The 2018 Irish Cruiser Racing Association (ICRA) National Championships and the West of Ireland Offshore Racing Association (WIORA) West Coast Championships 2018 are being held by Galway Bay Sailing Club from the 15th to 18th of August 2018. ICRA will run from 16th-18th August and WIORA will run from 15th-17th August. The event will be based in the heart of Galway city in the safe haven of the Port of Galway Docks. Best of Luck to our Sailors who sailed to Galway over the last few days to take part in this Championships and to our U/25 team who are also taking part.
Congratulations to Oisin Finucane who won the "Best U/25 Helm" at the 2018 National Mermaid Championships. The Finucane family presented a Perpetual Cup to the Mermaid Sailing Association this year for the "Best U/25 Helm" to be competed for during the National Mermaid Championships. This Cup was presented by the Finucane family in honour of Michael's unwavering dedication to Foynes Yacht Club, sadly Michael passed away earlier this year. Michael had a great love for wooden boats and would be very proud to see his grandsons Oisin and Sean carry on the tradition and even better still for Oisin to win the Cup. Well done also to Oisin's crew, Sean Finucane and Christopher McDaid. A great weekend for Foynes Yacht Club with two boats coming out on top!
Huge CONGRATULATIONS to our 2018 NATIONAL MERMAID CHAMPIONS Darragh McCormack, Mark McCormack and Johnny Dillon on 188 Innocence. This is the first time since the Dublin Bay National Mermaid Championships started in 1953 that a Foynes boat has claimed the Mermaid National Title, needless to say, the onshore welcome party didn't hold back with hooters, champagne, family and friends coming to greet the NEW CHAMPIONS as 188 Innocence came back to the slip! The Championship came to a close on Sunday evening after four great days of racing in a very competitive fleet. Race Officer for the event, Scorie Wall, perfectly executed the scheduled racing with ten races and one crew race, all in the bag as planned. Scorie was complemented throughout the event for her excellent race management and…
Well done to Killian Reidy and Conor Clifford who took part in the Oppi Connacht Championships held in Lough Derg Yacht Club recently. They were both in the senior fleet, with Killian in the senior gold and Conor in the senior silver. Killian came 17th overall out of 42 sailors in the senior fleet, his first top 20 finish since moving up to senior gold. Conor finished all races which was a great achievement as the wind was so light. Conor was awarded "The most sporting Sailor Award" in the silver fleet.
A huge congratulations from all in Foynes Yacht Club to Connor and Derek on "Big Deal" who have done themselves and the club proud in the recent Volvo Round Ireland Race. The lads finished not only leaped up the rankings to finish first in the IRC Two-Handed Class they also finished fourth overall. Full race report from Afloat available at the following link: https://afloat.ie/blogs/sailing-saturday-with-wm-nixon/item/39839-yet-again-the-round-ireland-race-serves-up-something-new Full race results breakdown available on the RORC website at the link below: http://www.rorc.org/racing/race-results/2018-results
It was great to see visitors from St. Michael's Rowing Club stop by last Saturday morning for a chat and a cup of tea after rowing down from Limerick. It took them an hour and a half in glorious sunshine. They rowed back to Limerick last evening and were really looking forward to the trip. It was great to see them and we look forward to more visits in the future.