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Marine Notice Tall Ships Race, Waterford – 30th June to 3rd July 2011

The 2011 Tall Ships Race is due visit the port of Waterford, between 30th June and 3rd July 2011. It is expected the event will attract significant numbers of visitors, including a large fleet of spectator boats and sightseeing charter vessels to the area.

The Harbour Master and Race Organisers have produced an approved water safety plan, involving the marshalling and control of spectator craft, both for the period vessels are alongside in port, and the start of the race off Hook Head.

Skippers and crew must comply with organiser’s instructions, and in addition be aware of their obligations to comply with existing Maritime Legislation namely

  • Collision Regulations (Ships and Water Craft on The Water) Order, 1984 (as amended) : S.I. No. 29 of 1984; S.I. No. 36 of 1990; S.I. No. 287 of 1993; S.I. No. 47 of 2005 – for International regulations for Prevention of Collisions at Sea.
  • Pleasure Craft (Personal Flotation Devices and Operation)(Safety) Regulations, 2005: S.I. No. 921 of 2005 –  for lifejacket requirements for recreational craft.
  • Maritime Safety Act 2005 – for prevention of reckless or dangerous behaviour involving vessels and recreational craft.

Intending visitor recreational craft should contact the Harbour Master in advance for details of restricted areas and berthing. The Harbour Master’s contact details can be found on Port of Waterford website, or you can contact the port directly on +353-(0)51-874907. 

There is also a dedicated website for the Tall Ships Race at www.waterfordtallshipsrace.ie 
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