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Pat Kelly and his family and friends from Rush in the heart of Fingal certainly enjoy their sailing. But they work hard to ensure that their all-conquering J/109 Storm is in peak condition as the new programme starts, and they’ve got the 2018 season off to a flying start with a victorious tour of Scotland. Storm won overall at the Kip Regatta, and then retained the title of Overall Champions in the annual Scottish Series on Loch Fyne, a formidable double.

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#Ophelia - With most of Ireland battening down the hatches for the second time in a week in preparation for Storm Brian’s arrival, the Marine Institute in Galway says it continues to gather and analyse data from Storm Ophelia.

Despite Galway escaping much of the worst of the wind damage associated with Monday’s storm, a short-lived but notable surge of 1.6m just after 3pm resulted in flooding in a number of well-known locations across the city.

Storm surges occur when strong winds ‘push’ water up against a coastline and low atmospheric pressure associated with a weather system such as Ophelia raise the sea surface further.

Surges in the sea level, measured by the Irish National Tide Gauge Network, were seen around the Irish coast. But the timing of the storm passing over Galway with its associated peak in wind speed coincided with the approach of high tide, resulting in flooding at the Docks, Spanish Arch and Salthill Promenade.

What was unusual was how quickly the surge dissipated, the Marine Institute adds, noting that the predicted high tide occurred just 30 minutes after the peak surge, but the surge itself had dropped by 1.25m to only 35cm in that time.

The unusual nature of the surge can most likely be explained by a rapid change in direction and speed of the wind field in Galway Bay but further investigation is required to understand the event fully.

As previously reported on Afloat.ie, the Irish Marine Weather Buoy Network recorded a record sixty-foot wave off the South East Coast on Monday afternoon before the M5 buoy broke from its moorings.

Among those feeling the effects in the water was Dingle's resident dolphin Fungie, who was found to have a number of serious cuts on his body during the week – though as Buzz.ie reports, he's expected to make a full recovery.

Elsewhere, Michael Viney writes in The Irish Times how Storm Ophelia's advance on Ireland stumped a key resource for Ireland's big wave surfers – one of whom has defended his decision to ride the storm-powered swell off Killiney in Co Dublin to TheJournal.ie.

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A former hyper-active hurricane, only very recently re-classed as a severe tropical storm, hits southwest Ireland at dawn from south of southwest on a mid-October Monday morning writes W M Nixon. It spends the entire day tracking destructively across country, until it finally departs from our island to the northeast.

It sounds like the demented scenario for a majestic blockbuster movie. Such a mega-film would use special effects to get the full impact of the various disasters which arise as this Enemy of the People – personalized by being called Storm Ophelia - does her worst to provide extreme conditions in which people (inevitably a cast of thousands) will dramatically respond in their many and various ways, some truly selfless, others anything but.

It would definitely be a big budget production. We can know that for certain. For on this post-storm morning, with weather of surreal and gentle beauty after Ophelia has gone on her way, the cost of clearing, repair and re-build will surely run to many millions when all is finally put right, which will certainly be months rather than days or weeks.

Yet how have we as a people and an island nation emerged from it? The feeling is encouraging. There seems to be a heightened sense of ourselves in a fairly benign light, an awareness that when push comes to shove, our infrastructure and emergency services can rise to the challenge, provided all the people of Ireland quietly help them by not making unreasonable demands for their assistance.

For sure, three deaths is three deaths too many, particularly as in two cases it involved the victims helping others. But in the wholesale felling of trees, the destruction of property with the particularly horrible risk of flying debris, and in the hour after hour of the flooding of rivers and the battering of coasts and harbour with boats at risk everywhere, people took expert advice and generally kept themselves as much as possible out of harm’s way.

And this of course is where we realize how much things have moved on from our previous experiences of extreme weather conditions. Meteorology has advanced so much with short-term forecasts achieving such precision that those who had business out of the house which simply had to be dealt with knew to within half an hour when they absolutely had to be back safely indoors.

