Thanks again to Paul Quinn for another set of photographs, this time of the newly-installed wakeboarding system thingie in Grand Canal Dock, Dublin, which is to be opened on 9 March 2013.
Wakeboarding, as I understand it, involves dressing up in brightly coloured plastics, standing on a plank and being towed around behind a boat. I don’t myself see the appeal, being more the sedentary sort, but chacun a son gout, as the French don’t say, apparently, although why they’re supposed to know anything about it I don’t … but I digress. The wakeboarding system thingie seems to allow wakeboarding without a boat; it might also require less sea room.
A system was installed temporarily last year; there is information about it here. I don’t know whether that is the same system as has now been installed. You can read the environmental report here [PDF]. Waterways Ireland tells me that
Waterways Ireland has entered into a three year commercial operating licence agreement with Colin Harris T/A Wakedock Ltd., to place and operate a mobile wakeboarding system in Grand Canal Dock.
There seems to be an association between Wakedock and the Surfdock business in the Naomh Éanna, although Wakedock also has its own website.
I asked Waterways Ireland how much it was earning from this; it refused to tell me:
Waterways Ireland do not release license fees charged to individual commercial licence holders as this would be detrimental to our business interest in future license fee valuations.
A tower tower
Looking from Grand Canal Theatre: note the white ramps
Seen from Hanover Quay
The ramps (looking east towards Ringsend)
A close-up from Hanover Quay
The Naomh Éanna in the background
About 50m from the sea locks
Looking west to Gallery Quay
Ramp in the foreground; excavator at Charlotte Quay in the background
Ramps and western line support
Naomh Éanne in its new position
Waterways Ireland tells me that:
When agreeing the location, consideration was given to maintaining access to the pump-out on Hanover Quay and also access to vessels wishing to enter via the lock gates. No detrimental impact on navigation for other users is anticipated.
WI kindly provided this map.
GCD wakeboarding map
Semper aliquid novi Africam adferre, as my old grandmother used to say.
* see The Third Policeman