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.
The panorama photograph topping the website was taken in the early afternoon of the 4th May 2013 on the pier during the Sail Spree event and exemplifies various club activities including acknowledging the support from the Galway RNLI. Link to more detailed image.
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Just a reminder that the introduction to sailing course starts next 12th March Wednesday at 8pm ( that’s a real 8pm not the normal Wednesday evening talk 8pm), and we have a good selection of presenters with some new faces this year.
We still have some places left, so please get a friend or work mate to come along and sign up.
We have three offers:
1. Anyone sponsored by a member can get €20 discount so only have to pay €140 which could then be credited against membership.
2. Need only pay at the end of the evening if they decide to continue.
3. The sponsoring member will get a free bottle of wine the week after.
This course is free to members so if there are any non-sailing family members want to give it a try please come along as well.
A picture paints a 1000 words.
Just a reminder that Feva sailing will be on this Sunday 9th March as usual.
Arrive: 11.30 - rigging, changing and pre-session briefing
On the water: 12.30 approx.- sailing exercises and races
Off the water: 2.00 approx.- De-rigging & Briefing
Please let me know by return if your teen will be attending.
This evening the winter talk will be presented by Stephen Mullaney.
It's called Rigging and Sailing Solutions.
It will be a general disussion looking at how to make sailing safer, easier and faster. It will also cover all aspects of rigging and sailing equipment.
There will be prizes and promotions on the night !
Photographed at the IMA Ball last Saturday - Yannick, Pierce, Dave and Lorriane. Yannick and his company Westsails/Quantum Sails sponsored one of the main awards for the top junior sailor in Ireland.
Please extend a warm welcome to Evelyn Dowling, who has joined the GBSC committee in the capacity of PRO.
Evelyn is one of our top DART helms in the club and we wish her well. Evelyn will be delighted to hear from you if you have any ideas to enhance GBSC's profile in the media.
Dave Whitehead, a founding member of GBSC, will give Wednesday evenings talk which look at the climate form a geologists perspective.
Dave was key in bringing the club to Rinville and until recently sailed and raced Frantic from the club.
See you Wednesday evening at 8pm.
The ISA announced today that GBSC is one of the four nominees for the ISA Mitsubishi Club of the year. The winner of the award will be announced at the ISA Awards Ball in Dun Laoghaire on Saturday 1st March.
So it would be great to see a bunch of our members at the conference and awards dinner. The Club has won this award in the past when Aine Nolan was Commodore, so lets hope it returns this year.
Please also see message from Pierce Purcell below.
Congratulations Galway Bay Sailing Club on being nominated for The ISA Mitsubishi Club Of The Year for its considerable achievements . Hoping the Committee and as many members can attend The Awards ceremony in Dun Laoghaire on Sat 1st March for a great night . The West is up against Howth Y.C , Kinsale Y.C., and Skerries S. C. Take a bow GBSC !
Pierce Purcell. Director ISA
Wed 05 Feb at 8 pm: John Draper of the Irish Coast Guard, Malin Head hopes to make the talk very focused on the technology employed by the Coast Guard in Search and Rescue and provide some live working examples of the technology they use.
He will also be talking on the following points:
- Overview of the IRCG
- Importance of TRs (traffic Reports)
- Applying for Radio Licence and MMSI number
- EPIRB – PLB registration
- AIS – LRIT and SAR Map
- Safetrx and Registering and using Safetrx
- Small Craft and Ships Register
This would be a great evening for all Skippers & Crew to attend as you will gain valuable information which can be practically applied.
You might be interested in CSS talk next Fri Feb 7th by Jarlath Cunnane and Michael Brogan of Northabout polar circumnavigation on their latest trip through White Sea Canal. Talk n finger food at Builin Blasta, Spiddal Ceardlann, 7.45pm.
The White Sea – Baltic Sea Canal, often abbreviated to White Sea Canal is a ship canal in Russia opened on 2 August 1933. It connects the White Sea with Lake Onega, which is further connected to the Baltic Sea.
€12 a head foe adults and €5 for kids under 12.
Contact Lorna Siggins ( +353 (87) 283 5909) by Tuesday if you wish to attend.
The bar will be closing early at 5pm today due to no power in the clubhouse.
Tonight Wednesday the 15th January, will be a talk by Johnny Shorten of the Galway Afloat cruising initiative. Talk commences at 8.30pm.
It has come to my attention that "some so called sailors" have been a bit promiscuous in the off season and have been seen sailing "Out of Hours" and taking advantage of the mild atmospheric conditions that have been prevailing recently.
I must point out to you that this is not fair on the other sailors who's boats are a bit like there owners are "Laid Up" for long periods.
It is reported that not alone did they sail to Newquay for a Christmas "Crowded" , but that all sorts of other "Merriment" was taking place on board, making the decadent days of the Roman Empire seem like an episode of Bosco.
Please read below regarding the annual clean up of Rinville Beach this Saturday 11th January 2014, starting at 10.30 am.
Happy New year to One and All form your local Tidy Towns Committee
I am sure ye are all aware of the amount of Plastic and Rubbish that has washed on to the shoreline at Rinville Beach, Oranmore in the recent storm.
In conjunction with Conservation Volunteers Galway, The Marine Institute, and the Sailing Club we are hoping to round up Volunteers to give us a hand to clean up the area and restore it to its natural beauty.
The time is 10.30 am on Saturday the 11th January and we would be most grateful if you can help out for an hour or two. The more hands the lighter the work, every little bit helps. We will supply Bags, Gloves and some pickers. but if you have a picker please bring one with you. Please wear wellingtons and suitable wet weather gear. Please spread the news. Yours Respectfully
Don't forget Laying Up Supper tomorrow night - unless ...
