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Investigations are underway at Dun Laoghaire Harbour to determine how and why an unmanned pleasure craft went 'out of control' on Thursday evening (May 16th) and damaged neighbouring boats in the inner Coal Harbour area.

Social media footage captured the scene on an otherwise idyllic night in the south Dublin harbour as a 7-metre Rigid Inflatable Boat (RIB) spun out of control on its mooring and careered into moored boats, including those of a harbour sailing school.

An eyewitness said, "Two people were thrown from the boat while putting it on the mooring. They accidentally hit the throttle, and both were thrown from the rib. The boat continued to go around in circles until it eventually broke the mooring and ended up crashing." 

A local source said, "Luckily, nobody was killed or maimed". 

Another told Afloat: "There was damage when the RIB mounted a nearby pontoon where sailing school boats and equipment are stored".

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Dublin Bay Water Wag No. 50 Siskin, sailed by Mandy Chambers and Sue Westrup, was the winner of Wednesday night's (May 17th) AIB DBSC race.

Held in warm sunshine in an ENE 5-6 knot breeze at Dun Laoghaire Harbour, Race Officer Tadgh Donnelly set a three-round course for the 23 competing boats.

The race was a handicap race with the fleet divided into eight staggered starts.

The wind dropped as the first boat approached the leeward gate for the second time so the Race Officer shortened the course at the weather mark after two rounds and a final beat with Mandy Chambers and Sue Westrup sailing Siskin getting the gun.

AIB DBSC Water Wag race results (May 17th) 

  1. No. 50 Siskin, Mandy Chambers and Sue Westrup
  2. No. 31 Polly, Richard Mossop and Henry Rook
  3. No. 15 Moosmie, John O’Driscoll and Shirley Gilmore
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Local sailing stalwart Hal Sisk will deliver a lecture on ‘developments in transforming Dun Laoghaire Harbour’ next Wednesday 15 May at the Royal Marine Hotel in Dun Laoghaire.

The talk begins at 8pm and admission is €5. Parking is free for attendees.

Dun Laoghaire-Rathdown County Council is considering 'a high-performance sailing unit' based in Dún Laoghaire Harbour's former coastguard station.

The County Architect revealed details of the project on RTE Television on Friday (May 3rd) when the Nationwide TV programme visited the harbour on the south side of Dublin Bay to hear about restoration work that has given a new lease of life to some of the nearby coastguard cottages.

As previously reported by Afloat, Dun Laoghaire-Rathdown County Council renovated the buildings as social homes in 2021.

County Architect Andrée Dargan told the programme that the town master plan aims to increase public access to the water. As part of that drive, "There is an idea that we would develop a high-performance sailing unit here," she said.

"One of the areas being considered for that is the former coastguard station", Dargan told RTE's Bláthnaid Ní Chofaigh.

The programme aired on Friday, May 3rd at 7 pm on RTE One and is viewable on the RTE Player.

Currently, the Irish Olympic Sailing Team is located on the grounds of the Commissioners of Irish Lights, also in Dun Laoghaire Harbour. Its base comprises a number of converted shipping containers and a floating slipway and pontoon

Those plans were announced in May 2018 and opened in March 2019 after Annalise Murphy's Olympic silver medal achievement in Rio 2016.

The aim of the base is to improve their training and educational opportunities, thereby creating systematic medal potential.

The Coastguard station location is also identified in DLRCoCo's concept plans for its National Watersports Campus published in January 2023 here

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The RTE Nationwide TV programme visits Dún Laoghaire Harbour on the south side of Dublin Bay to hear about a project supported by Local Government, which has given a new lease of life to some old harbour cottages.

As previously reported by Afloat, Dun Laoghaire-Rathdown County Council renovated the buildings as social homes in 2021.

The programme airs on Friday, May 3rd at 7 pm on RTE One and is also viewable on the RTE Player.

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There are busy scenes at Dun Laoghaire Harbour this Thursday, April 25th as the second cruise liner of the 2024 season berthed off the harbour in Scotsman's Bay.

