Today is the final day of what has been a gloriously sun-soaked weekend of maritime activities on the Galway docks.
SeaFest brings all facets of the maritime world brought together in a single place and again this year its been a great platform to discover more about our oceans, the amazing work that goes on around the coast and to inspire future generations to become more involved with our seas. As well as being, of course, some great fun in the sun!
The wall to wall sunshine and heavenly blue skies definitely will cement this years festivals in the annals of the perfect summer weekend. Crowds flocked to the docks and took full advantage of the sunshine. The visiting vessels were awash with colour as the spectators climbed on board for a look around.
Marine science was very much at the heart of the festival and the ethos of education and raising awareness about our maritime world were a major focus throughout the festival.
The Explorers Education Programme were raising awareness in the kids zone how we can all help keep our oceans plastic free by making one small change.
The interactive touch pool in the BIM big top let the young and the young at heart get up close and personal with some of the marine species in our waters.
Wildlife cameraman Doug Allan, who has worked on documentaries such as the Blue Planet, was a big hit in the Atlantic Theatre.
There were over 100 visiting boats on the docks soaking up the atmosphere and adding a great splash of colour to the festival.
As well as the visiting Naval vessel the big guns and machinery were on show at the Defence Forces display.
The visiting trawler Girl Stephaine was a rare opportunity to have a look board a working trawler and learn about sustainable fishing.
A few notable boats made an appearance on the dock including Enda O’Coineen’s Kilcullen Voyager.