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#Greystonesharbour – Greystones Motor Yacht Club will have an RNLI Lifeboat presentation night next Thursday 29th August at 8pm.

The venue is upstairs at the nearby Beach House Pub, next door to Greystones Harbour, a location popular with visiting sailors, including the Squib class.

Joe Taylor from the RNLI hopes to have the lifeboat 'Annie Blaker' in attendance at the harbour.

GMYC We is also going to launch the new Greystones Harbour defibrillator scheme with an explanation of how it will operate.

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#greystonesmarina – Ireland's newest marina and harbour in Greystones, Co. Wicklow are the focus of a presentation at Dun Laoghaire's National Yacht Club on Wednesday 28th August. A presentation of the Civil and Maritime Works on the building of the new Greystones Harbour will described from concept stage through to initial operations, covering all stages of design and construction.

The delivery of a significant public amenity through the PPP vehicle is addressed, illustrating the inter-relationships between planning, design and construction. The project included a few 'firsts' and was not without significant challenges, both publicly and technically.

The presentation will be given by Mr. Sean Mason, F.I.E.I. of Arup. Cllr. Derek Mitchell will address the local community aspects of the development process and the impact of the transformation of the old harbour into a vibrant maritime facility. Mr. Mason will address the technical aspects of the development from initial concept stage through to construction completion.

The lecture is at the National Yacht Club, Wednesday 28th August 2013 @ 19:30. A flyer is available to download below.

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Video taken on an evening microlight flight over Greystones harbour in County Wicklow reveals progress at the new town marina a month after it opened. A mix of 25 boats from sailing cruisers to motor boats to ribs and speedboats are now berthed at Ireland's newest boating facility.

The video made public on youtube by Gary Fortune was taken on a windless night for sailing and also shows a local Greystones Sailing Club dinghy fleet searching in vain for wind. The 100-berth capacity marina comes into view at about 1 minute 52 seconds on the above timeline.

 

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#greystonesharbourmarina – The Irish Sea's newest marina opens in Wicklow on Easter Monday. Greystones Harbour Marina will open on 1st April 2013 with 100 berths available initially.

Since arriving on site in December operators BJ Marinas Ltd have been working around the clock to ensure they met their target of being open for the start of the boating season on 1st April.

Managing Director Bernard Gallagher said "We're delighted to be appointed as harbour and marina operators. It's a unique and stunning site and we're looking forward to opening this new marina on Monday'

BJ started taking bookings in late January and have had a steady stream of commitment from berth holders since then.

There will be 100 berths initially ranging from six metres to 30 metres. Once completed there will be 230 berths.

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#greystonesharbour – It's full steam ahead at Greystones Harbour where operators BJ Marinas Ltd are putting the final touches to the marina ready for opening in 11 days time on April 1.

Our exclusive photo (taken yesterday) shows recent progress in the marina basin with piling complete and furniture being installed.

BJ, will operate the marina and boatyard,  say they are 'really happy with the progress' and confirm the marina will open on schedule.

The pontoon installation will be completed shortly with 100 berths initially and the access bridge should also be complete by the weekend.

Office and facilities will be in place early next week and other services and the access road are also well under way.

Local boaters have already being eyeing up the new facility. Greystones Sailing Club has put together a provisional programme for Keelboat racing this season, a new era for the club.

The County Wicklow marina has received '85 serious enquiries' for berths over the Christmas and New Year Period. Berthing details are here.

The newest addition to boating on Ireland's east coast is operated by BJ Marinas Ltd, a company owned by senior marine industry figure Bernard Gallagher.

The firm are operating the new site under contract from developers Sispar and Wicklow County Council.

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Greystones Harbour Marina takes shape – pontoons are installed this week to give Ireland a new addition to its coastal marina network

 

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#greystonesharbour – With work at Greystones Harbour marina progressing well this month, piling nearly complete and pontoons being floated into position, Greystones Sailing Club has been putting together a provisional programme for Keelboat racing this season.

In an exciting new era for the Club its keelboat captain Mark Usher has invited all keelboat berth holders, and those who intend to apply for a berth, to an open discussion in the Club on Friday 22nd March at 8pm when outline plans for the season ahead will be announced.

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#greystones – Greystones Harbour Marina in County Wicklow is to open next April with 100 berths.

The newest addition to boating on Ireland's east coast will be operated by BJ Marinas Ltd, a company owned by senior marine industry figure Bernard Gallagher.

The firm will operate the marina and boatyard on the purpose built site under contract from developers Sispar and Wicklow County Council.

