Thursday Sailing starts at 7.15pm. Please arrive in plenty of time to be on the water at 7.15pm.
The dinghy park will be open from 6pm. Briefing 6.45pm.
Where To Meet:
Please assemble at the Dinghy Park – Location map below
Saturday Sailing starts at 3.00pm. Please arrive in plenty of time to be on the water at 3.00pm.
The dinghy park will be open from 1.30pm. Briefing 2.30pm.
Where To Meet:
Please assemble at the Dinghy Park – Location map below
Sessions are organised from our dinghy park. The dinghy park is located on the sea front, 100m (approx) on the left down the gravel roadway to Dead Mans Beach. There will be some activity at our hangar before a session while members organise safety boats etc. If in doubt just ask around where the dinghy park is, you will find members very helpful. Both hangar and dinghy park locations are indicated on the map below.
View GalwayCitySailingClub.com in a larger map
The Optibats have arrived.
Please see this YouTube video for a rigging demonstration.
Bag Packing Fund Raising.
It’s time to swap launching trolleys for shopping trolleys, raise funds and not the main sail.. OK. OK… enough. This Friday & Saturday we are doing a bag pack at Dunnes Knocknacarra to raise funds for the club. To maximise our efforts we have decided to suspend sailing on Saturday and encourage as many members and friends as possible to help with the bag packing. We need all the assistance we can get so if you can spare any time to assist please do. As a family friendly club we would encourage you to get the whole family involved. Thanks to Fergal for organising the bag packing opportunity and to Netta for co-ordinating the sessions.
Bag Packing Sessions: Friday 4pm – 9pm and Saturday 10am – 6pm.
Just a few pics of our sailing session last Thursday night.
Thanks to Alan Delahunty for taking and sharing the photos with us.
A boat on port tack (the wind coming from the left, the boom on the right) gives way to one on starboard tack (wind from right, boom on left).
A boat on Starboard tack with right of way may shout ”Starboard” if you are on Port tack and they think you are about to get in their way.
A boat to windward (closest to where the wind is coming from) gives way to a boat to leeward (the boat further away from the wind).
At a mark, the boat on the inside, nearest the mark, will usually need to be given room to round the mark without hitting it or you!
These basic rules should prevent most collisions.
The Race Officer will set a course and will brief you on the day.
A typical course is a race around the three buoys in our sailing area with the start/finish line between the committee boat (rib with the Race Office and Flags) and the blue buoy.
Our starting sequence is as follows:
Sail back across the start/finish line to finish the race.
This guide is a available from our download page. It may help to print it out and put it in a waterproof cover for reference.
The International Sailing Federation (ISAF) have a published a one-page set of Introductory Rules for Racing designed to help newcomers to sail-boat racing. View Introductory Rules for Racing Here.
Informal Session – Club Friends & Prospective Members Welcome
To ease us into the season, we propose an informal session on Saturday where we can assess the fleet, examine access to the beach after the winter storms, generally get our bearings for the new season and of course get out for our first Sail of 2014.
It will be an ideal day for club friends and prospective members to drop down to find out more about the club.
We look forward to seeing you on Saturday from 1pm,
Galway City Sailing Club Committee
A very Happy New Year to you all, and I hope you have all survived the storms without damage.
Happily our dinghy park was most effective at protecting all the boats inside – not one damaged or moved. However the storm surge on the high tide last Friday has made the approach road to the beach impassable to vehicles, and has also ripped up the top of the beach the top part of which is now all stones: the sand is still there but it has been moved down the beach, hopefully it will have buried some of the low tide rocks!, ; also the access ramp will need reconstructing – not a difficult job. Until we get the road cleared and the access ok we will be unable to launch the dinghies. The slipway also is blocked by large stones and heavy concrete blocks. Hopefully it won’t be too long before it is all sorted – if we need a work party we will let you know. (Photos attached)
The pontoon access to Lough Atalia is also out of action – upside down under the bridge – , and the other pontoon has been blown down to the ‘G’ end of the Lough where it looks to be undamaged.
In the meantime it is AGM time again – formal notice in another email to members – friends are also invited and would be very welcome- Thursday 23rd January 8pm Harbour Hotel.
We have been allotted a grant of €2200 by the Galway City and County Sports Partnership specifically to help us set up sailing courses for children aged 7yrs up on Lough Atalia. We will need to come up with funding for at least two ‘Optibats’ or ‘Opimists’ ourselves and all the other equipment needed as soon as possible. If you know of the whereabouts of any Optibats or Optimists lying around unused that we could purchase please let me know. The new committee will be prioritising this project.
We had a very pleasant afternoon in Padraig’s Place before Christmas with copious amounts of mulled wine (purloined from the Roe ‘Cave’). Thanks to: Robert Delargy for his hospitality; Catherine Meagher for the food; to John Hendley and Catherine Meagher for the slide show; and to Cait and Colm O’Fatharta for the music; and to all who came along.
Thanking you all for making 2013 an enjoyable and successful year for the club, and very much looking forward to a new season,
The Galway City Sailing Club Christmas party will be held on Saturday 14th December from 4pm at Padraig’s Place, New Docks Road, Galway.
Members and friends welcome.
Congratulations to our teams in the ISA Powerboat Challenge held and hosted by us last Saturday. James Rattigan, Paraic O’Fatharta, Cathal McGuinness and Joe Meagher did us proud and came second overall, demonstrating their skills in boat handling, mooring, coming alongside and tying up, rescuing an upturned kayak, righting an upturned sailing dinghy and towing it ashore, and in effecting a lee-shore rescue.
The winners were our very good neighbours the 24th Galway Sea Scouts with Fionn Delahunty, Ciaran Jordan, Eamonn Murphy and Róisín Jordan – well done everybody. The third place went to a team from Galway Bay Sailing Club. Our team of Micael O’Fatharta, John McCole, Cait Ni Fhatharta and Lauren McCole competed well also demonstrating their skills in powerboat handling. Each member of the teams had to helm for at least one of the tasks so it was an excellent exercise especially for the juniors. The award for outstanding competitor went to James Rattigan – well done James!
Our thanks go to all the helpers – the judges, to Catherine for refreshments, to all who helped launch and retrieve the boats, and to all who came along to support the event. Thanks to Ciaran Murphy and Gail McAllister of the ISA for organizing the event – it’s a long way from Beara for Gail! – and to Pierce Purcell ISA Director for presenting the prizes. Also thanks to the Harbour Hotel for providing the space for the prize giving – we appreciate your continuing support. And the weather was great!
View photos here
or for more photos go to this site https://www.dropbox.com/sh/1ica7lnmfmm12q6/pnPR1GhCcq
We are still hoping to run an adult sailing course on the weekend of Nov 2nd/3rd if we get enough takers. Email John Hendley at firstname.lastname@example.org or myself at email@example.com asap if you or a friend are interested.
Sailing continues on Saturday afternoons – on the water by 3pm.
See you there?!
Nancy Roe – Secretary/PR