VHF – Short Range Certificate

Kilrush Marina will host an SRC VHF course on Friday 10th (7-10pm) and Saturday 11th May (10am-5pm). The course cost is €210 which includes the Dept. of Transport License fee. Places are limited. Contact Simon on 065 9052072 or 0877774946.

The Short Range Certificate (SRC) course is approved by the Irish Department of Transport and is the minimum qualification required for use of VHF radios on boats in coastal or inland waterways. The course covers the latest DSC VHF radios, EPIRB, SART, NAVTEX, etc. The duration is 1.5 days including exams.

Further course details available on http://www.vhf.ie/Home.aspx

Rescheduled First Aid Course

Lots of information, practical skills & laughter at the rescheduled First Aid Rec 1 course on Sat 24th March.  This course the first level in rescue first aid and is approved by Irish Sailing and the RYA. Great skills to have👍… Thanks to Peadar McGrath & Patrick Finucane for running it.

Final Round Up of the Intervarsities

A successful Irish University Sailing Association (IUSA) Intervarsity championships concluded today at Kilrush Marina. To a bystander not familiar with team racing it may have appeared a somewhat chaotic with lots of boats, whistle blowing and flags. Team racing encourages an indept knowledge of the rules and the umpires did a fantastic job in ensuring racing went off smoothly. The round robin series consisting of one hundred and thirty seven races followed by twenty eight quarter final races were all completed on the first two days. On the final day’s racing twenty three races were run to complete the semi finals and finals. Twenty eight teams representing eight Irish universities, two Scottish universities and one hundred and sixty eight competitors in total took part. Conditions on the final day were excellent for racing with a light to moderate westerly breeze. Racing concluded with everyone off the water and tidyed up in time for the rugby match. Overall winners lifting the IUSA Plate were UCC 1. NUIG Galway, co-hosting with UCC for the first time reached the semi-finals in their fleet. Credit must go to the student organisers from both universities for an extremely well run event. Prizegiving takes place in the Temple Gate Hotel in Ennis this Saturday night.

The universities represented were National University of Ireland Galway (NUIG), University College Cork (UCC), University of Limerick (UL), Dublin Institute of Technology (DIT), University College Dublin (UCD), Dublin City University (DCU), Trinity College Dublin (TCU), Queens University Belfast (QUB), Stratclyde University (SU), Scottish Student Sailing (SSS).

Final Results:
Gold Fleet: 1st UCC 1, 2nd SSS 1, 3rd UCD 1
Silver Fleet: 1st UCD 2, 2nd UCC 3
Bronze Fleet: 1st DCU 1, 2nd UCC 4

Check out Home Thoughts Productions Facebook page for stunning aerial photographs and video footage.

Simon with Kathy Hynes, Development Officer for Clubs and Participation NUIG.

Photograph courtesy of Home Thoughts Productions

IUSA Intervarsities 2018 Coming to Kilrush

We are looking forward to welcoming the IUSA Intervarsities, run by NUIG Galway and UCC Sailing Club, to Kilrush Marina from Wed 7th March to Sat 10th March. A frantic four days of racing with over 100 races per day! If you’re in the area be sure to come down to watch it…

Basic First Aid for Marine Users Course

Kilrush Marina are running a First Aid Rec 1 course on on Saturday, 3rd March 2018. This is the Basic First Aid for Marine Users and is approved by Irish Sailing and the RYA. The course will run from 0930 to 1730 hrs.

For further information and bookings contact Simon on 065-9052072.



Kilrush Marina attends Irish Cruising Conference

Very informative day at the Irish Sailing Cruising Conference. Lots of interesting talks including adventures crossing the Atlantic, developments in weather bouy technology presented by the Marine Institute and changes in the infrastructure of cruising locations in Ireland.

Jack Roy President of Irish Sailing, Pat Hartigan VHF Chartplotters and Harry Hermon CEO Irish Sailing chatting with Simon at the Kilrush Marina Expo stand.

Yannick Lemonnier West Sails/Quantum Sails Galway, Mark Usher & Colm McGuire Greystones Sailing Club.

Irish Sailing Cruising Conference 2018

Numbers attending the annual Irish Sailing Cruising Conference have been increasing significantly over the past few years such that last year’s event in Cork had to move to a bigger venue than originally planned due to high levels of interest. This year’s conference will take place in the Clayton Hotel in Leopardstown on Saturday, 17th February. Kilrush Marina are looking forward to attending to hear some of the presentations and be part of the discussions on promoting cruising .



New Manager Appointed at Kilrush Marina

West coast sailor Simon McGibney, originally from Tarbert in Co. Kerry, has been appointed the new manager of Kilrush Marina.

Read full article (published in Afloat Magazine)

Travel Hoist Maintenance Dates.

An important notice for all boat owners. Due to a major overhaul to our travel hoist we be taking it out of service from the 12th June to the 30th July which is a period in the middle of the summer when we hope all our customers are enjoying their boats afloat.

We apologise for any inconvenience.

RWYCI Kilrush Marina Sponsored October Series Reaches Successful Conclusion.

The Kilrush based  Royal Western Yacht Club of Ireland’s October Series finished up last Saturday after 5 weekends of racing in conditions varying from too much wind to too little wind. However overall, given the time of year the conditions were good with only one race day abandoned due to the complete absence of wind.

The two fleets of IRC/ECHO and white sails  sailed different courses on the 5 days of racing and with an entry of  9 boats in Class 1 and 9 boats in white sails there was a healthy entry for the event.

Adrian O’Connell set excellent courses throughout and the Shannon estuary proved once again  to be an ideal venue for some great sailing.

Results were as follows


1st Gala Racing Simon Mc Gibney FYC

2nd Tribal Liam Burke GBSC

3rd Stonehaven racing RWYCI


1st Tribal Liam Burke GBSC

2nd Gala Racing Simon Mc Gibney FYC

3rd Stonehaven Racing RWYCI



1st Tultuinne Michael O’Dea RWYCI

2nd Rapscallion Michael Pyne RWYCI

3rd Dehlicious Noel Clarke RWYCI