All sailors visiting Kilronan during this event should note that the hammerhead section of the main pier in Kilronan (shown here in yellow) is restricted to ferry traffic only. Please respect the need for regular shipping to operate efficiently. The Harbour Master will be on duty and has authority of enforcement.
Boat movement in the Sean Céibh (inner harbour) is not allowed between 1000 and 1200 each day as this area is in use for swimming lessons.
Sailors should also note that the Aran WIORA 2017/Club Seoltóireacht Arann committee have, with the generous support of their sponsors, made huge strides to install pontoons in Kilronan (shown here as a grey ‘L’) for this historic event. Due to the large number of racing boats attending the event, these pontoons will ONLY be available to participating boats bearing the Volvo logos. The Volvo logos will be issued to boats that have registered to race in the event. The first 50 boats will be awarded free pontoon berths. These boats will be tied up 6 boats abreast. The next 15 boats will be awarded mooring stickers. Boats without race logos will not be allowed to tie to the pontoon by the order of the Harbour Master, who has the authority to remove them without notice, at the owners risk.
We are hoping to see a good number of visiting cruising boats come and join us for the event. If the moorings are not occupied by racing boats we will do our best to facilitate this group. The committee is planning to drop 15 mooring blocks which will be funded (€350 each) from its own resources. There will be a charge of €20/night or €100/week to recoup some of these costs. There will be an opportunity for cruising boats to book these moorings from Michael Gill @ 087 274 9979. They will be marked with the name of the skipper that has paid for the booking. No other skipper can use the moorings unless given permission by Michael.
There are an additional 12 yellow moorings that are the responsibility of the county council. There is not normally a charge for these moorings.
Additionally, sections of the main pier, on both sides, and the old pier will be available for visiting boats to tie up. Visiting boats need to respect the need for access of local fishermen and boat owners to the craft. Visiting boats must not tie up in a way that could cause damage to any boats already tied up.
The cargo pier is not available to visiting boats as it will be in working use during the week. This pier will be free from Saturday when it will be used by the hooker fleet for that evening and night.