Archive for May, 2013

The Unique – Peace Bridge Race

Wednesday, May 29th, 2013


Results 21/05/13 Series B Race 6

Sunday, May 26th, 2013
Series B Race 6
Ken L/David L 1
Bill J/James J 2
Peter F/James H DNF
Keith L/Alan T DNF
George G DNF
Richard G DNS

Light wind action tonight. Keith L and Aland T did 99% of the course and then retired, it was that kind of night.

patch and light, changed in couple of minutes before start from n to nw

by time the race started the tide was ebbing strongly

beat to buoy near george G’s house, reach to power station, then beat (started as reach) to faughan, beat to coneyburrow, and reach back to power station, then back through line.

The strong tide made crossing river very tricky, Bill and James J almost finnished shortly after Ken and David L, but tide pushed them back out again, and they had to sail back to where ships dock at lisahally, before they were able to turn for reach (with tide) back to finish line, about 9 mins after Ken and David.

Cubs Visit LFYC

Sunday, May 26th, 2013

The local Culmore Cubs came to visit LFYC to see how to rig a sailing boat on Monday 20/05/13. Order was maintained at all times. Great fun!


Results Series E Race 3 18/05/13

Sunday, May 26th, 2013
Series E Race 3
James H/Emerald H 1 2792
Ken L/David L 2 2831
Keith L/Alan T 3 2872
James J/Bill J 4 2955

Welcome to Emerald H who was sailing with James H today in Peter F’s boat. James and Emerald were awarded a LFYC handicap of 1185.
Course: Start at the Perch, Conniborrow, Fahan, Power station, twice round. Winds were light but steady for the first race. Strong tides and dropping winds made the second race impossible and it was abandoned before the four minute gun.

Foyle Sailability Event

Sunday, May 26th, 2013


Over 100 people with disabilities went sailing over two days in Derry City Centre on 16/17/05/13

They were helped by members of Lough Foyle Yacht Club, Lough Swilly Yacht Club and Moville Boat Club.

The weather also helped, it was a beautiful day on Friday and everyone had a great time.

Foyle Sailability hope that this event and similar events can be repeated in the future. Foyle Sailability could not put on this event without the magnificent support from Belfast Sailability.



Derry City Centre on a sunny day. “Freedom” is a specially modified boat to suit disabled sailors



Sea Rover is Belfast Sailability’s boat specifically designed to assist disabled sailors get in and out of sailing boats. You can see the special hoist to the left of this picture

Results 14/05/13 Series B race 5

Sunday, May 26th, 2013
Series B Race 5
Ken L/David L 1 py
Keith L/Alan T 2 py
James J/Bill J 3 py

James J helmed for the Johnson boat,

Course : coneyburrow, faughan, power station x2

nice wind: n f3, beat against the tide.

Training Sessions got started

Sunday, May 26th, 2013

The training sessions got started on Friday 10th of May. The first job was to set up the boats, many thanks to the James J and the Richard G for that task, carried out the night before.


Then under guidance from Bill J and assorted helpers the 2013 training sessions got underway. Good luck to all who sail in them.



Sailing on 11/05/13 Series E

Sunday, May 26th, 2013

Racing today was cancelled as it was too windy but a few boats went out for a Reach or two


Gareth G getting the most out of a PICO


Keith L and Alan T showing how to sail a GP14 in heavy weather

Results Series C race 4 09/05/13

Tuesday, May 21st, 2013
Series C Race 4
Ken L/David L 1 py
Peter F/James H 2 py
Bill J/James J 3 py
Keith L/Alan T OCS py

Many thanks to Colum F for duties as OD. Welcome to the OD rota Colum.

Very competitive start line action!

Results Series B Race 4 07/05/13

Tuesday, May 21st, 2013
Series B Race 4
Keith L/Alan T 1 py
Ken L/David L 2 py
Peter F/James H 3 py
Bill J/James J 4 py

A nice warm evening with moderate breezes. 3 times around Culmore Bay. Keith L/Alan T made a terrible start (I dont think they would mind me saying) but then recovered very well to win the race. It was close, the winning time was 61.05, the last boat took 62.56.

A nice looking triple deck motor yacht passed Culmore Point on its way into town just before the start of the race. They didn’t slow down causing a nasty wash. A protest phone call was made to the harbour master. Some satisfaction was gained when the motor yacht was seen to dramatically slow down a little further up the river.