departing kilrush

The 22nd Atlantic Games 2018 will take place next week in the Pays de la Loire,Saint Nazaire, France. There will be up to  500 competitors aged between 15 to 25 years from all over Europe competing during the week in a variety of Water sports.

 Paddy Donlon, Mike O'Dea, Luke O'Sullivan  and Sean Hynes from Cullaun Sailing Club in East Clare have the honour of representing Clare and Ireland at these Games.  They will be sailing in a J80 boat which is a 8 metre boat designed for racing and they will be competing against some serious competitive sailors from the other Eu countries over three days.  Each of the sailors has already competed in national competitions in their own boat class but this will be their first time to all compete together in this class of a boat J80.  Simon Mc Gibney from Kilrush Marina has been very generous in loaning them a boat that they can practice on.


Gail Mc Allister of the Irish Sailing Assocation and Cullaun Commodore Des Mac Mahon wish them the best of luck in this event and hopefully they can bring back some silverware as thier arrival back coincides with our Annual open regatta on the 1st and 2nd September as it would be a great boost to the club who are in the process of building a new clubhouse to compete with the new numbers of people who are interested in sailing as a pastime.

This is not the first time that sailors from the Club have represented Ireland as Sean Hynes mother has won the national championship's and has sailed in Canada and Holland in the world championships.

Clare Sports Partnership and MMOD Solicitors wood quay Ennis have been very generous with their sponsorship in getting the sailors to France