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No Decision Yet on Haulbowline Yacht Racing Hub in Cork Harbour

1st April 2015
Could the former Ispat site accommodate a yacht racing hub as part of a grand plan for Haulbowline island?
No Decision Yet on Haulbowline Yacht Racing Hub in Cork Harbour

#haulbowline – Marine minister Simon Coveney says there has been no final decision taken on an 'Ocean Yacht Racing Hub' within the Naval Service base at Haulbowline island in Cork Harbour.

In this morning's Irish Times newspaper, marine correspondent Lorna Siggins writes that a British yacht racing consultancy has met Government agencies as part of a 'grand plan' for haulbowline island, site of a former steelworks site. The plan for the yacht base was first mooted by British solo racer Alex Thomson when he called into to Cork Harbour for repairs last April before heading across the Atlantic Ocean.

As reported last October, Thomson, together with his shore manager Stuart Hosford, a Cork native, returned to the harbour and gave a public lecture about his solo sailing success that also included comment about the potential to develop the harbour site. The visit was part of an 'Innovation Week' in Cork where Cork Institute of Technology, the Irish Naval Service and University College Cork promoted the first Imerc Innovation Week.

Interest in the Haulbowline site focuses on the substantial graving dock where large yachts measuring up to over 100–foot in length or more could be lifted in an out of the water in a deep water environment with convenient access to the Atlantic. 

Haulbowline has been making headlines for years because of cancer-causing residue, left over from the Irish Steel plant that once occupied the land. It has been confirmed that a cache of 500,000 tonnes of slag and toxic waste material were buried at the former steelworks. Afloat reported on the hot site in the harbour in 2011.

More in the Irish Times on the Yacht Hub story here.

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  • Comment Link Michael Joseph 7th April 2015 posted by Michael Joseph

    In view of the ghastly plans for Dun Laoghaire to accomodate cruising apartment blocks it isn't surprising that Corkonians in general and the Yachting fraternity there want what could belong to Dun Laoghaire.

    O K it's adjacent to the Atlantic, and to Brit and French cruising boats but the East coast has its needs too, and the needs of the Scottish and Welsh cruising people, and they will not want to visit an emaciated and ugly facility like that proposed for Dun Laoghaire.

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