with the Irish finding America in the St Brendan??????

We didnt find it, we invaded it......successfully may I add. and it was not the St Brendan, it was Aer Lingus......It didnt say on the visa to go home.

By the way Columbus didnt find America, he may of thought he had, but he did not consult the Indians.....

God Bless the Paddy, We also Built New York, London, Sydney.... etc.
You can take the lad out of the country but you cannot take the country out of the lad......

But I guess you already know that. lets be specific, God Bless Cork, the real European Capital.... We have our own Metro called the Jack Lynch Tunnel. God Bless Jack Lynch Too..... real Cork.
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Hello Jackeens,

By the way, Us non Dublin people call Dublin people "Jackeen`s"
Hello Aidan. And that is indeed the origin of our nickname since one of us is a Dub and the other one is married to one

The Brendan we were referring to was the saintly sailor who went for many a jaunt and spin on the ocean wave, maybe even discovering Amerikay in a wood & leather style craft a bit like a currach allegedly?

Tim Severin also had a go more recently. It might have been on his crossing that he was offered the famed Icelandic 'Brennivin' or Black Death by some passing friendly mariners?

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