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    Seascapes Friday 17 January 2014

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    Seascapes Friday 17th January 2014

    features Flying Enterprise; Water Rescue Dogs-Mick McCarthy; Hugh Oram on Newry Summit Canal; Jarlath Cunnane & Northabout.

    Hello and welcome aboard this weeks edition of your maritime programme Seascapes …this week a new Ferry running to France and Spain from Rosslare Ferryport calling to St Nazaire and Gijon ;The 160th Anniversary of the loss of the Tayleur is marked next week in Rush ; Jarlath Cunnane and Northabout are honoured by the Ocean Cruising Club in London ; Hugh Oram takes us on the Summit Canal between Newry and Logh Neagh ; we have the second part of our conversation with Water Rescue dog handler Mick McCarthy and music from the late Liam Clancy - but first this week to a note from a Seascapes listener Anthony O Connor who writes that ....... “January 17th each year reminds me of the global event, sixty two years ago, when Captain Kurt Carlsen remained alone aboard his sinking ship - The Flying Enterprise -in the Atlantic Ocean, for thirteen days - in January 1952 in a valiant attempt to save his doomed ship, which eventually sank, but the Captain was saved. As a young chap of 8 years I was glued to the wireless each day as Radio Eireann reported on the fate of the captain and his ship and it was gripping material that held us all spellbound. No TV in those days - just raw radio that left everything to the imagination.It was a global epic news story at the time which captured the worlds attention to see if the Captain could succeed to save his ship.Alas it was not to be. Have you any archival material that you could broadcast by way of memorial and to enable people of a particular vintage to relive those epic moments again?Enjoy the show - not on Friday nights - but in the early hours of Monday morning for the repost. Kind Regards. Anthony O'Connor.Malahide, Co Dublin.....well Anthony to coincide with that Anniversary – here from the RTE Radio Archive is an extract from that broadcast you recall hearing as a youngster....

     

     

     

       Taken from the RTE Radio Archives requested by Seascapes listener Anthony O ‘ Connor in Malahide ….. in the same year that Isolde was launched by Irish Shipping …

    Shame to see that with the recent exposure of the Sunbeam on Rossbeigh Strand there are now plans to rebury the wreck because of people interfering with the timbers – hard to credit some peoples lack of respect for our environment …….

     

    LD Lines’ new passenger and freight ferry service between Rosslare Europort in Ireland, the West coast of France and the port of St.Nazaire and the Northern Spanish port of Gijón, was successfully launched during the first week of January …..

    The first-ever ferry link between Ireland, Western France and Northern Spain, will open up opportunities and forge new trading links, combined with cost-saving advantages and environmental benefits for tourist passengers and hauliers. For the tourist and freight markets bypassing the UK landbridge, the link to Gijón makes destinations in Spain and Portugal easier than ever to drive to and generally provide quicker access to and from the Continental mainland.

       Leading French ferry and holiday company, Brittany Ferries, this week announced that an order has been placed for a new cruise-ferry that will be its largest yet, and one of the biggest such vessels in the world. It will also be the cleanest, most environmentally-friendly ship to operate in Irish/UK waters as liquefied natural gas (LNG) emits about 25 per cent less carbon dioxide during combustion than marine fuel oil and burns with no smoke. It is entirely free of sulphur and is very low in nitrogen oxide emissions.You can see and read more on the Seascapes webpage – www.rte.ie/radio/seascapes

    This new ship will replace Brittany Ferries’ current flagship, Pont-Aven, which will move to the Portsmouth-St Malo route in 2017 .

    The largest annual Optimist training event hosted by International Optimist Dinghy Association Ireland –IODAI will take place in Baltimore Sailing Club over the February mid-term break from Saturday the 15th until Friday the 21st of February inclusive. IODAI have 16 coaches, both international and Irish, catering for all levels from those just starting out in the regatta fleet right up to those on the ISA Squad. For more info see the ISA website www.sailing.ie

     

       Much devastation has been caused to our remarkable coastline – next week we’ll be hearing how the storms have also uncovered mediaeval burial site , sunken dwellings and parts of a Neolithic bog we’ll be talking to Archaeologist Michael Gibbons here on Seascapes next Friday night.........

    To Newry next on Seascapes and we hear from writer and broadcaster Hugh Oram about the remarkable summit canal ...

     

    The sinking of the Titanic: perhaps the most well-known maritime disaster ever, is the subject of a planned new attraction in China's Sichuan Province. The Seven Star Energy Investment Group group plan to pump up to one billion Chinese yuan ($165 million) into the project, most of which will go towards building a life-sized replica of the infamous "unsinkable ship."

    "When the ship hits the iceberg, it will shake, it will tumble."

    Not just a morbid replica, the ship, which will be permanently moored on the Qi river, will act as a museum that educates people on the disaster and also allow them to experience the grandeur of the lost ship. One of the main attractions will be an advanced "6D" simulator that will show hundreds of people at a time what it was like to be aboard the ship when it struck an iceberg. The Guardian quotes the Seven Star Investment Group CEO Su Shaojun's rundown of the simulator: "When the ship hits the iceberg, it will shake, it will tumble ... We will let people experience water coming in by using sound and light effects. They will think: 'the water will drown me. I must escape with my life.'"

