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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Attempts to recover a 32–foot that went aground in Schul, West Cork during Storm Ophelia get underway this morning.
A recovery team is expected to slide the yacht down the rocks and back into the water using inflated rubber bags.
Kinsale Yacht Club youth sailors Michael O'Suilleabhain and Michael Carroll were the winners of this afternoon's All Ireland Junior Sailing Championships sailed at the Fastnet Outdoor Marine Education Centre in TR 3.6 double handed dinghies.
Saturday's light and shifty conditions gave way to soid breeze for today's single medal race final.
The West Cork pairing beat two National Yacht Club crews from Dun Laoghaire who were challenging for the overall title. Rian Geraghty-McDonnell and Harry Durcan and Loghlen Rickard and Nathan Van Steenberge finished second and third respectively.
|Michael O'Suilleabhain||Michael Carroll||Kinsale YC||(13)||1||1||1||5||9||6||36||23|
|Rian Geraghty-McDonnell||Harry Durcan||National YC||(6)||2||5||5||3||3||10||24||28|
|Loghlen Rickard||Nathan Van Steenberge||National YC||2||6||(9)||3||6||2||14||42||33|
|Ronan Walsh||Tom Higgins||Royal CorkYC||4||5||2||4||2||(6)||16||39||33|
|Johnny Durcan||Emily Cullen||Royal Cork YC||1||3||3||2||(7)||5||20||41||34|
|Chris Bateman||Daniel Hegarty||Royal Cork YC||(7) (+5 SP)||4||4||7||10||8||2||47||35|
|Jack Fahy||Noah McCarthy-Fisher||Lough Derg YC Royal Cork YC / Royal StGeorge YC||(19) (+5 SP)||13||8||9||9||1||4||68||44|
|Luke McGrath||Kate Darcy||Royal Cork YC||(16)||10||7||6||12||4||8||63||47|
|Caolan Croasdell||Alexander Farrell||Lough Ree YC||10||9||6||11||4||(15)||12||67||52|
|Joseph Karauzum||TC Mulvenna||Ballyholme YC / County Antrim YC||11||7||11||12||1||(13)||18||73||60|
Established in 2005, the Schull Community Inshore Rescue Service will be officially renamed as Schull Coast Guard later this month after two years of talks on assimilating the West Cork volunteer rescue service with the national SAR agency.
A reception is planned to mark the change, details of which will be announced on the SCIRS Facebook page.
The Southern Star has more on the story HERE.
Fáilte Ireland, the Coastal Infrastructure Capital Programme and EU funds have been identified as target sources to make up the majority of the €6 million budget for the project, which includes a new slipway and public promenade, that was first greenlit by planners a decade ago.
Cork County Council also told councillors at a recent meeting that €375,000 will be allocated to match €1.125m in public funding for necessary pier works.
Planning permission for the 200-plus-berth marina was due to run out this year, as previously reported on Afloat.ie, but it has now been extended till 2022 — though a foreshore lease must come before any work can begin.
The Southern Star has more on the story HERE.
The Under–18 championships is scheduled to race over two days in West Cork's own TR3.6 two handed dinghies but the weather forecast for the Schull venue shows winds topping 40–knots for Saturday and the same again on Sunday.
In a show of strength for Dublin's Royal St. George Yacht Club more than a third of the participants are drawn from the Dun Laoghaire club. RStGYC juniors are representing the RS200 (Toby Hudson Fowler), the RS Feva (Henry Start), Laser 4.7 (Peter Fagan), Optimist (Tom Higgins), Topper (Jack Fahy) and Kate Lyttle from the 420 class.
Royal Cork Yacht Club is the next biggest club on the water in Schull with four sailors involved. 29er skipper Harry Durcan and twin Johnny representing 29er and Laser Radials respectively. Harry Twomey represents the Optimist class and Sophie Crosby sails for the Toppers.
The 420 class is represented by Geoff Power of Waterford Harbour Sailing Club.
Full nominee list below
|RS200 Junior||Toby||Hudson Fowler||Royal StGeorge YC|
|RS Feva||Henry||Start||Royal St George YC|
|Laser 4.7||Peter||Fagan||Royal St George YC|