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GHYC April New​sletter


From the Commodore

Happy Easter! 

I hope you enjoy the first holiday weekend of the year. For those with boats, maybe you will find some time to get them out of winter wraps and start sanding and polishing.

The Sunday Dinghy Series starts tomorrow, Easter Sunday. And the Keelboat launch is now just three weeks away on May 11th, so it's time to get moving!

For your information, GHYC is affiliated with Irish Sailing as a Category 1 club. All our paid-up members are automatically individual members of Irish Sailing and the Irish Sailing membership benefits are available to you. A range of Irish companies have generously joined the Irish Sailing Membership Benefits programme to offer members special rates and discounts on a wide range of services and products.

I look forward to seeing you all on Saturday, May 4th for the Club and equipment clean-up and the curry supper.


John Wyles




Save The Date

  • Sunday Dinghy Racing:                Starts Easter Sunday, April 21st
  • Annual Clean-up:                          Saturday, May 4th
  • Curry Night at the Clubhouse:    Saturday, May 4th
  • Crane-in:                                         Saturday, May 11th
  • At-Home Regatta:                        June 1st/2nd
  • League Racing:                             Starts Saturday, June 8th


The strong south-easterlies over the weekend of April 13th/14th prevented Aodh from checking the GHYC moorings. Time and opportunity is running out.

Contact Aodh ( )


Sunday Sailing at GHYC

Monday, April 15th found Glandore like this:

Not very enticing, but all the weather models say that this coming Sunday, April 21st should be looking like this:

Fingers crossed! We will meet at 1PM with the aim of being on the water and racing by 2PM. The Club opens for registration from 12 midday. It costs just €15 per boat for the whole season. Watch out on the WhatsApp group for details.

Everyone is welcome to come out for a sail - young and old, competitive or not so much. Anyone who wants to do a bit of safety boat or generally lend a hand is also most welcome. We aim to get in six Sundays if the weather gods permit.

If you’re not on the WhatsApp list and want to be included, email Tim on



Exciting times are here again and the rush to get on the water is due to reach fever pitch over the coming weeks. We have a busy schedule lined up at GHYC in terms of training, racing and FUN!

The booking of ISA courses continues apace and they are filling up fast, so you should book as soon as possible.
The advanced levels are interchangeble chronologically. So there is no particular order in which they must be completed. If Advanced Boat Handling is booked up, then you should consider booking the Adventure course instead. While we try and accommodate everyone, we are constrained by strict safety guidelines.
There has also been some interest in adult sailing courses which GHYC could 
run at weekends if we get the numbers. Contact to register an interest.

Powerboat training makes all of this possible from a safety point of view. We always need people to drive and crew powerboats safely. With this in mind, GHYC will be running regular joint Level 1 and Level 2 National Powerboat Certificate Courses throughout the summer. 

If you have already attained the Level 2 Powerboat Certificate, you can learn more by going on a Safety Boat course. GHYC have two courses currently scheduled:

May 4th - 5th
June 15th - 16th

Contact if you are interested.

As usual, we are seeking volunteers to help in April with preparing the Aquastar and Squib for launch in May.

Contact if you can assist.


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Get to know your Committee Members

Tim Forde - Primary School Sailing Organiser


Where were you born?

I was born in Cork City in 1970 literally on the banks of the lovely Lee. My childhood was spent fishing the river from my garden and poling pallet rafts between UCC and the weir at the Lee Fields where the Lee channels part. We never advanced to sails on the rafts, but then we had no form of buoyancy aid and couldn’t swim either! Risk assessment??!!

Tell us a bit about yourself
I am married to Tara and have three children who are instructors/sailors in the Club. I have competed against them in dinghies and in the Dragon Class which is good for the banter.  I have worked in the frontline emergency services for the last thirty years, in inner city Dublin and in West Cork since 1999. I have also been a crew member on the Union Hall Lifeboat since the station opened and I am currently trying to complete training as Helm.

When did you first sail?
I started doing a small bit of crewing in the late 1990s while on holidays here and then I bought a wooden GP14 before moving onto cruisers. I did the cruising courses in Bantry and I also crewed 1720s and later the Dragon Class .

What’s your fondest sailing memory?
Crewing for my daughter on a Topaz as she won the Thompson Cup. Other than that, I also really enjoyed my School Sailing Club days. I also represented the Royal Air Force youth sailing team which was really good fun.

When did you become a member of GHYC?
About a decade ago.

What’s your favourite aspect of the Club?
I think we’re blessed to have such a great club on our doorstep. It’s amazing how much the club has progressed since I joined - it was operating from a shipping container back then. Our real asset apart from a wonderful, sheltered harbour has been the calibre of the people driving it - people like Karen Horgan and the late Donal Lynch.


Thoughts on your present Committee role?
We’re very fortunate with the talents the current committee and volunteers bring to the table. It’s incredible how much work goes on in the background. Regulatory requirements make the task increasingly more complex.

I have been volunteering with the Primary School Sailing Programme for about ten years. It’s great fun and I’m looking forward to the challenge of managing it. Likewise with the dinghy role, if you enjoy it and your family are involved it makes the decision to get on board and help out easier.




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