Archive for June, 2012

Seafest report

Tuesday, June 26th, 2012

A number of LFYC sailors attended Seafest Regatta in Rathmullen last weekend. Racing on Saturady was cancelled due to very heavy winds. There was a good turn out on Sunday with two dinghy fleets sailing. There was a PICO fleet (16 boats) and a Larger Dinghy fleet (5 boats, Gp14, 2 laser Bahia’s, a laser vago and a Laser). Two races were held in medium winds (f3/f4) and strong tides leading to a bumpy ride.

James L and James H were sailing a GP14 and won both races in the larger Dinghy Class, comingĀ  first overall.

Jack H was sailing a PICO and came 5th and 2nd coming in third overall in the PICO Class.

Congratulations lads!

Jack H, James H, James L at Rathmullen Seafest

A good turn out of boats with 16 PICos and 5 larger Dinghys

As usual in Rathmullen the hospitality and the food was excellent. Seafest got a great overall turnout with chances to go surfingm, canoeing and taster sailing sessions. A great weekend despite the weather on the Saturday.

Results Series G Tue 19th June

Tuesday, June 26th, 2012
Series G race 1
Dermot M 1 3488
Keith L/James H 2 3581
Ken L/David L 3 3586
Anton H/Jack H 4 3589
Danny G/Gareth G 5 3594
George G 6 3666
Alan T 7 4142
Bill J (Solo) 8 4361
Ken D/guest crew 9 4378

A very nice evening sail. Alan T raced his new Phantom for the first time today. He has been awarded an LFYC handicap of 1127 (same as a GP). Ken and Keith L had a very close race atthe front of the fleet. Great to see Ken D sailing his Scorpion again this year and bringing on a new crew. Bill J took out George G’s Solo for a run.

Lough Foyle Punts being made in Derry

Friday, June 22nd, 2012

Lough Foyle Punts are made in Derry by Ken Doherty (featured here) and in Moville by the McDonalds. A number of other makers have also made excellent boats.

The design of the Punt is hundreds of years old and preserved in these FORMS guides…

and the tools and and the methods of construction have changed not very much…

Its a skilled process with a lot of by eye judgement…

made by hand, yes but extremely accurately made. Ken D also made this rather nice scale model of the Punt. I wonder will he bring it along to the Clipper Punt Race for people to see….I must ask him…

Clipper Punt Race

Friday, June 22nd, 2012

Clipper Punt Race – Boats and skippers assigned

Sunday, June 17th, 2012
Clipper boat Foyle Punt Skipper
Edinburgh Inspiring Capital Daniel Gallagher
New York Roy Louden
Welcome to Yorkshire Ken Doherty
Gold Coast Australia James Hockley
Geraldton Western Australia John Mc Guinness
Singapore Danny Mc Donald
De Lage Landen Billy Kelly
Qingdao Bill Mc Cann
Derry-Londonderry Barry Mc Cann
Visit Finland Maurice Clarke

Clipper visit to Derry programme details here

Notice of race here TUESDAY 7.00PM, 3rd of July, Culmore point

More about Foyle Punts here

Racing Sat 16/06/12

Sunday, June 17th, 2012

Racing for both Punts and Dinghys was cancelled due to high winds


Double race event next saturday

Sunday, June 10th, 2012

There are two fleets racing next saturday. (16th)

The Lough Foyle Punts raceĀ  at 1.30 (OD Dermot M) and the Dinghys race at 17.00 (OD Bill J)

Results Dinghy Regatta Sat 09/06/12

Sunday, June 10th, 2012
Dinghy Regatta race 1 race 2
09/06/12 09/06/12
Keith L/Dessie H 1 1
Ken L/David L 2 2
Anton H/Jack H 3 3
Dermot M DNF DNF

Sailing to standard PY regulations today (no LFYC handicap). A very windy day. Overcast. Westerly wind. Ebb tide (very strong in the second race).
Start at the perch up to Harts, Powerstation, Conniborrow, Fahan. Spectacular sailing. In the first race Dermot M rudder fell off forcing retirement. Anton H and Jack H sailing well in difficult conditions. Anton H and Jack H went over twice but made good recoveries in both incidents. Finishing the race was difficult because of the very strong tide even with the strong winds.
A great day out.
The Punt race in Moville was cancelled later in the day as winds continued to build.

Racing Series H Thur 7th

Sunday, June 10th, 2012

Racing cancelled due to high winds

The Culmore Dinghy Regatta

Wednesday, June 6th, 2012

The LFYC Dinghy Regatta is on this saturday at 11.00am.

The event is open to all and it would be great to see a big turnout.

The Dinghy Regatta is sailed for a seperate Cup outside the normal LFYC club series. The cup is now fairely old (unknown) with a fine list of former winners. Come along and have a go at adding your name to the list.