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At sea level, the majestic granite construction of Dun Laoghaire Harbour blends so well with the many of the older buildings on the town's waterfront and its coastal surroundings that, after 200 years and more of its existence, many folk tend to think of this completely artificial haven as a natural part of Dublin Bay. And certainly, it is only with aerial photos that we get some idea of how much work was involved in re-purposing extraordinary quantities of stone quarried from the nearby hillside in Dalkey in order to create this massive yet totally artificial facility.

It is only with aerial photos that we get some idea of how much work was involved in the construction of Dun Laoghaire Harbour on Dublin BayIt is only with aerial photos that we get some idea of how much work was involved in the construction of Dun Laoghaire Harbour on Dublin Bay

Today, with everyone accustomed to costs inevitably spiralling out of control on major public projects, it's impossible to calculate how much it might cost to build it again, even with the best of 21st-century technology and equipment. Yet in the early 19th Century, using equipment that was sometimes very unusual and often extremely primitive, they went ahead and did it, and in a manageable time span, too.

Too often today, we take Dun Laoghaire Harbour for granted. Rob Goodbody has become an acknowledged expert on just what a remarkable project it was and is, and his talk (open to all) to the Dublin Bay Old Gaffers Association at Poolbeg Y&BC at 8.0pm on Thursday, February 15th will be a timely reminder of what a wonder of human ingenuity we find and enjoy on the shores of Dublin Bay.

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Thanks to dedicated fundraising by members of the Dublin Motorcycle Touring Club (DMTC), Dun Laoghaire Harbour RNLI received a generous donation of €6,300 as a result of multiple events undertaken by DMTC members throughout 2023.

Founded in 1971, DMTC is the largest multi-make motorcycle club in Ireland and selected RNLI as its charity for the year.

Michael Donohoe from Dun Laoghaire RNLI’s fundraising branch thanked all those who took part in the fundraising endeavours to raise much-needed funds for the busy Dun Laoghaire lifeboat station on Dublin Bay: ‘Our station operates an all-weather Trent class lifeboat and a D class inshore lifeboat.

The funds raised are an important support for the continuing work of the RNLI and will assist our volunteers with future lifesaving operations. We are delighted to have such strong links to the local community and wish to thank DMTC members for their generous donation.’

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At noon on Christmas Eve (Sunday, 24 December) Dun Laoghaire Harbour RNLI volunteer lifeboat crew will gather at the end of the East Pier to lay wreaths at sea and remember 15 of their lifeboat colleagues who lost their lives while on a rescue mission in gale force conditions in 1895.

The ceremony, which the public is invited to attend, is also held to remember all those who lost their lives through drowning around the coast, on inland waters and abroad.

As the RNLI prepares to mark its 200th year in operation in 2024, the station will mark the anniversary by placing wreaths in the sea from the all-weather lifeboat to pay tribute to their colleagues who lost their lives while on a service. The annual ceremony has become a Christmas Eve tradition for the Dublin lifeboat station. Both Dun Laoghaire RNLI’s inshore and all-weather lifeboat will launch, and volunteer lifeboat crew will lay the wreaths off the east pier in view of the public. This year, Olympic sailing medallist Annalise Murphy will read an account of the disaster, published at the time of the tragedy.

Piper Ruairí Somers will play a lament from the Lighthouse Battery and musician, William Byrne, will perform the ‘Ballad of the Palme.’

On 24 December 1895, the 'Civil Service No. 1' Dun Laoghaire lifeboat was wrecked while proceeding to the assistance of the SS Palme of Finland. The entire crew, 15 in total, were drowned. The lifeboat capsized 600 yards from the distressed vessel and, although every effort was made to send help to the lifeboat and to the Palme, nothing could be done.

The second Dun Laoghaire lifeboat 'Hannah Pickard' also launched but it too capsized under sail, fortunately all crew returned safely. The Captain, his wife, child and 17 crew were eventually rescued on the 26th December by the SS Tearaght.

The short ceremony takes place under the lighthouse at the end of the East Pier. It includes an ecumenical blessing, a reading from a news article published at the time and music.

Commenting on the event Dun Laoghaire RNLI Lifeboat Operations Manager Ed Totterdell said, ‘The loss of fifteen lifeboat volunteers devastated the local community at the time but the lifeboat service kept going. This event has grown from honouring an incredible act of service, to remembering all those who have lost their lives through drowning. Our lifeboat crew, as well as so many other lifeboat volunteers, are on call this Christmas, and every day of the year.’

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Dun Laoghaire Harbour saw the arrival of an unusual seaborne visitor this morning with the arrival of the Geoquip Seehorn supply vessel to the Dublin Bay harbour.

Sailing under the flag of Cyprus, the integrated geotechnical survey vessel (IGSV) arrived from Liverpool. 

The ship was converted in 2015 to be a geotechnical drilling vessel and is fitted with a large yellow-coloured drilling tower.

Seehorn is equipped to carry out large-scale research projects that have a combination of seabed CPT and borehole locations. A dedicated launching mechanism offers a quick, smooth and safe switch between drilling mode and seabed CPT mode through the large moonpool.

Her carrying capacity is 2500 t DWT, and her current draught is reportedly 5.5 metres. Her length overall (LOA) is 83.45 meters, and her width is 18.01 meters.

The ship is among the first to benefit from the new ship fender installation on the town's Carlisle Pier, which began in August.

As regular Afloat readers know, the installation of nine new fenders supported on tubular piles is designed to increase the capacity and flexibility of the quay for berthing a range of vessels that moor at the harbour.

These visitors to 'berth number three' include Navy ships, cruise liners, wind farm service and research vessels, beam trawlers and visiting superyachts,

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It’s prize-giving time down beside the Old Granite Pond. Last night (Friday), Commodore Eddie Totterdell presided over Dublin Bay Sailing Club’s annual re-distribution of their enormous cache of trophies in the National Maritime Museum in Dun Laoghaire. And tonight (Saturday), the Irish Sea Offshore Racing Association are holding their annual black-tie prize-giving dinner (and dance too, if the notion comes on you) just across the road in the waterfront National Yacht Club, the home club – as it happens – of both the DBSC Commodore, and ISORA Chairman Peter Ryan.

The National Maritime Museum is still thought of by more than a few as the being primarily the 180-year-old Mariners’ Church, notwithstanding the fact that the lease for the Church of Ireland to hand it over to the Maritime Institute was signed way back in 1974, making next year the Golden Jubilee of the beginning of the journey to becoming the Museum.

You can’t miss it….the former Mariners Church, now the National Maritime Museum (right) and the “new” Lexicon (left), with Dun Laoghaire Harbour beyond. It was thought the Lexicon would over-shadow the National Maritime Museum, but its location in the conspicuous church – with its re-purposing marking its Golden Jubilee next year – still tops them allYou can’t miss it….the former Mariners Church, now the National Maritime Museum (right) and the “new” Lexicon (left), with Dun Laoghaire Harbour beyond. It was thought the Lexicon would over-shadow the National Maritime Museum, but its location in the conspicuous church – with its re-purposing marking its Golden Jubilee next year – still tops them all

It achieved that status in 1978, when the newly-located museum was officially opened by President Patrick Hillery – as we shall see, he was a sailing man himself. But regardless of the passage of time, and even with the visionary and sympathetic re-purposing within, from the outside there’s no doubting this was originally a church, highly visible from all directions.

