“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)
March 6th Club Talk (Rescue and OOD duty) Venue Donnellons Kilkishen Presented by Tom Mc Hugh
Tom Mc Hugh will give us a talk and video presentations on OOD, rescue duties and dinghy rescue techniques. Anyone involved in doing OOD during the course of the year should attend and anyone who is driving a rescue boat should also attend. This is also a good night to get together and prepare for the upcoming season. Looking forward to seeing you all there.
March 8th Cullaun Sailing Club Annual Spring Clean up 11.00 Venue Cullaun
March 11th Killaloe Sailing Club have asked Jack Roy to give a talk on sailing in the 2012 olympics and regattas ( See Attached)
March 23rd Sunday Spring League Starts Cullaun Sailing Club
April14th , Easter Holidays Childrens Sailing Camp for 1 week of the easter holidays
As voted at the AGM, the 2014 Committee will comprise of the following :
Brian Parks : Commodore
Kevin Ryan : Treasurer
Hugh O'Malley :Secretary and PR
Jim O'Sullivan : Sailing Secretary
Tom Bourke : Bosun and Property Manager
Emmet O'Mahoney: Social Secretary
Margaret Hynes : Junior Officer
Seamus Harrold : Safety Officer
The AGM takes place on Wednesday 29th January at 8.00 p.m. in Donellans pub in
Kilkishen; please make every effort to attend.
- If you would like to propose someone for a specific position on the 2014 committee then
please fill out the nomination form that was attached to the original notice that Mike
Byrt sent out. When you arrive at the AGM, just give your nomination form to any committee
Killaloe Sailing Club have invited Brian Griffin to give a talk on his particpation in the 2006
Sydney to Hobart Yacht Race http://rolexsydneyhobart.com/about-the-race/ as crew member aboard
Cookson 50, Chieftain, winners of class Zero, the biggest fleet, & the first Irish boat to take honours in the 66 year old event".
Date and time is Tuesday 11th February at 20:00hrs. Location will be
The Pipers Killaloe.
It looks like we will have mild weather for Santa's visit to the club.
I just want to remind you to wear warm clothes and please bring torches.
We are expecting a good crowd. Santa will have lots of time to take photos. We usually
play games before he arrives. If someone would like to volunteer to do a pass the parcel
that would be great. All parents, I think know how Santa is so clever at knowing what to
bring each child. If in doubt please contact me. All families bring goodies to share so we
look forward to a nice party. We will start to gather about 4-4.30 pm.
See you there (Sun 15 Dec 4pm)
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.