New Year, New Committee
Written by Administrator
We had our AGM last night 28-1-2015 and it was great to see a good turnout and discussions on how to improve and how best we can grow our club in the next few years. Thanks to the outgoing committee for the work they have put in over the last few years and Congratulations to the following on their new positions.
Commodore Jim O Sullivan
Secretary Hugh O'Malley
Treasurer Samantha Harding
Sailing Secretary Margaret Hynes
Junior Officer Maureen Gleeson Hayes
Safety Officer John Corry
Social Officer Emmet O'Mahony
Property Mick Laffan
Bosun Tommy Scott
PRO Pat Beisty
we will be looking forward to seeing you all out on the water after St Patricks day. Anyone interested in Joining the Club then please feel free to contact us here.
Just a quick Reminder that our Club AGM is on next Wednesday 28-1-2015 at 20:00 in Donnelons pub Kilkishen. We are looking forward to seeing both old and new members and having a good discussion on the direction that the club is going in and an update on the Planning Permissions and plans for the new clubhouse. Looking forward to seeing you all there.
We have some very exciting and positive news to record. On the 12th December 2014, in response to our submission, Clare County Council granted planning permission to build a new clubhouse on our site at Cullaun lake. This development is the result of a very considerable amount of work done by the club development committee and in particular by Tom McHugh who is part of that committee.
What it means for club members is that we can now look forward to having an architect designed clubhouse rather than the porta-cabin we have at the moment; if you were at the annual dinner at the end of november you would have seen the drawings of what we submitted to Clare County Council for approval.
Much work requires to be done if we are to bring this project to fruition; everbody will be called upon to do something to help. We will need some grant aid for sure, however, it's unlikely we'll get 100% of the cost. I expect we will have to raise some monies ourselves. I'm sure that in the great volunteering tradition that exists in Cullaun Sailing Club we will bring this project to a successful conclusion.
The AGM will take place on wednesday 28th january 2015; I would ask all of you to make a special effort to attend so as to listen to and then take part in the discussion of what we are planning to do.
This is as good a Christmas present that the club could hope to get!
See you all at the AGM next month.
The second last day of sailing for 2014 started with conflicting weather forecasts between Met Eirean’s online forecast of a fine light breezy day and Wind Guru & RTE forecasts of wet and windy conditions. Before we went out on the lake it looked as if Wind Guru & RTE were correct but by the time racing started, the wind had dropped to a light breeze with no gusts and the rain stayed away to give a fine afternoon for sailing.
Racing consisted of three triangles and a beat. 10 boats started the first race. Chris and Aisling Caher started in the lead and kept it to the end crossing the finish line first followed by Mike O’Sullivan on a Laser and Margaret Hynes with Mike Hayes third in a Wayfarer.
Jim O’Sullivan and Kevin Donlon capsized their Wayfarer on the final beat but righted themselves quickly and gave a demonstration of beating and bailing to the finish line to maintain their place in the race.
As the first race was completed within thirty minutes, we had considered lengthening the course but were distracted while we assisted Hugh & John in the safety boat who had lost power. They eventually got going again and the course lengthened itself when the Gybe mark started drifting down the lake.
The breeze had dropped more when we got going on the second race. Margaret got to the start line too early and was facing back when the bugle sounded. Brian Parks had to do a penalty when he tacked too early and crossed Colm Ward who was on starboard. For the first two laps all nine boats were bunched together but by the time of the final beat Margaret had taken a clear lead and crossed the finished line first followed by Chris and Aishling in second place with Mike O’Sullivan third. Again there was a capsize on the final beat when Sean Hynes and Mike O’Dea capsized their RS200 but they got going again to finish the race.
Thanks to Billy O’Mahony for assisting me as OOD and Hugh O’Malley and John Corry on rescue duty.
After an extended summer into September and early October, the weather has certainly changed to reflect the Autumn season. Temperatures are falling and the heating has been turned on at home. Leaves are falling from the trees and the golden colours of autumn are evident as you look around the lake.
The forecasted weather for the weekend was not good. Hurricane Gonzalo was impacting weather with rain and winds F7-8 over Ireland on Saturday night into Sunday morning. There was a possibility winds may be too strong for sailing on Sunday. However, Sunday morning Windguru forecast F4-6 dropping F4-5 during Sunday afternoon. Arriving at the club early, there were still some grey clouds and gusty winds but as we progressed into the afternoon, winds slackened and blue skies broke through. While laying the marks, the afternoon conditions were perfect for racing. A triangle course was set for the first race and to provide some variation a windward-leeward course was set for race 2.
