Posts Tagged ‘Waterski Nationals’

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.

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

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.

BUSIEST APRIL FOR YEARS AT THE CLUB

Monday, April 18th, 2011

GREAT START – EVEN THE WATER IS WARMER THAN EXPECTED FOR APRIL !

Daryl and Orla at the Lake this morning

Daryl and Linda at the Lake this morning

Since April 2nd, we have completed 91 Skis as at 2.00pm today, April 18th. For this time of the year and after just 16 days, this is very impressive. Well done to all our Members who have made it down to the Lake so far. With the Easter Holidays now coming up, do make sure that you come down to the Club to get those arms and legs working again. Its never too early to start. The water today was boiling at over 15C. !

Third lesson of the season for Orla today

Third lesson of the season for Linda today

Daryl is now fully settled in to his annual routines and has also done a great deal of tidying-up after the long Winter break. As you can see, the Sheep are also playing a blinder and have eaten more grass in the past two weeks in the MasterCraft Arena than we thought possible. Soon, we will be able to run the Mower over the area to bring it back to normal again.

Sheep really prefer grass to chocolate

Sheep really prefer grass to chocolate

NICE AND WARM TODAY BUT A BIT CHOPPY

Wednesday, July 28th, 2010

OUR MEMBERS USING EVERY MOMENT AVAILABLE ON THE WATER

KEELA AND MUM MIRIAM MAKE GREAT PROGRESS

KEELA AND MUM MIRIAM MAKE GREAT PROGRESS

‘Great to see that our Members continue to enjoy their time on the water with us and today was as busy as ever. On the Dock were Geoff, Miriam, Greg, Keela, Richie, Des, Dave –  and Susi and her group of friends watched the sun set over another BBQ at the Clubhouse after their time on the water.

Daryl continues to do a great job and keeps everything shipshape – and don’t forget to call him if you want to confirm your times – 087 668 6225

Our Swans have returned again – two pairs – back to their usual spot over on the Quinlan’s side of the Lake. They seem to always know the boat path. Our Crested Cranes seem to have moved on but they usually come back at the end of the Summer to their place at the stone bridge. Thankfully, the Mink seem to have found a home somewhere else and that means that the Malibu does not smell like a Fish Market in the morning  !

Daryl brews a proper cup of coffee !

Daryl brews a proper cup of coffee !

ELEVEN PODIUMS AND SEVEN NATIONAL GOLD MEDALS FOR GOLDEN FALLS MEMBERS IN NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIPS

Monday, July 26th, 2010

OUTSTANDING PERFORMANCES BY OUR CLUB SKIERS

IN THE 2010 NATIONAL WATERSKI CHAMPIONSHIPS

OUR 2010 GOLDEN FALLS NATIONALS CHALLENGERS

OUR 2010 GOLDEN FALLS NATIONALS CHALLENGERS

Congratulations to our talented Skiers Carl Cautley, Geoff Clarke, Dom Jameson, and Daryl Higgins. All won Gold Medals at the 2010 National Waterski Championships at Lough Aghery WSC over the weekend. THIS WAS JUST PART OF A SEVEN MEDAL COLLECTION !

Congratulations also to Simon Durham and Daniel Hearne for challenging the winners and making sure that Golden Falls was very well represented in all events. Lets go for an even bigger Club Team next year !

Here is a summary of all the outstanding Golden Falls Member’s achievements in what were challenging conditions. Although it was warm, grey skies, a little drizzle and a gusty tail breeze forced the Jumpers and Slalom Skiers to make some serious tactical decisions in each Round. As usual, the best made the smartest decisions.

Geoff BACK IN GREAT FORM

Geoff BACK IN GREAT OUTSTANDING FORM

55+ GEOFF CLARKE : Jump Gold

Carl OUTSTANDING IN +45

Carl OUTSTANDING IN +45

45+ CARL CAUTLEY : Slalom Gold, Tricks Gold, Jump Silver, Overall Gold

Dom CONTINUES WINNING STREAK

Dom CONTINUES WINNING STREAK

45+ Dom Jameson : Slalom Silver, Jump Gold

Daryl OVERCOMES INJURY IN STYLE

Daryl OVERCOMES INJURY IN STYLE

35+ Daryl Higgins : Slalom Silver, Silver Tricks, Jump Gold, Overall Gold

For other details, see the report on our Federation Website at :

WWW.IRISHWWF.IE

FOR THE RESULTS – CHECK OUT :

2010 Nationals Final Results

GOLDEN FALLS 5 MAN TEAM PERFORM WELL IN ROUND 1 OF NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIPS

Saturday, July 24th, 2010

GOLDEN FALLS TEAM – SIMON DURHAM – DOMINIC JAMESON – CARL CAUTLEY – DARYL HIGGINS – DANIEL HEARNE

Here is a brief general report of today, Saturday, at the 2010 National Waterski Championships at Lough Aghery WSC in County Down. Well done to all our Golden Falls Skiers – and good luck in the Sunday Finals.

What are they doing in the long grass - checking the competition !

What are they doing in the long grass - checking the competition !

BIG CONGRATULATIONS to all 30 Skiers, Officials and Organisers who were ready and waiting on the Dock at precisely 8.30am today for Round 1 of our National Waterski Championships. The new pre-entry system really paid off. No last minute additions or deletions – just a totally enjoyable start to a great event. This has now set the standard for all our other IWWF calendar competitions in the future.

