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    Seascapes Friday 5th February 2016

    features music from Emmet Spiceland ; Kieran O' Connell on the inaugural Beaufort Cup ; Tony McLoughlin of "Brian Boru" ; Gery Flynn of Inshore Ireland and ISA Awards ....

    Hello and welcome aboard this week’s edition of your maritime programme SEASCAPES , we have music from sixties icons Emmet Spiceland  “- Ta na mBaid”  and “Haul Away Joe “by the Wellington Sea Shanty Society   which features in the forthcoming movie “The Finest Hours” performed by Kodaline  ; Gery Flynn –Features Editor of Inshore Ireland  magazine  on what’s in the latest edition ...... we talk to shipwright Tony McLoughlin about the “Brian Boru” moored in the heart of Waterford city and now part of the Sail Training Ireland fleet ; we’ll hear some of the news from Thursdays Irish Sailing Association Annual Awards in the Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland on St Stephens Green in Dublin  from President David Lovegrove  and Chairman Harry Hermon  first on Seascape  this week  to the inaugural Beaufort Cup as part of Volvo Cork Week .....Admiral Sir Francis Beaufort is the man who invented the measurement of wind speeds known to mariners all over the world for the Beaufort Scale  and now a trophy in his name The Beaufort Cup is to be presented annually .... let’s hear from  Kieran O’Connell ,of the Royal Cork Yacht Club - Chairman of the  Volvo Cork Week.......





          The inaugural Beaufort Cup will take place this July hosted by the Royal Cork Yacht Club in Crosshaven,   as part of the highly successful Volvo Cork can read more on the Seascapes webpage tour Galway Studios where we can hear from Gery Flynn , Features Editor of Inshore Ireland magazine ...









    Photo of Horseshoe Bay on Sherkin Island by Dennis Horgan 

      “The Finest Hours the latest heroic action-thriller from Disney Studios will premier with a wine and cheese reception in SGC Dungarvan at 8pm on Wednesday February 17th in aid of the Helvick Lifeboat Station. It will also premier in Dublin, Cork, Limerick and Galway” says  Joan Clancy, Hon Press Secretary of the Fundraising Branch Helvick Lifeboat Station.

    The Finest Hours is the true story of the US Coast Guard’s most daring sea rescue which took place in 1952 off the coast of Cape Cod. Much of the movie was filmed off the Massachusetts coast near Chatham where many Co Waterford people emigrated in the 40s, 50s and 60s.

    Starring Chris Pine, Academy Award and Golden Globe nominee Casey Affleck, Ben Foster, Holliday Grainger, John Ortiz and Eric Bana, The Finest Hours features The Clancy Brothers & Tommy Makem’s arrangement of Haul Away Joe, a sea shanty made popular by the group, performed in the movie by Kodaline.

    Next to the historic maritime port of  Waterford and the latest addition to the Sail Training Ireland fleet – thats the “Brian Boru” we met up with her master , shipwright Tony McLoughlin who gave us a rundown on the vessel....








    Tony McLoughlin ( 3rd from left above)  and the “Brian Boru” – the vessel can be found at its mooring in the heart of Waterford city – you can see and read more on the Seascapes webpage.....


    Finally  on Seascapes – yesterday we were in Dublin for the annual Irish Sailing Association Awards in The Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland on St Stephens Green on what passed for a Spring day – one of the highlights was that  veteran sailing journalist WM Nixon received a Lifetime Achievement Award  about which we’ll hear more next Friday ...we spoke with Chairman of the ISA – Harry Hermon first  to President of The Irish Sailing Association – David Lovegrove .....











    Next week here on your maritime programme we’ll have a focus on  those Irish Sailing Awards and we’ll be speaking to the AFLOAT /Sailor of the Year – Liam Shanahan and Editor of AFLOAT – David O ‘ Brien  ;  Winkie Nixon on receiving a Lifetime  Achievement Award – we’ll also be hearing from John Treacy of Sport Ireland  on prospects for our sailors and the sports development  ;       and Paralympians John Twomey and Ian Costelloe  on  how  secondary schools can get involved in their Paralympic Sailing Campaign for Rio de Janeiro , all that and much more , until next Friday night , tight lines and fair sailing.”.













    National Yacht Club sailor Liam Shanahan was named the 2015 Afloat Irish Sailor of the Year yesterday at the Irish Sailing Awards in Dublin. Drawn from a star-studded shortlist, which included Volvo Ocean race winner Justin Slattery; round-Ireland record-setting Sidney Gavignet; and 11-time Paralympian John Twomey amongst others, Shanahan had a remarkable year, including victory in the Dun Laoghaire to Dingle race in June on his boat Ruth with two miles to spare.


