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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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.
It's that time of year again! Time to mark the end of a successful and enjoyable season.
The annual club dinner will take place Saturday November 30th in the Salthill hotel. Dinner will be followed by live band Da Derga and DJ.
Tickets will go on sale this Sunday Oct 27th. They can be purchased for €50 at the bar or contact me directly.
All those who purchase tickets before Nov 6th will be entered into a draw with a chance of winning accommodation for 2 on the night so make sure you get your ticket early! The draw will take place at prize giving on Nov 6th.
See you there!
Just a reminder to please send me your 2013 Sailing pics. For inclusion in the LUS slideshow, they must be submitted before Fri 15th November. Sooner is better!
Otherwise, if you prefer another file sharing site such as Google+, just email me the details. Failing that, you can also leave me a CD or USB key behind the bar.
In general, please let me have full resolution images (ie. not reduced in size for emailing or uploading). Looking forward to your pics :-)
Is there anybody else wishing to use the Cruiser park this year?
There is still some spaces left.
Also I would like to get the owners of the 1720's to move down, as i feel they would be much safer in the Cruiser park. Also they are causing a blind spot in the security camera
I Know its very late notice but we will be having a meeting this evening at 9pm in the club house for organising the Junior Regatta on the 3rd of November. If you would like to get involved please come along. We will have approx. 50 children sailing not including any potentail vistitors from other clubs. We intend having three seperate starts and three windward marks so it will be difficult to co-ordinate.
The regatta will be followed by the Juniors laying up supper and prize giving, The entry fee to the regatta (€15) will include a meal for all participants. Meals are also available to purchase by parents, etc.
We also intend to organise some boats for viewing so parents will be able to come on the water and get a closer view of their children racing.
So far we have the following people
Paul Mcloughlin - Safety Officer
Conor Lyons - Support/ Mark Laying
Nigel Moss - Support/Mark Laying
John Ivory - Support/ Mark laying
Rory Carberry - Support/Mark Laying
Aoife Lyons - OD
Martin Breen - Committe Boat
Lisa thomas - Finish Boat
Gary Allen - Results
Lisa Convrey - Slip duty
Paula Lee - Slip duty/ Food
I urgently need someone to organise prizes/trophies/prize giving
I need a photographer/media person
I need someone to decorate the club house, etc
I need volunteer instructors for the Optimist Silver fleet
Please revert back to me if you would like to get involved and available this evening.
The first talk of the series kicks off on Wednesday the 23rd October at 8.30 pm and we are delighted to announce that our first speaker will be Norman Keane who has been the editor of the Irish Cruising Club's Sailing Direction since 2005. The sailing directions are the premier pilotage guide to the Irish Coastal Waters. Norman is a Yachtmaster - offshore, a Member of the Royal Institute of Navigation and a life long sailor. He has explored every harbour and anchorage described in the guides both by land and sea. He has sailed in Scotland, France, the Faroes, the Mediterranean, the United States and the Atlantic. He writes regularly for Yachting Monthly and is consulted by the UK Hydrographic office. He is also Co-Author of Cruising Ireland - a companion to the ICC Sailing Instructions. Again everybody is welcome and this is a talk that should not be missed.
The GBSC Junior Regatta 2013 will be held on Sunday November 3rd.
The regatta will consist of Our Optimist fleet both Silver and Gold. The Feva fleet, 420's and the ISA Topaz fleet which will be ariving that weekend. And for the first time we will be joined by our accessible sailors in their Martin 16 and Hansa's. Race start times and NOR will be announced shortly. We require on the water support and off so please volunteer. Also if anybody would like to sponsor some prizes that would be greatly appreciated also.
NOR / entry form added to Juniors download area or here.
Our previous block of 4 Sunday sessions finished last Sunday. This Sunday, 20th October will be the start of a new 4 week block, which will begin at 11.30 am and end at around 2.00 pm, with fees are payable in advance for the 4-week block as follows:
Club Dinghy - €40.00
Own Dinghy - €36.00
N.B.: It is essential that we have a female parent available for each Sunday session to look after the girls - No sailing knowledge is required.
This simply involves being on the shore for the duration of the session and helping out with any requirements the girls may have.
Please respond and let me know if you are willing to help in this very important matter, as without this assistance we will not be able to continue the Sunday sessions.
