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

Latitude        52
˚36.54' N
Longitude    0
06.484' W

Mermaid National Championships 2015

No racing today in the Mermaid Nationals. With winds forecast over 30kts OOD Geoff O'Donoghue made the decision to call off racing. Winds for Tuesday forecast about 20kts so hope to get in race 2 of the championship.

Note: Racing on Tuesday has been brought forward by 1 hr. Briefing at the club at 1200. First gun 1400.

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Dinghy Sailing/Kayaking CANCELLED

Sailing & kayaking this Tuesday, 4th Aug CANCELLED, due to the Mermaid National Championships which are running at the club this week. 

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ISA Board Meeting

Members of the ISA Board will be at the club this Monday evening. If anyone would like to speak with them on any issues they will be available over tea & sandwiches from 8-9pm.

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Foynes Air Show

This weekend the Foynes Air Show will take place from 1pm to 6pm. Please note the roads to Foynes and the water in the channel in front of the clubhouse will be closed from 12pm. Members will need an FYC membership card or pass to access the club by road. If anyone needs one please contact Patrick on 0863879654 or Patricia on 0860795354 to collect one. 

Many thanks to the big crowd that came down Monday for the work evening. Still a bit of tiding up to do before the weekend so if anyone is free on Wed or Thurs evening help would be appreciated.

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Mermaid National Championships NOR /Entry Form

The Mermaid National Championships Notice of Race and Entry Forms available from the dedicated Mermaid page. Follow the link on the right hand side.

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All Hands on Deck for the Mermaid National Championships 

The Mermaid National Championships will take place at Foynes Yacht Club from Saturday 1st to Friday 7th August.  As with running any event a lot of help is required both on the water and ashore. If you can spare a single day or maybe two during the week of the event we would be very grateful for your help. Help is needed on the committee boat, safety boats, launch and recovery on the slipway and in the clubhouse.... & it's not all hard work - we can't guarantee the weather - but if past events are anything to go by, we can guarantee it'll be great craic :)

We'de like to put together a roster for the week to ensure all areas are covered. Please contact Elaine on 0861231864 with days available and if you have a preference for where you'de like to help.

Many thanks,
FYC Committee

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Dinghy Sailing/Kayaking

Thanks to everyone who turned up bright & early on Saturday to lay the extra concrete beside the slipway. This additional area will be of great benefit to the dinghy sailors :). Dinghy sailing & kayaking will continue this Tuesday 7pm-9pm.

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Volvo Dun Laoghaire Regatta

Congratulations to Darragh, Mark & Cathal who came 3rd in the Mermaid division at the Volvo Dun Laoghaire Regatta at the weekend. A brilliant result in a very competitive fleet. Great prep for the national championships which will be held in Foynes this August.
>>Volvo Dun Laoghaire Regatta Mermaids

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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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Foynes to Carrigaholt Race Postponed

The Foynes to Carrigaholt race scheduled for this weekend has been postponed until a later date. Please keep an eye on the website/FB page for updates.

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McWilliams Training Weekend

There were three FYC boats taking part in the McWilliams Training Clinic at Tralee Bay Sailing Club this weekend. The format was at 1055 start on Saturday morning with 8 about 30 min races scheduled which OOD Peter Moore ran off like clockwork.  Conditions were ideal for training, winds around 15kts in the morning and most boats out with number ones and increasing to close to 20kts in the afternoon so number threes appeared. Des McWilliam and Graham Curran from UK McWilliam Sailmakers followed the fleet around the course on two ribs watching and videoing race starts, mark roundings, spinnaker hoists and drops, tacking etc. They talked to each of the boats during the races & offered suggestions on their observations. Sat evening the crews got together in the TBSC clubhouse and watched some of the video footage and Des & Graham gave further feedback on the day.  

On Sunday racing started at 0955. Conditions were lighter with 10-15 kts and the first four races were ran off in similar fashion to Saturday. The fleet then switched to practicing race starts with 3 min countdowns before one final race took place. Again a debrief was held in the clubhouse focusing in particular on tactics for race starts.

Well done to Simon McGibney for spearheading the event, Tralee Bay Sailing Club and Peter Moore for hosting a fantastic weekend and Des & Graham for their brilliant coaching! Results are on the ICRA website thanks to Denis Kiely. For anyone with even the slightest interest in racing you really should sign up the next time! 

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Wild Wind wins the Munsters!

Wild Wind indeed... couldn't be more aptly named to win the Munster Mermaid Championship in wild conditions for the final race. It was a hardy bunch of sailors that took to the water today! Congrats to Paddy Dillon & crew from Rush Sailing Club on Wild Wind. Well done to Darragh McCormack on Innocence in 2nd place & Jim Carthy on Vee in 3rd. Results & photos uploaded.

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Munster Mermaid Championships

Tough first day at the Munster Mermaid Championships in a very blustery 20-25kts SE. A few casualties in race 1 (boats, not people :) ) & only survival of the fittest for race 2... Looks like a two horse race tomorrow between 188 Innocence and 131 Wild Wind. Results on the results page.

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Reidy's Centra Open Dinghy Regatta at FYC

Our first Open Dinghy Regatta of this season got off to a great start today in a little more than forecast 15-20kts WNW breeze. Given the wind direction and tide it was decided to split the fleet and have the optibat dinghies race in a more sheltered area south of Foynes Island while the main fleet headed north of the island.
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McCormacks Rule on Commodore's Day 

There was plenty of activity on the water for Commodore's Day. It started early with the Mermaid and dinghy fleet getting out first on a course just east of the clubhouse in about 15-20kts westerly breeze. First place in the dinghy fleet went to Mary McCormack while Darragh McCormack won the Mermaids.
>> Read More

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Dinghy Regatta at Tralee Bay Sailing Club

7 FYC sailors travelled to Fenit for Tralee Bay Sailing Club's Open Dinghy Regatta this weekend. Well done to Peter Clifford who was 3rd overall and Dylan Reidy for best visiting boat who completed all 3 races in very challenging conditions.

All the laser fleet have returned to FYC after their extended stay in Fenit. Thanks to Simon, Kevin and Aidan for bringing them back & to TBSC for the loan of the triple & double stackers.  It's good to be home :) 

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Volunteer Mondays

What a great turnout at the first 'volunteer Monday'! Let's keep the momentum going... still plenty of work to be done. Some photos uploaded to the gallery. If you're coming down this Monday bring along don't forget to bring your tools :)

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Sailing Academy 2015

This year the Sailing Academy will run for 7 weeks from Monday June 15th until Friday July 31st. We are now taking bookings for full days, mornings or afternoons sessions. Details can be found on the Sailing Academy page. Places are strictly limited so book early to avoid disappointment.

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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 t-shirts and burgees available from the clubhouse.

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