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Seascapes Friday 24 January 2014



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

Seascapes Friday 24th January 2014

features WSC - Round Ireland Yacht Race launch/Padraic Fogarty-IWT;Archaeologist Michael Gibbons;Clipper Race

Hello and welcome aboard this weeks edition of your maritime programme Seascapes …this week we hear from Padraic Fogarty of The Irish Wildlife Trust and how Irish Oysters are under threat from an invasive Pacific species…….Clifden based Archaeologist Michael Gibbons talks to Seascapes about the recent treasures uncovered by the storms off the West Coast of Ireland from burial sites –dog whelk middens –Celtic Crosses – ancient forests ….The Round Ireland Yacht Race is now in its 34th year and is Ireland’s premier offshore sailing race attracting entrants from across Europe and as far afield as Russia, the USA and New Zealand.  It will depart Wicklow on Sunday 28th June at 14.00hrs There are no changes to the Race itself, other than increasing the maximum number of entries from 75 to 100 yachts.  Wicklow Sailing Club continue to run the race under the auspices of the Royal Ocean Racing Club and the Race will start and finish in Wicklow. ….Last night at the Royal Irish Yacht Club – Wicklow Sailing Club announced details of The Round Ireland Yacht Race – this year’s event has some new features as we hear from race organizer Theo Phelan -  


Peter Shearer, Commodore Wicklow Sailing Club, Paddy McSwiney, Commodore Royal Irish Yacht Club, and Theo Phelan, Race Organiser at the launch of the 2014 Round Ireland Yacht Race at the Royal Irish Yacht Club in Dún Laoghaire. 

The voice there of Harry Herman , CEO of the Irish Sailing Association and before that we heard from Theo Phelan Race Organiser at the launch last night in the Royal Irish , next to Commodore of Wicklow Sailing Club – Peter Shearer….

The Round Ireland Yacht Race takes place in June you can find more detail on the ISA Website and the Wicklow Sailing Club dedicated website ........

Theo Phelan, Race Organiser , Paddy McSwiney, Commodore Royal Irish Yacht Club, and Sadie Phelan President Wicklow Sailing Club at the launch of the 2014 Round Ireland Yacht Race at the Royal Irish Yacht Club in Dún Laoghaire. 


Next here on Seascapes we hear how Irish Oysters are under threat from an invasive species .........the Pacific Oyster in our Studios in Donnybrook is Padraic Fogarty of The Irish Wildlife Trust   - Padraic tell us more about this problem and the organisation Invasive Species Ireland .............

Padraic Fogarty of The Irish Wildlife Trust - You can read more about this topic on the Trusts website or on the Seascapes webpage .......


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 you can visit the ISA website -


   Much devastation has been caused to our remarkable coastline –we hear now how the storms uncovered mediaeval burial sites , sunken dwellings and parts of a Neolithic bog we head to our Galway Studios


Archaeologist Michael Gibbons , next week on Seascapes we’ll be talking to Brendan Murray of Belmullet  Arts Centre about a ITP47 Buoy which travelled from the Arctic to Belmullet on the West Coast....

Last week we heard the story of The Summit Canal from Hugh Oram on the Newry to Lough Neagh Canal- well we had an email from a great friend of the programme Geraldine Foley reminding us that she is a member of the IWAI newry and portadown branch. We are a volunteer group doing restoration work on the Newry canal. You can read more about the country's oldest canal at

Speaking of canals we’ll be taking a look at the proposed new bye law amendments by Waterways Ireland on next weeks edition of Seascapes with the very short consultation process about to close the following week and hearing the views of the Inland Waterways Association of Ireland .... are you aware of the proposed changes.....


   Elsewhere there are delays in the plans to expand the Panama Canal which was completed in 1914.....the canal is over eighty kilometres in length and more than fourteen thousand vessels use it every year ....the passage through the waterway takes eight to ten hours – the expansion of the Canal began in 2007 and is scheduled for completion next year although originally planned to finish this year ......the revamped canal will increase in width from one hundred and six feet to one hundred and sixty ...the total cost of the expansion is estimated at a cost of five point two billion dollars.......

