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GHYC May New​sletter


From the Commodore

It’s wonderful to see Glandore Harbour filling up with sail boats at last.

The Cork County Council Harbour Master has been very helpful to the Club by having the slipway repaired in time for the National School Sailing which starts next week.

The Sunday Dinghy Sailing has been a great success and the performance of the GHYC youngsters at the recent Topper Open in Baltimore is a big credit to the Club.

Dragon racing is also underway and the Squibs will be starting soon.

Our first big event, the At Home Regatta, takes place this coming weekend,  Saturday and Sunday June 1st and 2nd. On Saturday evening, there is a BBQ for visiting sailors and GHYC members and friends. This is always a great evening. The start time is 6PM in the Pavilion. Please bring a salad, thank you.

Finally, make sure to scroll down to our latest  'Meet the Committee' section. This month, we are featuring Eamon Timoney, our joint vice-commodore.

 I look forward to seeing you all at the BBQ.

John Wyles


Spring Sunday Dinghy League
& Topaz Southerns 

The Spring Sunday Dinghy League was wrapped up yesterday in glorious sunshine and a fresh sailing breeze like all the previous five Sundays.

The top four places display the great mix of youth and experience that we’ve had out on the water every Sunday with Dinghy sailor and Dragon racer Ben Perez pipping Dragon/Laser ace Fran Lynch to the top step. The unflappable young Emma Barrett sailed serenely into third ahead of Dragon Racer and RNLI man Austin McKenna who chartered a GHYC Topaz and flung himself into the world of dinghy racing as an almost novice only six weeks ago.

There were many memorable moments throughout the series such as Laser newbie Scott Fuller getting a 3-2-1 on his first day out on his Laser and another Laser convert, Muireann Creswell, dominating the last race of the series as she got to grips with a new boat.

Great fun was had and huge improvements were seen throughout the fleet during the series, showing that it’s time on the water that really counts! 18 boats and 23 sailors took part in the series with a GHYC team breaking away on May 19th to represent the Club at the Topaz Southerns at Baltimore Sailing Club.

The GHYC team dominated the front of the fleet in Baltimore Harbour and when Eolann Miles won the first two races, GHYC victory seemed assured. But we then heard that Eolann was judged in a dead heat for 4th on the last race with another GHYC sailor and lost out to a BSC crew on a 3-2-1 by a half point. We were all gutted!

We hope to see you all at the BBQ on Saturday for the Sunday Dinghy League prize-giving.

The overall GHYC Sunday Dinghy League series results can be found here:


Primary School Sailing Programme

The ever-popular Primary School Sailing Programme is set to recommence on Tuesday, June 4th at GHYC with 25 pupils from Glandore National School to be followed by pupils from Union Hall, Abbeystrewery and Leap

The schools will hone their skills and have lots of fun for a few weeks before ultimately battling it out for the Fehily Timoney Weston Trophy and the Schools' Team Cup at the Schools' Regatta. Glandore, Leap and Abbeystrewery will be seeking to hoist the trophies from Union Hall’s cabinet where they have resided for several years now!


 ISA Sailing and Powerboat Courses

Our courses from July 29th to the August 10th are full but there are still some places available in the earlier courses and it is advisable to book now to avoid disappointment.
It is summer again and we also have a Powerboat Instructor on site. It is a good time to upgrade your skills and knowledge. We can run combined Level 1 and Level 2 Powerboat Courses for members that need these qualifications to drive the Club powerboats. If you have experience, but are lacking the qualification, we can arrange an assessment for you. Contact for more information.

If you have the Powerboat Level 2 certificate and some experience and would like to learn a bit more about the safety boat role that a powerboat driver and crew provide, we are also running a Safety Boat Course on June 15th and 16th.

Lastly, we always need help with maintenance, whether it be a spot of painting, a bit of rope work or plain old donkey work! If you can help, please contact:
ISA Local Race Officer Course
Become an asset to the Club and take the Local Race Officer Course on Sunday, July 14th. The course starts at 10AM and finishes at 4PM, with a short lunch break. Tea, coffee and sandwiches will be organised.

The course fee is €20. Register and pay through the ISA Shop here. Participants under 30 years are free but must register with ISA by phone at 01-2800239.

Celtic Challenge 2019

It's the turn of GHYC to travel to Beaumaris, Wales over the long weekend of June 21st to 24th for the now annual fun competition with Royal Anglesey Yacht Club for the coveted Celtic Challenge Trophy.

