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Great Week at the sailing Camp in Cullaun with Happy Sailors all round. Thanks to Maureen Gleeson Hayes for all of the hard work that she put in this week getting everything ready for the easter Camp. Great response already for the summer camp as some kids have already booked in now for their summer places
Another year and another sailing season in Cullaun and what a great day to get the season started.
12:30PM, the compound empty of people and boats. 1:30PM, the compound packed with people and their boats back from their winter hibernation.
There was great weather for the first day of sailing this year. It started out as a calm morning but by midday there was a nice South westerly breeze and plenty of sunshine to give ideal sailing conditions.
By 2:30PM, all the boats were eventually rigged and I had figured out how to work the new engine on the Safety boat, so it was out on to the water for everyone. Eleven boats were on the water, including juniors who went out in the Omega's.
Seven boats started the first race and it was closely fought with three different boats leading at various stages.
First across the finish line was Michael & Niamh Haig in their Wayfarer followed closely by Margaret and Mike Hayes and Rae Hughes came third. Others to finish were Jim & Lelia, Des and Pat, Phillippe, and Mike and Sean.
Nine boats started the second race. Again it was closely fought. There was a shift in the wind during the race which was read well by Jim to give him the lead for two laps. The wind changed back again on the final beat and Margaret took advantage of it to speed across the finish line a few seconds before Jim. Mike and Niamh were in third place.
Back to the club house for hot tea at 4:30 after a most enjoyable day on the water.
Thanks to Billy for doing the time keeping and recording the race results and thanks to Marco for assisting us.
Just a quick note to remind you that our sailing season start is rapidly approaching. Our first races start on Sunday week the 22nd of March. This weekend on Saturday 14th or March we would like to give the Club house and compound its annual tidy up to get it ready for the busy times ahead.
The Compound will be open from 11:30 and we have a few quick jobs to do to get the place ready. We will need to move a few boats, tidy up some of the hedging and give the Omega boats a good cleaning ready for the new season. Tommy Scott and Mick Laffan have already put a lot of work into repairing and fixing up any of the bits of the boat that were missing parts or not working properly. We also will need to sort out the Anchors and the H Blocks for the safety boats. The roof repair work that we did on the existing clubhouse has worked very well and other than a quick tidy up it is ready for the new season. The more helpers we have on the day the faster we can get through these jobs.
With the Ireland V Wales Match starting at 14:30 ideally we would like to have this completed as soon as possible so that we will all be able to go home or elsewhere to watch the match. Maureen Hayes, Margaret and Lelia has been busy with getting the Instructors and promoting the Easter Camp. There is still a few places available so please click on the link and book your places from there. If you know anyone else who might be interested in this then please forward them on the details.
Pat Beisty has been very busy getting our new brochure ready which will help us to promote the club and the Junior Camps. Please see attached the great work that he has done. We are getting them printed this week and will bring them out to Cullaun for Saturday so you will be able to take them away with you. Memberships are also due for renewal at this time of the year and at the last committee meeting we agreed that members that have not paid their subs before the end of May would be penalised with a 10% surcharge. Memberships can be given to any of the committee members or alternatively you can pay this on line through the website. http://www.cullaunsailingclub.com/index.php/membership we will also take payments on Saturday.
On Saturday 14th of March we will be having our annual Spring Clean up day. If we can get as many members to attend it will be great and it will tidy up the compound nicely for our boats to come back from winter storage as I was down there last night and the other boats are looking lonely.
See below pictures of our new Tshirts in the process of being printed getting ready for the new season.
JUNIOR SAILING CAMPS INFORMATION
Easter is coming fast and we already have bookings for junior Sailing course in Cullaun.
This course will set you up to take part in the Spring and Early Summer leagues.
It starts on Monday March 30th for five days, 10.00-1630. It is ideal for those who have already started sailing.
The summer sailing courses are starting on June 29 th and July 13th.
Bookings Are now been taken by our Junior Sailing Officer or you can book online here
The ISA Junior Sailing Summer Camp for children aged 8-17yrs takes place this summer. The ISA Junior Sailing Summer Camp (JSSC) is ISA certified training courses run by ISA qualified Instructors who follow the relevant national syllabi, ISA Young Sailors Scheme (YSS) & the ISA Small Boat Sailing Scheme (SBSS) and lots more!
This summer camp is designed primarily to teach children the life-skill of sailing in a safe, supervised environment. Every day from 10.00 am to 4.30 pm, a whole new world of experiences is opened up for them as ISA qualified instructors gently and patiently explain the mysteries of the water and the wind and how best to use them together to command their boat. The theory that is taught onshore is put into practise on the water and with that comes knowledge, ability and camaraderie with other children that builds over 2 weeks.
As children grow in knowledge and skill they also grow in confidence and pride in themselves as they become more proficient and ‘master of their ship’. They’re outdoors, in the fresh air, socialising and learning with other children, a skill that will last a lifetime. It is a thrilling and exciting experience that can give your children memories for life as they develop a love for and confidence in, the water.
Equally popular are our beginner sailing camps for children who are slightly older aged 11-17 years.
The following ISA Junior Sailing Summer Camps 2015 will be run this summer for Juniors aged 11-17 : Start Sailing, Basic Skills, Improving Skills, Advanced Boat Handling (ABH) & Go Racing 2 (GR2) subject to demand.
By the end of this course sailors will be sailing in light wind conditions with assistance from their instructor. It is their first formal sailing course.
By the end of this course sailors will be sailing on their own in light wind conditions without assistance from their instructor. This means that at the end of this course they will be capable of rigging, launching, sailing and recovering their boat in light conditions without any assistance. It is important that as well as having the skills; they understand the circumstances in which it would be safe to do this.
For the more advanced sailors whose sailing courses the emphasis is on achievement of further sailing skills and confidence building leading to competing on the national racing circuit, cruising the lakes and beyond and qualifying as ISA instructors to teach sailing.
Maureen Hayes (087) 9620499