If enough people help out, we can organise a rota to spread the work over the weeks.
Note: Each youth attending must also be a registered club member. (Membership form attached below.)
Please let me know in advance if your teen will be attending this Sunday.
|October 16th||Motions for AGM||Wednesday October 16th is the last day to receive motions for the AGM. Submissions should be sent to me.|
|October 22nd||Volunteer of the year||
Cutoff date for receipt of nominations for the Michael Donohue Memorial Trophy is October 22nd. Please take the time to put a nominee forward.
|October 25th||2013 / 2014 committee nominations||
We are now looking for nominations for all positions on the 2013 / 2014committee, especially Commodore, Vice Commodore, RC Cruisers and Secretary.
|October 30th||Committee nominations will be posted on club notice board||Committee nominee names with the names of Proposers and Seconders will be posted on the Club Notice Board prior to the Annual General Meeting on Wednesday, October 30th 2013.|
|November 6th||Prize Giving night||Can all trophies please be returned to Thomas in the bar in advance of prize giving night on November 6th.|
Formal notification and agenda to follow shortly.
|November 30th||Laying up supper||
The Salthill Hotel. Tickets will go on sale next week. Make sure you keep the date free! More detail to follow.
Thomas is organising a mid-term, morning sailing camp for the 13 - 16 years-of-age club youth members, who have a minimum of 'Improvers' sailing qualification, or, Feva group sailing experience.
It is scheduled to run from Tuesday 29th October to Friday 1st November, 9.30 am to 1.30 pm.
The course will consist of on the water fun, racing, team sailing and other activities, with provision for on-shore activities if the weather becomes bad. It will be supervised by qualified instructors and assistants.
Each youth will need to wear wet-suits/dry suits with plenty of inner and outer layers, and warm clothes for after sailing. We also recommend them to bring a pack lunch and snacks to keep the energy levels up.
We will need 12 kids for the camp to go ahead, and the costs will be as follows:
Member using club Feva: €65
Member using own dinghy: €55
Please let me know by return if your teen would like to take part.
Deadline for confirming places - Wednesday 23rd October.
If you have an hour or so to spare on Saturday please come to the club and help to put the finishing touches to the wall and to clear around it to enable it to be tarred on the road side. The two Purcell lads have the machinery and chipping to get the job done so please come and help.
Also as notified before we will be starting to clear the dinghy park of boats that have not had parking fees paid this year. So if you have any doubt as to whether you have paid or not get in touch with me before tomorrow otherwise you boat may be moved.
Eric C added:-
The Wall as some remember it ...
The Wall is the eleventh studio album by the English progressive rock group Pink Floyd. Released as a double album on 30 November 1979, it was subsequently performed live with elaborate theatrical effects, and adapted into a feature film, Pink Floyd – The Wall.
A bunch of hardy teenagers, members of the Galway Speeders youth sports group have been taking to the water in the first ever series of races for accessible sailors using the Hansa 303 dingies. The fleet of youth sailors already had a busy summer of racing including participation in the national Hansa event in Lough Derg. The growing enthusiasm has spurred the group to continue into the winter months.
This growing activity is facilitated by a group of volunteers from Galway Bay Sailing Club many of whom are still in school and college. The club also provides rescue craft and storage of the fleet of Hansa dingies. The Irish Sailing Association has provided some the Hansa boats as have Tralee Sailing Club. The renovation by Galway County Council of the Renville Pier and the addition of a new large slipway some years back has had a significant impact on the ability of this group to access the bay. The marine engineering group of the Galway County Council placed the slipway in deeper water than the old slip and its location and raised breakwater has eliminated the silting of the area that caused problems in the past.
The enhanced slip has been very busy in recent weekends with the accessible group joined by younger sailors in Optimist dingies and the teenage Feva racers. Adult catamaran sailors find space later in day!
The success of the Access sailing program has resulted Galway being awarded the 2014 National Championship for the Hansa fleet. Unfortunately the group is presently constrained by the lack of a personnel hoist used to transfer the sailors in and out of the boats and will be essential for the national regatta. The addition of a hoist would also open the facilities to Adult sailors. The Galway Speeders are beginning a fund raising campaign to provide a hoist that can be used at Renville Slip and other sailing venues in Galway.
