The Annual General Meeting of Mermaid Sailing Association will take place on Thursday 4th December at Rush sailing club at 20:00. We are hoping for a big turnout and looking forward to seeing you all there.
The Officer of the Day called off racing for a second day in a row due to strong winds with gusts of over 30 knots. All we can do is hope that tomorrow will be a bit better and we can start racing.
Racing was cancelled on day one of the national championships at Rush Sailing club due strong winds and gusty conditions. We are hoping to get 2 races run tomorrow but the forecast at the moment is for more of the same so it is likely that there will be no sailing either tomorrow but fingers crossed.
The Munster championships took place over the weekend at Foynes Yacht Club and turned out to be a great success with 14 boats competing.
We had 2 races on Saturday which was sunny with light breezes for the first race which saw Jim Carthy take the honours from Vincent McCormack in second and Enda Weldon coming in third.
The wind picked up slightly for race 2 which again saw Jim Carthy in first with Frankie Brown second and Enda Weldon in third.
We had one race on Sunday in fairly strong gusty conditions and once again Jim Carthy did the business to make it 3 straight wins with Frankie Brown in Second and Brian McNally finishing third.
The Munster Mermaid Championship will take place at Foynes Yacht Club on the June bank holiday weekend. As usual it will coincide with the Irish Coffee Festival which means that there will be a full range of entertainment for all ages. Racing will take place on Sat 31st May and Sun 1st June. There will also be an in Port race held on the Sunday. We hope to see a big turnout for this event to kick off the inter club racing season. See you all there………..
The national championships will take place this year at Rush Sailing Club from 8th to 15th August.
This year’s event will be held one week later than usual, this is due to the tides not being suitable for sailing on the previous week.
It promises to be another great event, we are hoping for a big turnout with some great racing throughout the fleet and if last year is anything to go by we are in for a treat.
Planning for the event is well under way at Rush Sailing Club and we expect a great week both on and off the water.
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This years AGM will take place by kind permission at Clontarf Yacht and Boat Club on Wed 29th January at 20.00.
We hope to see you all there.
Among the topics up for discussion are……
Venue for Mermaid week 2014 and 2015
Rule changes Re: Sail Cloth weight and Rudder dimensions
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Mark Boylan (Skerries Sailing Club) follows in his grandfathers footsteps as he wins the coveted Mermaid in Galway. Mark, his sister Aileen and Niall Collins sailed remarkably in Joe Boylan’s boat This is It to win race 6 and 7 today, securing the overall championship. Joe, 5 times champion, last won in Zeila in 1981 (Zeila was sailed by Marks Uncle, Aidan in this years championships).Joe won 4 times in Zeila and once in Akita.
This years championship saw a slightly new format where there were 7 races rather than the normal 6. Going into race 7 Jim Carthy (Rush Sailing Club) in Vee was ahead by 0.25 points. But Mark ensured his win by winning race 7 with Jim in 4th. Jim finished 2nd overall. In third place was Paul Smith in Jill (Royal irish Yacht Club). Paul has had his best ever championship with a 1st and a 2nd on day 1 of the championship. Paul sailed very consistently all week to secure 3rd place.
Racing today has been cancelled due to lack of wind. There will be 1 race tomorrow and 2 races on Friday.