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

Latitude        52°36"54’ N
Longitude    09°06"484’ W

Change of Date for Race 4 of Sept Series 

Please note the final race of the Sept Series has been changed from Sat 27th to Sun 28th. Also note it is intended to run the first race of the Oct Series on Sat the 4th Oct but it will return to Sundays each weekend after that.

This Sunday, race 3 of the Sept Serie,s will start at 1pm. First gun 1255. Hope to be in before the football starts.

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Sept Series Race 2 / Galleon Cup Results

Race results for race 2 of the Sept Series uploaded to the results page. Congrats to Battle for winning IRC and Poitín who won White Sails.

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Open Dinghy Regatta at FYC

FYC will host an open dinghy regatta on Sunday 5th October This event is open to all levels, juniors and adults. The club fleet of topaz and oppies will be available to anyone interested but please contact the club on 0861231864 to ensure availability. This will be a fun day on the water and tt would great to see some of those who attended the summer academy coming along to try out what they've learned! Saturday dinghy sailing will continue until the regatta for anyone who would like to get in a bit of practice beforehand....

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Sea Smoke for Sale

Sea Smoke, Hustler 30, for sale.
>> More Details

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September Series Results

Results for the first race of the Sept Series uploaded to the Racing Results section.

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Talk on Racing Rules for Crews 

FYC have invited a guest speaker from McWilliams to the club to give a talk on the basic rules of racing. This talk is aimed at introducing the crews or anyone new to sailing including junior sailors, to the racing rules, but it will also provide a refresher for those who might have forgotten some of the less used rules or might be a bit rusty on interpreting the more complex ones. The talk is suitable whether you're dinghy sailing, white sails or IRC & will cover everything from the starting line, port/starboard, mark rounding & meeting another boat just to name a few.

To cover the cost of the guest speaker there is a charge: €10 for adults & €5 for juniors.

This talk will be of benefit to anyone who takes any part at all in racing and we would highly encourage you to come along. Hope to see all the skippers, crews,  juniors, seniors etc.... there!

Date: Wednesday 11th Sept.
Time: 7pm.

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Regatta at Kildysart

Kildysart Currachs are holding a family regatta this Sunday at Kildysart. There'll be somthing for everyone with a bouncy castle, inflatable slide, sumo suits bbq, raffle & of course currach racing with All Ireland rowers participating. They've invited anyone interested from FYC along. If you want to cruise over & anchor they will arrange transportation ashore. Contact James for details on 0872864273.

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September Series

September Series starts this Sunday and will run for the first 3 Sundays and last Saturday of September. We'll have an early start this Sunday & probably the 3rd Sunday for the All Ireland Hurling & Football finals. Briefing at the club at 1230.
Sept Series dates are as follows: Sun 7th, Sun 14th, Sun 21st, Sat 27th
>> Sailing Instructions
>> Entry Form

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Tarbert Regatta

Thanks to the McGibney family for a great day at the Tarbert Regatta. It was brilliant to see so many boats from Foynes, Tarbert & Kilrush turn to support the event which was run in memory of Charlie & Ita McGibney. Hopefully it'll become an annual event!

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Change to dates of Sept Series 

Just an update on the Sept Series.... It will begin Sun 7th Aug and run for 4 weeks however the final race will take place on a Saturday due to a dingy regatta taking place in the club on that weekend. Dates are as follows:
Sun 7th, Sun 14th, Sun 21st, Sat 27th.

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Killaloe Summer Regatta

Killaloe Sailing Club have extended an invitation to anyone interested to attend their Summer Regatta next Sun, 31st Aug. It is intended as a fun day with 4 races starting at 11am until 2pm. Visiting boats are welcome but the club also have a number of RS Visions and RS Feva's available for anyone interested. Adults and juniors welcome.

>> KSC Summer Regatta NOR

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A huge thanks to everyone who turned up for the Women on the Water event at FYC last night. We had a great turn out of ladies most of whom had never helmed and quite a few who had never sailed before. Thanks to the skippers who willingly handed over their boats & the gents who came along and crewed. One of the ladies described it as the 'best buzz' she'de ever had & even many of the lads said we should do this more often:) Thanks to all who participated for the donations, we collected €300 for Action Breast Cancer. Well done everyone! Photos uploaded to the gallery.

