Series D

  02/06/22 14/06/22 16/06/22 18/06/22 28/06/22 30/06/22 Points
Series D R1 R2 R3 R4                
Ken L/Davy L 1   4   5   1 2 6 6 1 2 28
Bill J/Anton H/Alex L/Joe McC 5   5   5   3 1 2 2 3 4 30
Keith L/Mateo L 5   4   5   7 7 1 1 2 1 33
Anton H/Joy W 6   4   5   7 7 3 3 4 3 42
George G 6   5   6   4 4 6 6 7 5 49
Aidan O D 6   5   6   2 3 6 6 9 9 52
Kevin T 6   5   6   5 5 4 4 9 9 53
David T and Son 6   5   6   7 7 6 6 5 6 54
Ciaran M/Ben M 5   4   6   7 7 6 6 6 8 55

Thursday 30/06/22
7 boats racing tonight. there was a good battle between the Moores and the Tancards in race 1. Well done to Ken and Davy L who win the Series.

Tuesday 28/06/22
Close racing tonight.

Thursday 16/06/22
Great racing today. Welcome back Joe McC!

Thursday 16/06/22
Great racing while it lasted but the wind suddenly dropped and the race was abandoned.

Tuesday 14/06/22
An unusual race. We headed up river to the green navigation mark. It was there when we started out. But when we got near it had disappeared. It must have been pulled under by the strong high tide. The wind dropped and racing was abandoned with no second race attempt.

Thursday 02/06/22
A drifter! Ken and Davy got home. Everyone else retired. A ship added to the difficulties coming up through the channel during the race.

Series C – Race results

  28/05/22 05/06/22       Points
Series C R1 R2 R3 R4              
Anton H/Joy W 3 3 4 4             14
Bill J/Alex L 2 4 6 6             18
Ciaran M/Ben M 4 2 5 5             16
Keith L/Mateo L 1 1 1 2             5
Aidan O D 6 6 2 1             15
Kevin T 6 6 7 7             26
Ken L/Davy L 6 6 3 3             18

Racing Sat 25/06/22

No sailing today – too windy.

Racing Sat 18/06/22

No sailing today.

Racing Sat 11/06/22

Blown out! Gale force conditions.

Racing Sat 05/06/22

A bright and windy day. Perfect for sailing. The unlikely combination of sun cream and dry suits. Racing to Conniborrow, Faughan, Leonards.

Racing 28/05/22

Anton H/Joy W and Bill J/Mateo L were both OCS for race one and had to back and restart. Keith and Alex L got clean away and sailed well to win.

  02/06/22 14/06/22 16/06/22 18/06/22   Points
Series D R1 R2 R3 R4              
Bill J/Anton H/Alex L/Joe McC 5   5   5   3 1     19
Ciaran M/Ben M 5   4   6   7 7     29
Keith L/Mateo L 5   4   5   7 7     28
Ken L/Davy L 1   4   5   1 2     13
Anton H/Joy W 6   4   5   7 7     29
Aidan O D 6   5   6   2 3     22
George G 6   5   6   4 4     25
Kevin T 6   5   6   5 5     27

Great to see Ciaran and Ben out sailing and going well.

In race two Anton H/Joy W and Bill J/Mateo L had a great spinnaker battle for 3rd and 4rth all the way from the weather mark at Conniborrow, around the gibe mark at Faughan and then cat and mouse all the way back to the finish line. Neither boat knew which won, both looking up in hope at the OD, in the end Anto H/Joy Whelan took it by less than a metre.

Series B

  05/05/22 31/05/22       Points
Series B R1 R2 R3 R4              
Anton H/Joy W 1 1 3 2             7
Bill J/Alex L 2 2 4 4             12
Keith L/Mateo L 4 4 1 1             10
Ken L/Davy L 4 4 2 3             13

No sailing – miserable evening

Just two boats but we sailed in Culmore bay and had a good evening.

No sailing

No sailing.

Port course in Culmore Bay, Gilmores, Harts, Power Station X2. That concludes Series B. Congratulations to Anton H and Joy W who win the series.