Official notification of the AGM on Wednesday November 13th to follow in the coming weeks. We are now looking for nominations for all positions on the 2013 / 2014 committee, especially Commodore, Vice Commodore, Secretary and RC Cruisers. A full list of Committee positions are listed below.
RC Junior / Youth
Ordinary Committee member x 6 (max).
Names should be forwarded to me by post (Galway Bay Sailing Club, Rinville, Oranmore) or email by Friday, 25th October, 2013. These names with the names of Proposers and Seconders shall be posted on the Club Notice Board prior to the Annual General Meeting on Wednesday, October 30th 2013.
Also, Wednesday October 16th is the last day to receive motions for the AGM. Submissions should be sent to me.
The Michael Donohue Memorial Trophy, presented to the Galway Bay Sailing Club by the Donohue Family in 2007, is awarded to the Member of the Sailing Club deemed by the Members to have made a significant voluntary contribution to the Club over the preceding years. The awarding of the trophy is by nomination from the Membership of the Club and adjudication is by a panel of Commodores (from the previous 7 years).
All GBSC members are eligible for the award including members of the main committee, but members of the adjudication panel are excluded.
Nominations are now invited from Members of Galway Bay Sailing Club for the 2012/2013 year, clearly stating the person nominated with a brief outline of the basis of the nomination.
Nominations should be forwarded to either Commodore, David Vinnell or myself Club Secretary, Caroline Higgins by email or by post (Galway Bay Sailing Club, Rinville, Oranmore) no later than Tuesday 22nd October.
Start of October and the start of a new financial year for the club. This week Thomas and I will be gathering all the lodgement books, cheque books, bar and kitchen till 'z' lists, supplier invoices and receipts to be handed over to the accountants who will distil them to produce the clubs annual financial report. While we wait for the annual report to provide the definitive figures I'll share some observations based on my view of the bank account and the monies that trickle in but flow out.
Overall the club has seen a very busy summer of training starting in April with a busy "Introduction to sailing" course and then very active junior training during the summer holidays, taught mostly by a home-grown local set of newly qualified instructors. I expect the gross training income to be well above last years €28,000, perhaps even above 2011's €35,000. This training combined with the very successful 'Feva Fridays' has brought a lot of junior sailors into the club and we should aim to build on this for next year.
I hope we will see that the bar has made a modest gain this year, thanks in part to an effort to keep staff costs down during the year with fewer staff and also due to a extremely busy Mermaid week when the bar and kitchen were kept going nearly 24 hours a day with the last of the late night revellers almost meeting the first in the queue for breakfast!
I suspect total event income will be down despite the successful Mermaid week because in the main the numbers of participating boats are down. The cancellation of the summer's Optimist Connaughts and rescheduling for next weekend will also mean that a lot of the costs were incurred in one year but the income may come arrive in the next year.
On the capital spending side the new front wall has been completed for a total of less than €6,000 with the cost being kept down by very generous sponsorship from some members and the donation of the initial load of cut stone by Pierce and Susan Purcell. In truth I think we could not afford any larger capital project from our 'savings'. Anything bigger would need financing over several years so the club as a whole needs to put some effort into long term planning for any major maintenance or development projects.
Once again I would also like to thank our generous sponsors of this years race series: Aquabroker, Thermoking, Galway Maritime, McSwiggan's, Western Surveyors, O'Tuairisg Associates, Purcell Marine and Cullen Sailmakers/Hyde Sails.
The accounts will be prepared over the next few weeks and we will have the final figures ready to be presented at the AGM on November 13th. See you then.
- Optimist Sailing
- Feva update ...
- McSwiggan's October League
- King of the Bay - Oyster Festival Race
- Club clean up
- Sunday Sailing Socialising
- For Petes Sake Tablequiz
- Lift out October 17th
- Power Boat Course
- Last Cruiser race 2013
- Lift outs
- Access Sunday Series photos
- GBSC Western Surveyors Dinghy Regatta 2013
- Dart multihull spin to Morans this Saturday
- Morans King of the Bay Saturday
- Dinghy Racing starting earlier
- Friday Fevas
- Cong galway 2013 - it's a ... Dart ...
- Friday fevas ...
- Dinghy Update