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Dis-a-ray & Kerry Dream win Glin Castle Race

RWYCI OOD Randall Counihan started the race shortly after 12pm and both classes set off on a beat toward Bolands Buoy in 25 knots and wind against tide making for very challenging seas.
>> Race Details

Congrats to the McGibney family & crew on Dis-a-ray, winners in class 1 IRC by 21 seconds ahead of Dexterity after 4 hours of racing. Dis-a-ray also won ECHO. And congrats to Tom Murray & his lone crewman Paddy McSweeney on Kerry Dream who won White Sails with just over one minute on Marengo. Well done to both boats!
Class 1 IRC & ECHO Results White Sails Results

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Mermaid National Championships Results

It's been hard going to find results for the Mermaid National Championships but finally!!! Congrats to Vincent, Roisin & Luke McCormack who had a brilliant 2nd and 3rd on the final day to take the Daphne Trophy. Well done folks!
>> Mermaid National Championships Results

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Glin Castle Race This Sat

Briefing for the RWYCI Glin Castle race will take place at Glin Pier at 11am on Saturday. First gun at 1200. Racing will start at Glin Pier and finish at the club line at Foynes Yacht Club. Results/reception will take place at Glin Castle immediately afterwards.
>> Glin Castle Race Flyer

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FYC Boats take 1st & 2nd in Class 2 at Calves Week

A huge congrats to Dexerity and Big Deal after a very successful Calves week for both boats. This is Big Deal's third year in a row participating, having won their class in the previous two years but it was a first visit to Schull for Dexterity. Calves week takes place over 4 days with one round the islands race each day including a race out around the Fastnet which this week took place on the Wednesday. This year saw the biggest entry yet with over 80 boats competing.

Big Deal had a very consistent week with three second places (discarding a third) but didn't have it all their own way this year as Dexterity were comprehensive winners with three firsts (discarding a fourth). Dexterity also won the Boat of the Week trophy for being the lowest scoring boat in the competition. Great results for both boats & the club! Well done to all!

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Sailing Academy Finishes for Another Year

It has been a hugely successful year at the sailing academy which concluded this week after 6 weeks. This year the academy had the most attendees yet, helped by the purchase of the opti baths which enabled the starting age to be lowered to 8 years. A massive thanks to our brilliant team of instructors, assistant instructors & shore staff; Ciara, Brendan, Michael, Anna, Fionn, Christopher, Mary, Sean, Liam and in particular thanks to Simon & Patrick for steering the academy in the right direction.

Don't forget Saturday morning sailing will continue throughout August and Sept (weather dependant); free for members and €12 for non-members. Keep an eye of Facebook for updates.

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Fantastic Day today with Munster Rugby

Thanks to Estuary Rugby Club for bringing members of Munster Rugby down to FYC for a sail today! A huge crowd turned out & there was great excitement as the players signed autographs & stood in for pictures before going for a sail. Thanks to the three boats who made themselves available to take the Munster players & Estuary RFC out, although they didn't need much persuading!

Estuary RFC were hosting team 5 in the Munster Race 2014, where the squad are split into groups and dropped off in various locations around Munster & have to make their way to a final destination completing some challenges along the way. Team 5's players were BJ Botha, Donnacha Ryan, Felix Jones, Ronan O'Mahony, Kevin O'Byrne, Keith Earls and Jonny Holland. Photos uploaded to the gallery!

>> Photogallery
>> Video

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Congrats to Dis-A-Ray, 2nd in IRC 2 in WIORA

Congratulations to the McGibneys & crew who were 2nd overall in the West Coast Championships at Mayo Sailing Club last week. They were also overall winners in ECHO 2 and won the Tommy O'Keeffe trophy for the long offshore race. They were beaten to first place in IRC by the Corby 25, Tribal, from Galway Bay Sailing Club. The results went down to the last day in a hugely competitive fleet where races were won & lost by seconds, in fact, 4 seconds in one race, 1 second in another!!!.

>>Event Report on
>>Photos on
>>Race results on

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Dexterity 3rd in IRC 4

Congrats to  Dexterity who came 3rd in IRC 4 in Cork Week. Dex got off to a rough start early in the week with an OCS for the first race but finished on a high winning the final race. Well done to everyone onboard!
>> Cork Week Report

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Message from the Commodore

Folks, we just wants to say a massive thanks to all the members who helped out during the Foynes Airshow weekend. It was a great success but it wouldn't have happened without so many of you who volunteered your time over the few days. It was very much appreciated!
from Commodore James McCormack.

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Anyone need a few 25litre drums?

The club received an offer of 25l drums for petrol or diesel if anyone is interested. There are about 20 drums in total. If you're interested send Elaine a message before the end of the week. Cheers. 

