Tallships wake-up call

 

Sir, – Enda O Coineen’s indignation at the sequestering of Asgard insurance money (August 20th) is a timely wake-up call and reminder of the high value of sailing to the social and economic health of Ireland.

Given the huge public support for the Tall Ships event and the Volvo Ocean Race in Galway last year, along with the brewing excitement surrounding Galway’s hosting of the finish of the 2011-12 Volvo Ocean Race, is it not time to acknowledge that this maritime nation can benefit enormously by nurturing sailing and a love of the sea among our young people?

Mr O Coineen’s efforts to draw together interested parties and create a new viable Tallship for Ireland deserve individual, corporate and Government support. Let’s Do It! – Yours, etc,

PETER VINE,

Faul,

Clifden,

Co Galway.