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Kilmurry Harvest Festival

Written by Jim O Sullivan

In Conjunction with Kilmurry Harvest festival we will be offering free Try Sailing sessions on Sunday 13th August from 2:00 to 17:00.  there is limited places on these and sessions need to be booked in advance by filling in the following form.  These sessions are for over 12's and will be run on Cullaun Lake

Kilmurray Harvest Festival


2017 Summer Camp Success

Written by Jim O Sullivan


Over the last 4 weeks we have had up to 50 children partaking in our Summer Camps and weekend sailing.  thanks to  our Senior Instructor Fionn Delahunty  for his helpers for all of the work they have put in.  Everyone was well impressed and in the middle of all of this we had our Annual ISA inspection which we passed with  flying colours so we are yet again a ISA approved training centre.  We are busy again in August with adult courses taking place and try Sailing day on the 13th of August so if you would like to see what all of the fun is about then why not book a place  and we would be delighted to take you out on the water for a sail.   Check out our facebook page for full images and make sure to like tag and sharefacebook full size imagesfacebook album http://bit.ly/2eP9TBF



Race Report 22-7-2017

Written by Billy O Mahony

Race Results July 2017 Races 5&6

Hi All,

we had another great turn out in numbers with 11 boats on the water on Thursday evening. Also great to see our newer members Irene, Daire and Frank gaining some good experience crewing and undoubtedly picking up golden tips on boat handling and race strategy from their helms.

The wind started out at a decent F3 and the OOD had defied convention to race 4 triangles without a sausage in sight. However after the first beat the wind dropped to the slightest breath and the race was shortened to just two triangles. Margaret with a temporary crew of out Senior Instructor, Fionn were first over the line, with Tommy Scott & Mick Laffan staying close enough to Sean Hynes and Mike O'Dea in the RS to claim second place once PY boat speed was factored in.

The wind came up again for the start of the second race and even with slight lull again in the middle triangle the breeze stayed decent until the end. Margaret and Fionn again  took the honours with the two RS200s taking the next two spots.

After all the boats were tidied a way Gallagher's in Kilkishen provided sandwiches and a few refreshments for the thirsty sailors. Again great to see the flag being flown for the social side of the club also.

See you all again tomorrow night.


Race Report 15-7-2017

Written by Jim O Sullivan

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



Summer Camp 2017

Written by Jim O Sullivan

This week saw twenty recruits from absolute beginners to level two and three sailors take to sailing on Cullaun Lake.  There was great fun and learning under the watchful eye of our Senior Instructor Fionn Delahunty.  Unfortunately all of our camps are now full and we hope that next year we will have our clubhouse built so we will be able to teach a lot more kids at these camps to enjoy the sport of sailing.


All set for the trip to Dun Laoghaire

Written by Jim O Sullivan

Best of luck to all our members  who are travelling to Dun Laoghaire for the National Finals.  We had a great time there 2 years ago and hopefully will get some silverware this time around.



We have three Wayfarers registered for the event and our Commodore Des and Pat are travelling with their GP14.




Galway 17th Scout troop visits Cullaun for 1 day Sailing Camp

Written by Jim O Sullivan

There was great weather last weekend for  The 17th Galway, Gort Scout Troop when they came down to see us and earn their level 2  sailing badge


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