Join us overnight on 14/15th September weekend by kind invitation of Poolbeg Yacht & Boat Club, with a ringside seat to see what promises to be the finest air display ever over Dublin city. Places are limited, registration is essential - click here to register.
Thousands of people are expected to gather by the quays on the river liffey on Sunday 15th September when over 30 aircraft will fly through the city of Dublin as part of the Gathering Ireland 2013.
They will set off from Dublin airport, into Dublin port and up along the river Liffey as far as the customs house. The sustained flypast through Dublin city centre will take two hours to complete and the flights will be sequenced at five minute intervals. Flightfest will be a free family event. A large section of the quays will be pedestrianised, with many family attractions and Festivities available, contributing to a carnival atmosphere that will showcase Irish aviation.
Large commercial aircraft from Ireland and abroad will fly past, including the Boeing 737 and the Airbus A320, A321, A300, A340 and A380 aircraft. The Irish Air Corps and the Royal Air Force will also participate and spectators will enjoy a variety of helicopters and vintage aircraft including the world War II Spitfire and the B-17 Flying Fortress.
See Flightfest.ie for further details of aircraft on display....
The Liffey Cruise this year will be a more restricted in numbers - the plan is to visit the Grand Canal Dock, which will require arrangements with the lock keeper.
Please make sure that you register here if you want to be included in the event, it may not be possible to register closer to the date due to space constraints.
The MENAI Cruise was a fantastic week.... we had a fleet of up to 14 yachts cruising in good company with some brilliant sunshine, great parties and some nice sailing breezes to top it all off. Well done to John Leahy for the pre-cruise planning and many thanks to all the skippers & crews who joined in.
Some Photo Links, day by day....
Click on the links under each photo to see the full photo album(s) for each day
1st June - Dublin to Holyhead...
The Cruising Association are running a FREE 1-day navigation refresher course in Howth yacht club on Saturday 25th May 9:30-16:30 (45 min lunch). This is a great chance both for inexperienced skippers and old salts alike to either get an introduction to navigation on board a yacht, or brush on rusty skills.
It will be run by our Commodore (John Leahy) who is, as it happens, an RYA ISA yachtmaster instructor (Ocean). John also spent quite a portion of his career flying, and teaching people how to fly and navigate the 747 Jumbo jet but won't manage to fit that into this one-day trainer ! He has been teaching the entire ISA YM syllabus for many years and is noted for his light touch, good humour and making it all sound easy - even if he says so himself!
This course has been run in one of the Dun Laoighaire clubs with great success - it's highly recommended - an easy & fun way to brush up on your skills.
The course will cover
Naturally in a six hour course the depth will not be as comprehensive as a full yachtmaster course, but, you will be surprised how much you will learn in that time, or perhaps relearn!...
The Menai cruise in June is going ahead from 1st - 8th June as planned. The idea is for a leisurely cruise in company into the Menai and through the Swellies.
It looks like around a dozen or so boats are planning for this cruise, which will make a great week : we had a great trip with a similar number of yachts last time.
Those of you who already know the Menai will look forward to this unique cruising ground, and those who haven't yet been there can look forward to some great cruising in sheltered waters, and the thrill of making your first passage through "the Swellies".
While there is no formal support offered (this is really just a bunch of yachts going cruising at the same place/time - you need to make sure you are capable of the trip), cruising in company is a great way to learn from others and a great social experience....
The CAI spring Rally will be held on 18th May hosted by the Howth Yacht Club. Howth YC are also making berths available at only €10 per yacht attending the event - all guests are welcome, but could skippers please ensure they have paid up membership when attending. The official AGM will also be held on the day and is open to all paid up members.
It promises to be a great evening. If you are in Howth, this is a great chance to attend the AGM back where the CAI started. If you are based within sailing distance, it's a great chance to get out on the water early for a shakedown cruise ! Everyone is welcome whether by road, sea or train.
The Gathering Cruise is now really gathering momentum !. The cruise now has almost 50 registered participants, and the list is still growing. Check out the varied list of boats registered online here. If you are curious about the itinerary - you can find it here.
If you are registered, but have not responded to the recent emails in relation to the event in Kinsale etc. - please respond to the ISA email ASAP !
