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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

Powerboat Level 2 Course

FYC will host a Powerboat Level 2 course on Saturday 11th and Sunday 12th July if there is enough interest. Contact Peadar on 0872600817 for details.

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Saturday Sailing & Kayaking

Summer Saturday sailing & kayaking for adults and juniors begins this weekend from 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 drivers. 

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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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McWilliams Training Weekend

There were three FYC boats taking part in the McWilliams Training Clinic at Tralee Bay Sailing Club this weekend. The format was at 1055 start on Saturday morning with 8 about 30 min races scheduled which OOD Peter Moore ran off like clockwork.  Conditions were ideal for training, winds around 15kts in the morning and most boats out with number ones and increasing to close to 20kts in the afternoon so number threes appeared. Des McWilliam and Graham Curran from UK McWilliam Sailmakers followed the fleet around the course on two ribs watching and videoing race starts, mark roundings, spinnaker hoists and drops, tacking etc. They talked to each of the boats during the races & offered suggestions on their observations. Sat evening the crews got together in the TBSC clubhouse and watched some of the video footage and Des & Graham gave further feedback on the day.  

On Sunday racing started at 0955. Conditions were lighter with 10-15 kts and the first four races were ran off in similar fashion to Saturday. The fleet then switched to practicing race starts with 3 min countdowns before one final race took place. Again a debrief was held in the clubhouse focusing in particular on tactics for race starts.

Well done to Simon McGibney for spearheading the event, Tralee Bay Sailing Club and Peter Moore for hosting a fantastic weekend and Des & Graham for their brilliant coaching! Results are on the ICRA website thanks to Denis Kiely. For anyone with even the slightest interest in racing you really should sign up the next time! 

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Wild Wind wins the Munsters!

Wild Wind indeed... couldn't be more aptly named to win the Munster Mermaid Championship in wild conditions for the final race. It was a hardy bunch of sailors that took to the water today! Congrats to Paddy Dillon & crew from Rush Sailing Club on Wild Wind. Well done to Darragh McCormack on Innocence in 2nd place & Jim Carthy on Vee in 3rd. Results & photos uploaded.

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Munster Mermaid Championships

Tough first day at the Munster Mermaid Championships in a very blustery 20-25kts SE. A few casualties in race 1 (boats, not people :) ) & only survival of the fittest for race 2... Looks like a two horse race tomorrow between 188 Innocence and 131 Wild Wind. Results on the results page.

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Reidy's Centra Open Dinghy Regatta at FYC

Our first Open Dinghy Regatta of this season got off to a great start today in a little more than forecast 15-20kts WNW breeze. Given the wind direction and tide it was decided to split the fleet and have the optibat dinghies race in a more sheltered area south of Foynes Island while the main fleet headed north of the island.
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McCormacks Rule on Commodore's Day 

There was plenty of activity on the water for Commodore's Day. It started early with the Mermaid and dinghy fleet getting out first on a course just east of the clubhouse in about 15-20kts westerly breeze. First place in the dinghy fleet went to Mary McCormack while Darragh McCormack won the Mermaids.
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Dinghy Regatta at Tralee Bay Sailing Club

7 FYC sailors travelled to Fenit for Tralee Bay Sailing Club's Open Dinghy Regatta this weekend. Well done to Peter Clifford who was 3rd overall and Dylan Reidy for best visiting boat who completed all 3 races in very challenging conditions.

All the laser fleet have returned to FYC after their extended stay in Fenit. Thanks to Simon, Kevin and Aidan for bringing them back & to TBSC for the loan of the triple & double stackers.  It's good to be home :) 

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Work Evening on Monday

Reminder another work evening tomorrow evening, 7-9pm. Don't forget to bring tools if you're coming along.

Estuary Bell was cancelled today - weather was very bad in the early morning but cleared up later in the afternoon so a few of the boats managed to get out for a sail. Some photos uploaded to the gallery.

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May Series next week will take place on Thursday

Please note change of date for the 2nd race of the May Series. Next week racing will take place on Thursday 14th May, instead of Wednesday. First gun 1925. This is a once off. Racing will return to Wednesdays the following week. Apologies for any inconvenience this may cause.

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Estuary Bell This Sunday

The Estuary Bell will take place over one day this weekend with first gun 1355. It is intended to run 3 races with a progressive handicap system. If it's fine enough might light up the BBQ afterwards! Boats will be looking for crew so anyone interested contact Alan on 0862568280 or be at the pontoons for 1315. 

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May Series Kicks Off

The May Series kicked off in chilly but pleasant sailing conditions this Wednesday.  OOD Alan McEniff set a course out with a beat out to Pile 1 and a reach up river towards 8 Metre taking in a jibe around Sturamus towards Table Rock giving those organised enough an opportunity to shake the cobwebs off the spinnakers. As forecast the wind died off as the evening went on so unfortunately for the the boats at the back of the fleet they got caught with little wind against the tide coming back to the club finish line. Results uploaded to the results section. 

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Open Dinghy Regatta at FYC

FYC will host an open dinghy regatta on Sat 23rd & Sun 24th May. We are looking for volunteers to help out over the weekend both on and off the water (safety boat drivers & assistants, assisting on the committee boat, registration in the clubhouse, launch and recovery, catering, results etc.) We will hold a general meeting in the clubhouse after the work evening this Mondays. If you can spare a few hours on either/both days your help would be much appreciated :)

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April Series at Tralee Bay Sailing Club

Well done to the 13 FYC sailors who took part in the April Series at Tralee Bay Sailing Club over the past 4 weeks. In particular congrats to Simon McGibney, overall winner. Thanks to TBSC for hosting a great series.  Some photos & results uploaded to the relevant pages.

