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Currachs race in New London

Published August 01. 2013 4:00AM

First things first: What exactly is a currach?

It's an Irish boat indigenous to the west coasts of Ireland and Scotland. The size and shape of these vessels may vary depending on where they're from, but they tend to consist of a wooden frame covered with canvas. (Back in the day, animal skin rather than canvas was used.)

And here's why you need to know that: New London Currach Rowers (NLCR) host their own regatta each year, and the 2013 version happens this Saturday afternoon at Fort Trumbull State Park. The New London group, which is the only currach club in the state, will race against other teams from the North American Currach Association.

- KRISTINA DORSEY

Currach regatta, 12:30-5 p.m. Saturday, Fort Trumbull State Park, 90 Walbach St., New London; nlcurrachrowers.org.

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