2022 Irish Sailing Cruising Conference
as part of the 2022 Irish Sailing National Conference

Royal Marine Hotel
Saturday 19 February 2022

"Overcoming Challenges"

22nd April 2021
18:30 to 20:30 plus time to chat

This year we bring you something a little different

"Bringing You Behind the Scenes"

We will delve into boats, yards and workshops to see and hear "Behind the Scenes" then join the experts and sailors for a relaxed questions and answers opporunity.

Each short film will be followed by live Q and A


All in the virtual world of zoom we will ...

Meet up with Pat Lawless as he prepares his Saltram Saga 36 for the 2023 Golden Globe 

Join his brother Peter Lawless as he prepares his beloved Rival 41, Waxwing, for his solo non-stop world circumnavigation

Take a tour of the sail loft at UK McWilliams Sails with Barry Hayes

Join craftsman, Stephen Morris, in Kilrush Boatyard and see what latest boat masterpiece he is working on

See Roger Betts of Union Chandlery busy working in his rigging workshop

And catch up with Ruairi (age 11) and Lilian (age13) to find out what it was really like sailing round the Atlantic on board 13m Bruce Roberts Danu, hiking up mountains and exploring jungles



All registered attendees will enter into a draw to win the usual sought-after prizes on the night, including ....
VALUED at €229.99

AND the first 100 registered before 5th April will receive a Union Chandlery goodie bag in the post

Sponsored by


supported by

Cruising Association of Ireland and Kilrush Marina


Email Gail if you have any questions at all

The 2020 Conference was all about "Exploration and Discovery"

So who did we have lined up?

  • 9:30 - 10:15 Registration 
  • 10:15 Welcome from Harry Hermon and Gail MacAllister
  • 10:30 Met Eireann Meteorologist and Wave Expert, Sarah Gallagher, will be talking about WAVES, how we forecast them and how they affect our shores.
  • 11:05 The highly respected ornithologist and Antarctic wildlife tour leader, Jim Wilson, will be sharing the story of the discovery of Antarctica by Irish man Edward Bransfield.
  • 11:50 Damian Foxall, Niall MacAllister and Lucy Hunt are leading a series of expeditions in Antarctica this winter and will be sharing a message from the ice and give an on the ground feel for life out there.
  • 12:05 Jamie Young, Expedition Leader, Skipper and joint owner of Killary Adventure Company, will be having a “fireside” chat about his trip to Greenland and the Arctic Circle and what he has learned from his icy adventures. He will also be inviting the audience to the about 'Sail Trading' (shipping with wind).
  • 13:00 Lunch in the National Yacht Club dining room (Chicken and Vegetarian options to suit everyone).
  • 14:00 Racing sailor and adventure cruising sailor, Christine Heath, will share her travels sailing her Shipman28 to Holland, Sweden, Norway and Scotland these past few years. She is now nestled in Kilrush Marine and looking forward to exploring our wonderful west coast in 2020.
  • 14:35 Remember Vera Quinlan was heading off with her husband and children to sail round the Atlantic Circle? Vera will share a video message of their adventures so far.
  • 15:00 Toni O’Leary of Union Chandlery gives some professional advice on anode types and galvanic corrosion and more environmentally friendly anode options.
  • 15:40 Norman Keane has been busy sailing round Ireland with his drone and will present a Round Ireland on an Aircraft Carrier - the Irish coast from seaward with a flying camera.
  • 16:00 Norman has also been working the subject of diesel - what colour is yours and what will happen if we are caught with it in our tanks?
  • 16:10 Cruising Association of Ireland will give us an insight into their plans for 2020 cruising.
  • 16:20 Royal Cork Yacht Club share their plans to celebrate Cork 300 with the Wild Atlantic Way Cruising in Company.
  • 16:30 Raffle draw to win something one of the following super prizes ...