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It was an Independence day party of a different kind - a boarding party - that led to an Irishman getting his marching orders from the US Department of Homeland Security. While on a pleasure cruise off Long Island, Dave Quinn found himself part of a boarding and interrogation that has led to his deportation from the US.
David Quinn, a horse-and-carriage driver who has been in America since his visa expired in 2003, was out on his girlfriend's uncle's yacht, when its foreign registration caught the eye of customs and coast guard officials.
Federal maritime law in the US states that boats registered in other territories must contact customs officials upon arrival at American ports, even when their journey has begun from another American port.
The boat had been registered in St Vincent & the Grenadines, a common practice by US boat owners for tax purposes. The unfamiliar flag drew attention, and the 63-foot yacht was boarded by officials. When the passengers and crew were questioned, Mr Quinn and a Guatemalan caterer were unable to prove they were in the US legally. Quinn was detained, and has subsequently been released and given a 28-day period to prepare for deportation.
The entire saga is detailed in a New York Times news feature here.
A new website has been launched to accompany Brian Keane's book Cruising Ireland - A Guide to Marinas and Mooring Buoys. The book lists details of more than 70 ports and anchorages around Ireland and the website matches the information in the book with information from Google Maps. It will also carry updated pdfs of marine information and a facility for people to submit their own updated information on anchorages.
The website is live at www.cruisingireland.net
Warrenpoint Harbour Authority
Warrenpoint Harbour Authority seeks to operate profitably within fair and competitive tariff arrangements so that the Port is economically sustainable. Its aim is to contribute as much as possible to the generation of economic wealth within the Port and its regional hinterland.
Consequently, profit optimisation, to achieve its primary mission rather than profit maximisation, will be pursued.
The original Port of Warrenpoint, consisting of a wet dock and piers, was constructed in the late 1770s by Roger Hall, Robert Ross and Isaac Corry with the assistance of £500 of public funds. In 1919 the heirs of Roger Hall sold the Port to John Kelly and Sons for the sum of £16,000. John Kelly continued to operate the Port until 1971 when it was sold to Warrenpoint Harbour Authority for £369,000.
The Port was substantially enlarged with an initial total investment of approximately £6.7million to create the modern Port of Warrenpoint. Until 1971 the Port of Warrenpoint acted as a lightering port for the Port of Newry and jointly these ports handled approximately half a million tonnes of cargo annually. Subsequently the modern Port of Warrenpoint has handled 5 times as much cargo on an annual basis.
Warrenpoint Harbour Authority, The Docks, Warrenpoint, Co. Down, N. Ireland BT34 3JR. Administration/General Enquiries – Tel: 028 417 73381 • Fax: 028 417 52875. Operations – Tel: 028 417 52878 • Fax: 028 417 73962• Email: [email protected]
A picturesque fishing village nestled on the rugged peninsula that forms the north side of Dublin Bay, Howth is one of Ireland’s many hidden treasures. That is not to say that the village doesn’t receive its fair share of visitors. Far from it. Howth is a favourite holiday destination and benefits especially from its popularity amongst yachtsmen and pleasure boaters. Indeed Howth Yacht Club dates back to 1895 and with around 2,000 members it is by far the largest in the country and enjoys a busy programme of racing, regattas and voyaging. The marina and club complex combine state of the art with old and traditional with standards of services superb across the board. As you would expect from such a large club, berths are plentiful and marine services top notch.
Away from the harbour itself there is much to recommend Howth. Historians will love the ruined abbey, nearby Baily Lighthouse and 15th century castle. You can take a bracing stroll along the piers, sight-see aboard an open top tram, watch seals and dolphins in the waters along the shore and take in breathtaking views from cliff top walks. Of course, Howth’s working fishing port means that fish and seafood lovers are absolutely spoilt when it comes to dining out and the pub scene is second only to Dublin itself, if a little more relaxing.
Howth is a lovely place from which to discover Ireland. You can blow away the cobwebs and kick back and explore the magnificent coastline at your leisure knowing you will be returning after each trip to one of the friendliest places on earth. And that’s the truth.
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Accommodation in Howth – click here
Customs: 874 6571
Harbour Master: 83 222 52
Lifeboat: 8323 524
Beaumont Hospital: 83 777 55
Tourist Information – Fingal Tourist Information Office +353 1839 6955
Aer Lingus: 705 3333
British Midland: 283 8833
RyanAir Flight Information: 1550 200200
CityJet: 844 5566
Stena Line: 204 7777
Irish Ferries: 66 10 511
Rail Transport – Iarnrod Eireann (Irish Rail): 83 66 222
Howth Harbour Harbour Master's Office – Captain Raja Maitra, tel +353 (0) 1 83 222 52 or mobile 086 3814926. fax +353 (0) 1 832 6948 (Office situated Northern End of Auction Hall)
Waterford Motorboat and Yacht Club
WMYC was formed in 1996 and is based at Waterford City Marina, in the south east of Ireland. Its principal activities include cruising in company: River Nore, Barrow and Suir, Waterford estuary, and the South and East Coasts of Ireland. Autumn League sailing races are held over five weekends during September/October each year. Other on-the-water activities include predicted log, duck races and boat handling competitions. There are also various social events held on dry land throughout the year.
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Whether you want to learn to sail, are already an experienced sailor and want to cruise the canals, or feel like touring around the coast, our Island of Ireland can accommodate you.