Nine boats started the first race. Winds were lighter than expected, F2-3 from the south-west but was veering west in the gusts. All boats managed to complete the first triangle. Second time round the wind strength increased and there were some strong gusts. Mike Byrt in the L2000 performed some acrobatics at the jib mark and I understand Corannne was also a worthy participant in the excitement. Mike ended up in the water and retired with a sore head. Survival in the gusts was strategy for the race and some did not survive. Overall four of the nine starters capsized and were unable to finish the race. Margaret and Lelia continued their winning streak in the Wayfarer closely followed by Jim O’Sullivan in 2nd and Tommy Scott in 3rd place.
The course was changed to windward-leeward (sausage) for the 2nd race. A long beat/run was set up the middle of the lake. The sun was breaking through and the afternoon brightened up. Seven boats started the race. Same as the first race, the gusts provided challenging conditions. The long run provided ideal conditions for spinnakers but caution was the strategy for the Wayfarers (wimps). Hugh and David raised the spinnaker on the RS200 but were overpowered by the gusts and ended up in the water.
Close sailing between the three Wayfarers kept Margaret from getting clear ahead. On the last leg, Jim O’Sullivan rounded the leeward mark in first place but made a serious mistake while tacking and took on a boat-full of water. He continued up the beat semi-submerged but boat speed was severely compromised. Margaret and Lelia crossed the finish line in first place closely followed by Sean and Sammy in the RS200. Tommy Scott and Mick Laffan finished in 3rd place but beat the RS200 on handicap.
Overall, it was a very enjoyable afternoon. Air temperature was mild and the water temperature has not yet chilled to winter temperatures. While the gusts proved challenging for some, conditions were ideal for exhilarating sailing.
Rescue was ably provided by Mike and Maureen Hayes who were kept busy assisting capsized boats, towing and ensuring everybody was OK.
Racing report Sun: 5th October 2014
The second Sunday of the cooler series.
Sailors arrived as the junior training session finished.
The breeze was picking up in line with the forecast with gusts menacing as the sailors gathered on the slipway for the briefing.
The appointed O.O.D. wanted to avail of the wind and sail so a substitute was recruited.
With the safety, weather warnings and race briefing issued the O.O.D. and Rescue set off to set a course to suit the occasion. The course and start line was set so efficiently that some sailors were taken by surprise, “It cannot have started already” said one helm as he set of in pursuit.
The conditions on the water were less threatening than they appeared from the shore and the two rescue boats provided the necessary level of safety cover. “Take us further out into the wind” called one wayfarer sailor, repeatedly, between races.
The two reaches made good use of the fresh southerly wind and the windward buoy proved hard to make as it sheltered in the relative calm and shifty wind from the hill to the south. A nice balance for the conditions was the consensus.
Two races were held and eleven boats raced.
Tom and Philip showed off the abilities of the RS400 on the fast reaches by coming in first in the opener and Margaret did likewise with the wayfarer by leading over the finish in the second.
By 5.00 pm all boats were neatly tucked away under their covers and another enjoyable Sunday sailing came to a close well before the promised storm blew through later last night.
See below scores from yesterday after handicaps are taken into place. Tom Mchugh was putting his feet up and taking a well deservered break after winning the first race by a clear 7 minutes. Mike O'sullivan crossed the line second but with a pty handicap of 1088 this meant that his overall finish for the race was 6th Jim O Sullivan Coranne and Chris Caher finished within 7 seconds of each other in what was a well fought out first race to take second third and fourth place respectively.
The HC is taken from the RYA portsmouth handicap system and if you did not start then your score is then calculated by the number of people in the race + 3 if you started but did not finish then your score is calculated as the number of people in the race + 1
Last Weekend was one of the busiest that Cullaun Sailing club has experienced in a long time we had 27 Boats on the water on Saturday and 21 on Sunday It was a good sailing and social weekend with Visitors from Killaloe Sailing Club, East Down Yacht Club, Greystones and Ramor Watersports in Cavan there were perfect wind conditions for the sailors on Saturday and changing to very light conditions on Sunday. There was no disputing the outright Winner being Monica Schaefer with 4 firsts out of Seven races. She was followed closely by Henry O Freill in second place followed by Trevor Fisher in third. Margaret Hynes and Michael Hayes were the best Cullaun Club boat over the two days followed by Brian Parks and Chris Caher. We had a mixture of Wayfarers, Enterprises, RS 400, RS200, Lasers and not forgetting our solitary GP14.
Hugh Ward and Paddy Donlon sailed very well on the Saturday but seemed to slow down a little bit on Sunday letting Mike O Dea and Sean Hynes take the lead. They were the best Juniors and excluding Trevor Fisher they were the best in the RS Fleet. The best Improver without any doubt has to go Tommy Scott who’s racing skills have improved no end over the last few months if he can get that boat to point a fraction higher he will be giving us all a run for our money in the cooler series.
