RACING GALWAY HOOKERS
On the West coast of Ireland in Connemara, enthusiasts of the traditional sailing Galway Hookers gather on McDara\\\'s Day in the middle of July to race. The hooker refers to four classes of boats. All are named in Irish. The Bád Mór (big boat) ranges in length from 10.5 to 13.5 metres (35 to 44 feet). The smaller Leath Bhád (half boat) is about 10 metres (28 feet) in length. Both Bád Mór and Leath Bhád were decked forward of the mast. These boats were used to carry turf to be used as fuel across Galway Bay from Connemara and County Mayo to the Aran Islands and the Burren. The boats often brought limestone on the return journeys, to neutralise the acid soils of Connemara and Mayo.