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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

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

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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October Cruiser Series

Congratulations to the winners in the October Cruiser Series.

White Sails: Patrick Finucane, Marengo
IRC: Darragh McCormack, Maximus

Congrats also to Simon, Martin & Elaine who won Class 1 IRC in the October Series at the Royal Western Yacht Club in Kilrush during the month.

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Reidy's Centra October Open Dinghy Series

Congratulations to the winners in the Reidy's Centra October Dinghy Series.

Senior Category: Simon McGibney
Junior Category: Dylan Reidy
Optimist: Ross O'Shea

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Lift Out

Lift out scheduled for Friday 4th November (evening) and Saturday 5th November (morning). Can boat owners please contact James on 0872864273 to find out when they're scheduled to be lifted.

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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, Master class in Knots

January 11th, Skippers one pot wonder meals

February 8th Meteorology for cruisers

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 of Annual General Meeting

The 2017 Annual General Meeting will take place on Friday 2nd December .

Motions regarding rule changes must be made in writing to the secretary no later than Friday 11th November. 

Nominations for the 2017 Committee must be made in writing to the secretary no later than Friday 25th November.

The Foynes Yacht Club Rules can be accessed via the Membership Page.

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Laying Up Supper

Date for your diaries - the Laying Up Supper will take place on Saturday 19th November. Details to follow.

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October Open Dinghy Frostbite Series

Well done to our new Dinghy Class Captains Mary (Junior Class Captain) & Mark (Senior Class Captain) on getting the Frostbite Series off to a great start - testing out the new race marks, new race flags in sunshine & about 10 knots wind. Couldn't ask for more for a few of our 'rusty' sailors who haven't been out in their dinghies since April!!!

Results uploaded to the results page.

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October Series Cruiser Racing

Cruiser racing will continue every Sunday in October. First gun returns to the usual time of 1400, one race scheduled.
>> Oct Series Cruiser Sailing Instructions

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October Open Dinghy Frostbite Series

After a long summer 'off' dinghy racing resumes this weekend for the October Series. Racing will take place each Saturday in October with eight races scheduled, two each day.

Registration this Saturday 1030, first gun 1200. Entry fee for the series €20.

First gun times may vary during the series due to tides so keep an eye on website/Facebook for updates.

The event is open to all dinghies. It is intended to have separate start for oppies while lasers, toppers etc. will all start together.

For further information contact the Dinghy Class Captain, Mark on 0877175455.

>> October Series Dinghy Sailing Instructions

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September Series

With racing cancelled today due to strong winds and rough seas last weeks results stand. Congratulations to overall winners in ECHO John Conway & crew on Golden Kopper and in IRC Darragh McCormack & crew on Maximus.

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Dylan Invited to Sail at the All Ireland Junior Helmsman Championships

As a result of his success at the Topper Topaz Nationals, Dylan Reidy received an invitation from the Irish Sailing Association to participate in the All Ireland Junior Helmsman Championships in Schull this weekend. Racing took place on Schulls TR 3.6 dinghies. Dylan is the first junior from Foynes to participate in the All-Irelands against the Junior National Champions from various fleets. He brought along as crew his younger brother Killian, a great experience for both young sailors! 

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New Munster Champion

Brilliant result by young Killian Reidy in winning the Junior Regatta Fleet at the Optimist Munster Championships in Royal Cork Yacht Club this week. Great performances also by Ronan Kiely also in the Regatta Fleet and by Tadgh Shanahan & Ross O'Shea who  both had a top ten finish in the Senior Silver Fleet. Well done boys!

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Deepest condolences to Rory McGibney who's wife Anna Marie passed away on Saturday & to sons Cian & Fionn and all the McGibney family on their loss.

Rest in Peace Anna Marie

Reposing at St. Mary’s Funeral Home, Tarbert, on this Monday evening (September 12th) from 5pm until 8pm. Arriving at St. Mary’s Church, Tarbert on Tuesday, for Requiem Mass at 1pm. Interment immediately afterwards at St. Mary’s New Cemetery. House strictly private at all times, please.

