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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

Winter Wednesdays #4 - Getting Knotted

A 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.

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Foynes Pharmacy February Chill Series Update

Sunday 19th February, Briefing 1015, First gun 1100. Two races. HW 1154. Forecast W approx 10 kts. Soup & rolls afterwards.

The club will be having a celebration of the Volvo ISA Training Centre of the Year award in the clubhouse on Sunday afternoon and all are invited.

Results uploaded weekly to the Racing Results section.

>> 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 0877175455.

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Let's Celebrate the Volvo ISA Training Centre of the Year 2016!

The Foynes 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 5.30pm.

The event will take place at the clubhouse with entertainment and light refreshments served and we are delighted to be joined the the President of the Irish Sailing Association, David Lovegrove, on this special occasion.

We look forward to seeing you there.
Patrick Finucane
Centre Principal

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Volvo ISA Training Centre of the Year 2016

Foynes Yacht Club Sailing Academy are delighted to have won the Volvo ISA Training 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 work!

The 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!

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Winter Wednesdays #3 - One Pot Wonders

 The 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 :)))))

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Yachtsman Euromarine J24 Western Championships

Foynes Yacht 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 ENTRY FORM

>> Accomodation List for Foynes and surrounding areas
     Free camping and camper van facilities available on site.

For further information please contact:
Simon McGibney 0877774946    
Darragh McCormack 0863606420
Elaine O'Mahoney 0861231864  

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Winter 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 Dec.

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Silver 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.

A 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.

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The 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 Kelpie.

The 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.

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Winter Wednesdays #1

The first 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....

When: 8pm this Wed, 9th Nov.

>> Winter Training Evening No.1 Winter Lay Up Tips

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Silver Refrigeration November Open Dinghy Frostbite Series

The 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

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Winter / Spring Training

With Lift 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 rusty skills....

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 lift-in

April 12th, Developing a cruising plan for the south west coast of Ireland

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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.

Furthermore, i
t 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 Patrick on 0863879654 to arrange training.

Further information on the Regulations available on the Membership page.

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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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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.