    Kilkenny’s Doug Elmes and Malahide’s Colin O’Sullivan jointly took home the Irish Sailing Association (ISA) Youth Sailor of the Year award. The Howth Yacht Club sailors were hotly tipped following their recent Bronze medal success at the 2015 Youth World Championships in Malaysia, where they took Ireland’s first doublehanded youth worlds medal in 19 years. The shortlist for this tightly contested award included Tipperary’s Aisling Keller; Howth’s Aoife Hopkins and Ewan McMahon; and Waterford’s Geoff Power.


             The Mitsubishi Motors Sailing Club of the Year award was presented to the Royal Irish Yacht Club in honour of their success at local, national and international level. The award also takes into account satisfaction of club members; the club's impact in sailing development and training; the relationship with the local community, and relevant governmental and sporting bodies, both at local and national level.


    Mullingar Sailing Club took home the ISA Training Centre of the Year award, having been nominated as winners of the western-region Training Centre of the Year. Dun Laoghaire’s Royal Irish Yacht Club (eastern region winners), and Limerick’s Foynes Yacht Club (southern region winners) were also shortlisted.


    As Marine Spatial Planning (MSP) efforts continue to grow around the world, the World Ocean Council (WOC) is working to ensure that both MSP proponents and the ocean business community understand and address the need, value and opportunity for industry to be informed of, and engaged in, MSP.

    Recent and upcoming WOC MSP program reports address:

    ? Marine Planning Management Practice and six key business interests regarding MSP,click here.
    ? Industry Perspectives on Marine Planning (coming soon)
    ? Multi-Sector Challenges and Opportunities for MSP in the North Sea (coming soon)
    ? Industry Comments on the US National Ocean Policy, click here.


    As the international, multi-industry leadership alliance on Corporate Ocean Responsibility, the WOC is facilitating industry participation in marine-related programs and projects of the EU and other government and inter-governmental bodies. For example, the WOC is uniquely able to ensure industry engagement as a partner in Horizon 2020 consortia developing marine planning and Blue Growth projects.

    Since 2010, WOC has conducted industry outreach on MSP; organized industry/MSP conferences and forums; undertaken reviews, case studies, and analysis of the industry/MSP interface; developed and distributed MSP information to the ocean business community; shared industry perspectives with marine planners; conducted pilot projects on industry engagement in specific MSP processes; built a network of ocean industries well-informed on marine planning; and brought together ocean industry sectors for dialogue on cross-sectoral conflicts in ocean use. Beginning in 2013, the WOC MSP program was assisted with support from the Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation.

    For more information see

    ALICANTE, Spain, February 4 – At a time when rival major global sports events are struggling to contain spiralling costs, a report by independent auditors PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC) has praised sailing’s premier round-the-world event, the Volvo Ocean Race, for halving the price of competing for sponsors.

    Much of the credit for this has been ascribed by report author, Manuel Díaz, to The Boatyard, the shared-maintenance facility introduced by the race for the last edition in 2014-15.

    "A campaign now costs around 50 per cent less to run – in the last editions, the cost was between €20-35 million rather than €10-15 million for campaigns at the same level," the report, Assessment of the Maintenance Operating Model, says.

    The Boatyard has broken new ground in the offshore racing industry, pooling both human and equipment resources for the servicing of a newly-introduced class of boat. The Farr-designed Volvo Ocean 65 one-design broke with 40 years of tradition in an event, which was launched in 1973 as the Whitbread Round the World Race.

    The report, which was commissioned by the race after the finish of the 12th edition in June last year, highlighted: "The list of benefits is no longer hypothetical: the model has already been implemented, showing an excellent performance and outstanding results."

    The report, in particular, praises:

    • Significant cost reduction in contracts with suppliers, spare parts stock, transportation, labour and support staff and infrastructure
    • A reduction of breakages and the consequent corrective maintenance
    • Improved predictive maintenance, fixing potential weaknesses before they result in breakdowns

    It added: "One of the main benefits of The Boatyard is that it has become easier to attract both participants and sponsors – the entry barrier is lower but is not only a matter of cost.

    "As all the teams have the exact same platform, the risk of having a much slower boat is lower. On the other hand, safety has been at the heart of the one-design process, with the boats designed to last at least two editions of the toughest race on earth."

    Díaz recommends that The Boatyard could be even more effective with a stepped-up level of performance monitoring through a list of key indicators such as average time for repair, man power utilisation and efficiency and inventory turnover.

    Nick Bice, who manages The Boatyard, was delighted the project had won the positive comments from the PwC report.

    “What pleases me is that it’s recognised now that our standards are in line with the very highest in the automotive and aeronautical industries,” he said.

    “A key statistic that has been highlighted is that 90 per cent-plus of our servicing was proactive, in other words fixing potential problems before they led to breakdowns. Only around 10 per cent of that work was reactive.

    “Our ambition is now simple: we are aiming to get to a stage where there is no excuse for breakages in the next race other than those caused by human error.

    “We don’t want future stories to be about why a boat has broken down, we want the stories to be about the people sailing onboard.”



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