“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)
Congratulations to Margaret Hynes on winning the Cooler Series Out right followed closely by Jim O Sullivan and Tom Mc Hugh. Second and third were only seperated by a whisker with both boats getting the same number of points after their discards were taken into effect but Jim O Sullivan had 1 extra win compared to Tom Mc Hugh who he pipped into third place.
The Cooler series was a great success with over 18 different boats being on the water over the course of the competition.
Im looking forward to the Laying up Supper on Saturday the 23rd of November and the Prizegiving it promises to be a great night. Anyone looking to book a spot for the dinner then Please contact Emmet O Mahony with your details.
The unseasonably warm weather continues; let's make the most of it. We've two more races
left in the cooler series - let's have a really good turn out of boats. Yesterday the
weather was ideal for dinghy racing and it was great so see two boats being crewed by the
juniors who demonstrated they are well able to handle the Omegas!
1). The Cooler series (3rd and 10th november):
Two more sundays to go (sundays 3rd and 10th november). It would be great to see more
boats on the water; there are still a large number of boats in the dinghy pen which are
not getting out - let's try and change that for the remainder of the cooler series. There
is no racing this coming weekend (27th october) since it is a bank holiday and typically
there is no sailing on bank holiday week ends - So see you all next on the 3rd november.
Thanks to Jim for his recent e-mail letting us all know how the competition is going.
2). Junior training (3rd and 10th november at 12.00):
Margaret has been helping the juniors with their sailing skills on sundays starting at
12.00 - so just before the cooler race starts. There has been a mixed response from the
juniors - those who make it benefit greatly, however there are many who don't turn up. I
really hope there will be a good turn out for the training on 3rd and 10th november.
Thanks to Margaret for this initiative.
3). Work day (saturday 9th november at 10.30 a.m.):
We need to do something with the portacabin - it needs a major tidy up. So, let's all be
there at 10.30 on saturday 9th November to get everything "spic and span" in time for
santa's visit to Cullaun! We may need to do some structural work on the portacabin as
well - the issue here is that even though we are planning a new clubhouse it may take
quite some time till we have permission and finance in place to get it built. In the
meantime we need to look after what we've got!
4). Annual Dinner and prize giving (saturday 23rd november in Donnellans):
Emmet is doing a great job getting this organised. Tickets cost €30 per person; be there
at 7.30 in time for dinner at 8.00. Please let Emmet know if you can make it - if it's as
good as last year we'll all have a great time!
5). Santa at Cullaun (sunday 15th december):
Put the date in your diaries - nothing quite matches the magic of santa coming across the
lake in the dark calling out "are you the children of Cullaun sailing Club". this is a
great way to get the whole family into the christmas spirit. More details nearer the time.
6). The club devleopment programme:
A lot of work has gone into this during the year - we are all greatly indebted to the sub
committee who have worked so hard on this project. There is now a consenus that we move
ahead and apply for planning permission to build a "block based" clubhouse which should be
good for the next 25 years or more. Not only will this be a great asset for now, but will
also be a legacy to leave to future generations of cullaun sailors. It will take time to
finalise the details, get planning permission and put finance in place, so, in the
meantime we must look after the portacabin as it will be our clubhouse for some time to
Looking forward to seeing you all at these upcoming events.
Is there anyone who can knock Margaret Hynes off her perch for the cooler series ?
After 6 races she is leading the fleet on 4 points and looks like she is going to be hard to catch.
The highest discards is a culmination of your two worst races and the full sheet is available if anyone else want their position clarified. There will be 4 discards for the Cooler series which means that you can miss two Sundays and still come out with a good score at the end.
So far this cooler series we have had 15 boats on the water but with the very very light winds last weekend there was a few of the regulars sailing and only 5 boats competing. Over the Last few weeks we have also had a lot of Helms up for the racing but they have no crew so have ended up sailing with someone else. Anyone who is interested in coming up and sailing on the Sundays then sign up to the crew list on the website or alternatively turn up early on Sunday and you may get a place.
Congratulations to Sean Hynes, Mike O Dea and Patrick Donlon whose racing skills have come along in leaps and bounds and have been coming up in the ranks very much so over the last few weeks. I think this time next year we had better all watch out. If they can come 4th in one of the omega boats we might be under pressure when Patrick takes out his new boat next year.
