30th April 2021
Marine Notice No 19 of 2021 - Shannon Navigation, Shannon Erne Waterway, Grand Canal, Royal Canal, Barrow Line and Navigation - Reopening of navigations from Monday 10 May 2021
Waterways Ireland wishes to advise all Masters of vessels and waterways users of the Shannon Navigation, Shannon Erne Waterway, Grand Canal, Royal Canal, Barrow Line and Navigation that the following reopening of facilities will occur on Monday 10 May 2021. This reopening of the navigations is in line with the Government of Ireland’s announcement made on 29th April 2021.
• Locks on the Shannon Navigation will be open normal Summer hours (9am to 8.30pm on weekdays and 9am – 6pm on Sunday).
• The Winter mooring period will end.
• The 5 day mooring rule will be in force.
• Waterways Ireland service blocks will reopen.
• No lock passage tolls will be collected in order to facilitate social distancing.
• Shannon Navigation lock-keepers are available at the following numbers:-
Lough Allen Canal – 071 964 1552
Clarendon Lock - 071 966 7011
Albert Lock - 071 963 7715
Rooskey lock - 071 963 8018
Tarmonbarry Lock - 043 332 6117
Athlone Lock - 090 649 2026
Poolboy Lock - 090 964 4938
Victoria lock - 057 915 1359
Portumna Bridge - 090 974 1011
Ardnacrusha - 061 344 515
Sarsfield Lock - 087 797 2998
Shannon Erne Waterway
• Locks on the Shannon Erne Waterway will be operating from 9am – 8pm daily.
• Winter mooring period will end.
• The 5 day mooring rule will be in force.
• Waterways Ireland service blocks will reopen.
• No lock passage tolls will be collected as no units shall be deducted from the smart card during a lock operation. A smart card is required to operate locks.
• Please note, Waterway Patrollers will be unable to sell smart cards to our customers at this time. Smart cards are to be purchased in advanced of embarking on a journey. Smart Cards can be purchased on Waterways Ireland’s web shop or from designated retail outlets along the waterway.
• Should you require assistance along the SEW please contact the following:-
Ballyconnell Waterway Patroller +353 87 2603662
Kilclare Waterway Patroller +353 87 2603663
Grand Canal, Royal Canal, Barrow Line and Navigation
• The Lock will operate at normal Summer Hours.
• As a cautionary note, water levels are becoming low due to the recent period of low rainfall. In addition, normal maintenance weed-cutting of navigation channels has been late in starting due to the ongoing restrictions, so additional weed growth can be expected in the navigation channels. Masters are asked to contact the local waterway patroller for updated information if wishing to navigate a particular area.
• Electricity and water services have been reconnected on the navigations.
• Normal pump-out facilities are available for boaters. Owners must ensure that travel to pump-out facilities must be undertaken in a responsible manner.
• When on jetties please be aware of other users. Wait or move aside to allow others to pass at a safe distance.
• Observe social distancing protocols - keep a distance of at least 2m (6 feet) away from other people;
• Be mindful of others and act always with consideration and with respect and observe the leave no trace principles and protect our environment;
• Observe all health etiquettes when on the towpaths, at locks and when using lock consoles.
• In all instances, social distancing must be maintained at all times keeping your distance from both other people and moored boats.
Updates on Covid-19 measures
We will continually review such measures in light of direction and advice from Government and health professionals and any decisions on service provision will be communicated via the issuance of Marine Notices.
While our staff are working from home, they are available by phone during normal working hours. Should you need our assistance please do contact us by email at or by phone
Health authority advice
Continual updates are provided by both the HSE in Ireland and the Public Health Agency in Northern Ireland regarding the COVID-19 virus. If you would like to access the latest information about the virus, you are advised to refer to the HSE coronavirus page (Ireland) or the PHA website www.publichealth.hscni.net. (Northern Ireland).
2nd March 2021
Pathway to Recovery
The PBANI welcomes today's announcement by the Northern Ireland Executive on the Pathway to Recovery.
We will continue to post updates as they come to hand.
We look forward to resuming our sport but for now we advise caution, follow the current Government guidelines, protect yourselves.