Series O

Series O is for club sailing events scheduled to happen the same time as the GP14 Ireland sailing events.


No sailing – too windy


The Ulster Championships was hosted by Lough Foyle Yacht Club.

Nice pre event write up in the Derry Journal here


Race report here

2022 Thomson NI Ulster Championship

Event Report – Ross Gingles

Lough Foyle Yacht Club May 21 -22

A fleet of 26 boats arrived to a very warm and highly organised welcome, at the extraordinary Lough Foyle Yacht Club, a place that proves it’s people that make a club and successful event.   Located at the picturesque Culmore Point, or the ‘Big Corner’, the club is nestled in a historic fort, where the river Foyle enters Lough Foyle. Blasted by the intermittent south westerly gusts coming down the river, and seeing the channel downstream in the race area, it was clear that the conditions were going to test the wits of all, and with the fleet practising hard for the forthcoming World championship in August, the dinghy park was a bustle of energy for what was gearing up to be a hotly contested Thompson NI Ulster  Championship.

With the fleet eager to make their mark, racing took a few attempts to get underway, and after the second general recall the black flag was out, claiming one of team Sutton boats, Hugh & Dan Gill.  With the fleet up and away, the local pairing of Keith and Mateo Louden used their local knowledge to get right early and to good effect, though with the wind variable around the course, those who made good use of the puffs were also faring well. Following several position changes on the long beats, the strategy of conservatively playing the right, allowed the pairing of Colman Grimes and Ross Gingles from Skerries SC to claim the first win of the weekend, followed by Ger Owens and Melanie Morris of the Roal St. George YC, who managed to keep Peter and Stephen Boyle of Sutton DC at bay down the last reaching leg. Suttons Conor Twohig and Mathew Cotter put in a strong race to finish 1st Silver boat with the tenacious Lara Sunday and Jennifer Bryce of Newtownards SC 1st in bronze.

The second race was to see rain clouds blow in and the momentum of the river establish itself more ferociously, resulting in a much more dramatic weather mark rounding. Grimes and Gingles in “No Surprise” were now causing the opposite reaction, much to the dismay of the McGuiness brothers, who could do nothing to avoid the subsequent T-bone as the pair “surprised” them with a literal crash-tack onto port. The equally surprised Adrian Lee and Gareth Gallagher were next in the line to be caught in the same fray. Countless others were now finding the charms of mark rounding at Foyle! Having sat out the first race, the fresh-legged (possibly cold) pairing of Hugh & Dan Gill instantly made up for their earlier misdemeanour with a well deserved bullet. Ross Kearney and Andrew Vaughan of Royal North of Ireland YC took 2nd with Peter and Steven Boyle showing their consistency with two 3rds now under their belt. Sam Wray and Luke Henderson of Sligo YC took 7th place and first silver and with some swapping around in the bronze fleet, it was now Michael Collender and Brian Walker’s of Mullingar YC time to shine.

Race three took the form of follow the leader after a light air start which caught the fleet napping and many struggling to make the line. The ever-attentive Ger and Melanie were the first to spot the favoured right hand corner having made the observation earlier in the day, and with many believing the left should be advantaged, they were now largely uncontested and pulled out a very substantial lead and easy win. Anyone misjudging their lay lines paid a heavy price and Ross Kearney and Andrew Vaughan were rewarded with an 11th place after they attempted an early cross from the shelter of the right corner. The Gill’s commendable conviction, that the left should pay,  were rewarded with an 18th, while in contrast Josh Porter and Cara McDowell of Newtownards SC came 2nd having seen the advantages of Ger and Melanie’s progress. Peter and Stephen Boyle made it a hat-trick of 3rd places for the day and Michael Cox and Claire Crommie of Newtownards SC were first silver boat with a 5th now under their belts. Michael Collender and Brian Walker went on to improve their positions in the bronze fleet with a 10th.

