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Team HALLMARK in Clifden Bay 2009
Overall Winners of the 'Clifden Regatta' 2009

Left to right: Tom Davis, Ian Shanahan, Damian Ward, Jackie Ward,
Barry Ward, Mike Coohill and Mike Davis
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Clifden Regatta 2009
After hosting the 'West Coast Championships' for two consecutive years, Clifden boat Club were well prepared for their 2009 local regatta on the 8th and 9th of August. The organising team worked hard in the months coming up to the event, to ensure that this somewhat smaller event was still run with the same precision and high standard that they had set for themselves. Even in times of financial difficulty, there was great support for this event from the businesses of Clifden town, and for this, both the Clifden Boat Club and the event's competitors are truly greatfull.

Galway Bay Sailing Club was well represented, with twelve of the fleet of twenty two yachts racing in Clifden Bay for the weekend. Crews also travelled from Mayo, Foynes and Kilrush to take part in this exciting event. The fleet was split into two classes and were scheduled to compete in four races over the two days. With Galway Bay Sailing Clubs Dave Vinnell heading the Race Committee, racing commenced on scheduled and we managed to get in our four races with winds varying from very light breeze and sunshine on Saturday to rather heavy winds on Sunday which made for an interesting coastal race, which saw the fleets racing around the picturesque Crough Island and High Island.

Winds were high but so were spirits, as the final prize giving kicked off in the Clifden Boat Club House. Galway Bay Sailing Clubs' 'Optique' triumphed overall in Echo, taking home the Perpetual 'Kingstown Cup' and Clifdens own 'Hallmark', skippered by Jackie Ward and his crew came out on top, winning the overall on IRC and leaving with the infamous 'Clifden cup'. Well done to all that took part in the event. Detailed results can be found at www.clifdenboatclub.com

Clifden Boat Club are already looking forward to the 2010 sailing season, and hope to see more getting involved in this exciting sport.
Bobbi O Regan Clifden Boat Club Hon. Secretary


Our Super-tender
Click here
to read an article
published on
20th August 2008
in the
Galway Independent
Newspaper
about Jackie in the
"Me and the Sea"
Section

The Schemeatics
of our new Spinaker
Team HALLMARK in Tralee Bay 2009
Class 3 Winners of the 'ICRA National Championships' 2009


Left to right: Tom Davis, Barry Ward, Damian Ward, Jackie Ward, Mike Coquil and Mike Davis.
Click here to read an article published by the 'Connemara View' newspaper,
July 2009, called "Hallmark Continues Winning Ways"... up to the Nationals.
Team HALLMARK 2008
Overall Winners of the 'Dubarry West Coast Superleague' 2008

Back Left to Right: Mike Davis, Ian Shanahan, Damian Ward, Jackie Ward,
Mike Coquil, Barry Ward, Tom Davis, Front: James Kane.


The various spinakers used in the various winds (left to right: Heavy Airs, Medium Airs, Light Airs)
And last but not least, our new for 2009 light airs spinaker, which we are now pushing to the medium airs too.
Click here to read the full article on Hallmark's success in the Superleague 2007

Team HALLMARK 2007
Overall Winners of the 'Dubarry West Coast Superleague' 2007

Left to right:
Mathieu Hussenot, Mike Coquil, Tom Davis, Jackie Ward, Damian Ward, Michael Walsh of Dubarry, Barry Ward and Ian Shannahan.

HALLMARK
at Foynes Regatta '07
followed closely by BATTLE,
who got 2nd overall,
in the Superleague 2007.

After six months of racing
it was down to the last race,
of the last event,
between
Hallmark and Battle.
Some of the best racing
we've had.

Team HALLMARK 2006
Class 3 Winners of the 'Dubarry West Coast Superleague' 2006


The Team from left to right ...
Allan Pryce, Mike Coquil, Tom Davis, Damian Ward,
Jackie Ward,
Michael Walsh of Dubarry,
Mathieu Hussenot, Barry Ward and Ian Shannahan.