As the pathway to recovery is rolled out, we will play our part by engaging in both training , leisure and competitive activities as and when this is allowed.
The Pathway to Recovery can be found at: https://bit.ly/2OgLmXS
22th January 2021
Clare County Council Draft Beach Bye-Laws - Your Thoughts
Clare County Council have just published a set of Draft Bye Law that will effect the ability to launch Personal Water Craft at some of its beaches, we would welcome your views in regard to making a submission.
Please send us on your thoughts
9th August 2020
Thunder Child 2 set new Cork - Fastnet - Cork
UIM World Record
Pending formal ratification, Thunderchild 2 has set a new UIM World powerboat record in the over 50’ category on the Cork - Fastnet - Cork course at 2 hrs 36 mins 31 sec. our thanks to all involved and to our Timekeeper Justin McInerney
4th June 2020
A Framework To Guide Progression Towards A Resumption Of Sport And Physical Recreation in NI.
What is it?
a Guide for Sports, giving high level essential guidance on planning the resumption of sporting activity;
based on information from a wide range of sources both within Ireland and Great Britain, as well as Europe, Australia and New Zealand;
a Framework that recognises the unique context of Northern Ireland Sport, with many sports operating on an all island basis, others on a UK basis and some as stand-alone NI organisations;
a reference point for all the on-going support available right across the sports sector at all levels, from single participants at local level to clubs and through to high performance and professional athletes.
To get more information please follow the link to Sport Northern Ireland Website
17th May 2020
Statement 2 from Powerboat Association of Northern Ireland (PBANI)
Best up to date advice on the Coronavirus (COVID 19) Pandemic can be found on the websites of both the Northern Ireland Assembly and the Irish Government. (see below links)
Similarly in regard to Sporting activities both Sport NI and Sport Ireland have being in constant communications with their government partners to ensure Sport can be resumed as soon as possible and in a safe and responsible manner. (see below links)
We will continue to monitor and be guided by Government policy and update the advice accordingly.
For now the PBANI has taken the difficult decision to suspend all PBANI sanctioned events and training until 30th June 2020, this date may be revised, any revision will be in our members and the sports best interest.
We continue to ask you all to be diligent in maintaining a constant watch on the potential spread of COVID-19, and to ensure first and foremost the safety of yourself and those closest to you.
Powerboat Association of Northern Ireland
15th August 2019
Will Chambers_ Team Ireland in Navia, Spain
Powerboat NI members Will Chambers and his Team undertook the long journey to Navia, Spain to compete in the UIM Hr850 European Championships. Unfortunately after an incident on the course where his boat was damaged he was placed outside of the medals.
Will says he is undeterred and is looking forward to the journey in 2020.
1st October 2019
PBANI become an approved training centre for the UIM Youth Development Program
The Powerboat Association of Northern Ireland
have been approved by the UIM to provide training for the
UIM YOUTH DEVELOPMENT PROGRAMME "PROPSTARS".
Future YDP courses will be posted on our website and this facebook page.
May 24th 2019
International Powerboat Festival RCYC
July 11 to 12th, 2020 will see an International Power Boat Festival held in Cork Harbour and the waters off of the Cork Coast.
UIM Offshore Marathon World Champion. (11th July)
This event will see a modern fleet of endurance offshore racing boats taking on the waters off the Cork Coast.
British International Harmsworth Trophy (11th July)
To honour of the Royal Cork Yacht Club hosting the inaugural Race for this historic trophy over 100 years ago in 1903,
Classic Motor Boat Rally(12th July)
In honour of the Royal Cork hosting the inaugural Harmsworth Cup Race in 1903, the course will be similar to the original Harmsworth course from the 1903 Royal Cork Yacht Club building (Now the Sirius Arts Centre) in Cobh, Co. Cork to Cork City via Blackrock Castle on the River Lee.
UIM Long Distance Cork-Fastnet-Fastnet World record. (12th July)
The UIM Long Distance World Record “Cork-Fastnet-Cork” awaits any team that wishes to take on the challenge. Presently set at 2 Hours 6 Minutes and 47 seconds. a total distance of 115.2 Nautical Miles in a faster time. Those achieving this will not only be honoured with a UIM World record but also get their names inscribed on the All-Black FPT Challenge Trophy.