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Deepest condolences to Mike Joe Enright who's wife Dolores passed away on Saturday & to sons Senan, Brian, Colm, daughter Celine and all the Enright family on their loss.

Rest in Peace Dolores

Reposing at her residence Monday evening from 5-8pm Requiem mass Tuesday at 12 noon in Foynes church burial after in Reilig Mhuire Askeaton

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Foynes Boat Win at Rush Regatta

Congratulations to Vincent & Roisín McCormack and Michael Lynch who won the Rush Regatta on Mermaid 119 Three Chevrons at the weekend with a consistent performance of two second places and one third place leaving them in top place overall. Fantastic result made it worth the long trip up! Race report on Afloat.

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1984 Colvic 27 UFO for Sale

Now reduced to 12,000
A very tidy boat with lots of extras. Further details on the Buy and Sell page.
Ring John Long for a viewing at 086 1728000.

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J24 Nationals at Royal St. George

Well done to the crews of Maximus & Gala Racing who took part in the J24 Nationals at the Royal St. George Yacht Club in Dun Laoghaire this weekend. While the results may not have gone their way they certainly enjoyed the craic both on & off the water!

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September Series will start Sunday 11th

Due to a private event at the club this Sunday the September Series will begin Sunday 11th September. NOR and SI will be posted next week.

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Try Dinghy Racing at the Tarbert Regatta

This Sunday a regatta & family fun day is planned at Tarbert Island. Ashore there will be kids entertainment, bouncy castle & bbq. The schedule of events on the water is:

Cruiser race: 1530
Dinghy race: 1630
Rowing race: 1700
Prizegiving: 1830

For the dinghy race it is intended to run a main fleet and a regatta fleet. The regatta fleet is more relaxed racing, a bit of fun & would be very suitable for beginner racers. FYC will bring down some of the club Topaz boats for anyone who would like to give it a try. Boats will need to be booked in advance in order for the club to make arrangements to transport them. Forecast looks great with light winds. Contact 0873354153 .

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RWYCI Glin Castle Race this Saturday

The Glin Castle Race hosted by the Royal Western Yacht Club of Ireland will take place this coming Saturday, 27th August. First gun 1200hrs. Anyone looking to crew please be at the club by 0930hrs.

>> 2016 Glin Castle Race
>> 2016 Glin Castle Race NOR
>> 2016 Glin Castle Race Entry Form

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Foynes to Carrigaholt Rescheduled for this Weekend

Congratulations to Pat Keating & crew on Excalibur who won the Foynes to Carrigaholt race this weekend. Link to results on the results page.

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Dinghy Sailors Travel to Nationals

Well done to our young oppie sailors Killian, Ross, Ronan & Tadgh who each produced some great results across the ten race series at the Optimist National Championships in Lough Derg this week. Also great job done by Christopher & Dylan who were taking part in the Laser Nationals in Galway over the weekend.

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Upcoming Courses

Peadar will be running the following courses at the club in the next few weeks.

Coastal Navigation  -  two evenings in Sept (dates TBD)
Powerboat Level 2  - 3rd/4th Sept
Advanced Powerboat - 1st/2nd Oct

Please contact Peadar for information/booking on 0872600817.

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Topper Topaz National Championships 2016

Congrats to everyone who took part in the Topper Topaz Nationals this weekend and a big thanks to all the volunteers who helped out both on the water and ashore.

Well done to the new Topaz National Champion Dylan Reidy who finished level on points with Adam Byrne & Ciarán Fitzgerald from Dingle Sailing Club but ahead on countback. 3rd overall were Diarmuid Desmond & Cillian Fogarty also from Dingle Sailing Club. Lots of winners in the age categories aswell who took home fabulous Ronstan sponsored Race Watches as prizes.

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Sailing & Kayaking Cancelled

Please note that sailing & kayaking is CANCELLED for this Saturday, 13th August and Tuesday 16th August as the equipment is being used for other events.

