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Cullaun Spring Regatta 2017 Report

Written by Des Mac Mahon

oodRegattas are funny things. Their success depends on so many things and so many variables. The main ingredient as ever is people. People to sail, people to set courses, people to man the rescue, make coffee, cook food, clean up…..and the list goes on. Then you need the weather and most importantly, wind. The forecast for today's regatta was looking very dubious on the wind front and the glasslike surface that greeted us this morning did nothing to allay our fears. But as the briefing time approached, the wind began to fill and everything fell into place. The wind shifted and altered throughout the day making life interesting for the OD, making some of the beats tricky and some of the reaches beats.

The first race started in true old fashioned Cullaun style with boats approaching the rear of the committee boat from all angles and at all speeds. Mildly chaotic to say the least (protest flag anyone?) but the enterprises and RS got off to a flying start with Tom McHugh going on to win the race ( quite an achievement considering he had only taken his boat out of the garage 5 minutes before the first gun). Margaret clawed her way steadily back up through the fleet to take second place which I’m sad to say became her discard in the end.
The second race started uneventfully but the first mark saw things return to normal with Brian Parks suffering under the illusion that his enterprise is only a six inches wide. This led to some choice language, a 360, and some more choice language. Tom McHugh crossed in second with myself and Tommy Scott close behind. Thankfully for us the Portsmouth Yardstick favours the GP.
Margaret once again sailed clear to take first with all the following fleet in touch with each other throughout the race leading to close and exciting racing with the Haigs taking second place line honours (Tom McHugh taking it on Handicap) The final race had less than a minute between second and fifth. Even though the handicap moved the GP up to second it was still sickening to watch Tommy Scott pinch past us on the line (especially as we had given him a protein bar after the third race).
Four races were run back to back in glorious sunshine finishing just as the wind died altogether.
There were a lot of regular club sailors missing for a variety of reasons, other commitments, approaching exams, communions etc. But hopefully, we will see all members back on the water over the next few weeks. Thanks to all those who made the effort to travel to attend, especially Tadhg and Thomas from Killaloe sailing Club (winners of the junior trophy). It was also great to see the latest addition to the club taking to the water for the fourth race. Laura and Jane in their new Feva hopefully leading the way for a new generation of juniors.


Samantha and Maureen had the BBQ on and the food all laid out, the bucket of beer was lifted out of the lake, the boats de-rigged and a very pleasant hour or two spent socialising. The prize giving took place with the background sounds of kids swimming and canoeing.
I am a relatively new member of Cullaun but it is afternoons like this that make you appreciate what we have with this club, both with the people and the location. Sometimes we are in such a hurry to race and to get back to whatever else we have going on that we perhaps don't enjoy the possibilities of the club and the social side of being by the water as much as we could.
My thanks to all who assisted in making the day successful.


First. – Margaret Haynes and Mike Hayes
Second. – Tom McHugh and Leila O Shaughnessy
Third. – Des MacMahon and Pat Biesty.
1^St Junior – Thomas And Tadhg O Mara RS200
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Learn to sail this Summer

Written by Jim O Sullivan




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Easter Camp attendees

Written by Jim O Sullivan

Congratulations to all the Juniors who were involved with the Easter Camp.  Thanks to Oisin Higgins, Sarah Byrt, Niamh Edwards and Iarlaith Caffrey for thier tuition during the week. Bookings are now being taken for the Summer Camps and they can be booked here.  Thanks to Sharon le Gear for the photos 


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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.



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

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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.

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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

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