A number of Cullaun sailors travelled to the Dinghy fest in the Royal Cork Yacht Club, taking part in the 198 boat regatta. Some Cullaun club members teamed up with Killaloe sailors, in both the RS 200 fleet and the RS400 fleet. Cullaun was also represented in the Laser fleet.
The sailing are for the RS fleet was outside the harbour, East of roches point, 4-5 nautical miles from RCYC S the crow flies.Conditions very tough on Friday with strong winds and bumpy seas. Sailors were hard pressed to stay upright and it was a tough day for all. Five races were sailed due to the light winds forecast for the weekend.
Saturday had the complete opposite conditions , with several boats being towed to the start line with the first gun four and a half hours after the sailors left shore!
The light conditions meant only two races were sailed and most boats had to be towed ashore!
Sunday dawned with light conditions and the racing was held in the harbour, with four short races. Typically the wind rose once racing was finished and weekend sailors enjoyed great conditions flying back to Crosshaven.
There was great support and organisation on and off the water, With great comradarie, new and old aquainances made and a thirst for more sailing!
Photo David Branigan www.oceansport.ie
I have good news and bad news for you. The good news is that Wind Guru have created a spot for Cullaun Sailing club on their site so just go to windguru.com and type in Cullaun Sailing Club and you will see the weather for this area. The bad news is that it is force 6 gusting up to force 8 on sunday so it means that we will not be able to sail this sunday.
Mike Hayes, Billy O Mahony and Des Mc Mahon are in Cork this weekend studying their day skippers course so we wish them well and hope that the conditions are not as windy for them.
Ireland's biggest sailing event, the Volvo Dun Laoghaire Regatta, has come to a close after an exciting four days of racing in Dublin Bay with over 400 boats and almost 3,000 sailors competing. Cullaun Sailing Club from Kilkishen were very well represented with 3 Wayfarer boats and one GP 14. Margaret Hynes and Michael Hayes came second in the Irish National Championship with her son Sean Hynes and John Wilson coming in fifth and Jim O Sullivan with his Son Luke took seventh place. Des Mac Mahon and Pat Beisty represented the club in the GP14 category
Regatta Chairman Tim Goodbody's reminder that 'Volvo Dun Laoghaire is a fun regatta, not a championship' did little to stem the fierce competition for the coveted Volvo prizes in 29 classes as the last race of the event concluded in the lightest winds of the series while there were gusts of up to 30 nauts on friday morning.
The biennial regatta is being hailed an enormous success both afloat and ashore for a combined fleet of 415 boats, the biggest on the Irish Sea. Over 250 races on five different courses were staged in a range of light to very heavy conditions since racing began last Thursday. Trophies were awarded in each of the 29 competing classes this afternoon, bringing the curtain down on one of the most successful staging's of Ireland's biggest sailing event.
Cullaun Sailing Club www.cullaunsailingclub.com is an active dinghy club situated between Kilkishen and Tulla and is currently running Summer camp for 24 kids and will be running adult courses and Powerboat courses over the Summer. Anyone interested in joining the club take a look at our website or facebook page.
Thanks to Cenit College for Sponsoring Jim O Sullivan at the Event
First Day at Summer Camp with a lovely bright Morning with Instructors and students getting ready to go out on the water. We have a few places left on our second two week course starting 13th of July or if you want to only do one week the talk to Junior Officer Maureen Hayes 087 9620499 or log onto www.cullaunsailingclub.com for full details
Fergal Diviney, Commodore Galway City SC, Tadhgh Keady, Spiddal Sailing Club, Jim O'Sullivan, Commodore Cullaun Sailing Club,
Rob Goodbody, Coastguard Helicopter & Gary Allen
at the launch of the Irish Sailing Association 's new Try Sailing initiative in the House Hotel on Monday. Photo: Joe Travers.
Cullaun Sailing Club, Kilkishen, Co.Clarewere at a well-attended reception in Galway last Monday 8th June to promote a new sailing initiative, TrySailing. As part of Irish Water Safety Week TrySailing aims to encourage people to get out on the water. The Reception was hosted by Irish Sailing Association local director Pierce Purcell. Cullaun Sailing Club, Kilkishen, Co.Clare was represented by Commodore Jim O Sullivan.
TrySailing is a national network of events and opportunities for people of all ages and abilities to get out on the water and give sailing a try. TrySailing is available in all Irish Sailing Association affiliated clubs and approved Training Centres, an extensive network of which Cullaun Sailing Club is a member. (www.sailing.ie)
Mr David Lovegrove, ISA President, was delighted with the response at last week’s event which brought all water sport interests together, with sailing clubs and training centres from the western region as well as rowing, kayaking, diving, windsurfing, sea scouting and boat building and representative stakeholders
The Gardaí, Coast Guard from Shannon and Connemara, Michael Raftery, Galway Chief Fire Officer, Western Fisheries Officers Paul Reynolds and Lonan O’Farrell and Mike Swan, RNLI, also attended, as well as John Killeen, Chairman Marine Institute, and Harbour Master Brian Sheridan.
John Leech, Irish Water Safety CEO, thanked those in attendance and asked the public to take extra care when using the water.
Pierce Purcell wished Water Safety Awareness Week every success and appealed to boat users to take time out to check their lifejackets, particularly the automatic type which need checking constantly.
Cullaun Sailing Club kids club summer sailing courses are starting on June 29th and July 13th.
To Contact Cullaun Sailing Club, Kilkishen, Co.Clare Phone Maureen (087) 9620499,
JUNIOR SAILING CAMPS INFORMATION
The summer sailing courses are Filling up quickly with first one starting on June 29 th and the second on starting on July 13th.
The cost is 250 for a 2 week full time course from 10 until 4.30 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