President Patrick Hillery with designer Billy Brown of Portaferry aboard the new Ruffian 23, which was making her debut at the 1976 Dun Laoghaire Boat Show. Two years later, President Hillary officially opened the newly-housed National Maritime Museum nearby in the former Mariner’s Church, by which time the Ruffian 23 class was becoming so popular as the latest long-lived Dublin Bay SC One-Design in Dun Laoghaire that in 2023 it has been playing a leading role in the Ruffian 23 International Golden Jubilee celebrationsPresident Patrick Hillery with designer Billy Brown of Portaferry aboard the new Ruffian 23, which was making her debut at the 1976 Dun Laoghaire Boat Show. Two years later, President Hillary officially opened the newly-housed National Maritime Museum nearby in the former Mariner’s Church, by which time the Ruffian 23 class was becoming so popular as the latest long-lived Dublin Bay SC One-Design in Dun Laoghaire that in 2023 it has been playing a leading role in the Ruffian 23 International Golden Jubilee celebrations

In fact, it dominated the view from the harbour such that, back in the day, the crew of any Royal Navy vessel which happened to be anchored or moored in what was then Kingstown on a Sunday would be marched - in uniformed procession - from Traders’ Wharf to Morning Service, following which non-commissioned ranks would return to the ship, but officers might avail of the Sunday lunch options at the waterfront yacht clubs.

THE CHALLENGE OF RE-PURPOSING A CLASSIC CHURCH BUILDING

Traditional churches must be among the most focused buildings ever created. And as they always carry a whiff of their former consecration, the re-purposing of a classic church such as this has only a very narrow selection of options. Indeed, there are those who would argue that becoming the National Maritime Museum was the only acceptable option to give the building any future with which people could feel comfortable.

Certainly most of us find that the re-purposing of classic churches to become something like a restaurant, or even someone’s home, can have a slightly distasteful feeling to it. That said, at tonight’s ISORA silverfest in the National, they’ll fondly remember the late Dickie Richardson (1926-2015) of Holyhead, who brought ISORA into being 51 years ago, in 1972.

HEART OF OFFSHORE RACING IN A FORMER METHODIST CHAPEL

Dickie and his wife Elspeth made their second home in a former Methodist Chapel at Porth y Fellyn, that attractive secluded western end of Holyhead Harbour. But one of the reasons Methodism succeeded so well in Wales was because its Elders did not build their chapels to over-awe the nearby buildings and their occupants. On the contrary, they built them to fit in with the local vernacular street-scape, and thus Chez Richardson had no trouble in being re-purposed as the friendly and hospitable heart of real sailing in Holyhead.

Dickie Richardson (1926-2015) of Liverpool and Holyhead in 1972. The founding chairman in 1972 of ISORA succeeded - with his wife Elspeth - in converting a former Methodist chapel at Porth-y-Fellyn in west Holyhead into a hospitable family home. Photo: W M NixonDickie Richardson (1926-2015) of Liverpool and Holyhead in 1972. The founding chairman in 1972 of ISORA succeeded - with his wife Elspeth - in converting a former Methodist chapel at Porth-y-Fellyn in west Holyhead into a hospitable family home. Photo: W M Nixon

Yet even with the Mariners Church’s suitable fit as the Museum, it has taken time for the general consciousness to become fully aware of the change. But in any case, all museums these days are having to re-think their contemporary relationship with the community they serve, and the Maritime Museum’s growing significance as the focus for contemporary events is something which was foreseen – or more accurately hoped for – by some of those visionaries who saw a new and very useful museum role for the de-consecrated church, and one of them was the ubiquitous Hal Sisk - he played key roles in both the new life for the Maritime Museum, and before that in the up-grading of what had been the Northwest Offshore Association to become ISORA.

The man who is everywhere – Hal Sisk in Dun Laoghaire with the historic schooner Atlantic in the background. His history of the 1870-founded Royal Alfred YC demonstrated the club’s pioneering role in promoting amateur sailing, he was involved in the early years of the Mariners Church in Dun Laoghaire becoming the National Maritime Museum, in 1971-72 he was a leading committee member in the NWOA becoming enlarged as ISORA, and currently he is much involved with Fionan de Barra in the revival of the Dublin Bay SC 21ft Class, which in 2024 will have their own designated line of moorings beside Dun Laoghaire’s East Pier off the National Yacht Club. Photo: W M NixonThe man who is everywhere – Hal Sisk in Dun Laoghaire with the historic schooner Atlantic in the background. His history of the 1870-founded Royal Alfred YC demonstrated the club’s pioneering role in promoting amateur sailing, he was involved in the early years of the Mariners Church in Dun Laoghaire becoming the National Maritime Museum, in 1971-72 he was a leading committee member in the NWOA becoming enlarged as ISORA, and currently he is much involved with Fionan de Barra in the revival of the Dublin Bay SC 21ft Class, which in 2024 will have their own designated line of moorings beside Dun Laoghaire’s East Pier off the National Yacht Club. Photo: W M Nixon

But now we’ve reached the happy stage of the Dun Laoghaire sailing community seeing the Museum as the natural location for any major social event which involves the members of all the harbour’s clubs, such as the launching of the Volvo Dun Laoghaire Regatta or the annual distribution of the DBSC prizes. But equally there are more specialist events which lend themselves better to a clubhouse hosting, and the ISORA gathering in the National is something of a hot ticket.

DUBLIN BAY’S HOSPITABLE GOVERNING CLUB

Dublin Bay Sailing Club, on the other hand, has prided itself on being a club for everyone interested in all forms of sailing. Yet while it started in a very modest way in 1884, it developed with rocket-like speed to become the overall administrator of Dun Laoghaire racing. Within ten years of its founding, it was the harbour’s central authority for governing new One-Design classes, and less than twenty years after the very first DBSC race, it received the royal seal of approval, so to speak, when the Viceroy Lord Dudley joined the 1898-founded Dublin Bay 25 OD Class with his new boat Fodhla, built by James Doyle in what was then Kingstown.

The Seal of Royal Approval for DBSC – the Viceroy Lord Dudley threading several in-harbour needles with his new Dublin Bay 25 Fodhla to win a Kingstown regatta in 1902The Seal of Royal Approval for DBSC – the Viceroy Lord Dudley threading several in-harbour needles with his new Dublin Bay 25 Fodhla to win a Kingstown regatta in 1902

You might think that this sort of direct involvement by those in power is now a long-lost relic of the rare old times. But under the state’s new management, we’ve seen the Sail Training Brigantine Asgard brought into being thanks to the somewhat unlikely combination - over time - of special efforts by Paddy Donegan and Charlie Haughey when they were in the role of Minister for Defence when their different parties were in power.

