Report 20th November 2008
Well, our year is over ... we've had our AGM, in the form of an EGM this year
to change the anual date.
We have a new committee for the 2009 season.
We had our "Laying-Up Supper" too ... that concludes our sheduled
We now have a new webmaster too. Bobbi will be posting the updated site soon.
In the meantime the Volvo Ocean Race is well under
way. Click on the link in the right-hand menu.
Report 11th November
Our end of year "Laying-Up Supper" is this Friday, the 14th
Tickets are available from Donal, in the Siopa Deas, for 15 euro each.
Tickets can also be reserved, by emailing me with your intended numbers,
then collected and paid for at the door on the night.
Numbers can be changed later but we need some idea for now to plan the night.
Your help with this is appreciated.
Email me now ... firstname.lastname@example.org
Report 29th October
Kilrush October Series is over. Hallmark wins Class 3.
And that is the end of the "Dubarry West Coast Superleague 2008"
Class 3 and Overall Winner 2008 is our own HALLMARK.
Report 20th October
Notice of an EGM has been emailed and posted to all paid up CBC Members 2008.
Venue is the Club house at 8pm on Monday 10th November '08.
Report 10th October
The "Volvo Ocean Race" (aka the VOR) is about to start ... tomorrow,
Saturday 11th Oct.
We have two Irish Teams entered in the eight yacht "Round the World Race".
The only Irish flaged yacht is the "Green Dragon" and they have
their own website.
The other Irish yacht, "Delta Loyd", is flying the Dutch flag of
their sponsors for this event.
I have placed links to the relevant websites for the "VOR" and the
I have also placed a link to the "Let's do it Galway" site ... Galway
is one of the Stop-overs.
These links can be found on the menue bar on the right.
Starting tomorrow the "Race Viewer" should be operational.
Report 3rd October
It's official, we have a new Race Officer for the next season. Paul Ryan has
taken the job again ... he did it very well last time, so we can all look
forward to it.
I believe, or rumor has it, that he has a new yacht in the pipe-line too.
Report 21st September
Here's a report from Shaunna, of Imprint, about the first race evening of
the Autumn Series:
"The Autumn Series began Thursday September 4th,
and is expected to run every Tuesday and Thursday over the next few weeks.
Imprint had a chance to redeem themselves a little with the light winds Thursday
and all in all it was a brilliant race. Light winds make racing a lot more
technical and more challenging in ways sailing in heavier winds does not.
As a number of people have said to us, "anyone can sail a boat in heavy winds!".
You're there trimming constantly, trying to squeeze the last bit of speed
of your yacht, sometimes fighting tides and currents, often coming to a standstill,
even moving sideways if your not careful. Now that's an odd sight! Yet whatever
we were doing seemed to be working well for us for holding our own with spinnaker
flying boats much to my delight. Hallmark had some spinnaker trouble so they
gave us a chance to catch up and as we rounded the bottom marker Imprint and
Hallmark dashed to the finish. Sails were sheeted in hard and we picked up
speed. "I cant see hallmark!", was all that could be heard from our skipper,
our headsail blocking his view. Sails tend do that a lot don't they? I took
a peek and we were hurtling towards Hallmark's stern. "em you might want to
veer starboard a little!" So it happened that we didn't ram Hallmark, but
then I wonder if that was just some technique they were implying? Either way,
it worked well for them as they crossed the finish line second to X-Rated,
Imprint and Back draft after them. Shaunna-Imprint."
Report 11th September
Well, it seems the most recent race (tonight) was abandoned due to a lack
of starters ...
I believe Imprint and Hallmark were the only yachts
willing to go at it. But hey, that's just what I heard ... someone else tell
On a whole other note ... there are three Irish teams
entered in this years ARC ...
That's the "Atlantic Rally for Cruisers" ...
The names to watch are Cerys, Riot and Saskia ... and infairness, Saskia is
GBR registered but her Skipper is out and out Irish !!! That'll be your own
Report 8th September
Poor turnout for the "Bofin Cruise" ... I think the weather deterred
most. Having said that Hallmark crew sailed againt the strong northerly wind,
making Bofin, in two and a half hours.
I took the RIB ... ... and Anthony took the ferry ...that made 7 for dinner.
Tonights Committee Meeting has been postponed till
further notice next week.
