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#RNLI - Wicklow RNLI's inshore lifeboat launched shortly after 5pm yesterday evening (Sunday 25 September) to assist a person on a broken-down personal water craft.

The man had set off from Wicklow Harbour and was about a mile offshore when the engine cut out, leaving him adrift and unable to get ashore.

The lifeboat was alongside the casualty within minutes of launching and the crew carried out a quick assessment before towing the craft back into Wicklow Harbour and landing the man safely ashore.

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#jetski – The most powerful Jet Ski on the planet will be officially unveiled to the Australian public at the 2014 Gold Coast International Marine Expo from October 17-19.

The adrenalin-pumping, limited edition 2015 Kawasaki Ultra 310R draws from decades of championship-winning racing experience and will be marketed as the "ultimate sport personal watercraft"

John Moyle from Gold Coast-based Jet Ski World said: "The fastest production Jet Ski ever built just got even faster!

"There's been a lot of anticipation with this model," he said. "Kawasaki has played its cards very close to its chest so very few details have been made public before its official launch at the Expo.

"What we CAN tell you is that it will be everything the jet ski lover wants and expects from a Kawasaki!"

Kawasaki has revealed a few details to fuel the excitement among enthusiasts.

The 310R will come equipped with a high-performance deep-V hull design, which offers superb straight-line tracking and precise cornering, as well as a motocross-style electro-polished stainless steel handlebar to enhances its sport-riding capabilities while also providing excellent all-day comfort.

"It will have an upgraded 1498cc, liquid-cooled four-cylinder engine, a new 12-position handlebar mount which can be adjusted for reach and height to allow operation while standing or sitting and to suit a wide range of riders and conditions, as well as a new Sportseat offering a special support bolster and a grippy KX-motocross-like seat cover for hard sport riding.

"Add to that new Aggressive graphics to reinforce its hard-core sport capabilities."

Event and Marketing Manager Emma Milne said the fact Kawasaki had chosen the 2014 Gold Coast International Marine Expo to launch its latest flagship model was confirmation of the event's significance to the marine leisure industry.

"Expo showcases all things aquatic – from super yachts to kayaks, fishing equipment to sail boats... and everything in between," she said.

"We have a growing number of new product releases for 2014, including a massive range of personal watercraft accessories to take the fun to a whole new level, versatile and fun inflatable stand up paddleboards, as well as a new super yacht from Whitehaven Motoryachts.

"We are still talking to exhibitors so we expect to announce even more exciting new product releases in the next few weeks."

In fact, high demand for exhibitor space at the event has already prompted organisers to expand the event site – yet another indication this year's Expo will be the biggest and best yet.

Last year, more than 21,000 people attended the not-for-profit Expo – an event run by the marine industry for the marine industry and, according to Ms Milne, it is the best chance to get afloat before the summer and Christmas seasons.

"The 3km-long Expo circuit will also feature a huge range of live attractions and demonstrations every 15 minutes, including the amazing extreme high-diving show," she said.

"It really is going to be a whole lot of fun."

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#LIFEBOATS - The Wicklow People reports on the lifeboat rescue of two jet skiers at Wicklow Harbour last week.

Wicklow RNLI was dispatched at 4.15pm last Thursday to the two men who were left stranded after one jet ski was submerged while the other suffered engine failure.

A passing fishing boat also offered assistance by towing one of the jet skis and its rider back to port.

No injuries were reported in the incident.

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Most people are content to board a plane or jump in the car to go somewhere nice on holiday. But for three Orkney Islanders only a jet ski will do.

Colin Gregg, Dugy Ward and Gary Forber have just completed an amazing jet ski adventure covering some 4570 miles at sea from Orkney to Monaco aboard their Yamaha FX HO Cruiser Jet Skis. They called it the European Jet Ski Challenge.

Setting off on 1 May 2011 and arriving in Monaco 26 days later, the three adventurers raised over £21,000 (excluding Gift Aid) for two charities: Macmillan Cancer Support and Make A Wish Foundation.

In order to reach Monaco this summer, they needed the toughest and most reliable marine navigator around. So they chose the Garmin GPSMAP 451 a compact chartplotter featuring an ultra-bright 4" colour display. Colin says: "I chose the best navigator on the market to give me the greatest chance of completing the challenge. During the voyage it endured waves up to 8 metres and withstood 4570 miles in all weathers. It is however, still in perfect condition and ready for our next adventure!"

Previously, Colin and Dugy successfully circumnavigated the UK mainland in a record time of 11 days 8 hours and 45 minutes, raising nearly £25,500 for Macmillan Cancer Support and establishing a new world record.

For more information please visit http://www.europeanjetskichallenge.co.uk/

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Wicklow RNLI inshore lifeboat was called into action shortly before 2pm yesterday afternoon (Saturday 30th October 2010) when two people got into difficulties while on a jet ski off Wicklow harbour.

The Coast Guard were alerted after vigilant members of the public spotted a man waving for help in the water off the East pier.
The lifeboat quickly located the 2 people a few hundred metres off Wicklow harbour, a young girl was taken onto the lifeboat and her father was taken from the water by the lifeboat crew, he was unable to get back onboard the jet ski after it overturned, but had managed to lift the young girl back onto the Jet ski until help arrived.
The lifeboat crew wrapped the young girl in a blanket to keep her warm as she had spent time in the cold water in light clothing. The father and daughter were taken back to Wicklow harbour and brought ashore cold and shaken but unharmed.

The lifeboat crew on this occasion were Lisa O Leary, John Docherty and Brian Sinnott.

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Yesterday's rescue of Jetskiers off Wicklow harbour. Photo: Tommy Dover


Marine Warnings

 

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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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