Passengers disembarked from the 330-metre Regal Princess just after 7 am at the new tender pontoon at the harbour's number three berth in front of the Royal St. George Yacht Club.

The visit follows Tuesday's arrival of the much smaller Viking Venus at 220-metres, marking the start of the town's cruise season, which will see 80 ships between April and October.

Making use of the new recently installed ship fendering at the number two berth on the Carlisle Pier adjacent to the National Yacht Club was the Bahamas-flagged 41-metre Research/Survey Vessel Fugro Helmert, having arrived from Swansea in Wales. 

Research/Survey Vessel Fugro Helmert berthed at Dun Laoghaire Harbour's Carlisle PierResearch/Survey Vessel Fugro Helmert berthed at Dun Laoghaire Harbour's Carlisle Pier

Yacht Racing 

Following last night's in-harbour 22-boat Water Wag race, Thursday evening (where light winds are expected) marks the start of the 2024 Dublin Bay Sailing Club Cruiser-racer season from Dun Laoghaire. A full programme of racing planned around an upgraded set of buoys now laid in the bay for the club's 140th anniversary season.

The visiting superyacht Sorceress, moored at a deepwater berth at Dun Laoghaire Marina, is almost three times the size of any competing DBSC cruiser, and the Marshall Island flagged yacht makes her presence felt with a black mast that towers over the 800-berth facility.

Much of the activity is viewable on three Dublin Bay webcams

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Saturday’s (April 13th) Lift-in of yachts and boats at Dun Laoghaire Harbour in gusty westerly winds and sunny conditions marked the opening of the 2024 summer sailing season on the capital's waters of Dublin Bay. 

In the harbour, the National Yacht Club and neighbouring Royal St. George YC lifted in approximately 30 sailing cruisers apiece using mobile cranes in a day-long operation. On the West Pier, the DMYC also employed a mobile crane.

The boats had wintered ashore on hardstanding at the club premises.

The annual lift-in of boats at the Dun Laoghaire Motor Yacht Club on Saturday, April 13th ahead of the 2024 Dublin Bay Sailing Club summer season Photo: AfloatThe annual lift-in of boats at the Dun Laoghaire Motor Yacht Club on Saturday, April 13th ahead of the 2024 Dublin Bay Sailing Club summer season Photo: Afloat

At the same time, an-18 mile ISORA coastal race took place from Dun Laoghaire Harbour, drawing a fleet of eight from Howth, Dun Laoghaire and Greystones for the first coastal race of 2024 as Afloat reports here.

While in the Coal Harbour area, leading yacht broker MGM boats staged a showcase of new yachts and motorboats for the forthcoming season.

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On Saturday night, a young girl was rescued from the sea at Dún Laoghaire Harbour in south County Dublin, thanks to a multi-agency rescue operation involving the Coast Guard, RNLI and gardaí.

The incident occurred at around 8.20 pm off the town's east pier. The child was taken to the hospital for treatment of her injuries, which have been described as non-life threatening.

It is unclear how the child ended up in the water, but high waves were noted in the area at the time. Prior to being safely taken on board an RNLI inshore lifeboat, several members of the public attempted to enter the water to rescue the girl.

The scene was attended by Dún Laoghaire Coast Guard, the RNLI, Rescue 116, and several other emergency services.

RTE News reports that Luke Nolan from Rathfarnham in Dublin was walking Dún Laoghaire pier with two friends when he said he heard a girl crying out for help.

The 24-year-old said he and his friends found a young girl and an older man on the edge of the pier, both soaked from head to toe, who were trying to reach the other young girl in the water.

Mr Nolan and his friends tried to tie a number of life rings together and enter the water but he said the waves were too strong.

"It was extremely wild, the wind was crazy and the waves just kept coming and coming".

He said he was relieved the girl was rescued and that she had appeared to remain calm throughout the incident which he said lasted around half an hour.

He said those who had witnessed the incident were shaken and that although he was a sea swimmer it would make him think twice about entering the water.

"I've never experienced anything like it to be honest".

Commenting on the callout, Dun Laoghaire RNLI Lifeboat Operations Manager Ed Totterdell said, ‘Our thoughts are with the young child and their family, after what must have been a frightening experience. We would also like to thank the members of the public who raised the alarm by contacting the Coast Guard so quickly.

