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The Department of Transport has been advised that Codling Wind Park Limited intends to deploy metocean equipment off the coast of Wicklow as part of the consenting process for Codling Wind Park.

This equipment will be deployed from the Fastnet Sound (callsign MHXQ5) between today, Wednesday 30 June and Friday 16 July, weather window permitting.

The deployment will consist of one metocean data buoy, two wave ocean buoys and one ADCP seabed frame, which will be used to characterise the wind park area over a period of 12 months.

For more details see Marine Notice No 41 of 2021, a PDF of which can be downloaded below.

Published in Coastal Notes

A former Arabian Gulf buoy-laying vessel, Relume that operated for the Middle East Aids to Navigation Service (MENAS) is the latest caller to Dun Laoghaire Harbour, writes Jehan Ashmore.

MENAS is the Gulf operations division of the London-based ‘International Foundation for Aids to Navigation’ (IFAN). This is the only independent Aids to Navigation authority in the world, with no country affiliation or national sponsor.

Relume was commissioned by MENAS in 2004 and was also designed with oil pollution recovery capability, hydrographic survey work and diving support, however the role of the buoy-laying vessel was to be brief.

The newbuild Relume quickly gained an enviable reputation as a combined offshore support/multi-role offhsore supply vessel (OSV) for owner /operator MENAS Marine Services Ltd (MMSL) also based in the UK capital.

By 2006 Relume relocated to the North Sea where MMSL have chartered the ship for many years and also for use on a global basis for offshore marine exploration, the oil & gas industry and emerging renewable energy sources. 

A spokesperson for Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown County Council responded to Afloat's query as to the reason of the Irish call. “The Relume is berthed at No. 4 (St. Micheals Pier) for stores and crew change, following a last port of call, Thyboron, in Denmark. She is on her way to carry out survey work at the Codling Bank Wind Farm Project.” For more details, download Marine Notice No 39 of 2021 below.

At the Codling Bank is the jack-up rig, LB Jill (as Afloat previously reported), which can be observed on the horizon of Killiney Bay and off the Dublin and Wicklow coastlines.

Afloat has also confirmed from the ship agents, that the Relume will be on charter at the Codling Bank Wind Farm project for a two-month timeframe.

As of this morning, Relume had been expected to depart Dun Laoghaire Harbour where the Commissioners of Irish Lights (CIL) aids to navigation bouy-laying tender ILV Granuaile is homeported.

The ILV Granuaile of 2,625 gross tonnage was a prototype for larger newbuilds of the other General Lighthouse Authorities (GLA's) in addition MENAS.

The GLA's are Trinity House (England & Wales) which has the THV Galatea and the Northern Lighthouse Board (Scotland & Isle of Man) has NLV Pharos. Whereas MENAS had operated the 3,526gt Relume to service bouys and lighthouses in the Arabian Gulf and its approaches. 

Both Relume and Granuaile were ordered from the same Dutch shipyard group, Damen at their shipyard, in Galati, Romania. The yard in 2000 launched the ILV Granuaile which went into service the same year and the DP Class 1 ship is currently on duty off the south-west coast.

Also not surprisingly, the vessels share similar hull dimensions, though the 82m Relume is slighty longer by 3m but both have a beam of around 16m.

As for the superstructure this differs, however Relume during MENAS based days used to have a pair of yellow funnels, likewise to ILV Granuaile sporting the livery of Irish Lights along with a white deckhouse and blue hull. 

After a decade in service, Relume underwent a 12 month refit and upgrade of bow thrusters, Dynamic Positioning (DP) systems and installation of a new crane. Improvements were also made to accommodation and for personnel on board that was increased from 42 to 66. In addition the upgrade included revisions to office workspaces for clients.

In 2015 further work involved a machinery and accommodation upgrade to ensure continued competitiveness in the modern DP market. 

The latest Marine Notice for works on the Codling Wind Park project advises of the deployment of metocean equipment between today, Tuesday 11 and Friday 28 May.

