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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Galway Bay Sailing Club, for the first time in it's history, is very proudly hosting an “All Ireland” sailing event for sailors with a disability. This national event will bring together the largest collection of disabled sailors ever assembled in Galway for a great weekend of competitive sailing.
The All Ireland HANSA 303 Nationals is in it's third year. 2014 in Galway will be the first time in Irish Sailing history that both juniors and adults with a disability will compete in various races over Saturday and Sunday 19th and 20th July.
Dave Vinnel, GBSC commodore, is very excited to bring these Nationals to Galway – while the club has experience of running many national sailing events this is the first time we will do so for disabled sailors. With the help of our very generous sponsors and a strong band of volunteers we are all really looking forward to welcoming sailors from all over Ireland, North and South.
Due to its stability the Hansa 303 is ideal for disabled sailors. Sailing is one of the very few activities for people with a disability that achieves parity with able bodied peers on the water. The thrill, excitement and freedom experienced by all sailors becomes universal.
For the past number of years GBSC has had growing participation from junior sailors with a disability working closely with Galway Speeders the Galway based multi-sport club for children with a physical disability whose aim is to promote sport for young people with a physical disability. GBSC now has 7 boats for use by sailors with disability and demand still out strips supply!
Just this week wheelchair users will also find the GBSC boat yard more accessible thanks to very generous sponsorship from Cold Chon Ltd who tarred a large section of the dingy park making it more accessible and wheelchair friendly.
Racing will take place from 1-4pm on Saturday and 11.30-2:30 on Sunday and all are welcome to come and visit.
Registration from 9.30 Saturday 19th for competitors
Club house open to all visitors all weekend
For more information phone Bridgette Brew 086 335 9962.
As previously advised GBSC is hosting the HANSA NATIONAL SAILING CHAMPIONSHIPS 2014 this coming weekend the 19th & 20th of July. This is a big event for the Club and it is not only the first time that a team from the North of Ireland will be participating but, it is also the first time that there will be a single handed event.
Many of you who have been down to the Club will have seen the work carried out by Cold Chon to the surface of the Dinghy park. We have a had fantastic support both from our Sponsors and from a raft of Volunteers - please see attached poster.
However, if YOU would like to help out there is still time and work to do, on Thursday night we hope to carry out the final clean up and finishing touches to the Club and grounds before the event and if you are free to lend a hand please come down to the club at any time from 6.30 onwards.
We would appreciate your support not just on Thursday night but throughout the weekend.
The junior summer courses are going very well this year. We have a hand full of spaces left next week which we expect to fill, if you have anyone interested please do let us know. There are also courses on the weeks commencing August 4th and 11th. Spaces currently available.
Any questions, please get in touch
Gbsc training manager
Our RC Dinghies is departing these shores this weekend. Wishing him all the best.
Saturday 19th: We are meeting up in McSwiggans for a few if ye care to join us.
Blessington a few years ago. And no wind on Galway bay...
Puzzled ! And We have a Dart outside ...
Cong Galway. And the usual breakfast while on tour...
Blessington breakfast... and there is always one ...
Round Aran is on this coming Friday. NOR and SIs are in the downloads section. Plan is to meet up in the Harbour Hotel for 8pm.
Apologies for posting this notice with involving Liam who is in Dun Laoghaire this weekend for the ICRA Nationals.
This is a reminder that WIORA runs from Wed 23rd July to Sat 26th (6 weeks away) in Westport. Some boats are short of crew for both racing and delivery trips, so please contact me if you are interested in doing either! It promises to be great craic.
I am currently the treasurer of WIORA and Niall Thornton is another of the total of 7 committee members. As you should all know by now, WIORA is coming to GBSC next Summer. I am making a proposal to a WIORA EGM, to be held in Westport, to hold the 2017 WIORA in Aran. So far, I have received unanimous support from all of the other members of the WIORA committee and also from Michael Gill, commodore of the Kilronan Sailing Club. It would be great to see as many boats and crews from GBSC in Westport to support the motion as possible. One objective is to continue the pressure on Galway County Council to drive a few piles inside the new breakwater and add a line of pontoons to cater for visiting yachts.