I'm outta here on Wednesday ... So I'll be relying
on your eamils or texts to keep me posted ...
... and thereby able to keep the rest of the memberships up to date.
Report 5th September
We had our first race of the Autumn Series yesterday evening.
And here are the Results of Race 1 ... IRC
and ... ECHO
Report 4th September
This just in from Shaunna:
"In challenging conditions, Galway Bay Sailing Club held their regatta
form the 8th-10th August. Imprint, a family yacht, guided by Hallmark, made
the 10hr trip from Clifden Bay to Renville Bay for this event. I thought it
was brilliant. Even though only having a small taste of sea faring, I felt
like I could keep going forever, just sail out into the seemingly endless
ocean. But alas we had a regatta to compete in! Despite being the only boat
in our class, it was at best a challenge to secure 1st place. My family and
I, crewing Imprint, didn't have the weight to keep her down. Constantly overpowered,
we ended up damaging our main and headsail, while running a high risk of being
thrown overboard, (the railings saved me three times!!!). So how did we overcome
this? Normally in strong winds we'd have to retire, but this time we had a
better idea…. The puzzled looks we received from our Hallmark friends were
well justified as we dropped our main and continued on the race course, powered
solely by headsail. At last we had control of Imprint, the flask of tea was
whiped out. And so we finished the regatta, and a few days later headed for
home. I began to fully appreciate the need for decent sailing gear. The rain
was our constant companion on the leg home, I was soaked and numb within an
hour. Yet once I was on land, and could feel my toes, I realised I'd do it
all over again. Maybe with a pair of du Barry's next time…" Shaunna-Imprint.
And here's some photos from the last race of our regatta
... from Mike P.
He say's the evening wasn't great and he's new to the camara but he's working
And the only photos, so far, of Hallmark's New Spinaker:
Report 29th August
Just got word that:
The IWA (Irish Windsurfing Association) are having there fifth windsurfing
slalom event this year in Salthill, 6/7th Sep '08. Numbers are on the increase,
July event had almost 100 racing Biggest ever. Our own James Kane got roped
in to do rescue for the weekend. He hopes to have some good pics.
Report 28th August
We just had the fourth race of our "Extended Local Regatta" ...
two of our new reporters were on the water too ... awaiting photos and reports
from them ... as soon as I get them, I'll put them up here ... looking forward
to it. The full results are also on the menu bar on the left.
Race 4 ... IRC
... and ECHO
Overall ... IRC
... and ECHO
Report 27th August
Ok, Aaron has agreed to continue sending reports and photos, as has Mike and
There's no need to wait for the 2009 season either, as soon as I get reports
I'll post them here.
Thanks in advance guys.
And here's what's coming up in the near future... in
order of appearence:
Our Autumn Series (Yacht Racing) is due to start next Tuesday evening, 2nd
We have our Bofin Flotilla the weekend of 5th-7th Sept, combining both Powerboats
The "Blue Cup Regatta" in Greece, 1st to 9th Nov ... yes, our club
now has a team entered, and
Our new AGM date (in the form of an EGM this year) is early Nov (Monday 10th
I think, TBC).
The end of season, "Laying-Up Supper", is planned for Friday 14th
Report 26th August
And here are the results of Race 3 of our "Extended
Race 3 ... IRC
Next scheduled race, Race 4, is next Thursday 28th.
Ideas for the 2009 season ...
I would lke to get some more input from other active members (like Aaron has
I would like to get a Correspondent from each angle, or every corner if you
like, of our club.
My thoughts are a "Power Boat Correspondent" (I think Aaron would
be good to follow up on what he has been doing),
A "Junior Correspondent" (I think Mike P should do this),
A "New Comers Correspondent", or White Sails if you like (and I
think Angela or Shaunna, from Imprint, would be good at this)
And a "Committee Correspondent" (I think Bobbi would be great at
I would like to stay on as "News Editor",
or what ever my various titles are, for the 2009 season.
Unfortunately I'm away from September to May almost full time this winter
But email works for me and I can upload from where ever I am ... if ye can
do this for me I can stay intouch with our club and pass the info on to the
rest of our membership.
All that's needed is a little note, of any event, from
your point of view (and picis if you like, those that Aaron sent are taken
by mobile phone, that method works just fine).
