Posts Tagged ‘Waterski Jump’

JAKE SETS A NEW NATIONAL OPEN JUMP RECORD

Tuesday, September 25th, 2012

CONGRATULATIONS TO JAKE BRIDGES

When Jake Bridges (Golden Falls WSC) had a nasty Jump accident in the UK almost two years ago, it could well have put him off the event forever.

That is not the way real athletes think and so this new National Open Men Jump Record is a great credit to him. His previous National Record was set at 56.0m – and now he has pushed it all the way up to 59.2m / 195ft.

We doubt if this will be Jake’s last National Jump Record and as that 60.0m level gets closer and closer, all eyes will be on Jake in the season ahead.

Right now, Jake is back at his studies at University in Louisiana.

We all congratulate him on both a great recovery and a great new National Open Men Jump Record.

NEW NATIONAL JUMP RECORD FOR OUR OWN GEOFF CLARKE

Tuesday, September 25th, 2012

NEW NATIONAL 55+ JUMP RECORD FOR OUR OWN GEOFF CLARKE

Having now entered the 55+ Waterski Jump category, Geoff Clarke (Golden Falls WSC) is not new to setting National Jump Records.

In spite of the poor weather here at home this year, he made the most of his limited time on the water – and also trained hard at Hazelwood’s in the UK.

The National Record to break was set by Robin Skelton (Stillwaters WSC) at 30.8m. Geoff has now raised this by a whopping 12.5m to the newly approved score of 43.3m / 143ft.

As with Jake Bridges, our National Open Jump Record holder, Geoff has also made a spectacular recovery from a nasty injury which still limits the grip of one of his hands. This new National Jump Record is a great credit to his determination not to let that prevent him from enjoying our sport at the highest level. Congratulations Geoff.

Both Geoff Clarke and Jake Bridges owe much of their success to their Coach and our dear friend Ray Stokes who we lost to Cancer earlier this year.

WORK OF ART COMPLETED LAST NIGHT !

Thursday, May 24th, 2012

WE WOZ AMAZED THAT IT ALL CONNECTED UP PERFECTLY !


The Diskin Ladies nursed the connections together !

The Diskin Ladies nursed the connections together !

Last night at the lake, as the warm sun sank over the west end on perfect Golden Falls glass water, we had a moment to remember !

For weeks and weeks we rattled our brains on how best to construct a second Starting Dock at our Car Park for use while the serious bank erosion problem is tackled over at our Clubhouse area – all with no budget for the work !  What followed was months of designing, welding, constructing, concrete mixing, wood working and tough laboring – all by willing volunteers who gave their free time and money willingly. The final stage eventually arrived last night. Would it all connect correctly with tiny tolerances for the stainless steel bolts, spacers, washers and hinges ? The room for error was about 2.0mm.

Male volunteers like to stay dry !

Male volunteers like to stay dry !

Well, thankfully there was a happy ending to this story. To our own amazement, it all worked perfectly. The first stage of stainless steel walkway is now embedded in concrete on the land-side, the second stage of stainless steel walkway is hinged to both stage one and the new floating dock. The walkway panels also fitted perfectly and even the blue barrels used for flotation did their job – although we may add to these shortly. Finally, the stainless steel anchor lines were connected before we headed home.

The happy sunset moment last night

The happy sunset moment last night

Expecting a few hitches lat night – which never arose, we even had time to sit down and stare at the new creation in the warm sunset – and also do a bit of smiling !

This really was a great Club effort and we would like to thank all who helped along the way. However we have one special person to thank most of all and that is Joe Hearne. Both his time, skill and welding expertise was the secret to this perfect outcome. On behalf of all our Members – A BIG THANK-YOU TO JOE FOR HIS VERY GENEROUS CONTRIBUTION AT OUR TIME OF NEED HERE AT GOLDEN FALLS.



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.

