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#Lifeboats - The RNLI’s all-weather lifeboat based in Rosslare Harbour was launched at 10.38pm on Saturday night (2 March) to assist a passenger onboard an Irish Ferries vessel bound for Pembroke in Wales.

The passenger ferry Oscar Wilde, which was located 20 miles off the Wexford coast at the time, asked for assistance in evacuating a passenger who had become ill.

Sea conditions were unfavourable for the volunteers on the Rosslare Harbour lifeboat to go alongside the ferry.

The Irish Coast Guard helicopter Rescue 117 from Waterford was also tasked and quickly arrived on scene. After attempts to airlift the casualty it was deemed too dangerous.

The Oscar Wilde returned to Rosslare Europort at 1am, where an ambulance was waiting to bring the casualty to hospital. The RNLI volunteers in their Severn class lifeboat stood by the passenger ferry for the duration.

Sea conditions were very poor at the time, with a strong Force 7 to 8 gale and heavy rain.

Coxswain Eamonn O’Rourke commented that the volunteer crew of the lifeboat had to endure very challenging conditions.

Speaking afterwards, Rosslare Harbour RNLI lifeboat operations manager David Maloney said: “Conditions at sea tonight were challenging for our coxswain and lifeboat crew and I would like to commend them for their efforts in enduring a rough passage in the dark, and late at night on a Saturday evening, to be of assistance.”

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#FerryNews - In south Wales, the former leader of Pembrokeshire County Council has said Fishguard is losing out to Pembroke Dock because the A40 road to the port is so bad.

As BBC News reports, Councillor John Davies wants the Welsh Government to fund the widening of the A40 all the way to Fishguard.

The Stena ferry company has dropped a £5m upgrade for Fishguard, described as a "worrying" move by local politicians.

But Welsh Government minister Baroness Eluned Morgan said there was less money for roads because of austerity.

For more on this story, click the link.

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#RNLI - Rosslare Harbour RNLI’s all-weather lifeboat launched late last night (Sunday 27 May) to assist a becalmed yacht with three crew onboard.

The 13m yacht, which was travelling south, was becalmed on a very still evening. Unable to continue and within busy shipping lanes off the Wexford coast, the yacht called for assistance.

Rosslare Harbour RNLI lifeboat quickly reached the yacht and it was brought back under tow to the shelter of Rosslare Europort.

Apart from poor visibility due to fog, sea conditions were calm.

Speaking after the callout, Jamie Ryan, Rosslare Harbour RNLI volunteer lifeboat press officer, said: “We would like to commend our crew for their great response late on a Sunday evening and also commend the experienced crew on the yacht for quickly calling for assistance when they encountered problems.”

Earlier, Baltimore RNLI launched on its third callout in as many days to assist a yacht which went aground on East Skeam Island yesterday afternoon.

The yacht, with two on board, had been dragged by its anchor dragged in a strong north-easterly Force 5 wind and ended up ashore on the West Cork island.

Arriving in scene seven minutes after launch, the Baltimore lifeboat crew established a tow to refloat the yacht and send it on its way to Schull.

On return to Baltimore harbour, the lifeboat crew then went to investigate a 16ft dory that had broken from its mooring and gone ashore on Sherkin Island.

No people were on board, so the lifeboat crew took an anchor from the vessel and dropped it offshore from the beach so that the rising tide and onshore winds wouldn’t drive the boat further ashore.

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#RNLI - Rosslare Harbour RNLI launched yesterday afternoon (Saturday 5 May) to help a Dutch tourist when his motorboat lost power 10 miles north of the Co Wexford port.

The sole occupant of the 33ft motorboat was a Dutch man who was travelling from Dun Laoghaire to Cork when his vessel lost power and he ran into difficulty.

The lifeboat crew responded to the call at 1.55pm and were quickly on scene to establish a tow.

Conditions were good for the journey back to land; there was a slight haze but the sea was calm.

The lifeboat crew towed the vessel back to the Fisherman’s Wall in Rosslare Harbour and the tourist was welcomed ashore.

