July 13, 2015 · by admin · Club News, Sailing

Galway City Sailing Club are now are taking bookings for Adult Beginners Sailing Courses to be held on the weekends of 18/19th July, 25/26th July and 8th/9thAug.

Weekend Course
The course is a two day course 9.30 to 4.30 each day.

Cost
The cost will be €160 for non-members of the club and €110 for members.

Book Your Place
If you wish to book please email training@galwaycitysailingclub.com asap stating which weekend you wish to attend.

Further Details
Course details on our Adult Sailing Courses In Galway can be found here.

July 13, 2015 · by admin · Club News, Sailing

Galway City Sailing Club are now taking expressions of interest in a weekend Level 2 Adult Sailing Course.

Get Involved
Please email TRAINING@GALWAYCITYSAILINGCLUB.COM to register your interest.

Dates
Dates will be co-ordinated with those interested.

June 18, 2015 · by admin · Club News, Sailing
Try Sailing

Try Sailing

ISA calling upon Ireland to get the largest number of sailors on the water on the longest day of the year

Galway City Sailing Club is getting involved in the Try Sailing Challenge on Sunday June 21, 2015. We aim to have as many boats as possible in our fleet on the water.

Try Sailing Sunday 21 June
Meet: Noon at Dinghy Park
Sailing: Sail To Salthill for arrival 2.30pm ish.
Lunch: Sailors to bring a packed lunch for possible picnic.

We are looking at sailing the smaller boats in our fleet in our sheltered sailing area and possibly up to Spanish Arch should conditions allow. The larger boats will be taking part in a cruise to Black Rock in Salthill, again conditions allowing.

Try Sailing, an ISA initiative, is partnering with the National Water Safety Awareness Week.

June 16, 2015 · by admin · Sailing

Galway City Sailing Club On MeetUp.com

Galway City Sailing Club Youth Officer Erin shares her passion for Dinghy Sailing On The West Coast Of Ireland on Meetup.com

Dinghy Sailing On West Coast Of Ireland

Whether you have been sailing for years or haven’t had the chance to get your feet wet yet, nothing beats (in my opinion) getting out on the water on a lovely sunny weekend afternoon. On the West coast of Ireland we can’t always be guaranteed of warm sunny weather, but the great thing about dingy sailing it doesn’t really matter as long we don’t go out in strong Gale Force winds.

Sailing Gear

A wetsuit or a dry-suit and a buoyancy aid is all you need (hat, sunglasses, sunscreen, finger-less gloves, cag {rain/wind proof jacket} and booties are optional but recommended), to protect yourself from the elements. Swimming ability isn’t required as you will spend most of the time above water unless the boat capsizes in which case your buoyancy aid keeps you afloat (some even consider capsizing as part of the fun!). A safety boat is on hand at all times to “bail” you out of trouble!

Meet, Socialise & Learn From Experienced Sailors

Sailing is considered an expensive hobby what with the cost of boats, boat maintenance and berthing fees (parking spaces for boats). If you are lucky enough to have your own boat we have a boat park for members. A sailing club allows anyone regardless of their experience to get out on the water without needing to have their own boat, for a very low membership fee, which helps maintain the boats. It also enables you to meet and socialize and learn from more experienced sailors so you can become more confident in your own abilities or learn new skills. All skill levels are welcome. Love being near the water but don’t want to go out on the water, prefer to watch from the comfort of the shore, that is fine by us, we are very glad to have shore people and any capacity you feel you can help out will be appreciated.

Open For Membership: All Welcome

Galway City Sailing Club aims to promote and facilitate the sport of sailing in the community of Galway City and surrounds, with special emphasis on families and youths including the disadvantaged or disabled and those with no previous experience of the sport. Galway City Sailing Club is a new dinghy sailing club based at the Galway Ocean Sports Club in the Galway Harbour Enterprise Park. We are open for membership, all welcome.

Happy Sailing,
Erin

Visit Our MeetUp.com page:
http://www.meetup.com/Galway-City-Sailing-Club/

June 6, 2015 · by admin · Club News, Sailing

There are three places left on our Youths Sailing course on Mon 8 June – Fri 12 June for boys and girls. Please email: training@galwaycitysailingclub.com to reserve a place.

Course Information

ISA Courses offered: Cara na Mara, Start Sailing, Basic Skills & Improving Skills.

Note: It may not be possible to cover all the syllabus for Basic Skills or Improving Skills in one week, however we will be able to sign off aspects of the syllabus achieved in the participants log book.