PRESIDENT HILLERY'S CALMING PRESENCE

But while both were personally seafaring enthusiasts, they could reasonably be described as representing the most colourful and contentious wings of their respective parties. So it was something of a relief for the more quiet-living section of the sailing community when the calming presence of President Hillery came with his new Ron Holland-designed Cork-built Club Shamrock Half Tonner Corcomroe to Dun Laoghaire, and entered into a friendly and long-standing agreement with leading Royal St George YC member Jack Craig to be his Sailing Master in the same way as – in the 1890s – Willie Jameson of the same club had been persuaded on board as Royal Sailing Master in the Prince of Wales’ mighty Watson-designed new cutter Britannia.

Thus President Hillery’s blessing in 1978 on the inauguration of the process of the Mariners Church becoming the National Maritime Museum carried weight. And it was preceded two years esrlier by his detailed visit to the newly-minted Ruffian 23 at the 1976 Dun Laoghaire Boat Show, so the celebration this year of the Golden Jubilee of the Ruffian 23 Class in Ireland and abroad – with Dun Laoghaire one of its continuing strongholds – is another example of Dublin Bay sailing going right to the top.

A light yet effective hand on the helm afloat and ashore – Tim Goodbody and his family’s contributions to sailing at many levels were recognised in two of the leading awards at last night’s DBSC prize-giving. Photo: Afloat.ie/David O’BrienA light yet effective hand on the helm afloat and ashore – Tim Goodbody and his family’s contributions to sailing at many levels were recognised in two of the leading awards at last night’s DBSC prize-giving. Photo: Afloat.ie

But as it is a state of affairs which goes all the way back to the first Dun Laoghaire regatta of 1828, inevitably the end-of-season prize-giving roundup is a massively complex affair. And as with the racing afloat, it is a stress test for DBSC’s “standing army” of volunteers, led by Honorary Secretary Rosemary Roy.

Eddie Totterdell and his Committee ahead of Friday night's packed DBSC prizegiving (below) in Dun Laoghaire's Maritime Museum Photos: Michael ChesterCommodore Eddie Totterdell and his DBSC committee ahead of Friday night's packed annual prizegiving (below) in Dun Laoghaire's Maritime Museum Photos: Michael Chester

Eddie Totterdell and his Committee ahead of Friday night's packed DBSC prizegiving (below) in Dun Laoghaire's Maritime Museum Photos: Michael Chester

Thus we’ll highlight the premier awards, but getting to grips with the details of the new winners of the many other trophies can be a matter of personal study of the special DBSC Results below

DUBLIN BAY’S TOP PRIZE-WINNERS

Details of the DBSC Premier Awards 2023:

John Treanor and the Valentina Crew at the DBSC Prizegiving Photo: Michael ChesterJohn Treanor and his victorious J112e Valentina Crew at the DBSC Prizegiving Photo: Michael Chester

The Dun Laoghaire Harbour Trophy

For the best new boat entered into DBSC Racing

Valentina. John Treanor

Tim and Richard Goodbody and the White Mischief crew at the at the 2023 DBSC Prizegiving Photo: Michael ChesterTim and Richard Goodbody celebrate with the J109 White Mischief crew at the at the 2023 DBSC Prizegiving Photo: Michael Chester

The George Arthur Newsome Cup

For the most successful boat in one design racing

White Mischief. Tim Goodbody

The Waterhouse Shield

For the most successful boat in a handicap series

Windjammer. Lindsay Casey

The Dr. Alf Delany Memorial Cup

For the most successful Dinghy in the season

Orion. Noel Butler

The Brendan Ebril Memorial Cup

For the most successful boat that turns out week on week, not winning another trophy

Ruth. The Shanahan Family

The Viking Award

For selflessly giving of time and expertise for the betterment of the standard of sailing in Dublin Bay

Tim Goodbody.  for his support of DBSC and mainly for his work on course design for many years)

GOODBODY IN EVERY WAY

The prominence of the Goodbody clan and its Patriarch Tim Goodbody is so right and proper, as he’s a sailing genius both inshore and offshore - he was lead helm when the Dubois 40 Irish Independent was overall winner of the 1987 Fastnet Race and top scorer in that year’s Admiral’s Cup team. Yet he also is an exceptionally talented administrator, having been Commodore of the RAYC in its glory days when it led the sailing world with its innovative Heineken Super-League, he also found time to do his stint as Commodore Royal Irish YC, which is no sinecure, and yet he is happy to turn his talents to the most basic tasks, which for Dublin Bay SC was his massive input into the creation of challenging courses for racing within the relatively limited space which is available to the club.

 The gang’s all here…..John Treanor’s new J/112E ValenTina took the DBSC’s Dun Laoghaire Harbour trophy for the best newcomer. Photo: Michael Chester The gang’s all here…..John Treanor’s new J/112E ValenTina took the DBSC’s Dun Laoghaire Harbour trophy for the best newcomer. Photo: Michael Chester

With the Royal Alfred YC now amalgamated into Dublin Bay SC, the key elements in the overall structure of the sailing for the entire membership of the four brick-and-mortar yacht clubs in Dun Laoghaire is unified, but the success in this arrangement is to be found in the strict restriction of DBSC’s remit to Dublin Bay sailing. This may seem so obvious as not to need clarification, but sometimes a hot-headed senior officer - having gained controls of the levers of power – will have a rush of blood to the head with ideas of geographic expansion.

In a year in which the great Liam Shanahan’s much-mourned death occurred at the age of 93, his family continued the tradition of keenly racing their award-winning J/109 Ruth. Photo: Afloat.ie/David O’BrienIn a year in which the great Liam Shanahan’s much-mourned death occurred at the age of 93, his family continued the tradition of keenly racing their award-winning J/109 Ruth. Photo: Afloat.ie/David O’Brien

However, after so many years of steady success, the DBSC administrators are well aware of the dictum that in order for the situation to stay the same, everything must quietly but steadily change. Thus traditionalists in DBSC are happy in the notion that their club is very directly still in the spirit established way back in 1884, yet those desiring innovation will – if their bright idea or new boat type is good – being quietly taken on board in the consistent yet ever-changing organization.

