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#Lecture - Howth Peninsula Heritage Society's opening lecture for the autumn/winter season will be about 'Howth & Sailing' and is to be presented by W.M. Nixon.

The talk takes place at 8.00 p.m. in Howth Angling Centre, West Pier next Tuesday, 24 September.

All are welcome to the venue which is close to the DART station. For non-members of the society there is an admission fee of €4.

For further details of the society and lecture programme visit:


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#Lecture–Maritime Institute of Ireland autumn/ winter lecture series resumes with a talk about the "The Loss of the MV Princess Victoria in January 1953".

James Scannell will present the lecture next Thursday 19 September (starting at 8pm) and as usual takes place in the Stella Maris Seafarers Club on Beresford Place, close 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 at the door. The organisers would be pleased for anyone to kindly forward details about the lecture programme, held monthly (third Thursday) at the city-centre venue.

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.

For further information and of the lecture programme, contact 086 150 3766 and visit


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#Lecture- To give the lecture its full title "Setting Sail and Coming Home-Voyages of Discovery in Irish Myth, Arts and Culture" and which is to be held on Wednesday 24 April in Poolbeg Yacht and Boat Club, Ringsend.

Mary McKenna will present the talk (starting at 8pm) in the heart of the Dublin Port venue, as part les Glénans public Irish Sector Winter Lecture Series.

All are welcome. Entry fee of €5 in aid of the RNLI. For further details contact: 087 2129614


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#Lecture – The next Howth Peninsula Heritage Society lecture will be about 'The Lighthouses of the South West Coast.

The lecture to be presented by Gerry Butler is to takes place in the Howth Angling Centre along the West Pier, on Tuesday 26 March starting at 8 pm.

Those arriving by train only have a short stroll to the venue from Howth DART station.

All are welcome to the lecture which is admission free to members and to non-members €4 payable at the door.


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#LectureNorseDublin: The next and final monthly held 'Below the Surface' lecture the "Norse Dublin - The Fleet of Norse Dublin around 1000AD" is to be held on Wednesday 3 April (starting 8pm).

The talk to be presented by Professor Poul Holm TCD, who will mark the end of the Below the Surface series which began last November. The unique lecture series has provided the public an opportunity to attend and enjoy in celebrating Ireland's maritime heritage and archaeology.

As usual the talk is to take place on the famine replica ship, the Jeanie Johnston, docked at Custom House Quay in Dublin's city-centre. The venue provides an intimate space ideal for maritime tales, oozing seafaring ambience with the creaking sounds of the hull surrounding the audience.

The talks to date have touched on many aspects of our rich and controversial maritime history, from tales of pirates, queens and lost polar expeditions.

Tickets are available online by visiting:


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#Lecture – A talk will be given on Shackleton's Endurance Expeditions: 1914-17 next Thursday (21 March) at 8pm in the Stella Maris Club, Beresford Place, Dublin city centre.

All are welcome to the lecture, where there is an entrance fee (recommended donation €5) per person

The Stella Maris Club is located close to the Irish Life (ILAC) Mall complex car park, the Customs House and Busaras. It is convenient to the Luas (Red Line: Busaras stop) and the DART (Connolly and Tara Street stations).

The Maritime Institute runs a maritime museum, the National Maritime Museum of Ireland located in Dun Laoghaire. Co. Dublin. For further details visit:


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#Lecture –The Old Dublin Society's next Spring lecture is "The Loss of the MV Princess Victoria in January 1953"

The lecture is to be presented by James Scannell and held next Wednesday 20th March, starting at 18.30hrs.

Venue is the Conference Room of the Dublin City Library and Archive, 138-144 Pearse Street, Dublin 2. All are welcome – no admission fee.

For further details about the society visit: and the library lecture click HERE.


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#Lecture – A lecture 'Maritime Dalkey: Past, Present & Future' is to be presented by marine correspondent and photographer Jehan Ashmore.

The talk on Wednesday 13 March starts at 8pm and is organised by the Killiney & Ballybrack Historical Society, who hold a monthly lecture in The Graduate Lounge (Upstairs), Rochestown Avenue, Killiney.

Jehan will look into Dalkey's status as an 'outport' for Dublin, between 14th–16th centuries, when vessels sailed with cargo in and out along the coastline of Dalkey Sound. This was due to the dangerous silting channels and sand bar at the mouth of the Liffey, which prevented ships entering at low tide.

Also examined will be the beginnings of Irish Sea steam-packet services from the 1820's. Some of these routes operated within Dalkey waters and their present-day successors, as well as cruiseships, pass offshore in relative proximity.

Accompanying the lecture will be many unseen photographs, dating back three decades. This will open a different image of Dalkey Sound, featuring not just the island ferry, lobster-boats and summer filled scenes of pleasure craft and yachts but also a wide variety of larger 'working' vessels.

All are welcome to the lecture, admission of €3. Refreshments provided. The society has an annual subscription o €15 (€20 for couples and family). Contact: Richard Dolan: 087 6181212


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#Lecture -The next 'Below the Surface' series of monthly held maritime lectures is 6 March. The topic will be 'The Opening of the Atlantic World' – English Settlement in Ireland and North America in the 17th Century, by James Lyttleton.

As usual the lecture takes place below decks on board the replica 19th century famine emigrant barque, Jeanie Johnston, at her berth at Custom House Quay, in Dublin's Docklands.

Doors open at 7.15pm and the lecture starts at 8pm. Please ensure to arrive early as entry to venue may not be permitted on commencement of the lecture.

For further details contact 01 4730111 and to book online, tickets costing €15.00 per person click HERE.

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#LectureShackleton – Neale Webb, who is related to the family of the Irish-born Antarctic explorer, will present his lecture 'Sir Ernest Shackleton - Heroic Age of Antarctic Exploration' next Thursday, 14 February.

The talk which is for the Kilmacud-Stillorgan History Society, will be held at 20.00hrs in the Function Room of the Glenalbyn Sports Club in Stillorgan. All visitors are welcome –admission fee: €3

As previously reported, the five-man crew re-enactment of Shackleton's Epic Antarctic rescue continued, having this week reached landfall on South Georgia Island after sailing 800 nautical miles and taking nearly 12 days to complete to reach this destination, a key highlight of their journey.

To follow the team's latest blog reports, and to track the Alexandra Shackleton, a replica of the lifeboat James Caird used in the mission nearly a century ago, visit:


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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.


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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