    The replica is based on designs for one of the Titanic's sister ships, the Olympic, and is scheduled for completion in two years time. Present at its announcement was Hollywood production designer Curtis Schnell, who worked on the design, and Bernard Hill, the British actor that played the ship's captain in James Cameron's 1997 film adaption of the disaster. Asked about the sensitivity of the project, Hill, who says he was not paid beyond expenses for his appearance, said the attraction was "approached in a very delicate and a very sensitive way and they are very aware of the extent of the disaster in 1912," adding that he doesn't believe it will "belittle" the disaster, which cost the lives of more than 1,500 of its 2,224 passengers and crew.

    Howth Yacht Club is running a Spring Laser Training Programme specifically designed to prepare sailors for the ISA Youth Pathway National Championships in April. Training will consist of Saturday afternoons from 1pm - 4.30pm on the following dates: February: 8th and 15th and   March: 1st, 8th and 29th... A special Advanced Performance Easter Laser Clinic will take place from 10am - 4pm on the following dates: April 12th-15th See the ISA website for more info http://bit.ly/1d0S0l6

     

     

    There will be a talk by Edward J Bourke maritime historian and author of “Bound for Australia” on the loss of the Tayleur at the Strand Bar in Rush on Thursday 23rd January being close to the 160th anniversary of the disaster     .........The Rush & Loughshinny Historical society will host two talks that night starting at 8.00 pm     The first will be a filmed recording of an interview with Moss Weldon .....Followed by an anniversary talk on the Tayleur- more detail on the maritime website www.lugnad.ie ......

     

    Irish sailor Jarlath Cunnane has been awarded the prestigious Vasey Vase trophy by the The Ocean Cruising Club (The OCC) at its awards ceremony in London this week. The top prize in world cruising achievements is for the Mayo man's unusual and exploratory voyage through the White Sea Canal through Russia and around Scandinavia.

    Jarlath and crew aboard his sailing vessel Northabout set out from Westport, Ireland for a journey to St. Petersburg and through the Belomorsk Canal into the White Sea. Northabout logged over 4500 miles in this adventure. She passed through 6 canals and river systems en route, including 115 locks.

    It was a most unusual journey to the Gulag Archipelago which included a visit to Sandermark, a burial ground where 7000 of Stalin's victims were laid to rest in mass graves. The canal itself, built by Gulag prisoners, was never the engineering marvel that Stalin envisioned. But it is a short cut that allows passage from the Baltic to the White Sea without the long journey through the Arctic Ocean. This voyage both unusual and exploratory is reflective of the spirit of the Vasey Vase.

    Jarlath Cunnane, retired construction manager, boat builder and adventurer from Castlebar, County Mayo, Ireland, is currently building a new boat

    Each year the OCC recognises the achievements of ordinary individuals doing extraordinary things on the world’s oceans and brings those achievements to the attention of the sailing community at large.

     

    Leading French ferry and holiday company, Brittany Ferries, this week announced that an order has been placed for a new cruise-ferry that will be its largest yet, and one of the biggest such vessels in the world. It will also be the cleanest, most environmentally-friendly ship to operate in Irish/UK waters as liquefied natural gas (LNG) emits about 25 per cent less carbon dioxide during combustion than marine fuel oil and burns with no smoke. It is entirely free of sulphur and is very low in nitrogen oxide emissions.

     

    This new ship will replace Brittany Ferries’ current flagship, Pont-Aven, which will move to the Portsmouth-St Malo route in 2017 . Operating on the longer routes between UK and Spain, she will also service Brittany Ferries Irish route (Cork-Roscoff) as did the Pont-Aven. She will have many of Pont- Aven’s features, such as an indoor swimming pool, two cinemas, restaurants, pet kennels, and so on. In addition, she will have 30 pet-friendly cabins which have proved so popular on the company’s other ship to Spain, Cap Finistère, as well as a quiet reading lounge, an observation area, and a sophisticated spa treatment room with panoramic views. The latest technology will be applied and free Wi-Fi will be available in every cabin and throughout the ship.

     

    LD Lines’ new passenger and freight ferry service between Rosslare Europort in Ireland, the France West coast port of St.Nazaire and the Northern Spanish port of Gijón, was successfully launched during the first week of January 2014.

    The first-ever ferry link between Ireland, Western France and Northern Spain, will open up opportunities and forge new trading links, combined with cost-saving advantages and environmental benefits for tourist passengers and hauliers. For the tourist and freight markets bypassing the UK landbridge, the link to Gijón makes destinations in Spain and Portugal easier than ever to drive to and generally provide quicker access to and from the Continental mainland.

    The service will also be calling at the France West coast port of St.Nazaire which is ideally located for popular French holiday locations such as Brittany, La Baule, La Rochelle and Bordeaux. St.Nazaire also provides easy accessibility for freight traffic between mainland Europe and Ireland.

