posted on June 01, 2011 12:26
On this coming Sunday, June 5th Foynes Yacht Club will be hosting a 'Fun on the Water Day' starting at 2.30pm in conjunction with the Foynes Irish Coffee Festival, and which is back at its 'home' after a lapse of six years, and present weather indications are for very warm weather to prevail for the weekend.
The Irish Coffee Festival will be on this June bank holiday weekend in Foynes Village, where Foynes Yacht Club are delighted to help out in this prestigious and international festival. To kick off proceedings, a parade will take place through Foynes starting at 7pm. Foynes Yacht Club have entered a 'Pirate' float in the festival parade, which will be decked in pirate memorabilia.
Acclaimed film actress, Maureen O'Hara, is a name synonymous with the festival, her late husband, Captain Charles Blair, flew seaplanes into Foynes in the 40's and 50's from around the world.
Foynes Yacht Club have put together a programme of events which is sure to keep everybody happy for the afternoon.
'Fun on the Water' activities will include a kayak relay race, greasy pole walk and opportunities to get out on the water in a cruiser or a Mermaid boat for a short sail in the vicinty of the clubhouse. Participants are asked to bring a change of clothes if he or she is thinking of kayaking or greasy pole activities, because you will get wet and greasy. The Club safety policy states that any person, who is sailing or on the marina must wear a lifejacket, therefore the club will be providing lifejackets to competitors.
Shannon Estuary RIB tours will be offering trips on a powerboat on the waters of the Shannon Estuary, which the public can board from the marina, and a 'Fun on the Land' competition will include a slow bicycle race, egg throwing, wheelbarrow race, sack race and, an egg and spoon race. The band, 'Mad for Road' will be providing entertainment for the afternoon, which will be starting at 3pm. Also a shop will be located within the compound of the yacht club, and a Bar-B-Que will also be provided on the club lawn for those who wish to avail of the culinary delights.
Commodore's Day last Sunday was a magnificent success, with the weather somewhat improved, members were able to enjoy sailing on the water. A bumper amount of sailing vessels went sailing in a force 3 to 4 westerly breeze, the Classes 1, 2 and White Sails raced down to the Mount Trenchard mark and back up to the finish line, where spinnakers were flown up the estuary to the club finish line.
The laurels were given to Dexterity, who won the Griffin Cup on the day; second was Battle. The Paddy Reidy cup, which was sailed in the White Sales division with the largest turnout of 10 boats racing was won by Commodore Tom Murray on Kerry Dream; second was Ingrid and third Alpara.
The Mermaids raced down to a mark laid on the estuary and up to a mark laid in the harbour area. This was a gruelling race for Argo, Three Chevrons, Sea Fox and Syreena, and with the tide flowing and the wind to contend with it was tactical sailing right through the race. Intrepid sailor, Vincent McCormack with his crew of Roisin McCormack and Christopher Lane sailing Three Chevrons came out winners in the end to receive the Michael Synnott Memorial trophy. In the May series of racing for the Mermaids, Conor Roche on Sea Fox captured the Farrier trophy to end the series.
Commodore Murray, commended the excellent food that was served by John and Tadhg on cooking up the burgers at the Bar-b-Que, and also paid particular tribute to the those who helped in anyway with the organising.