Please email me with your thoughts ... email@example.com ... especially
those names I suggested.
Report 26th August
And the lads were fishing this weekend ...
" Here r some pictures of me and Vinnie doing some bottom fishing.
We caught 1 ray , 2 dog fish , 1 mackeral and 1 whiteing" ... Aaron.
Report 20th August
Yesterday evening saw the second yacht race of the "Extended"
Below are the results for both races:
Race 1 IRC
... and ECHO
Race 2 IRC
... and ECHO
Report 20th August
OK ... I have the results for the Dinghy Race on Sunday:
1st Mike Prendergast and Fiachra Clarke
2nd Ryan Hehir
3rd Amy and Daniel Whelan
And Clifden's "Best Improver (Juniors) 2008"
went to Mike Prendergast.
Report 17th August
Today one yacht race was held ... in strong winds ... then it was decided
to postpone the other three planned races to future dates.
One dinghy race was held today also ... I don't have the results to hand at
the moment but will post them here soon.
The next three yacht races will be one on Tuesday next the 19th August Start
Gun at 7.30pm, with a short briefing beforehand at 7pm ... no racing on Thursday
21st (Pony Show Day) ... and then the following Tuesday 26th and Thursday
28th in the evenings also.
Report 16th August
Todays's racing was abandoned due to strong winds. We'll try again tomorrow,
although the forcast isn't great.
Report 15th August
of Race for our Annual Regatta has been ammended ... click
Report 14th August
Our Annual Regatta is here ... and so is the Notice
of Race for it ... click
Report 28th July (Courtesy of Aaron)
"Well here some news at last!
Big powerboat fishing competition yesterday at Clifden boat club.
We all met in the club at 12ish where we all had breaky and the rules were
Fishing area was from Knock point to Craugh Island and from 1 o'clock to5
o'clock back in for the weigh in. Prizes for the biggest / heaviest fish and
the most Species. Fierce fishing went on in the Atlantic Biggest fish went
to Thomas Davis with a Ray weighing in at 8lbs, second to Rodney with a Ray
weighing 5lbs. I myself thought my 5lb Pollack was going to win. Most species
went to Vince and his crew John B, Thomas Davis well done boys. They caught
2 species of Ray, Pollack, Mackerel, and Wrasse.
A great turn out for the first power boat outing, Sea Witch, Rodney,Paul,
Vince and a new comer Simon and all the crew I counted 17 or 18.
So well done Rodney and where r we going next!
Report 24th June '08
I've just got home from another Trans-Atlantic ... Nobody has emailed me with
any news, so I have nothing to report at this time.
Report 7th May '08
OK folks ... not much to report at the moment
... Let's make a mention of what's up and comming
Daniel Whelan will be running the "Clubhouse Bar & Restuarant"
I believe he will be open for business this weekend.
The first "Superleague Event" of 2008 is this weekend in Foynes,
I'm not sure if any others but Hallmark will be attending to represent Clifden.
The same weekend is the Inis Bofin Arts Festival.
The following weekend is Clifden's Flotilla to Bofin,
incorporating both Powerboats and Yachts.
I personally will be away for a while, so i won't have
all the news first hand ...
But if you (or anyone) can email me with your news and views on events (or
anything else) I will post it here ... so please keep me informed and I can
keep all other members informed.
Drop me a line at firstname.lastname@example.org
Report 25th April '08
Tonight is our "Start of Season Doo". Food and Drinks in the Clubhouse.
Report 23rd April '08
Instructions for the RNLI League are now posted on the left menu bar ...
As is an Ammendment
to both the NoR and SIs also on the left menu bar.
The Entry Form
is also now on the left menu bar.
Report 10th April '08
The "Wednesday Evening Work Parties" have been going well
... fair play to those who have been turning up, alot has been done. We still
need MORE VOLUNTEERS to turn up next wednesday in particular, as there are
only two weeks left before the "Start of Season Doo" (Friday 25th
April) and alot of cleaning up still needs to be done.
to Notice of Race for the RNLI League is now posted on the left menu
bar ... basically as the yachts have not yet been launched (new launch date
is Sunday 20th April), the start date has been postponed til Tuesday 22nd
Report 21st March '08
We have a new Race Officer, Bobbi O Regan, and Assistant
Race Officer, Kenny Flaherty.
