Galway Bay Sailing Club is based in Renville Oranmore, approximately 7 miles from Galway City. The club is renowned for the warm welcome it extends to its members and visitors alike. It organises and facilitates the racing and sailing of dinghies, cruisers and multihulls for adults and junior members. The club also offers training and instruction to adults, juniors and non-members. The clubhouse with bar and catering facilities opens on Sundays afternoons and also Tuesday and Wednesday nights from April to September to facilitate the various racing fleets During the remaining months it opens on Sundays for dinghy racing and on Wednesday nights for talks and social events.The club has played host to many successful Regional and National Regattas with racing taking place against the backdrop of beautiful Galway Bay. Follow us on facebook if you like.
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Usafety Summer 2015 Junior Race Challenge Gets Underway
Photo by Lisa Convery
Junior club racing got off to a flying start last Friday evening as 17 sailors joined battle for the first in a new handicap race series. Using the P-Echo handicap system, sailors, no matter what level of experienced they have, will have to just keep getting better if they want to walk away with the top prize. We are there to make sure they understand the signals and rules and to give them some one to one tuition if they need it. Why don't you join up and enter the competition? Next race warning signal at 1840 Friday 19th June. Optimists, Fevas, Topaz's, Lasers, Toppers are all welcome. €5 entry fee for club members when you register. Non-club members welcome too - please contact me for instructions. Latest results can be found here
Contact Marcel ( marcel.cure at gmail.com) for more information.
Galway Bay S.C. held the West's first Try Sailing last Sunday. A huge amount of people got on the water for the Irish Sailing Association 's new Try Sailing initiative which is part of an Access and Participation programme linked with Irish Water Safety, to promote water safety and sailing. Approx 175 were beginners who had never been on the water in Galway.
With approx. 30 oppies sailing, the sailiability fleet, teenagers in their fevas, 3 catamarans, a topaz, 3 cruisers and 8 RIBs plus a visit from the RNLI RIB, the bay was a hive of activity.
Irish TV.ie covered the day which will be broadcast on 15th June , the first day of IWS Watersafety Week ( see watersafetyzone.ie).
Below are just some of the comments we received.
"...we all had a wonderful time. We wished to thank all of you with whom we came into contact for the care, attention , courtesy and enthusiasm shown to us..."
"....I don´t want pass any longer without expressing my thanks for such a warm welcome that you and your team gave me at GBSC...."
A big thank you to all the sailors & volunteers who took part in making this a day to remember!
In conjunction with Try Sailing, Galway Bay Sailing Club are hosting an Open Day on Sunday 24th May. We are planning to have cruiser boats tied up alongside the pier so that people are welcome to hop on board and meet our sailors, maybe hoist a sail or learn how to tie a bow line!
Weather permitting there will to have cruisers, dinghys and multihulls available for those who would like to try out sailing, and powerboats to take people ‘out for a spin’. With our junior sailors participating in a parade of sail and our sailability sailors showing how it’s done for those with physical disabilities, it should be a wonderful sight to see all the different boats on the water!
GBSC can provide buoyancy aids for those who are tempted to experience the thrills and spills of the water.
There is something for everyone for all ages and all levels of fitness and all are welcome, from children and teenagers to adults and families.
Following on from the popular Sail Spree programme, the Irish Sailing Association (ISA) have launched Try Sailing for 2015. Try Sailing is a grass roots initiative to give ISA centres and clubs a national platform to give the Irish public access to fun and safe environments to give sailing a try. Giving newcomers the opportunity to discover the joys and thrills of sailing.
This is all happening Sunday 24th May from 10.00 – 3.00pm at Galway Bay Sailing Club, Renville, Oranmore. Hope to see you there!
The evening are getting longer, the daffodils are appearing and the days are warming up (ok maybe that last bit is stretching things!).
To celebrate the start of the sailing season we are having a splashdown party on Saturday April 25th.
This is the first in a series of parties we hope to hold this year and ALL are welcome.
Tickets will go on sale in the next couple of week and we will send a further update on how you can get yours in due course.
So remember, April 25th is party night!
March 30 Update - TAXI's ...
If you've already got your tickets - we have a special value fixed price taxi deal on the night thanks to John Murphy
City east of Corrib - to or from GBSC - €5.00pp based on 4 sharing
City west of Corrib - to or from GBSC - €6.00pp based on 4 sharing
Bookings: 091 535353 and make sure to mention John
OOD Rota for April 26th to end of July.
All dinghy sailors / crew will require to take their turn to do OOD.
|26 Apr||Pat I|
|28 Apr||Gerry D|
|12 May||Martin B|
|9 June||David C|
If you are unable to do you OOD slot please arrange a swap with someone else directly. Please inform RC Dinghies of dates and replacement.
GBSC members may have recently spotted three extremely pretty new arrivals to the dinghy park. These 2.4R mini-keelboats are the latest additions to the national Sailability fleet. The striking resemblance to America's Cup boats (pre '87) is no coincidence, as the design is modelled on the 12mr rule. Our thanks are due to Ciaran Murphy, who organised and delivered the boats, and to Mark Kelly, Walter McInerney & Oisin Higgins who spent many hours rigging them.
