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Cullaun Sailing Club punches well above its weight in the Irish National Championships

Written by Jim O Sullivan

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Ireland's biggest sailing event, the Volvo Dun Laoghaire Regatta, has come to a close after an exciting four days of racing in Dublin Bay with over 400 boats and almost 3,000 sailors competing. Cullaun Sailing Club from Kilkishen were very well represented with 3 Wayfarer boats and one GP 14. Margaret Hynes and Michael Hayes came second in the Irish National Championship with her son Sean Hynes and John Wilson coming in fifth and Jim O Sullivan with his Son Luke took seventh place. Des Mac Mahon and Pat Beisty represented the club in the GP14 category

Regatta Chairman Tim Goodbody's reminder that 'Volvo Dun Laoghaire is a fun regatta, not a championship' did little to stem the fierce competition for the coveted Volvo prizes in 29 classes as the last race of the event concluded in the lightest winds of the series while there were gusts of up to 30 nauts on friday morning.

The biennial regatta is being hailed an enormous success both afloat and ashore for a combined fleet of 415 boats, the biggest on the Irish Sea. Over 250 races on five different courses were staged in a range of light to very heavy conditions since racing began last Thursday. Trophies were awarded in each of the 29 competing classes this afternoon, bringing the curtain down on one of the most successful staging's of Ireland's biggest sailing event.

LogoCullaun Sailing Club www.cullaunsailingclub.com is an active dinghy club situated between Kilkishen and Tulla and is currently running Summer camp for 24 kids and will be running adult courses and Powerboat courses over the Summer. Anyone interested in joining the club take a look at our website or facebook page.

Thanks to Cenit College for Sponsoring Jim O Sullivan at the Event


Jim and Luke O Sullivan

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Summer Camp 2015 first day briefing

Written by Jim O Sullivan

First Day at Summer Camp with a lovely bright Morning with Instructors and students getting ready to go out on the water. We have a few places left on our second two week course starting 13th of July or if you want to only do one week the talk to Junior Officer Maureen Hayes 087 9620499 or log onto www.cullaunsailingclub.com for full details


Cullaun Sailing Club ISA TrySailing Initiative

Written by Pat Biesty

Fergal Diviney, Commodore Galway City SC, Tadhgh Keady, Spiddal Sailing Club, Jim O'Sullivan, Commodore Cullaun Sailing Club,
Rob Goodbody, Coastguard Helicopter & Gary Allen
at the launch of the Irish Sailing Association 's new Try Sailing initiative in the House Hotel on Monday. Photo: Joe Travers.

Cullaun Sailing Club, Kilkishen, Co.Clarewere at a well-attended reception in Galway last Monday 8th June to promote a new sailing initiative, TrySailing. As part of Irish Water Safety Week TrySailing aims to encourage people to get out on the water.  The Reception was hosted by Irish Sailing Association local director Pierce Purcell. Cullaun Sailing Club, Kilkishen, Co.Clare was represented by Commodore Jim O Sullivan.

TrySailing is a national network of events and opportunities for people of all ages and abilities to get out on the water and give sailing a try. TrySailing is available in all Irish Sailing Association affiliated clubs and approved Training Centres, an extensive network of which Cullaun Sailing Club is a member. (www.sailing.ie)

Mr David Lovegrove, ISA President, was delighted with the response at last week’s event which brought all water sport interests together, with sailing clubs and training centres from the western region as well as rowing, kayaking, diving, windsurfing, sea scouting and boat building and representative stakeholders

The Gardaí, Coast Guard from Shannon and Connemara, Michael Raftery, Galway Chief Fire Officer, Western Fisheries Officers Paul Reynolds and Lonan O’Farrell and Mike Swan, RNLI, also attended, as well as John Killeen, Chairman Marine Institute, and Harbour Master Brian Sheridan.

John Leech, Irish Water Safety CEO, thanked those in attendance and asked the public to take extra care when using the water. 

Pierce Purcell wished Water Safety Awareness Week every success and appealed to boat users to take time out to check their lifejackets, particularly the automatic type which need checking constantly.

Cullaun Sailing Club kids club summer sailing courses are starting on June 29th and July 13th.

To Contact Cullaun Sailing Club, Kilkishen, Co.Clare  Phone Maureen (087) 9620499,

Or check regular updates on  facebook and Twitter. or www.sailing.ie

Summer sailing camps

Written by Jim O Sullivan


The summer sailing courses are Filling up quickly with first one starting on July 3rd th and the second on starting on July 17th.
The cost is 270 for a 2 week full time course from 10 until 4.30 Bookings Are now been taken by our Junior Sailing Officer or you can book online here



The ISA Junior Sailing Summer Camp for children aged 8-17yrs takes place this summer. The ISA Junior Sailing Summer Camp (JSSC) is ISA certified training courses run by ISA qualified Instructors who follow the relevant national syllabi, ISA Young Sailors Scheme (YSS) & the ISA Small Boat Sailing Scheme (SBSS) and lots more!

This summer camp is designed primarily to teach children the life-skill of sailing in a safe, supervised environment. Every day from 10.00 am to 4.30 pm, a whole new world of experiences is opened up for them as ISA qualified instructors gently and patiently explain the mysteries of the water and the wind and how best to use them together to command their boat. The theory that is taught onshore is put into practise on the water and with that comes knowledge, ability and camaraderie with other children that builds over 2 weeks.

As children grow in knowledge and skill they also grow in confidence and pride in themselves as they become more proficient and ‘master of their ship’. They’re outdoors, in the fresh air, socialising and learning with other children, a skill that will last a lifetime. It is a thrilling and exciting experience that can give your children memories for life as they develop a love for and confidence in, the water.