The racing will be in RAYC Fleet of Classic Fife One Designs. These are interesting boats to sail. The team is still building, so if you want to join in the fun contact, John Wyles for travel and hotel arrangements.

Just a gentle reminder to have your mooring checked.

Sailing Race Registration
Race registration should be taking place this week. See the Racing section on the website which gives the table of events with the dates and documents (Notice of Race and Sailing Instructions). 

You should have already received and returned to your Class Captain, a Members Race Agreement for 2019. This enables you to pay online for any event you want to enter.

Talk on Sail Trim

Just a few days before the  beginning of the At Home Regatta, Nigel Young from North Sails will give a talk about sail trim on Thursday, May 30th at 7PM at the Clubhouse. This talk is primarily aimed at Dragon sailors, but will also be useful to other classes.  

The event is free of charge and all are welcome. Tea, coffee and beer will be available.
Please support this wonderful evening.

Sovereign Cup
The 2019 Irish Dragon Nationals takes place in Kinsale in conjunction with the Sovereign Cup from June 26th to 29th. So far, there are at least four boats from GHYC participating: Aphrodite, Moonshine, Magic and Phyloong.

The Kinsale Class Captains, Brian Goggin and Daniel Murphy are willing to help any Dragon sailors from GHYC if they need assistance with trailers. They are also flexible to accommodate us on dates of arrival.

For more information, see:

Women at the Helm 

The Irish Sailing Pathfinder Women at the Helm Regatta takes place on August 17th and 18th at the National Yacht Club.
  • Sailors can enter as individuals AND as a team to represent their club to bring home the Club Team Perpetual Trophy – Ireland’s first inter-club trophy.
  • Dinghies will be on PY to allow a broad range of boats to enter and keelboats on ECHO Standard throughout.
  • The event is open to all sailors over 16 years of age and to all dinghies with a PY <1240.
  • Links to the NOR and registration are available here: Irish Sailing Pathfinder Women at the Helm.
  • A cruise-in-company is also being organised by the Cruising Association of Ireland and Irish Sailing members are invited to join as crew on a number of vessels.
  • ISA are running a SUPER EARLY BIRD GIFT of a sailor's kit bag to all registrations in MAY.
 Galley Head Swim

The organisers of the Galley Head Charity Swim are looking for support boats for each swimmer on Saturday, 27th July   

The Galley Head Swim is in aid of Marymount University Hospital and Hospice and West Cork Underwater Search and Rescue. All donations and proceeds will be split between both charities.

The swim will start from the Red Strand and go around the Galley Head and finish on the Warren Beach. Each swimmer or relay team will require a boat that is insured and helmed by an experienced boat skipper.

The contact for anyone that is available to supply and skipper a support boat is:


Get to know your Committee Members

Eamon Timoney - Vice Commodore


Where were you born?

Carrick on Shannon, County Leitrim, ages ago!

Tell us a bit about yourself
Married to Kathleen with three all grown-up daughters who all learned to sail at GHYC. I am a Consulting Engineer with a practice based out of Cork. ​

When did you first sail?
Summers spent on the Shannon from a young age and into my early teens have given me a love of water activities. But sailing  proper commenced in 1990 when I moved to West Cork and bought a 16’ Petrel sailing dingy. I was initially self taught and I am still learning as my fellow Dragon sailors will attest to!

What’s your fondest sailing memory?
Sailing into Glandore Harbour from Millcove in the summer of 1990 with Kathleen and the three girls. I had the Sailing Instructions to West Cork in one hand and the tiller in the other. Kathleen sent me to Dermot Kennedy in Baltimore afterwards to learn how to sail!

When did you become a member of GHYC?
Probably 1990 or 1991.

What’s your favourite aspect of the Club?
Friendships made and the help you get both in and outside the Club.

Thoughts on your present Committee role?
I am currently Joint Vice Commodore with Jamie Frame. I hadn't served on the committee since the late 1990's. I have seen the Club evolve hugely since the early 1990's from when there was no clubhouse and a very informal structure to the Club as it is today, with a clubhouse, sailing school and active social scene.

Regulations, regulatory control, health and safety are all evolving and are becoming more sophisticated. I see part of our role as Club officers as managing all of these professionally, so that the sailing and social scene can be both expanded and enjoyed safely. Also, it is important that parents and participants can have continued confidence in the Club activities. I have been a Managing Director of a professional SME for over 20 years and there have been a lot of lessons learnt on that journey. Now  as I head into retirement, I'd like to assist the Club on its continuing journey, help it to avoid pitfalls and contribute to growing it into a really top-class professional club.




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