SAD FAREWELLS TO RAY IN AUSTRALIA AND IRELAND

Sunday, December 11th, 2011

HEALESVILLE AND GOLDEN FALLS CELEBRATE A VERY SPECIAL LIFE

Healesville on Thursday bids farewell

Healesville on Thursday bids farewell

Following the Celebration of Ray Stokes life in Healesville, Victoria, in Australia on Thursday, Golden Falls Members met today in Dublin to also share some memories on Ray’s visits to the Club in Ballymore Eustace over the past 20 years or more. Some tears and lots of smiles !

Australia’s Ray Stokes made an enormous contribution to the sport of Waterskiing in his short 51 year life. He revolutionised Jump Ski design, converted almost all to a much safer way to score big Jump distances, coached almost every major international Jumper and five National Teams, brought Emma Sheers and June Fladborg all the way to setting World Jump Records, and most of all made global friendships on a scale never seen before in our sport. With over 30,000 individual messages on his CaringBridge pages, his impact was exceptional. Irish Federation President Des Burke-Kennedy was invited to organise his Memorial Ceremony with the Stokes family in Healesville, Australia on Thursday.

Golden Falls remembers Ray today

Golden Falls remembers Ray today

Today, our Golden Falls Members got together at Chris Terry’s Cafe Du Journal in Monkstown, County Dublin for breakfast and to also celebrate the life of somebody who made so many great friendships over these past 20 years at our Lake. We then moved to DunLaoghaire’s West Pier to share some final thoughts beside the water.

Our condolences go to Ray’s family and June and Mark and Neil and all his closest friends. Our Club was one of the first to invite Ray to provide coaching courses and we will never forget his friendship over the past 20+ years. May he rest in peace.

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

WANT AN iPAD – COME TO OUR RAY STOKES GRAND PRIX

Friday, September 2nd, 2011

SUPER RAFFLE PLANNED FOR SUNDAY AFTERNOON AT RAY STOKES GRAND PRIX

Get your iPad at Golden Falls

Get your iPad at Golden Falls

Come for the Skiing – and stay for the RAY RAFFLE PRIZES !

To create some extra fun at our September 10/11 RAY STOKES GRAND PRIX, we put out an urgent call yesterday for donations of interesting items for our special Raffle which will take place before our Podium results are announced on Sunday, September 11th at the Golden Falls Boardwalk.

Within just a few hours, great things happened. We received a sparkling new iPad from Donal Connolly, some rare Vintage Champagne from Simon Durham and a full KEEP FIT Course from Carl Cautley. Many thanks to Donal, Simon and Carl for responding so quickly. What a great start !

Can you add anything to the RAY RAFFLE ?

Just drop a note to Des with the details of anything you can offer so that the proceeds which will go to the RAY STOKES FUND and will be added to the TOTAL PRIZE FUND which is also going to help Ray at the RAY STOKES GRAND PRIX.

des@burke-kennedy.com

HONORARY RAMP AWARD FOR DAN, DARYL AND GEOFF

Friday, August 26th, 2011

MAJOR COW CATCHER REPAIRS COMPLETED WITH BLOOD, SWEAT AND TEARS !

MAGIC RAMP LOOKED A BIT SAD !

MAGIC RAMP LOOKED A BIT SAD !

Our Golden Falls pride and joy, the Magic Ramp, was looking a bit sad this Summer. A few of the immaculate blue aluminium Cow Catcher panels had worked lose and attempts to rivet them back into place were quickly undone once the windy weather did their work. With the RAY STOKES GRAND PRIX just two weeks away, an emergency was declared !

Yesterday, Daniel Hearne came to our rescue. As a solid Skier and also a skilled Fabrication Welder, he joined forces with Dary Higgins and Geoff Clarke. Armed with cutting and welding equipment and a supply of steel, they spent the entire day in, under and out of the water – mostly uner the Magic Ramp. For those who have not had the experience, this is dangerous work and not for the feint hearted. The good news is that by the time sunset arrived, the job was virtually completed with just a little tidying up up needed today and Daryl has already got this in hand.

Thank you so much guys !  Your work has got our Ray Stokes Grand Prix preparations off to a perfect start. Now it is time to round up our troops for the other tasks and we will be sending out help please over this weekend. As some Members will be away next week, we need to now make the most of every day.

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 !!!