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Laying up Supper Results

Written by Jim O Sullivan

Cullaun Sailing Club End of Season Laying up supper and Awards ceremony 2017.
Best Juniors :
1. Iarlaith Caffrey.
2. Niamh Edwards and Aoife Ward
Spring Series
1:Margaret Hynes / Mike Hayes : 2:Hugh and Colm Ward : 3:Jim O Sullivan / Kevin Donlon.
1.Margaret Hynes / Mike Hayes : 2.Hugh + Colm Ward : 3.Bran Park/ Mike Logan
1. Des Mac Mahon / Pat Biesty. 2.Jim O Sullivan / Kevin Donlon 3. Iarlaith Caffrey.
1. Sean Hynes /Luke O Sullivan 2. Tommy Scott / Mick Laffan 3. Billy o Mahony /Damien Hawkins
1. Chris Caher / Rachel Caher 2. Tom mc Hugh /Lelia 3. Eamon Benfredji
Margaret Hynes / Mike Hayes

Race Results 22nd Oct 2017. Cooler Races 3&4

Written by Jim O Sullivan



Hi All,

We started Sunday happy that Ophelia had passed over the boat yard without much interference the previous week.

The junior members were already hard at work on their Senior instructor course and storm Brian had cleared off a little earlier than expected. Leaving dry mild and relatively calm conditions on Cullaun lake.

Even the EXPENSIVE looking HELLY HANSEN jacket that was FOUND at the compound from the pervious week was still there. Contact Jim O'Sullivan if it's yours - or it will be used as 1st price for the Cooler !!! 

A course was set out based on leaving the windward mark in place for the Senior  instructor course. With a triangle, sausage, one triangle and beat to finish. The OOD judged that placing the leeward mark in the vicinity of some reeds would add something to the starts - and was (probably) safe give the high water level.

Both races got off to very good starts with several boats getting over the line within half a dozen seconds of the horn.

In the first race Chris led most of the way only to be pipped by Margaret and Iarlaith on second half of the final beat. Hugh Ward also swapped places on the final lap with Jim O'Sullivan to pip him on the line by a fraction of a second. The PY will tell a different story of course.

In the final race there was a good bit of role swapping. Iarlaith and George staging mutinies to taking over the tiller on their respective boats. Again there was a very good start by everyone.  Jim and Kevin took a little while extra to get acroos but good things come to those who wait and they managed to take over most all of the field by the time the course was complete coming in a very respectable second to the Cahers - Chris and Rachael. George also put in a very respectable performance on the tiller in the GP14.

All in all a great days sailing.

Billy, OOD.

Cooler Report

Written by Jim O Sullivan

Hi All,

the winds on Sunday gave a gentle re-introduction to sailing after our Regatta and September cruise.

Great to see so many boats on the water and juniors staying on after their practice time to try out the racing - we aim to keep up the extended opening for the remainder of the Autumn.

Thanks to Mike & Sarah Byrt for the OOD duties.

September Cruise Report

Written by Damian Hawkins



Wow what a weekend

Well it’s true I am no Roddy Doyle or Sebastian Barry, by any stretch of the imagination, but I do know it would be hard for me or even the best writers in the world to describe what an absolutely amazing cruise we had last weekend.

Not only was this my first September Cruise with Cullaun Sailing club, and a novice Sailor at that, but being someone who is more familiar with the wilds of Connemara than those of West Cork this was always going to be a highly anticipated adventure for me personally. It wasn’t until we set sail out of Baltimore Bay on Friday morning that I could actually let myself believe this adventure was really happening.

