Tallship’s Visit Waterford July 2011

Any one interested in Visiting the tallships in Waterford via water on Saturday 2nd July ?

We are planning on launching in New Ross at the boat club (thanks to John Dimond)
and running down the river to Waterford
spend a few hours in and around the tall ships and then back to New Ross for recovery

As usual you don’t need a boat to join in but one would help

If your interested in joining in you can contact me on 087 8376614

Cormac Smith
Chairman Powerboat Branch

Shannon Boat Rally 2011

The Shannon Boat Rally –  AND DEVELOPMENT

Organised jointly by the Athlone Branch and the Carrick Branch of the Inland Waterways Association of Ireland (IWAI), the Shannon Boat Rally is the most prestigious and well-attended boating event on Ireland’s inland waterways. The main objective is to bring boaters of all types together to participate in a nine day long fun event for families and friends on the river.

From its origins in 1961, the rally has grown in popularity every year attracting up to hundred boats annually crewed by over four hundred adults, teenagers and children who participate in sports, games, water and boating competitions, quizzes, talent and music events while improving their boating skills and safety practices on our waterways. The spirit of the rally is to bring boaters of all experiences together to share in a common purpose to enjoy the waterways, to share boating know-how and improve ones boating skills.

The rally has attracted many boaters to our inland waterways and promoted development of facilities along the navigation as well as bringing a great dynamic and valuable business to the towns and villages along the river and lakes. The rally also encourages responsible use of the waterways for the benefit of all waterway users and has a strong educational and safety theme throughout.

The whole rally revolves around a number of main or “starred” competitions that participants and the crews compete in all week. These 7 competitions are: Man overboard,  Navigation,  Mooring, Rescue of a cruiser, Boat Inspection,  First Mate and Timed reliability.   ThePremier Award, is awarded to the overall winner of the 7 starred competitions, a kind of boating heptathlon.  There are also class awards for Open Boats,  for Motor Cruisers under 30ft, for Motor Cruisers over 30fh, for Sailing Cruisers and for Barges.  There are environmental, newcomer, canal visitor, merit awards and an award for those who exemplify the rally spirit.

These competitions are hotly contested year on year culminating in an annual award dinner where the coveted Premier Award and a range of over twelve trophies are presented. Many of these competitions originated in the first rally with some new additions, for example rescue of a cruiser was introduced in 1965.

There are a range of ancillary competitions which crews can take part in throughout the week such as ladies boat handling which was first run in 1969. It was not until 2008 that Men’s Boat Handling was introduced. Other competitions include the young mariner where ralliers of the future compete and are awarded with a merit certificate , sailing dingy races, crewmanship, line heaving, VHF and lots of fun competitions such as the talent, fancy dress, and the much loved commando event involving all the family.

The first rally was launched in 1961 at a civic reception in the Royal Hoey Hotel and over 71 boats participated that year. The Boats travelled from Athlone to Jamestown and on to Carrick on Shannon. The aim of the original organisers of the event was to preserve the navigation and to set an example in the safe use of the waterways through organised competitions & fun events. To mark its 25th year the Rally committee published in 1985 a book called The Silver River which documents in detail the early years of the boating event. In its 50 year history over two thousand five hundred boats and ten thousand people have participated in the boat rally.

Liffey Run March 2011

Liffey Run March 2011.

A branck meeting Was held in the Poolbeg Sail club in Dublin after which we launched  10 boat and headed up river as Far as Island-bridge

On the return trip we stopped of  at grand cananl Dock for a bite to eat and coffees, before heading out as far a the second green cardinal marker in Dublin Bay,

The  sea was get lumpy  and it was decided to return to Poolbeg and all boat were recovered safely a great few hours on the water.

Shannon River Run 2011

Date: 22nd April 2011 – Monday 2nd May 2011

Location: Dromod (first weekend), Athlone or Dromineer (second weekend)

Organised by:
Inland Waterways Association of Ireland – Powerboat Branch

The draft plan overview is as follows but not limited to the following.
Have 2 locations to hold the weekend events from that can provide access to:

  • Easy river access (slip ways).
  • Safe and Secure Parking.
  • A choice of food & accommodation to cater for all budgets including camping and campers.
  • A Location to provide viewing of an on-the-water parade of classic and not so classic boats that will be of interest to participants and general public.
  • Local area advertising to attract the general public.
  • Areas of open water to allow exploration.
  • Planned river trips to points of interest.
  • On and off water competitions e.g. Boat handling & Pub Quiz etc.
  • Location for daytime BBQ trip with shelter.

The 2 areas are Dromod (north Shannon) and either Athlone (Lough Ree) or Dromineer (Lough Derg) as they have most if not all the criteria that are needed

Dear Powerboaters,

After several months of discussion and planning, we can now announce the high level plans for the 2011 Powerboat Rally of Ireland. It began with much interest from our friends across the water in the CMBA (Classic Motor Boat Association, UK – who have always loved the idea of visiting Ireland for a fresh water rally.
With thanks to user Coreibh, the initial discussion soon gathered pace into the IWAI, and we can now announce that this event will be going ahead with the support of the IWAI, CMBA and CPB (to name a few).

As part of the initial discussions, it has been decided to create a Powerboat branch of the IWAI with the approval of Paul Garland, President of the IWAI. Further details on this will be forthcoming soon, but it is hoped that we can put more formality around the numerous informal groups and meets that happen on our waterways through an Official group (as well as increasing the number of events).

At the rally, we anticipate a wide variety of attendees ranging from the CMBA (UK) classic powerboaters, to the Club and IWAI cruisers and powerboat owners (several are CMBA members also).
All are welcome, and we will ask you to watch this space for more details on registration and a timetable for events. Volunteers are always welcome to help with the event(s).

The rally will consist of 2 weekends on the Shannon waterway (based at Dromod and either Athlone or Dromineer) with details of other locations (e.g. Lough Corrib, Lough Erne) available as part of the event programme to enable attendees visit other sections of the waterways on the weekdays in between.

We hope that you will support this event and the new IWAI Powerboat* branch as it all evolves in the coming weeks. More details will be published as available with an initial meeting expected in the middle of January to kick off the new branch.