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Winterising Your Boat
The whole idea of winterisation can be about as appealing as having a tooth filled – and possibly as expensive – but there’s no substitute for being prepared, and a reluctance to cough up the necessary budget can be a false economy in the long run.
Of course, winterisation is not a word that will stir much enthusiasm in the breast of the average boat-owner, bringing home the fact that summer is over and the evenings will now close in with unprecedented speed.
However, the W-word could be quite painless, even fun, if you are into that sort of thing. And most sailors love their boats – it being a source of pride and pleasure – and want to keep them in top condition.
This Afloat guide to winterising your boat (see menu on right hand side of page) will steer you towards those who can do the job for you, or at least give you useful advice so that you don’t end up standing in the dark, cold, wet, and frustrated, with oil on your clothes and an engine strewn all over the driveway.
It may be true that in the depths of winter lies an invincible summer.
Ruffin'It taking part in the 2008 Lambay Race, June 2008. Standing: Martina, Peter and Daniel, and sitting: Carlos and Mags
Sailing In Dublin Club (SID)
Sailing in Dublin Club (SID) is a small friendly club based in Dun Laoghaire, Co. Dublin.
Founded thirty years ago, the Club offers the opportunity of sailing regularly without having
to buy a boat. SID provides a fleet of dinghies and three yachts for sailing activities -
including racing and cruising – for a very competitive and affordable membership
subscription fee. The club welcomes adults who wish to enjoy sailing in Dublin Bay and
If you are a beginner, you can sail on the club's 33ft Sigma and 23ft Ruffian keelboats with
experienced crew to build up your sailing skills and knowledge. If you have some sailing
experience, you can spend more time on the water dinghy sailing, on SID's 35ft cruising boat
Silver Wind, or on our keelboats where you can take part in all aspects of sailing, from
crewing to helming to navigation. SID gives you the opportunity of sailing with more
experienced sailors to build on sail training courses you may have taken elsewhere, or
perhaps before committing yourself to buying a boat.
Along with day sails in Dublin Bay and cruises further afield, all members are encouraged to
take part in races and regattas held in Dun Laoghaire during the summer months and the
'frostbite' series held on Sundays during the winter. Reflective of the club's voluntary ethos,
members take part in all aspects of running and organising the club and help with boat
maintenance. Boats, rescue cover and safety equipment are provided. Guest sails with the
club are available for those wishing to see what the club has to offer before joining as a full
member. The cost of a guest sail is redeemable against the full membership fee.
Regular weekend dinghy and yacht day sails and races continue over winter months subject
to suitable weather conditions. Club members are also encouraged to up-skill by
participating in on-shore training courses, attending talks. There are also opportunities for
socialising after sails as well as through Club dinners and other social events.
Club membership runs from January 1st to December 31st. In 2015 the annual membership
fee is €370. For details of any special offers throughout the year keep an eye on the Club's
Further information on Sailing in Dublin Club and details of how to join can be found by
going to www.sailingindublin.ie or by contacting the SID Membership Secretary, Email:
Above: the crew of Cork at the beginning of the Clipper Race 2009
Lough Swilly Yacht Club
Lough Swilly Yacht Club is based in Fahan Creek on the shores of Lough Swilly, Co Donegal, three miles from Buncrana and ten miles from Derry.
Our membership consists of IRC-racing and cruising sailors as well as powerboat enthusiasts and some keen dinghy sailors. All club members enjoy spending time pottering about on the lough and many like to venture further afield; either to cruise or to represent the club in competition (see the Ships' Blog section for more).
The Lough Swilly Yacht Club was founded in February, 1955, when a meeting took place in the old City Hotel, with a view to forming a 'club' to encourage sailing and power boating in Lough Swilly by every possible means.
The first Officers of the club were: Commodore Dr. T.E. Hastings. Vice Commodore James McColgan. Rear Commodore Stephen Faller. Secretary Mayne Elliot and Treasurer Norvall Watt. A Committee was set up of men who between them had a wealth of sailing experience and whose enthusiasm and sheer hard work laid the firm foundation of today's thriving club.
The club was fortunate to have as a founder member Mr. James Whyte, Manager of the Lough Swilly Railway Co. and when the railway line from Derry to Buncrana closed in 1953 the club was able to purchase for a very nominal sum the old station waiting room and ticket office, as well as a considerable amount of ground where the old railway line ran beside the water's edge. This formed the nucleus of the present club and in subsequent years the slipway was built and extended, the caravan site erected and the clubhouse itself took in the old station house.
The first racing took place at 3.30pm (Swilly time) on Opening Day, Saturday 2nd July 1955, and there was a fine turnout of miscellaneous craft. After the day's racing all members and friends were invited to afternoon tea at the temporary club premises on the Railway Station Platform in Fanad, durning which prizes were awarded.
(The above information and image courtesy of Lough Swilly Yacht Club.
Garrykennedy Sailing Club
Garrykennedy Sailing Club was founded in The Barge Inn, Garrykennedy (now Larkins) in the first week of September 1985. The subscription was set at £5 and twenty people became members. Willie McGrath was the first Commodore. The first series prize was donated to the club by Joe Reynolds in memory of the late Eddie Regan and was sailed for in October of that year. The boats sailing ranged in length from 17ft to Jubilee B at 33ft. During that series there were about 12 boats in the fleet.
Left: Garrykennedy Castle
(The above information and image courtesy of Garrykennedy Sailing Club)
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