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Gavan Hennigan Talk

Written by Jim O Sullivan

We had a great night lastnight and a very informative chat from Gavan Hennigan on his row across the Atlantic and how he hopes to do the same again later this year when he will be rowing back to Galway from New York.   Our Commodore Des Mc Mahon drew this lovely cartoon for a raffle last night and it was won by Emmet O Mahony.  Well done to the fundraising group we are a few bob richer on our way to building our clubhouse and thanks to all who turned up and supported the event.

 

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Gavan Hennigan Fundraising talk

Written by Jim O Sullivan

As part of our fundraising series for our new Clubhouse, We are delighted to host Gavan Hennigan who will give a talk on his epic solo row across the atlantic ocean.  Tickets are limited and can be purchased here or available on the night at the Limerick School of art and design.

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Easter Camp Junior Sailing

Written by Jim O Sullivan

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Click here to book your place today http://shop.cullaunsailingclub.com/index.php/2017eastercamp.html

 

 

Cullaun Sailing Club E.G.M. 2017 Clubhouse Updates Future Plans.

Written by Des Mc Mahon


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Despite the miserable weather there was a very good turnout at the Kilkishen Cultural center last night for the clubs E.G.M. This was an important evening as the meeting was a one-item agenda, whether we proceed with the building of the clubhouse or not. My first duty as commodore was to hand over all responsibility of the meeting to the building committee and the fundraising committee (liking this job so far) to explain where we stand at present with the planning, the finances, the time frame and the projected impact on the club and our future. The floor was opened to questions and any question regarding all aspects of the build were welcomed and I think answered.


The vote was held at the end of this discussion and the result was unanimously in favour of proceeding with the build.
We will continue to fund raise in order to complete the build with the minimum of stress on the members and the club. If you would like to make a donation then click http://www.cullaunsailingclub.com/index.php/donations (or paste into browser). If anyone wishes to set up a fundraiser themselves or has any other ideas for fundraising they can contact either Colm ward or myself. All contributions and ideas are welcomed.

360 clubhouse model video Link
http://www.dailymotion.com/video/x5cy928


To make a donation Link
http://www.cullaunsailingclub.com/index.php/donations
There will be an impact on this seasons sailing (more than likely towards the end of the season) but we will deal with that as best as we can and we hope to have minimal interruption to what is a fast approaching sailing season, Barely three weeks away!!
I would like to take this opportunity to thank the building committee (Tommy, Mick, Tom and Jim) for their time and effort in getting us to this stage, (this time last year it looked like a bridge too far) and the fundraising committee for all their efforts also. I would also like to thank the club members for their support and their willingness to get behind this project and the club in general in all its endeavors.
As a relative newcomer to the club I hold the feeling of welcoming that comes from this small and personable club at the highest level of what we offer. I am not sure how I have become commodore (starting to get a fair idea though) but I will endeavor to do my best for the club during my tenure. I would like to thank Jim O'Sullivan for his untiring efforts over the last four years as commodore and for his continued work on the building committee. Greatly appreciated.

Des Mc Mahon - Commodore

Annual General Meeting Notice

Written by Jim O Sullivan

 

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  • this has been emailed out to all members

This year will be very busy and exciting one  for the club and we will need to have as many people to contribute to the AGM and the Committee for the next year. Please do your best to turn up on the night as we will be discussing our new clubhouse.  It would be great to see all members there

 

Cullaun Sailing Club Results for 2016

Written by Jim O Sullivan

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Prize giving and Photos from Laying up supper in Bunratty.
Spring 
1st Margaret Hynes, Mike Hayes
2nd Jim O'Sullivan Kevin Donlon
3rd Tom McHugh Lelia Shaughnessy

May
1st Margaret Hynes Mike Hayes
2nd Coranne Hefferan Tom Galvin
3rd Sheila O'Malley Elish Smith

June 
1st Des McMahon Pat Biesty
2nd Tom McHugh Lelia O' Shaughnessey
3rd Hugh Ward Colm Ward