Commenting on the callout, Rosslare Harbour RNLI lifeboat operations manager Dave Maloney said: “It was perfect conditions for a callout. As the man was travelling on his own we put one of our lifeboat crew onboard to help establish the tow and to check everything was okay.

“Thankfully it was nothing too serious and we were able to bring him safely to Rosslare where he could get his vessel seen to and hopefully continue on with his journey.”

The RNLI and Irish Coast Guard issued a joint call earlier this week for people to stay safe on or near the water this May Bank Holiday weekend, as previously reported on Afloat.ie.

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#NewsUpdate - A delivery of the first imported animal feed in response to the deepening - and now nationwide - fodder crisis has arrived in Rosslare Harbour.

The feed reports RTE News, which has been imported from Britain, will then be distributed by Dairygold Co-Op to ten locations around Munster.

Further significant imports are scheduled for the coming days, with Glanbia and Lakeland Dairies saying that they have also sourced animal feed abroad for their members.

The Dairygold Co-Op executives who sourced and organised the first 2,500 tonnes of animal feed in response to the deepening weather-related shortage are attempting to locate even more supplies to distribute to their farmer members.

Seamus O'Mahoney, Head of Sales at Dairygold Argi Business, said around 3,500 bales are expected to arrive at Rosslare Port over the next two to three days.

Speaking on RTÉ's Morning Ireland, he said imports from the UK were inevitable given the current situation facing farmers.

"We have been seeing over the last few months that farmers have been trying to stretch existing fodder and we have had a very long winter, two storms, a late spring. Farmers didn’t have a chance to put out fertiliser and all of those factors didn’t click," he said.

Click HERE for more on the farming crisis.

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#RNLI - Rosslare Harbour RNLI was involved in an extensive search off the Wexford coast yesterday (Tuesday 1 August) after a swimmer was reported to have been swept out to sea.

The alarm was raised shortly after 3pm by a member of the public who reported what they thought to be a swimmer being carried out to sea from Rosslare Strand.

The all-weather lifeboat, under coxswain Eamonn O’Rourke, launched at 3.15pm and began an extensive search. The Irish Coast Guard helicopter Rescue 117 from Waterford was also tasked.

Weather conditions were good for searching, with a south west Force 4 wind blowing.

Following a four-hour search, the volunteer crew were requested to stand down the lifeboat at 7.30pm, with no one reported missing and no one found.

Speaking following the callout, Rosslare Harbour RNLI lifeboat press officer Jamie Ryan said: “We would like to commend the member of the public who raised the alarm today. That is the right thing to do if you think someone has got into difficulty on the water.”

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Rosslare Harbour RNLI rescued three men yesterday evening (Monday 3 July) after their boat ran aground.

The volunteer lifeboat crew was requested to launch their all-weather lifeboat at approximately 4.30pm following a report from the Irish Coast Guard that a vessel had ran aground on the east side of Blackwater Bank.

The lifeboat under Coxswain Art Shiel and with six crew members onboard launched at 4.40pm and made its way to the scene, arriving at 5.20pm.

Cahore inshore lifeboat was also tasked and was on scene first.

Weather conditions at the time were described as good with a moderate breeze.

The 37ft–motorsailer with three men on-board had ran aground and broke her steering.

Once on scene, the lifeboat crew worked with the Cahore inshore lifeboat crew to get the vessel off the bank which they managed to do at 6pm. All onboard were safe and well.

Two lifeboat crew members transferred onto the casualty vessel and a towline was established. The lifeboat then proceeded to tow the motorsailer back to Rosslare Harbour.

Speaking following the call out, David Maloney, Rosslare Harbour RNLI Lifeboat Operations Manager said: ‘The crew onboard the vessel did the right thing this evening and raised the alarm when they got into difficulty. We would encourage anyone planning a trip at sea this summer to go prepared and to always respect the water. Should you get into trouble, the RNLI provides a 24-hour search and rescue service and our volunteers in Rosslare are always willing and ready to respond to help anyone in need.’

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#RNLI - Rosslare Harbour RNLI assisted three men onboard a yacht yesterday evening (Wednesday 3 May) after it got into difficulty off the Wicklow coast.

