Another fantastic event which took place on the Cool Route this month was the Foyle Flotilla.
Saturday 14th October saw some lovely autumnal weather, local water sport clubs were able to showcase their particular types of boats that are extensively used on the river and lough.
The Foyle provided a delightful waterside setting for this flotilla of historic and leisure boats and it was a fascinating display of how these local clubs come together to have fun.
Up to 20 boats including dinghies, canoes, kayaks, skiffs, Foyle punts, Curragh Long boats and coastal row boats and Olympic style rowing boats took part in the event. Local clubs including Moville Boat Club, Foyle Sailability, Foyle Paddlers, Lough Foyle Yacht Club, Moville Sports Sea Scouts, City Of Derry Boating Club, Driftwood Canoe Club and along with the Causeway Coast Maritime Heritage took part in the event.
This is a fantastic boost to tourism in the local area, in the shoulder season and the hope is that this event will grow and become a regular fixture with the Loughs Agency, Derry City and Strabane District Council, local clubs and organisations working together and that visiting boats from further afield can be attracted.
It is very encouraging to see the growing tourism potential through the River Foyle and its ability to attract tourists to the town and surrounding area. The Foyle region is naturally steeped in history and the traditional punts of Lough Foyle Yacht club particularly show the City’s long connection to the River.