Former World Champion Noel Butler (in red) racing his RS Aero Orion to success and the DBSC Alf Delany Memorial Cup for 2023. Photo: Afloat.ie/David O’BrienFormer World Champion Noel Butler (in red) racing his RS Aero Orion to success and the DBSC Alf Delany Memorial Cup for 2023. Photo: Afloat.ie/David O’Brien

DUBLIN BAY DETAILS

With the nights closing in, an hour and more of a close study of all the DBSC results for 2023 proves to be an absorbing experience, and thanks to the steady collation of multiple reports by Hon.Sec. Rosemary Roy and her team, here they are in list form

2023 Citation Trophies Boat Skipper
         
Premier Award For the most successful new yacht in DBSC racing DunLaoghaire Harbour Trophy Valentina John Treanor
Premier Award For the most successful Dinghy for the season Dr. Alf Delaney Cup Orion Noel Butler
Premier Award For the most successful yacht in the Handicapped series Waterhouse Shield Windjammer Lindsay Casey
Premier Award For the most successful yacht in  One Design racing George Arthur Newsom Cup White Mischief Tim & Richard Goodbody
Premier Award For the most successful yacht frequently participated Brendan Ebril Memorial Cup Ruth The Shanahan Family
Premier Award For a notable contribution to Dublin Bay Sailing The Viking Award Tim Goodbody Tim Goodbody
         
Combined Cruisers  Tuesdays   Hot Cookie John O'Gorman
Cruiser 0 Series A Echo Thurs   D-Tox Kyran McStay Paul Sherry
Cruiser 0 Series A Echo Sat   WOW Tim Kane
Cruiser 0 Thursdays IRC Racing  Martin Cup Prima Forte  Patrick Burke, Rigley Lemass
Cruiser 0 Thursdays Echo Racing  Knox-Gore Bowl Prima Forte  Burke Fergus Rigley Lemass
Cruiser 0 Saturdays IRC Racing Knox-Gore Trophy Prima Forte  Burke Rigley Sean Lemass
Cruiser 0 Saturdays Echo Racing Centenary Trophy Prima Forte  Burke Rigley Lemass
         
         
Cruiser 1 Series A Echo Thurs   Ruth The Shanahan Family
Cruiser 1 Thursdays IRC Racing West Pier Officer's Cup White Mischief Richard & Tim Goodbody
Cruiser 1 Thursdays Echo Racing Tiamat Trophy Raptor Denis Hewitt Paul Bradley
Cruiser 1 Saturdays IRC Racing Weir Cup White Mischief Richard & Tim Goodbody
Cruiser 1 Saturdays Echo Racing Osterburg Trophy Bon Example Colin Byrne
Cruiser 1 Thursdays Saturdays Overall J109 The Goodbody Cup White Mischief Richard & Timothy Goodbody
         
Cruisers 2 Series A Echo Sat   Peridot Jim McCann, Yannick Charrier Paul Caden
Cruiser 2 Thursdays IRC Racing Lady Shamrock Trophy Alig8r Brendan Foley
Cruiser 2 Thursdays Echo Racing Centenary Cup Alig8r Brendan Foley
Cruiser 2 Saturdays IRC Racing Silver Salver Windjammer Lindsay Casey
Cruiser 2 Saturdays Echo Racing TP Early Memorial Cup Windjammer Lindsay Casey
Cruisers 2 Thursdays Saturdays Overall The Brendan Briscoe Trophy Windjammer Lindsay Casey
         
Cruiser 2: Sigma Thursdays Series A, B & Overall JB Stephens Trophy Rupert Phillip & Richard Lovegrove
Cruiser 2: Sigma Saturday  Series A, B & Overall Rupert Bowl Moonshine Ronnie Moloney Fergus O Sullivan 
        David O Flynn
Cruiser 3 Tuesdays ECHO Racing (now) Whimbrel Rose Bowl Jimmy Cricket Mona Tyndall
Cruiser 3 Thursdays IRC Racing Smalldridge Cup Elient Michal Matulka
Cruiser 3 Thursdays ECHO Racing  Annette Cup Saki Michael Ryan Ben Ryan Paget McCormack
Cruiser 3 Saturdays IRC Racing Jack Kennedy Memorial Cup Ceol Na Mara Ed Melvin
Cruiser 3 Saturdays ECHO Racing Mercia Cup Wynward Wyn McCormack Declan Collier
         
Cruiser 4 Thursdays & Saturdays IRC & overall Trevor Wood Boomerang   1367 Kirwan Family
         
Cruiser 5 a Series A IRC Thurs   Persistence Charles Broadhead
Cruisers 5 a Series A Echo Thurs   Just Jasmine Tim Costello Valda Boardman Walter Tyrrell
Cruisers 5 b Series A Echo Thurs   Menapia Patrick Madigan James McSweeney
Cruiser 5 a Thursdays IRC Overall Div A Burford Trophy Playtime   2558 Johnnie Phillips Noel Kidney
Cruiser 5 a Thursdays ECHO Overall Div A Peigi Ban half model Spirit Colin O Brien Eamonn Gill
Cruiser 5 b Thursdays ECHO Overall Div B Galelleo Cup Calypso Howard Knott
Cruiser 5 Saturdays A and B IRC overall White Sail Class Trophy Playtime   2558 Johnnie Phillips, Noel Kidney
Cruiser 5 Saturdays A and B  ECHO  overall Heineken Super League Cup Deliverance Pat Martin, Peter Richardson
         
         
B211 Tuesday ECHO Overall Optec Trophy Ventuno Rowan Fogarty
B211 Thurs SCRATCH overall Facet Jewellers Cup Billy Whiz   2170 Jimmy Fischer Stafford Bagot
B211 Thursdays ECHO overall Beneteau 21 Tray Ventuno Rowan Fogarty
B211 Saturdays SCRATCH overall Beneteau 21 Cup Billy Whiz   2170 Jimmy Fischer Stafford Bagot
B211 Saturdays ECHO overall Jimmy Fischer Trophy Ventuno Rowan Fogarty
B211 Thurs/Sat Combined ECHO Waterhouse Rose Bowl Billy Whiz   2170 Jimmy Fischer Stafford Bagot
         
31.7 Series A Echo Sat   Extreme Reality Nicholas Holman
31.7 Series B Echo Sat   Camira Neil McSherry Brian Geraghty Ken Ryan
31.7 Thursday Racing Scratch Feanor Trophy Prospect Chris Johnston
31.7 Thursday Racing Echo Horrigan Cup Kernach Eoin O Driscoll
31.7 Saturday Racing Scratch Arandora Trophy Prospect Chris Johnston
31.7 Saturday Racing Echo Long John Silver Cup Kernach Eoin O Driscoll
         
Dragons Thursday Racing Oxford and Cambridge Cup Phantom Peter Bowring David Williams
Dragons Saturday Racing The Royal Irish Yacht Club Cup Serafina Ronan Murphy Alistair Kissane
Dragons Combined Thursdays and Saturdays Old Time Cup Sir Ossis Denis & Joseph Bergin
         
         
         
Glens Tuesday Racing Cut Glass Tumbler Glenluce   67 Ailbe Millerick
Glens Thursdays Racing Pterodactyl Cup Glendun   9 Alison O Brien Brian Denham David Houlton
Glens Saturday Racing Harry Maguire Memorial Cup Glenluce Ailbe Millerick
Glens Thurs and Sats combined Combined The McMullen Cup Glenluce Ailbe Millerick
Glens Dalkey Island Race (Bobolink) The HamiltonReid Cup Glencoe Rose Mary Craig
Glens Crews Race Mitchell Trophy Glenluce Ailbe Millerick
         
