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    Seascapes Friday 17 October 2014



    The maritime programme for this island nation

    Seascapes Friday 17th October 2014

    features a report from Alicante on the Volvo Ocean Race with David Branigan with Justin Slattery; Brian Carlin; Bill O'Hara and we talk to Captain Robert McCabe -President of The Nautical much more.

    Hello and welcome aboard this week’s edition of your maritime programme Seascapes – we’ve details of a new book by Brian Cassells former President of the Inland Waterways Association of Ireland on The Waterways of Ireland which was launched this week; we’ll be speaking with Captain Robert Mccabe – of The Commissioners of Irish Lights –recently elected President of The Nautical Institute – on the Institutes work; the story of the Graving Dock ; first on Seascapes to the Volvo Ocean Race which began last weekend from its home port of Alicante – David Branigan was there for Seascapes and we hear first from a VOR veteran – Justin Slattery ......



    Justin Slattery who is aboard Team Abu Dhabi ....Next here on Seascapes to a young man who having completed many legs of the Clipper Round the World Yacht Race is the On Board     Reporter that’s OBR on Team Vestas Wind – Brian Carlin told David Branigan how this all came to pass....



    Brian Carlin from Tralee – on board Team Vestas Wind – David spoke also to the Principal Race Officer for this Volvo Ocean Race – the distinguished sailor Bill O’Hara ...




    Bill O’Hara talking to David Branigan in Alicante last weekend prior to the departure of the Volvo 65s on the 1st leg to Cape can see some of David’s images on the Seascapes webpage above...

    Sad to hear of the passing earlier this week following a long illness – of former Irish Lights man and fisherman George Rogerson - George of Dun Laoghaire and Monkstown Farm  

    was a guest on Seascapes in May of 2012 when he talked about life growing up and working as a fisherman in Dun Laoghaire Harbour, so on Seascapes we remember with fondness the remarkable George Rogerson, fish monger, sea farer and man of the sea."


    Next to The Nautical Institute and the recently elected President of the Institute who is Captain Robert McCabe of The Commissioners of Irish Lights – we met up a number of weeks ago in Liscannor in West Clare and talked about the work of the Institute ....


    Captain Robert McCabe – President of The Nautical Institute ...




    Congratulations to former President of the Inland Waterways Association of Ireland – Brian Cassells who has written and compiled a new publication titled “ IWAI and the Waterways of Ireland “ which was launched this week






    We had hoped to focus on the issue of the Graving Dock to which we were alerted by our god friends in Arklow Shipping however we will take a look at the matter on next weeks edition of Seascapes weekend sees the Annual Ernest Shackleton Autumn School in Athy – you can read more on the Seascapes webpage ..... This Monday evening in the Central Library in Waterford City –Polar expert and author Michael Smith will be talking to Seascapes about his new biography of Ernest Shackleton as part of the Imagine Arts festival – we’ll be featuring highlights from our conversation with Michael and “By Endurance We Conquer” on Ernest Shackleton a giant of polar Exploration .... on Seascapes next Friday night and we’ll have news of a celebration of Sailing By , so until then ...tight lines and fair sailing.”


    The Shackleton Autumn School in (land locked, though at the confluence of the Grand Canal and Lordly Barrow) Athy.

    This year is a very special one as it marks the centenary of the departure of Ernest Shackleton's Endurance expedition.

    The School has a great line up of events : Tim Jarvis, freshly returned from his recreation of the James Caird boat journey will be addressing the School on his experiences and the insights he gained into what Shackleton and the crew of the James Caird (including Tom Crean and Tim McCarthy) achieved. There will be two book launches at the School, with Michael Smith / Collins Press launching the first biography of Shackleton in a generation on the Friday night. We will also have a talk on Eleanor Shackleton, younger sister of Ernest and who was a pioneer of child nursing in Canada. An exhibition featuring original photographs of the 1955 - 58 Transantarctic Expedition which first achieved what Shackleton set out to do in 1914 will run in conjunction with the Autumn School.

    14th Shackleton Autumn School, Oct 24th - 27th, Athy Heritage Centre Museum. Full programme on



    Secondly, on Sunday October 26th, as part of the Shackleton Weekend, Athy Heritage Centre presents the premiere performance of "Shackleton's Endurance", a specially commissioned work which tells the story of Endurance through words and music. Narrated by John MacKenna , composed by Brian Hughes and supported by Kildare County Orchestra and Monasterevin Gospel Choir, this has been developed over the past 18 months and completes a significant missing in the repetoire of Endurance. Sculptor, graphic artist and ex shipwright Craig Blackwell has created an atmospheric visual backdrop to accompany the seven part performance.