So Met Eireann now has even more respect as a National Treasure. As for the comforting presence of a sensible stream of practical advice from the National Emergency Co-ordination Group (NECG), that was exactly what was needed to encourage everyone to be sensible and avoid unnecessary risks, while its Chairman Sean Hogan has become the nation’s poster boy for “Keeping Calm in the Midst of Storms”.

With the main drama being played outdoors, inevitably there were those who had to take on risky repair and remedial work in exposed places at the scene of damage, and the rest of us were lost in admiration for the Electricity Service teams. Most of us know little enough about how electricity works in the first place, yet these guys not only has to know it in life and death situations, but they had to be skilled foresters and tree surgeons as well as they went about their highly dangerous tasks.

Rosslare yacht opheliaConditions were extremely challenging with force nine winds with a six metre sea swell when Rosslare RNLI went to rescue this yacht in the Irish Sea

Finally, there’s the episode of that rescue by the Rosslare Lifeboat of a yacht in distress at the height of the storm. Some day we’ll learn just how the yacht was there at all, for heaven knows Ophelia had been well signaled for days in advance. But oddly enough, that’s not too important this morning, What is important is that Cox’n Eamonn O’Rourke and his crew – all volunteers – were assembled within minutes, they carried out a text-book rescue with clinical precision, and the country could return to keeping itself safe for the day, as we’d been advised to.

Because although there’d been some grumblings that the warnings beforehand were surely tending towards exaggeration, they weren’t. The three tragic deaths were three deaths too many, and infinitely sad. But yesterday could have been a continuing litany of personal tragedies if people had deluded themselves that they could have got away with cheating such a prodigious force of nature.

So we emerge from our encounter with Storm Ophelia with a heightened sense of ourselves as a mature nation. Ireland is unique – a medium-sized island on the leeward side of one of the roughest oceans in the world. Our population is such that we have to stretch resources to provide the services and expertise which countries with larger populations can take in their stride.

Yet when Storm Ophelia tested those services, Ireland was not found wanting. And we Irish conducted ourselves like sensible adults who will accept a certain amount of discipline when it is presented to us in a competent and reasonable manner.

On this, the day after the storm, we can feel quietly proud of being Irish.

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Anyone who has ever raced against the J/109 Storm, campaigned by Pat Kelly and his close-knit family from Rush Sailing Club, quickly realises that they are up against something special in sailing. This is evident both with the Storm team themselves, and with the rising spirit of the small-sized but big-hearted club they call home, a club which has already logged formidable success at junior and senior levels, inshore and offshore, during the first weeks of the 2017 season.

Mooring facilities at the Rush club’s tide-riven anchorage on Rogerstown Estuary in the heart of Fingal are so confined that Storm is actually based at Howth Marina. But while she’s very welcome and popular there, no-one has any doubt that she’s the boat from Rush. It is a pleasure to watch her being raced by the Kelly’s remarkable family unit, augmented by their relatives and friends. We saw the essence of their approach on Monday in the final and vital two races of the Silvers Scottish Series 2017 at Tarbert. Storm handled both of these contests with clinical precision to take the overall class lead in convincing style from seven other possible winners. The Kelly Family of Rush are worthy Afloat.ie “Sailors of the Month” for May 2017.

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#Rowing: Storms with thunder, lightning and torrential rain forced the suspension of racing at the final World Cup in Poznan, Poland this morning. The organisers are set to announce a new porgramme with racing starting again before midday and the 3pm and 5pm sessions pushed forward two hours.

 Ireland have four crews competing - the lightweight men's and women's doubles, the lightweight men's pair and lightweight single sculler Denise Walsh. Sanita Puspure, who had a head cold, did not travel.

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Round Ireland Race J/109 crew consisting of six national champions from three classes from last weekend's ICRA championships at Howth Yacht Club is setting its sights high for Saturday's race start.