With only 4 weeks left in the season there is still a lot to play for so the more sailors we have out the better for everyone. According to windguru the winds this Sunday are promising to be fresh with force 3 gusting to force 5 on lough Derg so somewhat calmer on Cullaun but all in all hopefully a good days sailing. Tommy Scott might have his hands full as OOD for the day with winds like this
Finally don’t forget this years Laying up Supper will on the 23rd of November in Donnelons Pub Kilkishen. Scary as it sounds this is only 5 weekends away
Conditions were perfect for the Junior Regatta today,with 29 juniors participating in a fleet of omegas,mirrors,fevas and lasers.The day started off with very competitive racing, followed by games. Cillian assisted by Aoife refereed the Moonwalk/paddle relays,and the swim race at the end.
OOD for the day was Margaret assisted by Ronan McHugh, Rescue1-Jim and Emmet, Rescue 2-Mike Byrt,Cillian,Lelia.
Everyone had worked up great appetites for the lovely BBQ cooked up by Tom Donlon and Emmet,and all the yummy cakes baked by these talented juniors by the time they arrived at Donnellans for the prizegiving.
Overall winners for racing on the day 1st-Peter Rahill and Ronan Fallon
2nd- Eamon Benfredj, Iarlaith Caffrey and Alan Kelly
3rd-David Barbotin and Cormac Brown
Novelty race winners on the day Sarah,Roisin,Leila,Niamh runners up David+Cormac and Mike,Sean,Paddy .For no capize/overboards Dylan,Eoin,Eadaoin .1st for swim Ronan.
Raffle winners Sami+Ronan.
The Season winners for junior racing 2013
1st Sarah Byrt - winner of the Junior Trophy 3013
2nd Aoife O'Mara
3rd Leila Benfredj,Niamh Edwards,Roisin Fallon
Well done to all the juniors who showed off their sailing skills to full effect today.Looking forward to competing against ye in the adult regatta next weekend.Many thanks to everyone who helped to make this such a successful event,especially Cillian who did huge preparation for today,including slide show.Many thanks to Cillian,Mike and Jim who ran the junior series this season.
Paddy Halton and I had a great time sailing in Canada at the Wayfarer Worlds and thanks for all your good wishes. Alas we did not bring back any silverware, but we have lots of fantastic memories that we will carry with us. We were proud to carry the Irish flag on our boat and represent Cullaun Sailing Club.
Mississauga sailing club is a relatively small, friendly club with great facilities on the shores of Lake Ontario. There are numerous clubs in the Toronto area and a lot of activity on the water daily. Mississauga is a city of one million people and is like a suburb of Toronto. The CN tower dominates the the Toronto skyline and was the tallest building in the world when it was built.
The first day of racing consisted of a practice race with fresh weather and lively sailing. I was nervous the first day of the real racing with 34 boats on the start line, a new boat and a buzz of excitement. We finished 28th and 30th and hoped to do better in the week ahead.
As the week progressed we hoped for an improvement in places but so too did everyone else! As the leaders swapped places at the front so too did the positions at the back of the fleet keep changing. As we improved so too did our competitors! Despite consistent placing’s at the back, the time gap between the first and last boats got to be less and less. The leader board changed daily! First day it was an English boat in the lead. The second day, to our great joy an Irish boat, Monica from Greystones, was in front. Next day a Canadian woman took the lead. Light fluky conditions were the order of the week and we thought fondly of our dear friend Austin who was a master of light winds.
Ufortunately on Wednesday, the wind died as we approached the line and after a lot of hard work we did not finish! One day we only got one race in despite being on the water for 6 hours!!!! Another day we had lunch eaten as we waited for the wind to fill in. False starts, re-starts, black flags, cancelled races, were all a part of the week, as the wind changed 180 degrees at one stage! We managed to be early on the start for one race which blew our chances of being early on the finish!
During all this time our sun tan progressed well as we basked in the sunshine. Thunder and lightning threatened our fun one of the days, but the major problem for the race officer was 40 degree wind shifts.
Each evening there was entertainment in the clubhouse with food, drink and live music. The club like Cullaun Sailing Club depends on volunteers who help keep everything going. There was great camaraderie between all the ationalities, helping to launch, retrieve and repair boats.
