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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

RNLI Quiz Tuesday 30th December

Our annual Christmas table quiz in aid of the RNLI will take place on Tuesday, 30th December at 8pm. The table quiz is just a bit of fun but for a GREAT cause. As we all rely hugely on the fantastic work of the RNLI we hope this event will be well supported by members. 

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Following the 2014 Annual General Meeting the membership rates for 2015 are as follows:

Family Member:  €245
Full Member:  €225
Crew Member (>18 non-voting):  €125
Junior Member (u18):  €50
Associate Member (non-sailing):  €80

A new classification of member has also been introduced:
Student Member (>18 in full time education):  €80

Further details on the membership classifications can be found in the Foynes Yacht Club Rules on the Membership page.

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Clifford's Cash and Carry Laser November Series

A fantastic final weekend to the Clifford's Cash and Carry Laser November Series. Very light SE winds greeted the fleet on launch but the wind picked up enough to get in two short races to complete a full race card of 10 races for the November Series.

A huge thanks to the OOD's & rescue support over the past five weeks, Raymond McGibney, Patrick Finucane, James McCormack, Darragh McCormack, Oisín Finucane, Dylan Reidy and John Cremin. Thanks also to Michael Lynch who came out on the final day to help out with a bit of coaching & hopefully we'll get him back again when racing resumes next February.

Well done to the winners Simon McGibney in the Adult Fleet and Christopher McDaid in the Junior Fleet & thanks to Peter Clifford who sponsored the series with some fantastic prizes. Photo's & race results uploaded, follow the links on the menu bar.

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Laying Up Supper 

Great night at the Laying Up Supper! Well done to everyone involved in organising it. Photo's uploaded to the gallery. 

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Feast or Famine!!! 

What a turnout of musicians at the club this Friday night, 15 in total! Great music, great singing! Absolutely brilliant! Hope to have them back again for one more evening in early December. Watch this space!!!

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Round Ireland Yacht Race Prizegiving

Congrats to Derek & Conor Dillon who were presented with their prizes for the Round Ireland Yacht Race at the prizegiving dinner in The Grand Hotel in Wicklow last night. Gold & silver medallions presented by the RORC (1st IRC 7 and 2nd IRC 4) and the Noonan Trophy presented by Dennis Noonan who organised the Round Ireland for about 20 years before Theo Phelan took over this year. Well done lads! Nice ties ;)

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Lift Out Complete for Another Year

Boats are packed to the rafters in the compound after another successful lift out. Thanks to everyone who helped out over the two days. Especially thanks to the ladies for the much needed soup & sandwiches to warm us up! Next event is the Laying Up Supper on Sat 22nd. Hope to see everyone there! Photos of the lift out uploaded to the gallery. 

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October Series

It was a wet and wild conclusion to the Oct Series with gusts of 35 to 40kts which resulted in quite a few retirees from the final race. Congrats to Darragh McCormack & crew on Maximus, overall winners in IRC, and Patrick Finucane & crew on Marengo, overall winners in ECHO. Todays final race was also for the Paddy Kinnane Cup in IRC, won by Big Deal, and the Jackson Cup in ECHO, won by Harika. Thanks as always to our OOD for the series, Raymond O'Connor!

Lift out is next Friday and Saturday. Details to follow.

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O'Sullivan Marine Laser October Series

Thanks to Brian O'Sullivan from O'Sullivans Marine for sponsoring the Laser Oct Series and to OOD Donal McCormack for a great series which concluded with 2 races today. Well done to everyone who took part esp all our new laser sailors who weren't put off one bit by the early Sat mornings & the 20kts+ winds!!!! Congrats to the winners (1st Overall Simon McGibney, 2nd Peter Clifford, 3rd Cathal McMahon, 1st Lady Elaine O'Mahoney).

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October Series Results

Apologies for delay! The cruiser October Series results now updated to include race 3. Final race takes place this Sunday. It will be a slightly longer race for the Jackson Cup.  First gun at the earlier time of 1055 to suit tides. Don't forget clocks go back an hour Sat night so it's not as early as it sounds ;)

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Fight for the Girls 

Killeline Leisure Centre would like to invite FYC members to take part in their Fight for the Girls Charity Month in aid of Break through Cancer Research. They are asking for groups of 5 people of more to book in for a donation class. Classes can be booked to suit your schedule! Class options include:
- Aqua Aerobics
- TRX Suspension Training
- Kettle Bells
- Body Circuits

You are asked to bring a €2 minimum donation for the charity. Please contact Killeline Leisure Centre at any time with questions or to make a booking on telephone 06977551 or email

"We hope to raise as much funds as possible for this great cause and give you a great work out too!"

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Dates for your Diaries

Lift out is scheduled for Saturday 1st November. 
The Laying Up Supper is booked for Saturday 22nd November.
The AGM will take place on Friday 28th November.

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Saturday Dinghy Sailing Concludes

Sadly Saturday dinghy sailing has come to an end for another year! It took a huge effort from a small number of volunteers who gave up their time every week to keep it going throughout summer and can't thank all those involved enough! A massive thanks aswell to everyone who turned up every Saturday. It was fantastic to see so many new dinghy sailors on the water with 12 - 14 dinghies out most weekends.  

Hope to see all the young people back at the Sailing Academy next year working through their sailing levels and continously improving their skills. Keep an eye on the website & Facebook page for updates :)

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ISA Yachtmaster (Coastal/Offshore) Shorebased Course

An ISA Yachtmaster course will run at the club on Monday evenings starting from Monday 20th October for 15 weeks.

There are two options: Coastal Yachtmaster (formerly Coastal Skipper) or Offshore Yachtmaster. If unsure about which one to go for ISA guidelines state that for the Offshore you should know basic chartwork, pilotage etc.and have already completed a basic navigation course or have loads of offshore experience. Otherwise go for the Coastal.

The course will be given by Dr. Pat Hartigan from Pat is an ISA accredited Yachtmaster Offshore Instructor.

  • The objective of the course is to gain the skills and knowledge necessary to safely navigate a yacht on coastal passages.
  • The course covers chartwork, collision regulations, weather, buoyage, safety, communications and passage planning.
  • Course cost is €425

For further details of the course syllabus check out

Please contact 0861231864 if interested.

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Reidy's Centra Open Dinghy Regatta at FYC

Well done to everyone who took part in the Open Dinghy Regatta today. Great to see 26 entries given the foreboding forecast! Thanks to OOD Geoff O'Donoghue and everyone on the committee boat, the rescue boats & shore crew. The rescue boats were kept on their toes today in the blustery conditions but thankfully the worst of the weather held off until everyone was safely ashore after racing!!! 
Results of mixed dinghy fleet & optimists uploaded to the results page & photos in the photogallery.

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Cruiser October Series Results

Results for race 1 of the Oct Series uploaded. Next race will take place on Sunday 12th, first gun 1355.
>> October Series Sailing Instructions

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September Series Results

Congrats to Battle who won the September Series with four bullets and Poitín who took 1st place in ECHO by finishing ahead of Kerry Dream today.

Results uploaded to the Racing Results page.

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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.

Sea Smoke for Sale

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

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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.