Racing specifications for currachs in North America:
►Canvas skin covered with black oil-based paint
►Four-seat design, known as a naomhóg (pronounced NEE-vogue)
►Square stern; no keel
►Maximum length: 25 feet
►Minimum width: 42 inches at widest point
►Minimum draft: 14 inches at deepest point
►Oars must be made of wood
►No paddles on oars
SOURCE: North American Currach Association
If you go. . .
The Boston regatta will be held Sunday, Sept. 1, at Carson Beach in South Boston. The rowers will meet at the Curley Community Center at 1663 Columbia Road at 10:30 a.m., and the races will begin at noon. There will be a tug-of-war competition after the races.