Sailing at GHYC 2017
The 2017 sailing calendar is full of events from early May through to early September promising four months of fun on the water. Every week there is racing for the Dragons and Squib on Wednesdays, Saturdays as well as some Sundays for special events. The dinghies will be racing on Tuesday and Thursday evenings through July and August. The GHYC schools programme starts training in June and they will have racing Wednesday evenings through July & August. Cruising boats are invited to join in the At Home and Glandore Regattas and the Castletownshend and Rabbit Island cruises. Check the calendar and fleet pages for all the information.
To add to the fun this year we are holding the 25th Anniversary Glandore Classic Regatta. There is a full programme of events and racing over the six days from the Parade of Sail, on Sunday 23rd July, to the closing ceremonies on Friday 28th July. Full details here.
The Sailing Committee will be working over the next few months to produce NORs and SIs for all the events and maintain contacts with Class Associations and other yacht clubs. New members on the team for 2017 are Dragon Captain, Kevin Hayes, Squib Captain, Rory Doyle, and Dinghy Captain, David Forde. Vince Tubb continues as Cruiser Fleet Captain.
Important dates for your 2017 calendar are:
Crane In: 6th May from 1400hrs
One Design Leagues: from Saturday 13th May
At Home Regatta: 3rd – 5th June
Dragon Derby: 1st & 2nd July
Squib Derby: 8th & 9th July
May Anne’s Bar Castletownshend: 15th July
GHYC Classic Regatta: 23RD – 28TH July
Gordon Cup: 6th August
Glandore Regatta: 12th & 13th August
Glandore Inn Rose Bowl Regatta: 27th & 28th August
In addition to the above busy home sailing schedule GHYC sailors and supporters will be travelling to compete for the Celtic Challenge Trophy at the Royal Anglesey YC, 24th & 25th June; the Marconi Cup, for our young sailors, in Schull in July, and various One Design Championships in Dublin and Kinsale.
Successful racing events at GHYC are totally dependent on the active participation of members on the Race Committee Team. John and Ann Williams, who provide the core of the RC Team, will be actively recruiting members to join the team. Volunteers are also needed to operate RC boats for mark placing. Please contact any member of the club committee if you wish to join the RC Team. The necessary training and orientation will be provided.
Dragon, Squib and cruiser owners are constantly on the lookout for crew and are prepared to take on board interested novices for training. If you are interested in crewing, please contact the fleet captains for introduction to owners. For those who are thinking about learning to sail, join our Try Sailing! event on Saturday 24th June for an introduction.
Racing sailors should note that the new Racing Rules of Sailing 2017 – 2020 are now in effect. According to the pundits there are no major changes! At least, not that much to affect us club sailors. Look out for a RRS Seminar at the beginning of the season to brush up our knowledge. For those that cannot wait, search the recent yachting press for articles explaining the changes.
To keep abreast of sailing news and developments in Ireland and the rest of the world take out a subscription for Afloat, Ireland’s Sailing, Boating and Maritime Magazine, who is supporting the Glandore Classic Regatta 2017. Subscriptions are available for both the magazine and e-newsletter.
I wish all the members another active, successful and fun year on the waters of Glandore Harbour.
Vice Commodore/ Sailing Secretary