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Strong winds were forecast for Thursday night, July 13th so Mike, Young Micheal and I were looking forward to a lively night. The forecasted winds were less but a nice westerly kept up for the evening. It was fantastic to see 13 boats on the water. There was a big squall and wind shift creating a big bias on the start Line! At least that was the reason some members gave for several boats being over the line , two collisions, two capsizes and a general recall! All the drama was over quickly and a second start saw an individual recall. The black flag was flown but not put into play as Blue Peter was missing from the boat! ( I blame someone else of course).

Des, fresh back from the GP 14 Leinsters in Dun Laoighre,  and his son Adam, had a great start . Sean, who was fifth in the Wayfarer Nationals last weekend , lead the way until the last triangle when the practice Hugh and Colm have put in showed and they won line honours in both races. Another family lead the fleet in the second race, with Chris and Rachel in the second race. Aishling was supporting them from the shore, following a second injury to her knee. We wish her a speedy recovery and great to see her come up to cheer on her Dad and sister.

Jim and Kevin were at the top of the fleet in the second race. There was lots of covering of boats and close racing.

Jim and George had  teamed up in Dunlaoighre so four boats proudly represented Cullaun the in the Volvo regatta, the other 470 boats coming from clubs near and far. George had a new crew and they went for a swim in the squall and toured the lake rather than racing. Fionn, our senior instructor gave Brendan Glynn a private lesson on how to sail without a jib following gear failure and a collision.

There were several instructors on the water on Thursday night. Aoife and Roisin sang their way over the line in both races, Iarlaith was the first laser, Paddy teamed up with Sean. The only junior from the course was Laura, who was assisted(handicapped?) by her Dad, but great to see daughter bringing Dad out in her lovely new boat!

Conditions weren't suitable for Juniors on Thursday night, but when I callled to the club on Friday evening, several people expressed an interest in going out on Sunday. We hope to run sailing on Sunday but this depends on people volunteering to come out and do rescue. If anyone is interested in doing a powerboat course do let us know.

There was a great buzz in the club in the club Friday evening with 20 juniors, instructors, helpers and parents. One parent, David Mc Mahon showed me his picture on the wall when he did his junior course with Chris and Emmet in the 80's. Great to see families sailing together and racing against one another. We had several family groups on the water, with father and son on OOD boat, father and daughter winning boat races, son and father first over the line in both races, father and son in GP 14, daughter and father in Feva, as well as a daughter and two mothers on the water in three other boats!

The good news is that there were no quarrels and a good crowd gathered in the pub afterwards for a lively banter.

The committee asked me to remind everyone to sign in the log book before you go out on the water and sign back in when you are back in. There will be rescue on the water if we have enough volunteers so please check the website for details.

Fair sailing
Margaret, Mike and Micheal

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