The well known Howth based J/109 Storm has been chartered for the 700–mile circumnavigation and rebadged as 'Euro Car Parks'. The entry is skippered by ICRA class two champion Dave Cullen from the half–tonner Checkmate V.

Cullen's crew line up is: Mark Mansfield (currently at the Quarter Ton Cup in Cowes), Maurice O’Connell, John Murphy, Eddie Bourke, Aidan Beggan, Franz Rotschild and Gary Murphy. 

As a further boost to race hopes, last night Cullen's campaign announced Windward Hotels as a 'major sponsor'.

Windward Management is one of Ireland's leading hotel operators owning and managing hotels both in here and abroad. The company has just completed the purchase of the Hilton Dublin Airport Hotel.

Euro Car Parks joins a fleet of 65 boats, nearly double the 2014 entry, for Saturday's Round Ireland start off Wicklow at 1pm.

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A yacht carrying a British sailor competing in the Clipper Round the World Yacht Race is diverting into Shanghai to transfer a crew member who has a suspected fractured arm, sustained during a violent storm.

Trudi Bubb, 50, from Crawley, was injured when her team’s yacht, Unicef, fell off a wave during extreme weather in the Yellow Sea and she suffered a fall below decks in the galley area earlier today.

It was a tumultuous night with the fleet experiencing some of the worst conditions of the entire 40,000 nautical mile circumnavigation so far. Gusting winds of 70 to 80 knots tested the 12 ‘novice’ teams, with extended periods at 55 to 60 knots and a very rough, steep sea state.

The team is approximately 120 nautical miles south east of Shanghai and has an ETA of 0100 UTC tomorrow. On arrival into Shanghai, Trudi will be transferred to hospital for x-rays and evaluation of her injury, after which the team will resume racing onto the Race Finish in Qingdao, China.

Race Director Justin Taylor said: "Next of kin have been informed and further updates will be announced as we have them. We wish Trudi a fast and full recovery."

Unicef relief Skipper Paul Atwood had described the conditions in his blog earlier in the day: “Slamming, driving rain, the steady 50-60 knots breeze peaking at a gust of 92 knots, the air full of horizontal spray, waves filling the cockpit…

“Last night was a tad hectic, very windy, very bouncy and saw us go around in circles as we attempted and succeeded in one evolution after another, each of which take 10 - 15 minutes in the Solent, or Sydney harbour, but which, last night were taking 60 - 90 minutes each.

“Nevertheless we have emerged slightly worse for wear but intact and are making our way north as best we can with the uncooperative wind angle. The sea state has improved a lot although the waves are pretty big and still foam streaked,” Paul added.

The yacht's Skipper and on board medic have had advice from doctors at the race's remote telemedicine service, ClipperTelemed+, which is staffed by doctors from the race’s Global Medical Emergency Support Partner, PRAXES.

The Clipper 2015-16 Round the World Yacht Race, the tenth edition of the biennial global series, is the world’s longest ocean race at more than 40,000 miles, taking 11 months to race between six continents.

It is currently the eighth stage of a 14-race global series, from Da Nang, Vietnam, to Qingdao, China.

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The dangers of winter storms and the risk posed by freak waves are illustrated on the beach of Porsguen near to Portsall in Western France when a retired couple are swept away this month.

It is understood the couple survived the ordeal and rescued by coastal walkers.

The edge of the sea seems to be far enough away for the three people in this clip to be safe – but they are soon to learn that it isn’t.

A large wave crashed onto shore, knocking a pensioner to the floor. First his wife tries to save him before she too loses her footing and ends up being washed out.

The video was shot on the coast of France near Porsguen and uploaded onto YouTube by Olivier Lou who thanked locals Denise and Herve for giving them dry clothes.

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#piers – The Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine, Simon Coveney TD, today announced details of a €23m package for the repair of public owned piers, harbours and slipways damaged during the winter storms and for investment in the ongoing development of Ireland's public harbour network.In announcing this initiative, the Minister said "We are all too well aware of the damage wreaked on our harbour network during the winter storms.
 