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The Champagne was out for Big Deal

We were delighted to see Derek & Conor Dillon back at FYC yesterday after their success in the Round Ireland Yacht Race. Big Deal won the two handed category, IRC 7 and came 2nd in IRC 4, beaten only by Cavatina, twice previous winner of the Round Ireland. They also finished 8th overall - which is a staggering achievement for a two handed boat against fully crewed up opposition!!  The champagne was uncorked & Commodore James McCormack said a few words congratulating the two boys & pointing out how proud the club were of them & talked about the excitment around the club last week as everyone was glued to the tracker.

Some photos uploaded to the gallery. 
Big Deal on arrival at Wicklow Sailing Club at the finish of the Round Ireland Yacht Race Commodore James McCormack presenting Derek & Conor with a bottle of champagne

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Big Deal on the Home Stretch

Big Deal arrived at Raitlin Island at about 1am this morning caught the tide change sometime around 4am to bring them down the east coast. They're current position is outside Carlinford Lough. We expect they'll be in Wicklow in the early hours of the morning. The wind has gone SSW so it's a beat to the finish. They're still holding onto 1st in IRC 7 & in the top 4 in IRC 4 but it's very close between the top boats. An outstanding performance no matter what happens! 

Can't imagine how tired they must be at this stage but we wish them both the very best of luck on the home stretch. Keep an eye on the race tracker folks! 

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Schedule for Sat Evening 

The Wingwalkers display is at 9pm on Saturday evening followed by the Pyrotechnics & Fireworks display. 

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Access to Foynes this Sunday

Members please be aware that the roads into Foynes will be closed this Sunday from 1pm to 7pm. As a member of FYC you will be allowed to drive to the club on presentation of your FYC membership card. If you do not have a membership card please contact the club (Elaine 0861231864 or Patrick 0872054807). Cards can be collected at the clubhouse at any time during the week. 

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Foynes Airshow & 75th Anniversary

A big weekend ahead in Foynes marking the 75th anniversary of the first transatlantic commercial flight which landed in Foynes on July 9th, 1939.

"The aviation spectacular kicks off on Saturday evening with a display of daredevil wingwalking by the Breitling team followed by a pyrotechnics display by the SWIP team. Afterwards, spectators will be treated to a fireworks show.

On Sunday, the main airshow will get underway at 3pm, featuring a dazzling array of aircraft of all shapes and sizes." (Limerick Leader) 

Note for members: the bar in the clubhouse will be open each evening over the weekend. Help is needed on Sunday so you can expect a text very shortly requesting assistance! The airshow on Sunday kicks off at 3pm but we hope to have the  BBQ kicked off well before then :) & there'll be music in the clubhouse from 4.30pm. There is free berthage for any visiting boats but we'de suggest arriving on Saturday evening. HW Sat 1214, HW Sun 1320. There will be no on the water activity allowed on Sunday from 2pm to 5pm so if you haven't arrived before then you won't be able to come into the area around Foynes Island. 

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Round Ireland Update

Dexterity enroute to Cork Week passed Big Deal just off Inchidoney Beach at about 3pm on Sunday. Thanks to Alan for the pics. The lead is changing a lot & winds very light but Big Deal playing a blinder so far! Currently 1st in IRC 7, 2nd in IRC 4 and 3rd in IRC overall.... wow!!

Keep up to date with their progress on the Round Ireland race tracker.

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Des McWilliam around This Wed

Des McWilliam will be at the club for sailing this Wednesday from about 6.30pm to 9.30pm so if anyone has any querries about their sails he's available for q&a. 

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Round Ireland Yacht Race

After months of preparation the Round Ireland Yacht Race gets underway at 2pm today. The very best of luck to Derek & Conor Dillon who are competing two handed on their Dehler 34, Big Deal, which puts them in class (1.006-0.850) and class 7 (two handed).
Follow the link below for the race tracker or to download the race tracker app via Yellowbrick.

Click here for the race tracker.

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Shed Clean Up

Thanks to the sailing instructors & assistant instructors for giving the shed a massive spring clean! Wish I had a before picture when you had to climb over equipment to get to the back!!!! Note to members: there are a lot of boat parts on the shelves, you have one week to reclaim what you own or it may find its way to the skip :/ ... :)

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Latest Arrival

Nice to see Harika returning to FYC. Congrats to Kevin, Suzanne, Aisling & Ronan. Hope you've many happy years sailing on her :)

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Dinghy Racing Starting This Sat Morning

Dinghy racing starting from this Sat morning at 10am for anyone interested (adults & juniors). Pls note free dinghy use for members is included with any ADULT membership. Otherwise the following charges apply: one child €12, families with two children €10 ea, families with three or more €8 ea.

