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Directors of the Schull Community Harbour Development Company Limited (SCHDC) say they have met to discuss “next actions” and “continue to consider all options available” following the expiry of planning permission for redevelopment of the West Cork harbour.

In a letter to its supporters, the SCHDC provided a timeline of its efforts over the last 20 years to get the project over the line.

Planning permission was initially granted in 2007, and further extended in 2017, for works that were to include various pier improvements such as an extension and floating pontoon, as well as a 225-berth marina.

However, two separate applications for funding under the Rural Regeneration Fund were unsuccessful, despite what the SCHDC claims was a “commitment that funding would be approved”.

Cork County Council subsequently refused to submit the project for the third tranche of funding, as previously reported on Afloat.ie, instead backing the Dursey Island cable car which itself was unsuccessful in securing funding.

Schull’s community-procured pontoon was opened to the public in mid 2018 | Credit: Robert BatemanSchull’s community-procured pontoon was opened to the public in mid 2018 | Credit: Robert Bateman

Last year, the company’s application for a further extension of planning permission was refused by the local authority. An appeal to An Bord Pleanála was also rejected as not within its remit, and planning permission officially expired in October.

“As board members, we are deeply disappointed that we have, to date, been unable to deliver this project as we had earnestly hoped we could,” the company writes.

“The project would be of enormous benefit to Schull, the Mizen and wider West Cork economy and appears to have had broad political support. Unfortunately, this support was insufficient to get the project over the line on this occasion.”

One “notable success” of its efforts, the company says, was the provision of a new walkway and community pontoon delivered by Cork County Council in 2018 which “clearly demonstrates the need and potential of our overall project proposals”.

The company concluded: “We wish to express our thanks to all the subscribers and supporters of the initiative and will of course provide further information as it becomes available.”

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When Rocco Wright of Howth – then 15 – pulled the All-Ireland Junior Title out of the hat in the final race at Schull, West Cork a year ago, his Houdini skills were widely noted, emphasised by the fact that he seemed to think it was simply a matter of letting others make more mistakes. But then, this Summer in the Youth Worlds 2022 in The Netherlands in the ILCA 6 Division, it was thought that going into the final race, he might just grab the silver. But lo and behold, others went asunder and he snatched the Gold – it was Houdini all over again.

Thus his techniques will be under close scrutiny in Schull this weekend, as he’s defending the junior title, crewed this time round by clubmate and fellow ILCA 6 International Luke Turvey, where last year it was Nathan van Steenberge.

Rocco Wright (left) and crewmate Nathan van Steenberge in Schull after winning the 2021 Junior ChampionshipRocco Wright (left) and crewmate Nathan van Steenberge in Schull after winning the 2021 Junior Championship

For quite some time now the Juniors have been firmly set in using the Schull TR3.6s developed by David Harte of the Fastnet Outdoor & Marine Centre. It makes for a very clearcut organisational challenge in a picturesque setting very popular with parents, as the lack of driving licences among the contenders means they simply have to take a late season weekend break at an attractive destination to ensure their junior superstar can compete.

Perfect late season venue – the All Ireland Junior Championship under way at SchullPerfect late season venue – the All Ireland Junior Championship under way at Schull

And certainly as the entry list indicates, this year’s lineup really is representative of all Ireland, and some folk will have to travel very far indeed. But with Junior Sailing by its very nature being always in a state of flux with rapidly-rising new talent, we’ll leave it to others to be rash enough to make predictions.

ENTRY LIST NATIONAL JUNIOR TITLE 2022

HELM

CLASS

CLUB

CREW

Adam McGrady

420

Galway Bay Sailing Club

Alastair O’Sullivan

Isha Duggan

Optimist

Female Wildcard

Liam Duggan

Fiachra Geraghty -McDonnell

ILCA 6

Royal St. George Yacht Club

Caoilinn Geraghty-McDonnell

Rocco Wright

ILCA 6

Howth Yacht Club

Luke Turvey

Harry Dunne

Optimist

Howth Yacht Club

Charlie Keating

Ben O’Shaughnessy

29er

Royal Cork Yacht Club

Ethan Spain

Riona McMorrow Moriarty

Topper

Female Wildcard

Eimer McMorrow Moriarty

Alexander Fought

Mirror

Blessington Sailing Club

Jack McNaughton

Lucia Cullen

29er

Royal St. George Yacht Club

Alana Twomey

Max Cully

Gp14

Blessington Sailing Club

Tighe Wardell

Trevor Bolger

Team Racing

Royal St. George Yacht Club

Russell Bolger

Conor Cronin

Optimist

Malahide Yacht Club

William Walsh

Patrick Foley

RS Feva

Presidents Choice

Seth Walker

Georgia Goodbody

Waszp

Royal Irish Yacht Club

Emily Conan

Hannah Dadley-Young

ILCA 4

Ballyholme Yacht Club

Annika Hunter

Archie Daly

Team Racing

Royal St. George Yacht Club

Michael Crosbie

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Cork county councillors have expressed further frustration at the local authority’s decision not to submit the Schull Harbour regeneration project for rural development funding.

As previously reported on Afloat.ie, hopes for the multi-million-euro improvement scheme for the West Cork sailing centre were dashed at the end of last year as the project’s planning permission is running out.

The Southern Star reports that while the deadline for submissions passed more than a month ago, councillors have continued to criticise the authority for its decision.

It’s understood county engineers were of the position that construction would not begin until just weeks before expiry of planning permission in October 2022, though this situation has been repudiated by the harbour company.