One wave buoy and one acoustic Doppler current profiler (ADCP) frame will be deployed and used to characterise the wind park area at the Codling Bank some 13km off Co Wicklow.

These works are being carried out on a 12-hour basis by the AMS Retriever (callsign MEHI8) which will display all appropriate shapes and lights.

The vessel will be restricted in ability to manoeuvre so all other vessels in the are are requested to keep a their distance and pass at minimum speed to reduce wash.

Further details, including relevant coordinates, are included in Marine Notice No 30 of 2021 which can be downloaded below.

Published in Coastal Notes

More works are scheduled for the Codling Wind Park project, with the deployment of two lidar buoys to characterise the wind park area from this week.

Weather permitting, the Voe Vanguard (callsign MBEN9) will deploy the buoys in the Irish Sea off Co Wicklow between tomorrow, Tuesday 27 April and Friday 14 May.

Deployment operations will be conducted on a 12-hour basis. The Voe Vanguard will be restricted in ability to manoeuvre, so all vessels operating within its work area are requested to keep their distance, maintaining a safety zone around the survey vessel and pass at minimum speed to reduce vessel wash.

Throughout survey operations, the Voe Vanguard will be displaying appropriate lights and shapes. The lantern on the buoys will give out five yellow flashes every 20 seconds, visible for up to three nautical miles.

Further details including the relevant coordinates are included in Marine Notice No 29 of 2021, which is available to download below.

The latest notice follows previous advisories for geophysical surveys and geotechnical surveys over the next number of weeks for the wind farm scheme at the Codling Bank.

Published in Coastal Notes

Following the recent notice of geophysical surveys for the Codling Wind Park comes news of a series of geotechnical surveys in the Irish Sea off Wicklow for the project set to commence tomorrow, Monday 26 April.

Works to characterise the wind park area will be conducted until Saturday 26 June, weather permitting, from the LB Jill (callsign WDH 6208) on a 24-hour basis. The vessel will display appropriate lights and shapes.

As the LB Jill will be restricted in ability to manoeuvre, all vessels operating within the work area are requested to keep their distance, maintaining a safety zone around the geotechnical investigation vessel, and pass at minimum speed to reduce vessel wash.

Further details including coordinates for the survey works are included in Marine Notice No 28 of 2021, which can be downloaded below.

Published in Coastal Notes

The Department of Transport has been advised that Codling Wind Park Limited intend to conduct a series of geophysical surveys in the Irish Sea off Dublin and Wicklow from Wednesday 14 April to Wednesday 26 May, weather permitting.

This work is intended to provide options for export cable routes to possible landfall options in the areas of Poolbeg, Dun Laoghaire, Greystones and Wicklow.

A total of two vessels will be working on the project. Arctic Ocean (callsign OZGP2) will undertake geophysical operations to characterise the export cable sites (weather permitting). Survey operations will be conducted on a 24-hour basis.

Meanwhile, Faraday (callsign MJZX5) will undertake geophysical operations (weather permitting). Survey operations will be conducted on a 12-hour basis.

Throughout survey operations, the vessels will be displaying the appropriate lights and shapes. As both vessels will be towing survey equipment, they will also require large turning circles and will be restricted in their ability to manoeuvre.

All vessels operating within the work area are requested to keep their distance, maintaining at least the 500m safety zone around the survey vessel and pass at minimum speed to reduce vessel wash.

Further details including coordinated and contacts are included in Marine Notice No 21 of 2021, a PDF of which can be downloaded below.

Published in Coastal Notes

RORC Fastnet Race

This race is both a blue riband international yachting fixture and a biennial offshore pilgrimage that attracts crews from all walks of life:- from aspiring sailors to professional crews; all ages and all professions. Some are racing for charity, others for a personal challenge.

For the world's top professional sailors, it is a 'must-do' race. For some, it will be their first-ever race, and for others, something they have competed in for over 50 years! The race attracts the most diverse fleet of yachts, from beautiful classic yachts to some of the fastest racing machines on the planet – and everything in between.