    Performance in George Bernard Shaw Theatre, Carlow, 8pm 26th October. Booking through Visual Carlow, tel 059 9172400 (



    • The latest edition of the Volvo Ocean Race is the 12th running of the 40-year-old event, which started in 1973 as the Whitbread Round the World Race.
    • The 38,739-nautical mile route will include stopovers in Cape Town (South Africa), Abu Dhabi (UAE), Sanya (China), Auckland (New Zealand), Itajaí (Brazil), Newport (Rhode Island, US), Lisbon (Portugal) and Lorient (France). A 24-hour pit-stop in The Hague is scheduled between France and Sweden.
    • The next two editions will be contested in the new high-performance boat, the Volvo Ocean 65, designed by Farr Yacht Design in the United States and built by a consortium of boatyards in the United Kingdom, France, Italy and Switzerland.
    • The new 65-foot (19.8-metre) monohull racing yachts are strictly one-design and delivered “ready to sail”. The boats incorporate the latest video, satellite and content production facilities to further enhance the Onboard Reporter programme that has been in place since 2008-09.



    All seven Volvo Ocean Race boats have tasted the lead at least once during five extraordinary days of racing since setting off from Alicante at the weekend in sailing which is re-writing the offshore rule-book.

    In years past, the fleet would have been well stretched, tens of miles apart, by this stage in Leg 1 between Alicante and Cape Town.

    Instead we are seeing close-quarter action more akin to in-shore sailing with hundreds of metres often separating the fleet. It means that each sailor barely has a second to relax while he or she can still see their rivals' sails.

    It was always suspected that the competition would be close for the 12th edition of the 41-year-old event which is introducing a one-design boat, the Volvo Ocean 65, for the first time. But never quite this tight.

    The proximity of the fleet has even caught the technical team of the Race organisers by surprise – they have had to re-configure the online tracker which had been built to calculate tens or hundreds miles of separation between the boats rather than the odd mile or so.

    "It’s remarkable how compressed the seven Volvo Ocean 65s are at this point in the race,” said Abu Dhabi Ocean Racing’s onboard reporter, Matt Knighton. “Race veterans can’t believe it. Onboard Abu Dhabi Ocean Racing, the guys are just now starting their normal sleep rhythms after spending the first three nights of the race with no rest.

    “Still, there’s little chance to relax when your competition is only a few miles away. Bright lights on the horizon.”

    After the Canary Islands, the fleet should be able to pick up the Trade winds and with them the key decision: when to head west. Defined strategies and bigger gaps within the boats should emerge.




    Measure will help support sector depending on mackerel, herring and horse mackerel fisheries from adverse impact of Russian import ban





    Minister Simon Coveney TD, at this weeks EU Fisheries Council, secured the agreement of the Council and the Commission to bank a portion of this year’s fishing quotas and transfer them into 2015. This measure will give the fishing industry the option of not fishing part of this year’s quota and having it available in 2015. This measure will help mitigate the impact of the Russian ban on the importation of fishery products.   The banking option will be applied to the mackerel, horse mackerel and Celtic Sea herring stocks as these are directly impacted by the Russian imports ban.   The measure will be introduced shortly on the basis of positive scientific advice that it will not adversely impact on the sustainability of the stocks.


    Minister Coveney said “I have listened to our industry and the difficulties those fishing Celtic Sea herring, mackerel and horse mackerel are experiencing because Russia has closed its important market to EU fishery products.   The price for herring has dropped significantly for this autumn fishery and I want to give the industry the option of banking part of the quota until prices improve.   I today secured the agreement of the Fisheries Council and the Commission to bank 25% of this year’s quota until prices improve next year when market conditions have improved. I expect the Commission to receive the required scientific advice that the stocks will not be adversely impacted by this measure over the coming week so that the measures may be adopted in early November. ”


    Minister Coveney added “I made clear at Council today that we must recognise that we are dealing with a difficult situation for our fishing industry arising from a geo-political issue. We


    fully support the sanctions decision taken by the EU but must now provide as much support as possible to our fishing industry.   The agreement I secured today at Council will give the industry some time and flexibility to find alternative markets while preserving Ireland’s quota allocation.”