One of the two boats that we rented from Con Minihan and Baltimore Yacht Charters.
Before arriving in Baltimore we stopped off at an old boat yard to visit the Ilin Boat. It has been in restoration for some time. Mick was like a child in a sweet shop and very proud of his involvement to date with the restoration project, as I’m sure many more are too. The Skipper, his mentor and the novice ‘Cabin Boy’ were really setting the scene for the weekend ahead and we still hadn’t even reached the boat in Baltimore.
But following some fantastic preparatory work by Jim O’Sullivan to recruit and coordinate the twelve sailors for this cruise, including lining up the booking with Con at Baltimore Yacht Charter , this trip was always going to be a success. It’s no wonder the club have a great relationship with Con and we will no doubt continue with this into the future as attention to detail in the planning of these trips shows the professionalism of the club and not to mention makes the September Cruise a most enjoyable experience for not only the novice sailor like myself but also the more experienced sailors.
With some good planning around balancing the experience within the group the twelve sailors were split into two crews of six with Billy Mahoney and Des McMahon as first-time cruise skippers and ably mentored by Mick Laffan and Jim O’Sullivan. Following a thorough handover from Con to the skippers and their mentors it’s fair to say the two Cullaun Crews would do any club proud sailing out of Baltimore  on the Friday morning with a perfect mix of experience and youth, age and beauty and ready to take on their well-earned adventures that lied ahead.


Whoever the Gods were on this particular weekend they certainly delivered on the weather for this group of Cullaun Sailors. Weather Forecast for the weekend was bang-on accurate with consistently fresh North winds blowing for most of the weekend at speeds of Force 4 and 5 on Friday tailing off to Force 2 or 3 on Saturday and Sunday. This made planning routes easier. On Sunday you could be forgiven for thinking we were on a Greek Islands cruise with swimming in Horse Show Bay under a backdrop of a clear blue sky. The weather made for perfect conditions to progress any wild ideas for the 2nd Annual Jolly Roger Cup.
Sailing out of Baltimore Bay on the Friday morning, having left behind the beautiful setting of the Baltimore Harbour, was an exciting moment for all as we progressed West out of the Bay with Bantry Bay set as our final destination. Both crews opted for the North Passage out of Baltimore which tested the navigation skills of both skippers and their crews. Trying to get a handle on the elements, while the crew settled into their new environment, including distractions from seals having their breakfast on the rocks, and the beautiful scenery of the Sherkin and Clear Islands to the South we ventured North West from Baltimore Bay toward Mizen Head with Fastnet  to the South West. We managed some beautiful sailing as we rotated the role of helm and with Wind speeds of with occasional gusts of 20 knots speed and tidal swells with high waves rounding the Mizen certainly posed a tough challenge at times for both crews.
With both cruiser’s main sails reefed and their jibs tightened for much of the Bantry Bay leg and with Whity Island to the Starboard side and low tide beckoning into the new Bantry Marina on Friday night, the beef stew dinners were a welcome feast after a challenging but most enjoyable ten hours of sailing and this was just day one! Great credit most go to the two skippers, Des and Billy, and to their mentors, Mick and Jim, for the route planning and Navigation as the sailing experience was something that will be hard top and certainly raises the bar for future sailing trips.
Day two Saturday was much of the same as Friday with fantastic sailing weather with both crews well fed and geared up and ready to continue exploring the beautiful coastline of West Cork. Des’s crew took the route into Bare Island for lunch where rumour has it they may have picked up a winning Euro Millions ticket in Murphy’s post office while Billy’s crew aimed to get into Barley Cove before the tide changed at 4pm giving a lovely smooth sail around Mizen Head and into Barley Cove. Leaving Barley Cove we came across a small pod of Dolphins. We weren’t sure were they challenging us to a race or were they just enjoying surfing the waves at the bow of the boat but at 7 knots speed over land they managed to keep up for about 10 minutes or so before giving in to the might of the 40 foot Inis Ceim and heading on their merry way. Great excitement. On board the other boat their were unconfirmed reports of a whale sighting which may or may not have been the effects of a misspent youth or perhaps the shadows of one’s former self from the night before. Ina ny case there was plenty of scenery and wildlife for all sailors alike to observe.
As the night closed in on Saturday evening and with a close eye on the Rainfall Radar over Ireland through most of Saturday and the clouds darkening in the distance as we approached Clear Island we managed to avoid any rainfall while it appears most of the rest of the country were drowned in heavy rainfall for most of the day. Take note Greek Island Sailors. Clear Island pier is currently under construction but we still managed to moor both boats for the night and join in the craic in the local where we surprised the youthful Mr. Mick Lafin with a birthday cake and celebrated the sailing endeavours with many creamy pints and a Hendriks or two for good measure.
The Sunday morning rise at Clear Island Pier under the clear blue sky and a beaming sun rise certainly set us up for our final day with a sweet fresh sea breeze blowing along the cliff face at the pier. Some early-rising sailors managed to stretch their legs by taking a stroll around the island to the South Harbour. This for me will definitely be a place to revisit in the future and clearly already a favourite with some of the more seasoned Cullaun Sailors. Tom Galvin even knew where to pick the rare Clear Island Fushia. Gorgeous.
Sunday brought a visit to Horse Shoe Bay after sailing through the Gascanane Sounds where both boats moored for lunch and the Jolly Roger Cup rules of engagement could be discussed and agreed upon. I could not give justice to The 2017 The Jolly Roger here and hence I am suggesting here that another report be written specifically on the race alone. If not the details will be passed on no doubt in full through no bad ilk from the loosing team as the team building and the level of social skills which the race brings to the September Cruise is an achievement in its own right.
Leaving Horse Shoe Bay we took on some Mackerel Fishing to the background sound of the Mayo v Dublin All-Ireland Final on the radio. and some nice cruising around Sherkin and Clear islands before the return leg of our September Cruise back into Baltimore Bay which was a hive of activity with all kinds of water sports including the Baltimore Sailing Club racing with over 20 boats participating. A beautiful sight on a sunny Sunday afternoon.
I have to say without any doubt and I think all would agree that this Sailing adventure has been unbelievable and for me personally probably one of the most memorable experiences in my life. I have the Cullaun Sailing Club and its fantastic members to thank for this and in particular for this adventure Billy Mahoney, Des McMahon, Jim O’Sullivan and Mick Laffan. The September Cruise is an adventure which I have already put into my diary for next year and the planning permission application is already in train with the planning authority in the Hawkins household in Quin. Well done again to Billy and Des for skippering and a fine job you did.
Looking forward to seeing you all in Cullaun in due course.
Damian Hawkins.

