“Great Sailing , in a fantastic location, in the company of the VERY best people “.
If you can find a bottle big enough and squeeze that into it & sell it on the shelves then “Cullaun Sailing Club” will be the richest club in the world !!!! BUT……..Please, Please, Please don’t do that……….call me selfish, but I want to keep your little piece of paradise all for myself and a few Chosen friends !!!!!!!!
Gordon Jess 2011 (EDYC)
The second last day of sailing for 2014 started with conflicting weather forecasts between Met Eirean’s online forecast of a fine light breezy day and Wind Guru & RTE forecasts of wet and windy conditions. Before we went out on the lake it looked as if Wind Guru & RTE were correct but by the time racing started, the wind had dropped to a light breeze with no gusts and the rain stayed away to give a fine afternoon for sailing.
Racing consisted of three triangles and a beat. 10 boats started the first race. Chris and Aisling Caher started in the lead and kept it to the end crossing the finish line first followed by Mike O’Sullivan on a Laser and Margaret Hynes with Mike Hayes third in a Wayfarer.
Jim O’Sullivan and Kevin Donlon capsized their Wayfarer on the final beat but righted themselves quickly and gave a demonstration of beating and bailing to the finish line to maintain their place in the race.
As the first race was completed within thirty minutes, we had considered lengthening the course but were distracted while we assisted Hugh & John in the safety boat who had lost power. They eventually got going again and the course lengthened itself when the Gybe mark started drifting down the lake.
The breeze had dropped more when we got going on the second race. Margaret got to the start line too early and was facing back when the bugle sounded. Brian Parks had to do a penalty when he tacked too early and crossed Colm Ward who was on starboard. For the first two laps all nine boats were bunched together but by the time of the final beat Margaret had taken a clear lead and crossed the finished line first followed by Chris and Aishling in second place with Mike O’Sullivan third. Again there was a capsize on the final beat when Sean Hynes and Mike O’Dea capsized their RS200 but they got going again to finish the race.
Thanks to Billy O’Mahony for assisting me as OOD and Hugh O’Malley and John Corry on rescue duty.
After an extended summer into September and early October, the weather has certainly changed to reflect the Autumn season. Temperatures are falling and the heating has been turned on at home. Leaves are falling from the trees and the golden colours of autumn are evident as you look around the lake.
The forecasted weather for the weekend was not good. Hurricane Gonzalo was impacting weather with rain and winds F7-8 over Ireland on Saturday night into Sunday morning. There was a possibility winds may be too strong for sailing on Sunday. However, Sunday morning Windguru forecast F4-6 dropping F4-5 during Sunday afternoon. Arriving at the club early, there were still some grey clouds and gusty winds but as we progressed into the afternoon, winds slackened and blue skies broke through. While laying the marks, the afternoon conditions were perfect for racing. A triangle course was set for the first race and to provide some variation a windward-leeward course was set for race 2.
Nine boats started the first race. Winds were lighter than expected, F2-3 from the south-west but was veering west in the gusts. All boats managed to complete the first triangle. Second time round the wind strength increased and there were some strong gusts. Mike Byrt in the L2000 performed some acrobatics at the jib mark and I understand Corannne was also a worthy participant in the excitement. Mike ended up in the water and retired with a sore head. Survival in the gusts was strategy for the race and some did not survive. Overall four of the nine starters capsized and were unable to finish the race. Margaret and Lelia continued their winning streak in the Wayfarer closely followed by Jim O’Sullivan in 2nd and Tommy Scott in 3rd place.
The course was changed to windward-leeward (sausage) for the 2nd race. A long beat/run was set up the middle of the lake. The sun was breaking through and the afternoon brightened up. Seven boats started the race. Same as the first race, the gusts provided challenging conditions. The long run provided ideal conditions for spinnakers but caution was the strategy for the Wayfarers (wimps). Hugh and David raised the spinnaker on the RS200 but were overpowered by the gusts and ended up in the water.
Close sailing between the three Wayfarers kept Margaret from getting clear ahead. On the last leg, Jim O’Sullivan rounded the leeward mark in first place but made a serious mistake while tacking and took on a boat-full of water. He continued up the beat semi-submerged but boat speed was severely compromised. Margaret and Lelia crossed the finish line in first place closely followed by Sean and Sammy in the RS200. Tommy Scott and Mick Laffan finished in 3rd place but beat the RS200 on handicap.
Overall, it was a very enjoyable afternoon. Air temperature was mild and the water temperature has not yet chilled to winter temperatures. While the gusts proved challenging for some, conditions were ideal for exhilarating sailing.
Rescue was ably provided by Mike and Maureen Hayes who were kept busy assisting capsized boats, towing and ensuring everybody was OK.
