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Wayfarer National Championship

Written by Jim O Sullivan



Pictures are Margaret Hynes and Michael Hayes from Cullaun Sailing Club with John Wilson Commodore Lough Ramor Sailing club after winning the Irish National Wayfarer Sailing Championship on Lough Ramor in Virginia Co Cavan.

Cullaun Sailing Club was represented by three boats and although the winds were very light there was some intense sailing going on as they competed with other Wayfarer boats from all over the country for this prestigious honour. The last time it was won in Clare was in 1987 when Chris Davis won the Prize while Margaret Hynes was crewing for him. There were six races over the two day and the results of the best 5 races were counted giving Margaret and Michael the narrowest of margins for such a historic win.

Race Results June 16th 2016

Written by Jim O Sullivan

RaceREsults 16 6 2016

At last nights sailing we had 11 boats out on the water with two safety boats watching the action there were 7 racing and 4 out to get more practice on the water. For a change we ran three races on a starboard course just to be different and have a bit of variety. When we were going out the winds were force three but they came down a bit initally and then started gusting 3 . There was pin end bias on the line and most of the boats picked up on that. Margaret Hynes and Mike Hayes were still on a high from last weekend and while they were in the compound they were all being congratulated but out on the water it was everyone fighting their own corner and doing their best to win the races. There was a long beat up to the windward mark and from the safety boat it seemed as though they were going well out of their way to make the mark but they were all around the mark within 1 minute of each other.

It seems as though Margaret must of had a lot of sand in her boat from Lough Ramor as even though she was in second place she decided to go for a swim and rinse out the inside of her boat. This didnt deter her much as she was very fast righting the boat but it took a small bit of time to empty it and by then a lot of the fleet had passed. Sean Hynes and Mike O Dea went on to win line honours followed by Tom Mc Hugh and Lelia O Shaughnessey and in third place Des Mac Mahon and Pat Biesty.
When the PY handicap came into play Des and Pat were first followed by Tom and Lelia.

Race two had a very close finish with Margaret and Mike getting Line honours by 1 second ahead of Tom and Lelia

Race three was the turn for the RS boys Sean and Mike to come in with the line honours and win by 40 seconds but alas PY handicap is not very forgiving on the RS200 and Des and Pat Beisty won that race as well. See the full results below.

This weekend sees the launch of TRY sailing and we will be running this at the club from 2.00pm on Sunday if you can help us out then please call down to the clubhouse at 1:00pm even if its just to be out sailing on the water it will be good for visitors to see a few boats on the water. See poster attached. The following weekend sees a 2 day adult introduction course being run over the saturday and sunday so if you know anyone who is interested in learning to sail then this is an ideal course for them. Please ask them to book or register online as we will need to know the number of instructors that we will need.

Starting on the 28th we have Summer camps so please pass on the word and take a look at the website for full details. The second course is nearly full so please make sure that anyone who is interested in this books online asap

We wish Cillian O Mara all the best on his adventure on the Round Ireland Race starting tomorrow He is sailing with the Irish National Sailing School in a boat called Lynx which is a Reflex 38 who has a crew of 8 plus a Skipper. The boat can be tracked here once the race starts it is called LYNX www.yb.tl/wicklowroundireland2016




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Transition year Sailors from St Josephs Secondary School Tulla

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On Saturday 14th April we took Students from Transition year in the local secondary school out for a sail to see if they enjoyed sailing and being out on the water.  We had great weather and they had a ball.

Thanks to all the helpers who helped on the day especially the Junior Instructors who brough them out on the Omegas.  They were Sarah Byrt, Aoife Ward, Patrick Donnelan,Roisin Fallon and Luke O' Sullivan.  These were ably assisted by Margaret Hynes, Roisin Stynes, Lelia O' Shaughnessy and Coranne Heffernan.  thanks to all involved the students had a great day and wrote a lovely report on thier website www.sjt.ie  see below for some of the photos of the day.



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