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#SeafarersMemorial – The annual National Commemoration Service for Irish Seafarers in Dublin is to held this Sunday, 19th November.

The annual service hosted by the Maritime Institute of Ireland will involve a wreath-laying ceremony at 12.00 noon on City Quay Memorial. All are welcome to attend the ceremony at the granite stone-cut monument located along the south quays near to both DART stations at Pearce Street and Tara Street.   

The Memorial monument is dedicated to honour seamen lost while serving on Irish merchant ships 1939-1945 in WW2. Also to be recognised the signifcance loss of fellow seafarers in this centenary period of the previous WWI, the so called 'great war'.

War-time Irish shipping companies ‘House Flags’ along with the banner of the Maritime Institute of Ireland will be paraded by the Sea Scouts.

In addition to addresses made the wreaths will be brought into Dublin Bay and floated on these waters. Traditionally this honour is performed on a rotational basis between the tugs of the Dublin Port Company, Naval Service vessels or a R.N.L.I. lifeboat.

On conclusion of the land-based ceremony, light refreshments will take place across the Liffey in the Stella Maris Seafarers Centre on Beresford Place, nearby of Busáras Bus Station.

Maritime Institute of Ireland (Foras Muiridhe na h-Eireann)

The M.I.I. which has the National Maritime Museum of Ireland located in Dun Laoghaire, Co. Dublin, was founded on 31st October 1941 during one of the most critical moments in this country’s history.

Some of the founders and earliest supporters had been trying to impress on the general public and on government for at least the previous five years, in particular its real founder and longest serving President, Colonel Anthony Lawlor, that if, as seemed more and more inevitable, a catastrophic European war were to break out, Ireland would very quickly be in crisis.

While we had very good reason to declare ourselves neutral, nobody in the highest position of critical responsibility had taken the trouble to ensure how a small neutral island which depended on the importation of vital food and other supplies was going to survive when the ships, mainly owned by non-nationals that carried our vital imports and valuable exports were no longer avail-able. Yet, by 1942, this was precisely what had happened and starvation and economic collapse were all too visible on the horizon to even the dumbest politicians.

The current role of the M.I.I. is to foster an appreciation of our maritime heritage. To that end asides hosting and supporting commemorations, they operate the maritime museum, host lectures, issue newsletters, maintain a library and promote and conduct research.



Published in Ports & Shipping

#SeafarersCommemoration- The annual National Commemoration Services for Irish Seafarers will start at 12.30pm next Sunday 23 November 2014.

This year's commemoration has a new schedule to proceedings as there will be an ecumenical service held in City Quay Church (close to Tara DART station). The service is to be conducted by Father Pierce Walsh and Rev William Black, Hononary Port Chaplin.

The company will then proceed the short distance to the Seafarers Memorial, where representatives will lay wreaths.

Following the ceremony, tea, coffee and scones will be availavle in Jury's Inn, Custom House Quay located on the far side of the Liffey.

In previous years, the commemoration started with Mass at City Quay and concluded with Evensong in St Patrick's Cathedral.


Published in Boating Fixtures

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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