T minus 3 weeks to the scheduled start of our RNLI League, Thursday 10th April.
Click here for the Notice
of Race ... and it's also on the menu bar on the left.
Is your yacht ready to launch? Do you have your RACING CERTS in order?
Report 14th March '08
As of a recent Committee Meeting, here's the latest ...
1. The Clubhoiuse lease is now being advertised. We're looking for someone
to run the Clubhouse for the 2008 season.
2. Werner needs names NOW of anyone interested in the Blue Cup Reggatta, in
Greece, Nov '08.
The yachts need to be booked now. He has crew for one yacht so far. Anyone
3. Wednesday evenings, for the next few weeks, are designated "Work Party"
There is alot of work (cleaning/painting) needed to be done to the clubhouse
before opening. We are asking anyone who can spare the time to turn up and
you will be given a brush (or something).
Report 4th March '08
The West Coast Championships "Notice of Race" is officially out
and yachts are already entering.
Report 24th Feb '08
We now have a dedicated section within the
Clifden Boat Club Website for all information on the "West Coast Championships
2008" ... past and present ... including On-Line Entry, an Accommodation
List, a list of currently Entered Yachts (to check your competition), Contact
Information and the "Notice of Race" ... and of course all the results
will be posted there after each days racing.
here or on the menu bar on the right to go straight to that section.
Report 20th Feb '08
After our AGM we now have a new committee for 2008 ... already working hard.
All the latest developements and news will be posted here ... the rest of
our club website is being updated at the moment ...
The 2008 Officers can be found on the "Club
The 2008 Memberships Form can be found at the bottom of the "Membership"
The 2008 Dinghy Registration Form can be found on the "Dinghy
Sailing Courses" page.
The 2008 Events Dates will be on it's page shortly ... for now you can download
Report 15th Feb '08
Notice is hereby given convening an Extraordinary General meeting (EGM)
Of the West of Ireland Offshore Racing Association (WIORA)
On Saturday morning the 8th of March, 2008 At 11.00
At the Bunratty Castle hotel, Bunratty, Co. Clare.
Report 13th Feb '08
The new Dinghy Registration Form for the Sailing Courses for the 2008
season is HERE.
Report 11th Feb '08
Congratulations to Damian Foxall and Jean Pierre Dick for winning the Barcelona
Damian Foxall, making history as, the first Irish person to win a round the
world yacht race.
Checkout the full story on www.barcelonaworldrace.com
Report 9th Feb '08
Of course with a new year means time to renew your memberships ...
Click here to download the 2008
Print it out and post to:
Donal O'Scannaill, Beach Road, Clifden, Co. Galway.
Or hand it in to Donal in his shop on Market Street ... "An Siopa
Report 6th Feb '08
OK folks, we will have a new Dinghy Registration Form after our AGM
next week ...
For now you can Download
Here a Provisional Booking Form for
the 2008 season.
Print it out and post it to:
Jackie Ward, Letternoosh, Clifden, Co. Galway.
Report 2nd Feb '08
And here we have a "Press
Release" just out
about the WIORA & NORA West Coast Championships 2008 in Clifden.
Report 22nd Jan '08
Ireland's own, Damian Foxall, is still leading the double handed round
the world race, as they make the final jump accross the Atlantic from Brazil
... check it out on www.barcelonaworldrace.com
Report 18th Jan '08
The Clifden Boat Club AGM is on Monday 11th February 2008, at
8pm, in the Club House.
Report 11th Jan '08
And so we start a new year ... the AGM is coming up soon, then we will have
our new fixtures list.
We do have an interesting idea now ... for next Nov ... a Regatta in Greece
we want to enter a Clifden Team ... for full details click
here and read on.
End of 2007 News
Clifden takes the "Dubarry West Coast Superleague 2007" by
Two Clifden yachts won their classes in the 2007 Superleague.
Class 3 was won by Hallmark, from Clifden,
Class 2 was won by Egalite, from Clifden,
Class 1 was won by Chaos, from Kilrush.
And the "Overall Title 2007" goes
to Jackie Ward's "Hallmark" from Clifden Boat Club.
Full summary of the Superleague 2007 CLICK
Damian Ward … Clifden's Sailing Secretary and