A warm greeting, hot soup, and a multitude of cakes and sandwiches greeted the fleet once they had battled their way back up the river and got ashore.  Once changed the fleet descended on mass to the Magnet Pub where a feast of further food drink was devoured by the now tired and contented sailors who enjoyed regaling the day’s stories.  The overnight results left the field wide open with Ger and Mel leading overall but unable to sail the next day as Ger due to report back on his son’s experiment, it turns out a bucket will stay attached to a tow hitch when driving to a sailing event, though it remains inconclusive whether his sister’s Barbie doll could make the journey!

The morning of day 2 saw more of the same conditions, but with some new faces appearing on the scene, with JP and Caroline McCaldin,  Ruan and Rebecca O’Tiarnagh and event hosts James Peter Hockley and Alan Thompson getting a short reprieve from their commendable organisational duties. Some tired bodies and rigging failures caused serval boats to not make it out and with “No surprise” on shore re-threading a halyard dashing their chances to stay in the mix, John and Donal McGuiness of Moville had a much better day and unimpeded were able to take the win followed by Keith and Mateo Louden of Lough Foyle YC in 2nd, with Diarmaid Mullan and Lauren Donaghy of Sligo YC in 3rd. Lauren was in a rush to make a flight to Amsterdam, so they both pulled out the stops, leaving the race course straight after. Anthony Hutton and Joy Whelan took a turn to bring home first bronze fleet boat.

Race 5 saw a familiar game of snakes and ladders in the unstable, puffy and shifty conditions.  Ross Kearney and Andrew Vaughan were making the most of it, and were able to power through the chop that was now building to secure another win putting them in a good position to close out the series provided they could discard their 11th. Hugh ad Dan Gill took 2nd and Josh Porter and Cara McDowell 3rd.

Going into the final race the podium positions looked to be between the pairings of Ross Kearney and Andrew Vaughan, Peter and Steven Boyle, Alan Blay and Hugh McNally and Colman Grimes and Ross Gingles.  The black flag was soon out and a clear start for the final race on a reasonably even line. The Boyles looked good for a while but overlaid the windward mark Grimes and Gingles put in a decent beat to pop out in the front row with Conor Twohig and Mathew Cotter pipping them to the mark. The positions were held on the windy reach that followed, with Peter and Stephen Boyle followed by Ross Kearney and Andrew Vaughan , Alan Blay and Hugh McNally.  Conor and Matthew and Grimes and Gingles pulled out a pretty substantial lead on the rest of the fleet. Eventually Conor and Mathew were overtaken by Grimes & Gingles and close out the race with other race win. The Boyles came 3rd.

Ross Kearney & Andrew Vaughan came 4th in the final race which was enough to win the event and the title of Ulster Champions. Peter & Stephen Boyle retaining 2nd overall and Peter 1st placed youth. Colman Grimes & Ross Gingles with a 2nd race win held off Alan Blay & Hugh McNally to retain 3rd place by a point. Conor Twohig & Matthew Cotter impressive final race meant they finished 9th overall and held their lead in Silver with Michael Collender and Brian Walker taking Bronze over Jennifer Bryce & Lara Sunday.

A fantastic weekend of sailing has had by all.

Fleet ready to leave Culmore for the sailing area

Racing Series A 2022

And so another season starts. Welcome back folks. A fine day today with sunshine and a good breeze. Great to see David T and Son out and sailing very well. Aidan O D won both races with comfort. Many thanks to Liam H and big Pete who have signed up for another year. A starboard course in Culmore bay, impossible to get lost Pete said!

  02/04/22 23/04/22 07/05/22 14/05/22   Points
Series A R1 R2 R3 R4 R5 R6          
Aidan O D 1 1 6 5 1 1 6 4     25
Anton H/Joy W 4 4 2 1 4 4 2 4     25
Bill J/Mateo L 2 2 1 4 3 3 1 1     17
David T and Son 3 3 6 5 6 6 3 4     36
Kevin T 6 6 5 2 6 6 4 2     37
Alan T 6 6 5 5 6 6 6 4     44
Ken L/Davy L 6 6 6 5 2 2 6 4     37


No sailing – no wind


No sailing – too windy


Good to see Alan T out in his Laser. Unfortunately he had a technical issue with the boom fittings and had to retire. Bill J also had a capsize and retired in race 2. Other than that in was a nice windy day for sailing. It was all about the Jibe mark. Kevin T also capsized but made a quick recovery and sailed on.