Location: In the city centre at Galway City Sailing Club (@Galway Ocean Sports Club)

Age groups: 7-11 & 11-18

Fee Members: €125

Fees Non-Members: €150

Equipment Used: Topper Topaz Dinghies for Youth Sailing & Optibats for Junior Sailing

What to Bring: Wetsuit, Warm clothing (fleece, hat), Youths (11-18 years) – bring buoyancy aid if you can.

Instruction: Instruction will be provided by an ISA Senior Instructor and the course will be run in accordance with Irish Sailing Association Guidelines.

April 17, 2015 · by admin · Club News

Sailing This Saturday – On The Water at 3pm
Our maintenance programme was completed this week. We now have our topaz dinghies ready to go. A BIG thanks to Colm & Michael for all their good work. Sailing will start at 3pm, please arrive in plenty of time to get yourself prepared.

Safety Boat Rota Published
The safety boat rota for April & May has been published. Rota can be viewed here.

Shore Officer Volunteers Wanted
Possibly one for non sailing members and or parents. If you would like to volunteer to assist on the shore please let us know at your next sailing session. You can read about what is involved here.

 

February 26, 2015 · by admin · Club News

Galway City Sailing Club: Sailing Programme & Event Calendar 2015

Galway City Sailing Club Thursday Evening Sailing Sessions

Galway City Sailing Club Thursday Evening Sailing Sessions

Packed Programme

This years programme includes the clubs Women On The Water initiative, a joint Transition Year Sailing Programme in partnership with Moneenageisha School, ISA Certified Adult Sailing Courses and ISA Certified Sailing Courses for Children & Junior sailors. Plus the club will be holding open days to welcome prospective members to the club, show them around the facilities and give taster sailing and power boat trips.

The packed programme also includes Thursday & Saturday Sailing Sessions, Dinghy Sailing Races, Dinghy Cruises and the clubs annual participation in the Cong – Galway Race. More items, such as Power Boat Training will be announced as dates are confirmed.

City Centre Location & Membership Benefits

All this from our Galway City Centre Location at Galway Ocean Sports Club. The club is open for membership, full membership details can be found here.

> Galway City Sailing Club Membership Benefits

> Sailing Programme & Club Calendar 2015

December 6, 2014 · by Club Secretary · Club News

Newsletter – December 4th 2014.

Hello Member or Friend,

  • The club Annual General Meeting will be held on Friday January 16th in the Cottage bar in Lower Salthill. The AGM will be followed by a social evening so please make a note in your diaries not to miss this one. More information nearer the day.
  • At the AGM we will be electing the club officers for the 2015 season – please consider volunteering – the more people that help the easier it is for everyone and the more likely the club is to succeed.
  • We have been awarded a grant by Galway Sports Partnership towards a programme directly aimed at getting more girls and women to join in the sailing. In the early spring we will be looking for 6 women/girls to take a powerboat course to ISA level 2 at a discounted cost. Then, later on, we will be running sailing courses for 24 women and girls. We would hope that some of the participants would come from disadvantaged schools and areas, and will be publicising the courses in DEIS schools and in the RAPID areas. If you know of anybody who would like to do the powerboat course ask them to contact me (Nancy Roe) for more information.
  • The year has been very successful with adult and teenage courses run using the club Topaz dinghies and also children’s courses in the new Optibat dinghies. We have also been given some older Optibats which were surplus to Dingle Sailing Clubs requirements, and we should be able to rig six of these for use next season.
  • The general club sailing is still continuing on Saturday afternoons– we have a few hardy enthusiasts! – and we have sailed every Thursday evening and Saturday during the spring and summer. It would be good if we could have some more formal sailing in the form of races – nothing too intense! – and we will be looking for volunteers to help run the racing. If you would like to get involved in the club but don’t necessarily want to sail this could be for you – non-sailors membership is only €30/yr
  • Seven club boats took part in the Cong–Galway race in September – an admirable entry and a good day was had by all. Congratulations to James Rattigan and his crew who were in the prizewinners.
  • Many thanks to all the club members who manned the safety boats during the year – without you there would be no club! Members also took part in safety boat training sessions provided by Ciaran Oliver of Galway Boat Charters. We hope to organize more of these courses in the New Year.
  • Also in the New Year it is hoped to have a few evenings of talks/ information – any ideas welcome.
  • In the meantime wishing you and your families a Very Happy Christmas .

Nancy Roe

Secretary/Treasurer

Galway City Sailing Club

roenancy9@gmail.com

info@galwaycitysailingclub.com

086 667018

September 15, 2014 · by admin · Club News, Sailing

This week there is NO ADULT SAILING ON SATURDAY. Junior coaching will continue as usual.