This cruise is being organised by the ISA (Irish Sailing Association) with support from the Cruising Association of Ireland, the Irish Marina Operators Association, the Irish Cruising Club and The Gathering Ireland.
Dear Fellow Cruisers,
A very happy New year to you all. I've had occasion to attend several meetings recently on behalf of the association and the cruising community. This is a short review of the bits and pieces which affect our sport and all cruising sailors.
There was a concern that the government would abolish duty free Green diesel for leisure purposes under EU pressure. They would also increase VAT to the 23% rate. This might result in diesel costing up to 2 euro per litre. This did not happen in the recent budget but, it has not gone away. We will keep you informed.
Cruising sailors on the East Coast will know that the marina development at Greystones has been eagerly awaited by many. It has recently been announced that BJ Marine, a well-established Irish & International marine services company will take responsibility for the marina under the name "BJ Marinas".
Anyone interested in berths in the new marina should contact them either directly, or through the website http://www.greystonesharbourmarina.ie/ (click on the image above to go straight to the marina website).
The contact details on the new marina website are:
Below the Surface Presents: The second talk in our series of maritime stories on board the Jeanie Johnston.
A reminder that our second talk in the series of maritime tales takes place on Wednesday December 5th when Jonathan Shackleton, cousin of Sir Ernest Shackleton, will reveal the family life and early marine experiences of Ireland’s most famous Polar explorer and extraordinary “leader of men”. What influenced the young Shackleton to abandon his father’s aspirations and tread his own path? What experiences on his first polar expeditions moulded him to become such a courageous and tenacious leader? Jonathan, himself an accomplished polar explorer and guide, will delve into the Shackleton family history to answer these questions.
Doors open 7.15pm. Tickets are €15, available from www.jeaniejohnston.ie.
For more information on the event log on to our website www.belowthesurfaceireland.wordpress.com
Why not tune in to CRUISING.IE for an experimental online presentation on cruising from Brian Lennon of Skerries Yacht Club. This presentation covers Brian's cruise to Brittany in his Moody 29 and will be of interest to many. The presentation will be held online (a real-time interactive broadcast on the web) at 20:00 on Wednesday 21st November.
This is an exciting opportunity for an online web broadcast, and participants will have the opportunity to ask questions via a live online chat forum if they wish.
You need a computer capable of playing video & audio - if you can watch youtube videos it should be fine. However you do need to ensure that your browser is up to date, and that it's compatible with the software. Click here for details of how to prepare for the presentation...
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Dun Laoghire RNLI and Howth RNLI are organising a walk and cycle around Dublin Bay for Sunday 21 October.
Participants will set off from Dun Laoghire Lifeboat Station on the south of Dublin Bay and from Howth Lifeboat Station on the north. Walkers will set off at 11.30 am and cyclists will start at 12.30 pm. The two routes will follow along the coast roads meeting in the middle at Poolbeg Yacht Club for entertainment and refreshments. There is no entry fee, but sponsorship forms are available on request and donations are welcome.
Funds raised will help to supply our lifeboat crews with the best equipment available to ensure their safety when saving lives at sea.
Some more photos from Tall ships event...
The Tall Ships festival was a great success, well done to the organisers. Thanks to John for all the hard work on the Cruising Association involvement - the Dinner in Milano's went well, and the private tour of the Stavros Niarchos was well worth the time. Both had a great turnout (nearly 50 on the Stavros for the tour). Getting access for a small number of yachts into the Grand Canal Basin gives a taster for some future time : a likely future event? Hope you enjoy these photos.... taken by Oonagh & myself during the weekend.
Summer Cruise report. Dublin to New Ross
It is now Sunday 22nd July and most boats have returned to roost. We set off last Saturday 14th , with 17 boats on the register. We arrived in Arklow on Saturday afternoon and were well received by the sailing club there - newly refurbished and very nicely done. Dinner in Christies followed with a few returning to the sailing club for night caps. An early start the next day to catch the tide to Kilmore Quay. The forecast was for westerlies for the next few days - not great if you are headed that way!
The Poolbeg Yacht & Boat Club programme for the tall ships races is available now by clicking on the link below.