The Irish Sailing Cruising Conference
goes inland in 2019
Join us for some enlightening speakers, presentations, story tellers and lunch.
Lough Ree Yacht Club
Sat 16th February 2019
11am to 5pm
with lunch in the club house
The Irish Sailing Cruising Conference heads inland this year, so that sailors from around the country can join each other for a day of enlightening speakers, presentations, story tellers and a social lunch. Lough Ree Yacht Club is known for their warm welcome and excellent facilities, and will be hosting the conference on Saturday 16th February, 11am to 5pm.
Once again there is a fantastic line up of inspiring speakers, all professionals in their field and keen to share a story and pass on some advice.
Taking care of our oceans and waterways is an international concern and has a direct impact on our sport and lifestyle. Round the world ocean sailor and 11th Hour Racing Sustainability Manager in the 2018 Volvo Ocean Race, Damian Foxall, will give an insight in to sustainability and the changes Volvo Ocean Race made. And to compliment Damian, Niall Hatch of Bird Watch Ireland will be discussing lives of our incredible range of coastal birds and giving tips on identification at sea.
Ocean going sailors will be intrigued by the story of Paul Scannell and Mary Healy’s cruise round Ireland (very carefully!) in a 41 year old inland waterways vessel. We all know how lumpy it can get out on the west and north west coast and these guys really know how to read weather charts and go when the going is good. “It is all about the prep and good crew.” says Paul.
Man over board is always a big concern and when one of Kylie McMillan’s fellow crew members fell overboard at night while racing round Ireland, the importance of having a plan and good training probably saved a life. Following requests from last year, Technical Crew Manager Keith Devaney and Chief Crewman Benny Meehan will be presenting on how to manage a helicopter lift.
Vera Quinlan is preparing to sail the Atlantic circuit with her two children under 12 and will be sharing a vlog on the work involved. Battery management is a big issue in this age of numerous tablets, phones and electronic equipment on board, so Toni of Union Chandlery will give everyone some advice on battery management on-board. And Norman Kean will bring everyone up to date with the most recent developments in leisure craft diesel and the impact it has on coastal sailing.
In summary ...
· Paul Scannell and Mary Healy who cruised round Ireland (very carefully!) in a 41 year old inland waterways vessel
Kylie McMillan and her experience of a man overboard at night and the importance of having a plan and training
Coastguard explaining the ins and outs of a helicopter lift
Norman Kean on the future of diesel for leisure craft
Damian Foxall on sustainability and the changes Volvo Ocean Race made
Niall Hatch of Bird Watch Ireland on the lives of coastal birds and identifying
· Vera Quinlan's vlog on preparing to sail the Atlantic circuit with children under 12yrs
Toni of Union Chandlery on battery management on-board
Union Chandlery are once again kindly sponsoring the event and will have chandlery specialist Toni O'Leary on hand to give personal advice.
Every attendee will enter a draw to win
chargable via USB port and submersible up to 1/5 meters and floating
AND 2019 Tide Table for everyone in the audience
Kilrush Marina are supporting the event this year and one lucky attendee will win
A weeks marina berthage and sling wash
PLUS 4 attendees can win a night in their fantastic floating pods
Irish Cruising Club Publiciations will also be offering a few free copies of their cruising guides