         
Ruffians Tuesday  Racing John Donnelly Perpetual Cup Carmen Brendan Duffy
Ruffians Thursday Racing Huet Trophy Shannagh Stephen Gill Padraig Mac Diarmada
Ruffians Saturday Racing British Airways Trophy Ruffles Michael Cutliffe
Ruffians Thursdays and Saturdays combined J.Lamont Trophy Ruffles Michael Cutliffe
         
         
Shipmans Thursdays Series A     Jo Slim  
Shipmans Tuesday Racing    Cut Glass Tumbler Gusto Christine Heath
  Thursdays Series A & Overall The Midweek Trophy Twocan David Freeman
Shipmans Saturday Series B & Overall The Melindi Cup Invader  
Shipmans Thursdays and Saturdays combined The Shipman Perpetual Trophy Invader Gerard Glynn
         
  Tuesday racing The Equinox Trophy Sneaky B Charlotte O Kelly
SB20 Women on the water tba Sneaky B Charlotte O Kelly
  Thursdays series A   Seabiscuit  
SB20 Thursday Racing The Crichton Cup Carpe Diem Colin Galavin Richard Hayes
SB20 Saturdays series A Bealtaine Trophy Leviathan Tadgh Donnelly
SB20 Saturdays series B Lunasa Rrophy Black James Gorman
SB20 Saturday Racing overall Saturday SB20 Cup Venues World Ger Dempsey
         
Mixed Sportsboat Thurs Series B & Sat Series B   Ram Jam Austin Kenny
Mixed Sportsboat Sat Series A   Sea Jade Olivier Prouveur
Mixed Sportsboats Tuesdays  Overall 8 Races Cut Glass Tumbler RS 21  291 Ciaran Georgieff
Mixed Sportsboats Thursdays Overall 8 Races Thursday Sportsboat Trophy Big Bad Wolf David Ryan
Mixed Sportsboats Saturdays Overall 23 Races Saturday Sportsboat Cup Jambiya Martin Ryan & Vincent Lattimore
         
Water Wags Wednesday 1st Place   Goldsmith Cup Puffin Sean & Heather Craig
Water Wags Wednesday 2nd Place Bluebird Trophy Moosmie John O Driscoll
Water Wags Wednesday 3rd Place G.Pugin Meldon Trophy Swift Guy & Jackie Kilroy
         
Flying Fifteens Thursdays Series A   Ffuzzy Neil Colin 
Flying Fifteens Tuesdays   Snow White Jill Fleming
Flying Fifteens Thursday Racing Flying Fifteen Gun Mr Potato Head Shane Mc Carthy
Flying Fifteens Saturday Racing Brian S Ryan Trophy FOMO David Gorman
Flying Fifteens First in the Silver Fleet Blake Cup Rockaffellas Adrian Cooper Joe McNamara
Flying Fifteens Thursday Series A Fifty Something Cup Ffuzzy Neil Colin Margaret Casey
         
Mermaid Thursday  Racing Stella Cup Lively Lady Geraldine O Neill Mick Hanney
Mermaid Saturday Racing Iolar Trophy Jill   Pat Mangan Paul Smith
Mermaid Thursday Racing(Special Conditions) Amy Cup Jill   Pat Mangan Paul Smith
Mermaid Saturday Racing (Special Conditions) J B Kearny Shield Aideen Dermot O Neill
         
Squibs Thurs Series A & Sat Series B   Femme Fatale Vincent Delaney
Squibs Thursdays  Minx Trophy Perequin Noel Colclough
Squibs Saturdays  Shannon Cup Perequin Noel Colclough
         
         
Dublin Bay 21s Tuesdays Daisey Picker Cup Estelle Sean Doyle
Dublin Bay 21s Saturdays Overall The Carson Challenge Cup Garavogue Fionan de Barra
Dublin Bay 21s most success in 80% of races The Inisfallon Cup   Hal Sisk. Most successful Skipper sailing all 
        four boats in turn
Fireballs Tuesdays Nuit St. George Trophy !4854 Cariosa Power
Fireballs Saturdays The Fireball Saturday Cup 14790 Paul ter Horst
         
IDRAs Tuesdays Overall Bay Cup Dart Pierre Long & family
IDRAs Saturdays overall      28 Races The Kennedy Cup Dunmoaning Frank Hamilton
IDRAs Special Conditions The Halfway Trophy Chaos Pam McKay
IDRAs Special Conditions Crews challenge Cup Dart Pierre Long & family
IDRAs Special Conditions Melampus Cup Sapphire Lorcan O Sullivan
         
         
PY Class Tuesday Racing Windmill Cup Orion Noel Butler
PY Class Saturday Racing  27 races Early Bird Trophy (re purposed) Orion Noel Butler
         
Laser Standard Tuesday Racing Lanavere Cup Ug! Ross O Leary
         
Laser Radial Tuesdays  Sailcraft Tray Trophy 219126 Michael Norman
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ISORA SATURDAY NIGHT CONVIVIALITY

It’s in the best traditions of offshore racing’s proclivity for post-race conviviality that the Irish Sea overall results come to us as the menu for tonight’s ISORA dinner in the National YC. But with a sometimes convoluted history that goes back through several developing organisations to the channel matches of the late 1800s, inevitably some names veer slightly off course.

The mood of the ISORA prize-giving dinner in the National YC is well captured in this photo of Michael Boyd (at that time RORC Commodore) with champion Vicky Cox of Pwllheli, co-skipper of MojitoThe mood of the ISORA prize-giving dinner in the National YC is well captured in this photo of Michael Boyd (at that time RORC Commodore) with champion Vicky Cox of Pwllheli, co-skipper of Mojito

RIPPLE EFFECT

Thus it takes an old hand of NWOA racing to realise that somewhere along the line, the “Ripple Cruising Club” emerged mistakenly from the Ribble Cruising Club, which since 1950 has been sailing on, and cruising from, the muddy waters of the River Ribble Estuary at Lytham in Lancashire. But as it was only seriously active on the offshore racing scene back in the early days of ISORA and before that in the early days of the Northwest Offshore Association and the Mersey & North Wales Joint Offshore Committee, it is now up there in lights as the Ripple Cruising Club Cup, won for the Class 2 Championship by Mark Thompson’s Jac y Do from the Welsh side.

ISORA’s 2023 resultsISORA’s 2023 results sheet

VIKING MARINE TROPHY

ISORA’s Viking Marine Irish Coastal series was one of the many trophies taken by Paul O’Higgins’ JPK 10.80 Rockabill VI (Royal Irish YC) racing in Class 0 - Rockabill also went on to successfully defend the overall trophy, challenged right to the end by Class 1 champions Vicky Cox and Peter Dunlop’s immaculate J/09 Mojito from Pwllheli SC, which also won Plas Heili Welsh Coastal series.

ISORA included the well-supported NYC Dun Laoghaire to Dingle Race, which despite being raced in the 2023 summer’s supposedly only good weather month of June, is recalled as having been tough and cold if you were slugging it out towards Dingle.