Sailing & kayaking will be back on again on Saturday 20th August.

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HELP Needed for Tues/Sat Sailing & Kayaking

As you are aware the club offer supervised sailing and kayaking on Tuesday evenings (7pm - 9pm) and
Saturday mornings (11am - 1pm).  During the months of June and July safety cover on the water and ashore has been provided by the instructors in the Sailing Academy. However as the Sailing Academy has concluded for 2016 we are now looking for club members to assist.

We would ask members to volunteer for just two sessions during the month. In particular Tuesdays have been very busy. We need cover both on the water in safety boats and ashore. Your help would be appreciated. Contact Elaine on 0873354153 (sailing academy number).

The dates required are:
Dates:  Sat  6th, 20th, 27th
Dates:  Tues 9th, 23rd, 30th

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2016 Sailing Academy Concludes

The 2016 Sailing Academy concluded this Friday after running week long ISA accreditated course during June & July. Well done to all the young sailors, ages ranging from 8 years old up to 18 years, who took part. It's fantastic to see the estuary busy with so much activity & we hope to see you all out practicing the skills you learned on the Tuesday or Saturday sailing & back again next year to work through the ISA Small Boat Sailing Scheme levels.

A sincere thanks to all our instructors, volunteers & helpers who will be having a well earned rest next week including Simon, Anna, Michael, Conor, Chris, Peter, Mary, Cian, Breda, Clara, Oisín, Dylan, Tadgh, Elaine & Patrick.

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Foynes to Carrigaholt

The Foynes to Carrigaholt due to take place last Saturday was abandoned after the participating boats encountered over 35 knots of wind as they were beating west towards Carrigaholt. The wind against tide together with the cold & rain made for miserable conditions so using VHF to communicate amongst the fleet it was decided to make an about turn & head for home. The race will be rescheduled if a suitable gap in the schedule can be arranged and hopefully the fleet will be greeted with more pleasant conditions next time.

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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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Foynes Sailor Dylan in the Laser 4.7 European Championships

The very best of luck to Dylan Reidy who is one of twelve juniors representing Ireland at the Laser 4.7 European Championships in Crozon in France this week.

This is a fantastic achievement for Dylan. He started sailing at the Sailing Academy four years ago but only purchased his first Laser less than two years ago. Dylan started sailing competitively during the Winter & Spring Laser & Topper Series in Foynes and last year travelled to laser events at various locations around the country.
Entry to the European Championships is restricted and based on results at Regional and National events.

Racing in Crozon began today with two races in light winds and will continue until Friday after which Dylan will have a few days holidays and a well earned rest with his family in France before returning home.

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The Wild West Coast Championships

A great fleet of Foynes boats travelled to Kilrush for the West Coast Championships last week. The club had 12 boats competing across the 4 classes. A massive congrats to Tom Murray on Kerry Dream winners in White Sails, Darragh McCormack on Maximus who won Class 2 IRC, Martin McNamara on Carpe Diem who won Class 2 ECHO and Liam Madden on Dexterity winners of Class 1 ECHO.  Well done to the Royal Western Yacht Club on hosting a fantastic event in testing conditions. Link to full results & race report below.

Photo: A very happy Tom Murray and Bill Cashin who won the White Sails Division at the Championships this year.

>> Full Results
>> Race Report (

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Dinghy Sailors Head off to Regional & National Events

Our juniors were spread far and wide this weekend competing in dinghy events around the country. Mary McCormack was at the Connacht Lasers in Lough Derg Yacht Club, Ross O'Shea travelled to Dublin to Malahide Yacht Club for the Ulster Optimists while Oisín Finucane was at the Topper Nationals in the Royal Cork Yacht Club. It's a fantastic development in the club to see them heading away to various events. Well done to all competing.

In particular congratulations to Oisín Finucane who came third in the 4.2 and first in the Development Fleet at his first ever Topper event! Whohoooo!

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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.