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#HistoricCall – The first ever car-ferry to visit Greystones Harbour, Co. Wicklow made history when the Spirit of Rathlin carried out berthing vehicle-loading trials yesterday, writes Jehan Ashmore.
Spirit of Rathlin, a £2.8m ferry which was only launched last Autumn in Arklow is from where the vessel took the short passage to Greystones Harbour. It's arrival was very much a surprise for a handful of curious onlookers who witnessed the entry of the vessel between the circular pierheads.
The presence of a large commercial vessel added to the novelty factor, given the context of the leisure harbour with its 100-berth marina which occupies the inner harbour.
It was within the outer harbour where the 28m long Spirit of Rathlin berthed at the slipway. Soon after arrival the ramp of the bow-only loading ferry was lowered onto the slipway's concrete surface from where the first vehicle was driven in reverse on board. The red-painted vehicle deck is designed to carry six vehicles.
Spirit of Rathlin’s call to Greystones was due to the harbour's proximity and use of a suitable slipway to conduct such vehicle trials of the 140 passenger ferry. This also involved the testing of loading a van belonging to the newbuild’s boatyard of Arklow Marine Services.
In all the call to Greystones was brief, as the blue-hulled newbuild departed just over an hour later to return to Arklow and berth at the North Quay, where AMS have their boatyard.
The Belfast-registered newbuild was contracted to AMS from Northern Ireland’s Department for Infrastructure. The DFI carried out a tendering process of a new 10 year tender contract to operate Spirit of Rathlin on the Ballyscastle-Rathlin Island service. The tender was awarded to Rathlin Island Ferry Ltd.
Spirit of Rathlin will enter service once works costing £1m to accommodate the new ferry at the mainland Co. Antrim harbour is completed.
The newbuild will replace the current car-ferry Canna. A second passenger-only craft, Rathlin Express also built by the same Arklow yard in 2009 will remain in service.
The new Coastguard station at Greystones harbour will not be built, according to Wicklow Councillor Derek Mitchell who says that after 12 years of discussions, planning and building at the harbour the Coastguard has decided to pull out.
The Coastguard have told Wicklow County Council that ‘it is deemed no longer viable to pursue the development at this site due to lack of funding in meeting the requirements’, Councillor Mitchell told Afloat.ie
‘I am very annoyed the Coastguard say it is not viable to build the station at this site in Greystones. The Council has given them a valuable site specially constructed on the new pier and built a special slipway for them. It is incredible that after 12 years discussions, planning and building the harbour they pull out' he said.
Councillor Mitchell also said 'I gather that the problem is that the building is costly because the site will be subject to storm waves, however the Greystones Sailing Club and four other clubs have been constructed with this in mind. They should put the boat on the calm marina and build a simpler less costly building. To my mind getting the boat going is much easier and safer from the marina than slip launching from the outer basin which can be rough in easterly winds’.
Royal Irish Yacht Leuwin skippered by Henry Leonard was the winner of today's Sigma 33 coastal race to Greystones Harbour. Second was September Song skippered by Maurice O'Connell. Third was Dermot Clarke's Gwilli Two.
The race was led by Gwili Two at the Muglins Rock on Dublin Bay with Moonshine a close second but by Bray Head the lead had changed a number of times. By the time the fleet arrived off Greystones the first three boats in the annual 12–miler finished within a minute after 1 hour and 47 minutes of racing.
Minister Simon Harris, officially opened Greystones Sailing Club's new premises on the South Pier in Greystones, County Wicklow this afternoon.
The Club, originally established in 1968, caters for over 350 members and is very much a family club, rooted in the Greystones community. Initially, sailing was confined to Mirror dinghies launched from a rubber mat rolled out on the shingle on North Beach with boats transported to and from the harbour on the tops of cars. The old clubhouse was built in the early 1970’s and has continued to be a part of the Greystones community since then. Now with the opening of the new facility, the club boasts over 100 dinghies and 20 keelboats and has one of the strongest junior sections of any club along the East Coast and is set to grow.
Speaking at the Official opening today, Commodore of Greystones Sailing Club, David Nixon said that “Greystones Sailing Club has moved to new, bigger and better facilities only a few hundred meters from where our club first began. We have moved, but our ethos of a family friendly, community based club still remains as strongly as it was when the club was first developed in the late 60’s. Our aim with our new facilities is to grow sailing in the community and the new clubhouse is the catalyst to drive that through our growing membership. We invite all Greystones families and anyone with an interest in sailing to contact us and see if sailing is for them. We are open for membership to anyone who thinks they might enjoy sailing. No experience is required and we now have a choice of sailing in dinghies and a growing fleet of keelboats who are often looking for crew, no matter how experienced they may be.”
