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#FethardLifeboat- For over than three decades the Trustees of the Lifeboat Memorial in The Burrow, Rosslare, Co. Wexford have laid a wreath in memory of those who lost their lives at sea.

This year marks the 100th anniversary of the "Mexico" disaster in which the monument commemorates. During this heroic rescue nine lifeboat men from the Fethard lifeboat and one crew member from the Norwegian schooner "Mexico" lost their lives.

To commemorate the centenary of the disaster, the trustees are laying a wreath at The Burrow on Sunday 23 February at 3pm.

As part of the event, a photographic and memorabilia exhibition in association with the Rosslare Maritime Enthusiasts, will highlight the rescue of the "Mexico" and that of a 'fort' settlement, which disappeared into the sea in 1920's. The exhibition will be held in Scoil Mhuire National School, Rosslare on the weekend of Saturday 22 February, (12noon and 7pm) and Sunday 23 February (10am and 5pm).

All are welcome. For further information contact Billy Doyle on 086 6386002, Des Peare on 087 6827497 or John Boyce on 086 393425 email: [email protected]

 

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#MarconiLectures – Marconi, will be the theme for a series of lectures held in the National Maritime Museum of Ireland, Dun Laoghaire on 22 February.

Each of the three talks (3:00 -6:30 pm) are to be presented by the Radio Officers' Association, topics are listed below.

'The Collections of the Maritime Museum, Dun Laoghaire' (Seamus O'Connor)

'Marconi's Wireless Stations at Clifden and Letterfrack' (Shane Joyce and Michael Gibbons)

'The Making of BBC Coast, with Irish Navy Personnel, on Marconi's Radio Station at Clifden' (Frank McCurry and Tom Frawley)

All are welcome to attend. To book contact: Colman Shaughnessy, Radio Officers Association or by phone: 086 2489319 in addition to emailing: [email protected]
To cover the costs, voluntary donations of €5 would be appreciated.

 

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#Lecture – "Traditional Boats of Ireland Book Project" is a lecture to be presented by marine archaeologist, Darina Tully next Tuesday 4 February at 20:00 in Poolbeg Yacht and Boat Club, Ringsend, Dublin.

All are welcome to the lecture series organised by the Members of Glenua & Friends which is held in the intimate venue located close to the busy heart of Dublin Port. Entry fee of €5 is in aid of the RNLI.

The Traditional Boats of Ireland Boat Book Project, completed in 2008, was a unique undertaking that brought together sailors, historians, engineers, historians, folklorists, archaeologists and marine architects to record Ireland's vernacular boating heritage.

Ireland has a wide variety of traditional boats, from small fishing boats, inland industrial craft, former sailing work boats and various skin boats along with examples of important heritage craft. This talk will give some background to the Book Project and bring you on a tour of Ireland showing you the wide variety of boats reflecting our rich maritime history and culture.

As a maritime archaeologist, Darina has spent over two decades recording small traditional boats and fisheries. She is co-ordinator of Maritime Archaeology Studies at Saor-Ollscoil na hÉireann and has studied at the University of Ulster and St Andrews University. She has been involved in a number of related projects and publications.

 

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#Lecture – Tonight a lecture "The Loss of USS Indianapolis in 1945" is to be held in the Stella Maris Seafarers Club (at 8pm) close to Busaras bus station in Dublin.

The lecture presented by Terry Cummins, secretary of the Irish Naval Association, will as usual take place upstairs in the club. The talk forms part of the winter lecture series organised by the Maritime Institute of Ireland (M.I.I.).

All are welcome to attend the evening at the city-centre venue where a bar and refreshments are available. A voluntary contribution is payable to the door to the M.I.I. which runs the National Maritime Museum (NMMI) in Dun Laoghaire.

The lecture organisers would be pleased for anyone to kindly forward details about the lecture programme, held on the third Thursday of each month.

Public transport: The nearest DART stations are Connolly Station and at Tara Street in addition to the LUAS (Red) line stop at Busáras. Car parking is located in the Irish Life Mall (ILAC) on Lower Abbey Street.

 

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#Lecture - "How Stands Our Island Nation" is a dissertation by marine journalist and commentator Tom McSweeney of Seascapes fame which is to be held next Tuesday 21 January.

The lecture starting at 8pm is the opening talk of the 2014 winter season organized by the Dublin Bay Old Gaffers Association (DBOGA). The venue is the Poolbeg Yacht and Boat Club in Ringsend, Dublin.

So come early and bring along a friend to the lecture which is open to all to attend. Entry of €5 is in aid of the RNLI.

 

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#Lecture - "Seascapes, Wind Turbines and marine Planning- The Future of our Marine Environment" is a lecture to be presented by David Bagnall next Thursday 9 December at 20.00hrs.

The lecture is to be held in Poolbeg Yacht and Boat Club in Ringsend, Dublin. The lecture is organised by the Members of Glenua and Friends 2013/2014 public lecture programme. Entry of €5 is in aid of the RNLI. For further details at 087 2129614

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#TableQuiz – RTE's Six One news anchor Bryan Dobson has volunteered his services as quizmaster for a Christmas Table Quiz in aid of the RNLI. 

The quiz next Thursday (5 Dec) at 8pm is organised by members and friends of the former Les Glénans Irish Sector. The venue is the Poolbeg Yacht & Boat Club in Ringsend, Dublin.

Everybody is welcome either solo or with friends. To enter the cost is €30 per table for four. For further details contact: 087 2129614 and for the marine visit: www.poolbegmarina.ie

 

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#Lecture- This month's Maritime Institute of Ireland (M.I.I.) lecture: Mutiny & Murder on the Earl of Sandwich presented by Peter Brady takes place this Thursday (21 November) at 8pm in Stella Maris Seamen's Club, Dublin.

