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GHYC October New​sletter


From the Commodore


Following the last crane-out on September 15th, it has been a relatively quiet month for those of us left in Glandore. Laying up continued with the lifting out of the Aquastar, the removal of the pontoon and tidying up of the yard ready for the final clean-up and storing of dinghies on Saturday, November 2nd.

Along with Missfire, I managed to enjoy a last sail in Aphrodite just before the crane-out. We sailed  around all of the remaining marks left in the harbour and a temporary High Island (thanks Vince!).

The Sunday Dinghy Sailing Series has maintained a high level of interest with good fleets every weekend. The last of the current series and prize giving takes place on Sunday, October 19th.

I attended the Cork 300 launch at RCYC with Sally and Cormac. It was a grand affair with lots of promising speeches from local and national dignitaries including the Tánaiste, Simon Coveney.

The spill-over to the 2020 Glandore Classic Regatta is very promising. You can find out more information here: Cork 300. There is also a piece on the Classic Regatta in the latest edition of Afloat magazine: Glandore Classic Regatta Ties in With Cork 300 for 2020. Members are encouraged to subscribe to the publication and make a small donation.

Along with Eamon and Kevin, I also attended an Irish Sailing Strategic Planning 2020-2025 meeting at RCYC. Irish Sailing is the national governing body for sailing, power-boating and windsurfing in Ireland. Do you think Irish Sailing relevant to you?  You can have your say by completing this survey.

GHYC Dragons were well represented at the Dragon 90th Anniversay Regatta  by the team on Magic, helmed by Eamon Timoney and the team on Gypsy, helmed by Don Street. It was a fantastic effort by the two teams.

The photos above show them negotiating their way out of a very crowded harbour for the last day of racing.

Don was awarded “Best Spirit of the Dragon” by the other Classic Dragon sailors - a huge honour! Well done to Don and all those who made his journey possible, especially to Kieran O’Donoghue and Stephen Vernon.
I look forward to seeing you all over the Halloween weekend at our annual Halloween Party on Sunday, October 27th (more details below). Let’s hope the weather is kind to us.


John Wyles


Save the Date


Our annual Halloween Party takes place from 6-9PM on Sunday, October 27th. If the weather permits, there will be a fire on the pier. There will also be games and fancy dress with prizes for kids. Chilli and hot dogs along with refreshments will be available in the Clubhouse. 

Lots of help is required particularly with ideas for scary games, decorating the club/yard, and making music around the fire. 

If you can help, please contact


ISA Instructor Training

We have our usual Halloween instructor course running from October 28th to November 1st. This course will be run by Rupert Musgrave.

The provisional schedule for next year's ISA and other courses can be viewed here:  ISA schedule.

We ran several safety boat courses at GHYC this year and anyone who did this course will tell you what a worthwhile experience it was. I would encourage anyone - instructors and others -  who has completed the National Powerboat Certificate to do this course. You will learn stuff that you need to know when working with small boats on the water in a hands-on manner. So contact to get in early for next year.


Ronan Daly Jermyn Sunday Dinghy League
The Sunday Dinghy League continues to grow with 30 boats registered for the current series, again generously sponsored by Ronan Daly Jermyn (RDJ).

What was intended as a league for young sailors, with a welcome for the not-so-young, has seen Lasers being dusted off, bought and borrowed by Club members in the “Masters” “Grand Masters” age  categories. We also have a member in the “Great Grand Master” age range showing how it’s done at the front of the fleet! To reflect and welcome this reality, we will split the prizes into an overall result and under 18’s result.

The league has become a very social Sunday event with catering by a great team of volunteers and swimming by the hardiest competitors. Sean Thompson and Tiernan Brown are battling for top spot with the 6th and last Sunday left to race on October 20th. However, Peter Hayes and Fran Lynch are snapping at their heels.

Some members who do not sail or whose children have moved on have volunteered for safety boat /race management duties.We welcome all help especially if you have powerboat experience or have done the LRO course at the Club last year.

If you want to enter the WhatsApp group, and are prepared for the chatter, then just ask Tim Forde, Kevin Percy or Aisling Forde to add you.

Best of luck to all competitors on Sunday and fingers crossed for another fair forecast.

Get to know your Committee Members

Richard Bradburn - Treasurer


Where were you born?
I was born in Chatham, Kent a long, long time ago (as the song says!).

Tell us a bit about yourself
I had a career in accountancy and then finance/investment banking in London. I quit all that nonsense to lead a more creative life in Ireland, raising a family. I took a few years to restore our old farmhouse, pretty much from the ground up and I learned the piano. I am now a writer and freelance editor with a global client base spanning four continents.

When did you first sail?
I was a late starter to sailing. It was only when I moved to Ireland that I stepped foot on any boat that didn’t have a car deck (it makes sense, we live on a headland surrounded by the Atlantic). While on holidays in Greece, I did a competent crew course. I then came back and did my day-skipper course out of Kinsale. I liked it so much that we bought a boat, a 37 foot Jeanneau Melody that we’ve pottered about the coast in over the last ten years.

What’s your fondest sailing memory?
My fondest memory has to be sailing from La Coruna to Lisbon crewing for my sailing instructor. One night he left me to do the midnight watch and went down below to sleep. I was about 10 miles off the coast of Portugal on a starry, warm night and about 40 dolphins came to keep me company, all mucking about and showing off.

When did you become a member of GHYC?
I became a member when the children started doing sailing courses in 2013.

What’s your favourite aspect of the Club?  
The best aspect of the club is its proximity to the pub! … sorry … service it provides to local children getting on the water. You see them develop hugely when they’re put in charge of their own destiny with their hand on the tiller.

The Treasurer is a demanding role which, unlike the Club’s sailing activities, is pretty much year round. After the sailing season stops, my work continues with settling accounts, paying suppliers, finalising the books, liaising with auditors, preparing the accounts and companies returns. Then in the New Year it’s making sure we’re good to go with launching the new season courses in February, completing ISA affiliation paperwork, any grant applications, budgeting for the coming year and liaising with other committee members to determine how much we can spend and on what.

I draw on my accountancy and finance background quite heavily. You also need to be very computer literate, comfortable with spreadsheets, payment systems, database handling and so on. It’s not exactly fun, but it is rewarding, and the sense of everything all wrapped up at the end of the year is very satisfying.




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