Next laser sailing is the Spring Series at TBSC on Sunday, 10th May, followed by an open dinghy regatta at FYC on Sat 23rd & Sun 25th May.

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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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Lift In

All boats safely deposited in the water... thanks to everyone who helped out. Some photos uploaded to the gallery. 

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Volunteer Mondays 

Based on feedback from members it has been decided not to have a few individual work 'days' during the year where we try to tackle too many jobs in one go.

Instead Monday has been designated a work 'evening' which will run throughout the summer.

Every member has something to offer - whether it's cleaning the clubhouse, cutting the grass, fixing the fence, pulling weeds or any one of a dozen jobs to be done in the yard.... there is no shortage of work! So if you can spare two hours on a Monday evening from 7pm-9pm the club could do with your help.  Whatever area you're planning to help out with we would ask if you could bring your own tools if you can... unfortunately our hardware stock is pretty limited!!!

Our first work evening is this Monday, 20th April, 7pm. Hope to see you there :)

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Riverfest - May Bank Holiday Weekend

Due to tides on the May Bank Holiday weekend it has been decided to amend the departure time of  our annual cruise to Limerick to approx 2pm on Sat afternoon (instead of Friday evening). A return on Sunday would mean leaving at the early hours of 7.30am so that's a non runner - what's the point in going to the Riverfest if we don't get to see any of the events going on??? (aside from the potential sore head or two...) The plan is to wait until Monday morning, leaving about 0900 hrs & BBQ in FYC when we get back.

There is plenty of space on boats if anyone is interested in coming along on either journey. Contact Elaine on 0861231864.

Cruise to Limerick for Riverfest
Depart Foynes to Limerick 1400 Saturday 2nd May
Return Limerick to Foynes 0900 Monday 4th May
BBQ at FYC on return :)

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Sailing Academy 2015

This year the Sailing Academy will run for 7 weeks from Monday June 15th until Friday July 31st. We are now taking bookings for full days, mornings or afternoons sessions. Details can be found on the Sailing Academy page. Places are strictly limited so book early to avoid disappointment.

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McWilliams Sailmakers Racing Rules & Sail Trim 

Des McWilliams and Graham Curran from McWilliams Sailmakers will give a talk at the club on Racing Rules and Sail Trim. This will be suitable for all levels and & is a great opportunity to learn the basics or refresh the memories before the cruiser racing begins. Graham was at the club last year speaking about racing rules but this will be a different version of the talk & Des will focus mainly on sail trim.

Date: Friday, 17th April
Time: 7.00pm
Entry fee: €10 for adults and €5 for juniors.

This event is open to everyone so if you know of anyone who may be interested please pass on the details.

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Adult Competent Crew Course

This is a great course for anyone interested in trying out sailing on our cruiser yacht fleet. Beginning this year with a 'dry sailing' evening on Wed 15th April followed by 6 weeks 'on the water' training every Wednesday evening, starting on Wed 22nd April. Course cost €60.

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Inquiries to Alan on 086 2568280

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Lift In Rescheduled

Lift in has been rescheduled until Saturday April 25th. Apologies for any inconvenience caused. No excuses for not getting those maintenance jobs done now!!!

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Union Chandlery Laser Spring Series

The weather wasn't co-operating on the final day of the Union Chandlery Laser Spring Series. Our laser fleet like a challenge but a squally 25-30kts is probably stretching it a bit! With no racing on the final day the leaders from last week held onto their positions with Simon McGibney taking 1st in the Adult Fleet and Christopher McDaid 1st in the Junior Fleet. Christopher had such a sizeable lead going into the final day that he could not have been beaten and was in fact 4th overall.

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2015 Sailing Calendar

2015 Sailing Calender uploaded to the Sailng Calender page. Only 5 weeks to go to lift in so about time I s'pose!!!! 

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New Yachtmasters!!!!!

Well done to everyone who completed the Yachtmaster Coastal and Yachtmaster Offshore shorebased course that's been running at the club for the past 11 weeks. The final exam took place on Monday night so hopefully everyone passed :) Thanks to Dr. Pat Hartigan from who gave the course. There was a little celebration in the club afterwards where the bar was open & Pat had ordered in some finger food and encouraged everyone on the course to take the next step with the practical exam....   Well done again all! 

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Mermaid National Championships 2015 

FYC are delighted to host the Mermaid National Championships from the 1st to 7th August this year. We've set up a separate page where we'll upload SI's etc & post any relevant information as it becomes available. Follow the link on the right of this page. 

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Lift In 2015

Date for your diaries folks, provisional date for lift in is Saturday 11th April, HW 1059.

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Sailing Club 2015 Calendar

There are still a few of the 2015 Sailing Club Calendars available for purchase. A lot of work went into putting the calendar together and making sure that every member was included in the photographs. It's a fabulous momento of past years sailing - every member should have one and we would appreciate you're support with this! The calendars also include also include the 2015 Tide Tables so will be very useful in the coming season! They can still be purchased by contacting Patricia on 0860795374.  

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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.