However, the administration has also warned that any renewed planning permission for the harbour breakwater portion of the development — which was rejected by An Bord Pleanála — “could be much more difficult to obtain” than before.

The Southern Star has more on the story HERE.

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Hopes for funding for a massive regeneration of Schull Harbour have been dashed as its planning permission is running out.

According to the Southern Star, in the West Cork sailing centre has twice been proposed by Cork County Council for rural regeneration funding administered by the Department of Rural Affairs.

The €5 million plans, which follow on from the community-procured pontoon that opened in mid-2018, include a 225-berth marina and slipway with a breakwater.

But a meeting in November heard that even if the project were to be approved, construction would not begin until a month shy of is planning permission expiry in October 2022.

It’s reported that factors influencing the change in stance include the refusal of the breakwater portion of the development, which raises conservation concerns.

Now the council has been asked to explain its about-face on the matter after “20 odd years of hard work”.

Writing to the same newspaper, local resident and businessman Denis Quinlan says he is “deeply concerned at the flippant response of Cork County Council to this very important project that could mean so much to the commercial sustainability of the entire Mizen peninsula”.

The Southern Star has more on the story HERE.

Update 30 December 2020: The story has been edited to clarify the statement on the refusal of planning permission for the breakwater. The original statement misconstrued its relationship to local conservation concerns.

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The first race of the West Cork sailing season took place on Saturday in murky conditions with intermittent foggy spells and light rain making it a tough return to sailing for the Schull harbour sailing fleet.

The seven yachts had a tough double beat up Long Island Sound in a freshening southwest wind. In a time of necessary adherence to social distancing, the club ran a ferry service limiting the transfer of each crew as a single pod.

The seven boat fleet had a tough windward leg up Long Island SoundThe seven boat fleet had tough windward legs up Long Island Sound

The traditional apres sail prize presentation is currently cancelled with Tony O Brien's Excelsior on his first outing with the club receiving his victory news online.

The Schull Harbour Race Committee for the first race of the 2020 seasonPreparing to go afloat at Schull Harbour for the first race of the 2020 season

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After a weekend of lift-ins for cruiser fleets around the country that marks the beginning of the 2019 sailing season, the current strong south-east winds led to a disappointing start for one cruiser skipper in the popular boating centre of Schull, West Cork.

The boat beached near enough to the slipway in 'appalling conditions', according to local sources, so the hope now is that it should be possible to get a crane into position to lift her and restart the 2019 season.

 

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Calves Week Regatta in West Cork gets a boost when it begins in two weeks time with the completion of the new North Harbour pontoon in Schull this week.

The new pontoon that comes complete with a purpose-built walkway was finished this week as our photo above shows.

As Afloat.ie reported on July 10th, the long-awaited facility at the popular boating harbour finally got underway with the arrival of a jack-up rig for pile driving.

And it wasn't long before the piling was completed as Afloat.ie reported on July 23rd

"The pontoon is a boon for Calves Week Regatta"

According to Schull Harbour Sailing Club, the contract for the pontoon was expected to take six weeks to complete, but due to favourable weather the contractor, L&M Keating has completed it well ahead of schedule, a boon for Calves Week and other activities at the boating centre.

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Piledriving for Schull Harbour's new North Harbour pontoon is finished and the new pontoons are to be floated into position this week writes Bob Bateman

A crane is now on site to lift the walkway into position.

As Afloat.ie reported previously, the long-awaited pontoon at the popular boating harbour in Schull, West Cork got finally underway earlier this month.

According to Schull Harbour Sailing Club, the contract for the pontoon was expected to take six weeks to complete, but due to favourable weather the contractor, L&M Keating expects to have it completed for Calves Week in early August.

The harbour got a further boost this week when it was announced Schull was among 18 Cork coastal communities to benefit from funding for its regatta.

Schull harbour north pontoon1The safe and surprisingly sheltered north harbour, is open only to gales from the south, is home to many waterborne activities Photo: Bob BatemanSchull harbour north pontoon1Schull harbour north pontoon1The Ocean Explorer work vessel was involved in the installation of the new Schull Harbour pontoon this month Photo: Bob BatemanSchull harbour north pontoon1

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The long-awaited pontoon at the popular boating harbour in Schull, West Cork looks to be finally underway with the arrival, this week, of a jack-up rig for pile driving.

As Afloat.ie reported in April, the Department of the Marine gave €112,500 for the installation of the pontoon which the local community has already procured at Schull in West Cork.

According to Schull Harbour Sailing Club, the contract for the North Harbour pontoon was expected to take six weeks to complete, but due to favourable weather the contractor L&M Keating are expecting to have it completed for Calves Week in early August.

Other West Cork locations also got funding for improvements - €56,250 for Glengarriff Pier to upgrade and improve the existing pier, including new steel steps and safety rails.

Work has also recently been completed to new boating facilities at Cape Clear Island, as Afloat.ie reported here.

As our picture above shows the new Schull facility will be a welcome addition in the popular harbour for both commercial and leisure craft. It's another valuable asset for boaters exploring the sailing wonders of West Cork.

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The Department of the Marine is giving €112,500 for the installation of the pontoon which the local community has already procured at Schull in West Cork.

Other West Cork locations are also to get funding for improvements - €56,250 for Glengarriff Pier to upgrade and improve the existing pier, including new steel steps and safety rails.

As Afloat.ie reported previously, the work is part of funding for 52 local authority harbour projects that received €2.2m in capital investment programmes.

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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. 

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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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