July 
1st Brian Park Mike Logan
2nd Billy O'Mahony Damian Hawkins
3rd Chris Caher Aishling Caher

August 
1st Jim O'Sullivan Kevin Donlon
2nd Tommy Scott Mick Laffan
3rd Sheila O'Malley Elish Smith

Cooler 
1st Margaret Hynes Mike Hayes
2nd Chris Caher Aishling Caher (Donlon cup) 
3rd Jim O'Sullivan Kevin Donlon

Best Improver Tommy Scott
Best Enterprise Tom McHugh

Best Juniors
1 Sean Hynes & Luke O'Sullivan
2 Rosin Fallon

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Thanks also to Kevin Ryan and George Fitzgerald  who di d up these lovely calendars for us.  IF you want a copy then please let us know and we will do our best to get you a copy

 

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From endless cups of tea (& a few toffee crisps) to the inception of the Jolly Roger Cup

Written by George Fitzgerald

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As I headed off to west Cork for my first Cullaun SC annual cruise, little did I know that I was about to take part in the first ever Jolly Roger Cup Race. I'm not quite sure if it will go down in the chronicles of nautical racing history and attract Olympic or Volvo class sailors in the future but it will always remind me of this great weekend- sailing and socialising. 

On Thursday evening last, I travelled south with 13 Cullaun sailors to sniff out the sea breeze. A beautiful sun was setting upon our arrival in Baltimore as we unloaded our gear and tried to find where best to stash away our grub (including a vast quantity of toffee crisp bars and coco pops). Once we had unpacked we all met in the local pub for a few scoops.

The next morning was 'nice and fresh'. After some breakfast and a toffee crisp or two, followed by a quick shop for some fruit in order to avoid scurvy (you cannot live on toffee crisps and coco pops alone!), we got under way at about 10.30am and each boat went their merry ways, one beating (or almost belting) out towards Fastnet lighthouse with the porpoises for company, while the other boat sailed east on a nice run for Barloge Creek.

This cool creek provides a secluded anchorage and we had a refreshing swim there. After we travelled back west and enjoyed the lumpy swells of the Atlantic until we rounded Cape Clear Island and navigated safey into it's north harbour. Our compatriots were already tied up and relaxing on deck with a drink. After a lovely bolognese dinner which Kevin Donolan russsled up we visited the pub for the obligatory night cap (or two).
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Saturday's wind was very light. One boat headed out to round the Fastnet and then onto Crookhaven, while the other traveled the opposite direction through the Gascanane Sound and then east to discover Barloge Creek for themselves. Behind the creek is Lough Hyne, a marine lake accessible by a narrow stretch of water known as "the rapids". A bit of white water rafting in the inflatable dingy was tested by this adventurous group, along with their own patience being tested by the outboard engine. Pic Des Mac Mahon


Both crews returned for the evening to moor on Sherkin Island's jetty, one boat returning from Crookhaven on the high tide via the North Passage which required eyeball navigation, especially when passing the Two Women rocks.

After a fine curry dinner which Billy O'Mahony and Maureen Hayes had prepared, we all assembled in the Jolly Roger pub to exchange the stories of our day and enjoy a few drinks. As the pints flowed, that competitive streak of Des McMahon's surfaced and he suggested a race challenge for the following day.
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And so it happened, the following morning, sore heads or not, both boats lined up before the start line. With light winds behind our sails we battled it out with a few tacks to try to establish the best way to luff our sails and point east to the finish line at the entrance to Castletownsend. After half an hour or so, Captain Emmett O'Mahony and his crew snuck into the lead to win the race. Defeated but not deflated, the losing crew stripped off for a swim before boarding the winning ship to congratulate the crew and raise a toast to their victory. Both teams then enjoyed a great fry-up and the sun decided to come out for the remainder of the day, allowing us a fabulous sail with a stiff breeze all the way back to our original starting point in Baltimore. From here we unloaded our gear... and the last few Toffee Crisps were shared out for the drive home.

Overall, it was a truly enjoyable weekend! Thanks to everyone for organising and sharing the experience together, I'm clearing my calendar for next years trip already!

George Fitzgerald

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