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GHYC November New​sletter


From the Commodore

October and November were all about closing up for the year. The threat of Storm Helene meant that we moved much of the equipment even before the scheduled closing work day. A big thank you to all who helped on September 16th and November 4th. 
The final close up was postponed until after the Instructor Course, which gave us 12 new and enthusiastic GHYC Summer School Instructors for 2019. Well done to the course participants as well as trainers, Rupert and Victor. 
While most of us were wrapping up, a fleet of keen dinghy sailors (17 in all) started the Autumn Sunday Dinghy Series organised by Tim Forde supported by committed parents and friends. It was so nice to see them out enjoying the mild Autumn weather. 


The season ended on a sad note. As the last newsletter went to press, we had the sad news of Dessie Goulding passing and then at the end of October, we lost Donal Lynch, one of GHYC’s founding members and a past Commodore. They will be greatly missed.
I hope to see you all at the AGM.

John Wyles



Note from the GHYC Committee

Deepest condolences to our Commodore, John Wyles whose mother passed away on Saturday morning, November 24th and who still turned up to GHYC Junior Sailing meeting on Saturday afternoon.

May she Rest In Peace


Tribute to Donal Lynch

Born in Clondroid, Macroom, Donal went first to Rochestown and then to Rockwell College, where his lifelong love of rugby was born. He trained as an engineer in UCC, and after a spell in the UK, he moved to Dublin, now married to his beloved wife Sheila (nee O’Sullivan).

While living in Dublin, Donal was introduced to sailing, racing what was to be the first of many boats, a 17’ Hornet, in Dublin Bay.

Donal and Sheila, now with their four girls, Theresa, Eileen, Louise and Fran, moved back to Cork in 1969, where Donal and his good friend Michael Horgan established their engineering consultancy company, Horgan Lynch, which they ran together until they retired in 2003.

In the mid 1970’s, as his work became more demanding and the girls grew to sailing age, Donal and Sheila bought The Pink House in Glandore, a place to escape which became very special for the whole family. Donal’s love of sailing and boats continued to grow. 
His sailing adventures took him out of the harbor to distant ports, often with his good sailing buddy, Cyril Kilgrew. In 1985 Donal, Cyril and others started GHYC, with Donal becoming the first Commodore. In addition to serving twice as Commodore, he took on many other roles essential to the running of GHYC, as have other family members, especially Fran, and son-in-law Cormac O’Caroll. 

Donal was very instrumental in the purchase of our Clubhouse, opened in August 2013. He was also a very regular race participant in the harbour, especially in the Dragon fleet, owning three Dragons over the years, Aletta, Melisande and Pan. He was also a founding member of the Squib fleet in Glandore.

In addition to his interest in Classic yachts, Donal was also very interested in traditional wooden boats. These two interests came together in 1992 when Donal and some other GHYC members started to plan the Glandore Classic Boat Regatta. The Classic Regatta and the Classic Summer School brought together like-minded enthusiasts like Hal Sisk and Gary McMahon and the events drew hundreds of spectators into Glandore Harbour to see a flotilla of beautiful boats every two years.

His interest in traditional wooden boats led him to work with Gary McMahon as a founding member of Meithal Mara, a ‘community boatyard’, through which people who had no sailing connections could learn about traditional boat building and acquire the skills of traditional boat building. His engagement with Meithal Mara led to many initiatives, including the establishment of the now annual Ocean to City race as part of Cork week.

And while he was doing all of this, he was quietly sharing his knowledge and love of sailing with his daughters, grandchildren and many friends, always with Sheila by his side. 

Donal was laid to rest in Glandore on October 28th, accompanied by a Guard of Honour from GHYC and many of his friends and admirers. He will be greatly missed.

This has been extracted from an obituary in Afloat written by Winkie Nixon. The full text can be seen here:


Sunday Sailing at GHYC



This year, GHYC took a leap by stretching the sailing season beyond the summer months with the start of the Sunday Dinghy League.

Seventeen boats were entered and raced in September/October/November on suitable days, completing eleven races by the end of the series. These were great social and fun outings, some in glorious sunshine.  Parents  were also involved through developing their boat handling/race management and launch/recovery skills in parallel to the skills being honed on the water.  

A new perpetual trophy has been kindly presented by RDJ (Ronan Daly Jermyn). This is currently being engraved and a prize-giving date will be announced next week. The Club was also delighted to receive sponsorship from Cork Airport in support of the event, so do please remember them when booking your holidays!

Sunday Sailing will return in the spring so watch this space for updates.

Getting Ready for 2019


It’s not long since Summer 2018 but GHYC is already busy preparing for 2019. Congratulations to the 11 new GHYC instructors who completed their final course in testing light weather conditions over the Halloween midterm. The course was led by two great (and very complimentary!) trainers - Rupert Musgrave (Dunmore East) and Victor Fusco (Kinsale)

Well done to the following GHYC members - see if you can identify them in the photo below:


Eimear Beary
James Bourke
Sarah Brehony
Barra Coffey 
Cormac Doolan
Peter Hayes
Harry Nolan
Hilary Hedderman
Claudia O’Donovan
Emer O’Sullivan 
Anna Trindle

Compare that photo to one taken in April 1982 of ALL the instructors on the whole South Coast! You might just `recognise one GHYC gal on the left of the front row...a whole 36 years ago!


Also congrats to Molly Goulding for successfully completing the Senior Instructor course in Oysterhaven.

The schedule of courses for 2019 is already up on the GHYC website to allow us all to start planning Summer 2019. But note that course bookings only go live on February 1st, (as per usual). So roll on Summer 2019! 

Upcoming Events



AGM: Date to be announced


Winter training opportunities from Sovereign Sailing:
Shorebased Day Skipper Theory Course – RYA Certified - Run over five consecutive Saturdays, Jan 5th – Feb 2nd.

Shorebased Yachtmaster Offshore & Coastal Theory Course – RYA Certified - Run over seven sessions in total. Sundays (full days), January 6th, 13th, 20th
 and 27th; Wednesdays (evening 6.30–9.30PM), January 9th, 16th, and 23rd.
Exclusive Offer from Sovereign Sailing to GHYC members of 10% discount. If you are interested in any of these courses you can check out the various course details here or contact James or Barry directly.





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