The testing course passes eight famous landmarks along the route: The Needles, Portland Bill, Start Point, the Lizard, Land’s End, the Fastnet Rock, Bishop’s Rock off the Scillies and Plymouth breakwater (now Cherbourg for 2021 and 2023). After the start in Cowes, the fleet heads westward down The Solent, before exiting into the English Channel at Hurst Castle. The finish for 2021 is in Cherbourg via the Fastnet Rock, off the southern tip of Ireland.

  • The leg across the Celtic Sea to (and from) the Fastnet Rock is known to be unpredictable and challenging. The competitors are exposed to fast-moving Atlantic weather systems and the fleet often encounter tough conditions
  • Flawless decision-making, determination and total commitment are the essential requirements. Crews have to manage and anticipate the changing tidal and meteorological conditions imposed by the complex course
  • The symbol of the race is the Fastnet Rock, located off the southern coast of Ireland. Also known as the Teardrop of Ireland, the Rock marks an evocative turning point in the challenging race
  • Once sailors reach the Fastnet Rock, they are well over halfway to the finish in Cherbourg.

Fastnet Race - FAQs

The 49th edition of the biennial Rolex Fastnet Race will start from the Royal Yacht Squadron line in Cowes, UK on Sunday 8th August 2021.

The next two editions of the race in 2021 and 2023 will finish in Cherbourg-en-Cotentin at the head of the Normandy peninsula, France

Over 300. A record fleet is once again anticipated for the world's largest offshore yacht race.

The international fleet attracts both enthusiastic amateur, the seasoned offshore racer, as well as out-and-out professionals from all corners of the world.

Boats of all shapes, sizes and age take part in this historic race, from 9m-34m (30-110ft) – and everything in between.

The Fastnet Race multihull course record is: 1 day 4 hours 2 minutes and 26 seconds (2019, Ultim Maxi Edmond de Rothschild, Franck Cammas / Charles Caudrelier)

The Fastnet Race monohull course record is: 1 day, 18 hours, 39 minutes (2011, Volvo 70, Abu Dhabi Ocean Racing).

David and Peter Askew's American VO70 Wizard won the 2019 Rolex Fastnet Race, claiming the Fastnet Challenge Cup for 1st in IRC Overall.

Rolex SA has been a longstanding sponsor of the race since 2001.

The first race was in 1925 with 7 boats. The Royal Ocean Racing Club was set up as a result.

The winner of the first Fastnet Race was the former pilot cutter Jolie Brise, a boat that is still sailing today.

Cork sailor Henry P F Donegan (1870-1940), who gave his total support for the Fastnet Race from its inception in 1925 and competed in the inaugural race in his 43ft cutter Gull from Cork.

Ireland has won the Fastnet Race twice. In 1987 the Dubois 40 Irish Independent won the Fastnet Race overall for the first time and then in 2007 – all of twenty years after Irish Independent’s win – Ireland secured the overall win again this time thanks to Ger O’Rourke’s Cookson 50 Chieftain from the Royal Western Yacht Club of Ireland in Kilrush.

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Fastnet Race 2023 Date

The 2023 50th Rolex Fastnet Race will start on Saturday, 22nd July 2023

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At A Glance – Fastnet Race

  • The world's largest offshore yacht race
  • The biennial race is 605 nautical miles - Cowes, Fastnet Rock, Plymouth
  • A fleet of over 400 yachts regularly will take part
  • The international fleet is made up of over 26 countries
  • Multihull course record: 1 day, 8 hours, 48 minutes (2011, Banque Populaire V)
  • Monohull course record: 1 day, 18 hours, 39 minutes (2011, Volvo 70, Abu Dhabi)
  • Largest IRC Rated boat is the 100ft (30.48m) Scallywag 100 (HKG)
  • Some of the Smallest boats in the fleet are 30 footers
  • Rolex SA has been a longstanding sponsor of the race since 2001
  • The first race was in 1925 with 7 boats. The Royal Ocean Racing Club was set up as a result

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