2017 Cruising Conference

2017 Cruising Conference

 2017 ISA Cruising Conference

The ISA Cruising Conference headed south this year with the original venue at the historic Port of Cork meeting room, but when demand went beyond the capacity of the port, the venue was moved over the road to the Clayton Hotel Cork City to accommodate 80 sailors.

Once again the sponsorship from Union Chandlery and support from Cruising Association of Ireland made the day possible and kept the delegate fee as low as €10 for ISA members, making this tremendous event accessible to a wide audience.

After a welcome from Harry Hermon, CEO of the Irish Sailing Association, Paul O’Regan, Harbour Master for Port of Cork, presented the development plans for Bantry Marina and enticed many of the sailors to head for Bantry Bay this summer to avail of the choice of marinas, moorings and anchorages.

Celebrity Chef Rachel Allen cooked up a storm and had everyone eager for an early lunch as she elegantly and efficiently filleted a fresh plaice while entertaining the room with talks of the foods available along the coast and how to prepare them. Butter sizzled and the plaice was seared, dressed with fresh lemon and parsley and tasters were served around the room. Followed by some good tips on the preparation of fresh mussels as she cooked them off with cream and wild garlic pesto – delicious. Rachel then gave personal message book signings as the sailors queued up to buy themselves her cookbook “Coast” all about the foods of south and west coast.

Myra Reid had the audience inspired by her story of her sail round the world with husband Pairaic O’Maolriada on their Amel Super Maramu. “Around the world in 80 Days (+1,724)” was the title presentation slide. Pairaic and Myra were introduced to boating in 2003, started learning in 2004 and in 2005 Pairaic announced he would rather like to sail round the world and their project began. As novice sailors, training was their priority and they both embarked on 5 years of knowledge building and training, from skippering to sea survival. Myra entertained the enthralled audience with their tales of deep sea fishing, Panama Canal adventures, Pacific island life and much more.

After all that talk of adventure, Sean OFarrell of Courtmacsherry RNLI shared some good sound advice on how to avoid a call out. Did you know the main causes of distress are mechanical or structural, fuel, weather, injury or illness and lack of experience or training? Training and the correct equipment on board can help all sailors be prepared for the unexpected. Evie Conway of Union Chandlery shared her personal experience of falling overboard in Cork Harbour in the winter and left us all in no doubt that without her fully serviced life jacket she may not be with us today. The advice from the RNLI on whether or not to call is “If in doubt, call them out”.

Respects were made to Caitriona Lucas, mother of two and volunteer for Doolin Coast Guard who lost her life in service of saving others.

Deirdre Lane of Commissioners of Irish Lights took us on a tour of the lighthouses and navigational aids round Ireland, sharing her broad knowledge of how the network of weather buoys, synchronised buoys, virtual buoys and beacons all combine to give cruising sailors safe passage and gave us a tip to keep a close eye on e-Navigation as the future for navigation communications. John Leahy, pilot, yachtmaster and secretary for the Cruising Association of Ireland, gave an in depth explanation of Ireland’s weather systems and how to work out your own forecast from some basic understanding of weather fronts and how they progress.

The day closed with the knowledgeable Norman Kean of ICC Publications and Fellow of the Royal Institute of Navigation explaining the “Strange Tides of Ireland” or for those more in the know “Amphidromes” a point where the range of the tide is zero and the effect that has on the sea.

Throughout the conference Evie Conway was at hand to give expert advice on safety equipment, ICC publications were available to purchase and the team from Clean Coasts gave guidance on the impact of different types of refuse that may find itself overboard on to our beautiful coasts.

All the presentations are available in PDF format on the ISA web site www.sailing.ie/2017-cruising-conference along with a guide on how to make the most effective offshore fishing lure from a pink marigold!! – Look closely at the fishing slides from Myra Each delegate left with a head full of new information and a delegate bag with one pink marigold, a bundle of useful information leaflets, Union Chandlery discounts and gifts.

The incredible energy and passion for their subjects from each of the volunteer speakers and the genuine interest from the sailors, truly brought this conference to life. Role on 2018 Cruising Conference.

Go to www.sailing.ie/cruising for coastal cruising guide, port information, updated information on visitors moorings and more.

Contact Gail MacAllister for further detail 086 2214724

Here are the presentations in pdf format for any that missed to see and those that came and asked to see again.

Useful links

How to make the best offshore fishing lure from a pink marigold –

fishing 2 fishing 4  fishing 1  fishing 3


Saturday 18th February

NOW AT Clayton Hotel Cork City

Due to demand of additional tickets, we have moved venue to
CLAYTON HOTEL CORK CITY, Lapps Quay, Cork City Centre
T12 RD6E
(NOT Silver Springs Clayton Hotel)

9:00-10:00 Registration with Teas & Coffees
10:00-16:00 Presentations (with a break for lunch 13:00 – 14:00)
16:00-17:00 Teas, Coffees and Chats

Every delegate will enter in to a draw to win a
Seago offshore lifejacket
courtesy of Union Chandlery

by Harry Hermon CEO ISA

Welcome to Cork Harbour from Captain Paul O’Regan, Cork Harbour Master
with explanation of the development plans for Bantry Marina


Rachel Allen
Recipes and food from Ireland’s Wild Atlantic Coast

Rachel will have her cookery book COAST available and is happy to sign a personal message.
rachel allen

Sailing Round the World – Eating, Planning and Surviving
with Paraic O’Maolriada and Myra Reid of Saol Eile

Avoiding the RNLI
with Sean O’Farrell of Courtmacsherry RNLI

Going for a Dip – Man Over Board Recovery
with Evie Conway of Union Chandlery

Lunch with The Club Brasserie on the River

Leading the Way 
with Deirdre Lane of Irish Lights

Reading the Signs – Clouds and more
with John Leahy of Cruising Association of Ireland

The Strange Tides of Ireland
with Norman Kean of ICC Publications

Sponsors Union Chandlery will have Safety equipment on display and gifts in the delegate bags.

Cruising Association of Ireland invite you join them for Skipper’s Supper
for more chat and knowledge sharing
at Gallaghers Gastropub Restaurant

Expression of interest is on the Eventbrite link below.

Thank you and Safe Sailing
Paddy McGlade & Gail MacAllister

Teas, Coffees and time for chat

Change of venue has opened up new seat availability.

Tickets On Sale Here

Limited to 50 seats. Don’t delay your booking, these seats will sell like hot buns at sea !!

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Sponsored by Union Chandlery

Supported by Cruising Association of Ireland

Enquiries to Gail MacAllister gail.macallister@sailing.ie

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