Equally popular are our beginner sailing camps for children who are slightly older aged 11-17 years.
The following ISA Junior Sailing Summer Camps 2015 will be run this summer for Juniors aged 11-17 : Start Sailing, Basic Skills, Improving Skills, Advanced Boat Handling (ABH) & Go Racing 2 (GR2) subject to demand.

Start Sailing

By the end of this course sailors will be sailing in light wind conditions with assistance from their instructor. It is their first formal sailing course. 


Basic Skills

By the end of this course sailors will be sailing on their own in light wind conditions without assistance from their instructor. This means that at the end of this course they will be capable of rigging, launching, sailing and recovering their boat in light conditions without any assistance. It is important that as well as having the skills; they understand the circumstances in which it would be safe to do this.

For the more advanced sailors whose sailing courses the emphasis is on achievement of further sailing skills and confidence building leading to competing on the national racing circuit, cruising the lakes and beyond and qualifying as ISA instructors to teach sailing.

 Click on the booking form to guarantee your place today




Bookings can be made online here or alternatively please contact 

Maureen Hayes (087) 9620499
Co Clare


Job Vacancys

Written by Jim O Sullivan

Are You an experienced qualified Dinghy - Senior Instructor

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Position Advertised: Senior Instructor (Dinghy)

Organisation Name: Cullaun Sailing Club Senior

Senior Instructor required 
Dates : 02 to  27th July- 2018 ( 4 Weeks)

Qualifications Needed: ISA Senior Instructor

We are currently looking to recruit an ISA Senior to run our July Junior Summer Camps.

ISA rates apply for Senior Instructors.

If you think that you would be interested in Joining us for these 4 weeks then please feel free to give us a shout.

Contact us directly - Contact Details: Margaret Hynes 087 947 6753 Junior Sailing Officer

Commodore Des mac Mahon (086 8246760)





Sailing report for Thursday May 28th 2015.

Written by Jim O Sullivan

The sky was overcast as the members gathered in the compound at 6.00pm. The first race was under way at app 7:15 in a moderate breeze. 10 boats raced. A slight variation to the normal course was set, two triangles, a sausage, one triangle and beat to finish.

Mike in his laser got a good start but his lead was whittled away by the two wayfarers with Margaret finishing ahead of Jim at the finish. There was not enough of breeze to allow the laser to stay ahead of the wayfarers.

The racing was much closer in the second race with the fleet nicely bunched together at the start. Tom Mchugh in his Enterprise set out to lead from the start, however Margarete soon closed on him and a great contest ensued over the first two triangles, so intense was the competition between them that they took each other on a merry dance into another triangle while their competitors sailed the shorter sausage course to the leward mark.
It was two junior sailors (Sean Hynes and Mike O’ Dea in their RS200) who took advantage and went on to beat the fleet to the line ahead of Tom (Ent.) and Jim (Wayfarer).
The juniors are making tremendous progress this year, in the May series Sean and Hugh have won five races between them. The rest of the juniors are also featuring in the results.

On returning to the compound after a very enjoyable evening on the lake we found a new wayfarer had arrived, Chris Cahir has decided to try his skills in a wayfarer and no doubt he and Ashling will soon be coaxing “Madame Vice” into the lead in Cullaun. Congratulations Chris and Ashling enjoy it.

Tommy Scott and Mike Laffin

Race 1                
Helm Crew Class HC Elapsed Time CT( C ) Points
Min Sec Sec total
Margaret Hynes Mike Hayes Wayfarer 1112 40 49 2449 2202 1
Jim O'Sullivan Jim Wayfarer 1112 41 57 2517 2263 2
Mike Sullivan   Laser 1088 42 15 2535 2330 3
Corrane Tom enterprise 1115 43 20 2600 2332 4
Des Pat GP14 1130 45 15 2715 2403 5
Tom McHugh Sue Enterprise 1115 44 47 2687 2410 6
Hugh ward Colm RS200 1116 45 0 2700 2419 7
Billy O Mahony   enterprise 1115 47 48 2868 2572 8
Mike O Dea Sean Hynes RS200 1116 48 20 2900 2599 9
Phillippe Barbiton   Laser 1088 DNF   #VALUE! #VALUE! 11
Tommy Mick             OOD
Race 2                
Helm Crew Class HC Elapsed Time CT( C ) Points
Min Sec Sec total
Sean Mike O Dea RS200 1116 31 4 1864 1670 1
Tom McHugh Sue Enterprise 1115 32 9 1929 1730 2
Jim Kevin  wayfarer 1112 32 8 1928 1734 3
des pat GP14 1130 32 46 1966 1740 4
Margaret Hynes Mike Hayes wayfarer 1112 32 36 1956 1759 5
coranne  Tom Enterprise 1115 32 52 1972 1769 6
Hugh Colm RS200 1116 34 30 2070 1855 7
Phillippe Barbiton   laser 1088 33 39 2019 1856 8
Billy O Mahony   Enterprise 1115 35 20 2120 1901 9
Mike Sullivan   laser 1088 36 17 2177 2001 10

Pre Assesment Instructors

Written by Jim O Sullivan

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Congratulations to Aoife, Niamh, Roisin, Mike, Sami and Sean on passing their preassessment today. It was a Pleasure to watch them sailing rudderless, picking up man overboard etc. Apologies to those who couldn't make it due to change of day. Mother Nature has a storm planned for tomorrow!
Special thanks to Colm for all his work in organisation of Transition years, leading up to today. We are expecting at least three more to take part in Dinghy Instructor Course in October, so please let Colm know.



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