The Clipper Round the World Yacht Race fleet are passing the outer islands of Papua New Guinea headed for Singapore in what can only be described as light airs the mercy of Ocean currents – the overall current race leader is ONE DLL followed by SWITZERLAND and HENRI LLOYD .....more detail and images on


     The focus event for Providence Team IRL this year will be the Olympic qualifier in Santander, Spain in September and the target is to qualify Ireland in all classes. Annalise Murphy and the Sonar crew start their year with an early season regatta at the ISAF World Cup in Miami next week . Also working towards the opportunity to sail in Santander is the Olympic Development Squad. Irish qualification for the new Olympic female skiff class; the 49erFX will be the focus for Andrea Brewster and Saskia Tidey who showed potential at the 49erFX World Championship last September having only teamed up together just weeks before the regatta. The pair have been training hard in Sardinia over the winter with the Italian team that finished 4th in the 2013 World Championship.

   Also in contention for a qualification attempt is the Laser Development Squad which had a great year in 2013.


The Irish Sailing Association (ISA) Performance Department kicked off the start of the year with training camps in Gran Canaria, Cadiz and Barcelona in Spain and Sardinia, Italy.


There are now 102 sailors training as part of the ISA Performance Pathway starting from the junior pathway classes through to the Olympic classes. All of these sailors are closely monitored and follow a tailored strength and conditioning programme managed by Sports Med Ireland in addition to receiving regular coaching on the water.


Providence Team IRL consists of four Olympic and Paralympic campaigns all of whom competed in the London 2012 Games. The only change for 2014 is that Corkman Anthony Hegarty has retired from the Sonar crew to be replaced by Dublin doctor Austin O’Carroll.


Providence Team IRL

49er: Ryan Seaton & Matthew McGovern

Laser Radial: Annalise Murphy

Laser: James Espey

Sonar: John Twomey, Ian Costello and Austin O’Carroll




Laser Development Squad

Philip Doran – Former Laser 4.7 and U17 Laser Radial World Champion

Finn Lynch – Current Men’s U21 Laser Radial World Champion and 2012 ISAF Youth World Silver Medallist

Robbie Gilmore – 4th U21 World, 5th European and 6th World at the 2013 Laser Radial World Championships

Fionn Lyden – 6th U21 World, 8th European and 10th World at the 2013 Laser Radial World Championships


All of these sailors, with the exception of Philip Doran, have just graduated from the Men’s Laser Radial class into the Men’s Laser Standard and all are studying for either Leaving Cert or University exams. Although they will attend training camps during weekends and holidays, their full-time campaigns will not commence until the summer months.


ISA Performance is funded by the Irish Sports Council’s High Performance Unit and this funding is specifically ring-fenced for the ISA Performance Pathway. The ISA Performance teams won 13 medals internationally in 2013, eight of which were Gold.


In addition, Gul Performance Apparel is the technical clothing partners for ISA Performance and supplies the sailors with sailing clothing.


In 2013 ISA Performance also secured a sponsorship deal with VeloRevolution - a custom cycling and Triathlon clothing supplier. VeloRevolution supply Providence Team IRL and the Development Squad with high quality cycling gear as used by the Tour de France riders so they train hard in comfort when out on their bikes.


A supplier agreement was also agreed with High5 Sports Nutrition, helping the sailors to race harder and recover faster. Existing agreements were also renewed with both Harken and Parasol Sun Care.


The Olympic and Paralympic Squad received a boost in 2013 when Providence Resources P.l.c. agreed a four-year title sponsorship deal to assist in the pursuit of success at the Rio 2016 Olympics and Paralympics.


You can follow all the latest news and updates for ISA Performance on and


 “ Next week here on Seascapes –we hear about the remarkable journey of an Arctic Buoy –ITP 47 which washed up on the Mullet Peninsula and was discovered by Fergus Sweeney – Brendan Murray – Artistic Director of Belmullet Arts Centre will explain the background and an exhibition in Aras Inis Gluaire......the Safety Code of Practice for Small Fishing Vessels ;Colin Becker of Inland Waterways Association of Ireland on the proposed Bye Law Amendments by Waterways Ireland and a fast approaching deadline ; Inhabiting the Shannon Estuary – a photographic exhibition opens in the Glucksman Library in Limerick....all that and much more until next Friday night tight lines and fair sailing.”

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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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