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Foynes Yacht Club
Cooleen Point, Foynes,
County Limerick, Ireland
+353 69 65261

Location:
Latitude        52
˚36.54' N
Longitude    0
06.484' W

Calling all RIB drivers!

This year the club will host the Connaught Oppies (yes, Connaught, not Munster!) on Saturday the 11th and Sunday the 12th June. The club will require experienced RIB drivers to help out for this two day event.

We have a lot of members who have a Powerboat Level Two Certificate but haven't had an opportunity to use it. We would like to help you get the experience and confidence to help out at dinghy events and hopefully get enough people to go onto the next level, Safety Boat Certificate, to enable them to drive the safety RIB for racing events.

We're going to do a roster with the dinghy sailing over the next three months so if you're interested we'll put you in at dates suitable to yourself. You'll drive the RIB with an experienced passenger to keep you company. Anyone interested please contact Elaine at 0861231864.

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Reidy's Centra February Laser & Topper Series Racing 

At last a break in the weather due this weekend. The 2016 sailing season will kick off with the Laser & Topper February Series starting Sunday, Feb 14th. First gun 1255.

Download entry form here or entry forms will be available at the club on Sunday morning. Entry fee €20.

>> February Laser & Topper Series Notice of Race
>> February Laser & Topper Series Entry Form

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ICRA Conference in Limerick

The Irish Cruiser Racing Association's annual conference will be held in Limerick next month. The conference will include a number of interesting discussions including the future of cruiser racing, a review of the ECHO handicap system and a presentation on the ORC system.  It's also a significant event for Foynes Yacht Club as Simon McGibney will be elected commodore of the association and will be the first commodore from the west coast of Ireland.

All welcome. Hope to see you there.

Date: Saturday 5th March
Time: 10.30am - 3.30pm
Venue: Castletroy Park Hotel

>> ICRA Invitation (pdf)

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ISA Regional Training Centre of the Year Southern Region




Congratulations to everyone involved in the Foynes Yacht Club Sailing Academy which was awarded the ISA Regional Training Centre of the Year in the Southern Region for 2016.
This is a massive achievement for the academy given the quality of many of the clubs in the region. A huge thanks to all the instructors, children, parents and club members for all their support last season :)

The ISA Awards will take place in Royal College of Surgeons in Dublin today. Commodore James McCormack will be accepting the award on behalf of the Sailing Academy.

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Safeguarding Level Two Course this Wednesday

The club will host a Safeguarding Level Two course this Wednesday, 3rd Feb from 6pm-9pm.

The course will be given by Ciaran Murphy from the ISA. This is a three hour course devised and certified by the Irish Sports Council based on the 'Code of Ethics and Good Practices for Children's Sport' to effectively educate participants on the implementation of best practice in protecting the welfare of children involved in sport.

The committee would highly recommend this workshop for anyone interested in helping out with junior sailing in the club whether your involvement is ashore or afloat. The course is open to other clubs aswell if you have any interested individuals. Please note participants must be 18 years of age. The ISA charge €5 per person and all proceeds are donated to the Childline Charity.

Please contact Elaine on 0861231864 to book a place. 

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Marina Development 

A fantastic amount of work is being done on the pontoons at the club these days. A big thanks to the members who have given up a lot of time over their Christmas holidays, on dark evenings and despite the terrible weather to help out! Again this weekend a hardy crew were at the club at 8am Saturday morning ready to get to work.

Thanks also and very importantly to everyone who has given financial support so far as nothing could be done with your assistance. We've almost 50% of our target amount raised. We're still hoping to hit that target and we need your continued financial support to get this done! 
You can contact Patrick at any time on 0863879654. We'll keep you posted on our progress via the thermometer on the right sidebar.

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February Laser & Topper Series 

It's that time of year again.... a whole two months since the last dinghy racing!!!! Hopefully the storms have abated & milder temperatures to come!

The February Laser & Topper Series will kick off on Sunday 7th February with first gun 1355. All welcome. Entry fee €20.

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Engine Maintenance & Boat Electrics

You usually don't have to look too far in the club to get some help on any aspect of boat maintenance so it's about time we tapped into that wealth of knowledge.  A number of members have kindly agreed to impart some of their 'expertise' and are going to run information/demonstration evenings on engine maintenance and boat electrics.

These evenings will be suitable to all levels, whether it's just to refresh your knowledge or you're starting from the beginning. Also as members are giving up their time to prepare these evenings it would be great to show your support.

Keep an eye of the website for details. Dates/times will be posted asap.

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Race Officer One Training Course

The ISA are running a Race Officer One training course at FYC on Saturday February 27th. The course is suitable for anyone interested in helping out at race events but not necessarily becoming a race officer. We would encourage anyone interested in helping otu with the junior dinghy sailing or the Connaught Oppies which will take place at the club during the summer to sign up. This course is also a great one to attend to gain a strong understanding of the intricacies of racing.

Further details on registration, times & fees to follow. If interested please contact Elaine on 0861231864 as we need to gauge numbers asap.

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Notice re: Use of Club Boat

It has been agreed by the committee that junior members over 12 years must receive training and be signed off by a club powerboat instructor before using the club boat. Parents please contact Patrick on 0863879654 to arrange training. Junior members under 12 years must be accompanied by an adult at all times in the club boat.

(Ref: Pleasure Craft (Personal Flotation Devices and Operation) (Safety) Regulations 2005)

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Please Support the RNLI


THE Royal National Lifeboat Institution has issued an appeal for funds to keep this very important institution in survival.  Click to view/hide details

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A Useful Tool for Anglers Looking for the Perfect Catch


The National Biodiversity Data Centre has launched a new online atlas of Irish freshwater fish in Irish lakes. Produced in collaboration with Inland Fisheries Ireland the website has a species search tool that gives detailed data and images of 23 species of freshwater fish found in Irish lakes. The browser facility also allows users to see what species were recorded in the 956 lakes across the country.

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UKHO Navigational Charts


Digital copies of the UKHO Navigational Charts showing the Shannon Estuary Chart Bundles are currently available from the Royal Western Yacht Club website. These charts are not suitable for navigational purposes but may be of some interest to sailors on the estuary. 

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Foynes Yacht Club
Marina Development Fund

Thank you for your support








Notices
Foynes Yacht Club t-shirts and burgees available from the clubhouse.

The Noticeboard carries full details of the safety policy within Foynes Yacht Club.