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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

Dinghy Racing Resumes this Weekend

The Silver Refridgeration Laser & Topper Series resumes this Sunday with first gun 1325. While the northerly wind might bring a chill wind speeds a very reasonable 10-12kts gusting 15-18kts but dying down as the afternoon goes on.

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Table Quiz in Aid of Children's Ark Unit

Another event in aid of a worthy cause coming up at the yacht club; Table quiz in aid of the The Children's Ark Fund at the University Hospital Limerick on Friday 20th November at 8pm. Your support would be appreciated.

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2015 Laying Up Supper

This year's Laying Up Supper will take place on Saturday 21st November. Tickets are €25 and can be booked with Patricia on 0860795374. Skippers, please encourage your crews to come along to mark the end of a great year. The meal will be served at 2030 followed by a brilliant band, Flog the Dog, so make sure you bring your dancing shoes!

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Silver Refridgeration Laser & Topper November Series

The Silver Refridgeration Laser & Topper November Series got off to a great start in blustery winds with 11 boats taking to water for the 1330 start. Thanks to OOD Patrick Finucane & safety crew Mark McCormack, Kevin Reidy & Bev Lowes for their assistance today. Thanks to Niamh for the soup & Reidy's Centra for the rolls... Much appreciated after a few winter dips in the Shannon ;) Results uploaded to the results page.

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Busy October at FYC

It's been a busy month at the club and a lot of activity with cruiser & dinghy racing and the Go Racing course which ran over the mid-term break, concluding with a Halloween fancy dress party in aid of TLCFCF at the club house on Halloween night.
>> Read more

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Notice of Foynes Yacht Club AGM

The fifty third Annual General Meeting of Foynes Yacht Club will take place on Friday 27th November at 2030.

Nominations are for the committee must be submitted to the secretary not later than November 22nd, 2015 (Rule 7d).

Motions of rule change must be submitted to the secretary in writing not later than November 8th, 2015 (Rule 15).

Other motions for inclusion must be submitted to the secretary in writing not later than November 22nd, 2015.

The Foynes Yacht Club Rules and Committee Nomination Forms are available to download from the Membership page.

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Laser & Topper November Series

The laser and topper winter series continues with the November Series starting this Sunday 8th Nov with first gun 1325.

>> Notice of Race Laser and Topper November Series
>> Sailing Instructions Laser and Topper November Series 

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October Series Concludes this Weekend

The final race in the cruiser October Series will take place this Saturday, Oct 31st. First gun is at the earlier time of 1255 to ensure everyone is back ashore in plenty of time for the rugby. Prizegiving will take place in the clubhouse before the rugby match.

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Estuary Bell

OOD Vincent McCormack got in two races yesterday to complete the three races for the Estuary Bell.... Congratulations to Darragh McCormack & crew on Maximus who fought off stiff competition to win IRC and Bev & Anna Lowes & crew on Poitín winners in White Sails. The prizegiving will take place with the prizes for the overalls in the Oct Series this Saturday. 

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Updated Notice from SFPC

Please see attached notice from Shannon Foynes Port Company regarding cable laying at Moneypoint.
>> SFPC Subsea Cable
>> SFPC Maintenance Dredging Operations

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Halloween Pirates Party! 

Ahoy me hearties! Halloween night fancy dress pirate party at the club with Flog the Dog. Tickets €10. Proceeds in aid of Cystic Fibrosis Ireland.

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Notice to anyone travelling to/from Kilrush

Please see attached notice from Shannon Foynes Port Company regarding cable laying at Moneypoint.
>> SFPC Notice to Mariners

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Oct Series Racing Week 3

Due to Ireland's match against Argentina at 1pm this Sunday changes will be made to the racing schedule this weekend...

DINGHY racing moves to SATURDAY, first gun 1025.

CRUISER racing will take place at the earlier time on SUNDAY with first gun 1055.
The next three races in the cruiser Oct series will count for the Estuary Bell.

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Oct Series Racing 

Laser sailing returns for the winter starting with the Laser & Topper Oct Series on Sunday 4th Oct with ten races scheduled, two races per week, two discards if full schedule completed. First gun 1045.
>> Laser & Topper Oct Series Sailing Instructions

The Cruiser Oct Series will also start on Sun 4th. The cruiser series has seven races scheduled. It is intended to run two races on two of the weekends with one discard applied after six races. First gun Sun 4th at 1355 (one race scheduled).

Plenty of boats looking for crew so anyone interested be at the club about 1.15pm and we'll sort you out on a boat.
>> Cruiser Oct Series Notice of Race
>> Cruiser Oct Series Sailing Instructions

Racing for both fleets will take place on Sun 4th, 11th, 18th, 25th & Sat 31st Oct. Both fleets will race on the one day so that people can take part in both but only one day of the weekend taken up with sailing :) Please be aware... times of first gun may have to be adjusted to suit the rugby schedule :))))

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Upcoming Courses

The club will host a Powerboat Level 2 course on Sat 10th & Sun 11th Oct. They will also host a First Aid course dates TBD. If interested in either courses please contact Peadar on 0872600817.