On another matter, the WIORA feeder, the O’Sullivan Marine 100 Mile Race is planned to take place from Kilronan on Saturday 18th July afternoon and end on Sunday morning in Rosmoney. NOR to follow. As we only have a handful of GBSC boats capable of participating in such a race it would be great to see a couple of boats join Lean Machine for the trip. It is hoped to have a few boats from Fenit and Kilrush will also participate.
NOR in cruise downloads area.
Cormac - Ordinary Member GBSC / Treasurer WIORA
I’m a bit behind this year but I now have the 2014 stickers for the boats in the dinghy park. I’ve done a photo survey of all the boats in the park and have identified most owners. If you have one there the fees for this year are still:
€50 for a monohull.
€75 for a multihull.
€10 for a junior’s boat.
If you have paid please get in touch and I will put sticker on your boat for 2014. If you haven’t you can pay me in cash, with cheque by CC or EFT and if you send an email I can reply with PayPal invoice.
This weekend sees the third event on the Irish Multihull Association calendar, following on from Blessington.
Six or more races will be run over Saturday and Sunday probably with traditionally four on Saturday allowing for a early finish on Sunday - although with a strong Dart contingent Sunday looks more favorable.
Weather looks good for the two days better than the zero knots of last years event.
Entry fee includes food that is now being done superbly by an external caterer. Someone mentioned salmon and beef stew.
For a full update and status over weekend go to dart16.ie
Last Tuesday was most definitely a night for the Darts. Four boats competed in two races. The wind was up in the low 20's when we went out - but reached 35 knots during a few squals. Exciting stuff. And no capsizes either. Click on the image to see part of the second race - Eric helming, Rogério crewing. And its not on fast forward ! Slight incident with Denis and Astrid at the cruiser mark.
As you all know we are having our OPEN DAY this Sunday from 12 noon until 5.00 pm.
I am still looking for VOLUNTEERS to help out on the day either in the Clubhouse/on-shore or off shore.
Right now we are short a rib as the GBSC Lencraft will be in Dublin again next weekend as support for our Oppie Sailors who are attending the OPTIMIST U12 TRIALS IN DUNLAOIGHRE so, if anybody out there could assist with a RIB for next Sunday we would be most obliged. No doubt our Rear Commodore of Juniors will keep us posted on their achievements.
There are lots of other ways that you can help, as we are having a BBQ we will need salads/deserts so if you would like to make and drop down a salad/desert that would be great.
Also, the flower beds leading up the steps need some attention so if, anybody likes they can try their hand at that feel free.
And for those who have been asking me a brand new FLEET OF TOPAZ will be arriving at the Club tomorrow evening (Tuesday 29th) and will be available for the LADIES HELM event on Sunday so, no excuses . . . we are talking about holding the races late on Sunday afternoon & we will be keeping the fleet for the month of May. We want ADULTS/TEENS/JUNIORS to participate. So, Ladies theres a challenge!
For those interested in helping out on the day we are holding a planning meeting tomorrow night at about 9.00pm after Dinghy Racing in the Clubhouse . . .
And for those of you who have already offered you support and your Board THANK YOU.
And now for somthing totally different. The World Robotic Sailing Championship (WRSC) & International Robotic Sailing Conference is coming to Galway from the 8th - 13th September 2014. Previously this has recenty been held in France and Wales, Germany, Canada, Portugal and Austria in previous years.
The WRSC is a competition open to fully autonomous and unmanned sailing boats up to 4m in length. The accompanying International Robotic Sailing Conference (IRSC) provides an ideal venue to discuss the broad range of scientific problems involved in the design and development of autonomous sailboats.
Robotic sailing offers the potential of long range and long term autonomous wind propelled, solar or wave-powered carbon neutral devices. Robotic sailing devices could contribute to monitoring of environmental, ecological, meteorological, hydrographic and oceanographic data. These devices can also be used in traffic monitoring, border surveillance, security, assistance and rescue. The dependency on changing winds and sea conditions presents a considerable challenge for short and long term route and stability planning, collision avoidance and boat control. Building a robust and seaworthy sailing robot presents a truly complex and multi-disciplinary challenge for boat designers, naval architects, systems/electrical engineers and computer scientists. Since 2004, competitions such as Sailbot, World Robotic Sailing Championship and Microtransat have sparked an explosion in the number of groups working on autonomous sailing robots. Despite this interest the longest distance sailed autonomously remains only a few hundred miles. Many of the challenges in building truly autonomous sailing robots still remain unsolved. IRSC and WRSC promote the development of autonomous wind-propelled sailing robots.