Paul O’Higgins’s JPK 10.80 Rockabill VI (Royal Irish YC) successfully defended the ISORA overall title, but only by winning the concluding race in September.Paul O’Higgins’s JPK 10.80 Rockabill VI (Royal Irish YC) successfully defended the ISORA overall title, but only by winning the concluding race in September

It was won by visiting American Cookson 50 Privateer (Ron O’Hanley), with Kinsale’s dynamic duo of Cian McCarthy & Sam Hunt racing two-handed in the Sun Fast 3300 Cinnamon Girl coming second, so the first ISORA boat to make the listings was Pete Smyth’s Sun Fast 3600 Searcher from Dun Laoghaire.

Finally, ISORA’s Pen Maen Plate (named for Pwllheli’s historic manor house of Penmaen, home of that heroically hospitable Welsh offshore racing enthusiast the late Anthony Jones) is for the member who best exemplified the spirit of ISORA in 2023. It was Sam Hall who was most personally was responsible for the vintage J/125 Jackknife (which he co-owns with his father Andrew) somehow appearing everywhere.

Only a slip of a boat, but she certainly gets about. The Hall family’s very special J/125 Jackknife from PwllheliOnly a slip of a boat, but she certainly gets about. The Hall family’s very special J/125 Jackknife from Pwllheli

This was exemplified by the Middle Sea Race from Malta in late October, when Jacknife successfully found herself in a head-to-head with Conor Doyle’s xP50 Freya from Kinsale. They were both well into the top of their class, but at the finish it was Jackknife which was leading this particular duel, spreading the word that in its 52nd season, ISORA is still very much a force to be reckoned with. And who knows, but in these health-aware times, we might actually see some dancing when Dead Ringers start to do their thing tonight, but back in the olden days when ISORA came into being, a dinner dance was usually described as “Drinking to Music”.

Friendships across the sea – ISORA is all about cross-channel camaraderie, and here, current Chairman Peter Ryan of Dun Laoghaire is helming the Pwllheli-based J/109 Mojito in the Fastnet RaceFriendships across the sea – ISORA is all about cross-channel camaraderie, and here, current Chairman Peter Ryan of Dun Laoghaire is helming the Pwllheli-based J/109 Mojito in the Fastnet Race

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Dun Laoghaire Harbour RNLI rescued a swimmer who got into difficulty at The Forty Foot bathing area yesterday (Sunday 15 October). The volunteer crew were requested to assist the swimmer after she got caught in a current and was drifting close to a rocky outcrop.

The crew were alerted at 2.05 pm by the Irish Coast Guard that a casualty was struggling to swim ashore, being pulled by the current and drifting around the back of the 40 Foot and out of sight. Their swimming partner had made it ashore moments earlier to call 999 and ask for the Coast Guard. The inshore lifeboat Joval was launched within five minutes, helmed by Andrew Sykes, with volunteer crew members Gary Hayes and Ailbhe Smith aboard, and made best speed to reach the scene by 2.14pm.

Weather conditions were calm at the time with rippled water, however, sea temperatures were considerably lower than those recently.

Some quick-thinking bystanders threw a life ring to a group of kayakers in the water who threw the ring onwards to the swimmer to keep her afloat until the lifeboat arrived. The crew rescued the swimmer from the sea and brought her ashore to safety and into the care of waiting Dun Laoghaire Coast Guard unit, where, although very cold and tired with minor cuts and scrapes from the rocks, she did not require medical attention.

Speaking following the call out, Dun Laoghaire RNLI helm Andrew Sykes said: ‘It was fortunate that the life ring was in position on shore, and we would like to wish the casualty well and commend her partner and the bystanders for raising the alarm and responding safely.

‘We would encourage swimmers to never go alone and to always make sure that their activity is monitored by a colleague. Consider wearing a bright-coloured swim cap and carrying a mobile phone in a waterproof pouch. Conditions can change in a very short time, so we all need to be aware of potential risks and be well prepared before entering the water. Should you get into difficulty or see someone else in trouble, call 999 or 112 and ask for the Coast Guard.’

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It seems the sailing world has “recovered from recovering from the pandemic lockdowns”, as the world’s year-round programme of major events – particularly high-profile offshore challenges – swings back into top gear. Not that some of these events didn’t somehow continue in certain places, but because of differing restrictions in different countries, some entries were precluded from travelling to participate in other jurisdictions, a situation that inevitably caused friction.

But memories of any unpleasantness are fading as new events try to find their place on the international stage. Yet with some international majors already through their Centenary, it takes a lot of doing, and then some, to establish your new place in the sun among the existing pillars of the fixtures list.

THE “FAMOUS FIVE” RACE TO AUCKLAND

Thus, there was some excitement a couple of months ago when the new Sydney-Auckland Race was announced by Australia’s Royal Prince Alfred YC, partly to find a worthy use for the club’s historic and prized Lipton Cup. But although something like twenty boats filed expressions of interest, when the 1,300-mile race started this morning in Sydney Harbour, the entry was just five boats.

 Once upon a time, she was Eamonn Conneely’s TP52 Patches. But now she is Mike Martin’s Frantic, and she sails today in the new Trans-Tasman Sydney-Auckland race Once upon a time, she was Eamonn Conneely’s TP52 Patches. But now she is Mike Martin’s Frantic, and she sails today in the new Trans-Tasman Sydney-Auckland race

It seems that as far as the Australian sailors and their public are concerned, their limited portion of sailing interest is consumed by the annual Sydney-Hobart Race at Christmas, the yearly betting-dominated battles of the Sydney Harbour 18 footers, and occasionally the America’s Cup if there’s Australian involvement.

And from a practical angle, you can see that where Sydney-Hobart Race participation can take less than a week all in, racing to the distant wilds of New Zealand – always an iffy business for an Australian in any case – is much more time-consuming when you add in having to get your boat back again across the temperamental Tasman Sea.

CLONTARF INVOLVEMENT

But as former Clontarf sailor Trevor Smyth – brother of Nicky and Pete, who are currently cutting the mustard with the Dun Laoghaire fleets – is racing to Auckland on Mick Martin’s TP52 Frantic, we have a specific interest in the outcome, increased if anything by the fact that Frantic was formerly Eamon Conneelly’s multi-successful Patches.

By the time they get to Auckland, Valetta in Malta will be a-buzz with the buildup to the Rolex Middle Sea Race, starting in a fortnight’s time With an entry of 109 boats with Conor Doyle’s 50ft Freya from Kinsale involved again after ORC success last year, and including some serious maxis, it’s holding up well.

That’s even though the 2021 staging of this annual classic is still a matter of some disgruntlement, as the prizes list was amended when the Maltese Coastguard came down heavily against the latter half of the fleet being permitted to even try to finish in Grand Harbour when a forecast severe northeasterly gale threatened to make the entrance extra-hazardous.

