Spectator Craft


Notice to Mariners No.3 of 2011

Waterford Estuary, Chart No. 2046

To all ship owners, shipmasters, Agents, fishing vessels, pleasure craft users and seafarers.




The attention of all people in boats on the water is drawn to the requirements of the International Regulations for the Prevention of Collision at Sea, in particular,

Rule No 2 – Responsibility,

Rule No 5 – Proper Lookout,

Rule No 6 – Safe Speed and

Rule No 9 – Narrow Channels.

Attention is also drawn to the requirements under Irish Law in relation to wearing of lifejackets, alcohol usage and age of those in charge of vessels.

Restrictions on Vessel movement in way of City Centre Quays, exclusion zones, instructions and recommended anchorages for visiting vessels are fully laid out on the following websites                                                         www.waterfordtallshipsrace.ie


All vessels must comply and follow directions given to them by stewards and officials at all times.  Failure to do so may result in prosecution.

All passenger vessels must comply and hold a valid Passenger boat licence and a licence to trade issued by the Port of Waterford Company.

Note: There is no landing or berthing facility available in the event area from Rice Bridge to Adelphi Quay for private craft.

Captain Darren Doyle,

Harbour Master,

Port of Waterford Company,

After two years of preparations involving an estimated 13,760 hours of voluntary effort, Waterford successfully hosted The Tall Ships Races 2011 from June 30-July 3.
It’s estimated that 500,000 people enjoyed the spectacle in the city and along the Suir Estuary. To all those individuals and organisations that made this huge international event possible and to the people of Waterford who embraced the occasion brilliantly – thank you. To those who visited Waterford, we look forward to welcoming you back soon and invite you to visit www.discoverwaterfordcity.ie to keep up-to-date on what’s happening in Ireland’s oldest city. To the sail training family at the heart of The Tall Ships Races, we look forward to your return!

Here we showcase a small selection of Dylan Vaughan’s photography from four magical days.