Club night talks – November 2022

Offshore Wind Energy

Yvonne Cronin of Irish developer DP Energy (https://dpenergy.ie) gave us an interesting overview of the current state of offshore wind energy technology and the three projects the company is developing in Ireland in partnership with Iberdrola.
 
  • Shelmalure 8.5 miles off the Wexford coast
  • Inis Ealga 12N miles off Cork
  • Clarus 12 miles off Loop Head in Clare
Each farm will have 70 turbines. Each turbine can generate 15MW, so each of the proposed farms can deliver 1GW. For comparison Arklow’s smaller, aging turbines generate 3.1MW.
The projects are at different stages of development, with construction still some way off, but all should be completed by 2030.
This will be a major contribution to Ireland’s green energy infrastructure and will help us meet international goals related to climate change.

Saoirse

Conor OBrien [sic] circumnavigated the earth between 1923 and 1925 in Saoirse, a sailing boat built in Baltimore to his own design. He was the first to sail around the world from West to East in a small private craft south of the three great capes.
He set off from Dun Laoghaire on 20 June, and a centenary commemoration is planned for next year. The centrepiece will be the arrival of the rebuilt Saoirse from Baltimore.
Vincent Murphy will tell us about the man, the voyage and the boat on Wednesday 23 November at 19:30.

Club nights

CAI has a Zoom account, and we open a room regularly every Wednesday night during the winter from 19:30.

Sometimes we invite speakers to give us presentations, webinar style, with questions.

When there’s no speaker we still open the room, and members are welcome to drop in for a chat.

Details, and a joining link, are on the website: https://cruising.ie/discussion-forums.