I am delighted to announce as part of an extended capital programme for 2014, this significant funding for the immediate repair of piers and harbours across the country".
 
€8.5m for 115 storm damaged piers and harbours to assist 11 Local Authorities and the Department of Agriculture, Food & Marine to repair this storm damaged infrastructure. (see tables 1&2 below for details)
 
Funding of €7m for 111 projects to repair Local Authority owned storm damaged harbours, piers and slipways and €1.5m for remediation work at four Department owned, non-Fishery Harbour Centres including €1.3m for North Harbour Cape Clear.

"In addition, a further €14.63m of funding is being provided for harbour development in 2014 and this represents a significant increase on the level of funding provided in 2013. This is an indication of the Government's commitment to developing our fishery harbours for the benefit of our fishing industry, seafood processing sector, other ancillary marine industries, tenants and the wider community. It is part of an ongoing and long term strategy to develop and improve the facilities at our Fishery Harbour Centres and other public harbours around our coast." (see table 3 below for details).

€11.63m of this is allocated towards safety, maintenance and new development works at six Fishery Harbour Centres at Howth, Dunmore East, Castletownbere, Dingle, Ros a Mhíl and Killybegs, in addition to infrastructural improvement works at "bull nose" pier, North Harbour, Cape Clear. This works also includes €4m for dredging works at Dunmore East.

€3m is being allocated for Local Authority Harbour Development and Marine Leisure programmes. The Department is contacting the relevant Local Authorities in relation to applications under this element of the Programme.

Flagship projects in the 2014 Capital Programme include the works at "bull nose" pier Cape Clear, major dredging works at Dunmore East, electrical upgrading in Howth, slipway works at Ros a Mhíl, Castletownbere and Dingle, and a small craft harbour in Killybegs.

The Minister commented that "the projects consisting of €23m in total capital expenditure will repair the storm damage to our vitally important fisheries piers and harbours network and will develop our harbours for the benefit of our seafood industry and the coastal communities dependent on this infrastructure. This package will help to ensure that this important infrastructure is fit for purpose in the modern era and will bring significant added value to local communities and much welcome jobs and economic activity".

 
 
   

Table 1 Departmental owned Non-Fishery Harbour Centres approved for funding under the Storm Damage Programme.

 

Location

Structure Type

DAFM Approved Funding

Cape Clear, Co.Cork.

North Harbour

€1,300,000

Dooagh, Co Mayo

Pier (PLB)

€115,000

Westcove, Co. Kerry

Navigation Beacon (PLB)

€60,000

Gun Rock, Co. Galway

Beacon (PLB)

€40,000

TOTAL

€1,515,000

 

Table 2 Local Authority Projects approved for funding under the Storm Damage Programme

Location

DAFM Approved 2014

90% funding

Cork County Council

 

Pallas Sea Wall, Ardgroom

€36,000

 

Glandore Pier

€180,000

 

Courtmacsherry Harbour

€9,000

 

Letter Pier, Kilcrohane

€27,000

 

Dursey Island Pier

€9,450

 

Travarra Pier

€13,500

 

Cleanderry Slip, Ardgroom

€22,500

 

Gorteen Pier

€9,000

 

Deelish Pier, Skibbereen

€27,000

 

McDonald's Quay Youghal

€72,000

 

Baltimore Pier

€36,000

 

Barleycove Beach

€45,000

Total Cork Co. Co.

€486,450

Waterford County Council

 

Tramore Seawall

€135,000

 

Boatstrand Pier

€315,000

 

Dunmore East Stormwall

€18,000

Total Waterford Co. Co.