In late 1765 the merchant brig Earl of Sandwich, was on its return leg to England from the Canary Islands laden with goods and riches. That fateful voyage of the crew and passengers also covers the culprits after they were landed at Wexford and until their days that ended on the gallows at St. Stephen's Green before being publicly displayed at Ringsend and the Muglins.

The lecture which is part of the autumn/winter series (third Thursday each month) as usual is held in the Stella Maris Seafarers Club on Beresford Place, which is located next to Busaras and behind the Customs House.

All are welcome to attend the evening where a bar and refreshments are available. A voluntary contribution is payable to the door to the M.I.I. which runs the National Maritime Museum (NMMI) in Dun Laoghaire).

Public transport to Stella Maris Seafarers Club: The nearest DART stations are Connolly Station and at Tara Street in addition to the LUAS (Red) line stop at Busáras. Car parking is located in the Irish Life Mall (ILAC) on Lower Abbey Street.

For further information in general about the National Maritime Museum of Ireland (Dun Laoghaire) visit www.mariner.ie

 

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14th October 2013

Lecture: The "Kerlogue"

#LectureKERLOGUE – Maritime Institute of Ireland (M.I.I.) autumn/ winter lecture series continues with the next lecture about the "Kerlogue" presented by Pat Sweeney, Maritime historian and author.

During WW2 (1943) Wexford Steamship Co.'s small coaster Kerlogue” hauled 168 injured and shipwrecked German sailors from the icy waters of the Bay of Biscay .

The lecture is this Thursday 17 October (starting at 8pm) and as usual takes place in the Stella Maris Seafarers Club on Beresford Place, Dublin City Centre. The venue behind the Customs House is close the Busaras.

All are welcome to attend the evening where a bar and refreshments are available. A voluntary contribution is payable to the door to the M.I.I. which runs the National Maritime Museum (NMMI) in Dun Laoghaire).

The lecture organisers would be pleased for anyone to kindly forward details about the lecture programme, held monthly (third Thursday).

Public transport to Stella Maris Seafarers Club: The nearest DART stations are Connolly Station and at Tara Street in addition to the LUAS (Red) line stop at Busáras. Car parking is located in the Irish Life Mall (ILAC) on Lower Abbey Street.

For further information in general about the National Maritime Museum of Ireland (Dun Laoghaire) visit www.mariner.ie

 

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#TableQuiz- Have fun while raising funds for the National Maritime Museum of Ireland, Dun Laoghaire, where a Table Quiz & Wine Tasting event is to be held in the Eblana Club, next Thursday 10th October.

The evening event (starting at 7.30pm) begins with wine-tasting by Mitchells of Glasthule. An hour later the table quiz gets into action and the bar will also be open.

Eblana Club is located on Eblana Avenue which is off the town's Marine Road. Tickets cost €10 per person / €40 per table and payable at the door.

As this event is not currently on the NMMI's website, for further details email: [email protected] or tel: (01) 2143 964.

For other information about the museum which has a cafe, gift shop and library (members-only) plus opening times visit: www.mariner.ie

 

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The Half Ton Class was created by the Offshore Racing Council for boats within the racing band not exceeding 22'-0". The ORC decided that the rule should "....permit the development of seaworthy offshore racing yachts...The Council will endeavour to protect the majority of the existing IOR fleet from rapid obsolescence caused by ....developments which produce increased performance without corresponding changes in ratings..."

When first introduced the IOR rule was perfectly adequate for rating boats in existence at that time. However yacht designers naturally examined the rule to seize upon any advantage they could find, the most noticeable of which has been a reduction in displacement and a return to fractional rigs.

After 1993, when the IOR Mk.III rule reached it termination due to lack of people building new boats, the rule was replaced by the CHS (Channel) Handicap system which in turn developed into the IRC system now used.

The IRC handicap system operates by a secret formula which tries to develop boats which are 'Cruising type' of relatively heavy boats with good internal accommodation. It tends to penalise boats with excessive stability or excessive sail area.

Competitions

The most significant events for the Half Ton Class has been the annual Half Ton Cup which was sailed under the IOR rules until 1993. More recently this has been replaced with the Half Ton Classics Cup. The venue of the event moved from continent to continent with over-representation on French or British ports. In later years the event is held biennially. Initially, it was proposed to hold events in Ireland, Britain and France by rotation. However, it was the Belgians who took the ball and ran with it. The Class is now managed from Belgium. 

At A Glance – Half Ton Classics Cup Winners

  • 2017 – Kinsale – Swuzzlebubble – Phil Plumtree – Farr 1977
  • 2016 – Falmouth – Swuzzlebubble – Greg Peck – Farr 1977
  • 2015 – Nieuwport – Checkmate XV – David Cullen – Humphreys 1985
  • 2014 – St Quay Portrieux – Swuzzlebubble – Peter Morton – Farr 1977
  • 2013 – Boulogne – Checkmate XV – Nigel Biggs – Humphreys 1985
  • 2011 – Cowes – Chimp – Michael Kershaw – Berret 1978
  • 2009 – Nieuwpoort – Général Tapioca – Philippe Pilate – Berret 1978
  • 2007 – Dun Laoghaire – Henri-Lloyd Harmony – Nigel Biggs – Humphreys 1980~
  • 2005 – Dinard – Gingko – Patrick Lobrichon – Mauric 1968
  • 2003 – Nieuwpoort – Général Tapioca – Philippe Pilate – Berret 1978

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