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#LECTURES – In addition to the Killiney & Ballybrack Historical Society's hosting of a lecture about the "Lady Nelson" (on 14 Nov) recently reported on Afloat.ie, the talk will also be hosted this month by the Maritime Institute of Ireland (M.I.I.).

Jim Robinson will present the M.I.I. lecture on 15th November (8pm) about the vessel that traded between Dublin and Spain and in which was wrecked on the Skelligs Rock in 1809. The talk will also give an account of trading links with Spain during that time.

The lecture is to be held at the Stella Maris Seafarers Club, Beresford Place, close to the LUAS (Red) Line (Busaras Stop) and the DART stations (Connolly and Tara Street). Car parking is available at the Irish Life Mall on Lower Abbey Street.

Please note that other lectures organised by the M.I.I. may be held in other locations, for more visit www.mariner.ie

Published in Boating Fixtures
# LECTURE-A lecture titled 'French Naval Expeditions to Ireland' presented by Edward Bourke is to take place tomorrow (17th Nov) at 8 p.m. at the Stella Maris Seafarers Club, Dublin. This is the second lecture of the Autumn /Winter series, which are organised by the Maritime Institute of Ireland (M.I.I.).
The Stella Maris Seafarers Club on Beresford Place (behind the Customs House) is where the lectures are usually held and on the third Thursday of each month. The club is between the Irish Life Mall car park (ILAC), the Customs House and Busaras. It is convenient to the LUAS (Busaras stop) and the DART (Tara Street station). For more information on visit www.mariner.ie/lectures
Published in Boating Fixtures
It's that time of the year again as the Maritime Institute of Ireland embark with their winter lecture series held in the Stella Maris Seafarers' Club, close to Busaras, Dublin city-centre. 
The first talk will be about the Vasa, Fifty Years On, presented by Cormac Lowth. All are welcome to attend tomorrow (20 Oct) evening's talk which starts at 8pm. Vasa was built for King Gustav IV and on her maiden voyage in 1628 she heels over in the middle of Stockholm and sinks. The 64-gun warship was salvaged in 1961. Over the next fifty years the vessel has been viewed by 25 million people in the Vasa Museum, to read more click HERE.

The lectures are usually held on the third Thursday of each month and mostly in Stella Maris. The club is located between the Irish Life Mall car park (ILAC), the Customs House and Busaras. It is convenient to the Luas (Busaras stop) and the Dart (Tara Street station). For more information on visit www.mariner.ie/lectures

Published in Boating Fixtures

The Maritime Institute of Ireland (M.I.I.) hosts a Winter /Spring lecture series. The first lecture of the new year is 'Historical Diving in Ireland' by Dr Edward Bourke.

The lecture is on 20 January and starts at 8pm and is to be held in the Stella Maris Seafarers' Club, Beresford Place. The club is located beside Busaras and faces opposite the rear of the Customs House. Nearby is the Irish Life Center (ILAC) which is convenient for car-parking and buses, the 'Red' Luas (Busaras stop) and DART stops at Connolly /Tara St. stations.

All are welcome, bar and refreshments and a voluntary contribution is appreciated. Further lectures will be held throughout the winter, mostly on the third Thursday of each month and in the Stella Maris. For further information about lectures and updates on the the M.I.I's maritime museum in Dun Laoghaire, logon to www.mariner.ie

Published in Boating Fixtures
12th September 2010

Lecture on Kish Wreck Bolivar

The Maritime Institute of Ireland (M.I.I.) hosts a lecture series over the Autumn / Winter months. The first lecture of the season is next Thursday (16th September) and is entitled 'A Porthole From The Bolivar' about the wreck of the m.v. Bolivar on the Kish Bank by Cormac F. Louth.

The lecture starts at 8pm and is held in the Stella Maris Seafarers' Club, Beresford Place and is located beside Busaras and faces opposite the rear of the Customs House. The club is also close to the Irish Life Center (ILAC) which is convenient for car-parking and buses, the 'Red' Luas (Busaras stop) and DART at Connolly /Tara St. stations.

All are Welcome, bar and refreshments and a voluntary contribution is appreciated. Further lectures will be held throughout the winter, mostly held on the third Sunday of each month and in the Stella Maris. For further information, Maritime Institute of Ireland (M.I.I.) website www.mariner.ie

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.

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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