Sailing today downriver to Conniborrow and Faughan. Ken and Davy L returned to water and were sailing very well – but not quite quick enough to catch Aidan O D in his Laser. Light winds today were not suitable for sailing to the Peace Bridge, so the trophy will be held over for another occasion, with todays sailing counted as normal series A only.


Sailing today downriver to Conniborrow and Faughan. New marks have been laid at Faughan and Conniborrow and a warning mark placed on the old site of the crane. I think we have decided on a new rule – don’t go on the inside of this mark anymore.

It was windy today. Anton H was sailing his Laser. Good to see David T and Son out sailing and going well. Anton H was making his way across the bay from Conniborrow to Faughan when the mast snapped. A big bang and a nasty fright but no injuries and he was able to sail home with half a mast and half a sail.

Todays sailing concludes Series A. Congratulations to Bill J and Mateo L for a nice win.

Start of 2022 Season SAT 02/04/22

Well folks: here it is the 2022 LFYC Sailing Schedule. It is time to check the shackles and get rigged.

We are starting next saturday (02/04/22) at 17:00. Hoping to see you all there.

This is draft 1 of the schedule, it is flexible and can be adjusted as we go along. Please shout out if you know if things that should be changed or added in.

There is plenty happening, lots of sailing and a few items which still need to be finalised. Any changes amendments will be posted here and on the whats app group.

GG and his Solo









2021 Archive

Lough Foyle Yacht Club

2021 Sailing Program

Day Date Start Time Series High Tide
Sat 24th April 1700 A 1907
Tues 26th April 1900 B 2057
Thurs 29th April 1900 B 2215
Sat 1st May 1000 A 1133
Sat 8th May 1730 A 1920
Tue 11th may 1900 B 2037
Thurs 13th May 1900 B 2131
Sat 15th May 0930 A 1037
Sat 22nd May 1600 Dinghy Regatta +D 1746
Tues 25th May 1900 C 1957
Thurs 27th May 1900 C 2118
Sat 29th May 0930 D 1035
Sat 5th June 1639 Foyle Festival Cup +D 1806
Tues 8th June 1900 C 1949
Thurs 10th June 1900 C 2044
Sat 12th June 1900 Brian Frazer Memorial Shield + D 2151
Sat 19th June 1430 GP 1603
Sat 26th June 1900 D 2154
Sat 3rd July 1430 GP 1606
Tues 6th July 1900 E 1900
Thurs 8th July 1900 E 2002
Sat 10th July 1900 F 2107
Tues 13th July 1900 E 2301
Sat 17th July 1200 F

(alternative Dinghy Regatta Date)

Sat 24th July 1900 F 2101
Sat 31st July 1200 F

(alternative F F Cup)

Thurs 5th August 1900 E 1922
Sat 7th August 1800 G 2024
Tues 10th August 1900 H 2204
Sat 13th August 1100 GP 1236
Sat 21st August Culmore Regatta 2010
Tues 24th August 1900 H 2202
Thurs 26th August 1900 H 2315
Sat 28th August 1100 G 1157
Sat 4th September 1800 G 1933
Sat 11th September 1030 GP 1119
Sat 18th September 1730 G 1913
Sat 25th September 1000 GP 1043
Sat 2nd October 1600 H 1825
Sat 9th October 0900 I 1013
Sat 16th October 1600 I 1803
Sat 23rd October 0900 GP 0942
Sat 30th October 1530 I +Hot Toddy 1651

Frostbite series details here

Races start on time: The time of the race start indicated is the time of the five minute gun. It is up to sailors and crew to be on the water and in the proximity of start line. The OD (depends who it is, take your chances) will (probably) not wait!