Thanks Damian for your comprehensive report.  Dont Forget cooler sailing is starting this weekend  with junior training taking place from 12:00  all of our pictures are here 
  2017 September Cruise

September Regatta Short Results

Written by Jim O Sullivan


Class: PY
Series: SeptRegatta2017
RankSail NoFlagsTypeHelmCrewHcapRace 1Race 2Race 3Race 4Race 5Race 6Race 7Nt Pts
1 10018   WAYFARER John Turner Barrie Owen 1102 4 2 2 1 2 (5) 1 12
2 10596   WAYFARER Gordon Jess Rachel Bevan 1102 2 1 3 (24/DNF) 3 1 3 13
3 8669   WAYFARER Chris Caher Rachael Caher 1102 3 3 4 2 6 (11) 7 25
4 10935   WAYFARER Margie Crawford Keith Maxwell 1102 8 8 (9) 3 4 4 4 31
5 938   RS 200 Thomas Drayton Tadgh O'Meara 1047 1 4 1 8 9 (14) 9 32
John Turner and Barry Owen First Prize
Gordon Jess and Rachel Bevan second prize
Chris Caher with his daughter Rachel winning thrid prize overall and best Cullaun boat
Thomas Drayton and Tadhg O Meara  First Juniors and First in the RS 200 Fleet
Sean Hynes and Luke O Sullivan second prize in the RS200 Fleet
Pat and Dylan Culloo third prize in the RS200 Fleet

September Regatta Photos by Roger Duff

Written by Jim O Sullivan
Cullaun Sailing Club Regatta 2017 

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