Cullaun Sailing Club has been a hive of activity over the last number of weeks as they put the finishing touches on their new clubhouse which is opening on Saturday 27th April at 14:00. Based in east Clare between Tulla and Kilkishen this small dinghy sailing club has been in operation for 40 years and has an active mixed fleet of Wayfarer, Enterprise and GP14 sailing boats.
As Afloat reported previously, this new development is a huge improvement from the portacabin that they were using for the last few years. The club has been actively fundraising for the last number of years and we were very lucky to secure grant aid from the Department of Tourism and Sport in the form of a sports capital grant and funding from Clare Local Development Company in the form of a leader grant. Community Finance Ireland have helped us with a bridging and a term loan so that we can pay back for these wonderful facilities. Our members have also been instrumental in helping us to get this far and without their donations and fundraising ideas we wouldn’t have such a great facility.
Tulla Pipe band will play at the opening ceremony followed by a blessing of the boats and the new clubhouse and with speakers from Irish Sailing, Clare Sports Partnership and Clare Local Development Company.
The club caters for adults and junior sailing with Easter and summer camps for the juniors and racing and training for the adults. Racing is every on every Thursday evening with beginners on Tuesday and open sailing at the weekends. There will be a demo of sailors on the lake before the event and after the opening, there will be TRY sailing which is an open event for all sailors or people who are interested in learning to sail. If you bring your wetsuit or an old change of clothes, then you can be taken out for a sail on the lake and try it for yourself.
Two weeks after the official opening Cullaun Sailing Club will host the GP14 Munster championship two-day event where there could be up to 30 travelling boats descending on the club racing for line honours.