There will be a fleet review for all Royal Cork and visiting yachts/craft with the Admiral and Flag Officers of the yacht club and other dignitaries between two of the former club premises on Haulbowline Island and Cobh.
There will be a few surprises on the day and everyone is strongly encouraged to participate in what we believe will be a fitting spectacle to celebrate where it all began
23rd April 2021
Guidelines for the Return to Powerboat Activity in Northern Ireland - 23rd April
Organised Activity: Powerboating and PWC use formally organised by an PBANI affiliated club or recognised training centre.
• Maximum 15 participants in any single group for purposes of organised training. (inclusive of coaches, safety etc)
• Increase in numbers above 15 is permitted where the training is in preparation for competition: “Squad training in some sports may be larger but only to the level that is necessary to prepare for competitive sport. This must not be a signal to congregate squads with much greater numbers than the minimum required to prepare for competition.”
• Mixed household guidance for racing applies
• Courses- ‘Face to face’ limited to outdoors and only where an essential part of the course. Classroom-based courses to remain online where possible.
Recreational Activity: Activity falling outside the definition of organised activity
• The rule of 2 households: 10 people applies.
• Mixed household guidance for sailing and racing applies
• Competitive outdoor sport can be organised by a club, individual or individuals affiliated
• Numbers (including participants, officials, management and essential support personnel) not exceeding 100.
• No spectators permitted.
• Outdoor facilities access permitted.
• Indoor facilities remain closed except for emergencies and limited access to toilet and storage facilities.
• Onsite numbers limited in clearly defined groups based on permitted numbers and to enable social distancing measures.
26th Febuary 2021
PBANI Member appointed as Chairman of UIM Pleasure Navigation Commission
At a recent meeting of the UIM Board, PBANI Member Denis Dillon was appointed as Chairman of the UIM Pleasure Navigation Commission. Denis has being a UIM Board Member for the last 4 Years and a member of both the Offshore and Pleasure navigation Commissions.
When asked about his appointment, he
thanked the council and stated that along with his fellow commission members , they will continue to seek new ways to grow and develop this sector of the sport.
One of the primary tasks will be contacting all of our stakeholders to assess future needs.
Once feedback is taken into consideration a strategic plan will be published.
Full details of the composition of the UIM Council, Commission and Committees can be found here
9th November 2020
2021 Lets Make it a Year to Remember
With 2020 having such an affect on Powerboat activity, the PBANI are presently compiling the activity list for 2021. To ensure that we get it right we would like to know what activities would would like to see take place and hopefully join in on. Please send us on your ideas
Some activities already planned
Crookhaven / Fastnet Rib Rally
World and National Record Attempts
Lough Neagh, Lough Derg, Cork - Fastnet - Cork, Round Ireland, Cork - Dublin.
Circuit and OCRI Racing
Team Ireland Overseas
Offshore Powerboat Rally Derry/LondonDerry - Belfast
Classic Boat Rally - Cork
15th October 2020
PBANI Statement Number 4
The PBANI is mindful of the developing situation with coronavirus (COVID-19) and the need to react in order to protect ourselves and our community.
Therefore as a consequence of this ongoing health emergency and in accordance with the measures being implemented throughout the island of Ireland to counteract and contain the spread of COVID-19, the PBANI has taken the difficult decision to suspend all PBANI sanctioned events and training until 1st December 2020, This date may be revised but will be guided by Government policy, any revision will be in our members and the sports best interest.
Signed Oliver Haire
20th june 2020
Road to Recovery
Statement 3 from Powerboat Association of Northern Ireland (PBANI)
With the ongoing easing of the Covid 19 Restrictions and in keeping with Government Guidelines, The board of the PBANI have taken a decision to lift the present suspension on PBANI sanctioned events in a staged manner from 1st July 2020.
The stages for the resumption of our sport are as follows.
From 1st July - Recreational events, E.g. Rib Raid, Powerboat rallies etc.
From 24th July – Training Courses e.g. UIM Propstars Training, Navigation Training, Engine maintenance etc.
