Friday, 10.30 - 11pm

Seascapes Friday 31 May 2013


Hello and welcome aboard Seascapes your maritime programme on this Bank Holiday weekend people are taking to the water all over the country don’t forget those Lifejackets and have them checked more details are on the Irish Water Safety website; there are major Maritime Festivals in Dublin ; Cork and Galway in a short while we’ll be hearing from the President of the Dublin Bay Old Gaffers Association – Tim Magennis as the celebrate their 50th Anniversary this weekend and we remember one of their founding members Arthur Hughes ; Dermot Desmond brings us the latest from the Mission to Seafarers.......... first this week to West Cork where as I drove towards Skibbereen last Friday evening I was in traffic between Leap and Skibbereen behind the beautiful Sally O’Keefe from Querrin near Loop Head in Clare as she was being delivered to Baltimore to enter the waters there to take part in the Baltimore Wooden Boat Festival ....beside the West Cork Hotel on the banks of the River Ilen Seascapes talked to Mary Jordan and sculptor and Currach maker Holger Lonze amonst others .....

You can read more on the Seascapes webpage ; While the crews of the Currachs and Gandelows prepared for the row from Skibbereen Rowing Club early on Saturday morning we talked to the proprietor of the West Cork Hotel Tim Looney who as Mary Jordan mentioned earlier has included the River Ilen in its footprint....

Tim Looney of the West Cork Hotel Skibereen.... as the crews prepared we talked to Peter from London and a gentleman from Hungary who rows in Cork city

Seascapes followed the rowers down the course of the River Ilen

With the tide and a light breeze we were in the safety boat skippered by Sean McCarthy and crewed by Patrick McCarthy

The determination on the crew of the Currach from Doonbeg in county Clare was evident from the off and sure enough they were the first to reach the pier in Baltimore Harbour before ten thirty ..

3 cork swimmers who will swim around Manhattan Island next Saturday the 8th of June .

There is a small field of 38 swimmers in this 46km (28.75 miles) from all corners of the world.

The race is one of the "Triple Crown Swims" English Channel, Catalina Channel and Manhattan Island The race starts at 7.40am local time and will take approximately 8+ hours.

The 3 cork based swimmers who qualified for the event are Lisa Cummins (Ireland's only double English Channel Swimmer) Carol Cashel (member of the Crosoige Mara double channel relay team) Liam Maher ( English Channel )

The race can be followed by GPS Tracker on

All the swimmers would like to thank everyone who wished them luck and their families and all those physical therapists who kept them race fit .




The third issue of The Navigator looks at the subject of voyage planning; why it is important, how it should be done - and some of the more unexpected events which can happen on passage.

Daniel Wood looks at voyage planning from the shore-side, while Andy Norris explores issues of data integrity and how to check that the information you are using is as accurate as it should be. Voyage planning is a huge - and a hugely important - subject, and we hope that this publication will inspire discussion and further reading onboard ship and ashore.

Each edition of The Navigator also features a profile of someone currently at sea. For this issue we spoke to Officer Cadet Thomas Chitseko (pictured) who hopes to take up an appointment as a Royal Fleet Auxiliary (RFA) deck officer. You can view and download the latest and previous editions of The Navigator here.

About The Show

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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