Maxis and Super-Maxis racing out of the entrance to Valetta Harbour. The threat of a severe nor’easterly in 2021 made this entrance potentially hazardous, and the Middle Sea Race times had to be adjusted to accommodate non-finishing boatsMaxis and Super-Maxis racing out of the entrance to Valetta Harbour. The threat of a severe nor’easterly in 2021 made this entrance potentially hazardous, and the Middle Sea Race times had to be adjusted to accommodate non-finishing boats

The subsequent re-jigging of the times deprived Tom Kneen’s JPK 11.80 Sunrise of a remarkable double – first overall in both the 2021 Fastnet and the 2021 Middle Sea – but right now the thoughts of the organisers should be inclining towards a very different problem.

MIDDLE SEA RACE HEADING FOR TROUBLED WATERS?

For the most southerly turning point in the Middle Sea Race is the tiny Italian island of Lampedusa. Until the Middle Sea Race brought this very special outpost of European civilisation centre stage, many of us only knew of Lampedusa as the ancestral home of Guiseppe Tomasini di Lampedusa, author of that magnificent novel The Leopard - reading it at least a couple of times helped many of us to get through the lockdowns.

But now for much of the world, Lampedusa is synonymous with some of the worst tragedies of the Mediterranean refugee crisis. The very thought of a yacht race. with a fleet including superyachts, using it as no more than a mark of their race-course makes for dreadful optics. Yet what else are the organisers to do? In times past, getting over those later stages to Lampedusa and back up to Malta has seen the race won and lost.

A recently-issued image of the course for the 606-mile Rolex Middle Sea Race, with Lampedusa the most southerly turning point, but somehow Africa has disappearedA recently-issued image of the course for the 606-mile Rolex Middle Sea Race, with Lampedusa the most southerly turning point, but somehow Africa has disappeared

So it simply wouldn’t be the Middle Sea Race without this now-tragic little place being a major turning mark of the time-honoured course. Thus the Royal Malta faces an unenviable quandary, as they’re damned if they do and damned if they don’t, caught between those who think that Lampedusa should be left out this time round as a mark of respect, and those who reckon that it’s in human nature that life must go on.

HAVE OFFSHORE RACERS TUNNEL VISION?

For many offshore racers are decidedly tough-thinking and ultra-focused types, who see a coastline only as somewhere to be raced along, rather than as places where people’s existences are lived out in all their sometimes tragic complexity.

Thus when the important marina offices at Falmouth Harbour in Antigua burnt down the other day just as the Caribbean sailing season is gearing up to swing into its busiest season, the powers-that-be wasted no time in assuring everybody that this local disaster would have no adverse effect on the annual staging of the RORC Caribbean 600 Race in February. So that’s all right then.

Antigua Yacht Club Marina offices burned down last Monday nightAntigua Yacht Club Marina offices burned down last Monday night

Starting pressures in the RORC Caribbean 600 Race, with crowded English Harbour and Nelson’s Dockyard in the background. The race will proceed in February 2024 despite the main clubhouse at Falmouth Harbour next door being burnt downStarting pressures in the RORC Caribbean 600 Race, with crowded English Harbour and Nelson’s Dockyard in the background. The race will proceed in February 2024 despite the marina building at Falmouth Harbour next door being burnt down

GOOD NEWS FROM GREYSTONES

On a more cheerful note, the news that Pamela Lee of Greystones (though now based in France) has secured sponsorship from DFDS and Brittany Ferries for a two-handed Open 40 entry in the Transat Jacques Vabre from Le Havre to Martinique on October 29th scores high in many ways. She’s the first Irish female skipper to make the breakthrough, and she does so from a position of increasing strength, as the record two-handed Round Ireland time of 3 days 19 hours 41 minutes she set in October 2020 with Catherine Hunt in the Figaro 3 Iarracht Maigenta looks better and better with every passing month.

Pamela Lee (right) and shipmate Tiphaine Raganeau celebrate racing success aboard their Open 40Pamela Lee (right) and shipmate Tiphaine Raganeau celebrate racing success aboard their Open 40

We’ll still be digesting the outcome of the Jacques Vabre when the Sydney-Hobart Race gets going on December 26th, a welcome relief from the Yuletide smother. As ever, Irish interest will first focus on which boat - if any - our own ex-Pat sailing superstar Gordon Maguire is racing. It’s particularly intriguing, as he raced this year’s Fastnet in Sean Langman of Sydney’s gaff-rigged Maluka, and got onto the podium in Class IV. But his exceptional talents would make him welcome in most boats in the healthy turnout.

Maluka launching into Cork Harbour, on her way to competing in the Fastnet Race 2023 with Sean Langman and Gordon Maguire leading the crewMaluka launching into Cork Harbour, on her way to competing in the Fastnet Race 2023 with Sean Langman and Gordon Maguire leading the crew

2024 SHAPING UP TO BE SAILING’S “SUPERYEAR”

Thus there’s plenty of major sailing to carry us into 2024, but getting through 2024 with proper attention to every aspect of sailing is going to take some doing, as it’s filled with starred global events. European venues are particularly busy, as the 2024 Sailing Olympics are at Marseille in France from 28th July to 8th August, while just along the coast at Barcelona, they’re making a real meal of the 37th America’s Cup, as its various permutations will see action afloat from August 22nd until October 20th.

Olympic qualifier Finn Lynch at home in the ILCA 7. This weekend he’s a marked man racing Mermaids at Foynes in the Championship of ChampionsOlympic qualifier Finn Lynch at home in the ILCA 7. This weekend he’s a marked man racing Mermaids at Foynes in the Championship of Champions

For the Olympics, Finn Lynch has already secured his place for Ireland in the ILCA 7 class, which makes him something of a marked man in the multi-class Championship of Champions being raced in Mermaids at Foynes this weekend. But it will be edge-of-seat testing on the international stage for Robert Dickson and Sean Waddilove to see if they can grab a final place in the 49ers, with the tension usually being maintained right into April.

INCREASING LATE SEASON PRESSURE ON DUN LAOGHAIRE

All of this taking place elsewhere should leave us with a relatively relaxed established programme in Ireland, but recent announcements show that it might be anything but relaxed. We’ll have the Round Ireland Race from Wicklow on Saturday, 22nd June, and then Volvo Cork Week from July 15th to 19th to leave a useful gap to get on further west for Calves Week in Schull which – if tradition is followed – should be from Tuesday, August 6th to Friday, August 9th.

The inaugural Key Yachting J Cup Ireland in August 2023, with forty boats in all, was the successful introduction of a new eventThe inaugural Key Yachting J Cup Ireland in August 2023, with forty boats in all, was the successful introduction of a new event

But there’ll be little relaxation among the organising classes after that, as the ICRA Nationals 2024 are scheduled for the Royal Irish Yacht Club on the weekend of August 30th-September 1st, the Key Yachting J-Cup Ireland 2024 is at the same host club on September 7-8th, and then on 10th to 15th September the IRC Europeans 2024 descend on Dun Laoghaire, an event which has the potential to be very big indeed.

THE YEAR WHEN IRELAND WAS REJECTED

We shall see. At least it’s a bit different from 1972, when the escalation of the Troubles in the north led to the RORC abruptly cancelling the scheduled RORC Cowes to Cork Race, and staging a Cowes to Santander Race instead.

