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Kinsale RNLI Lifeboat 'Miss Sally Anne Baggy II - Never Fear, Baggy's Here' To be Officially Named Tomorrow

24th August 2018
Kinsale RNLI's 'Miss Sally Anne Baggy II - Never Fear, Baggy's Here' Kinsale RNLI's 'Miss Sally Anne Baggy II - Never Fear, Baggy's Here'

A new Atlantic 85 B class lifeboat for Kinsale RNLI is to be officially named 'Miss Sally Anne Baggy II - Never Fear, Baggy's Here' during a ceremony at the Kinsale lifeboat station at 2pm tomorrow (Saturday 25 August). The lifeboat which only went on service last month was funded by Miss Sally Anne Odell who has been a close friend of the station and a generous benefactor until her death last year.

The lifeboat will be accepted on behalf of the station by Helm James Grennan and named by Valerie Good, Chairperson of the fundraising team who will be representing the donor.

The Atlantic 85 class lifeboat replaces the Miss Sally Anne Baggy, which has been retired after 15 years of dedicated service that has seen her involved in countless high profile incidents including the rescue 30 young people from the training ship Astrid in 2013, and rescuing three fishermen from treacherous seas as their trawler Sean Anthony sank in 2016.

Speaking ahead of Saturday’s lifeboat naming ceremony, Kevin Gould, Kinsale RNLI Lifeboat Operations Manager said: ‘This is a very special occasion for our lifeboat station and although it is tinged with sadness as Sally Anne is no longer with us, we want to give her lifeboat the naming ceremony befitting its status. Sally Anne was a lifelong supporter of the RNLI and was affectionately known to the crew as ‘The Godmother.’ She will always be remembered by our community and we will forever be grateful for her care and affection. She funded the original Kinsale lifeboat and part of the station, and kept in close contact with the crew throughout the years.’ 

The Atlantic 85 is a B class inshore lifeboat designed to operate in shallower water. It is one the fastest lifeboats in the fleet with a top speed of 35 knots. Inshore lifeboats like the Atlantic 85 are ideal for rescues close to shore or cliffs, among rocks, or even in caves. They can handle challenging open sea too and operate in a force seven in daylight and at night up to force six winds.

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Kinsale Yacht Club located in Kinsale, County Cork lies just 120 nautical miles from Wales, 240 from North West France and only 500 from the Galician Coast of North Spain.

Kinsale Yacht Club is only a few minutes walk from every shop, hotel, pub and restaurant in Ireland’s gourmet capital but most significantly it is only 30 km by road from Cork, Ireland’s second city, and between the two lies one the region’s main assets - Cork International Airport - with its daily links to many European capitals.

Club members, of which there are more than 600, race Cruisers, One Design Keelboats and Dinghies.

The club runs inshore and offshore races, has an active cruising scene, a powerboat section and most significantly for any real club, a strong and dynamic junior training programme.

Beyond the club’s own marina is the club house itself and the dinghy park. Within the clubhouse are changing rooms, bar and restaurant all with full wheelchair access. The club’s full-time secretariat, steward and marina manager are there to look after sailing visitors and members alike in a relaxed, informal and fun environment.

The club welcomes new members and has always got room on its members’ yachts for new comers to the sport.