From 1st August – Powerboat Race Training and Powerboat Record attempts
From 4th September – National Powerboat Racing Events.
Date TBA – International Powerboat racing events.
These dates may be revised, any revision will be in accordance with Government Guidelines and in our members and the sports best interest.
Please be advised when planning or attending an event, that you must take into consideration and strictly adhere to Government guidelines on Covid 19 prevention measures e.g. Social distancing, Number of people in attendance etc.
Other considerations are guidelines issued by Local Authorities, Harbour masters, UIM Etc.
These guidelines are for all our safety and we ask everyone to play their part in ensuring that our sport is safe and enjoyable.
Finally, we ask you all to continue to be diligent in maintaining a constant watch on the potential spread of COVID-19, and to ensure first and foremost the safety of yourself and those closest to you.
Powerboat Association of Northern Ireland
4th June 2020
World Environment Day
As the World celebrates the #WorldEnvironmentDay,
the UIM encourages all powerboating stakeholders and fans to share with us your views on how our sport will look like in the future.
Together we can act #ForNature
Step 1: What do you know about “clean energy” ?
Test your knowledge with our quiz: https://form.dragnsurvey.com/survey/r/dd53bcc1
UIM Newsletter - APRIL
•Protective face masks offered to the UIM by China WaterSki, Underwater & Powerboat Federation / Tianrong Sports
•Extraordinary Council Meeting to be held on May 8th
•Information on the Outbreak of COVID-19
•WADA Alpha QuizWADA Alpha Quiz
•Be active at home with Marit Stromoy
•Live Interviews and Q&A sessions
LIFE AWAY FROM WATER
LInk to Newsletter
16th September 2019
Howth OCR Racing
Powerboat NI members Alan Power and Carl Kendellen 1st in Class and 1st Overall after a blistering display on the racecourse over the weekend, they won 3 of the 4 races.
Powerboat NI members play their part and members acted in various roles to include Safety Boat, Assistant Race Secretary, Scrutiny and safety officer. Well done to all involved.
25th March 2020
International Powerboat Festival RCYC CANCELLED
Cork300 Update –
Firstly, we hope that you and your family are all well whilst we collectively face the challenges of the Coronavirus pandemic.
Over the last number of weeks, we have been carefully monitoring the developing global situation. We have also taken continued guidance from Government officials, the Health Service Executive, Powerboat Association of Northern Ireland (PBANI), Irish Powerboat Association and other experts as to the impact it will have on our Cork300 International Powerboat Festival schedule of events.
To enable us provide clarity to all visitors and participants to our various Tricentenary celebrations and to protect their health and that of the volunteers and community at large, the Club, with the full support of its partners, have made the following difficult decisions regarding Cork300 International Powerboat Festival events scheduled for July 2020.
• British International Harmsworth Trophy - Cancelled
• UIM World Marathon Championship – Cancelled
• Classic Boat Rally – Cancelled
• UIM Cork – Fastnet - Cork Record Attempt – Cancelled
Visitors and competitors who have entered any of these events via the Cork300 website and paid the required entry fee will be refunded in full. We ask that you liaise directly with your accommodation provider in relation to accommodation cancellations and refunds.
This announcement of course comes with deep regret and will have an impact on the sailing and powerboating community as well as the local economy. However, in the three hundred years since the foundation of the Royal Cork Yacht Club we have faced many adversities and we are confident that working together we will see our clubs, our countries and global sailing and powerboating community come through these difficult and challenging times. Indeed we look forward to welcoming as many visitors and competitors as possible back to Cork to enjoy the International Powerboat Festival in the future.
I would like to thank our partners for their unwavering support, especially in recent weeks – AIB (premier partner), Volvo Car Ireland (Cork Week title sponsor and Cork300 partner) our Foundation Partners the Port of Cork and Cork County Council and other Cork300 partners, Cork City Council, Heineken, Musto, Dubarry, and Doyle Shipping Group. To the voluntary committee and staff at the Royal Cork Yacht Club, along with supporting organisations and clubs such as Union Internationale Motonautique (UIM), Trustees of the British International Harmsworth Trophy, Powerboat Association of Northern Ireland and the Irish Powerboat Association who have worked tirelessly over the past months and years to plan for the International Powerboat Festival – I offer my sincere thanks.