Denis Doyle’s Robert Clark-designed and Crosshaven-built “White Moonduster” racing in the 1969 Fastnet. Three years later, she was obliged to race to Spain when Cork had been originally intendedDenis Doyle’s Robert Clark-designed and Crosshaven-built “White Moonduster” racing in the 1969 Fastnet. Three years later, she was obliged to race to Spain when Cork had been originally intended

This was more than brutal for Denis Doyle, as he was a flag officer of both the RORC and the Royal Cork. But as ever the gentleman, he raced his 47ft white Moonduster with good grace to Spain with the RORC fleet, and as usual Mary went on ahead to greet her husband and his crew when they reached the Real Club Maritimo de Santander.

Sure enough, there she was, fragrant and bright and cheerful as ever in her best summer frock. But she wasn’t waving a greeting from the club balcony. On the contrary, she was standing beside its still-smoking ruins, as the Basque separatists had seen fit to blow it up.

“Mary Doyle” called the skipper of Moonduster as the boat glided in engineless elegance towards the allotted berth. “Mary Doyle, I know you were very annoyed about them racing to Spain instead of Cork. But is that not going a bit too far?”

The Real Club Maritimo in Santander. The club was founded in 1927, but this clubhouse dates from the 1970sThe Real Club Maritimo in Santander. The club was founded in 1927, but this clubhouse dates from the 1970s

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Dún Laoghaire Harbour has marked a significant milestone as it welcomed its 100,000th cruise passenger, Melinda Berk from New York, who arrived on the Norwegian Dawn Cruise Ship.

To celebrate the occasion, Melinda was presented with a hamper of gifts, including a beautifully crafted wooden replica of the harbour. She was warmly greeted by Councillor Denis O’Callaghan, Cathaoirleach of Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown County Council and the Dún Laoghaire Harbour Team.

Melinda Berk from New York is welcomed to Dún Laoghaire Harbour as the 100,000th cruise liner passenger by Councillor Denis O’Callaghan, Cathaoirleach of Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown County CouncilMelinda Berk from New York is welcomed to Dún Laoghaire Harbour as the 100,000th cruise liner passenger by Councillor Denis O’Callaghan, Cathaoirleach of Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown County Council

The cruise industry is a significant contributor to the Irish economy, providing between €50-70 million per year, with €10-15m per year going to local economies, such as Dún Laoghaire. The Harbour has been working hard to maximize the benefit of cruise ship visits to the local area. Efforts have included extensive branding, a dedicated tourism office catering specifically to cruise ship passengers, and partnerships with the local business community and the DLR Chamber of Commerce.

Dún Laoghaire Harbour has welcomed 65 cruise ships in the current year alone, with an additional 20 expected in the coming weeks, bringing the total to 85 for the 2023 season. This marks a significant increase of 20 ships from last year, and nearly 100 ships are expected in 2024. Councillor Denis O’Callaghan said, "It is important that we showcase our local attractions to these visitors."

Frank Curran, CEO of Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown County Council, said, "The team at Dún Laoghaire Harbour is committed to continuing their efforts to enhance the experience for cruise ship passengers and to drive economic growth in the region. With its breathtaking natural scenery and cultural heritage, Dún Laoghaire offers an unforgettable experience for all who visit."

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A group of swimmers were rescued by Dun Laoghaire Harbour RNLI this morning near Dalkey Island on Dublin Bay.

The crew was on a training exercise in the station’s inshore lifeboat when they were alerted to an incident unfolding at Dalkey Island. The swimmers had become separated from their main group, and upon reaching shore, became concerned for their friends who had not returned.

A passing Dive Support RIB was flagged down and alerted the Coast Guard, who promptly tasked Dun Laoghaire’s inshore lifeboat. All swimmers were accounted for, and the remaining swimmers were brought safely ashore and assessed by ambulance crews.

This was the first callout for volunteer crew member Andrew Sykes, who had recently passed out as a Helm at Dun Laoghaire RNLI for the station’s Inshore lifeboat. Andrew joined the station at the age of 18 and has worked his way up to the senior position of lifeboat Helm after six years on the lifeboat crew.

Dun Laoghaire RNLI Deputy Launch Authority Dara Totterdell urged all swimmers to keep safety in mind, advising them to know the area they are swimming in, watch the tides and the sea state, have an agreed plan, and know their limits. The RNLI’s Float to Live campaign recommends anyone in difficulty to float on their back if in trouble and never hesitate to call for help.

“We would encourage anyone planning a water-based activity to be wary of sea temperatures and to wear a wetsuit as hypothermia can set in within minutes,” Totterdell said. “If you see someone who may be in trouble in the water, raise the alarm immediately and call 999 or 112 and ask for the Coast Guard. Time is always of the essence in these situations.”

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The volunteer lifeboat crew of Dun Laoghaire Harbour RNLI has been kept busy over the past week, responding to ten calls for assistance from the Dublin Bay area.

The Coast Guard sought the help of the Inshore and All Weather lifeboats for incidents ranging from stricken craft to people in distress on the water.

The crew responded to calls from both the lifeboat station and their homes and businesses, launching in less than nine minutes to attend to the emergencies. The variety of callouts included broken down boats, fuel shortages, entangled sails, stranded fishermen, and walkers cut off by the tide at Sandymount strand. The crew provided assistance to the casualties and ensured their safe return to shore.

Dun Laoghaire RNLI Lifeboat Operations Manager Ed Totterdell expressed his appreciation for the dedication of the volunteer crew. "Behind every call out, no matter how minor or major, is a person in difficulty and unsure of what to do to get themselves to safety. We have a fantastic team of volunteers here who train for every type of call out and will look after people when something goes wrong on the water."

Dun Laoghaire Harbour RNLI inshore lifeboatDun Laoghaire Harbour RNLI inshore lifeboat

As summer weather continues, Totterdell reminds water enthusiasts to prepare for emergencies with basic safety measures. He advises ensuring the seaworthiness of boats and engines, having enough fuel for the trip, wearing lifejackets or flotation devices, and informing someone on shore of their plans. He also encourages carrying a means of communication, such as a VHF radio, and knowing how to dial 999 or 112 to reach the Coast Guard.

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William M Nixon has been writing about sailing in Ireland and internationally for many years, with his work appearing in leading sailing publications on both sides of the Atlantic. He has been a regular sailing columnist for four decades with national newspapers in Dublin, and has had several sailing books published in Ireland, the UK, and the US. An active sailor, he has owned a number of boats ranging from a Mirror dinghy to a Contessa 35 cruiser-racer, and has been directly involved in building and campaigning two offshore racers. His cruising experience ranges from Iceland to Spain as well as the Caribbean and the Mediterranean, and he has raced three times in both the Fastnet and Round Ireland Races, in addition to sailing on two round Ireland records. A member for ten years of the Council of the Irish Yachting Association (now the Irish Sailing Association), he has been writing for, and at times editing, Ireland's national sailing magazine since its earliest version more than forty years ago