Sailors arrived as the junior training session finished.
The breeze was picking up in line with the forecast with gusts menacing as the sailors gathered on the slipway for the briefing.
The appointed O.O.D. wanted to avail of the wind and sail so a substitute was recruited.
With the safety, weather warnings and race briefing issued the O.O.D. and Rescue set off to set a course to suit the occasion. The course and start line was set so efficiently that some sailors were taken by surprise, “It cannot have started already” said one helm as he set of in pursuit.
The conditions on the water were less threatening than they appeared from the shore and the two rescue boats provided the necessary level of safety cover. “Take us further out into the wind” called one wayfarer sailor, repeatedly, between races.
The two reaches made good use of the fresh southerly wind and the windward buoy proved hard to make as it sheltered in the relative calm and shifty wind from the hill to the south. A nice balance for the conditions was the consensus.
Two races were held and eleven boats raced.
Tom and Philip showed off the abilities of the RS400 on the fast reaches by coming in first in the opener and Margaret did likewise with the wayfarer by leading over the finish in the second.
By 5.00 pm all boats were neatly tucked away under their covers and another enjoyable Sunday sailing came to a close well before the promised storm blew through later last night.
See below scores from yesterday after handicaps are taken into place. Tom Mchugh was putting his feet up and taking a well deservered break after winning the first race by a clear 7 minutes. Mike O'sullivan crossed the line second but with a pty handicap of 1088 this meant that his overall finish for the race was 6th Jim O Sullivan Coranne and Chris Caher finished within 7 seconds of each other in what was a well fought out first race to take second third and fourth place respectively.
The HC is taken from the RYA portsmouth handicap system and if you did not start then your score is then calculated by the number of people in the race + 3 if you started but did not finish then your score is calculated as the number of people in the race + 1
Last Weekend was one of the busiest that Cullaun Sailing club has experienced in a long time we had 27 Boats on the water on Saturday and 21 on Sunday It was a good sailing and social weekend with Visitors from Killaloe Sailing Club, East Down Yacht Club, Greystones and Ramor Watersports in Cavan there were perfect wind conditions for the sailors on Saturday and changing to very light conditions on Sunday. There was no disputing the outright Winner being Monica Schaefer with 4 firsts out of Seven races. She was followed closely by Henry O Freill in second place followed by Trevor Fisher in third. Margaret Hynes and Michael Hayes were the best Cullaun Club boat over the two days followed by Brian Parks and Chris Caher. We had a mixture of Wayfarers, Enterprises, RS 400, RS200, Lasers and not forgetting our solitary GP14.
Hugh Ward and Paddy Donlon sailed very well on the Saturday but seemed to slow down a little bit on Sunday letting Mike O Dea and Sean Hynes take the lead. They were the best Juniors and excluding Trevor Fisher they were the best in the RS Fleet. The best Improver without any doubt has to go Tommy Scott who’s racing skills have improved no end over the last few months if he can get that boat to point a fraction higher he will be giving us all a run for our money in the cooler series.
Obviously a weekend like this is not just run off with people turning up for the event so we have to thank the following people for all of the work that they put into running the event and getting the place ready for our visitors. A special Mention of thanks has to go to Tom and Paula Donlon who worked tirelessly on the BBQ and fed our hungry sailors at the end of Saturday.
OOD Chris Davis helped by Tom Hynes and Kevin Ryan
Safety 1 Emmet O Mahony, Samantha O Brien, Chloe O Mahony
Safety 2 Peter Rahill, Sean Edwards, and Thomas Drayton from Killaloe
BBQ Tom Donlon
Photos, Marco Cavaleri, Michael O Brien, Sean Edwards
Facebook Updates, photos and lovely buns Maureen Hayes
Site works in Preparation of the event, Michael Hayes, Brian Parks, Hugh O Malley, and Tom MC Hugh
If I haven’t included you please forgive me and thank you.
Below is a link to the photo Gallery with some of the pictures on the day there will be more to follow so check back after a few days. Cooler Series starts on 28-9-2014 and Foynes yacht Club have a junior dinghy regatta on that weekend so details to follow over the next few days.
Finally we still have a few places available for the September Cruise so if you are interested in coming on a 40ft sailing boat in west cork on Friday week for then give me a shout. You don’t need any experience at all just a sense of adventure. These places are open to the parents of the Junior sailors so if your available Friday 19th,20th and 21st and interested then give me a ring on 087 6601016.
Please see listed below Photos from this great day and also the overall results. The Pictures were taken by Michael O'Brien and anyone interested in Purchasing a copy of themselves they are available for 10 euro each in high quality without the watermark