     Inland Fisheries Ireland

    My Dad always said “everything comes to those who wait”. Well salmon anglers waited and waited for the rain but it didn’t come in time before the end of the season. The Munster Blackwater was one of the lucky ones who had an extension (fly only, single barbless hook, catch and release) to 12th October. With the arrival of the rain, things improved and the last day turned out to be the second best day of the season with nine fish to 15lb. caught – including the first fresh fish for months.

    Jim Sayers was on Lough Namona in the Currane catchment where he caught a lovely 4lb sea trout while his fishing companion John Walsh had a fine 1 ¼ lb brown trout. On the upper Lakes, on Lough Derriana anglers landed a number of sea trout in the 1 ½ lbs bracket together with some juniors and a fine basket of brownies.

    Lough Sheelin was lazy on its last day of the season. It remained under a thick blanket of fog and when it felt ready to greet the day it opened up to harsh bright sunshine. Catches of trout were slow although there seemed to be a lot of movement. Nonetheless 95 brave anglers took part in the annual Cavan/Monaghan Garda Divisional Fly Fishing championships. The winner of this competition was Clones man Jim Hughes with his 3lb 7.2 oz beauty caught around Stony. Second place went to Tommy Rushe, Armagh – 2lbs 3.8ozs and third went to Larry McAlinden with a 1lb 13.2oz fish. The heaviest fish for the week was a 5lb 59cm trout caught by Richard Newton, England.

    October 12th also saw a competition on Lough Ennell. A cracking trout of 2.512lbs won the competition for Niall Kenny of Rochfortbridge. Lough Owel too made its presence felt on Sunday with a Stocking Fundraising competition on the lake. Mullingar man Barry Lenehan came out tops with a 2.232lbs fish. If you are down Waterford way on the Bank Holiday weekend, Knockaderry fishery is holding an open fly fishing competition with €1,500 in prizes. This 80 acre reservoir offers great sport with a great stock of feisty trout.

    Three Belgium buddies frequented Melview Lodge. These anglers wasted no time and were out on the waters right away fishing with mainly lures and jerk baits. This paid dividends with 76 pike and a large number of perch being caught. Over at Lough Ree, French angler Pierre Henneron had an epic battle with our ‘Catch of the Week’ winner – a superb 20lb+ pike. Pierre was delighted to see the pike tail walking and pitching 3-4ft out of the water as they hit the lures.

    Carrigaholt in Clare reported big pollack, ling, haddock plus red gurnard as well as cod and Luke Aston was pleased to get out after the previous week’s storms. Tralee Bay SAC competition at Glin saw lots of smiling faces and banter, but it had little to do with the weather and more the company as the sunshine and calm seas did little to help the fishing. Daniel Brosnan reeled in a 71cm thorny on a 15 pound line. The competition was won by Aidan Halloran.

    Up north of the country in Donegal, wee Kyle Ball took part in Cartys Alcedo shore league where he won the longest fish with a cracking 56cm mullet. The overall competition was won by Cathal Donnelly who had a total of 18 fish including turbot, flounder, seatrout, coalie and a nice 52cm mullet.

    Fermoy Coarse Angling Association had a mixture of weather conditions during its festival which ended on 10th October. The week started good but conditions changed quickly. By Friday fishing was difficult with the river well below summer levels, the water cold and the start of ground frost. For the 5th time Tommy Lawton came out in first place with 46lb 5ozs.

    Unsettled weather is predicted for the rest of the week; wet and windy at times, with driest conditions further east. Friday will see southerly winds; fresh to strong and gusty, with gale force winds near south and west coast to begin. Saturday sees humid and very breezy conditions with fresh to strong southerly winds. Long dry spells across the north and east with some sunny spells, however some showers will develop here later in the day. Elsewhere showers will occur on and off through the day with the risk of some thundery falls. Highest temperatures 15 to 17 degrees Celsius., a weekly, live online, sport fishing show brought to you by Reel Passion Media Ltd, hosted by well-known anglers and broadcasters, Alan Broderick, Richie Johnston and Gary Finnegan airs tonight on streaming media. For more information see Get ready for – an online fishing programme for everyone.

    Anglers are reminded to wear their lifejacket, as you know the water can be your friend or your foe. Don’t take chances.

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