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#Rowing: Neptune Head of the River, scheduled for Saturday, November 5th on Blessington Lakes has been cancelled. The organisers say that the forecast of high winds at the venue meant they could not continue with the event. A big part of the entry consisted of junior crews – there were 20 entries in the men’s junior 18 single sculls.

Published in Rowing
30th January 2016

Neptune Head Cancelled

#Rowing: The Neptune Head of the River at Blessington had to be cancelled this morning because of bad weather. The organisers had been ready to go ahead but conditions were not rowable. This is a double blow for the event, as it had originally been fixed for November and had to be called off because of a bad weather forecast.

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#Rowing: The Neptune Head of the River, scheduled for this Saturday, November 7th, has been cancelled. The weather forecast for the course at Blessington predicted gusts of up to 40 kilometres per hour, forcing the organisers to take the option of calling off the event.

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# Rowing: Trinity took the women’s eights title at the Neptune Regatta at sunny Islandbridge today, beating a game Portora crew which had earlier had an easy win in the women’s junior 18 final. Trinity A beat Trinity B in the men’s senior eights final. The men’s masters eights final was a terrific race, won by Neptune by a canvas. In another fine battle, Fionnán Groome of Commercial won the intermediate singles final by beating Sam McKeown of Portadown by a quarter of a canvas.

Neptune Regatta, Islandbridge, Saturday (Selected Results)

Men

Eights – Senior: Trinity A bt Trinity B 4l, 3:17. Club One: UCD bt Portora 1½ l, 3:20. Novice: Trinity A bt Trinity B 3l, 3:43. Junior 16: Portora bt Commercial 4l, 3:40. Junior 15: Portora bt Commercial, 3l, 4:01. Masters: Neptune bt Commercial canvas.

Four – Senior, coxed: Trinity (M Corcoran, P Moreau, M Kelly, L Hawkes; cox: K Salley) bt Neptune/Trinity 3l, 3:30. Club One, coxed: UCD bt Belfast 1½ l. Junior 18, coxed: Portora bt Athlone easily, 5:06. Masters: Commercial bt Carlow 3l.

Sculling,

Quadruple – Club Two, coxed: Athlone bt Sligo 2ft, 3:59. Junior 18: Commercial bt Portora easily, Junior 16, coxed: Three Castles bt Portora 1l. Junior 15, coxed: Commercial A bt Neptune, disqualified

Double – Junior 16: St Michael’s B bt Clonmel 3l, 4:40.Junior 15: Neptune A bt Carlow easily, 4:26.

Single – Senior: Trinity (I Hurley) bt Commercial (C Dowling) ½l, 4:05. Intermediate: Commercial (F Groome) bt Portadown (S McKeown) ¼ canvas, 4:47. Club One: Sligo (Patterson). Club Two: Trinity (L Addison) bt Trinity (Norton) 3l, 4:20. Junior 18: Athlone (Munnelly) bt Graiguenamanagh (Lennon) 2l, 4:25. Junior 16: St Michael’s (O’Byrne) bt Clonmel (Dundon) 3 1/3, 5:37.

Women

Eights – Senior: Trinity bt Portora 3l, 3:47. Club One: Trinity bt UCD 2l. Novice: Commercial bt Trinity B 1½ l. Junior 18: Portora bt Neptune easily, 4:04. Junior 16: Portora bt Athlone easily, 4:11. Junior 15: Portora B bt Portora A 1½ l.

Four – Senior, coxed: Trinity bt Commercial 3l. Intermediate: Portora bt Trinity canvas, 4:12. Club One, coxed: Trinity A bt Trinity B 2l, 4:17.

Sculling,

Quadruple - Club Two, coxed: Garda bt Fermoy 2/3 l 4:25. Junior 18: Neptune bt Sligo row over. Junior 16, coxed: Carlow bt Castleconnell 3l, 4:24. Junior 15, coxed: St Michael’s A bt New Ross easily, 4:43.

Double – Junior 16: Carlow bt Athlone easily; 5.00. Junior 15: St Michael’s A bt New Ross 4l, 4:50

Single, Senior: New Ross (E Maurin) bt Portadown (Martin) easily, 4:45. Club One: Fermoy (Bounane) bt Three Castles (Feely) easily, 4:45. Club Two: Garda (J Ryan) bt Clonmel (O’Malley-Adair) 2½ l. Junior 18: Neptune (Feerick) bt Belfast (Coulter) easily, 4:59. Junior 16: Fermoy (Murphy) bt Fermoy (O’Sullivan) ½ l, 4:55.

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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