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From a Perfect cruise to Perfect Storm

Written by Jim O Sullivan

Well i think that is how some of this years crew would of described  this years cruise with the weather going from a  force 3 for a time on friday to force 2-3 on a balmy september Saturday and then force 5 gusting 6 for a time with plenty of rain on Sunday.

IMG 1564This year we had 13 people on our cruise and we all headed to Baltimore on Thursday evening where we were met by Con Minihan of Baltimore Yacht Charters.  After stowing our gear and going through the handover of checking out the boats and making sure that everything was in order and in its place then we adjourned to sample the pub life. For a Thursday night it was very quiet but considering everybody was minding themselves until they got out on the water the next day this wasn’t surprising. 

The next day was a nice morning with a force 2-3 north westerly wind, one of the boats went out around Sherkin past Cape Clear and south towards fastnet before heading west of the Mizen and over towards Castletown Bere and Bere Island we were taking a bit longer to get accustomed to the boat so we motored out the north passage and sailed south towards Mizen. Upon hoisting our Jib we noticed a tear in the leech of the sail so we pulled into SChull and Moored there while waiting for Con to come out with a replacement. He arrived out to us less than fifteen minutes after we had moored so we started  again once more and sailed and motor Sailed to Bere Island  For our second night we stayed in Lawrence's Cove and tied up to the Marina.  As we didn’t dock until about 7.00 we ate on board and again later went to visit the hostelries on Bere Island.  Due to work commitments one of the crew could only come down on Friday evening and he arrived down to us in the marina at 21:00 after travelling from Arizona that very morning.

IMG 0919Saturday Morning broke with the sun Shining and a nice south south westerly breeze force 2-3 and everybody in great form. we weren’t in any real rush to leave the marina so we took our time and again the boats split up with one heading for Piper Sound and the other going out the east side of the island and both heading towards Cape Clear.  While going through Piper sound it was interesting to see and show how the lighting system with sectored lights coming into the channel. As the wind had changed direction we again had to do some motor sailing and this time we passed within a few hundred metres just below the mizen head.

We sailed on from there and as we passed barley cove we looked in and could see that the other boat had pulled in. Not wanting to cramp their style we sailed on a bit and headed for Crookhaven.  The weather was perfect and we were in no real rush so we went in and dropped an anchor.  Some of the crew who were on the boat 2 or 3 years ago were reminsecing on how good the sea food was in the pub and wondered would it be alright if they went in to see had it changed much or was it just as good. We then made a decision if we were going to go into the town it would be better to stay the night so we changed from being anchored to tied up to a visitor mooring and we went in to crook haven and saw the last 10 minutes of the South Africa V Japan Match. after that we watched the highlights of the Ireland V Canada match and then back on board where we tied up the Dinghy and had some lovely food. 

By the time we were going to bed the wind had picked up a bit and i knew that conditions were going to be a bit fresher on the Sunday. after checking and double checking that we were tied on properly to the mooring.  The rain started in the middle of the night and Sunday morning it was not going to let up the forecast was for rain the whole day and force 5-6 south westerly winds increasing as the day went on.   This time our boat was the one to go outside Cape Clear and Sherkin while the others took the north Passage.  We though that the South Westerlies would give us a bit of shelter behind the islands but no the wind had changed to a southerly direction so once we rounded cape clear there was still lots of wind.  this helped us to get in to baltimore faster but there was still a lot of wind and tide before us at the entrance at barrack point and Lots wife.  Once we got into the bay it was a lot calmer and we followed the markings in to tie up against the pontoon at baltimore pier.  IT was a great weekend albiet a bit windy on Sunday but other than that we really enjoyed it. 

thankfully everyone made it home safe and sound on the Sunday night and probably had the best nights sleep of the whole weekend. Full Pictures on the facebook page  http://www.facebook.com/cullaunsailingclub




September cruise

Written by Jim O Sullivan

Cullaun Sailing Club organises an annual cruise trip normally to Cork where we charter two boats and sail around there for a long weekend. This year we are going to Baltimore in west Cork and are chartering two 40ft yachts from the 15th of September to the 17th.

Con Minihan lets us stay on the boat on the thursday evening so we are ready for to sail first thing on the friday morning.

Some of the Places that we have visited on the September Cruise over the last few years include

Castletown Bere
Union Hall
Sherkin Island
and Cape Clear

when we chartered from Kinsale we also went all the way up to Cork Harbour right beside Jurys Inn and stayed there for a night.

We are taking names now for this years cruise and preference for places is automatically give to members and active sailors. If you’re interested in this then let me know and book a place below by sending a non refundable deposit of 60 euro through Paypal. It’s a great experience which is not to be missed. The Cost is approx 140 euro for the three days. This is a great Opportunity to sail with other members of the Club on 40 foot and bigger boats.

This year again we will be using Con Minihans boats www.baltimoreyachtcharters.com and sailing out of Baltimore. 








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Prize Winners at our September 2015 Regatta

Written by Jim O Sullivan

First Place Overall went to Gordon Jess and Rachel Bevan


Chris and Aisling Cahir second Place Overall



Michael and Niamh Haig Third Place


Terry Cook and Ralph Roberts from the UK won the best visiting Wayfarer 

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Sean Hynes and Mike O Dea  first prize in the Junior racing category



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Monica Schaeffer from  the  Irish and UK Wayfarer association  presenting  Commodore Jim O Sullivan and Sailing Secretary Margaret Hynes  with a board from the international Wayfarer  Derby and Wateryways Ireland

2015 Regatta

Written by Jim O Sullivan

Great Action at this weekends regatta

Click here for a birdseye view from Pat Biesty on his GP14 boat

September Regatta 2015

Written by Jim O Sullivan

2015 September Regatta Poster

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Cork Dinghy Fest

Written by Jim O Sullivan

A number of Cullaun sailors travelled to the Dinghy fest in the Royal Cork Yacht Club, taking part in the 198 boat regatta. Some Cullaun club members teamed up with Killaloe sailors, in both the RS 200 fleet and the RS400 fleet. Cullaun was also represented in the Laser fleet.
The sailing are for the RS fleet was outside the harbour, East of roches point, 4-5 nautical miles from RCYC S the crow flies.Conditions very tough on Friday with strong winds and bumpy seas. Sailors were hard pressed to stay upright and it was a tough day for all. Five races were sailed due to the light winds forecast for the weekend.
Saturday had the complete opposite conditions , with several boats being towed to the start line with the first gun four and a half hours after the sailors left shore!

David Branigan MArine Photograher

 The light conditions meant only two races were sailed and most boats had to be towed ashore!
Sunday dawned with light conditions and the racing was held in the harbour, with four short races. Typically the wind rose once racing was finished and weekend sailors enjoyed great conditions flying  back to Crosshaven.
There was great support and organisation on and off the water, With great comradarie, new and old aquainances made and a thirst for more sailing!


Photo David Branigan www.oceansport.ie


Looks very windy for the bank holiday

Written by Jim O Sullivan

I have good news and bad news for you.  The good news is that Wind Guru have created a spot for Cullaun Sailing club on their site so just go to windguru.com and type in Cullaun Sailing Club and you will see the weather for this area.  The bad news is that it is force 6 gusting up to force 8 on sunday so it means that we will not be able to sail this sunday.

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 Mike Hayes, Billy O Mahony and Des Mc Mahon are in Cork this weekend studying their day skippers course so we wish them well and hope that the conditions are not as windy for them.


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