Greystones Sailing Club prides itself as being part of the rich Greystones community and is aimed at family participation at all ages. Over the year's the club has had a huge growth in family membership with an increase of 40% this year compared to last. Greystones Sailing Club has the biggest junior section of any sailing club on the east coast with a programme each summer, that will train up to 200 children of all ages, throughout June, July and August this year. The thriving junior section has been a great lifeline for the club as it is through the junior’s, the club gets the rest of the family hooked – even the parents and adults who never thought they might like sailing, see what fun can be had and how exhilarating it can be.
David added that Greystones Sailing Club “offers any child and adult a sailing experience with our annual open “Try Sail” events where we invite anyone to come sailing and try it out to see if they like it. There is a great social side to the club too, with special food evenings and social events held regularly. We now also have a world class facility of Greystones Harbour Marina on our doorstep, which houses our growing keelboat fleet where 20 keelboats race twice weekly, compared to three years ago when we had just four boats. We are delighted to open our new fantastic facilities today and look forward to welcoming many more families and friends through our doors over the years to come.
Greystones Sailing Club will officially open its new premises on Sunday at 3pm at the new South Pier at Greystones Harbour in County Wicklow. Health Minister Simon Harris TD will perform the official opening.
The Club, originally established in 1968, caters for over 350 members and is very much a family club, rooted in the Greystones community. Initially sailing was confined to Mirror dinghies launched from a rubber mat rolled out on the shingle on North Beach with boats transported to and from the harbour on the tops of cars. The old clubhouse was built in the early 1970’s and has continued to be a part of the Greystones community since then.
Now with the opening of the new facility, the club boasts over 100 dinghies and 20 keelboats and has one of the strongest junior sections of any club along the east coast and, say the club, is set to grow.
Developer Bridgedale JV recently informed Greystones Municipal District councillors that the €3.5 million facilities are nearing completion after ground was broken in January this year.
The news was welcomed by Cllr Derek Mitchell, who expected the new public square to be completed in June 2016, with a public park to follow in 2019.
This comes after a delay on the development in September over an issue with the transfer of land earmarked for the green space.
Greystones Harbour Master Alan Corr has revealed the latest plans at Ireland's newest coastal marina facility are to include both diesel and petrol pontoons at the 200–berth marina, bringing much needed waterside fuel supplies to the Wicklow coast. 'We are in process of quoting for the pumps, tanks are down and feeder pipes are fed but the final installation is usually the longest process', Corr told Afloat.ie
The marina building, will also be starting soon, Corr said.
As the Wicklow Times reports, Wicklow County Councillor Jennifer Whitmore called for further deliberation over the proposed transfer of nearly six hectares of land originally part of a planned public park that is "a most important attribute" of the harbour development scheme.
The development company set up by the council claims that the land transfer is an obligation of the PPP contract for the scheme in order to provide for additional housing units, as the previous plans were deemed "commercially unviable".
However, Cllr Whitmore says the changes have essentially "semi-privatised a huge component of the public park. If you are going to be in the park with your children, you will have a whole row of houses looking down on you and you will feel like you're in someone's estate."
Cllr Whitmore also argued that the rationale for increasing the number of housing units no longer stands as the housing market has since reversed its downward trend.
The final decision has been deferred till the October council meeting, following a special meeting on the issue to be held by Greystones Municipal District Council.
Plans to re–run August's abandoned Greystones Cruiser Regatta in October have changed slightly due to a conflict of dates with some sporting fixtures. While Sunday October 4 had been initially slated as the rescheduled date, organiser Daragh Cafferkey now says it will run on Saturday, October 3rd instead.
'We have been asked to avoid a clash with Sunday's Ireland v Italy Rugby International and accordingly we have opted for Sat afternoon with hopefully enough time for boats to comfortably make it over in the morning', Cafferkey told Afloat.ie
The August event attracted over 150 boats.
'We have many trophies, winners jackets, wine and other awards that remain unclaimed and accordingly we will rerun two short races or one longer race on Saturday with a warning signal of 14.25'.
All entries for Aug 30th remain live for this event but the freebee vouchers for burgers or berths are gone but a 50% discount will apply at Greystones Harbour marina.
#greystoneshm – Expansion plans for extra berths have been accelerated at Wicklow's newest marina at Greystones Harbour.The harbour facility that opened during Easter 2103 (see above vid) is now thriving with full capacity – and above – reached a number of times during the 2015 season. Additional berthing is proposed for 2015 and Afloat.ie understands this maybe up to fifty extra berths.
The Greystyones facility is the latest marina to be added to a necklace of marina facilities around the coast.
Bernard Gallagher of Greystones Marina cites the 'massive visitor numbers' at the deep water marina and its fine dining and entertainment options locally, only a Dart ride from Dublin city centre, as major factors in its initial success.