Yesterday was another exciting milestone for GBSC Sailability, with summer conditions for the much anticipated launch. Sailors were Mark Kelly, Gary Allen, Walter McInerney and a delighted Mark Henderson. The boat performed beautifully, proving very responsive and quick even in light conditions. Keep an eye out for us on the water, before all three boats leave for a stint at each of the Sailability clubs throughout Ireland.
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Tuesdays commence on 31st March in parallel with Sundays. The NOR's are in the Downloads section.
Its that time of the year again, and you are all probably very busy with you scrapers, spanners and paint brushes in preparation and anticipation of the season to come.
Rumor has it Capt RoN has invested in some new undies after all those close encounters last season the bleech just did not work this time around so in celebration of this and many other things, its time to take a night , let you hair down if you still have some left and join the AGM of the Nervous Novices for a few well earned Drinks and so Natter.
So I look forward to seen you all there for Official Count Down to Seasons Start.
Venue McSwiggan 7th March 830pm.
Due to a couple of late cry-offs we have a couple of slots available for crew if interested:
Dep La Rapita (near Palma, Majorca) Sat 20th Mar - Arr Almeria (near Malaga) Mon 23rd Mar 1 Berth
Dep Peniche (near Lisbon) Mon 30th Mar - Arr Camarinas (near La Coruna / Santiago De Compostella Wed 1st Apr 2 Berths
Dep Camarinas Thur 2nd Apr - Arr Crosshaven, Co Cork Sun 5th Apr 1 Berth
The Frostbite Dinghy Race Series starts Sunday 4th January. First race of up to three at 1430.
NOR in email / downloads section.
OOD Rota for January to End of March 2015
If you are unable to do you OOD slot please arrange a swap with someone else. Please inform RC Dinghies too.
The GBSC AGM will take place on Wednesday the 12th November at 8 pm.
Folks. Click here for video of slide show for the Dinghy Prizegiving 2014. As it slightly abstract the points below expand on the slides.
Slide 2: Thanking Ben for being RC Dinghies for most of the year. Then a slight gap. Then Eric comes to in to finish off the year.
Slide 3: Highlighting the numbers out sailing 'competitively', the low whiteboard numbers, and an increase in interest in the Monohull racing.
Slide 5: Whiteboat fleet winners.
Slide 6: Monohull fleet winners.
Silde 7: Recognition of Evelyns achievements this year. And Elaine Smyth's recent series win.
Side 8: Dart fleet winners.
Prize giving night will be on Wednesday the 5th of November. All welcome.
The annual GBSC Junior Regatta is on this Sunday the 2nd November and this year we will have children from age 7 to 17 participating in 7 different types of dinghies.
The Regatta is followed by the Junior Laying Up supper in the clubhouse with food and prize giving.
With first gun at 11am, we will be trying to get 4 races completed before coming ashore.
Fleets are divided into :-
Silver Fleet – For those of you who have started sailing recently and are improving. This fleet will have coaches encouraging and directing you to help you get around the race course. However to enter you must be able to sail independently around a triangular course.
Gold Fleet – This fleet is for optimist sailors who are actively sailing on the National Optimist circuit and for our sailability sailors in their Hanzas
Mixed fleet – This fleet will have a combination of RS Fevas, 420’s, Topper’s, Topaz’s and whatever else arrives on the day.
There will be prizes for 1st, 2nd and 3rd in each group as well as perpetual Trophies.
We welcome our friends from other sailing clubs to come and participate, but let us know as soon as possible so we can have enough support boats.
NOR is in downloads area or click here.
The first talk of the series kicks off on Thursday the 9th of October 7.30pm (sharp) and we are delighted to announce that this talk will be on the life and times of Commander Bill King. This talk was given recently during Heritage week in Bill's home Oranmore Castle.
Come early as this will be a popular talk. And as usual everybody is welcome to a talk that should not be missed.
Commander Bill King, who died aged 102, was the much-decorated, last surviving submarine captain of the second world war – he was in command of his first boat on day one and of his third when Japan surrendered. As a form of compensation for his years of underwater claustrophobia, he took up yachting, set out to sail solo round the world and succeeded at the third attempt.
King was born in Hampshire, the son of a Royal Engineers officer who was a lieutenant colonel with the Distinguished Service Order (DSO) and was killed on the western front in 1917. His mother sent Bill to Dartmouth naval college and his initial posting was on a battleship in the Mediterranean as a midshipman. His first taste of the submarine service, for which he volunteered, came in 1932 aboard HMS Orpheus on the China Station, where he was promoted to lieutenant. Almost four years later he became "number one", or executive officer on a support vessel. Short stints on two more boats led to the notorious "perisher" course for would-be submarine captains at Portsmouth, which he passed.
After four months on a depot ship, King was given his first submarine command, HMS Snapper, in April 1939. Sent on patrols in the North Sea, Snapper's first taste of warfare was a very near miss from a bomb dropped off Harwich, Essex, in December 1939 by the RAF. The boat limped into the harbour without major damage and in the following eight months King sank six enemy ships off Jutland, earning his first DSO in spring 1940, followed by the Distinguished Service Cross in autumn that year.