"We're delighted to be appointed as harbour and marina operators for Greystones. It's a unique and stunning site and we're looking forward to opening this new marine leisure facility next April in time for the 2013 boating season" Gallagher told Afloat.

Gallagher's sister company BJ Marine Ltd is one of the most successful boat sales and service firms in Ireland established over 35 years. The firm represents some of the biggest names in global boating brands including French yacht manufacturing giant Beneteau for over 20 years. The firm also represents American power boat firm Sea Ray and British luxury motorboat manufacturer Fairline. In 2012 BJ Marine imported the first production hybrid diesel electric boat, the Slovenian built Greenline 33, into Ireland.

Although the substantial structure of the new Greystones breakwaters and harbour has been completed with two new slipways and part opened to the public for over a year the marina element had stalled during the financial crisis with only limited access to the new harbour for visiting boats.

Last March a meeting of local boat owners in the Wicklow town heard of 'huge interest' in the new facility and it is understood over 70 applications for berths were received.

BJ Marinas Ltd will be responsible for the installation of the marina. The marina furniture and piling will be 100% Irish built and supplied according to Gallagher.

Berths will eventually reach 230, a major bonus for the east coast boating scene.

Gallagher also operates Bangor Marina boatyard on Belfast lough. The company also has offices at Malahide marina in North Dublin and has operated an international base in Malta since 1989.

His interest in a marina at the harbour at Greystones goes back 16 years when entrepreneur Albert Gubay launched a plan for a 300-berth marina in 1996 that was never built.

The latest Greystones Harbour Project originally envisaged a primary care medical centre, some five new clubhouses for existing harbour users, a Coast Guard house, as well as commercial, leisure and office facilities, a new beach and some 375 new homes.

The project is a major Public Private Partnership involving Wicklow County Council and Sispar and expected to cost in excess of € 300 million. The land side of the development had stalled with the financial crisis.

Sisk builders announced in July that it had agreed with its partners Park Developments and their bankers NAMA that Sisk will take ownership and control of the project.

BJ Marinas Ltd have issued the following contact details for berth enquiries:  [email protected]  Telephone +353 (0)86 2718161

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#boatjumble – Greystones harbour in County Wicklow is the latest venue for a boat jumble sale. It's time to empty out that shed and bring along all your old marine items and flog them to willing buyers in this unique sale (car boot style sale).

The marine sale will take place on Sunday 30th September in the Beach House Car Park at Greystones Harbour.

Entry fees are €10 for cars, €15 for jeeps and vans with room also for maritime clubs/commercial operators at €25.

All proceeds from the event will go to the Greystones RNLI Fundraising Branch to aid Wicklow Lifeboat.

Gates open at 9am and we will operate on a first come first served basis. Family entertainment will be provided in the field and there will be a BBQ and live entertainment in the beer garden.

For further information contact Ciarán Hayden 087 8045651, Gordon Hunter 087 2590175 or Joe Taylor 086 2601918.

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#GREYSTONES – Greystones harbour developers are asking anybody interested in a marina berth at the new facility to attend ameeting in the Beach House on Wednesday the 14th March 7 pm. They will present a plan to put 56 berths in this Summer and will talk about the facilities to be provided if there are enough people who commit to using it and paying the fee.

Councillor Derek Mitchell (FG) has welcomed the progress: 'Sea Scouts, Rowers, Anglers, Sailors and Divers will occupy their compounds in April. The Council is currently completing leases with their 5 solicitors and 5 insurance companies, which takes time'.

'I welcome this progress, the harbour will be transformed when there are lots of boats in it' he told Afloat.ie

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The National Asset Management Agency (NAMA) is currently reviewing plans to continue development of Greystones Harbour, WicklowNews.net reports.
NAMA, which took over the loans connected to the controversial €300 million development, has received Sispar's business plan for developing the proposed public walkway and retail units, as well as amenities for water users, further to proposals outlined in June.
It is expected that the limited development could be completed by September next year, pending NAMA approval. The agency is set to announce its decision next month.
WicklowNews.net has more on the story HERE.

The National Asset Management Agency (NAMA) is currently reviewing plans to continue development of Greystones Harbour, WicklowNews.net reports.

NAMA, which took over the loans connected to the controversial €300 million development, has received Sispar's business plan for developing the proposed public walkway and retail units, as well as amenities for water users, further to proposals outlined in June.

Signs and buoys strung across Greystones harbour to keep mariners out of the new basin

 

It is expected that the limited development could be completed by September next year, pending NAMA approval. The agency is set to announce its decision next month.

WicklowNews.net has more on the story HERE.

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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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