After four days at the Oppie Irish Trials in Crosshaven, Co Cork, in all kinds of weather, Killian Reidy has qualified a part of the International Development Team to represent Ireland at the Belgium Nationals at the end of June. We are delighted for Killian and all his family and so proud to have him represent Foynes yacht Club as part of Team Ireland!
It was fantastic to have Mary Kennedy and her crew from RTE Nationwide filming at the club recently. It's safe to say she learnt a thing or two from her session on "Jasper" with our U/25 J24 team, she couldn't have wished for a better day for a sail with sunshine and wind. She was very impressed with the club and especially with the skills of our young sailors! The programme was televised in April, it was featured on the Shannon Estuary and gave a summary of all activities on the estuary.
Well done to Stouche, Gala Racing and our U25 J24 Team Jasper who headed to the J24 Western Championships in Lough Ree recently. Race 1 started but was abandoned as boats headed on the first downwind leg. Those brave enough to put up kites struggled to hold them. Wind in the 20s gusting in the 30s kts. Stouche drew a lot of attention with their capsize and have to be praised for their very impressive recovery. Our U25s (aged between 17 years and 21 years) have to be congratulated for their perserverance in such bad weather conditions, some boats turned back but they continued to race mid-fleet until the race was abandoned. Well done! Gala Racing also doing very well, they continued to race until the race was abandoned. Well done to…
The MSA Dinner was held at the Royal Irish Yacht Club in Dun Laoghaire earlier this year. Thanks to President Paul Smith for a very warm welcome and a fantastic evening. CONGRATULATIONS to Darragh and Mark McCormack and Johnny Dillon on 188 Innocence, NATIONAL CHAMPIONS, for winning the overall Championship, to Oisin Finucane for winning the Finucane Cup for Best U25 Helm with crew Sean Finucane and Christopher McDaid on Sea Fox and to Vincent and Roisin McCormack and Michael Lynch on Three Chevrons for winning the Crew Race. It was a great night for Foynes Yacht Club. We were loaded down with gold medals, trophies and a beautiful painting of No 81 on the journey home!! This day has been a long time coming but well worth the wait!!!
“Legasea” is a Moody 346 sailing boat built 1989 with bilge keels. There are six berths in three cabins and heads (complete with shower) and it has a cooker and fridge and hot and cold water. It has a 35 HP Thornycroft engine with indirect cooling (hence the hot water supply) and is complete with 6-man life raft, inflatable dinghy, GPS, Radar, VHF radio, shore power, built in battery charger, etc., etc. Sails include main, furling genoa, cruising chute and storm sail. Currently ashore at Bray Sailing Club in The Harbour, Bray, Co. Wicklow. Priced to sell at €40,000 To view, contact Páid Cassidy at +353 86 8161785 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
We have lined up Kenneth Rumball of INSS (Irish National Sailing School) to give us a talk next Wednesday evening at 8:00 pm on "Staying Safe on a Cruising Yacht". Kenneth comes with a huge amount of experience as an offshore and coastal sailor and instructor. His talk will be focused on the type of cruising and sailing typically done by FYC sailors. It will be an interesting and informative night, not to be missed. A big turnout from the club cruising sailors is expected. Small charge of €5 will help offset the expense.
Upwards of 500 people attended the Volvo Irish Sailing Awards 2018 in the RDS in Dublin on Friday the 8th February. Hosted by Irish Sailing with Afloat Magazine, the Volvo Irish Sailing Awards aim to highlight the breadth of sailing across the Country. Massive CONGRATULATIONS to James McCormack, former Commodore of Foynes Yacht Club, on receiving the Irish Sailing Presidents Award 2018 from Jack Roy for his "Outstanding contribution to, and Leadership of Foynes Yacht Club over many years". This was a big surprise on the night and to be recognised nationally was a huge honour. Colm Barrington, former CEO of Aer Lingus and Chairman of the Olympic Council of Ireland was also given an award from the President. Jack congratulated James on his vision, can do attitude, and leadership qualities. …