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ISA Appoint Motorboat Development Officer

Posted by N Griffin 
ISA Appoint Motorboat Development Officer
17 January, 2008 10:14
Hi Folks

Congratulations to Denis Dillon who has just been appointed as the ISA's Motorboat Development Officer. Denis has been a key person behind Ireland's first inland coast guard rescue station at Killaloe last year, after many years with KBSAR. Denis has also run the Lough Derg power boat school for many years specialising in motor cruiser training.

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I understand while Denis himself is based in Killaloe, his key focus will be on developing the motor and power boating influence of the ISA in key coastal areas as well as some inland links. The ISA has heretofore been preceieved as a raggie and dingy sailing organisation, with a particular focus on sailing competitions, racing and training programmes similar to the RYAs world famous schemes. In recent years the ISA has made in-roads with it's own successful training programmes, especially the cruising scheme which largely mirrors the RYA's Day, Coastal Skipper and Yachtmaster schemes. But the ISA training schemes have been adapted and personalised to suite the Irish coastal boating community and now include Irish coastal training charts, materials and sample tide tables (ie the world does not revolve around the solent or english channel anymore). Such programmes may be of little interest to the inland community, but of great benefit to coastal motor boaters, and indeed inland users making the odd excursion to tidal waters (eg Shannon Estuary and SW coast from inland). As mobo's don't compete, the concept of setting up dedicated mobo YCs around the coast will be a challenging one for the ISA, especially as new clubs will not be able to afford to buy or construct club houses, but on the inland scene the IWAI have that market well catered for with an extensive network of IWAI branches. The IWAI is affiliated to the ISA anyway and some inland members who sail are also members of ISA through membership of inland YCs and sailing clubs such as LRYC, LDYC and Innescealtra SC, etc.

Anyway congrats to Denis and good luck with the new role. Good for a change to see the ISA seeing past rags and sticks, especially in the new era where coastal boat sales are now dominated by motor and power. A sign of the times in post celtic tigre Ireland where time and marine experience seem to be fast diminishing commodities. Greystones marina perhaps seems a likely first candidate for a new YC with a welcome and focus for mobos.

Noel

PS: One point I take issue with on the press release is the claim: "The Irish Sailing Association (ISA) is the national governing body for sailing & boating in Ireland". Which is factually and materially incorrect as regards the inland motor scene, where the IWAI are the established defacto representative body with a 53 year old and well established vibrant branch network.
Re: ISA Appoint Motorboat Development Officer
17 January, 2008 10:20
Hi Noel,
seeing your comment: "Good for a change to see the ISA seeing past rags
and sticks,"
couldn't resist responding..

In a $100+/barrel oil world rags and sticks may be the future!

My club LDYC has plenty of power boat members and certainly welcomes them.

I'd be glad to nominate you for membership! :-)

All the best,

John

SV Breakaway

Noel Griffin wrote:
> Hi Folks
>
> Congratulations to Denis Dillon who has just been appointed as the
> ISA's Motorboat Development Officer. Denis has been a key person
> behind Ireland's first inland coast guard rescue station at Killaloe
> last year, after many years with KBSAR. Denis has also run the Lough
> Derg power boat school for many years specialising in motor cruiser
> training.
>
> [www.sailing.ie]
>
> I understand while Denis himself is based in Killaloe, his key focus
> will be on developing the motor and power boating influence of the ISA
> in key coastal areas as well as some inland links. The ISA has
> heretofore been preceieved as a raggie and dingy sailing organisation,
> with a particular focus on sailing competitions, racing and training
> programmes similar to the RYAs world famous schemes. In recent years
> the ISA has made in-roads with it's own successful training
> programmes, especially the cruising scheme which largely mirrors the
> RYA's Day, Coastal Skipper and Yachtmaster schemes. But the ISA
> training schemes have been adapted and personalised to suite the Irish
> coastal boating community and now include Irish coastal training
> charts, materials and sample tide tables (ie the world does not
> revolve around the solent or english channel anymore). Such programmes
> may be of little interest to the inland community, but of great
> benefit to coastal motor boaters, and indeed inland users making the
> odd excursion to tidal waters (eg Shannon Estuary and SW coast from
> inland). As mobo's don't compete, the concept of setting up dedicated
> mobo YCs around the coast will be a challenging one for the ISA,
> especially as new clubs will not be able to afford to buy or construct
> club houses, but on the inland scene the IWAI have that market well
> catered for with an extensive network of IWAI branches. The IWAI is
> affiliated to the ISA anyway and some inland members who sail are also
> members of ISA through membership of inland YCs and sailing clubs such
> as LRYC, LDYC and Innescealtra SC, etc.
>
> Anyway congrats to Denis and good luck with the new role. Good for a
> change to see the ISA seeing past rags and sticks, especially in the
> new era where coastal boat sales are now dominated by motor and power.
> A sign of the times in post celtic tigre Ireland where time and marine
> experience seem to be fast diminishing commodities. Greystones marina
> perhaps seems a likely first candidate for a new YC with a welcome and
> focus for mobos.
>
> Noel
>
> PS: One point I take issue with on the press release is the claim:
> "The Irish Sailing Association (ISA) is the national governing body
> for sailing & boating in Ireland". Which is factually and materially
> incorrect as regards the inland motor scene, where the IWAI are the
> established defacto representative body with a 53 year old and well
> established vibrant branch network.
>

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Re: ISA Appoint Motorboat Development Officer
17 January, 2008 10:37
Hi John

> seeing your comment: "Good for a change to see the ISA seeing past rags
> and sticks," couldn't resist responding..
> In a $100+/barrel oil world rags and sticks may be the future!

Well I fear $200/barrel is more likely in the not too distant future. smiling smiley
Motor cruising at displacement speeds will remain affordable, its the large
planing boats especially with the loss of duty free diesel from November
this year that will see displacement motoring becoming more attractive.
Even in the UK market the displacement manufacturers and trawler yachts for
the coastal scene seem to be making new inroads to the market (eg Nordhavn,
Marlow, Linseen and other dutch brands, etc). Even a TSDY at displacement
speeds can be run ecomomically at speeds below 8kt, it's a matter for
keeping twitchy hands off the throttles. smiling smiley smiling smiley My own preference would be
coastal sail cruising, but don't have the time for it, so for the moment
it's limited to fun with our sailing dingy in tow behind the frog, and lazy
days on Derg tucked away in quite corners of the Lough.

Noel
RE: ISA Appoint Motorboat Development Officer
17 January, 2008 12:44
Good news





Best of luck Denis





Leslie o'Hora





www.berkeleyclinic.ie [www.berkeleyclinic.ie]
Re: ISA Appoint Motorboat Development Officer
18 January, 2008 17:26
They never even acknowledged my application !.
I hope the best person got the job.

S.
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