We had a very good evening’s sailing yesterday. A Force 3 westerly with rain
which cleared nicely as we got out on the water from the beach. Thanks to
Ciaran Jordan for safety boat work and putting out the marks – Ciaran had
been working/sailing all day on Lough Atalia practising team racing in the
GBSC RS Feva’s and needed a break! Thanks also to Kevin Finn for being the
race officer – I am told the briefing was up to aviation standards! Six
boats went out to do a 2 lap course- much to the youngsters disappointment,
and John’s, the wind died a bit but it was still a good exercise in light
wind sailing – the most difficult, especially with the tide to consider.
Good to see Seosaimh and Marcus and Micael and great to see the youngsters:
Eamonn Murphy, Seamus O’Donoghue, Joe Meaher, Kevin, Paraic and Darog who
were all out in 420s. (I think). John H and Colm and ? were in John’s Sport
The enthusiasm was such that we decided to run the club sailing sessions as
normal during the Volvo week – so , yes , sailing is on tomorrow at 1300
hours (1pm), John McCole is safety boat helm , and I am looking for a
volunteer for Race Officer – only two flags!
I will send out a roster for Race Officer shortly – only one of you was
unable to volunteer from the list I sent out recently – check it if you are
The dinghy park is half constructed and should be finished today so we will
be able to move the boats down there over the weekend and life will be much
easier – no more pulling the ancient 420 trolleys half a kilometer!. The
road is also improved and there is a hardstand close to the beach .
As a club we are providing safety and general help support to the ISA
Accessible sailing programme during the Volvo week, the orange Rigiflex will
be used for this and Tim and Nancy, John McCole and Lauren, and John
Hendley will share out the work. The ISA have 140 bookings for this disabled
sailing programme spread over the whole week.
The Humber will be used by Ciaran Oliver, Conor, Darragh and Eoin for other
support roles during the week when we don’t need it for sailing sessions.
Access to the Club : If Lough Atalia Road to the Harbour Hotel is shut you
can get access by declaring that you are a member of Galway Sailsports Club
and the password is ‘Nancy Roe’.
Don’t forget the Junior parade of sail this Sunday from the beach- meet at
GOSC at 3.00pm – you are welcome to use the club 420’s weather permitting.
Bookings to Nancy please 0866670180 or email. Anybody else wanting to use a
420 to join in the main parade also contact me – but I suggest juniors get
Let’s hope the weather is kind this next week,