The Ramelton cruise is tomorrow (27th August)
High water (4.2m) is approx 19:30 so by 16:00 , 16:30 we should be able to get out of the marina. There are those who are looking to leave earlier than that, from 15:00 onwards. The trip should take approx 2 hours so it will be about 18:30 when the later boats arrive.
Looking forward to seeing a great turn out in Ramelton.
Note: The Ramelton cruise has been moved to Saturday 27th August.
This was necessary as the original date was a neap tide and may have restricted the numbers who could make it to Ramelton.
The 27th is a high tide @ 4.22m allowing more attendees and for a little longer!
Its that time of year again… Annual Regattas
The times for the regattas are as follows,
Saturday 30th July, Fahan Regatta, 11am start in the vicinity of Saltpans navigation mark. Those taking part will be expected to leave the marina in time to make it to the race area for 10:45am to ensure prompt start. I suggest 10am departure. Note high water is 8:20am.
Sunday 31st July, Buncrana Regatta, 12 Midday start in the vicinity of Inch Spit navigation mark. Those taking part will be expected to leave the marina on time to ensure they make the start area for 11:45am. I suggest 11am departure. Note high water is 8:52am.
Monday 1st August, Rathmullan Regatta, 12 Midday start in the vicinity of Rathmullan pier. Those wishing to take part are expected to leave the marina on time to ensure they can make Rathmullan for a Midday start. I suggest an 10:45am departure to ensure an assembly near the pier. Note high water is 9:22am.
Further instructions will be available on the race day. There may be extended or curtailed racing depending on the conditions.
Post racing on Monday there will be a parade of sail from the vicinity of Kinnegar navigation mark toward and passed the pier. It is hoped all boats will participate.
For some of the newer boats in the fleet a possibility of a white sail fleet for those not wishing to race but wish to do a lap of a course on all or some of the above days but more especially on Monday then please let any member of the race team know.
All skippers will be required to register their intention to sail in the regattas on Saturday morning at a skippers briefing in the clubhouse at 9:30am. Last entry for registration will be 10:00am.
Fees for those wishing to race are €30 for members boats and €40 for non-members. Fees will be payable on Saturday in the clubhouse.
Rathmullan Sailing and Watersports Club have extended an invitation to members of LSYC to participate in the upcoming Blessing of the Boats on Friday 3rd May.
See the notification below.
NEW SAILABILITY CO-ORDINATOR APPOINTED FOR NORTHERN IRELAND
Ken Curry, Secretary of Foyle Sailability, has been appointed as RYANI Sailability Co-Ordinator for Northern Ireland.14 Apr 22 Ken took up the post in April and is looking forward to helping people with disabilities to get out on the water and take part in sailing and water-based activities.
He started sailing in his 30s and is a member of Lough Swilly Yacht club in Donegal. A keen cruiser, Ken circumnavigated Ireland on “Kind of Blue”, Garry Crothers’ Ovni, as part of an effort to raise awareness of Sailability throughout Ireland.
Ken has taken part in many challenges over the years, some of which he says have been “life changing”. He was asked to help out when Bob Harper (former Sailability Co-Ordinator) brought a group of volunteers from Belfast Lough Sailability to Derry-Londonderry for the first ever Sailability event on the River Foyle. Many of the volunteers stayed with Foyle Sailability and Ken eventually became secretary and the club went from strength to strength.
Commenting on his new post, Ken said: “As someone who has been involved with Sailability for quite a few years now, I enjoy helping when I can and I’m a firm believer in giving those with disabilities the opportunity to get on the water.
“I understand that for a lot of our sailors, just being on the water is stimulation enough, but there are also others who have the skills, drive and abilities to become very competent and competitive sailors too. I am delighted to have been appointed Sailability Co-Ordinator and I’m proud to continue my support of RYA Northern Ireland as I believe it to be one of the most respected organisations locally and throughout the world.
“I am looking forward to helping to give more disabled people – both young and old – the opportunity to enjoy our great sport.”
Congratulating Ken on his new role, RYA Northern Ireland’s Chief Operating Officer Richard Honeyford said: “Ken has been an excellent advocate and ambassador for Sailability in Northern Ireland for many years. His enthusiasm for our sport is infectious and I am looking forward to seeing him continue on his journey to making our sport even more accessible to people of all abilities right across Northern Ireland.”
See the link here
We offer Ken our congratulations and wish him and Foyle Sailability lots of success in the coming years.