We have the experience, we have the ...
Are you intrerested in being part of a team ? Each team will need people with skills in sailing, boat building (model), servo control, real time software & hardware development, and sensors to build and control a boat to compete in the competiion - it could be a converted dinghy, catamaran, or a 1-4m model yacht or a bottleboat. Follow the links above for information on past events or here for 2014.
Sponsors of the event.
On Saturday, the first KOTB race, the Spring Cup will take place with the start and finish at the club. Although it is a combined class event, we are amending the NOR for this race to a 15.40 start for class 2 boats and a 16.00 start for class 1. Our aim is to have boats back at the club at approx 19.00.
This will tie-in with a dinghy event, and we are hoping to get the White sail and cruising groups involved also.
So... After racing, a quick freshen-up, and into the club to party!
Bring your partners / boyfriends / girlfriends for good food, live music, and a fun night out.
Let's get out on the water and then make a night of it!
Photos from Spash Down Party...
For those of you who missed the event - outside caterers stepped up to the mark providing a fabulous spread of seafood, great fishpie and salad etc. Lorraine and her sister decorated the clubhouse out - including candles. Absolutely great night. Expections are well set now Liam!
This Sunday, 27th April, we will have the last Sunday of the current series. Aaron O'Reilly, will be our on-the-water instructor and he will continue with his structured training program for the teens.
The days are getting longer and warmer, which means that the sailing will be moving to Fridays very soon. Arron has also committed to doing the first block of 4 Friday evenings for us as well, (commencing on Friday 2nd May) which will provide us with a consistent approach, ensuring that all aspects of the sailing skills manual are covered.
Sunday 27th April Schedule:
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
Also, The annual Sail Spree event is taking place in the GBSC on Sunday 4th May. This is a national event aimed at encouraging more people to take part in marine activities. The GBSC will be having an open day where, people can come to the club and try out; dinghy sailing, cruiser sailing, power boating etc. They will also get to see the boats up close on land, and enjoy the hospitality of the GBSC clubhouse.
Last year, the teens made a really valued contribution by helping in the administration, hosting and demonstration activities, and I hope that this year they will also be able to help out on the day. We expect a large attendance by the public, so it will be great if we can also have a great turnout by the teens!
Please let Paul McLoughlin know by return if your teen can attend.
This coming Wednesday the members of the Dinghy fleet will be bringing out the Introduction to Sailing group. Please be at the club for 1800.
Everyone was very impressed, and Gary declared the exercise an uplifting experience!
A big thank you to all the Sailability volunteers who braved the elements to help.
Just looking to confirm up some bookings for next week so we can plan resourses
We only have 5 places left on the beginner and improver courses starting next Monday. If you have not confirmed a place and would like one please do so by Wednesday morning at the latest.
Any people doing feva training, please confirm your place with Paul mc loughlan by Wednesday morning also
Any people doing oppy specific training please confirm your place with conor Lyons or Paula lee.
Folks looking for an assistant instructor next week or trainee assistant instructor. If you have some one interested in this let me know. Must have national power boat certificate and have completed 2 of the following kites and wires 1, go racing 1, adventure 1 or adv boat handling.
We are running a series of sailing camps/ISA programmes during Easter. These camps are held over the first week but we may decide to run over second week also if there is sufficient interest. Please pass on the information to interested friends and family. Information and booking forms are attached (see downloads area).
Thanks to all of you that have supported various events to support the For Pete’s Sake trust. Treatment & fund-raising continues and there is a table quiz coming up this week.
Just a reminder that week 2 of Feva sailing will take place this Sunday 6th April 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
For anyone who has yet to pay for this block, don't forget:
Club Dinghy - €40.00
Own Dinghy - €36.00
Please let me know by return if your teen will be attending.
Dont forget Tuesday Dinghy racing starts 1st April. First race at 1900 sharp.
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