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#Coastal Rowing: Myross won the senior men’s title for the second weekend in-a-row at the Irish Coastal Rowing Championships at the National Rowing Centre. The had also won at the ICRF All-Ireland. Killorglin won the senior women’s crown.

 In excellent conditions, the contest for the Club of the Championships was close. The prize goes to the club with the most wins. Holders Kilmacsimon could have taken it with wins in the final two races but were denied and Whitegate, the hosts, were crowned champions.  

Published in Rowing

#CoastalRowing: Kilmacsimon emerged with an outstanding seven wins at the inaugural Irish Coastal Rowing Championships at the National Rowing Centre. Cork clubs were dominant at the event. Ring, with three wins, were the closest challengers to Kilmacsimon, which became the Club of the Championships. Kilmacsimon is based on the River Bandon in west Cork.

Irish Coastal Rowing Championships, National Rowing Centre, Cork (Selected Results; winners of finals)

Saturday

Men

Open Sprint: Myross

Timber Yawl: Kilmacsimon

Open Classic: Myross

Women

Open Sprint: Castletownbere

Timber Yawl: Galley Flash

Open Classic: Castletownbere

Mixed

Masters: Passage West

Sunday

Men

Coastal Four – Senior: Galley Flash. Inter: Blackrock. Under-21; Kilmacsimon. Junior: Myross. Jun 18: Ring. Jun 16: Courtmacsherry A. Pre-Veteran: Blackrock A. Veteran: Whitegate. Masters: Kilmacsimon.

Women

Coastal Four – Senior: Galley Flash. Inter: Killurin. Under-21: Kilmacsimon and Killorglin (tie). Jun: Rushbrooke. Jun 18: Kilmacsimon A. Under-16: Portmagee A. Pre-Veteran: Ring. Veteran: Kilmacabea. Masters: Rushbrooke.

Mixed

Coastal Four – Senior: Kilmacsimon. Pre-Veteran: Ring. Veteran: Castletownbere A.

Published in Coastal Rowing

#CoastalRowing: Castletownbere and Myross both won on the double at the Irish Coastal Rowing Championships at the National Rowing Centre in Cork today. There was a big entry, especially at underage level, and  multiple heats. There is an extensive set of finals scheduled for tomorrow, Sunday.

Irish Coastal Rowing Championships, National Rowing Centre, Cork (Selected Results; winners of finals)

Men

Open Sprint: Myross

Timber Yawl: Kilmacsimon

Open Classic: Myross

Women

Open Sprint: Castletownbere

Timber Yawl: Galley Flash

Open Classic: Castletownbere

Mixed

Masters: Passage West

Published in Coastal 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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