‘I am very proud of my lifeboat crew for their actions and swift response. We train every week for every possible scenario and this was one of those times where every second counted. I hope that this young person makes a full and swift recovery.’

If you find yourself in the water, the RNLI advice is FLOAT TO LIVE. Lie on your back and make a star shape, relax and try to control your breathing, using your hands to help you stay afloat. If you see someone in difficulty in the water, dial 999 or 112 and ask for the Coast Guard.

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The Navy's LE George Bernard Shaw was one of the first arrivals of the season to use the new ship fender installation at Dun Laoghaire Harbour's Carlisle Pier. 

As regular Afloat readers recall, the installation in August 2023 of nine new fenders supported on tubular piles is to increase the capacity and flexibility of the quay for berthing a range of vessels which moor at the Harbour.

LE George Bernard Shaw arrived for the St. Patrick's Day festivities, and her crew took part in the town's first St. Patrick's Day parade for decades.

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

Some of the new ship fenders visible to the left of the bow of the the Navy's LE George Bernard Shaw Photo: AfloatSome of the new ship fenders visible to the left of the bow of the the Navy's LE George Bernard Shaw Photo: Afloat

The project required the demolition and removal of three existing concrete buttresses and steel fender collars. 

It has been a busy time for upgrading the 200-year-old harbour as the fender installation occurred, as separate €2m works were completed to the revetement at the back of town's East Pier.

The works follow extensive repairs since March 2018, when Storm Emma caused serious damage to the East Pier.

There was a strong maritime presence for the rebirth of Dun Laoghaire's St Patrick's Day Parade, which attracted up to 30,000 people to Ireland's biggest boating centre in the spring sunshine.

Among the 46 groups participating was the Irish Navy, which arrived by sea on the L.É. George Bernard Shaw and moored in Dun Laoghaire Harbour for the National Holiday weekend.

The Irish National Sailing School based at the West Pier, Dun Laoghaire had three floats, including a Viking Ship under sail Photo: AfloatThe Irish National Sailing School based at the West Pier, Dun Laoghaire had three floats, including a Viking Ship under sail Photo: Afloat

Organisers were not disappointed when the Irish National Sailing School answered the call for colourful floats with a fully-crewed Viking Ship under sail as part of their three-float participation that also included an RS21 keelboat and a 7-metre RIB.

The seafront parade lasted for approximately one hour, from 11 a.m. to 12 noon. The route ran along the Dublin Bay coast and ended at the Marine Road junction into the Harbour, with parade participants dispersing into the Harbour area.

Sailors from the Irish Navy's L.É. George Bernard Shaw participated in the St. Patrick's Day Parade Photo: AfloatSailors from the Irish Navy's L.É. George Bernard Shaw participated in the St. Patrick's Day Parade Photo: Afloat

Dun Laoghaire Harbour RNLI lifeboat and the Dun Laoghaire Coastguard Unit were well represented.

It was the first Dun Laoghaire Parade in decades, with the last being held in the 1960s.

Crowds on the seafront at Dun Laoghaire's Newtownsmith Green for the start of the 2024 Dun Laoghaire St. Patrick's Day ParadeCrowds on the seafront at Dun Laoghaire's Newtownsmith Green for the start of the 2024 Dun Laoghaire St. Patrick's Day Parade Photo: Afloat

Organisers say the Parade allowed local residents and visitors to gather and celebrate local culture, heritage, community and 'everything we are proud of' and involved local schools, sports clubs, community, music and dance groups and businesses.

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Dublin Bay

Dublin Bay on the east coast of Ireland stretches over seven kilometres, from Howth Head on its northern tip to Dalkey Island in the south. It's a place most Dubliners simply take for granted, and one of the capital's least visited places. But there's more going on out there than you'd imagine.

The biggest boating centre is at Dun Laoghaire Harbour on the Bay's south shore that is home to over 1,500 pleasure craft, four waterfront yacht clubs and Ireland's largest marina.

