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As we head into the new sailing season we hope this newsletter finds all our members well and healthy. I'm sure you are all eager to get back out on the water. The lock down has definitely reaffirmed the importance of sailing as an outdoor social activity for all age groups, and how important it is for our mental health and well-being.
A big thank you to Jim O Sullivan outgoing commodore and all outgoing committee members for all their hard work. One of the biggest projects over the last 4 years and in the clubs 40 year history was the completion of our new clubhouse. As commodore for the last 4 years Jim oversaw a massive amount of background work at every level to complete this project. Sometimes you still have to pinch yourself its there,  in such a short time.
A new committee was elected at the AGM. We welcome our new commodore Margaret Hynes. She is taking the helm with a wealth of knowledge and years of experience working at every level on an off the water at Cullaun.
Committee 2021 - Commodore: Margaret Hynes,
Treasurer: Kevin Ryan, Secretary: Brendan Glynn, Sailing Secretary: Chris Caher, Property: Frank Mulqueen, Bosun: Des McMahon, PRO: Pat Bietsy, Junior interm : Margaret Hynes

Covid19 / Sailing Season

We have a 2021 calendar printed thanks to George Fitzgerald and Kevin Ryan and it is full of events for the season. The Covid19 restrictions will dictate what activity / event can take place at the club and all we can do is respond accordingly and keep you posted.
Cullaun's social media will link and share relevant Covid19 / Sport updates from our governing bodies, Sport Ireland and Irish Sailing. Some members are not on Facebook and Twitter so our regular short email Newsletter will try to bridge this information gap.
Unfortunately our season cannot start as planned on Sunday 14th March and this also includes the cancellation of the Junior Easter Courses.
As you are aware Under level 5 restrictions we cannot run any events. Until April 5th there is a 5km limit and no organised outdoor sports allowed. Gov.ie
After the 5th of April the Government has hinted at the easing restrictions with a focus on outdoor sports activities. So fingers crossed. Irish Sailing ; Covid updates

Membership

Members are an essential part of any club. And your membership fees are vital to the running costs of Cullaun Sailing Club.
Please don't forget to pay for berthage if you keep a boat in the compound.
A new sticker / space system will be in operation this season for boats that have paid berthage.

Payments can be made through our store herePayments can be made through our store here

Junior/ Student €80,
Single €170,
Family €220,
Berthage per boat
 €80
Its Important to add your name to the Bank Transfer and
email Kevin Ryan This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


Thank you.

Shore Duty and Volunteering

The club needs volunteers for lots of activities, shore duty is an essential one if there is any club activity on the lake. Its ideal if you don't sail or have a junior member out sailing, or you are a sailor with no crew for that day.
The main duty of a shore person is to monitor VHF radio contact with the safety boats on the water. Keeping a half an eye on the compound and maybe helping with the trolleys when boats are returning to shore. Its easy, most of the time you can relax in the clubhouse watch the sailing with a coffee, bring a friend. Email our sailing secretary Chris to get on the rota for when we open back up. This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
           Margaret would like thank all those who offered to volunteer their help with the (cancelled) junior Easter camps. She is setting up a Whatsapp group for parents of U16 Junior sailors in 2021, if you want to be included, click the link  https://chat.whatsapp.com/IyTStbqxMsE9w6JigCsi2u . Looking forward to lots of competitive sailing with our Junior sailors. We now have four RS200s at the club following the news that three more Junior members have acquired RS 200s over the winter.

Interested in Coastal Navigation Online

https://www.sovereignsailing.com/ Kinsale are running this course online at a reduced price. Course covers Weather, Navigation (chartwork & GPS), Passage planning, Tides, Rules of the Road & Safety. from your kitchen table. Course Dates: March 15th, 17th, 22nd, 24th, 29th & 31stSession times: 18.30pm - 21.00pm is normally €450 on site but now online €295 includes course pack with plotter and dividers delivered to you by post before the course starts. email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Course outcome: skills and knowledge required to safely navigate a boat by day and by night in coastal waters with which they are familiar.