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Work has begun on the new clubhouse facilities for Killaloe Sailing Club near Ogonelloe on the southwest shores of Lough Derg, with the recent official turning of the first sod at the site a very significant milestone for the club.

Jim Ryan, a long standing member and driving force behind club development, highlighted that the new facilities will greatly enhance not only Killaloe Sailing Club’s offering to its current membership, but will also provide a wonderful amenity for the populations of the wider Clare, Tipperary and Limerick areas.

“Until now,” he said, “the club has been somewhat limited in developing its true potential, due to our restricted on-shore facilities. But with the building of the new clubhouse, the proper provision of running hot and cold water, showers, kitchen, changing rooms, indoor teaching facility and much more will be available to attract newcomers and established sailors alike”.

Cllr. Dr. Phyll Bugler was enthused that it was wonderful to see facilities like this being developed in Lough Derg, with a focus on developing the youth, with sailing being an excellent activity for confidence-building and both positive mental and physical health.

KSC Commodore John Callanan commented: “ The sailing conditions on our great lake are second to none, and offer some of the best inland leisure sailing and inland racing in Ireland. The sailing community love to travel and compete in different locations around the island, and overseas. With these new facilities, Killaloe Sailing Club looks forward to welcoming many visitors to the area in the years to come, thereby boosting the local hospitality economy”.

Killaloe Sailing Club says it has a reputation as being a family-friendly club, and warmly welcomes new members and visitors alike.

Anyone curious about starting to sail, or looking to re-start again after a break (even perhaps after a couple of decades of non-sailing like some recent new members), are welcome to visit the club on any Thursday evening or Sunday morning, or drop a line to: [email protected]

The total cost of the Killaloe Sailing Club development is over €700,000. It is part-funded by the LEADER program, through the National Development Plan and by the European Agricultural Fund for Rural Development supported by the Clare and Tipperary LEADER Development Companies. Generous support has also been received from the Tomar Trust, and Sports Capital, and the stated aim is for the joys of sailing to be discovered by a broader range of the population.

The club must undertake a significant fundraising schedule of events in order to raise the match funding.

Published in Inland Waterways
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The man of the moment at Killaloe Sailing Club on Lough Derg is their sailing coach Rory Miley, who was instructing on the adult course on Sunday afternoon when he spotted a small cruiser up the lake with the crew waving for help. Rory went to assist, and found an elderly man in the water without a buoyancy aid, and some way off from the cruiser in significant distress.

Apparently he’d been in the water for some time, but Rory managed to get him into the KSC safety boat, then back on the cruiser (which had broken down) to reunite him with his distressed grand-daughters.

Rory then called the coast guard to tow them back to Killaloe, and having double-checked that all was okay, he returned to continue coaching his students.

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Killaloe Sailing Club on the beautiful southern shores of Lough Derg is a community-orientated, not-for-profit, Irish Sailing-accredited amateur, small boat sailing club.

This little club – totally volunteer-run – now has the fully-developed vision of building a stylish new clubhouse, as the current facilities are becoming totally unsuitable for an enthusiastic organisation of Killaloe SC's expanding size.

Planning permission has been secured to build a new Clubhouse, the plans including changing rooms with toilets and showers, a common room and small kitchen, raised walkways, and a covered training area. There'll be facilities for the disabled, and an enlarged boat shed together with a new cark park and an enlarged dinghy park.

In order to raise much-needed funds, the Club is running a Raffle this Autumn, whereby the winner will take a home a brand-new Laser dinghy, worth a spectacular almost €8,000.

Only 100 tickets are being sold, and 50 of them have been sold already. These tickets are not waiting around! As soon as all the tickets are gone, the raffle will take place and will be formally adjudicated.

The prize is a Laser XD ICE Blue, and comes with Carbon Mast, Launching Trolley, Top Cover and Foil Bag. The winner can choose any Rig size - 4.7, Radial or Full Rig.