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Cruise to Canon Coney (oops!) Island this Weekend

Reminder of the midsummer cruise to Coney Island this Sunday & BBQ on the island. There's plenty of space on boats for anyone interested in coming along. Meet at FYC at 1030. Sunshine forecast :)

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Changes to the Sailing Calendar 

The Foynes to Fenit race is cancelled this weekend. A number of boats/crews away at ICRA. Will reschedule for a later date. Also the midsummer BBQ for Sat 21st has been changed to a midsummer cruise to Canon Island on Sunday 22nd & weather permitting BBQ on the island. Meet at FYC at 10.30am on Sunday morning.

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Pat Lawless Sail & Oar Festival

Looking forward to the Pat Lawless Sail & Oar Festival in Limerick this Sunday! FYC are bringing up a few Topaz & Mermaids to take part. Planning to be on the water in Limerick at about 2pm. 

The Loon stayed overnight at FYC last weekend on a stop-over enroute to Limerick. Heard some great stories about Pat's circumnavigation from his son. Hope the festival is a great success!

Limerick Leader: Famous vessel will launch new festival in memory of Pat Lawless

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Powerboat Level 2 Course & ISA Emergency Care Courses

Powerboat Level 2 course running this Sat & Sun, 7th & 8th June (course cost €150) . ISA Emergency Care Course on Sunday 22nd June (course cost €130). Places strictly limited on both courses & there are only a few places left on the PB2 course so contact Peadar asap if interested on 0872600817.

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Munster Mermaid Championships Results

Congratulations to Jim Carthy & crew on Vee from Rush Sailing Club who won the Munster Mermaid Championships decisively with three bullets. There were three boats on level points for second place going into the last race but Franke Browne on Cara II finished ahead of Vincent McCormack on Three Chevrons to take second, with Vincent holding onto third place. Results uploaded to the results section.

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Junior Sailing Academy Update

Please note week 4 of the junior sailing academy, July 7th to 11th, is fully booked up. Other weeks are filling up so book early!!!

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Foynes Irish Coffee Festival

Busy weekend ahead in Foynes for the Irish Coffee Festival, including Sail Splash at FYC on Saturday morning at 10am and the in port race at 2pm on Sunday. Also, best seats in town at the clubhouse for the fireworks display on Sunday night! For a full schedule of events over the festival weekend check out

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Lots of Activity on the Water this June Bank Holiday Weekend 

  • Dinghy sailing (Sail Splash) will take place on Saturday morning from 1000 to 1130 hrs.
  • The Munster Mermaid Championships have 3 races scheduled; 2 on Saturday and 1 on Sunday. First gun Sat is at 12.30.  
  • Music in the clubhouse Sat night.
  • In-port racing planned for 2pm Sunday with currachs from Kildysart Currach Club, our own dinghies & mermaid racing.
  • Come and watch the fireworks display from the clubhouse at 10pm Sunday night.

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Alpara & Dexterity take home May Series Trophies

The May Series concluded this evening in beautiful conditions - NW F2, 5-6kts & plenty of sunshine. Overall winners after 4 weeks of racing were Alpara in White Sails and Dexterity in IRC. Congrats to both crews & a big thanks to our OOD's Raymond O'Connor & Raymond McGibney. Well done also to the Competent Crew members who got their first taste of sailing over the last few weeks. It'll be a bit more casual next week so hopefully they'll have the opportunity to move about a bit more on the boats & even take the helm.

Race results & photos uploaded to the relevant sections.

IRC winners : Dexterity

White Sails winners: Alpara

OOD's Raymond & Raymond

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Estuary Bell Results Uploaded

Congrats to Liam Madden & crew on Hello who won the Estuary Bell after two days of racing last weekend.

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Munster Mermaids for June Bank Holiday Weekend at FYC

At Foynes Yacht club this coming bank holiday weekend the Munster Mermaid's championships will take place. This event will be run over two days, Saturday and Sunday, and Officer-of-the-day, Liam Madden has two days of spectacular racing on the Shannon estuary.

>> Read More

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Estuary Bell & Dinghy Sailing this Weekend

The Estuary Bell will take place this coming Saturday & Sunday with two races on Sat & one on Sun. First gun Sat TBD (keep an eye on the Facebook feed).

Dinghy sailing for members resumes on Saturday at 2pm. 

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Windy Conditions did not Damper Commodore's Day

On Sunday last at Foynes Yacht Club, Commodore's Day was held with a superb turnout of members and the public to make the day one of the best in the annals of the club. With the weather extremely windy for the occasion, it did not dampen the proceedings that went underway.

>> Read More

Racing results uploaded to the results page, photos uploaded to the gallery.