Rescue Coxwain: Liam Harrigan (unless stated)
OD: Peter Fallon Snr (unless stated)

2020 Race reports (archive)
2019 Race reports (archive)
2018 Race reports (archive)
2017 Race reports (archive)
2016 Race reports (archive)
2015 Race reports (archive)
2014 Race reports (archive)
2013 Race reports (archive)
2012 Race reports (archive),
2011 Race reports (archive),
2010 Race reports (archive)

Series I 2021

Racing Sat 30/10/21

Great racing, Congratulations to Keith and Mateo L who won the series. Ken and Davy exchanged 1 + 2 place today in races 1 and 2 with Keith and Mateo. Tight racing all round. Hot toddy today. Aidan O D kindly provided a bottle of Cork Whiskey which went down well (even though it was from Cork).

Racing Sat 16/10/21

Light winds today, we managed just one race. 3 boats retired …it was a bit of a drifter tbh. The main challenge was to cross the bay from the power station. Keith and Mateo managed that well, everyone else struggled with big time gaps between boats who completed the course.

Racing Sat 09/10/21

Great to see Ciaran and Eva M out sailing and going well. Keith and Mateo L uncatchable today.

  09/10/21 16/10/21 30/10/21     Points
Series I                      
Keith L/Mateo L 1 1 1   1 2         6
Anton H/Joy W 2 6 2   3 5         18
Ciaran M/Eva M 4 2 5   4 4         19
George G 3 4 5   5 6         23
Bill J/Barry McN/ 5 3 5   7 3         23
Ken L/Davy L 8 8 5   2 1         24
Kevin T 6 5 3   8 8         30
David T and Son 8 8 5   8 8         37

Frostbite Series – Notice of race series

Frostbite Racing 06/11/12

Blown out (storm conditions)

Frostbite Racing 13/11/12

Very light winds. Race 3 abandoned. Today it was all about getting round the mark at the power station in a very light wind pocket.

Frostbite Racing 20/11/12

Winds variable from very light to F4. Very strong tides. Starting 200m down the shore towards Gilmores to try to keep out of the tide at the start. Gilmores, the green man, power station. The trip from the power station to the finish line was hard to judge because of the strong tides. Kevin T capsized  in race 2 at the power station mark gibing from the dead run to the beat. He recovered well and continued racing.

Frostbite Racing 27/11/12

Very windy today at back end of storm Arwen. Anton H got caught in irons and went over at the beginning of race 2 and Aidan O D went over around the same time on the run. Both recovered well and continued racing. A reminder that you are only in the boat until the wind decides to blow hard enough. Race 3 today was cancelled as the wind really picked up. Todays racing concludes sailing in Culmore for 2021. Congratulations to Aidan O D who wins the Frostbite series. Many thanks to Big Pete for OD and Liam H for Rescue cover and to Ken L for deputy OD. Thanks also to Maureen L for all the scones. They are truly appreciated. Thank you to all the sailors, see you in 2022.

  06/11/21 13/11/21 20/11/21   27/11/21   Points
Frostbite R1 R2 R3 R4 R5 R6 R7        
Aidan O D     2 1 2 1 1 1 1   9
Anton H     4 3 1 2 2 2 2   16
Bill J     1 2 3 3 4 5 5   23
George G     3 4 5 4 5 3 3   27
Kevin T     6 6 4 5 3 5 5   34

Notice of Race Series

LFYC Frostbite 2021

Every Sat in November (5, 12, 19,26)

Racing starts each Saturday at 12.00pm, Culmore Point

Racing will be short courses with a 2 minute, 1 minute and go, gun. Depending on conditions, 1, 2 or 3 races will be held per day. All sailing decisions final by OD.

All boats welcome. (Ideal for Lasers, Solo, Phantom)

Entry fee: £20 for LFYC members, £40 non members.

Tea and coffee and biscuits and tall tales afterwards in the cabin.

Time to shake out that old Laser and drysuit and face the elements