For newcomers to sailing, the word is that Lasers are suitable for both beginners or more experienced sailors, and from teenagers to adults. Killaloe Sailing Club already has a sizeable fleet of Lasers in the Club, so should the winner wish to sail within the Club, or even race on any Tuesday evening in the Summer, or Sunday morning in the cooler months, then there will be plenty of competition for them to make it exciting.

Killaloe Sailing Club plans for the coming years include continued extension of links with the local community through arrangements with the Scouts, Cubs, local language and state schools. KSC will also be hosting regional and even national events, and expanding the number of Irish Sailing accredited sailing courses on offer, thereby ensuring the continued pipeline of new sailors to the sport in the well-proven Killaloe tradition.

Anyone interested in purchasing a ticket, please email: [email protected] with your contact details and the number of tickets requested.

For any queries, please text/call John at 083 4607433. Alternatively, tickets can be purchased via the 'ClubZap' app https://clubzap.com/download, where you scroll to 'Other' and then to 'Killaloe Sailing

Published in Laser

Killaloe Sailing Club enjoyed their first day back on the water in recent days, in preparation for the next stage of reopening the country from tomorrow, Monday 8 June.

Other sailing clubs welcoming Phase 2 of the recovery roadmap were Cullaun Sailing Club, who said they are looking forward to seeing all members from across Co Clare or within 20km of the club (which includes the northern part of Limerick city) set sail over the coming days.

As previously reported on Afloat.ie, the latest stage of relaxing restrictions against coronavirus will allow for non-competitive and unsupervised activity for up to 15 people, including trainers and coaches, up from the previous four.

Mixed household crew will also be allowed for larger multi-hander vessels were social distancing can be maintained.

The club is also asking all members to complete a contact tracing form in line with Irish Sailing and Government guidelines and help ensure continued sailing activity without the reimposition of restrictions.

Published in Sailing Clubs

#RS - Killaloe Sailing Club is hosting the RS Inland and RS Feva Western Championships this weekend, starting today Saturday 11 August.

The RS sailing community will be out in force on Lough Derg for the weekend, with full camping facilities available at the club and a barbecue set for this evening at 6.30pm.

For more details on the event see the RS Ireland website HERE.

Published in RS Sailing

Killaloe Sailing Club in Co Clare is applying for planning permission for a new clubhouse on the shores of Lough Derg.

The site notice for the proposed development at Carrownakilly seeks permission to replace the existing storage shed and portacabin with a permanent building including shower and lavatory facilities, a small kitchen, assembly rooms and storage space.

The proposal also includes new car parking, bin storage and a waste water tank, a revised site entrance and an extension of the existing boat storage area.

Next steps for the Co Clare club will involve fundraising efforts to cover the costs of the new facilities.

Published in News Update

Last week, Killaloe Sailing Club hosted its annual sailing regatta. Founded in 1973 at the Lakeside Hotel in Killaloe, the club hosts an open regatta every year. For 2015 it was decided to hold the event over two days, rather than the usual one day event.

A healthy field of over 30 boats took to the water on both days to compete in seven races over the two days.

The open regatta was open to any sailing dinghy and the club used the PY (Portsmouth Yardstick) handicap system for racing a field of multi class boats, therefore just like golf the first boat over the line on the water might not necessarily win on handicap.

From the first race on day one, Jim Ryan and David Tanner were out in front with their Fireball winning the first race comfortably, followed home by Daniel O’Sullivan and David Coleman in their RS400 and Brian and Conor Bryce in third place also in an RS400. Jim Ryan and David Tanner were well beaten by Daniel O’Sullivan and David Coleman in the second race of the day, with the all lady crew of Susie Coote and Charlotte Carway in their RS200 upsetting the order of the lead boats by sneaking in fourth. While nobody could catch Jim Ryan and David Tanner in the last two races of the day, thanks to the PY handicapping system the battle behind them was heating up for second place between Susie Coote and Charlotte Carway in their RS200 and Ronan Gilmartin in his Laser Radial with only six points separating them.

