Sunday, April 8, 2007

Where does that name come from?

Our sailboat came with the name Splendid Mane. After a little research we learned a little about the name and decided that it fit our boat and we would keep it.....

Splendid Mane was the horse of Manannán MacLir, Gaelic God of the Headlands, for whom the Isle of Man is named. Splendid Mane could run with ease on land and sea; was said to be faster than the spring gales and could bring calm to the water or raise great storms. It is said by fishermen of the area that Splendid Mane, also sometimes called Enbarr of the Flowing Mane, can still be seen cresting the waves as they come to shore near Man, Arran and the Firth of Clyde, Scotland.

Manannán also had a boat propelled and guided by his wishes, called the Wave-sweeper. He was the host of the Feast of Age, a banquet where the guests never grew old.