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Seascapes Friday 26 April 2013



The maritime programme for this island nation presented and produced by Marcus Connaughton.

Hello and welcome aboard this weeks edition of your maritime programme Seascapes – this week we celebrate the 30th Anniversary of the Dingle Dolphin Fungie – out on the waters of Dingle Bay with Rhona Tarrant and music from Ocean Born and Pat Sheridan ; we have an appeal for information on an IDRA 14; the Marine Institute research vessel The Celtic Explorer last week headed for Newfoundland and the Grand Banks – Frances Shanahan went aboard for Seascapes – ........first this week a few weeks ago we were invited by the Irish Naval Service and Michael Martin of The Titanic Trail in Cobh to attend a wreath laying ceremony in Cork Harbour on the 101st Anniversary of the loss of the Titanic - hard to believe a year had passed since the centenary last year Michael Martin ....

Michael Martin of the Titanic Trail in Cobh and the distinguished diver and explorer Rory Golden we hear from Chantal Murray of the Irish Titanic Historical Society

Next here on Seascapes to Niall Gibbons , Chief Executive of Tourism Ireland – who market the island of Ireland overseas...

A word next from the Mayor of Cobh – Sinead Sheperd ...

Finally on the bridge of the LE Ciara we talked to Captain Michael McCarthy – Commercial Manager of The Port of Cork Company ...

Our thanks to the officers and crew of the Irish Naval service aboard the LE Ciara on what was quite a lumpy morning in Cork Harbour for their hospitality on the bridge of the vessel....

Distinguished Shanty singer and composer Pat Sheridan wrote this piece of music the title of his most recent album Ocean Born inspired by a wonderful creature of the deep in our waters for over thirty years now ... This weekend Dingle will hold a very special festival to celebrate one of it's most famous visitors. Rhona Tarrant travelled to the the peninsula to find out more ..



Thanks to Rhona Tarrant – that celebration of Fungie takes place all this weekend in Dingle – and the music we heard there was from Ocean Born by Pat Sheridan ...

Next an appeal from a Seascapes listener.....

My name is Ronan Melling and i am a member of Clontarf Yacht and Boat Club, I sail a dinghy – the IDRA 14 (irish dinghy racing association 14’) the plans for this boat were laid down in December 1945 and there are a number of the boats this old still racing today.We are about to commence building one of these dinghy’s from scratch in our workshed in Clontarf, this will be the first IDRA 14 built in Dublin in over 35 years.

I wonder could Seascapes help me with something, in the 70’s and 80’s ANCO ran a shipwright course in cork, I think in Skibereen building these boats. I am trying to find any leads to the people involved with a view to finding out if any of the original plans that were used saved, archived or kept by someone? Any help with getting the word out there would be appreciated.

The world of sailing was in mourning on Saturday following the death of Sweden's Magnus Olsson at the age of 64Olsson competed in the Whitbread/Volvo Ocean Race in six editions from 1985-86 to 2008-09, tasting victory with EF Language in 1997-98. He was named a Volvo Ocean Race Legends Ambassador in recognition of his enormous contribution to the event in 2011.

One of the most popular and recognisable sailors in the world, he maintained links with the round-the-world race to the end, and was working as a coach with the all-female Team SCA in Lanzarote when he suffered a stroke. He was surrounded by his family as he died on Saturday..

As the May Bank Holiday approaches, watersports clubs and training centres from Donegal to Kerry and Dublin to Galway have joined forces to offer a unique host of free activities for children, teenagers and adults alike.

Sail Spree – an initiative developed by the Irish Sailing Association (ISA) to encourage people of all ages out on to the water – will run from the 4th to the 6th of May in over 25 venues around the country. On offer will be various free taster sessions in sailing, windsurfing and powerboating. Many clubs will also provide on-shore activities including food and entertainment guaranteeing a great day out for all the family.

Commenting on the event ISA Chief Executive Harry Hermon stated “We are surrounded by a beautiful natural resource which provides us with unlimited capabilities for recreation. We hope that opening our doors for Sail Spree will encourage local communities to come together and try something new and exciting available on their doorstep”.

While pre-booking is not essential for all of the venues it is advised to contact your chosen club to avoid disappointment. For more information about Sail Spree events in your area go to the Sail Spree website

Leinster will be alive with Sail Spree events happening in counties Dublin, Wicklow and Louth. In Dublin, clubs on either side of the Liffey will have their doors open to the public to enable water lovers of all ages to try a new sport. Participants will be able to have a go at windsurfing in Malahide, powerboat on the Liffey or try sailing in Dun Laoghaire to name but a few. In Wicklow sailing lessons are available along the coast or on Blessington lake and there’ll be plenty of activity a little further north in Carlingford too.

Moving south and in to Munster and why not visit one of the many clubs and training centres in Waterford, Cork, Kerry and Clare for your free adventure on the water. Join Dungarvan Harbour Sailing Club as their members offer sailing, windsurfing and powerboating experiences as well as a wide range of activities happening on land including music, entertainment and refreshments. Multiple venues across Cork’s stunning coastline will be welcoming their local communities aboard for plenty of fun on the water and maybe an aperitif if you venture to Les Glenáns in Baltimore. Further along the coast and there will also be plenty to entertain in both Kerry and Clare.

Connaught has a number of clubs and schools joining in with the Sail Spree celebrations. Galway Bay will be abuzz with activity as three clubs take part offering sailing and powerboating. Bellacragher Bay Boat Club in Co. Mayo will host their Sail Spree event encouraging locals to get out on the water and enjoy a taste of what life is like as a sailor. Meanwhile travelling further inland, North Shannon Powerboat School will be staging a weekend filled with both water based and onshore activities including powerboating, kayaking, pedal boats, a boat show, a classic boat rally and marine stands.

Not forgetting our most northern club In Donegal, Rathmullan Sailing and Watersports School will offer on the water sailing sessions in their new fleet of boats.

Pre-booking is not essential for all of the venues but it is advised to contact your chosen club to avoid disappointment on the day. For more information about Sail Spree events in your area go to the Sail Spree website www.sailspree

The final World Cup Regatta of the 2012-2013 Sailing Series has come to a close for the two Irish Olympic sailors competing.

Annalise Murphy's poor start to the event ultimately cost her the chance of competing in the final medal races. Another casualty was Chinese Olympic gold medallist Xu Lija whose slow start was also her downfall. Neither girl will be too worried as both the World Championships and Europeans are still to come later in the summer. However, it is clear a lot of work needs to be put in between now and then for Murphy to turn her fortunes around. In the end she blitzed the Silver fleet, as would be expected, and finished the regatta in 29th overall.

Meanwhile in the 113 boat Laser fleet, Northern Ireland’s James Espey got off to an incredible start. Winning the first race, Espey was tied for second place after three races on Day 1. The solid start gave him the platform needed to qualify for the Gold fleet. He showed glimpses of his potential in gold but lacked the consistency to maintain a high overall placing. Nevertheless, he will take great confidence from this performance and it sets him up well for a busy summer schedule. Overall he finished a very respectable 34th.



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Seascapes, the RTÉ maritime programme with Fergal Keane. Seascapes brings you around our coasts and onto traditional and modern boats and yachts for a taste of the great outdoors. Whether you are a trawlerman or a yachtie, Seascapes will be of interest to you.



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