    The new ferry link from Spain – France West coast to Ireland also presents extensive inbound tourism potential in addition to appealing to the haulage industry.

    Value-for-money return fares for a car and two passengers start from €199 without a cabin or €249 including cabin Rosslare – St.Nazaire or €579 Rosslare – Gijón including cabin.

    Sailing schedule for the new services are : depart Rosslare on Fridays at 21:00 ; depart St.Nazaire to Gijón on Saturdays at 22:00 ; return from Gijón on Tuesdays at 22:00 ; depart St.Nazaire to Rosslare on Wednesdays at 23:59 with an arrival time in Rosslare on Thursdays at 21:15.

     

    The largest annual Optimist training event hosted by International Optimist Dinghy Association Ireland –IODAI will take place in Baltimore Sailing Club over the February mid-term break from Saturday the 15th until Friday the 21st of February inclusive. IODAI have 16 coaches, both international and Irish, catering for all levels from those just starting out in the regatta fleet right up to those on the ISA Squad. For more info see the ISA websitewww.sailing.ie

     

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    January may see the salmon season reopen but it is really the month of the pike and despite the wet and windy weather, which is improving, there have been some great pike reports. Sea anglers have also got in on the action and on the calmer days have even got out to fish from small boats and kayaks to good effect. Coarse angling is a bit quite, as it always is at this time, though the huge floods will not have helped those who like to start “maggot drowning” as soon as possible in the New Year.

    Caoimhghin Phelan wins Catch of the Week with a lovely pike of 26lb. It was one of 3 double he caught last weekend on Lough Derg. Caoimhghin had had even better luck on the lake just before Christmas when he caught 6 doubles including 3 over 20lb. Caoimhghin was fishing both fly and deadbait and though the biggest fish came to the deadbaits he had pike to 18lb on fly. Cuan Muyllaert had some exciting sport in the midlands last week. Fishing from a float tube he also had pike into double figures on the fly.  As the water levels drop back pike fishing should continue to improve with improving access.

    East Cork angling blogger RockHunter reported one of the first bass of the season at a local mark last week. This was soon followed by a second report of bass from Stephen Brennan who was targeting specimen flounder on the east coast. The flounder fishing was very productive and the specimen was logged – crab was the essential bait. Tralee Bay SAC members also were out after specimens last week.  Though none were caught conger to 20lb were landed, along with some good dabs and grey gurnard. The winter storms put a stop to bass fishing along most of the Kerry coast, but Kevin Brain reports that the fishing has picked up now. Small boat anglers in Cork Harbour also report an improvement now the weather has settled, a bit, and some fine whiting in particular are being taken. Some good congers and juvenile skate featured in early season trips from Red Bay in our first charter report of the year. Stephen Brennan reports that Kilgorman Beach fished well for last weekend’s RNLI charity match. Anglers caught from the start with Flounders, Dabs, Whiting and Rockling making up the bulk of the catches. This good news for the Irish Winter Beach Festival which will be fished there in a couple of weeks. The banner image in this week’s Angling Update was taken at Kilgorman, courtesy of Stephen Brennan.

    Salmon anglers will have to wait a bit longer for news of another springer. Levels at the Drowes are still high, but hopefully there will be some fishing over the weekend. Anglers who fished the opening day on the Lackagh reported lovely water, but no salmon. This river will fish better later in the year. The floods should have helped most of the kelts out to sea but as more rivers open over the next few weeks anglers are asked to take care in identifying their fish as fresh or a kelt. All kelts must be recorded in your logbook.

    Trout anglers fishing the Rathcon Winter League had best results on fast sinking lines. Ger Fogarty took 1st place with 6 fish.

    More rain is forecast for tomorrow with scattered heavy showers, mostly in western and southwestern coastal counties. The weekend looks to be cold and wet with more broken weather coming in from the Atlantic next week.

    Tight lines especially in Ireland,

     

    Myles Kelly

    Catch, Photo, Release

     

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    Music Played on the Show

    • Title: The Reel Thing
      Composer: Simon Mayor
      Performer(s): Hilary James/Simon Mayor
      Performer(s): Hilary James/Simon Mayor
      Album: ACOUSTICS, CDACS 047
      Duration: 1:35
    • Title: The Reel Thing
      Composer: Simon Mayor
      Performer(s): Hilary James/Simon Mayor
      Performer(s): Hilary James/Simon Mayor
      Album: ACOUSTICS, CDACS 047
      Duration: 1:35
    • Title: Sailing By
      Composer: Ronald Binge
      Performer(s): Bbc Concert Orchestra
      Performer(s): Bbc Concert Orchestra
      Album: CLASSIC FM, BITCD 324
      Duration: 2:06
    • Title: Loch Tay Boat Song
      Composer: Traditional
      Performer(s): Liam Clancy
      Performer(s): Liam Clancy
      Album: SONGS OF THE RIVER MEN, SOTRM 01
      Duration: 2:14

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