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Ireland will host the the 2017 Landsailing European Championships on Bettystown beach in County Meath.

Ireland's bid by the IPKSA to hold the 2017 European Sandyacht Championship for three of the International Landsailing classes was made with the support of Meath County Council and Boyne Valley Tourism. Ireland last hosted the FISLY European Landsailing Championship in 1983 held in Newcastle, County Down.

The event will be held in September 2017 on the expansive beaches of Laytown & Bettystown where over 100 of the best land sailors in Europe will race over a five day period on Irelands East Coast.

The Meath coastline has always been a popular venue for national and visiting land sailors and is no stranger to this type of sailing as the Irish Power Kite and Sandyacht Association (IPKSA) regularly hold events there.

The Standart Class Sandyacht which will compete in Ireland in 2017 is a popular International Monotype in which Irish sailors have participated for a number of years. The Miniyacht Class is just that, mini sand yachts that are agile and fast and this is probably the fastest growing class of sand yacht world wide, these craft are sailed for fun and competitively by land sailors of all ages. In the last IPKSA event three generations of one family competed in miniyacht class.

The third class which will be competing in the 2017 European Championships in Ireland is the Class Promo, these are a class of sand yacht with a 5.5 sqm sail that are extremely popular across Europe and the Americas amongst youth clubs and land sailing schools.

According to promoter Alan Watson, opportunities exist for interested sailors to get involved in sailing and possibly competing in EC17 as the IPKSA wish to assemble teams to participate in all three classes and will provide training for new members who may be interested in the challenge.

Arrangements are also being made with the French Federation for training camps to be held in France where, say organisers, over 200,000 people each year participate in landsailing, places will be available for younger Irish landsailing pilots with an eye on future European titles and to assist fast track high performance land sailing

Published in Racing

#MarineWildlife - Skerries RNLI joined a number of groups in assisting a beached whale back out to sea at Gormanston in Co Meath earlier today (Thursday 20 June).

The volunteer lifeboat crew launched their inshore lifeboat shortly after 10am following reports from the Irish Whale and Dolphin Group (IWDG) that a 25ft pilot whale had beached in the area.

The lifeboat helmed by Joe May, and with crew members Emma Wilson, AJ Hughes and Laura Boylan onboard, made its way to the scene where May got into the sea and helped manoeuvre the whale back into deeper water.



Skerries RNLI then shadowed the whale guiding it out to sea, preventing it from turning back to shore by positioning the boat in its way. The lifeboat did this for about 25 minutes until the mammal was well clear of the shore.

Other agencies on scene included Skerries coastguard, the Defence Forces based at Gormanston, the IWDG, Boyne Fishermen’s Rescue and Irish Coast Guard helicopter Rescue 116.

Meanwhile, RTÉ News reports that a second whale was found dead on the beach near Mornington, north of Bettystown.

Despite initial fears that the whale was the same one rescued in the morning, it was later determined to be a different creature.

Published in Marine Wildlife

Ferry & Car Ferry News The ferry industry on the Irish Sea, is just like any other sector of the shipping industry, in that it is made up of a myriad of ship operators, owners, managers, charterers all contributing to providing a network of routes carried out by a variety of ships designed for different albeit similar purposes.

All this ferry activity involves conventional ferry tonnage, 'ro-pax', where the vessel's primary design is to carry more freight capacity rather than passengers. This is in some cases though, is in complete variance to the fast ferry craft where they carry many more passengers and charging a premium.

In reporting the ferry scene, we examine the constantly changing trends of this sector, as rival ferry operators are competing in an intensive environment, battling out for market share following the fallout of the economic crisis. All this has consequences some immediately felt, while at times, the effects can be drawn out over time, leading to the expense of others, through reduced competition or takeover or even face complete removal from the marketplace, as witnessed in recent years.

Arising from these challenging times, there are of course winners and losers, as exemplified in the trend to run high-speed ferry craft only during the peak-season summer months and on shorter distance routes. In addition, where fastcraft had once dominated the ferry scene, during the heady days from the mid-90's onwards, they have been replaced by recent newcomers in the form of the 'fast ferry' and with increased levels of luxury, yet seeming to form as a cost-effective alternative.

Irish Sea Ferry Routes

Irrespective of the type of vessel deployed on Irish Sea routes (between 2-9 hours), it is the ferry companies that keep the wheels of industry moving as freight vehicles literally (roll-on and roll-off) ships coupled with motoring tourists and the humble 'foot' passenger transported 363 days a year.

As such the exclusive freight-only operators provide important trading routes between Ireland and the UK, where the freight haulage customer is 'king' to generating year-round revenue to the ferry operator. However, custom built tonnage entering service in recent years has exceeded the level of capacity of the Irish Sea in certain quarters of the freight market.

A prime example of the necessity for trade in which we consumers often expect daily, though arguably question how it reached our shores, is the delivery of just in time perishable products to fill our supermarket shelves.

A visual manifestation of this is the arrival every morning and evening into our main ports, where a combination of ferries, ro-pax vessels and fast-craft all descend at the same time. In essence this a marine version to our road-based rush hour traffic going in and out along the commuter belts.

Across the Celtic Sea, the ferry scene coverage is also about those overnight direct ferry routes from Ireland connecting the north-western French ports in Brittany and Normandy.

Due to the seasonality of these routes to Europe, the ferry scene may be in the majority running between February to November, however by no means does this lessen operator competition.

Noting there have been plans over the years to run a direct Irish –Iberian ferry service, which would open up existing and develop new freight markets. Should a direct service open, it would bring new opportunities also for holidaymakers, where Spain is the most visited country in the EU visited by Irish holidaymakers ... heading for the sun!

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