In conclusion, a very big thank you to you the powerboating community, our family and friends worldwide, for your support as we navigate these uncharted waters together; we truly value your friendship more than ever.
Finally, can I say that words cannot describe how thankful we are for the hard work of everyone who is making significant sacrifices to keep us safe in these unprecedented times.
On behalf of the Flag Officers and Members of the Royal Cork Yacht Club may I wish you and all of your families the best in these unprecedented times and look forward to welcoming you to our Club soon.
Colin R. Morehead
Admiral, Royal Cork Yacht Club
May 24th 2019
PBANI Launch Website
PBANI are proud to launch its new website.
Sponsored by Powerboat Ireland Marine services Ltd, it is hoped that this website will promote the sport to a wider audience. Powerboat racing has always been cross community with participants from all parts of Ireland working together to develop a vibrant sport which is open to all. This is to continue under the PBANI.
16th March 2021
Irish Tow Surf Rescue Club
Tune in to Virgin 1 this evening at 0730 to River Deep Mountain High a program looking at the work of the dedicated volunteers in Rescue Services throughout Ireland and the UK.
This evening will see the Irish Tow Surf Rescue club in action off the west Coast of Ireland. Members of this club who are affiliates of the PBANI show off their skills in areas filled with danger and massive waves. The program sees a International acclaimed surfer sustaining an injury and the rescue coming to his aid. Well worth a watch.
Congratulations one and all.
12th Febuary 2021
Clare County Council Draft Beach Bye-Laws - Submission
The PBANI/PBAI has lodged a submission to Clare County Council in response to their Draft Beach Bye-Laws 2021 which effects both PWC and Powerboat in the county. Thank you for your comments when we published the request. These were taken into account in the final submission.
26th October 2020
PBANI members win Silver at UIM European Championships in Italy
Congratulations to PBANI members Politis Kostas and Vakileiou Eleftherios from Greece who won the UIM Silver Medals at the UIM Pleasure Navigation European Championships in the S450 class at Lake Como Italy over the weekend.
Driving a Skipper BSK Rib they were delighted with their performance.
15th July 2020
UIM Guidelines for mitigating COVID-19 related risks at Powerboating Events
Please find attached an online link to the “UIM Guidelines for mitigating COVID-19 related risks at Powerboating Events” for your attention,
These Guidelines were elaborated by a special Task Force mandated by the UIM COUNCIL to provide expert advice in our efforts to protect the Powerboating Community from the threats of the COVID-19 pandemic on our return to resuming the international racing activity.
Thanks to the joint efforts of governments and populations we are on the way to overcome the pandemic and the moment has arrived where numerous Sports Organizations have reinitiated the staging of international competitions, and we very much look forward to the UIM Powerboating Events that lie ahead of us as from the month of August.
We hope the attached guidelines may be of good use for those involved in the organization of national and international powerboating Events in your country and we remain at your disposal for any further related clarification or assistance you may wish to receive.
17th June 2020
Sport Ireland COVID-19 Return to Sport
Protect yourself from COVID-19
HYGIENE PRACTICES IN SPORT AND PHYSICAL ACTIVITY
How to manage a participant with COVID-19 symptoms?
RETURN TO SPORT SUPPORT
Safe Return to Sport and Physical Activity Checklist
Recording Attendance at Activities
Outdoors for Everyone Guidelines
Return to Sport Phase 2 Advice
Knowledge Check / Quiz
Full Details on Sport Ireland Website
19th May 2020
UIM extraordinary Council Meeting to deal with impact of Covid 19 epidemic on Powerboat Sport
A record number of UIM Council members and Committee Chairpersons responded to President Chiulli's call to participate in an extraordinary plenary meeting, held for the first time by video conference, to address the various aspects of the impact caused by the Covid-19 pandemic.
