posted on May 04, 2011 11:30
What a wonderful weekend for Local ISA clubs in the Mid-West Region. The organisers of Limerick’s Riverfest invited Local ISA clubs to take part in the festival. Cullaun Sailing Club, Foynes Yacht Club & Lough Derg PWC & Powerboat Club accepted the invitation as this was a wonderful opportunity to promote and develop their clubs. Getting together they decided to give an on the water demonstration showing off the different ways in which the public can get involved in watersports.
On Saturday Afternoon Foynes Yacht Club sailed an impressive flotilla of Cruisers both Motor and Sail up the Shannon Estuary and into Limerick where the public could see them at their finest. Also on the water was Foynes Club Members in their passenger Rib which allowed members of the public an opportunity to get on to the water and see what enjoyment boating has to offer. Not to be outdone Lough Derg PWC & Powerboat Club decided to show off their culinary skills by entering a Team in the International BBQ event. They may not have won the competition but their display areas drew in crowds giving the club a chance to talk to people about the club and their activities. All involved say they had a wonderful day.
Sunday afternoon saw Cullaun Sailing Club join up with the others to put on an impressive display, showing off their skills in an enterprise joined by the Topaz from Foynes YC. Weather conditions were challenging and it took all the skills of the crews to sail in the confined area. Fresh from their culinary challenges, Lough Derg PWC & Powerboat Club arrived with a number of PWC’s from the local area as well as some from North West PWC Club to give a display of the types of modern PWC’s and showed what these small craft are capable of. There fellow clubs members also put a number of Inflatable P750 Racing Boats on display. The crews gave a demonstration of how fast and nimble these craft are. At 17.30 Foynes Flotilla of craft gave a final display at Shannon Bridge and set sail down the estuary.
The on the water activities were closed by a wonderful Race between the Limerick rowing clubs where local honour was at stake. Five Cox eights took to the water and no quarter was given to see St Michaels RC take the win by the narrowest of margins.
Limerick Riverfest was a wonderful event for Limerick, The region and in this case the ISA clubs who took part in the activities. Outside to the on the water activities, events were held all over the city and catered for all interests. The weekend saw thousands of people enjoying themselves and it bodes well for the future. Feedback from the ISA clubs says that the members are already looking forward to next year.