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GHYC March New​sletter


From the Commodore

I hope you all had a wonderful St Patrick’s Day resting after the Rugby fest!
After a warm and mild February, March is back to normal!

Many thanks to all who have paid their 2018/19 membership dues and a gentle reminder to those who have not. You can pay your membership by clicking the Easy Payments Plus button on the GHYC website.

Work has started on preparations for the 2019 sailing season and re-equipping the Sailing School is well underway with the purchase of a Topaz and a replacement RIB. See the Dinghy Sailing report below for more details.

In this edition of the newsletter, we begin a new regular feature in which members of the Committee introduce themselves and tell us a bit about their involvement in GHYC. Jamie Frame, one of our two Vice-Commodores, has kindly agreed to get the ball rolling in this edition. See the Get to know your Committee Members article below.
Time is flying. There are only four weeks until the Dinghy Racing starts again on Easter Sunday and only eight weeks to get your boats ready for the crane-in on Saturday, May 11th. So time to get moving!!


John Wyles




Don’t be cast adrift! Now is the time to have your mooring checked while there are no boats in the harbour and before the crane-in date on May 11th.

Aodh O’Donnell is available the weekends 6/7, 13/14, 20/21 and 27/28 April, and possibly some early evenings.

Aodh will lift, clean and check ground tackle for €50 per mooring. Any repairs and/or replacements at cost. Payable direct to Aodh.

It is preferable that the mooring owner or representative is available to help identify the mooring and witness the lifting.

All bookings for mooring checks must be made direct with Aodh by email at

Include your name, telephone number, your boat name, type, weight and class together with information on the location of the mooring and any identifying marks, and preferred date for inspection.


Dinghy Sailing

As the Atlantic Gales and named storms rolled in over us off the North Atlantic one after another last week, it wasn't conducive to thoughts of dinghy sailing. However, the year is flying by and the Sunday Dinghy League is set to start on April 21st.

The Laser Munsters are also taking place in Baltimore on April 20-21st, so our Laser sailors will have to assess their priorities for week one.

The League and all Training and Fleet events at the Club will benefit this year from the provision of a brand new Whaly 435R Rescue/Support Boat. This vessel has a Suzuki 25HP engine including electronic start and trim/tilt, as well as, a fitted VHF.

The Whaly replaces the venerable blue little RIB which has been sold on to a new home and hopefully, a second life. The blue RIB became increasingly unreliable and was latterly out of service towards the end of last season.

Whaly boats are stable, robust polyethylene rescue/support boats used widely on the Continent by sailing schools and the fire/rescue services. We have been using it at low speed in the harbour and out to Rabbit Island as part of the engine run-in procedure and we are very impressed with it. We hope the boat will give the Club many years of good service.


Primary School Sailing

Instructors and Helpers wanted
Anyone wishing to work as Instructor/Helper for the Schools Programme in June, please email Tim Forde at: 

Please check the dates on the Club Calendar and state which weeks you will be available.



ISA Courses


Safety Boat Courses

Sailing is a great sport for a whole myriad of reasons. However it is necessary to have motorboat cover to ensure the safety of people on the water.

To that end, we are actively encouraging our members to undertake training to assist in the provision of support for people participating in sailing events and courses, While the National Powerboat Certificate is a good start to becoming a competent power-boater, it is only the start of the journey into the world of power-boating.

GHYC are running two safety boat courses in the run-up to the summer season as follows:

4th-5th May 2019
15th-16th June 2019

From the ISA website:

The aim of this course is to introduce candidates to the techniques and skills used in powerboats which are:

  • Escorting racing fleets of dinghies, windsurfers and canoes
  • Providing safety and rescue cover for training fleets
  • Assisting in race management duties

Anyone interested in attending either of these courses should contact

Sailing Courses

The ISA methods are well tested and are shown to be the best way to learn how to sail in  a safe, fun and efficient manner. GHYC has a summer programme full of courses to help you get on the water safely.

Participating in a sailing course has many benefits including:

  • Time outdoors
  • Confidence building
  • Increase spatial awareness
  • Team building
  • Fun!

The summer sailing courses are filling quickly - no surprise after the summer we had last year! Please book courses as soon as possible because once they are gone…well you know how it goes! Details on all ISA courses can be seen on the ISA Schedule on the GHYC website.

When you have attended a course at GHYC (or anywhere else for that matter), take advantage of the All-In Open Sailing week starting August 12th. This offers a great opportunity to practice those newly-learned skills and fix them in your mind and muscle memories.


Volunteering opportunities


Spring is nearly upon us. As most of you know, there are many small jobs to be done to get everything ready for the start of the season.

Therefore we have hard labour opportunities available preparing buoys and anchors, sanding, scrubbing and painting boats. Rewards will be paid in coffee in this world!

Contact to volunteer.


For Sale
It’s also time to start looking over your own boat and doing those little repairs and sourcing any gear that was broken or lost last year. On that note, the Club has come into possession of a lot of good surplus gear through the purchase of dinghys in the last year. There are Topaz foil bags and covers as well as dinghy road bases to make transporting your boat easier. Watch out for these on the Club Buy & Sell webpage at great prices. Some of the items for sale include:

Topper Topaz covers

We currently have several Topper Topaz boat covers for sale. These are the type where the mast is not up. A boat cover is a great thing for prolonging the life of your ropes, fittings, foils and indeed the boat itself.

These are available at €60 each

Foil bags

Foil bags are great for keeping those foils smooth and ding free.

We are currently selling the following:

Topper Foil bag €45
Trident foil bag €45
Rudder foil bag €45


Get to know your Committee Members

Jamie Frame - Vice Commodore


Where were you born?

Darjeeling (India) in 1962. My father was a Tea Plantation Manager. My family moved to Hong Kong when I was six. I left Hong Kong when I was 17.

Tell us a bit about yourself
I’m 56 and I am married to Lucy (a Skibbereen lass). I have one daughter and one granddaughter. I work in the Intel plant in Leixlip but I spend as much time as possible in West Cork!

When did you first sail?
My earliest recollection is learning to sail in a Dinghy Club attached to the military base on Hong Kong island. I think I was around 10 years old. I have an old certificate somewhere!

What’s your fondest sailing memory?
I represented Hong Kong in the World Youth Championships in 1980 at Fort Worth Yacht Club, Texas. That was my highest achievement although we came 21st out of a fleet of 21!

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?
I first joined in 2011 but then left to work in the United States. I came back in 2016.

What’s your favourite aspect of the Club?
I love the small friendly nature of the Club. The Dragon racing is really good fun – I love it! 

I bought my Dragon at the end of the 2016 season and first raced her in 2017 – what a complete novice!! It was a lot harder than it looked! But the advice from some of the other members was really helpful.

I hadn’t owned/raced my own boat in over 40 years – yikes!.The learning curve was near vertical that first year. I mounted a GoPro on the stern to show up all my mistakes – there were a lot. Some of the footage was quite entertaining – I have my own YouTube channel! I plan to keep filming in 2019! 

I've met a lot of great people and I think the youth element of the club is brilliant – such a nice bunch of youngsters.

Thoughts on your present Committee role?
I’m very honoured and privileged to be able to serve on the Committee. I was Dragon Class Captain for part of last year and these roles are my first on a committee of this type. I was completely surprised at how hard working the Committee is and how seriously being on the Committee is taken, particularly the Commodore and the Sailing School staff – the real backbone of the Club.  I’d like to see more people step up to roles on the Committee. I feel we all have to do our part to keep our great little Club going!






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