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ICRA \ WIORA 2018 Launch

Aoife Macken, Martin Breen, Noel Grealish TD, Gillian Slattery, Rory Carberry, pictured on Joie de Vie at official launch of WIORA and ICRA Galway 2018.

This week GBSC members and friends gathered at Dock 1 Seafood Bar and restaurant in Galway Harbour for the official launch of ICRA/WIORA 2018 which will be held in Galway Harbour from Aug 15th – 18th.

On a gloriously sunny Summer solstice evening the event chairman, Martin Breen, kicked off proceedings by addressing that GBSC are delighted to host a national regatta in the Galway Docks.

Martin mentioned that GBSC has had a very somber beginning to the season with the loss of long time members Henry Lupton and David Fitzgerald. Even though of different generations, they were likeminded in their promotion of sailing and their exploits have been well documented in 'Afloat'.It was their peers who wrote the constitution of GBSC which includes the club goal of 'promoting the sport of Sailing on Galway Bay' and it is within this goal that we sought the hosting of the 2018 ICRA National Championships.

Aoife Macken, Gary Allen and Phyllis Hayes at Launch of WIORA/ICRA Galway at Dock1, Galway.

GBSC are really looking forward to providing the best of Galway hospitality ashore and the best of race management afloat, as the National Championships in any sport deserves.

Even though entries received to date are already in excess of entries to recent National Championships, we do not consider this to be a benchmark of the events success. Rather, after the Championships and when we begin to reflect on this season past about the time of the Autumn equinox, please judge us in GBSC on how we contributed to promoting the sport of sailing on Galway Bay.

Anyone wishing to get involved should contact We'll need all the help we can get

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