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The Spring Dinghy League – what you need to know

The Spring Dinghy racing league is a competition taking place over 6 weekends inside the Glandore Harbour on Sundays from Sunday 7th April to 12th May, with the aim of sailing 3 races on each day of racing.

Who runs the series?

A group of volunteers including parents and GHYC members help run the racing. If you would like to help please do let us know. We are always looking for help both on and off the water, from Safety boat drivers to race committee and pizza cookers!!

Who can participate?

We would love anyone (of any age) who has an interest in sailing and has experience or has completed a course with us to come and participate.

Does the sailor need to have completed a certain training level to participate?

No, but we would encourage younger sailors to gain experience as a crew for a more experienced helm.

My child is inexperienced with racing, is this an issue?

Absolutely not! We all had to start somewhere! If your child is on the water racing as part of a crew they will see how the racing works and learn so much.

My inexperienced sailor wants to race but I don’t know how to match them up with a helm.

We will do our best to help team your child up with a more experienced sailor. We cannot guarantee this as this pairing does depend on the number of sailors but we will do our best to get your child on the water.

Is it a problem if we miss some days racing?

A competitor does not need to complete all races to potentially win the league. A number of discards are allowed, which might be when a boat does not race or their poorest results if they race in all of them. Most importantly, we encourage people to get out whenever they can as time on the water = increased experience and having funds with friends.

Do I need a boat?

No, you can rent a Topaz from the sailing club for €10/day.

What does a day racing look like?

Sailors are normally on the water for 2 hours in the afternoon with 3 or 4 races being run. The racing starts at 2pm, so sailors need to be getting ready at least an hour before this. If sailing is not going ahead due to poor weather, etc. we will try to alert all parents/sailors via Whatsapp by 12 noon on the day of sailing, although sometimes late cancellation cannot be avoided.

What happens after racing?

Once the boats are derigged and the sailors are changed we have treats, snacks, pizzas and hot chocolate ready for them in the sailing club. These are normally supplied by parents on a rota basis. As a Club we place huge importance on the social side of sport for our junior sailors. Being a member of GHYC and racing the Spring League is more than just crossing the finish line! We encourage the sailors to socialise and have fun together before and after the races.

How much does it cost to enter?

Entry for the 6 weekends is €15 for members sailing solo (€30 non-members), €25 for boats with 2 crew (€45 where 1 crew is a non-member). The fee for non-members includes Club membership for the series for insurance purposes.

I still have questions…

Harriet Emerson on 0876508664

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