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Last Sunday morning 10-12-2017 as the icy rain fell and the temperatures dropped I looked out my window and could think of nothing I would like to do less than stand on the edge of a lake, in the middle of a woods, in the middle of nowhere and wait for Santa to arrive. I am pretty sure that I was not alone in this thought that morning. However thinking and reality are different things. By three that  afternoon there were members up ladders, attaching cables to generators, setting fires and going about changing the appearance of a cold clubhouse and compound. Santas visit is a tradition in Cullaun and even on such a miserable day the helpers volunteered without being asked, turned up with no pressure and just got on with whatever they thought was needed to make it all work. At 4.30 that evening there were six adults standing at the edge off the lake on a beautiful crisp evening watching the sun drop over the hill (and Tom Galvin drift aimlessly towards the other side of the lake) with a sense of anticipation and satisfaction that turning up had been the right decision.


The lamps were lit, the fire burned, the children all arrived and after an hour of singing, playing and waiting, lights were seen across the lake and Santa came slowly across the lake to the sound of excited children (and one or two adults) singing jingle bells.
There was food, conversation, laughing and the enjoyment of the sheer daftness of the situation. There was Santa, presents, boats and the sheer daftness of the situation. There were children with torches making there way through a woods at night, there was an arrival on a glowing boat from the depth of darkness on the water and there was the sheer magic of the situation.
I started the day thinking I would rather do anything else and finished it knowing there was nothing else I would rather have been doing.
A huge thank you to all the people (especially Santa)  who gave up their time and energy to make this event, and indeed all the clubs events this year, possible. Next year we hope to have a clubhouse in place and our job then will be to ensure that we retain the sense of magic.
The news that we have secured a grant from Leader is a fantastic way to complete the year. This, as I am sure you are all aware, makes the clubhouse a reality and although we are not there regarding fundraising we are in a position to bring the club facilities to the next level without crippling ourselves with debt. Building should begin in Spring as soon as the water levels fall. (more of this at the AGM)
Grants are not given out easily and are the product of tireless work and endless form filling on the one hand and a lot of thought, talk and promotion of the club on the other. These are only possible if there is a belief in what you are doing and why you are doing it. I would like to thank all of those involved in this process but especially Jim O’Sullivan, our rear commodore, who can now perhaps relax and enjoy Christmas.
Although we have managed to make the clubhouse a reality we have not funded it completely as you know and with this in mind we have set up a fundraiser page which we ask you to visit, contribute to, promote, send on etc.
 As 2017 draws to a close on another successful and eventful season in Cullaun it is important to stress that this club belongs to its members. Your ideas and aims and aspirations for the club are important to the future development of the club. I will be in contact with you all prior to the AGM in the new year and hope to see you all there. Sailing is at the heart of the club, community and shared goals the driving force and members the engine.
Have a very happy Christmas and a great new year.
Best wishes,

Santas arrival at Cullaun Sailing Club

Santas arrival captured at Cullaun Sailing Club last Sunday.

Posted by Cullaun Sailing-Club on Tuesday, 12 December 2017

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