€468,000

Wexford County Council

 

Courtown Harbour 1

€477,000

 

Cahore Harbour

€49,500

 

Wexford Harbour

€9,000

 

Kilmore Quay, Harbour 2

€180,000

 

Courtown Harbour 2

€630,000

 

Fethard Harbour

€9,000

 

Slade Harbour

€54,000

 

St Helens Harbour

€45,900

 

Ballyhack Harbour

€45,000

 

Carne Harbour

€13,500

Total Wexford Co. Co.

€1,512,900

Mayo County Council

 

Roonagh Pier

€18,000

 

Porturlin Harbour

€135,000

 

Purtoon, Inishturk Pier

€27,000

 

Kilcummin Harbour

€63,000

 

Killala Harbour

€63,000

 

Inishbiggle Pontoon

€27,000

 

Clare Island Pier & Slipway

€76,500

 

Islandmore Pontoon

€18,000

 

Mulranny Pier

€67,500

 

Old Head Pier

€12,600

 

Blackshod Pier

€72,000

 

Carramore Pier

€47,700

 

Killerduff Harbour

€135,000

 

Rathlacken Harbour

€135,000

 

Saleen Harbour

€90,000

 

Lecanvey Pier

€10,800

 

Bunlough Slipway

€9,000

 

Faulmore Slipway

€45,000

 

Belderrigh Pier, Ballycastle

€90,000

 

Inishkea Island Pier

€45,000

 

Frenchport Pier, Belmullet

€18,000

 

Westport Quay

€27,000

Total Mayo Co. Co.

€1,232,100

Sligo County Council

 

Mullaghmore Harbour

€89,100

 

Enniscrone Pier

€61,200

Total Sligo Co. Co.

€150,300

Galway County Council

 

Cé na Trá Ban, Lettermore

€198,000

 

Cé an Mace, Carna

€90,000

 

Cé Cora Point, Inis Meáin

€135,000

 

Cé Sruthan Pier, An Cheathru Rua

€216,000

 

Cé Inis Oírr Slipway, Inis Oírr

€108,000

 

Cé Annaghvaan, Lettermore

€180,000

 

Seán Céibh Spideál

€135,000

 

Cé Spideál Nua

€90,000

 

Cé Inis Oírr Slipway, Inis Oírr

€90,000

 

Cé Dolan

€108,000

 

Cé Pointe, An Ceathru Rua

€180,000

 

Cé Sruthan Bui, Rosmuc

€135,000

 

Cé Caladh Thaidh

€108,000

 

Cé Finnis, Finnis Island

€135,000

 

Cé Rossadilisk

€108,000

Total Galway Co. Co.

€2,016,000

Kerry County Council

 

Local Aids to Navigation

€19,350

 

Kilmakilogue Pier

€18,675

 

Tahilla Pier

€5,850

 

Blackwater Pier

€675

 

Cuan Pier

€2,700

 

Coonanna Pier

€1,125

 

Cooscrome Pier

€7,650

 

Fenit Pier

€7,740

 

Knightstown Pier

€6,750

 

Dromatoor Pier

€7,650

 

Bunnavalla Pier

€4,500

 

Dunquin Pier

€27,000

 

Brandon Pier

€4,500

Total Kerry Co. Co.

€114,165

Wicklow County Council

 

Arklow Harbour South Pier

€5,400

Total Wicklow Co. Co.

€5,400

Donegal County Council

 

Mountcharles Pier

€36,000

 

Magherarorty Harbour

€45,000

 

Buncrana Harbour

€45,000

 

Arranmore, Rannagh Pier Slip

€27,000

 

Bundoran Pier

€7,200

 

Malinmore Pier

€6,750

 

Doonalt Pier (near Glencolmcille)

€6,750

 

Bruckless Pier

€16,200

 

Port Inver

€18,000

 

Cladnageeragh Pier (near Kilcar)

€22,500

 

Portsalon Pier

€22,500

 

Bunaniver Pier

€31,500

 

Wyon Point & Rinnalea Navigation Lights

€9,000

 

Nancy's Rock Navigation Perch

€31,500

 

Cassan Sound Pier

€9,000

 