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May Series Underway

Well done to Battle and Alpara who got off to a winning start in the first race of the May Series. OOD's Raymond McGibney and Raymond O'Connor started the race at the outer piles with first gun at 19.41. Participants in the Competent Crew Course got their first taste of racing in blustery 18-20 knots against the tide but the tide changed & wind settled down to a more manageable14-16 knots soon after the off. The ECHO fleet started with a beat to Mount Trenchard, a reach across the river to Rinealon then turned for home. The IRC fleet had a longer beat to Mount Trenchard & onto Loghill with a run home via the jibe mark at Rinealon.

Race results uploaded to the Racing Results section.

Important Notice:
Next week racing will change from Wednesday to Thursday evening (15th May), just for one week, and will return to Wednesday evenings after that.

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Commodore's Day on this Sunday

This coming Sunday 'a special day' will be held at Foynes Yacht Club, the annual Commodore's Day will take place. Proceedings will 'kick-off' for this fun day with all classes on the water at 2pm for racing. Class 1, 2 and White Sails will be racing for the Paddy Reidy Cup and the Mermaid's for the Michael Synnott memorial trophy.
>>Read More

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Busy Bank Holiday Weekend!

Well done to everyone who took part in either the trip to the Riverfest or the dinghy sailing morning this weekend. Two very enjoyable & very successful events. Photos uploaded to the gallery.

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Reminder to Book your place on Upcoming Courses

The Powerboat Level 2 course if fully booked but there are a number of other courses on the agenda.

Competent Crew Course:  A great course for anyone interested in trying out sailing on our keelboat fleet. Starting this year with a 'dry sailing' evening on Wed April 30th followed by 6-8 weeks 'on the water' training. Course cost €50.
Further information
Enquiries to Alan on  086 2568280
Coastal Navigation for Small Boats : This will introduce you to the skills and knowledge required to safely navigate a boat by day or night in coastal waters including passage planning, navigation, rules of the road, bouyage, safety and weather. The course will run over 4 nights (Mon & Tues nights over two weeks).  
Enquiries to Peadar on  087 2600817

ISA Emergency Care Course:  This will be a one day course run to ISA standards for instructors. Details TBD.
Enquiries to Peadar on  087 2600817

Please note courses are run subject to demand. Dates of courses will be confirmed once there are enough expressions of interest.

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Summer Sailing Courses at FYC 

We are now taking bookings for our Junior Sailing School which will run for 7 weeks this summer. Courses will run Mon - Fri  starting June 16th. Full details on the Sailing School page. 

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Sailing Season Nearing at FYC

With the vessels launched on Saturday last the sailing season is getting underway for member's of Foynes Yacht Club. Quite an interesting programme of fixtures are scheduled for what is described to be an 'adventurous season ahead'.
>> Read more

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Lift In Done & Dusted

There was a great buzz around the club for lift in today & well done to everyone who helped out! Another smooth, slick operation! Some photos uploaded to the gallery.
>> Lift In 2014 Gallery

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Powerboat Level 2 Course

Senior instructor, Peadar McGrath will run a Powerboat Level 2 course at FYC on Sat 27th & Sun 28th April. This is the 'driving license' for powerboats and provides all the skills and knowledge required by anyone taking charge of a powerboat. The course content includes boat preparation, launch and recover, low and high speed manoeuvres, anchoring and docking, basic navigation, weather and coastal knowledge and safety.

For further details or bookings contact Peadar on 087 2600817. Places limited.

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West Coast Championships NOR

This year WIORA's West Coast Championships will take place at Mayo Sailing Club from Wed 23rd to Sat 27th July. The Notice of Race is available from the Mayo Sailing Club WIORA page. Entries need to be in before July 1st to avoid a late penalty! O'Sullivan Marine are sponsoring a 100 mile race from the Aran Islands the weekend before the event. Keep an eye on WIORA's newly upgraded website for details.

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Sailing Calender 2014

Provisional sailing calender for 2014 uploaded to the Sailing Calender page. 

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Annual Table Quiz in Aid of the RNLI

Fair play to everyone who braved the elements to support our annual table quiz in aid of the RNLI last night. Great night had by all and we raised €497. A big thanks to Jack Kelly for supplying the questions - they varied from the obvious to the very challenging with a few trickly ones thrown in for good measure! It was a full house upstairs with a small but loyal group of members in attendance while the bulk of the tables was made up by local Foynes people. Míle buíochas to everyone who came along. 

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Changing of the Guard!

Another year done & dusted! Great turnout at the AGM last night, thanks to everyone who came along. For now we just want to say a massive thanks to Tom Murray for a fantastic 6 years at the helm & congrats & best wishes to our new commodore James McCormack.

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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.