Day two brought about much more benign conditions. However things did not change at the front of the field with Jim Ryan and David Tanner taking three from three and wrapping up the regatta. Daniel O’Sullivan and David Coleman were a consistent second. David’s daughter Megan and Nadine O’Sullivan managed a class win in their RS200, while Susie Coote and Charlotte Carway took the other two wins in the RS200 class. PY handicaps were tallied and the final results were:

Killaloe winners

1st Overall and Fireball Class winners Jim Ryan and David Tanner with Commodore Pat Culloo

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3rd Overall, RS200 Class winners Top Female Crew Susie Coote and Charlotte Carway with Commodore Pat Culloo

Overall results
1st Jim Ryan/David Tanner
2nd Ronan Gilmartin
3rd Susie Coote/Charlotte Carway

Class results:

Fireball class:
1st Jim Ryan/David Tanner
2nd Pat Culloo/Evan Jones
3rd Marc McLoughlin/Mick Collins

RS400 Class
1st Daniel O’Sullivan/David Coleman
2nd Brian Bryce/Conor Bryce
3rd Barry Lowe/Donal Cullinane

RS200 Class
1st Susie Coote/Charlotte Carway
2nd Colm O’Leary/Aodhan O'Leary
3rd Megan Coleman/Nadine O’Sullivan

Laser Class
1st Philip Despard
2nd Brian Griffin
3rd John Callanan

Laser Radial Class
1st Ronan Gilmartin
2nd Patrick Donlon
3rd Tadhg O'Mara

RS Feva Class
1st David Schutz/ Jimi Ni Baoill
2nd Orla Imhoff
3rd Bjorn Imhoff

1st All Lady Crew
Susie Coote/Charlotte Carway

1st Junior
Ronan Gilmartin

Published in Racing

The Half Ton Class was created by the Offshore Racing Council for boats within the racing band not exceeding 22'-0". The ORC decided that the rule should "....permit the development of seaworthy offshore racing yachts...The Council will endeavour to protect the majority of the existing IOR fleet from rapid obsolescence caused by ....developments which produce increased performance without corresponding changes in ratings..."

When first introduced the IOR rule was perfectly adequate for rating boats in existence at that time. However yacht designers naturally examined the rule to seize upon any advantage they could find, the most noticeable of which has been a reduction in displacement and a return to fractional rigs.

After 1993, when the IOR Mk.III rule reached it termination due to lack of people building new boats, the rule was replaced by the CHS (Channel) Handicap system which in turn developed into the IRC system now used.

The IRC handicap system operates by a secret formula which tries to develop boats which are 'Cruising type' of relatively heavy boats with good internal accommodation. It tends to penalise boats with excessive stability or excessive sail area.

Competitions

The most significant events for the Half Ton Class has been the annual Half Ton Cup which was sailed under the IOR rules until 1993. More recently this has been replaced with the Half Ton Classics Cup. The venue of the event moved from continent to continent with over-representation on French or British ports. In later years the event is held biennially. Initially, it was proposed to hold events in Ireland, Britain and France by rotation. However, it was the Belgians who took the ball and ran with it. The Class is now managed from Belgium. 

At A Glance – Half Ton Classics Cup Winners

  • 2017 – Kinsale – Swuzzlebubble – Phil Plumtree – Farr 1977
  • 2016 – Falmouth – Swuzzlebubble – Greg Peck – Farr 1977
  • 2015 – Nieuwport – Checkmate XV – David Cullen – Humphreys 1985
  • 2014 – St Quay Portrieux – Swuzzlebubble – Peter Morton – Farr 1977
  • 2013 – Boulogne – Checkmate XV – Nigel Biggs – Humphreys 1985
  • 2011 – Cowes – Chimp – Michael Kershaw – Berret 1978
  • 2009 – Nieuwpoort – Général Tapioca – Philippe Pilate – Berret 1978
  • 2007 – Dun Laoghaire – Henri-Lloyd Harmony – Nigel Biggs – Humphreys 1980~
  • 2005 – Dinard – Gingko – Patrick Lobrichon – Mauric 1968
  • 2003 – Nieuwpoort – Général Tapioca – Philippe Pilate – Berret 1978

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