Laying Up Supper is this coming Saturday the 30th November. Tickets can be got from Caroline Higgins. Cost is €50.00.
Venue is the Salthill Hotel music will be by Da Derga followed late in to the night by DJ.
All Dart / Dinghy / Topaz sailors be prepared - racing as usual at 1430 on Sunday with a high tide of 4.9m at 15:42, wind looks like it will be forgiving !
And if anyone else fancies a cure - ask the dinghy folks on the night for a crew position.
And it was a great night last year enjoyed by all.
The following form the 2013/2014 committee, following the AGM on the 13th November.
Commodore - Dave Vinnell
Vice Commodre - Lorraine Scully
Secretary - Astrid Plass
Treasurer - Conor Owens
RC Cruisers - Liam Burke
RC Dinghies - Ben Lodge
RC Junior / Youth - Conor Lyons
Ordinary Member 1 - Gerry Caffrey
Ordinary Member 2 - Gerard Hogan
Ordinary Member 3 - Paul McLoughlin
Ordinary Member 4 - Caroline O'Reilly
Ordinary Member 5 - John Collins
Ordinary Member 6 - Johnny Murphy
Best of Luck.
The overall results for the year announced at prize giving are as follows:-
Other notable achievements were Evelyn Dowling winning the Summer series over 17 races amongst the best of us, and Tom Cullen doing exceptionally well as Junior Crew on the IMA circuit.
Editors note: And another great achievement with Ben and Astrid winning the Cong Galway this year in a Dart.
Please note there a number of Irish Sailing Association regional meetings this coming week. These are a great opportunity to meet sailing people from regional clubs and also meet the ISA staff who look after our interests at regional , National and International level. These meetings are open to you as a member of the club and it would be great to have a representative from the different interests which make up our club particularly if you have any suggestions or opinions on how the association works on your behalf.
The Galway meeting takes place on Wed 27th Nov at 6.30pm in the new Loughrea Hotel. (not where it was held last year). The Sligo meeting takes place on Tues 26th Nov in the Sligo Park Hotel at 6.30pm and if this suits anyone I would be glad to take anyone who cant make the Loughrea meeting. I have room for two and can pick up at The Maldron Hotel.
By getting a few people to Sligo, it will keep the club in touch with sailors from Westport, Sligo and further North as well as training establishments and generate ideas and contacts.
I hear WIORA ( West of Ireland Offshore Racing Association) annual meet takes place on Thursday in Clare and will be represented by Liam Burke the new R.C. Cruisers, so its a busy sailing week with the ISA Dinghy Forum on in Dun Laoghaire next Sat as well as our own Laying Up Supper in The Salthill Hotel. Last Sat ICRA (Irish Cruiser Racing Ass) annual meeting took place in The Royal St George Y.C. Dun Laoghaire and was well represented by Liam Burke Martin Breen, Nigel Moss ,Nial Thornton, Brian Forde as well as Club Commodore David Vinnell all working towards hosting WIORA in Galway in 2015. Please try and make one of the above
Tonight Wednesday the 30th October, will be a talk by Yannick on 2 handed racing. Talk commences at 8.30pm
This will cover the following:
•2-Handed: AG2R (Figaro1), TJV Training (Class40 Akilaria), Round Ireland (Figaro2), Fastnet (Figaro2) ~20000NM
•What makes it different:
•Responsible for your co-skipper
•Different task on board
•DIY/ offshore repairs
•Extreme events/ accidents/ stupid things
•What to remember for short handed cruising
•Specific on board organisation
The junior regatta will take place on Sunday November 3rd, good job it was postponed from today.
Attached is the notice of race and entry details (see Junior download area).
Please let Caroline O'reilly (cc'd) know by this Wednesday at latest if you are competing. The entry forms will be available on the day but ideally print one and bring it with you. All details re times etc are on the form. We will have potentially 50 entrants through all categories so we must know numbers in advance.
The cost is 15 euros per sailor. The optimist kids will get an extra Sunday after this series to allow for them missing a session.
After one of the best summers for years, autumn gales and winter are now fast approaching! Craftinsure would therefore like to pass on some seasonal advice to help prevent any loss or damage to boats.
• If left afloat, arrange for your boat to be checked regularly and for warps to be adjusted as required, especially when rivers and lakes are expected to flood.
• Don’t rely on automatic bilge pumps as these can become blocked or suffer power failure.
• Winterise engines in accordance with the manufacturer’s recommendations to prevent frost damage.
• Drain any domestic water systems to prevent burst pipes and leaks.
• Make sure dinghies are securely tied down to the ground if left at sailing clubs or any exposed locations.
• Don’t leave sails or covers where they are likely to be damaged by vermin.
• Remove tools, sails, electronics and any other valuable items to store safely ashore.
• Remove spray dodgers and boom covers from yachts to reduce wind resistance if laid up ashore.
• Securely tie furling headsails to prevent them unfurling in strong winds.
• Fit good quality locks to main hatches, and use specialist locks for outboard motors if not securely stored within a building. Keep a note of engine serial numbers.
Courtesy of Craftinsure.
- Laying up supper tickets
- Photos request for LUS ...
- Space available in Cruiser Park
- Junior Regatta meeting tonight
- Winter talks - Wednesday 23rd
- Junior Regatta 2013
- Sunday Youth Sailing
- A few reminders
- Mid Term break sailing camp for club youths
- The wall ...
- West Sails news
- Freedom ...
- Committee Nominations 2013/14
- Michael Donohue Memorial Trophy
- Treasurer's Update October 2013
- Optimist Sailing
- Feva update ...
- McSwiggan's October League
- King of the Bay - Oyster Festival Race
- Club clean up