The all-weather lifeboat, under coxswain Eamonn O’Rourke and with six volunteer crew members onboard, launched at 6.40pm to the 13m yacht, which developed engine problems while travelling north.

The yacht’s progress was further hindered by the difficult weather conditions, with a strong north-easterly wind blowing Force 6-7.

After reaching the yacht off the Wicklow coast, the lifeboat crew proceeded to take it on tow and headed to the port of Arklow.

Arklow RNLI’s all-weather lifeboat, which had completed another callout at the time, met the vessels and was able to take over the tow, continuing on to Arklow.

Speaking after the callout, Rosslare Harbour RNLI volunteer lifeboat press officer Jamie Ryan praised the efforts of the volunteers who had to endure some challenging sea conditions.

“As we continue to enjoy the good weather and enter into the main boating season, we would remind all those taking to the sea over the summer months to respect the water.

“Always wear a lifejacket and always have a means for calling and signalling for help, ensuring everyone onboard knows how to use it.

“Always check the weather forecast and tide times and make sure someone ashore knows where you are going and who to call if you don’t return on time.”

The rescue came less than a week after Rosslare Harbour’s all-weather lifeboat went to the aid of a yacht with a broken mast off Tuskar Rock, as previously reported on Afloat.ie.

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#RNLI - Rosslare Harbour RNLI volunteers launched their all-weather lifeboat in the early hours of this morning (Friday 28 April) following a call for help from a yacht with two men onboard off Tuskar Rock.

The 15m yacht broke its mast on a passage from Kinsale to Howth, some four miles south of Tuskar Rock Lighthouse.

The two men onboard, who are experienced sailors, decided not to run the engine for fear of fouling the propeller due to the amount of rigging and rope in the water.

They were quick to call for help, and the Irish Coast Guard requested the all-weather lifeboat from Rosslare Harbour to launch at 12.40am.

Weather conditions at the time was favourable, with a moderate sea swell and a northerly wind of Force 3 to 4.

Once on scene, the lifeboat crew towed the sailing vessel into the shelter of Rosslare Europort, where it was tied up at 4am.

Speaking following the callout, Rosslare Harbour RNLI volunteer lifeboat press officer Jamie Ryan commended the quick action of the two crew aboard the yacht.

“They did the right thing this morning and raised the alarm when they started to encounter problems. Our volunteers responded rapidly and we were delighted to help the vessel and her crew safely to shore.”

Ryan added: “We would remind anyone taking to the sea over the Bank Holiday weekend and on into the main boating season to respect the water.

“Always carry a means of calling for help and keep it within reach. Wear a personal floatation device. Check the weather and tides. Tell someone elsewhere you are going and when you will be back. Wear appropriate clothing for the conditions and your trip.”

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#RNLI - The volunteer crew from Rosslare Harbour RNLI launched their all-weather lifeboat at 3.45am yesterday morning (Wednesday 14 September) following a distress call from a yacht that suffered engine failure and drifted onto rock armour.

The eight-metre vessel, with two people on board, was seeking shelter from the weather that had worsened with a strong Force 7 northwesterly gale blowing into the mouth of Rosslare Harbour.

One of the yacht’s crew was able to leave the boat and make it on to the rocks. But due to high waves and the rocks, it was not possible to attach a towline to the yacht from the lifeboat.

Two Rosslare lifeboat crew successfully managed to get the remaining occupant off the boat from the landside of the harbour while the lifeboat stood off shore providing cover.

The couple were brought to the lifeboat station to get warm and recover from their ordeal. They were also provided with dry clothes.

Speaking after the incident, Rosslare Harbour RNLI volunteer lifeboat press officer Jamie Ryan praised the efforts of the volunteer who went down to help the woman who had remained on the yacht.

"It was a challenging rescue in the early hours as the boat was getting dashed against the rocks and we needed to get the two crewmembers to safety," said Ryan. "The best way to recover them was from the landside with the lifeboat providing cover from the sea.

"The boat has suffered major damage but the two people are recovering well from the incident. The couple, who are not from Ireland, are being looked after by the people of Rosslare."

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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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