Next year Foynes Yacht Club will be celebrating it's golden jubilee, and with the West of Ireland Offshore Racing Championship's due to take place at Cooleen Point it will be one of the 'hallmarks' on the club sailing calendar.
A number of events are planned for next year in what promises to be a memorable year for the club.
WIORA is a membership based association for the promotion and development of cruiser racing and cruising on the west coast of Ireland. The association provides and promotes a programme of inshore, offshore racing for cruisers, and works closely with the various clubs along the western seaboard.
Racing was of the highest standard with leading contenders vieing for the laurels in the three classes. In Class IRC and ECHO 11 boats competed, and in Class 2 IRC and ECHO a total of 9 boats took to the water. In Battles' Class 3 IRC and ECHO 6 boats started at the line. It was a very hard fought campaign on Battles' part with Donal McCormack and John-Paul Buckley keenly sailing a superb championship. It certainly augurs well for next season where you have quite a lot of boats coming to Foynes.
A cruise to Carrigaholt is scheduled to take place on Friday, July 28 for an overnight stay and then onto the Kerry, seaside resort of Fenit on Saturday, July 29. A number of fixtures were postponed and they will be re-scheduled shortly.
The junior sailing school are holding courses for the month of July from Monday to Friday starting at 10am and finishing at 5pm. The course which is fully accrediated by the ISA is aimed at training individuals in the rudiments of sailing, and gives a broader insight into all aspects of sailing. Further information on these courses is on the club website on www.foynesyachtclub.com