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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

Foynes to Cappa Race

The Galleon Cup, Foynes to Cappa feeder race, for the WIORA West Coast Championships will take place this Sunday. First gun has been brought forward to 1055 due to the Ireland match which kicks off at 2pm.

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Supervised Tues/Sat Dinghy Sailing & Kayaking

About time we started the Tues/Sat dinghy sailing & kayaking! Kicking off this week & the same time every week. Open to adults & juniors - all welcome! No booking required. The club will provide bouyancy aids and has a limited number of wetsuits available if needed.

Tues 7-9pm  and   Sat 11am-1pm.
Kayak Rental -   €5 per person
Dinghy Rental - €10 non members, €5 members.

Safety cover is provided during these times. Members who have their own dinghy can sail at no charge.

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Connacht Optimists

Finally got around to uploading photos of the Connacht Oppies. Thanks to Cristina Arigho from the NYC for sending on most of the photos - mainly of the regatta fleet where her son Sam was taking part. Link to photos from the photogallery.

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Sailing Academy 

The 2016 Sailing Academy kicks off on this Monday. We'll take a break the week of WIORA West Coast Championships but back again for the full month of July. Details on the Sailing Academy page of the website.

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Cois Sionna Credit Union Connacht Optimists 

A massive thanks to everyone who helped out with the Connacht Optimists this weekend. Great event!  Results can be found on the  IODAI website Race reports, thanks to Roisín McCormack, available on the News page. Hope to have photos to follow soon.

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Munster Mermaid Championships

Congratulations to Darragh McCormack, Cathal McMahon & Mark McCormack on 188 Innocence who won the Munster Mermaid Championships with a fourth place in race three today. Second overall was 123 Vee, Jim Carthy, Paula Carthy & Muriel Carthy. Third 119 Three Chevrons Vincent McCormack, Roisín McCormack & Michael Lynch. Race report to follow.

>> 2016 Munster Mermaid Championships RESULTS

>> 2016 Munster Mermaid Championships Sailing Instructions

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May Series Concludes

The May Series concluded tonight in smashing conditions with 14 boats out on the water. Congrats to winners in ECHO, Marengo & in IRC, Jay. 

Wednesday night racing will continue throughout June. First gun 1925 each Wed.
>> Racing Results

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Try Sailing Success on Commodore's Day

A fantastic day at the Try Sailing day. We had 38 people out on the water this morning for the dinghy sailing & kayaking, 27 of those new to sailing. In the afternoon we had over 60 people out sailing with 42 of those new sailors. All topped off with a BBQ in the clubhouse.

Well done to Simon on organising a great event & thanks as always to our members for helping out - the juniors out on the dinghies, safety boat crews, skippers & boat owners who took newbies out cruiser sailing, shore crew (BBQ, Bar etc). Thanks to Canon O'Malley for the annual blessing of the boats.

Thanks to all those who came down sailing to make this day a success. We hope everyone enjoyed it!

>> Photogallery

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Cois Sionna Credit Union Connacht Optimists 

The Cois Sionna Credit Union Connacht Optimists will take place at Foynes Yacht Club on Sat 11th & Sun 12th June. The event is now open for entries which can be made on the IODAI website

Local information for visitors can be found on the Optimist page.

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Try Sailing Family Fun Day on Commodore's Day

Try Sailing Day this Sunday, 22nd May, at FYC. A great family day with water activities for all ages. 

The cost is €5 per person. Booking is essential as there is a limited number of kayaks/dinghies/cruisers available - we just want to make sure everyone gets out on the water :)

Members who would like to help out would be very welcome - 11am-1pm for kayaking/dinghy sailing. Cruisers FG Sunday 1425pm. Thanks to the skippers for coming onboard this Try Sailing Day to take out any visitors.

>> More Info / Booking Details

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Munster Mermaid Championships 2016

Just over two weeks until the Munster Mermaid Championships, which will take place on the June Bank Holiday weekend in Foynes. Three races scheduled over the two day event. Great entertainment in the club Sat night with Flog the Dog! Looking forward to great sailing & a bit of craic!

>> Munster Mermaids 2016 Notice of Race
>> Munster Mermaids 2016 Entry Form

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Volunteers Needed for Events this Summer

This summer the club will host the Connaught Optimists on Sat 11th & Sun 12th June and the Topper Topaz National Championships on Sat 13th & Sun 14th August. The club will be looking for volunteers for both events to help out in all areas both ashore and afloat.

Connaught Optimists Sat 11th & Sun 12th June
At the moment we are putting together a list of people to help out for this event. We expect a larger entry for this this and will need all the help we can get.
If you are free on one or both days - we will find a job for you.  Please text Elaine on 0861231864 or put your name on the Volunteers Sheet on the club noticeboard.

On the water help
We are looking for people to help out on the water during the event. The minimum requirement is a Powerboat Level Two Certificate with additional training on how to deal with dinghies which the club will provide for free. Peadar & Patrick are going to do this training on Tuesday evenings over the next few weeks. This is not a Safety Boat Certificate and anyone wishing to drive a safety boat should complete this certificate separately but help will be needed on the safety boats, mark laying boats etc. Please contact Patrick on 0863879654. Places limited to four people each week.

