Our next event is the AGM which we will coincide with a weekend in Lough Allen on 22nd NOVEMBER

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.

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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

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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:

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.