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 .
Galway City Sailing Club
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.
Newsletter – September 3rd 2014.
- 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 firstname.lastname@example.org
Wishing you all a fair Autumn with good sailing,
Galway City Sailing Club
Photos from powerboat training session held on a sunny Saturday in Galway. The session included a trip to the Galway Lifeboat Station.
Thursday Sailing Session
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 Session
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
Hangar & Dinghy Park Locations
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.
The Task Ahead
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.
With our sailing season gaining momentum it is probably worth refreshing ourselves on racing rules:
What rules do I need to know?
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.
What course do I sail?
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.
How do I start?
Our starting sequence is as follows:
- 5 minutes to start – hoot of horn and 1st (warning) flag up.
- 4 minutes to start – hoot of horn and 2nd (preparatory) flag up. This will be a blue flag with a white square in the centre.
- 1 minutes to start – hoot of horn and 2nd (preparatory) flag down
- The start – hoot of horn and 1st flag down and the race is on.
Where is the finish?
Sail back across the start/finish line to finish the race.
Dinghy Racing Beginners Guide
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.
Rules Of Racing Video
Racing Rules explained – Rule 10 – Port and Starboard
We are pleased to announce that we are launching our sailing season this Saturday afternoon, March 8, from 1pm
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