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Award Winning Foynes Yacht Club Steps Up The Pace

14th February 2017
The port of Foynes looking westward. While the commercial harbour in the foreground is busy, there’s still ample space beyond for a sheltered corner where Foynes Yacht Club has been so active and successful that it is the new Volvo ISA Training Centre of the Year. It will be visited by ISA President David Lovegrove this weekend for a Family Day and a special awards ceremony The port of Foynes looking westward. While the commercial harbour in the foreground is busy, there’s still ample space beyond for a sheltered corner where Foynes Yacht Club has been so active and successful that it is the new Volvo ISA Training Centre of the Year. It will be visited by ISA President David Lovegrove this weekend for a Family Day and a special awards ceremony

They’re keen on their sailing in Foynes Yacht Club in its sheltered channel behind the island on the south shore of the majestic Shannon Estuary writes W M Nixon. And they’re keen on their teaching too. Elaine O’Mahoney stood down as Honorary Secretary as the club’s honorary secretary at the last AGM after guiding FYC through a period of notable growth. But it seems she stood down not because the job was completed, but because she wished to devote more of her time to teaching people to sail.

foynes laser dinghyThey’re keen on their sailing in Foynes - and the Shannon Estuary has rewarded this FYC Laser with a generous breeze. Photo FYC
This makes her a certifiable instructaholic, as her day job in the Autumn, Winter and Spring is as a schoolteacher. But she has the teaching bug big time, she has the sailing bug too, and the result is that Foynes is a national leader with people like Elaine, Simon McGibney, Academy Principal Patrick Finucane, Peadar McGrath and others giving freely and generously of their time to bring more than 200 young people to sailing during 2016.

This Sunday the 19th February, Foynes Yacht Club will open its doors for a Family Day celebration from 2.30pm to 5.30 pm to mark this historic achievement. ISA President David Lovegrove will be in attendance to award each of the instructors and assistant instructors with a memento of the special occasion from the Sailing Academy.

Foynes yacht club prizesIn 2016 Foynes Yacht Club brought more than 200 young people to sailing……Photo FYC

Foynes yacht club youth sailors….and they covered a wide age range, but all were keen. Photo FYC
In 2015 Foynes Yacht Club was voted Regional Training Centre of the Year and has been delighted to go one better in 2016 with the National Award. It has taken a lot of hard work, dedication, volunteerism and foresight of the club members as a whole.

In recent years the Sailing Academy has upgraded its equipment including wetsuits, buoyancy aids, sails and invested heavily in boats, equipment and facilities. In 2016 Commodore James McCormack facilitated the opening of a new junior shower block consisting of male & female changing rooms and 10 state of the art shower units.

Much of this achievement was made through voluntary effort, and the Commodore’s praise for the club’s key group were echoed by Centre Principal Patrick Finucane, who picked up the award at the recent ceremony in Dublin. When asked what made it happen – he stated ‘Volunteerism and Hard Work’.

A mark of the success of the Sailing Academy is the revival of dinghy racing in the area. The first race of the new season started last week with 24 dinghies taking to the water for the February Chill Series. The event this Sunday will take place after dinghy racing in the morning and is an open invitation day to all who would like to join the Sailing Academy to celebrate the day.

Foynes yacht club dinghiesThe Topaz Irish Nationals at Foynes reflected the award-winning club’s success as a championship venue. Photo FYC

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  • Comment Link Paul Hassett 16th February 2017 posted by Paul Hassett

    My memories of Foynes YC are indeed happy ones. As president of Mirror Class I mets with their Commodore and after the odd drop the Mirror Nationals arrived in Foynes. No sooner had the army of Mirror sailors and their parents arrived when an Azores high parked itself over Foynes and so combine that with a 4 knot tide and teenage testosterone you have the perfect storm.
    Despite the absence of sailing all sailors agreed it was the best ever Nationals. Sailing and sociability combine well but mark my words the social scene won out that week. Thank you Foynes Yacht Club.

  • Comment Link FrankDennison 15th February 2017 posted by FrankDennison

    Magnificent

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