Foynes Yacht Club
Cooleen Point, Foynes,
County Limerick, Ireland
+353 69 65261
Longitude 09˚06.484' W
Honoured at all Levels on the Shannon
fantastic day for the club this Sunday. Thank you to everyone who
attended the celebration of the Volvo ISA Training Centre of the Year
The members were joined on the day by a number of guests including
Minister of State for Tourism and Sport Patrick O'Donovan, Tom Neville
TD, Adam Teskey and Kieran Keary from Limerick County
Council, Philip Madigan Lyons of Limerick Volvo Dealers, ISA President
David Lovegrove, CEO Harry Hermon who described the FYC Sailing Academy
as the 'best of the best'.
Commodore James McCormack and Centre Principal Patrick Finucane took
the opportunity to show the guests many of the developments undertaken
by the club in recent years, all through the voluntary work of members.
Pharmacy February Chill Series Update
Latest results uploaded weekly to the Racing
>> FYC Open Dinghy February
Chill Series 2017 SAILING INSTRUCTIONS
Keep an eye on website or FB
page for updates or contact dinghy class captain Mark McCormack on
Wednesdays #4 - Getting Knotted
big thank you to John Joe Buckley and James McCormack for a masterclass
in knots and splicing last night. A fantastic evening guys well done.
Celebrate the Volvo
ISA Training Centre of the Year 2016!
Yacht Club Sailing Academy would like to invite you to a celebration of
Volvo ISA Training Centre of the Year 2016 Award on Sunday 19th February, 2.30pm to
The event will take place at the clubhouse with entertainment and light
refreshments served and we are delighted to be joined the the President
the Irish Sailing Association, David Lovegrove, on this special
We look forward to seeing you there.
ISA Training Centre of the Year 2016
Yacht Club Sailing Academy are delighted to have won the Volvo
Centre of the Year 2016 Award at the Irish Sailing Association's annual
awards which took place at the RDS Concert Hall on Friday night. The
FYC Sailing Academy won the Regional Award for the south for the 2nd
consecutive year. Three regional winners are chosen each year with one
overall winner announced at the awards ceremony. Centre Principal
Patrick Finucane accepted the award on behalf of everyone involved in
the Sailing Academy and attributed the success to volunteerism and hard
Sailing Academy would like to sincerely thank all the volunteers,
instructors, young sailors who attend the Sailing Academy,
parents, members of the club & local
Foynes community for all your support over the past few years. Looking
forward to more sailing and more young people out on the water in 2017!
Wednesdays #3 - One Pot Wonders
third of our winter 'Wednesday' evenings was a One Pot
Wonders demonstration given by our own masterchef Ann Shanahan...
& if you've been lucky enough to be near the Lady Shanannah at
feeding time you'll know this was one worth attending :)))))
Euromarine J24 Western Championships
Club is delighted to be hosting the J24 Class Association
Western Championships in 2017. This will be a two day event on
Saturday 20th and Sunday 21st May. The Notice of Race is now available
below. Please keep an eye on the website or Foynes Yacht Club Facebook
page for updates.
J24 Western Championships NOTICE OF RACE
>> J24 Western Championships
Accomodation List for Foynes and surrounding areas
Free camping and camper van facilities available
For further information please contact:
Simon McGibney 0877774946
Darragh McCormack 0863606420
Wednesdays #2 - Meteorology
Expectations are high after the success of the first winter talk :)))
This week's chat, hosted by Micheal Connery, will cover meterology.
Date/Time: 8pm Wed. 14th
Refrigeration Dinghy November Series Concludes the 2016 Racing Season
Racing for the 2016 season concluded this weekend with the final two
races of the Silver Refrigeration Dinghy November Series. Congrats to
the winners; in the seniors Mark Mulrooney (TBSC) and in the juniors
Dylan Reidy and Killian Reidy in the Oppies.
big thanks to the sponsors, OODs, the safety boat crews and the
clubhouse volunteers who made the soup each week. We'll take a well
earned rest for December & January but hope to be back sailing
again in frosty February.
Conor O'Brien Cup
The club are delighted to have been presented with the Conor O'Brien
Cup in memory of Conor O'Brien who lived on Foynes Island and, amongst
his many achievements, was the first Irishman to circumnavigate the
globe in 1927 on a 42ft yacht, Saoirse. He also well known for his gun
running exploits on behalf of the Irish Volunteers in 1914 on his boat
cup was presented to the club by Sylvia Reynolds, Conor's grand-niece,
and Alison O'Brien who is married to Conor's grand-nephew at the Laying
Up Supper last weekend.
The cup will be raced for in the 2017 season, the event yet to be
decided by the committee.
of the winter/spring Wednesday evenings begins this week with Winter
Lay Up Tips. Check out the flyer... there's surely something for
everyone at this....
8pm this Wed, 9th Nov.
Training Evening No.1 Winter Lay Up Tips
Open Dinghy Frostbite Series
Frostbite Dinghy Series will continue for November with eight races
scheduled, two each SUNDAY in the month. Briefing on Sun
6th is at 1030 with first gun 1130. Registration will
be open from 0930.
November Open Dinghy Series Notice of Race
November Open Dinghy Frostbite Series Sailing Instructions
/ Spring Training
Out looming many of you may be wondering how you'll pass the winter
months until the boats go back in..... This winter & spring the
commitee are organising a number of 'Training Nights' to keep
you going. They are intended to be informal, social & a bit of
craic & perhaps learn something new or just brush up on a few
They will take place the second Wednesday of each month & the
schedule is as follows:
November 9th, Winter Lay-up Tips
December 7th, Meteorology for cruisers
January 11th, Skippers one pot wonder meals
February 8th, Master class in Knots
March 8th, Safety night and preparation for
April 12th, Developing a cruising plan for the
south west coast of Ireland
Notice Regarding use of Club Boat and RIBs
Pleasure Craft (Personal
Flotation Devices and Operation) (Safety) Regulations 2005
1. Anyone under the age of 12 years shall not operate or
control the club boat.
2. Anyone under the age of 16 years shall not operate or control the
club RIBS or Rigflex powerboats.
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 watercraft. Parents please contact
0863879654 to arrange training.
Further information on the Regulations available on the Membership page.
Please Support the RNLI
National Lifeboat Institution has issued an appeal for funds to keep
important institution in
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volunteer crews from the RNLI go to sea hundreds of times a year to
help those in danger off the Irish coast, often in terrible conditions.
One recent rescue in Fenit saw the inshore lifeboat launched to go to
the aid of a fishing vessel in Tralee Bay, as it was having
difficulties in thick fog. The lifeboat successfully found the
disorientated oyster fishing boat, with three crew members aboard, then
produced to discover two further oyster fishing boats, also struggling
in the fog. The good news was all three were escorted safely back into
The last two year's were the busiest in the RNLI's
history, but income is in danger of not keeping pace. The volunteers
give amazing amounts of skill, courage and time. Last year lifeboat
crews rescued 813 people from the seas around the Irish coastline, and
they are ready to go to sea whatever the conditions, and are on call 24
hours a day. But they can't do this without your help. The RNLI are a
charity and rely on donations to keep the lifeboat service running.
The Royal National Lifeboat Institution run 43 lifeboat stations around
Ireland, and to make sure crews have the right equipment and training
to save lives they need your help. Therefore, the RNLI are looking for
donations from the public, if you can give a donation please forward it
to RNLI Fundraising Appeal, RNLI Ireland, Dept. AA1280, PO Box 4214,
Freepost, Dublin 2.
A Useful Tool for
Anglers Looking for the Perfect Catch
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.
UKHO Navigational Charts
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