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Lift In 

Efficient as ever, lift in was over and done with by 10pm Friday night, so thankfully some of the boat owners escaped that early 6am start on Saturday morning. Great to see everyone back in the water again.

The May Series will start this Wed evening, first gun 1925.  Wishing everyone a safe and enjoyable sailing season ahead....

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Advice to Leisure Craft on the Shannon Estuary

The following information was requested at the Skippers' Meeting last month, at which the Harbour Master Mick Kenneally spoke to the members and a number safety items were discussed.

The shipping schedule is updated daily on or contact the SFPC 24Hr line on 0872542266.

Click the link below to read the 'Advice to Leisure Users on the Shannon Estuary' from Shannon Foynes Port Company.
>> Advice to Leisure Craft on the Shannon Estuary

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Lift In Update

Lift in is on for this coming weekend, starting Friday 4pm til late. We will be starting with the boats at the front of the compound & would expect to get most (but maybe not all) boats in the compound out Friday. The remainder will be lifted on Saturday, starting 6am.

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Rest in Peace

Shocked and deeply saddened with the news of our much loved cruiser class captain and good friend Alan McEneff who passed away suddenly this morning. Sincere condolences to his wife Noelle, children Andrew & Lyndsey, family & friends.

Looking through photo's of Alan it would be hard to find one where he's not smiling, such was his character... He is a huge loss to our club and he will be greatly missed by all his friends in the sailing community.

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2016 Pontoons

A huge milestone at the club tonight as the first of the new pontoons built by the members on a voluntary basis over the past few months was floated. We're very lucky to have such skilled members in the club! A massive congrats & heartfelt thanks to all involved.

>> View Gallery

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Accomodation List

Attending an event in Foynes this summer?
Here's a list of accomodations available in the area.
>> Accomodation List Foynes

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VHF Radio Course this May

Foynes Yacht Club will host a Marine VHF (DSC) Radio Course at the club on Friday 6th & Saturday 7th May. The course will run on the Friday evening from 7-10.30pm & all day Saturday.
If you are using a Marine VHF radio it is mandatory to be licensed to use it (see

Contact Pat Hartigan on 0872436792 or see for further details. Places are limited & a number of places already filled.

>> VHF Radio Course

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Safety Meeting & Pre Season Skippers Meeting

Thanks to all the members who turned up at the Safety Meeting with the Harbour Master & the pre-season Skipper's Meeting with Alan. Great turnout & great chat!

Key messages - Lift in delayed until May Bank Holiday weekend, looking forward to the coming season, be safe out there & keep out of the way of the ships!

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Adult Competent Crew Course

Details below of our Adult Competent Course which will begin in April with one 'dry sailing' evening at the club introducing people to the basics before six nights on the water during May & June. We've had great success in the past with this course & hopefully we'll get some good weather this summer to show people why we love sailing so much!

Please pass these details onto your family, friends & work colleagues  or anyone you think may be interested. Please note places are strictly limited due to the number of boats available so book early!

For further information contact Alan on 0862568280.

>> Adult Competent Crew Course (pdf)

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Laser & Topper Series Winter & Spring Sailing Concludes

Thanks to everyone who helped on both on the water & ashore during the winter & spring dinghy series in October, November, February & March. It certainly shortens the winter for all the sailors involved. We could not run these events with the generous assistance of the OOD's & safety boat operators who give up their time every week and get nothing in return. Thanks also to anyone who helped out ashore.... the hot soup & warm rolls is hugely appreciated when the sailors come off the cold Shannon!

The Tuesday & Saturday dinghy sailing will start up in June. Keep an eye on the website & Facebook page for details.

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Sailing Academy 2016

We are now taking bookings for this years the sailing academy which will run for five weeks in June and July. Full details of dates and courses are available on the sailing academy page.
>> Sailing Academy Flyer

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Killeline Leisure March Laser & Topper Series 

Racing in the Killeline Leisure Centre March Laser & Topper Series concluded this weekend. Unfortunately Storm Kate resulted in the final day's racing cancelled. Congratulations to overall & junior winner Mary McCormack & senior winner Simon McGibney.

Thanks to our sponsors Killeline Leisure for their fabulous prizes & thanks
to Darragh McCormack OOD for the series & Patrick Finucane safety co-ordinator & everyone who came out and helped both on the water & ashore.

Killeline Leisure Centre March Laser & Topper Series Results:
Junior Class:
1st Mary McCormack, 2nd Dylan Reidy, 3rd Oisín Finucane
Senior Class:
1st Simon McGibney, 2nd Cathal McMahon, 3rd Mark McCormack

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WIORA West Coast Championships 2016

This year's WIORA West Coast Championships will take place in our neighbouring club The Royal Western Yacht Club in Kilrush. Notice of Race, Entry Form and online payment option available from their website. 
The West Coast Championships is always a fantastic event & this year it's in our back yard so why not give it a go! Racing will take place in IRC and ECHO & while IRC racing will be as competitive as always, a big white sails fleet is also expected this year. 

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Marina Development

The Marina Developement Fund is getting close to the target! Thanks to everyone who has contributed so far. Great to see such support. If you haven't been at the club over the winter you'de be amazed at the work that's been going on. It's not to late to get involved. 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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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 took place in Royal College of Surgeons in Dublin today. Commodore James McCormack accepted the award on behalf of the Sailing Academy.

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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

SFPC 24 Hr

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

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