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 ( firstname.lastname@example.org )
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 email@example.com
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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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 email@example.com 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 firstname.lastname@example.org if you can assist.
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.