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.

Racing Tactics talk this Tuesday 10th March

Paul Hicks has gathered together a group of experienced  racers to guide the rest of us around the course.

Colman Grimes – The start
Ross Galbraith – Upwind
Sam Shiels – Downwind
Robbie Keys – Leeward Mark

There will also be contributions from Stan Shepherd & Sean Waddilove.

Everyone welcome, skippers, crew, beginners, experts.

Cruiser Prize Giving and Laying Up Supper

The 2014 annual Cruiser Prize giving and Laying up Supper was held in the club last Saturday night, February 28th 2015.

Over 70 cruiser folks and guests and friends enjoyed a pleasent meal of smoked salmon, roast beef and crumble for desert.  Kathryn Collins, the new Cruiser Class Captain, oversaw the presentation of the Sapphire Cups as:

  • The Carlingford and Boland Cups to Sean Davis,
  • The Matt Davis and Challenge Cups to Paul Hick / Bernie Alcock,
  • The Wicklow Trophy to Declan Higgins / Bernie Lynam and
  • The Poolbeg Cup to Morris Creegan.
  • Sean Davis won the overall Sapphire prize.

A raffle was run, generously supported by a number of sponsors, which collected over €400 towards a weather station which hopefuly will be installed before the next season start.

Newsletter January 28th 2015

Skerries Sailing Club

January 28th 2015

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Membership 2015

If anyone has not received the renewal for membership form, please contact Siobhan directly at

Boat Owners Meeting

Date: Sunday 1st February at 3pm

Boat Owners meeting on for this Sunday at 15.00 hrs in clubhouse to review the provisional racing schedule now posted on the website.

Next Winter Talk

In the photo above 135 and 146 are just about to finish.  Is 135 (who completes her tack onto starboard before encountering 146) entitled to “mark-room” here?  Come along on February 17th at 8pm and find out. This interactive talk to be given by Kieran Branagan & Gerry Byrne promise to be informative & entertaining.

Lost at Sea memorial Red Island

A DVD of the ceremony is now available from Skerries News and Karl Duff price €12.50. Money to go towards the upkeep of the memorial & other sea safety applications.

Volunteers needed.

We are looking for people  to serve on a social sub- committee for the coming year. Absolutely no experience required.
We are also looking for help with the club dinghies, you would become to “go-2″ person when members hire them. Again no experience needed.
Please contact

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