Oppie Irish Nationals 2015

This major event will be taking place in our club between 12th and 16th August. Back Cover Over 200 participants are expected including many from overseas.  The event organising committee have been meeting regularly since this time last year lead by Olive Parker.  Plans are well advanced and many club members have already signed up to assist.  We are greateful to have LeasePlan as the main sponsors. 

Click on this image Irish Optimist Nationals 2015 Event Logo above for more details.  To facilitate this event we are asking that all boat owners remove their boats from the yard for the duration.  We appreciate that this is an inconvenience but we do need space to accommodate the storage, rigging and marshalling of optimists each day.   If you can assist and have not already been recruited for one of the many tasks that need to be undertaken then please contact a member of the junior committee.  We are looking forward to a successful prestigious event.  Our thanks to all in advance.


Skerries Regatta 2015

Our annual Regatta went off successfullylast weekend (July 18th/19th July)  Thanks to the support of very many members all races were run to schedule.  The weekend started with 5 brave Skerries Cruisers battling their way to Howth for the M Davis Cup (Sapphire series) in winds over F6.  Sean Davis won in a two hour race by less than a minute on corrected time from Declan Higgins.  They were closely followed by Jim Boylan, Aidan Boylan and Paul Harrison.  Well done to all.

The traditional Howth to Skerries race commenced proceedings on Saturday with 14 boats taking part.  With a strong southerly winds the leading competitors reached Sherries just after 13.00 hrs.  Howth boats took all hours with Peter Dunlop of Mojito collecting the Rockabill Cup.  Dinghies completed two races in continuing strong winds.  Fortunately Sunday saw lighter winds.

Congratulations to the following winners:

Cruiser Regatta     

1st                                            Peter Dunlop of Mojito HYC

2nd                                           Sean Davis of Symi

 3rd                                          Jim Boylan of Shockwave

Crystal Prize                     Sean Davis of Symi

 Mermaids Regatta

1st        (Brown Cow)       Sam Shiels

2nd                                           Enda Weldon of RSC

3rd                                            Paddy Dillon of RSC

Red Island Cup                Sam Shiels


1st                                            Daragh Kelleher

2nd                                           Tom Fox of RSC

Sundry Class

1st                                            Liam O’Callaghan



Just to advise that ISA Courses are booking up quickly.  If you haven’t booked your week please do so asap:

Week commencing
  • Start Sailing (Level 1) Fully booked,  Basic Skills (Level 2)  few places, Improving Skills (Level 3) few places
  • Week of 6th July, fully booked with exception of Improving Skills we have a few places.
  • Week 13th July – all courses have one or two places left – Start Sailing, Basic Skills, Improving Skills, Kites & Wires
  • Week 20th July – Cara na Mara – almost booked, Basic Skills – 2 places.
  • Week 27th July – Basic Skills – few places, Fun Week for Improving Skills plus – few places left.
  • €50 non-refundable deposit will secure your place.  Provisional bookings taken by email or over phone.   See booking form attached.


Junior Committee.

Weighhouse Cup 2015 Handicaps

Weighhouse Cup 2015 Handicaps

 Update……  Congratulations to Liam O’Callaghan and Jim Dowling who won the Weighouse Cup on Saturday.  Well done!  Thanks to all who entered and ROs Micheleine and Helen and Rescue Crews.  (This Saturday June 20th, weather permitting, we will be running the popular Weighouse Cup which has the unusual format of a Corinthian Start.  Check your allocated handicap in the attachment below – this will indicate, based on 2014 results, what time you are to start.  Thanks to John Knox for preparing this data.  The starting sequence will be 5 minutes sequence (and not the usual 3 minutes) and the table indicates the number of minutes you start after the 5 minute start.  If you find that you are not listed please advise the Hon Sailing Sec – txt at 087-9849813 (email at kjbranagan@gmail.com).  Note warning signal on Saturday is 15.00hrs.

Click here ……>  Weighouse Cup 2015 Handicaps)

ISA Application Form 2015

Skerries Sailing Club Application for Junior ISA &
Summer Courses 2015

Details of the up coming ISA Sailing Courses which the Club is running this Summer are available on the attached link below.

E-mail juniors@skerriessailingclub.com for more information.

We will accept a €50 deposit to hold any course place once the balance is paid before commencement of the course.

Print off , complete and return this form……

ISA Application Form 2015 FINAL June July

Sailing …. at last


Finally the 2015 season got underway with two dinghy cup races on Sunday morning May 3rd.  After poor weather on the both the previous Wednesday, for the practice race, and on Saturday forced cancellation of sailing on both days, it was with some relief that lighter airs (F4 SW) allowed Liam, Micheline and Helen, our ROs, do some catch on the Sunday morning by running the Paddy Hand Trophy and the McGowan races consecutively. 7 boats took the challenge of these early races. Congratulations to Niall McGrotty for winning the Paddy Hand Trophy and to John Fitzgerald for winning the McGowan Cup. As is traditional the Paddy Hand Trophy was presented in the clubhouse after racing.

Wednesday May 6th, weather permitting, will be the start of the points competitions for cruisers and dinghies. Remember Cruiser warning signal will be at 19.30 hrs while dinghies warning signal will be at 19.45 hrs.

St Patrick’s Day Parade  – Skerries Sailing Club

Optimist boat being towedThe theme of SSC’s entry in this year’s parade was ‘Come Sail with Us’.  We even had a new banner made by Image Depot especially for the parade which we will see on the balcony soon.  To highlight our theme we showcased two boats that are sailed frequently in the club, an Optimist representing the Junior members and a Mermaid for the Senior’s.

We had a great turnout from our Junior members who came down in their club hoodies and sailing gear with plenty of green on their heads and faces.  The floats were a colourful affair and they had plenty of fun waving and distributing the lollipops to the crowd.

The Optimist was towed by a Leaseplan Jeep to signify their sponsorship of the upcoming Leaseplan Optimist National & Open Championships 2015 which the club is hosting in Mid-August. We expect over 180 young optimist sailors, all under the age of 15 from Ireland, UK, Europe and other nationalities such as India and Bermuda. It is a prestigious event and we hope the club and the town of Skerries will benefit from this 5 daylong event and help us to welcome over 150 families to Skerries. It is a really exciting time for Junior sailing in Skerries and we are looking forward to a great summer on the water.

Mermaid sailing boat Sam Shiels very kindly provided his Mermaid ‘Azeezy’ to be part of the float and we packed the Juniors into this. I would like to thank Aidan Boylan for the use of his trailer, Sam Shiels for providing his very glossy mermaid,  George O’Connor (Snr & Jnr), Garrett Walsh, Tom Adams, Andrew Frazer, Tom Connell, Claire Arnold, Duncan O’Reilly, Stephen Crowley and of course to all the Junior members who came out in support of the club. A great day was had by all and we retired to the Club afterwards to continue the festivities.

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