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Last week four of our Junior Sailors had the honour of representing us, Co Clare and Ireland at the 22 EU Atlantic Games.  They set off on the ferry from Cork to Roscoff and onwards to St Nazaire in Pays de la Loire France.  It was a very pleasant sail over and we traveled overnight on the ferry with great scenery as we departed Cork harbour  as we passed out the picturesque Village of Cobh.

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Heading for St Nazaire we were excited by the fact that we were going to be competing in the Atlantic Games and had been out practicing on a J24 loaned to us  very kindly from Simon Mc Gibney in Kilrush Marina.  We were eager to start and with most things being closed in France on a Sunday we headed straight to the town of St Nazaire and were one of the first teams to register for the event.  After a quick tour of the town we headed out to the port of Le Pornichet where the sailing element of the games was going to be on.  It was a very busy marina and we were in awe of the number of boats that were moored there with lots of traffic departing and arriving at all hours of the day.

 

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 Winds were very favorable on the first day and on Monday we got out for a bit of practice before heading back to the Universtiy Helix for a conference on Atlantic watersports.  which was followed by the opening parade which we just managed to make with all the rushing around.  Here we were met by John Sweeney of Clare Sports Partnership and Tim Forde from Clare County Council.

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 The next three days were spent racing and having great fun  out on the water.  It took a while to get the hang of the Spinaker but once Mike had mastered it then things were looking a lot brighter.

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The Spanish sailors won the Sailing event but our crew learned an awful lot about sailing in the ocean and from a large marina and were great ambassadors for the Club. 

 

The Team would like to thank Isobel O Dea from MMOD solicitors Ennis who helped Sponsor the team on thier travels

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Luke O'Sullivan, Sean Hynes, Paddy Donlon and Mike O'Dea  at the awards closing ceremony.

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