During this period he also ran the boat aground off the Dutch coast but managed to refloat her without damage. The customary inquiry did not lead to a court martial but an invitation to drinks with the First Lord of the Admiralty, Winston Churchill, not long before he became prime minister.
In 1941 King was posted to the new and larger, ocean-going HMS Trusty, of the T-class, for service in the Mediterranean. At the end of the year, Lieutenant Commander King and Trusty were assigned to the far east, just in time for the great Japanese onslaught in the Indian and Pacific oceans. Bombed but unhurt in Singapore, King found total chaos as the island faced being overrun by the enemy. On his own initiative he made two patrols in the South China Sea, without result. He briefly retreated to Surabaya in the Dutch East Indies (now Indonesia), before they too were overrun, to repair an oil leak in case it betrayed his boat to the enemy.
A return to the Mediterranean for five months in 1943, as second-in-command of the Beirut submarine base in his new rank of commander, led to a meeting with the writer Anita Leslie, whom he married in 1949.
After Beirut he was given another boat in the far east, the T-class Telemachus, on which he served out the war, sinking a troopship and a supply ship. He was awarded a bar to his DSO for a successful duel with the Japanese submarine I-166, which sank. In September 1945 he began his last naval posting as executive officer of the large submarine depot ship HMS Forth. He resigned from the service rather than return to submarines.
After the war, King moved to Ireland to farm and acquired a ruined castle at Oranmore on the west coast near Galway. He and his wife spent an extended honeymoon sailing round the West Indies before draining their 150 acres and starting an organic farm, regularly riding to hounds with the Galway Blazers, after whom his first yacht was named.
In 1968 King made his first attempt to circumnavigate the globe in the junk‑rigged Galway Blazer II in the first round-the-world yacht race, in which he was the oldest contestant. Although relishing the contrast with serving on submarines, he had to give up when a record storm dismasted his yacht and he was towed into Cape Town. He tried again in 1970 but was forced by illness to go ashore in Western Australia. He started again from Fremantle at the end of 1971. His yacht was rammed by a whale or huge shark, forcing him to make hair-raising repairs at sea and limp back to Fremantle, but he finally sailed into Plymouth after two years away.
This year we anticipate approx. 50 children involved sailing Optimists, Hanzas, Feva's Topaz's and more.
NOR is in downloads area or click here.
Please complete and return entry form as soon as possible.
Friday 3rd October weather update: The weather forecast for Sunday at this moment does not look promising and it is likely that we will postpone the Junior Regatta. We will make a final call on this tomorrow at 2pm.
Saturday 1400 update: Event is postponed due to weather.
Tuesday dinghy racing ended last night with the final race of the Late Summer Series. This comprised of 14 races over the past couple of months. This saw Denis, Eric, Evelyn, Tony, Mick, Elaine, Kevin, Gerry, Dave, Alan, John, Brendan take part. Darts series results with Eric, Evelyn and Tony taking 1st, 2nd and 3rd respectively. Gerry, Dave and Alan taking 1st, 2nd and 3rd respectively in the monohull fleet. And Denis taking first in the whiteboat fleet.
All racing will now be on Sunday afternoons with first race at 1430. NOR's wll be in download area shortly.
For a brief video of the US Naval Academy's Seaquester duriong the collision detection event click here. Conditions were very calm initially but then it filled in a little. Location was just outside harbour.
The Cong Galway Sailing Race was inaugurated 131 years ago in 1882 reportedly as a wager. Back then this was a race from the Royal Galway Yachting Club at Fisheries Field in Galway to Ashford Castle in Cong and back, a distance of 61.5 nautical miles. Today it takes the form of a 30 mile race from Lisloughrey Pier Cong to the Corrib Rowing and Yachting Club on Earl’s Island in the heart of Galway City. The Corrib Rowing and Yachting Club, which hosts the race annually, is itself steeped in sailing and boating history dating to its foundation in 1864 as a ‘club of Galway gentlemen’ based then in Waterside Woodquay.
The CRYC in association with GBSC are delighted to announce the annual Cong Galway Race which will take place on Saturday 20th September.
More details shortly in Downloads area.
Oh and no tides !
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- Moran's Cup this Saturday
- Island Eddy trip - Dinghies & Cruisers
- Friday evening Feva Sailing
- Information day
- RS Nationals - 8-10 August GBSC report
- RS Nationals - 8-10 August GBSC
- WIORA 2014 Round up
- Tribal sails to success at WIORA
- Hansa Nationals 2014 - Press Release
- Clean up this Thursday ...
- RC Dinghies departing ...
- Round Aran - 20th June
- WIORA & 199 mile OSM Race
- Themo King Summer Series
- Dinghy Park Fees
- GBSC hosts IMA Westerns 2014
- GoPro video of Darts on Tuesday...
- Open Day Sunday 4th May
- KoTB - Spring Cup & Splash down Party