NEXT weekend (July 13th-15th) the ninth Glandore Classic Boat Summer School offers talks and lectures, book-readings, launches and a model exhibition in the renovated church.

Minister for the Marine Simon Coveney will give the keynote talk the Saturday and the programme will be on the theme “Our Ocean Wealth”.

Speakers will include Commodore Mark Mellett, OC Naval Service; Micheal Ó Cinnéide of the Environmental Protection Agency; Jason Whooley, CEO of BIM; John O’Sullivan, Exploration Director of Providence Resources; Dr Andy Wheeler of UCC; Lord Puttnam, who will speak on educational potential; Wesley Flannery of NUIG; Kieran Cotter, coxswain of the Baltimore lifeboat and a many more.

Sunday’s programme will cater for traditional boat enthusiasts with a reading from Seanchas ó Chairbre by Maureen O’Donovan; Pat Nolan telling the story of the 50-footer BIM trawlers; Holger Lonze’s presentation on the pre-historic trade in tin between Cornwall and West Cork and his sculpture in bronze and a round-up of local boat-building projects in Oldcourt co-ordinated by Ted O’Driscoll.

The Summer School will take place in a number of venues in the picturesque village of Glandore including for the first time, some lectures in the church overlooking the pier which will also house the model boat exhibition.

Launches include the book, G.L. Watson, The Art and Science of Yacht Design on Saturday evening and the Traditional Boats of Ireland web-site www.tradboats.ie on Sunday afternoon.

The organisers also wish to thank sponsors CH Marine, Providence Resources and Glenmar Shellfish.

Visit www.glandoreyc.com for more.