The bay is rather shallow with many sandbanks and rocky outcrops, and was notorious in the past for shipwrecks, especially when the wind was from the east. Until modern times, many ships and their passengers were lost along the treacherous coastline from Howth to Dun Laoghaire, less than a kilometre from shore.

The Bay is a C-shaped inlet of the Irish Sea and is about 10 kilometres wide along its north-south base, and 7 km in length to its apex at the centre of the city of Dublin; stretching from Howth Head in the north to Dalkey Point in the south. North Bull Island is situated in the northwest part of the bay, where one of two major inshore sandbanks lie, and features a 5 km long sandy beach, Dollymount Strand, fronting an internationally recognised wildfowl reserve. Many of the rivers of Dublin reach the Irish Sea at Dublin Bay: the River Liffey, with the River Dodder flow received less than 1 km inland, River Tolka, and various smaller rivers and streams.

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There are approximately ten beaches and bathing spots around Dublin Bay: Dollymount Strand; Forty Foot Bathing Place; Half Moon bathing spot; Merrion Strand; Bull Wall; Sandycove Beach; Sandymount Strand; Seapoint; Shelley Banks; Sutton, Burrow Beach

There are slipways on the north side of Dublin Bay at Clontarf, Sutton and on the southside at Dun Laoghaire Harbour, and in Dalkey at Coliemore and Bulloch Harbours.

Dublin Bay is administered by a number of Government Departments, three local authorities and several statutory agencies. Dublin Port Company is in charge of navigation on the Bay.

Dublin Bay is approximately 70 sq kilometres or 7,000 hectares. The Bay is about 10 kilometres wide along its north-south base, and seven km in length east-west to its peak at the centre of the city of Dublin; stretching from Howth Head in the north to Dalkey Point in the south.

Dun Laoghaire Harbour on the southside of the Bay has an East and West Pier, each one kilometre long; this is one of the largest human-made harbours in the world. There also piers or walls at the entrance to the River Liffey at Dublin city known as the Great North and South Walls. Other harbours on the Bay include Bulloch Harbour and Coliemore Harbours both at Dalkey.

There are two marinas on Dublin Bay. Ireland's largest marina with over 800 berths is on the southern shore at Dun Laoghaire Harbour. The other is at Poolbeg Yacht and Boat Club on the River Liffey close to Dublin City.

Car and passenger Ferries operate from Dublin Port to the UK, Isle of Man and France. A passenger ferry operates from Dun Laoghaire Harbour to Howth as well as providing tourist voyages around the bay.

Dublin Bay has two Islands. Bull Island at Clontarf and Dalkey Island on the southern shore of the Bay.

The River Liffey flows through Dublin city and into the Bay. Its tributaries include the River Dodder, the River Poddle and the River Camac.

Dollymount, Burrow and Seapoint beaches

Approximately 1,500 boats from small dinghies to motorboats to ocean-going yachts. The vast majority, over 1,000, are moored at Dun Laoghaire Harbour which is Ireland's boating capital.

In 1981, UNESCO recognised the importance of Dublin Bay by designating North Bull Island as a Biosphere because of its rare and internationally important habitats and species of wildlife. To support sustainable development, UNESCO’s concept of a Biosphere has evolved to include not just areas of ecological value but also the areas around them and the communities that live and work within these areas. There have since been additional international and national designations, covering much of Dublin Bay, to ensure the protection of its water quality and biodiversity. To fulfil these broader management aims for the ecosystem, the Biosphere was expanded in 2015. The Biosphere now covers Dublin Bay, reflecting its significant environmental, economic, cultural and tourism importance, and extends to over 300km² to include the bay, the shore and nearby residential areas.

On the Southside at Dun Laoghaire, there is the National Yacht Club, Royal St. George Yacht Club, Royal Irish Yacht Club and Dun Laoghaire Motor Yacht Club as well as Dublin Bay Sailing Club. In the city centre, there is Poolbeg Yacht and Boat Club. On the Northside of Dublin, there is Clontarf Yacht and Boat Club and Sutton Dinghy Club. While not on Dublin Bay, Howth Yacht Club is the major north Dublin Sailing centre.

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