The reason we have no Adult sailing on Saturday is that we will be entering teams in this years annual Cong – Galway Sailing Race.

Time Table – Saturday 20 September:

8.00 am Bus leaves Corrib Rowing & Yachting club

9.30 am Briefing for sailors at Lisloughrey

10.30 am Cruisers assemble & depart Lisloughrey

11.00 am Main fleet boats depart Lisloughrey

12.30-1.00pm Arrival at Killbeg Pier

12.30-1.30pm Lunch at Killbeg Pier

2.00pm Start of second leg of race.

3.30pm-4.30pm Finish at Corrib Village Pontoon

4.00pm-5.00pm Arrival at Club House

5.00pm-6.30pm Barbeque at Club House

6.00pm Prize giving at Club House

7.00pm-late Music and dancing at Club House

 

Note: Boats will need to be transported to Lisloughrey on Friday evening.

Race Rules and Entry Form are available on the Corrib Rowing & Yachting club website.  Entry fee is €60 for crewed boats and €40 for single entrants.

September 3, 2014 · by Club Secretary · Club News

Newsletter – September 3rd 2014.

Hello,

  • First of all – many congratulations to John Hendley and Theresa on the safe arrival of baby Holly last Friday – a sister for John jnr.
  • Other good news – after the disappointment of not being granted a Sports Capital Grant, the Galway Sports and Agricultural Society has given us a very generous grant of €10 000 towards the purchase of a 2nd club RIB for safety boat duties. At present the club has only the one safety boat: the Humber that our excellent team of youngsters won in the 2011 RIB Challenge. For a second safety boat we are relying on loans: the small Rigiflex lent by the Roe family, and the loan of an older RIB from the Killeen family. In order to purchase a new, or very good 2nd hand, safety boat and engine we will have to add to the €10k by fundraising over the winter. Hopefully club members and friends will rally to the cause.
  • The purchase of the six new Optibats in July was made possible by a grant of €2000 from the Galway Sports Partnership towards children’s sailing; by a successful bag packing effort (many thanks to all who came and packed bags and to the generous shoppers!); and a Galway City Council Sports Club grant which helped pay for club running expenses in 2013 and so freed up membership fees to enable us to buy the Optibats.
  • We have had a busy summer for Youth and Children’s sailing running two 5 day courses for the children and one for the Youths. Also the youths were offered instructor led sessions during normal club times. We have also availed of two safety boat courses with Sail Galway Bay which were fully subscribed to by adult members.
    We ran an Adult Start Sailing course in July and also ran a course for Army cadets.
    Graham Daly was the Senior Instructor for all these courses, ably helped at various times by Fionn Delahunty, Ciaran Jordan, Aaron O’Reilly, Cian Walsh, Paraic O’Fatharta and by James Rattigan, Conor Greaney and Eamonn Murphy on the water. The parents of the youths and children also gave great support on the shore, as did Bobby Coughlan.
  • The youth sessions on Thursdays and Saturdays in July and August were only sporadically attended with a subsequent loss to the club which was committed to pay the instructor. In future we will need to have a more definite structure to these sessions.
  • The children’s sailing camps were a great success and some of the children and their parents will be continuing with Saturday sessions in the Optibats with Fionn in September. To pay for the instruction there is a charge for these sessions of €5 with a pre-paid commitment for a number of weeks requested.
  • We are intending to run more racing practice on the Thursday and Saturday sessions, Johnny Murphy has been busy laying more buoys, and Dave Vinnell of GBSC has offered to coach some of our shore helpers in race starting etc. Racing round a course is a good way to improve the sailing skills and fun too. Youths who have Start Sailing skills or equivalent are encouraged to join in.
  • The Cong – Galway race is being held on Saturday Sept 20th and club members will be taking part. More information soon.
  • GBSC will be holding a Junior regatta at Rinville on Sunday Sept. 28th and our juniors are invited to take part. Could an adult/parent volunteer to organise a group for that day? – contact Nancy, details below.
  • Galway Sports Partnership are running three Code of Ethics – Child Aware courses on Monday 8th Sept, or 13th Oct ,or 10th Nov. Anybody helping with juniors in the club is encouraged to attend one of these sessions they are very enlightening and helpful– more details from Nancy, details below.
  • There have been enquiries about another adult weekend course. If you are interested, or know of anybody who would be interested, please contact training@galwaycitysailingclub.com

Wishing you all a fair Autumn with good sailing,

 

Nancy Roe

Secretary/Treasurer

Galway City Sailing Club

roenancy9@gmail.com

info@galwaycitysailingclub.com

086 6670180

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