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Green Fuel

Reidy's Centra have asked us to pass on to members that they now stock green diesel.

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Sept Series

The Sept Series concluded this weekend. Congratulations to Darragh McCormack & crew of Maximus and Patrick Finucane & crew of  Marengo first in IRC and ECHO. Full results uploaded.

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Final Saturday Sailing for the year!

After a long summer the final week of the Saturday sailing  took place last weekend. A sincere thanks to everyone who helped out during the year. Hope to see all our sailors back again in 2016!

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Lift Out

Provisional lift out set for Sat 7th November.
 LW 0858    1.6m
 HW 1534    4.4m

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Go Racing 1 Course at FYC

- This course is currently booked out. If places become available will post notice here -

FYC will host an ISA Go Racing 1 course at Foynes Yacht Club from Mon 26th to Fri 30th October, 10am-5pm. The course will be run by a qualified Club Racing Instructor.

The aim of this course is to develop skills and knowledge for club and inter club racing. Participants must provide their own dinghy and have experience equivalent to ISA level of Improving Skills.

Further course details can be found on the ISA website:  Go Racing 1

Course cost is €150. Due to demand a non-refundable deposit of €50 is required to secure a place. Places are STRICTLY  limited, max 10 participants. Contact 0861231864 for further details.

>> Go Racing 1 - Booking Form

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Topper Topaz National Championships 2015

The Topper Topaz National Championships took place at the club today. 5 races were scheduled in what turned out to be very light winds. It was certainly a challenge to get in all 5 races & well done to OOD Geoff O'Donoghue & his crew for managing to complete the race programme.

We are delighted to have the support of Topper International Ltd, Ronstan and UK McWilliams Sailmakers who have generously sponsored all the prizes.

Congratulations to Paddy Cunnane from Dingle Sailing Club who won is the Topper Topaz National Champion for the 2nd year running, our own Mary McCormack in 2nd place :))))) (ever so slightly biased) and Brian Fox from Tralee Bay Sailing Club in 3rd. Junior prizewinners were also u16 Tim Kelleher from TBSC, u14 Dylan Reidy/Oisín Finucane, u12 Ellie Cunnane.

A massive thanks to all the members who put in a huge effort to make today a success! Some photos uploaded to the gallery.

>> Overall Results

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September Series Begins This Sunday

The September Series will begin this Sunday, 6th Sept, with first gun at 1400. 

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Tarbert Regatta 2015 this Saturday

This year's Tarbert Regatta will take place on Saturday 29th August. Cruiser race first gun 1525. Dinghy race FG 1645.

Prizegiving will take place the the Shannon Bar at 1830.

If any skippers want to bring their boats down with the tide early Sat morning and anchor for a few hours until racing we'll have a rib at Tarbert to take people ashore & back out to boats later.

LW Tarbert 1205 0.4
HW Tarbert 1822 5.2

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Topaz Race Practice

We'll lay a course & have a bit of race practice this Saturday morning for anyone interested in getting in some practice for the Topaz Nationals.

Six of the ISA fleet are currently at the club so we can assign those Topaz to anyone who has booked one for the event. Rental will be as per normal (€10 non members, €5  members) and the damage deposit as agreed on the rental form must be paid before any boat can be taken out.

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Dinghy Sailing / Kayaking 

Dinghy sailing/kayaking continues this Saturday, 10am-12pm.

Any members who own their own dinghies are welcome to come along at no charge. The club have a number of dinghies and kayaks available to rent at the following rates:
Kayak: €5 for members and non members.
Dinghy: €5 for members, €10 for non members.

Please note experience necessary to rent a dinghy. All sailing/kayaking will be supervised by qualified safety boat drivers. 

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Glin Castle Race 2015

This years RWYCI Glin Castle Race will take place this Saturday 22nd August. Briefing 1100 hrs at Glin Pier with first gun 1200 hrs. The race will finish at FYC's club line with the the prizegiving & finger food at Glin Castle from 1700 to 1800. Further information available from Adrian O'Connell on 0866026700.

>> Download Notice of Race
>> Download Entry Form
>> Download Information Flyer

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Mermaid National Championships 2015

Congratulations to Paddy, Johnny Dillon & Lauren O'Hare on 131 Wild Wind who are the Mermaid National Champions for 2015.

A fantastic result for Darragh McCormack, Mark McCormack & Cathal McMahon on 188 Innocence who were 2nd, the best ever result for a Foynes boat!!! There'll be some celebrations tonight!

And well done also to Jim, Muriel & Paula Carthy on 123 Vee who were 3rd.

Full results on the  Mermaid page.

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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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Foynes to Carrigaholt Race Postponed

The Foynes to Carrigaholt race scheduled for this weekend has been postponed until a later date. Please keep an eye on the website/FB page for updates.

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Volunteer Mondays

What a great turnout at the first 'volunteer Monday'! Let's keep the momentum going... still plenty of work to be done. Some photos uploaded to the gallery. If you're coming down this Monday bring along don't forget to bring your tools :)

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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.