March 4, 2014 · by admin · Club News

We are pleased to announce that we are launching our sailing season this Saturday afternoon, March 8, from 1pm

sailing-session_590x291Informal 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

January 8, 2014 · by Club Secretary · Club News
The beach!

The beach!

The shore road looking west from the dinghy park.

The shore road looking west from the dinghy park.

Lough Atalia pontoon up side down!

Lough Atalia pontoon up side down!

An intruder on the slipway - some wave power!

An intruder on the slipway – some wave power!

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,


December 12, 2013 · by admin · Club News

Christmas Party Invite 2013The 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.

October 26, 2013 · by Club Secretary · Club News



View shared dropbox photos here

ISA Official Report

View report on ISA website

Video made by Bellacragher Bay Boat Club

October 25, 2013 · by Club Secretary · Club News


Powerboad Challenge 2013 Award

Powerboad Challenge 2013 Award

Hello Members,

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

Adult Sailing Course

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 or myself at asap if you or a friend are interested.

Saturday Sailing

Sailing continues on Saturday afternoons – on the water by 3pm.
See you there?!

Nancy Roe – Secretary/PR

October 23, 2013 · by admin · Club News

Gallery of photos taken during the ISA Powerboat Challenge

October 17, 2013 · by admin · Club News

Galway City Sailing Club to host ISA Powerboat Challenge 2013

Galway City Sailing Club is pleased to announce that we are hosting this years ISA Powerboat Challenge on Saturday 19 October 2013.

Of a total of six teams, we have two teams in the competition. Having won the competition in 2011 the pressure is well and truly on us. Members and Friends are encouraged to attend to support our teams.

Teams: ISA Powerboat Challenge 2013

  • GCSC Team 1 – Captain Johnny Murphy
  • GCSC Team 2 – Captain Nancy Roe
  • GBSC Team 1 – Captain John Murphy
  • GBSC Team 2 – Captain Stan O’Reilly
  • Bellacragher – Captain Seamus Butler
  • Galway Sea Scouts – Captain Alan Delahunty


10:00 – Launching and preparation

11:00 – Briefing

12:00 – Start tasks. There are six to take 30minutes each.

16:00 – Prize Giving at Harbour Hotel Galway


You can download the tasks here: ISA Powerboat Challenge 2013 Tasks.
Please note this is a guide as not all the tasks are included in the challenge.


October 2, 2013 · by Club Secretary · Club News

Newsletter – September 30th 2013

Hello Members,

It’s June since the last newsletter, time filled sailing in the loveliest of weather. We have run two weeks of Junior sailing camps – much enjoyed by all the youngsters , and their sailing skills (and swimming skills! –deliberate most of the time) improved mightily. Thanks to our instructors Graham, Fionn, Deirdre and Aoibheann, and to Paraic and all the parents for their support.

We were represented in the Cong – Galway race by John Hendley’s Topper Sport, John McCole in his new Topaz Magno, Jakub in a Topaz, Micael O’Fatharta in his 420, Fergal Diviney lent his Dart to our Commodore Johnny Murphy, and Fionn was in a club Topaz. At least 6 youngsters were involved crewing the various dinghies.

Jakub crewed for Yannick of West Sails in the International Moth championships in Dun Laoghaire and they won – well done!

In the meantime Thursday evenings proved very popular and Saturday afternoons also with 11 dinghies out regularly. Thanks to all who manned the safety boats and continue to do so.

The junior sessions on Saturday afternoons with Fionn have been a great success continuing the development of the Junior’s skills – a force 5 is now just great fun!

Saturday afternoon sailing continues into the winter and last Saturday saw our first dinghy cruise – with the easterly winds Renville was the destination and four boats made the voyage. James Rattigan provided the safety boat cover and a pleasant sail was had by all.

The Topaz dinghies have proved very popular being easy to rig and launch. They have suffered some mishaps – torn sails and mast failures which have been costly to repair.

The club has entered two teams in the ISA powerboat challenge to take place in Galway on Sat Oct 19th. We are hosting the event – our first time as hosts to any event. More news on that later.

All in all a successful summer season. Ideas for the autumn and winter besides Sat sailing as usual, include schools team racing, adult courses, and fund raising – we still haven’t any boats suitable for the younger children – suggestions welcome.

