Lough Ree Run 11th Feb 2012

First Powerboat run of the year 2012 is arranged for February 11th @ Lakeside Marina in Athlone

With the plan to start launching boats from 10.45am .

The weather will play a major part of what happens next ,
Good weather will be a spin to Leacarrow via one or two islands
Moderate weather will be Hodson by via an island
and bad weather…. will be Athlone

We hope to have a evening meal in Athlone on return later that evening and this is open to anyone wishing to attend ,however we need to confirm numbers early to be able to book a table or 2 , (Valentines Weekend etc.)
So if you can reply to the post by PM or send a mail to so we can get a idea for numbers.

Looking forward to seeing you there

Powerboat AGM December 29th 2011

Powerboat AGM  December 29th 2011
Location; Dublin, Grand Canal Basin on Board MV Laura Lucy
Time: 4 pm
1. Apologies
2. Correspondence
3. Chairperson Report
4. Hon Secretary Report,
5. Hon Treasures Report
6. Election Of Powerboat Branch Officers
i. -Chairman
ii. -Vice Chairman
iii. Hon Secretary
iv. Hon Treasurer
v. Executive Members
vi. PRO’s
vii. Child Safety officers  (Training)
7. 2012 Event Calendar
8. Branch Burgee (Design and Development)
9. Membership Of Multiple IWAI Branches
10. AOB

All welcome

Biosecurity demonstration at the 2011 Lough Corrib Meet of the IWAI Powerboat Branch

CAISIE biosecurity demonstration at the 2011 Lough Corrib Meet of the Inland Waterways Association of Ireland Powerboat Branch

Dr Joe Caffrey and Dr Michael Millane of the CAISIE project gave a biosecurity and boat cleaning demonstration on the 13th of August at Lisloughrey Pier as part of the 2011 Lough Corrib Meet of the Inland Waterways Association of Ireland (IWAI) Powerboat Branch.   Over 50 people, and 30 powerboats and cruisers, were present for this event.

A range of aquatic invasive species that are found in and around our waterways were on display.  Of particular focus were the detrimental impacts of ‘aquatic hitchhiker’ species, which can easily foul boat hulls, engines and trailers and therefore may be inadvertently spread by moving boats from invaded to uncolonised waterbodies.  Biosecurity guidelines produced by CAISIE and Inland Fisheries Ireland advising on the disinfection of boats and angling gear were distributed and discussed with those in attendance.

CAISIE were encouraged by the engaging attitude of the IWAI members, who showed a good level of interest and general knowledge on these issues.  Indeed, awareness of aquatic invasive species and their impacts as well as the implementation of biosecurity guidelines by this important stakeholder group are a vital component in preventing new introductions and limiting the further spread of aquatic invasive species in Ireland.

Dr Joe Caffrey (IFI, CAISIE) highlighting the threat of aquatic invasive species to our native ecosystems and waterways at the IWAI Powerboat Branch event.

Dr Michael Millane (IFI, CAISIE) discussing the invasive curly-leaved waterweed (Lagarosiphon major) which has invaded Lough Corrib at the IWAI Powerboat Branch event.

Find out more Here

Lough Allen Run September 2011

Firstly thanks to everyone who came to the Corrib event it truly was a great weekend,

Secondly , Thanks to everyone who made suggestions as to the location for the September outing , I think we have a great trip for September now thanks all the suggestions .

We have secured the use of the Lough Allen Sailing Centre In Drumshambo Co Leitrim, for the Weekend starting Friday 16th September until Sunday 18th
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We have the use of the complete centre:
8 Rooms with 6 beds in each room and en suite (48 beds)
Fully equiped kitchen on site
Camping facilties
Mooring ,
BBQ Area
Accomodation will cost €10 for one night and €15 for 2 nights (sharing unless you want to take the whole room)
Camping will be €5 for the weekend

Video of Center

The event will consist of the usual Powerboat Branch Activities
Arrival and Launch
Drinks by the Lake etc etc.

Arrival and Launch
Skipper Meeting @ 10.30 with Tea and Coffee ( Bring your own Mug)
Safety Of Small Craft Talk by ISA instructure (TBC)
On the water 11.30
Pub Grub lunch (Location TBC)
Return to Base
Wine and Cheese Reception 7pm
Dinner in the Center
Drinks by the Lake etc etc.

Skipper Meeting @ 11.00 with Tea and Coffee ( Bring your own Mug)
Spin to Spencer dock for a Picnic
Return to base and Head for Home
Approx distance covered for the weekend wil be 45km

We are unable to confirm the cost of entry fee until we have numbers so please let us know ASAP if you are attending . The entry will cover the cost of food, wine cheese , for the Sat night and tea & coffee, Soft drinks for the coffee mornings. We will confirm this as soon as we have a good idea of who is coming .
Most if not all shops and facilities are avaiable in Drumshambo and the closest hotel is The Ramada which serves good pub grub at a fair price . (5 min away)

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If you are interested in coming along please send an e mail to powerboat(ag) or call Paul Garland on O86 8217712 or Cormac Smith O87 8376614

Once again thanks for the support and look forward to seeing you all in September

Kind Regards
Cormac Smith
Chairman Powerboat Branch IWAI

Lough Corrib Tour August 2011

The IWAI Powerboat Branch Lough Corrib Tour will take place 12th – 14th Aug 2011. Full information & registration link can be found here: