Posts Tagged ‘Slalom Course’

CLUB DRIVERS ROTA NOW READY FOR MEMBERS & VISITORS

Friday, June 29th, 2012

WEEKDAY AND WEEKEND TIMES NOW FINALISED FOR SUMMER 2012

Carl shows how its done

Carl shows how its done

After all the rain and wind and various challenges, we are now back on the water in full force once again. Daryl is our Duty Driver all day Saturday and Sunday – and we hope to attract as many visitors and groups as possible to be with us on those mornings so that Members will have more time on the water in the afternoons. For Visitor and Group bookings, all are asked to call Daryl as soon as possible so that we can look after everybody well : 087 668 6225


Thank you also to Figs, Carl, Geoff, Sam, Richard, Simon and Mark for volunteering to take over as Drivers on Tuesday and Thursday nights. There is a copy of the NEW Weekday Drivers Rota available here :

CLUB DRIVERS ROSTER 2012

We will also shortly launch our SAVE GOLDEN FALLS campaign to kick start our  major recovery plan caused by the serious bank erosion challenge which has caused huge disruption this season – so watch this space for updates on our plans and hopes for the future.

FINAL STAGE OF FUEL JETTY DEVELOPMENT

Wednesday, May 2nd, 2012

BANK HOLIDAY WEEKEND TO SEE COMPLETION OF OUR FUEL JETTY PROJECT


This looked like a minor project when we started. Making safe and extending our Fuel Dock Jetty did not look like a big deal – but it was !

Two part walkway almost ready for launching

Two part walkway almost ready for launching

Firstly, we went the stainless steel route – thanks to Joe Hearne’s welding skills. We learned many years ago that while it may be a bit expensive, it does last more or less forever. The new Jetty walkway has been made in two hinged sections and they are now waiting on the slipway for assembly – see photo.

On goes the lid !

On goes the lid !

Next, we had to repair and extend the old wooden floating dock. Des B-K has the carpentry almost completed. Again, this is in two sections which will be bolted together in the water. The top sheeting will be finished on Friday and then we have to figure out how to move it all to the slipway to insert the barrels. It is a fierce weight and some willing hands will be needed.

More to be poured on the right

More to be poured on the right

On Friday, we are also looking at pouring more concrete to expand the slab laid a few weeks ago as it is just not big enough for the correct placement of the walkway. Getting it done will depend on the water levels. Today, the water was perfect – so lets hope we get lucky again in a few days.

Figs, Simon, Geoff, Sam, Richard, Mark, Joe, Rick and Siggi have all played their part along the way – and now we may even get this job off our backs this weekend. Do drop down as the more hands we have the better.

NEW FUEL JETTY MAKING PROGRESS

Sunday, April 1st, 2012

CONCRETE POURED AND NEW ACCESS PATH CLEARED

As we all know, these past few months have delivered a few major shocks to Golden Falls – but thanks to the great support of our Members, solutions are on the way !

Access path and new concrete plinth

Access path and new concrete plinth

Over these past weeks and following our recent Committee meeting, we have worked on our plans to ensure that our 2012 Waterski season will be another great one for all. Our first challenge was to repair the old Fuel Jetty which was also damaged by the extraordinary water levels of this past year. Thanks to Figs, Simon, Daryl, Geoff, Siggi and Joe, the old structure was removed to our Car Park, Gas lines disconnected and a frame created for the pouring of the cement for the new base plinth. That concrete has already set. Fortunately, the water was at normal level at that time. This morning – see photo – that plinth was back under water again !

Pathway to the new Jetty

Pathway to the new Jetty

The stainless steel walkway comprising two lengths of 5m is under construction by Joe Hearne and thanks to Joe’s great efforts we should see the finished product in about 10 days time. The fabricated weatherproof walkway panels will drop into the frame once it is on site. The first 5m section will run from the shore to a steel frame on the concrete plinth to keep it above the high water levels – and the hinged second section will run from that out to the Jetty which will also be built shortly. Figs also organised the grading of our access walkway and that already looks good. We may need a donation of some temporary carpet to cover the ground in the walkway area.

Stainless steel sections under construction

Stainless steel sections under construction

High Water Erosion Damage This Morning

High Water Erosion Damage This Morning

This is a bigger than expected project. It will however ensure that our 2012 season will get off to a good start as we finalise the details on how to return to our Clubhouse area once again. Discussions with the ESB, Banks and Committee will continue and we will keep you posted. Thanks to all for your help and we look forward to seeing you down at the Lake as soon as we post the OPEN sign here shortly. WATCH THIS SPACE.

Bank erosion continues as the ESB have not dropped the water levels back to those which we normal for the past 50 years. As you can see, the new fencing installed just a year ago at the request of the ESB during our new Lease discussions, continues to be undermined by the high water and already the concrete footings can now be seen above ground.

RAY STOKES GRAND PRIX READY FOR ACTION AND RAFFLE !

Friday, September 9th, 2011

WINDY WEATHER BUT WE WILL NOT LET THAT STOP THE GRAND PRIX FUN

THANKS TO BILABONG FOR THEIR GREAT SUPPORT

THANKS TO BILLABONG FOR THEIR GREAT SUPPORT

We put the finishing touches to the Club site this evening and all looks really good right now. A big thanks to Daryl, Donal, Carl and all the team for getting the place shipshape for our very special RAY STOKES GRAND PRIX.

It has been a very tough week for Ray. Brain surgery, general anaesthetics, blood transfusions, all take their toll but hopefully Ray will now feel better having got over this stage successfully. He hates cold weather and would really prefer to be up on the Gold Coast rather than in Melbourne. I don’t think he would fancy doing Rescue Boat duty when we kick off here at 09.30hrs here tomorrow !

We also launched a RAY RAFFLE just 48 hours ago and have been overwhelmed by the response from our Waterski friends. Just amazing ! The list of donated prizes is extraordinary – see below. Billabong have also donated Winners Prizes as we will give the standard Cash Prize to Ray also to help with his medical costs. As of tonight, we have sold exactly 40 RAY RAFFLE tickets at Euro 20.00 each and all this will also go to Ray.

So, our SLALOM and JUMP athletes will be ready on the dock tomorrow at 09.30hrs sharp – and we hope that the tail end of the USA Hurricanes don’t spoil our party !

Thank you all for your fantastic support. It is really appreciated by our Golden Falls Team.

HERE ARE THE PRIZES DONATED TO OUR RAY RAFFLE TOMORROW :

SkiCaraibes One Week – Island of St Martin – Coaching by Guy Laurent and Brigitte Lethem

Apple iPad – donated by Donal Connolly

Special Party Night at Your Venue – DJ+Full Sound System – donated by Martin Cullinan of TODAY FM

Vintage Champagne – donated by Simon Durham

Vintage Champagne – donated by Fiachra O’Riordan

Complete Utility Pocket Tools Bundle – donated by Dermot Fenton

Custom Monogrammed Car Mats – Your Name for Your Car – donated by Des Burke-Kennedy

Terryglass Cottage Weekend on the Shannon – donated by Jakki Kavanagh

CyclePlus Full Monty Bicycle Service – donated by Steven Cautley

MasterCraft Goodies – donated by Jonny Crawford

Full Winter Fitness Programme – 12 Sessions with the Professionals – donated by Carl Cautley

WOMEN’S FUN DAY TOMORROW SUNDAY AT GOLDEN FALLS

Saturday, August 13th, 2011

ANNUAL WOMEN’S FUN DAY ON THE WATER FROM 09.30 TOMORROW SUNDAY

FUN ALL DAY ON SUNDAY

FUN ALL DAY ON SUNDAY

This event was created last year by Golden Falls. This year, SIX Clubs are now involved and so it is really becoming a NATIONAL fun day for women on the water.

The whole idea is to increase the number of women involved in our sport. Fully supported by the Irish Sports Council, this project is really working. While female participation was at about 30% in the past years, last month our research showed it at 51% for July – and all time record. Well done to all for making this welcome trend happen.

Tomorrow we kick off at 09.30hrs and will keep going till the last one hangs on !  It should be great fun. Do come and join us and bring those cameras so that we can upload some great photos here on Monday morning.  All you need is your swim gear and a towel – we will supply all the other equipment needed. At a special price of just Euro 15, we hope to be inundated all day long !!!

THREE SPECIAL COURSES AT GOLDEN FALLS WSC

Wednesday, June 29th, 2011

CLUB HOSTS TWO KIDZ CAMPS PLUS STEVE CRITCHLEY COURSE IN JULY & AUGUST

Steve Critchley returns to Golden Falls

Steve Critchley returns to Golden Falls

We all know that our Summers are just far too short. This means we have to make the most of every day on the water. The folks at Golden Falls in County Kildare are certainly not wasting any time on their 20C water right now ! With one Kidz Camp already completed plus the highly successful National Children’s Day last Sunday, three more special Courses have been organised for the coming weeks. That lake at Golden Falls will be a busy place !

For the week of August 8th, ranked in the top 20 in the World, Jumper Steve Critchley will return once again for some high level coaching. Ten more advanced lucky souls will spend each day on the water with Steve and all will be guaranteed a special learning experience. At this early stage, we hear that the Course is almost booked out already as Steve’s reputation is a major attraction. His 2010 Course at the Club was one of the best for some time and all are really looking forward to his return.

Top 20 in the World Rankings

Top 20 in the World Rankings

The Club also has TWO more Kidz Camps marked in for the weeks of July 25th and August 2nd. The first is a five day Course and the second a four day Course. Again, we hear that these are also almost booked out. The Club’s Coach Daryl Higgins, has had great success this Summer with the young stars in the making and we all hope that this will deliver some serious competitors a little down the road. However, having fun on the water is the real aim in the coming weeks and judging by the popularity of the June Kidz Camp, this looks like a certainty.

Well done to all the team at Golden Falls – photos and reports to follow soon.

If your Club has special activities planned for the coming weeks,  just send us the details and photos, and we will help to spread the good word !

OFFICIAL CLUB DRIVERS LIST UPDATED BY GFWSC COMMITTEE

Thursday, May 26th, 2011

DRIVERS LIST 2011 POSTED ON OUR CLUB NOTICE BOARD

We all know how important safety is in our sport. It is also vital to be aware of the risks and especially when it comes to the Insurance coverage and competent Boat Driving.

Our Committee reviews our CLUB DRIVERS list from time to time to ensure that all have the skills and experience required. It is not as easy as it sometimes looks – holding a straight line in the Slalom Course at 58kph with a determined strong Skier out the back, rope lengths and shortening routines, speed settings, knowing how to drive a precise Jump Course, being aware of where the hidden rocks and obstacles are beneath the surface, knowing where to turn at both ends of the Lake, controlling the boat speed at the turns, safe docking, refueling routines, correct engine noises and smells, etc.etc. As we are also keen to have new qualified Drivers, our Assisted Drivers List is designed to help those who have some basic skills to move towards Club Driver status. This all dovetails into the Federation Drivers Courses and we hope to have news on these in the near future. First Aid Courses will also be organised at the Club this Summer.

Here are our latest DRIVERS lists :

CLUB DRIVERS

  • Daryl Higgins (Chief Driver)

  • Carl Cautley

  • Geoff Clarke

  • Simon Durham

  • Des Burke-Kennedy

  • Sam Burke-Kennedy

  • Fiachra O’Riordan

  • Donal Connolly

  • Harry Bridges

ASSISTED DRIVERS

  • Mark Cassin

  • Richard O’Callaghan

  • Rick Deegan

  • Brid Deegan

  • Greg O’Malley

  • Dermot Fenton

  • Daniel Hearne

Daryl Higgins, as Chief Driver, will monitor progress and let the Committee know when our Assisted Drivers are ready for Club Driver status. Watch out also for the letters S,T,J,W, after the names on the Notice Board as they signify which disciplines Drivers are qualified to pull. At the end of the day, its really all about experience PLUS TIME ON THE WATER.

RECORD APRIL VISITS TO OUR CLUB AND LESSONS AVAILABLE FOR ALL

Tuesday, May 3rd, 2011

GREAT WEATHER – GREAT SKIING – GREAT APRIL ON THE WATER

WATCH OUT FOR THIS CAR !

WATCH OUT FOR THIS CAR !

Watch our for this Golden Falls car in your district !  Actually, it’s our Club Coach Daryl Higgins car and as you can see, he is helping to spread the word with the all new signage scheme on the Volvo.

GREAT LOGO !

GREAT LOGO !

The good news is that April has broken all records at our Club for the month. Our own Members clocked up 110 ski sessions on the water. Visitors added 94 sessions. This total of 204 ski sessions is unheard of for April which is often a cold and windy month of the year. If you have not yet had a chance to get out on the water, call Daryl today and he will be delighted to help. His number – as you can see on the “Golden Falls” car is : 087 668 6225

GRAND PRIX THIS WEEKEND – ALL ENTRIES NEEDED BY THURSDAY MIDNIGHT

Tuesday, September 14th, 2010

ITS’ SLALOM & JUMP GRAND PRIX TIME AGAIN – AND ALL ARE INVITED.

Everybody needs an ENTRY FORMEVERYBODY NEEDS AN ENTRY FORM

SLALOM & JUMP GRAND PRIX

September 18/19 2010

Our Skiers have had a good Summer – with a lot of sunny days and good water. Unfortunately, it’s almost over. Here is your chance to end on a high note !

FORMAT :  Personal Best +/-

ROUNDS :   Three Rounds of Slalom

ROUNDS :   Three Rounds of Jump

TIMETABLE

Saturday 09.00hrs :

if you miss the start, you can catch up in Round 2 but you will sacrifice your possible Round 1 scores NO LATE ENTRIES / DEADLINE THURSDAY MIDNIGHT / see below

Sunday 09.00hrs :

Final Rounds – Discipline depending on weather

Practice : All week from Tuesday till 19.00hrs Friday at €20.00 per session.

CASH PRIZES

SLALOM :    1st €150 /  2nd € 100  / 3rd €50

JUMP :         1st €150 /  2nd € 100  / 3rd €50

Slalom – PB competition based on 90% of your PB

Jump – Cash for PBs plus new SplashEye Challenge event

LOCATION : Golden Falls Waterski Club, Ballymore Eustace, County Kildare

DATE : Saturday & Sunday, September 18/19

STARTING : 09.00 SHARP on both Saturday & Sunday

ROUNDS :        Saturday 3 Rounds /  Sunday 3 Rounds – depending on weather

ENTRY :           Send an e.mail today with your Entry attached – see below

COSTS :            €60.00 for Jump /  €60.00 for Slalom / €100 for both – payable on arrival

IWWF License : Essential for all Skiers – available at : http://irishwwf.ie/competition-licenses

PLEASE E.MAIL YOUR ENTRY FORM AS ATTACHMENT

GRAND PRIX Entry Form 2010

by Midnight on Thursday September 16th

TO : des@burke-kennedy.com

RUNNING ORDER WILL BE POSTED ON LINE ON FRIDAY :

www.GoldenFallsWaterskiClub.com

COME TO OUR SLALOM & JUMP GRAND PRIX

Friday, September 3rd, 2010

LAST MAJOR WATERSKI CALENDAR EVENT OF 2010 AT GOLDEN FALLS

SLALOM & JUMP GRAND PRIX

GOLDEN FALLS WATERSKI CLUB
Ballymore Eustace
County Kildare

Grand Prix Trophies & Cash Prizes

Grand Prix Trophies & Cash Prizes

SATURDAY & SUNDAY
September 18/19

All Skiers and Spectators are invited. Come and join us for the last fun event of the year.

The annual Waterski Slalom and Jump Grand Prix competition will have an international content this year. Having received several requests from overseas competitors, we have offered invitations to add to the competition !

Ready for Slalom & Jump action !

Ready for Slalom & Jump action !

This is a PERSONAL BEST event – and this means that ANYBODY can win. You will compete against yourself. Even if you don’t have a PERSONAL BEST score on record for 2009 + 2010, come along and set your base line for next season.

All of the details are on the attached HERE

ENTRY FORM

Grand Prix Notice 2010

If you have not already got an IWWF Competition License, they are available on line at :

IWWF LICENSES
One last detail :

PLEASE MAKE SURE THAT YOU SEND YOUR ENTRY FORM AS AN ATTACHMENT

BY MIDNIGHT ON THURSDAY SEPT 16th TO:

des@burke-kennedy.com

Entry Fees are payable on the day so don’t worry about that at this stage – just get that ENTRY in on time.

The RUNNING ORDER will be posted on Friday, September 17th for all to see. ( No Late Entries )

‘ Looking forward to seeing you at Golden Falls in two weeks time.

Full reports and photos will be posted here later.

Just Two Weeks To Go !

Just Two Weeks To Go !