9 – 9.30 am – Gather, tour of station and launch at the Drogheda Fisherman’s Rescue & Recovery Service Station, Marsh Road Drogheda
11 am – Head east on the Boyne River out to sea to meet the Clogherhead RNLI Lifeboat
(Approx 12 km) and accompany it along with Drogheda Port Authorities Pilot Boats & River Rescue Boats back to De Lacey bridge in Drogheda Town centre to arrive for high tide at 12.45 p.m.
1.00 pm – Meet Drogheda’s First Citizen, The Lord Mayor and other dignitaries
followed by sponsored lunch in the nearby D Hotel
2.30 pm – Back to boats to accompany the Lifeboat to Clogherhead pier followed by tour of the RNLI Station
4.30 – 5 pm – Depart Clogherhead for Drogheda
8 pm – Dinner in the Boyne Valley Hotel & Country Club. Stameen Dublin Road Drogheda
Followed by sing/song and craic in the bar
(4 Course Dinner €22 pp)
Limited overnight accommodation available in the Boyne Valley Hotel & Country Club
Rate: B&B in Double/ Twin room – €70 per room
(This is a special rate for the occasion)
Telephone: 041 9837737
Web site www.boyne-valley-hotel.ie
Sunday 14th April
11 am – Launch and travel to the Sea lock at Oldbridge to see progress on the IWAI Boyne Navigation Branch Project
Trip on the canal
Tour of the Battle of the Boyne Site
Tea/ Coffee, Homemade scones etc will be available at the lock
Sponsored by the Boyne Navigation Branch
Web site www.boyne.iwai.ie
3.30 pm – Head back to base and home
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.
The IWAI Powerboat Branch Lough Corrib Tour will take place 12th – 14th Aug 2011. Full information & registration link can be found here: www.corribcharts.com/ownfiles/Corrib2011.pdf
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
Chairman Powerboat Branch
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.