Nancy Roe – Secretary/PR

Download Summer Newsletter 2013 PDF

August 28, 2013 · by admin · Club News, Sailing

Jakub celebrates his 4th place in the Cong Galway race 2013

Jakub celebrates his 4th place in the Cong Galway race 2013

This year saw the largest thus far from Galway City Sailing Club in the annual race from Cong to Galway.

Six boats from the club entered the race with a good mix of Juniors and adult members. The overall entry of 25 was made up of dinghies, cats, a Flying 15 and 5 windsurfers making a return after many years.

As we waited on the pier in Lisloughrey on Saturday morning we wondered whether there would be enough wind to take us to Galway, some making a last minute check to see if they had the requisite tow rope!

Our prayers were answered as the wind began to fill in from the South West and come up to a nice Force 3, bringing plenty of moisture with it.

Race Officer Eddie Cats ably assisted by GBSC Commodore David Vinnell set a windward mark to be left to port with Inchagoill Island to starboard.

Tim Breen and Niall Kidd on the F18 Hobie Tiger set the pace off the line leaving the rest of the fleet behind, however some early gains were quickly lost in the shifty breeze in the lee of Inchagoill.

The fleet at this stage had begun to break up into groups with the Tiger leading, Astrid and Ben leading the Dart16s which were quite closely bunched and the leading dinghy of Jack Lee & Ciaran Jordan not far behind on their 420.

John Hendley & Cait on their Topper Sport 14 and John McCole & daughter Lauren (Topper Magno) did well in the conditions in trying to beat to windward without the benefit of trapeze, with Jakub Gajewski and Fionn Delahunty on the slower club Topaz Unos sailing well up to their PY handicap ratings.

Tim Breen and Niall Kidd were first into Kilbeg in 1 hour 15 minutes, with the Darts coming in 15 munutes later. Johnny Murphy & Colm were first GCSC boat into Kilbeg on a Dart16, being pipped for the line by Niall McLoughlin & Dee McGrath also sailing a Dart 16.

As ever the Corrib Rowing and Yachting club fed us well with hot soup, sandwiches and tea on the pier at Kilbeg, with Murphy’s Bar providing a little more shelter and comfort.

The second half of the race resumed with a nice steady breeze from the South West, the eight strong Dart16 fleet being closely bunched as they entered the ‘narrows’ with lots of tacking duels taking place as boats vied for the best angle to get through the markers setting out the ‘old steamers route’ down the Corrib, which the race has been following for over a hundred years.

As the fleet left the narrows and entered lower Lough Corrib all that was left to do was keep up the speed until reaching the ‘cut’ at the top of the river Corrib, whereupon the race starts once more as the wind becomes very flukey and gusty in the river as the the fleet sails down towards the finish at Menlo castle. The race can easily be won and lost here.

Line honours were taken by the Tiger of Tim, followed by Ben and Astrid on Dart16 and Dee McGrath (GCSC & GBSC) and Niall on a Dart16, who had shown Johhny Murphy & Colm a clean pair of heels on the second leg.

Jakub took an overall 4th place and an impressive second place on handicap in leg 2!…proving that the race is there to be won can be won on a Topaz!!!

Overall Results on corrected time: 1st – Ben Lodge & Astrid (Dart16), 2nd – Tim Breen & Niall Kidd (Tiger), 5rd – Jack Lee & Ciaran Jordan.

Best Galway City Sailing Club results was Jakub Gajewski in 4th place overall (2nd place leg 2) sailing a club Topaz Uno – well done Jakub!

All of the club sailors sailed well and did themselves proud in finishing the race after many hours on the water, including the club juniors Colm O’Faharta, Lauren McCole, Padraic O’Faharta and Cait Ni Faharta.

Overall results for the race can be viewed at Cong Galway Overall Results 2013.

Thanks to everyone in the club for their helping in getting everyone to the start line, especially Ger Moyles.

Well done

Johnny Murphy

Results – Cong Galway Overall Results 2013.
Photos – Photos of this years race can be seen here.

August 12, 2013 · by admin · Sailing

Many thanks to club member Jakub for the photos of a lively Saturday afternoon sailing session.

Junior and Senior Sailing Sessions – 10 August 2013

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