We made lots of new friends from Canada, USA, Denmark and Holland. We renewed acquaintances with English friends and our good friends from East Down led the sing song with books of Irish songs specially printed for the occasion.
The Canadians were very generous hosts catering to all our needs and we will look forward to visits from them in the future. I hope we will bring a new enthusiasm after our weeks' sailing and looking forward to seeing you on the water for good competition.
I would encourage anyone if possible to sail in a big fleet. The buzz on the starting line, adrenal flowing, waiting for the gun with boats milling around jostling for pole position, then the excitement of the first beat to the beauty of the spinnaker hoists as boats round the windward mark. We were in the thick of it all. Admittedly I would like to have been looking back at the fleet rather than see most of them in front, but I am so happy that Paddy and I could team up to take part in a World Championship.
Sunday September 1st there will be a Junior Regatta for all junior members with racing and a day of fun promised for all the children who have raced so far this year and for any of the kids that were involved with the Summer Camp. This promises to be a great day of Fun and will be followed by a BBQ in Donnelans Pub in Kilkishen.
The following Weekend sees the Annual September Regatta for the adults and it is run over the two day 7th and 8th of September and starting early on the Sunday so we can be finished for the match to watch Clare take on Cork in the All Ireland Final. Tom Mc Hugh has taken on the duties of OOD for the event and will be looking for help from any of the members who are not sailing in the regatta. Any Parents that have done the powerboat rescue course are also welcome to help Tom out on the day. Please feel free to contact us here.
Just a quick note to let you know of this exciting upcoming event at Greystones Sailing
Club. We are hosting our fourth all female "Greystones Sailing Club Open Ladies Regatta”
on Saturday 31th August 2013.
The main aim of the day is to get as many females(young and old) out participating on
the water and to have a bit of fun in the process. There is a fun pink dress code for
the water with a donation being made to Breast Cancer Research.
No matter what the level of experience this is the event for all female adult/junior
members. We are keen to make this a fun event with a superb turnout! We want to get even
more out ladies on the water this year with your help and support!
Everyone is very welcome to participate and we can provide access to club picos or we
try to team you up as with others as best we can – so no excuses!
As with all events a certain amount of planning is required so an early indication of
how many plan on attending would be appreciated so that we can ensure that the necessary
support facilities are in place!
Looking forward to seeing you all on the water ! – any questions drop me a line
This is the second bunch of Trainees who have been busy in the last week updating their sailing skills. the weather last week was fabulous and although it might not of been ideal for sailing there was still a small bit of a breeze to help them along. With the weather conditions due to change this week it will make for some good sailing as the week progresses. especially on Wednesday 24th wind gusts of up to force five predicted by wind Guru see below
June was a busy month for sailing this year with 8 races being run this year as opposed to only 4 last year. There was one discard allowed for each of the races and Brian Parks and Mike Logan won the month outright even though Margaret Hynes had 4 first places she missed the first night so the points awarded to her on that night are the number of racers + 3. Margaret is joint first Place for July with Tom Mc Hugh as there have only been two races so far this month and they have a first and second each
Over the course of the month there were 15 different boats on the water and that is not including any of the kids sailing that is going on at the weekends
Last Thursday the winds were very slack and sailing was called off. There was still a small breeze on the lake and a few boats went out even though they didn’t race.
The winds this week for Thursday 18th July are forecast to be very light again but I think that we should go up and sail because if there is no wind then we don’t necessarily have to race but just go out and enjoy the water and the weather. Being able to sail in light winds is a much a part of sailing as being able to sail in force 3,4 or even 5
Congratulations to Emmet O Mahony, Cillian O Meara who were awarded Day Skipper Licenses and to Michael Hayes, Noel Donnelan who were awarded Competent Crew Certificates after completing their course with Eddie English at www.sailcork.com for a list of his other courses check out his website or talk to the latest students
students looking at Pilotage
Sailing in Cork Harbour
A View of Cobh from the waters edge
July has had a great start with 24 children doing summer camps over the last two weeks and 16 more of them started this week. We will also update the website with some of the pictures of these over the next few days. Or take a look, like and share them on the facebook page
This Years Childrens Summer Camp has the addition of three new Topper Argo Boats that were delivered to the club last night. It looks like it is going to be great camps and also an adults camp for Kites and Wires see Brians article below for further details