Our Driver Geoff Clarke kicks off the Slalom event

Our Driver Geoff Clarke kicks off the Slalom event

With a total of SEVEN judging cameras mounted on site, the Judges Room looked like a trading desk on the New York Stock Exchange – very impressive. The new Slalom Course, SplashEye and refurbished Jump Ramp also looked perfect. Well done Lough Aghery WSC.

Our Daryl Higgins and Simon Durham warm up for action

Our Daryl Higgins and Simon Durham warm up for action

Chief Judge Stuart England and Driver Geoff Clarke kicked off with Slalom – and began with the U12 Boys. Young Daniel Galvin (Cork PB&WSC) set a cracking pace with a score of 0.5 Buoys at 55kph on the short 16m line. Yes, that was the U12 Category ! In fact this equaled the best score of his brother Barry T in the older U14 category.

Daryl gets back from his injury

Daryl gets back from his injury

Moving quickly through U17 and 55+, we then had some excellent performances in Mens 45+. Dominic Jameson (Golden Falls WSC) was first off the dock and led all the way with a score of 4 Buoys on the 13m line. Watch out for Dominic in the Finals tomorrow. It was also good to see Cormac Fitzpatric  (Meteor WSC) back in form again in 2nd place with 3 Buoys on the 14.25m line. Mens 35+ also produced excellent performances with Chris McDowell (Meteor WSC) taking top place with a score of 1 Buoy on the 12m line. Daryl Higgins (Golden Falls WSC) came in second with 2 Buoys on the 13m line.

Daniel Hearne builds up his competition experience

Daniel Hearne builds up his competition experience

Now it was time for the Open Battles. Diane Kirby (Meteor WSC) showed her consistency once again and came out on top with 3.25 Buoys on the 16m line. With our top seven Slalom Skiers lined up in Open Men, all eyes were on all seven as a mistake could pass the leaders baton to any in the line-up. Barry Galvin (Cork PB&WSC) was first off. As our unbeaten National Overall Champion, his weekend began with 2.5 Buoys on the 13m line – a very solid performance. Next came our National Record Holder, Rodney Watson (Meteor WSC). He ran the 12m line – and settled for 1.0 Buoys on the 11.25m line – to guarantee a great Final tomorrow. Jody Waterworth ((Meteor WSC), then set the cat amongst the pigeons !His score of 0.5 Buoys on the 12m line put him ahead of Barry Galvin and in 2nd place. Watch out for these three tomorrow !Youngsters Mark Scott, Daniel Hearne and Liam Fitzpatrick showed great promise and look very much the future champions in waiting.

Another Overall challenge for Barry

Another Overall challenge for Barry

It was just after the BBQ lunch when we moved on to Tricks. This time is was the U14 Boys Champion, Barry T Galvin (Cork PB&WSC) who actually set the highest score of all categories today !  Yes, nobody could catch him. His training in France last week really made a difference. His 4280 points score and spectacular Flips run left all in his wake. Barry, his father, clocked up the next best – in Open Men – with a score of 1530 points proving that apart from young Barry T, we are not really a Tricking Nation !

Rodney unbeatable again today

Rodney unbeatable again today

The day finished on the very impressive Lough Aghery Jump Ramp. With the ParaMedic crew on site, 16 Jumpers set their sights on their titles and in good water conditions, it was a thrilling afternoon. Robin Skelton (Stillwaters WSC), Geoff Clarke and Carl Cautley and Dominic Jameson and Daryl Higgins (Golden Falls WSC), all attended the Stephen Critchley Training Course this week at Golden Falls in County Kildare and performed well. (Daryl 25.8m, Robin 29.3m, Geoff 35.5m, Carl 36.2m and Dominic 37.0m) In the Open category, there was pride at stake. Our National Overall Champion Barry Galvin already had solid scores in Slalom and Tricks today and needed to impress in Open Men Jump. He left no doubts with the top score of 43.6m. With a slight tail wind, it was a bit testing but only Jody Waterworth could get close with 41.3m.  Again, this should be a cracking Final tomorrow – and GOOD LUCK to our Golden Falls Skiers..

SAM STANDS IN AS DRIVER ON SATURDAY MORNING – MARK AND RICHARD ON SUNDAY

Friday, July 23rd, 2010

WATERSKI NATIONALS LEAVE US A BIT SHORT OF DRIVERS – SAM AND MARK AND RICHARD SAVE THE DAY !

Saturday morning will be a challenge for our Skiers – but not at Golden Falls. Almost all will be up at Lough Aghery WSC  doing their best to bring some medals back home from the 2010 National Waterski Championships. As we don’t want to let our Members down, thanks to a small group of Club Drivers, we are almost covered !

Sam will drive on Saturday morning

Sam will drive on Saturday morning

‘Big Thank You to Sam Burke-Kennedy. He has kindly offered to be our Driver on Saturday from 09.30hrs till 14.30hrs. Give Sam a call if you plan to drop down so he know to expect you – 087 277 8932

Richard will be there on Sunday

Richard will be there on Sunday

‘Big Thank You to Mark Cassin and Richard Callaghan. Mark and Richard have kindly offered to be our Drivers on Sunday. Give Richard a call if you plan to drop down so they know to expect you – 087 933 7777. Sorry, we don’t have Mark’s Mobile number.

All are asked to take special care when using the Slalom / Jump Courses. Restoring Buoys makes everybody very cranky !

Have a great weekend – and watch out for National Championships news here on site