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#COASTAL NOTES - Cork County Council has announced it will be at least two more days before it knows if its bathing ban at seven beaches can be lifted, according to RTÉ News.

As previously reported on Afloat.ie, the seven coastal beaches - including blue flag strands at Garretstown, Redbarn and Garryvoe - have been closed to swimming over concerns at elevated E.coli levels in the water, resuling from water runoff after the recent heavy rainfall in the county.

Notices were first posted by the council last Friday, and the latest water samples were collected at the affected beaches yesterday.

Youghal is the worst affected by the outbreak, with three beaches closed.

Meanwhile, a popular east coast beach has been reopened after a similar E.coli scare.

The Irish Independent reports that Rush South in north Co Dublin was closed to bathers after bacterial contamination was detected over the August bank holiday weekend.

Levels of E.coli recorded in the water were at 2,143, above the EU mandatory level of 2,000, but samples taken since have been given the all-clear.

A spokesperson for Fingal County Council described it as "a once-off pollution incident that will not have any ongoing impact on bathing at Rush South".

Published in Coastal Notes

#COASTGUARD - Youghal in Co Cork will host the seventh Joint Search and Rescue (JSAR) competition between the Irish Coast Guard and HM Coastguard Northern Ireland this coming weekend 11-13 May.

The contest is organised by the volunteers of the Youghal Coast Guard unit, and aims to increase the level of awareness of all coast guard members in the island of Ireland, as well as enhance co-operation between services.

Twelve teams from each of Ireland's four coastguard divisions of Dublin, Malin, Valentia and Northern Ireland will take part. A wide range of skills will be tested, from leadership to search planning and co-ordination, chart work, knots, communications and salvage pumping.

The competition also provides a forum for the national maritime SAR management to discuss policy in an informal and friendly environment, and for volunteers from both jurisdictions to exchange their experiences.

Youghal Online has more on the story HERE.

Published in Coastguard
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#ROYAL CORK - It was "uncharted waters" for the Royal Cork Yacht Club in Crosshaven last night as it hosted its first ever film screening, a showing of the John Huston classic Moby Dick.

The epic adventure, starring Gregory Peck, was shot on location in nearby Youghal, and tells the story of the obsessed Captain Ahab's pursuit of the titular whale.

Joleen Cronin of the Crosshaven Film Club told the Irish Examiner: "There are lots of people throughout Cork who were involved in the making of the film and it’s a real celebration of movie making and special effects for its time."

The screening is hoped to be the first of many special events at the world's oldest yacht club, which will be hosting the biennial Cork Week regatta from 7-13 July.

Published in Royal Cork YC
Team Youghal Bay have just returned from the European P750 (Thundercat) Powerboat Racing Championships having taken the silver medals for Ireland. The championships which were held in Ireland for the first time, took place on Lough Derg over the October Bank Holiday weekend and featured teams from Ireland, the UK and Sweden. Racing took place over three days in three disciplines - surf, circuit and long-haul - with some of the best crews in the world competing (former world-champions, current world speed-record holders). With that kind of competition it proved to be a truly great result to see an Irish boat take second place in the top category. The Team Youghal Bay boat was piloted by Ronan O'Connor with Gearoid Hooley as co-pilot.
Published in Powerboat Racing
22nd April 2010

Youghal Club Plans Open Day

The recently formed Youghal Bay Boat Club (YBBC) has been busy over the past few weeks putting together an exciting itinerary to get more people out on the water. Their open day, the club's first on-the-water event, will kick off with a Parade of Sail at around 2pm, followed immediately by a Parade of Power, all taking place this May Bank Holiday weekend. All boats will then raft up just off the Youghal Quay for some quick speeches and a blessing of the boats.

It's then time for a nautical version of Wacky Races where teams will attempt to navigate a fun course in a combination of sailing dinghies, kayaks and thundercat powerboats. At 3pm the Coastguard helicopter will perform a demonstration with the local RNLI followed by an afternoon of demonstrations and activities from all the different sections within YBBC - dinghies, kayaks, angling, thundercats, wakeboard, windsurf and more. 

This is the first 'on-water' outing for YBBC and according to Club Commodore Padraig Brooks it's going to be just a small example of what's to come - "We've been amazed by the amount of support and interest the club has been getting since the idea of a club was mooted at the tail end of last year. We held a number of public meetings over the Winter and out of those we've now formed YBBC with a really strong committee on board to drive things along. Over the Summer months we plan on having a wide variety of exciting events from angling competitions to cruises in company, powerboat races to fun days, all culminating in our first Maritime Festival at the end of August. A lot of different groups had been doing their own thing on the water here in the South East for the last few years and by bringing it all under one club everyone seems to have been re-energised. We extend an open invitation to all to come along, talk to us, and get involved ....whether you have a boat or not".

And getting involved seems to be easier than in many places with club membership being among the lowest in the country (full adult memership is only €55). The club is fully affiliated to the ISA - the national governing body for recreational and competitive activities involving sail and engine powered craft in Ireland. As well as all of the club boats on the water, an open invitation has also been extended to boaters from all along the East and South-East coasts to come and take part - with some very exciting results. Already confirmed are a Sunseeker Manhattan 60 and a Fairline Squadron 58 (two very large and very beautiful motoryachts) and some seriously fast powerboats, including Power Marine's 21 SportCat which is capable of speeds in excess of 160kmph. Members of the club will be on shore to talk to anyone with any questions about how to get involved and music will be provided by Community Radio Youghal who'll be doing a live broadcast from the quay. So if you, like many others, are looking for something to do this upcoming May Bank Holiday Monday, other than the local DIY Store or Garden Centre, Youghal may well be the place to point your car (or boat!) towards.

Published in Boating Fixtures
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