Creation of “UIM COVID-19 Recovery Task Force”
Following the proposal of UIM President Dr. Raffaele Chiulli, the Council unanimously agreed to set up a “UIM COVID-19 Recovery Task Force” to provide guidance to the UIM Executive Committee in the Federation’s response to the multiple challenges the Powerboat Sport was facing. Under the lead of UIM Secretary General Thomas Kurth, experts in the fields of medical care and epidemiologic prevention, legal protection, risk assessment, Sport event and emergency management, will analyse relevant data and information in consultation with an advisory group comprising athlete representatives, promoters and local organizers, with the purpose to provide concrete guidance on the way back to safe practice of international powerboat racing in each of the UIM disciplines, in full respect of the measures taken by governments and competent authorities.
On another note, the UIM Council also agreed to take the opportunity of the disruptive situation caused by the pandemic to “...review fundamental pillars of the Powerboating Sport, such as the UIM’s governance structures, the sporting rules and regulations, the racing formats and the way the sport was brought to the fans and to the wider audience.” as the UIM President had suggested.
Re-launch of UIM XCAT World Championship
The UIM Council was delighted to receive the information that one of the UIM’s flagship classes, the XCAT World Championship was ready for a fresh start following the execution of a framework agreement between the UIM, the Offshore Powerboat Teams Association OPTA and a global media & marketing partner for the purpose of setting up a Joint Venture Company, World Powerboat Management (“WPM”) to run the UIM XCAT World Championship.
While waiting for the world to re-open again to international sport events, the WPM Management has started work on the safety protocols to be applied as of the first race in 2020, to ensure that all necessary arrangements shall be ready for reducing any Covid-19 related risks and protecting all those involved in the organization and running of events of this prestigious Offshore powerboat racing series when it will resume.
2nd September 2019
UIM Youth Development Program
Powerboat NI members completed the UIM Propstars Instructor Course under the watchful eye of Mr John Puddifoot - UIM Propstars Committee Chairman. This exciting new Youth Development Program along with other Programs will be rolled out over the coming months.
24th March 2020
Statement from Powerboat Association of Northern Ireland (PBANI)
The PBANI is mindful of the developing situation with coronavirus (COVID-19) and we understand that this may be likely to accelerate in the weeks and months ahead. As a consequence of this ongoing health emergency and in accordance with the measures being implemented throughout the island of Ireland to counteract and contain the spread of COVID-19, the PBANI has taken the difficult decision to suspend all PBANI sanctioned events and training until 31st May 2020, This date may be revised but will be guided by Government policy, any revision will be in our members and the sports best interest.
As always, the health and safety of our members, the Powerboating community and in this case the general public is of paramount importance. In keeping with Government guidelines part of which advise against mass gatherings, to minimise social contact and avoid non-essential travel to curb the spread of the virus. We haven’t taken the decision to suspend all events and training lightly, however it’s important that we all play our part in combatting the spread of this virus. We are here to support members, affiliates and other stakeholders at this time and would strongly urge anyone with questions to contact us. These are extraordinary times, such as we have not seen before, one thing that is certain is that we will come through this but unfortunately no one can put a time on when that will be.
Our thoughts go out to anyone and their families who have been affected by the virus and to all our members who for months have been devoting their time and energy to the preparation and planning of the 2020 events. Thank you for your support and your commitment to our sport. We share your disappointment and wish to express our solidarity and support.
Finally, we ask you all to be diligent in maintaining a constant watch on the potential spread of COVID-19, and to ensure first and foremost the safety of yourself and those closest to you.
We will continue to monitor Government announcements and update the advice accordingly.
Powerboat Association of Northern Ireland
April 24th 2019
RCYC meet the UIM
Colin Morehead Vice-Admiral Royal Cork Yacht Club meets with UIM President Raffael Chiulli and UIM Secretary General Thomas Kurth to discuss plans for the Powerboat Weekend to be held in July 2020 during RCYC 300th Year celebrations
The PBANI made a formal request for UIM World Championship status to be granted to a Offshore Marathon Race.
PBANI to work closely with Sport NI
Contact was made with Sport Northern Ireland to inform them to the fact that the PBANI was granted Full Membership by the UIM.
Advice was sought into best practices within Sport and to the process of being registered as the NGB For Powerboat Racing in NI.