“Ramharry” is the Viking term for “rough and strong” , a good name for this fast but sturdy boat.  It’s also the name of a rock attached to Mew Island (one of the three islands off the coast of Donaghadee). The Ramharry tidal race is formed  by the strong tides of the North Channel coming into conflict with those swirling around the entrance to Belfast Lough.

Donaghadee were the last team to commence the boat build but they soon caught up with helpers pitching in and reinforcing the community spirit on which this project is based. The boatbuilding shed was provided  by Shields’, just off High St.

“Even though the boat is in kit form, it requires a certain level of skill and a lot of commitment to do this, but once we started there was no stopping us”

Donaghadee was once a centre of trade and operated a ferry across the North Channel.   Today the harbour shelters recreational sailing boats and there are boat trips out to the Copeland Islands. Island farmers would have used small craft for daily transport and work.

If you are interested in maintaining or rowing Ramharry join the Donaghadee Coastal Rowing Club by contacting Kate McNeill on 07817333789 or  No experience necessary just lots of enthusiasm.   They have a facebook page here.

During the Donaghadee Lifeboat weekend of 2015 the Club held a very sucessful regatta the results can be found in the news section.