Some very friendly pirates met us at the gates of Howth Yacht Club, helped us on with our life jackets, and steered us to the boat where my lucky daughter was lifted on board by a posse of firemen, envied by most of the rest of us!
And so we set off on our adventure on the high seas, well the seas around Ireland's Eye anyway. But there were more pirates, and even a pitched battle with the water balloons and cannons we found in our goody bags!
Once we'd outrun all the other brigs and schooners we relaxed and enjoyed the glorious views and the fresh sea air.
Back on dry land, there was a barbecue for all the hungry sailors, followed by glimpses of diving seals and Scottish pipers on the way back to the car.
It was a really wonderful day, and huge thanks to everyone who gave of their time to make it possible.