Currachs by the book

Racing specifications for currachs in North America:

Wood-frame construction


Canvas skin covered with black oil-based paint

Four-seat design, known as a naomhóg (pronounced NEE-vogue)

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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.

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