Malinbeg, Ballyederlan, Gortalia, Tawney (Piers & Slipways)

€18,000

 

Donegal Town Pier

€3,600

 

Bunagee Pier

€135,000

 

Ballysaggart Pier

€13,500

 

Owey Island Pier

€27,000

 

Rathmullan Pier

€27,000

 

Leabgarrow Harbour, Arranmore

€45,000

 

Ballyshannon Harbour

€45,000

 

Curransport Slipway

€9,000

 

Arranmore,Stackamore, Slipway

€6,750

 

Cruit Island Slipway

€6,750

 

Inis Caoraigh Slipway

€18,000

 

Killybegs Harbour, Shore Road

€63,000

Total Donegal Co. Co.

€751,500

Clare County Council

 

Liscannor Pier

€130,950

 

Ballyvaughan Pier

€65,700

 

Seafield Pier

€18,000

 

Kilbaha Pier

€18,000

Total Clare Co. Co.

€232,650

Louth County Council

 

Carlingford Harbour

€4,500

Total Louth Co. Co.

€4,500

   

GRAND TOTAL

€6,973,965

Table 3   2014 Fishery Harbour and Coastal Infrastructure Capital Programme

Location

Project

DAFM Approved Funding

 

Cape Clear, Co. Cork.

Bull Nose Development

€3,000,000

 

Safety & Maintenance Works

€50,000

 

Disability Access Works

€10,000

 
 

Piers, Lights & Beacons

€27,000

 

All Fishery Harbour Centres

Safety & Maintenance

€1,260,000

 

Disability Access

€100,000

 

Howth FHC

Design & Planning for Pontoons between Middle and West Pier

€100,000

 

Syncrolift Platform Painting & Repairs

€80,000

 

Upgrading of Navigational Lights & Markers

€20,000

 

Upgrading Electrical System

€500,000

 

East Pier Repairs

€150,000

 

Castletownbere FHC

Power points & Electrical Upgrade Mainland Quay

€200,000

 

Mainland Quay Perimeter Fencing/Wall

€200,000

 

Harbour Slipway

€300,000

 

Welfare facilities for harbour users (Dinish)

€100,000

 

Syncrolift drainage  – Design & Planning

€150,000

 

An Daingean FHC

CCTV Upgrade

€40,000

 

Main Pier sheet pile condition survey

€40,000

 

Boatyard Slipway Removal

€200,000

 

Ros a Mhíl FHC

Design & Planning for Phase 2 Small Craft Harbour

€31,000

 

Commencement of New Slipway

€133,000

 

Dunmore East FHC

Construction of Harbour Building Extension

€220,000

 

Dredging Works

€4,000,000

 

Killybegs FHC

Safety Mooring (Department Craft)

€20,000

 

Landing Pier Fendering

€30,000

 

Floating work platform

€9,000

 

Synchrolift Carriage

€10,000

 

Repairs to Blackrock Pier

€150,000

 

Small Craft Harbour – Phase 1

€500,000

 

Local Authority Development

Local Authority Programme (excluding storm damage projects)

€3,000,000

 
 

Marine Leisure & Marine Tourism

Local Authorities

 

TOTAL

€14,630,000

 

 

 

   

 

Published in Coastal Notes

#MarineWildlife - Baby seals injured in the recent severe weather have been rendered homeless after their sanctuary in Dingle was destroyed in last week's Storm Darwin.

As the Irish Independent reports, the Dingle Wildlife and Seal Sanctuary is dealing with what amounts to a double catastrophe, picking up the pieces of its storm-ravaged facilities while caring for unprecedented numbers of injured marine mammals.

"We have seals coming in who are essentially being thrown off rocks, so they have experienced severe trauma, with broken bones and bruises," said animal operation manager Ally McMillan - who added that among those that have survived, many require surgery, with four already in intensive care.

The Irish Independent has more on the story HERE.

Published in Marine Wildlife
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