Obviously a weekend like this is not just run off with people turning up for the event so we have to thank the following people for all of the work that they put into running the event and getting the place ready for our visitors. A special Mention of thanks has to go to Tom and Paula Donlon who worked tirelessly on the BBQ and fed our hungry sailors at the end of Saturday.
OOD Chris Davis helped by Tom Hynes and Kevin Ryan
Safety 1 Emmet O Mahony, Samantha O Brien, Chloe O Mahony
Safety 2 Peter Rahill, Sean Edwards, and Thomas Drayton from Killaloe
BBQ Tom Donlon
Photos, Marco Cavaleri, Michael O Brien, Sean Edwards
Facebook Updates, photos and lovely buns Maureen Hayes
Site works in Preparation of the event, Michael Hayes, Brian Parks, Hugh O Malley, and Tom MC Hugh
If I haven’t included you please forgive me and thank you.
Below is a link to the photo Gallery with some of the pictures on the day there will be more to follow so check back after a few days. Cooler Series starts on 28-9-2014 and Foynes yacht Club have a junior dinghy regatta on that weekend so details to follow over the next few days.
Finally we still have a few places available for the September Cruise so if you are interested in coming on a 40ft sailing boat in west cork on Friday week for then give me a shout. You don’t need any experience at all just a sense of adventure. These places are open to the parents of the Junior sailors so if your available Friday 19th,20th and 21st and interested then give me a ring on 087 6601016.
Please see listed below Photos from this great day and also the overall results. The Pictures were taken by Michael O'Brien and anyone interested in Purchasing a copy of themselves they are available for 10 euro each in high quality without the watermark
This Sunday 13th July we will be hosting an inter club Junior Sailing regatta with Juniors from Killaloe and Foynes Joining us. It promises to be a great day and will be followed up by a BBQ.
We are hoping to have a good number of Juniors out on the water but are hoping that adults will use the day as an open day for themselves.
On Sunday 13th July we will be hosting an event with Junior Sailors from Cullaun Sailing Club, Killaloe Sailing Club and Foynes Yacht Club. This will be great time for the Juniors as they will be able to mix and race with Juniors from the other clubs and see how there reacing skills coompare to others of the same age. It Promises to be a great day and will finish off with a BBQ at the clubhouse.
Good sailing on Thursday night; it looking like there would be very little wind, however,
in the end a nice breeze came up.
Margaret and crew were first over the line in both races with Jim O'Sullivan and crew in
close contention. There was some good close racing in both races which always helps to
improve sailing skills.
On the Thursday nights a personal handicap applies; this means that even though you are
not one of the fist few boats over the line you can still win the race. The personal
handicap system gets adjusted throughout the series and is designed to give everybody a
good chance to do well in the racing. Assuming there are suitable weather conditions for
sailing on each Thursday then there will be discards; this means you will have the
opportunity to discard some of your "less good" results or if you happen to be away for a
We had 10 boats on the water for the first race and then 9 for the second. I really hope
that we can get more boats out next Thursday, as with the long evenings it's just perfect
conditions for sailing.Training:
Remember, adult training starts this Tuesday 10th June and then runs for four weeks
is also an adult training weekend at the beginning of July. There are two Junior training
courses in July - one for the first two weeks and another one for the second two weeks.Subscriptions:
One other thing - can anybody who has not yet paid their annual subscription talk to our
treasurer Kevin Ryan.
Hope to see you all on the water soon.
Payment for the "Introduction to Sailing for Adults" course
can be made by Clicking Here
Last Thursday night was a quiet affair for the OOD Chris Caher on the water with winds only getting up to force 3 for a while but tomorrow night looks like it might be a bit fresher and Seamus Harrold and Brian Connoly may have thier work cut out for them as Race Officers. Congratulations to Jim O Sullivan and Kevin Donlon. who took two firsts for the first time in a long time. ( thanks Luke and Michael Hayes) they were followed closely by Brian Parks in the first race and Margaret Hynes in the second Race. Philippe Barbotin came in third in the second race when his handicap was taken into account. It was good to see some new faces on the water who are only coming back sailing from last week and this week hopefully we will have a few more on the water
This Saturday weather permitting we will be entertaining the Tulla Scouts, Beavers and Cubs. They are coming for a visit to the lake so if the wind dies down a bit it will be great to take them for a sail and show them our wonderful lake and facilities. This Sunday then some of us will head over to KillaloeSailingclub for their regatta. See below the results after our first race in May. There are 5 thursdays this month and as some of the lucky ones will be away for one of the weeks then there will be room for discards so if you havent made it out last week dont be disheartened and come out tomorrow for some fresh sailing.
Open day this Sunday from 13:00 to showcase what our club does come along and see you might be surprised and want to join the club