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The Cork head of the river rowing event due to be held this Saturday at the Marina in the city has been postponed. The committee decided on this course of action because of the bad weather forecast for this weekend.

 “Due to the adverse weather forecast for this weekend, and after getting approval from the Domestic Events committee in RI, Cork City Regatta Committee have decided to postpone Cork Head to the following weekend, Saturday March 7th, in the interests of safety. Under Rowing Ireland rules, the draw remains in place as is," the organisers said in an email to clubs.

 

Published in Rowing

#Rowing: Shandon amassed a big set of wins at the Cork Head of the River at the Marina on Saturday. Their men’s senior quadruple, competing in the fourth head, set the fastest time of 12 minutes 3.4 seconds, while their men’s senior eight were just .6 of a second slower. They competed in head one and were the second-fastest crew overall. Jack Dorney was the fastest single sculler.

 Cork Boat Club's women reeled off a set of wins. The fastest women’s crew was their club two eight, while Grace Collins of the same club was the fastest women’s single sculler.  

Cork Head of the River, The Marina, Saturday (Selected Results)

Overall: 1 Shandon men’s senior quadruple 12 minutes 3.4 seconds (Head Four), 2 Shandon men’s senior eight 12 mins 4 secs (Head One), 3 Cork men’s inter eight 12:17.3 (H1).

Men

Eight – Senior: Shandon 12:04.0. Inter: Cork 12.17.3. Club Two: Shandon 13.13.

Four – Sen: Shandon 12:37. Inter, coxed: Shandon 13:55.3. Club Two, coxed: Waterford 15:41.6. Jun 18A, coxed: Shandon 14:13.3.

Pair – Sen: Cork A 13:44.1. Jun 18A: Fermoy 14:28.9. Jun 16, coxed: Presentation (Rolling Head) 14:24.6.  Masters, coxed: Shandon (b) 15:17.4.

Sculling – Quadruple – Sen: Shandon 12:03.4. Inter: Shandon 12:36.2. Jun 18A: Lee B 12:53.1. Masters, coxed: Shandon A (a) Rolling Head 15:24.8

Double – Club Two: Shandon 15:27.5. Jun 18A: Cork 13:41.3.

Single – Sen: 1 Shandon (J Dorney, sen, H2) 15:18.8. Inter: Cork (C O’Sullivan) 15:44.7. Club Two: Lee (P Hearty) 18:11.1. Jun 18A: Lee (A Sheehan, H2) 15:30.2. Jun 16: Kenmare (T Kelly) 15:48.7. Masters: Shandon (H Merz, d; Rolling Head) 15:25.7.

Women

Eight – Club Two: Cork 14:28.5. Pair - Sen: Cork 16:47.2. Jun 18: Cork A 16:08.

Four – Club Two, coxed: Cork A 15:04.9. Masters, coxed: Cork (d) 16:38.4.

Sculling – Quadruple – Inter: Cork 15:27.3. Jun 18A: Shandon A 15:23.1. Jun 16, coxed: Lee 16:19.2. Masters, coxed: Graiguenamanagh (b) 17:15.2.

Double – Inter: Cork A 15:11. Jun 18A: Lee A 15:37.3.

Single – Inter: Cork (G Collins) 16:13.4. Club Two: Shandon (J Legresley) 16:01.5. Novice: Lee (O Commins) 17:35.9. Jun 18A: Kenmare (E Crowley) 15:38.7. Jun 16: Shandon (J Forde) 15:55.9. Masters: Shandon (J Legresley; b) 17:49.8 (Rolling Hd)

Published in Rowing

#Rowing: The two heads of the river scheduled for this Saturday have fallen foul of the weather, although both are set to be rescheduled. The Erne Head, at Enniskillen, had drawn a top-class entry. But while conditions at Enniskillen might well be rowable on Saturday, travel to the venue, especially on Friday, would prove difficult at best because of snow and high winds. The organisers hope to run the event on March 10th. Cork Head has also been cancelled, and organisers say the are also hoping to have it held on a new date.

Published in Rowing

Royal National Lifeboat Institute (RNLI) in Ireland Information

The Royal National Lifeboat Institution (RNLI) is a charity to save lives at sea in the waters of UK and Ireland. Funded principally by legacies and donations, the RNLI operates a fleet of lifeboats, crewed by volunteers, based at a range of coastal and inland waters stations. Working closely with UK and Ireland Coastguards, RNLI crews are available to launch at short notice to assist people and vessels in difficulties.

RNLI was founded in 1824 and is based in Poole, Dorset. The organisation raised €210m in funds in 2019, spending €200m on lifesaving activities and water safety education. RNLI also provides a beach lifeguard service in the UK and has recently developed an International drowning prevention strategy, partnering with other organisations and governments to make drowning prevention a global priority.

Irish Lifeboat Stations

There are 46 lifeboat stations on the island of Ireland, with an operational base in Swords, Co Dublin. Irish RNLI crews are tasked through a paging system instigated by the Irish Coast Guard which can task a range of rescue resources depending on the nature of the emergency.

Famous Irish Lifeboat Rescues

Irish Lifeboats have participated in many rescues, perhaps the most famous of which was the rescue of the crew of the Daunt Rock lightship off Cork Harbour by the Ballycotton lifeboat in 1936. Spending almost 50 hours at sea, the lifeboat stood by the drifting lightship until the proximity to the Daunt Rock forced the coxswain to get alongside and successfully rescue the lightship's crew.

32 Irish lifeboat crew have been lost in rescue missions, including the 15 crew of the Kingstown (now Dun Laoghaire) lifeboat which capsized while attempting to rescue the crew of the SS Palme on Christmas Eve 1895.

FAQs

While the number of callouts to lifeboat stations varies from year to year, Howth Lifeboat station has aggregated more 'shouts' in recent years than other stations, averaging just over 60 a year.

Stations with an offshore lifeboat have a full-time mechanic, while some have a full-time coxswain. However, most lifeboat crews are volunteers.

There are 46 lifeboat stations on the island of Ireland

32 Irish lifeboat crew have been lost in rescue missions, including the 15 crew of the Kingstown (now Dun Laoghaire) lifeboat which capsized while attempting to rescue the crew of the SS Palme on Christmas Eve 1895

In 2019, 8,941 lifeboat launches saved 342 lives across the RNLI fleet.

The Irish fleet is a mixture of inshore and all-weather (offshore) craft. The offshore lifeboats, which range from 17m to 12m in length are either moored afloat, launched down a slipway or are towed into the sea on a trailer and launched. The inshore boats are either rigid or non-rigid inflatables.

The Irish Coast Guard in the Republic of Ireland or the UK Coastguard in Northern Ireland task lifeboats when an emergency call is received, through any of the recognised systems. These include 999/112 phone calls, Mayday/PanPan calls on VHF, a signal from an emergency position indicating radio beacon (EPIRB) or distress signals.

The Irish Coast Guard is the government agency responsible for the response to, and co-ordination of, maritime accidents which require search and rescue operations. To carry out their task the Coast Guard calls on their own resources – Coast Guard units manned by volunteers and contracted helicopters, as well as "declared resources" - RNLI lifeboats and crews. While lifeboats conduct the operation, the coordination is provided by the Coast Guard.

A lifeboat coxswain (pronounced cox'n) is the skipper or master of the lifeboat.

RNLI Lifeboat crews are required to follow a particular development plan that covers a pre-agreed range of skills necessary to complete particular tasks. These skills and tasks form part of the competence-based training that is delivered both locally and at the RNLI's Lifeboat College in Poole, Dorset

 

While the RNLI is dependent on donations and legacies for funding, they also need volunteer crew and fund-raisers.

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