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SSC – Return to Sailing Scheme Phase 1

Can you interpret the message? (thanks to Liam Dinneen)

Irish Sailing have published their interpretation and recommendations for how sailing activities may be resumed for Phase 1 on the 18th of May should the RNLI and Coastguard Advisory notice be amended before then. A Phase One (provisionally 18th May) roadmap for return to sailing outlines activities and compliance. The SSC sailing committee has met to interpret the roadmap for Phase One and makes the following recommendations.

From the 18th of May: for members living within the 5Km restriction zone:
> The boat yard and rear shed will be open to facilitate boat maintenance ensuring full compliance with social distancing; no more than 4 people should gather. Please be aware that no insurance cover is available for contracting COVID-19 while using the facilities or services of SSC. Everyone that enters SSC is responsible for their own actions and safety and must fully comply with COVID-19 procedure guidelines and protocols.
> To facilitate traceability entrants to the boat yard are requested to log in and out.
> No club facilities will be available.
> The punting service cannot operate in phase one.
> SSC will not be providing supervised activity for single handed or household multi handed sailing. Members should follow the fundamental principles for deciding to go afloat and do so at their own risk.
> SSC boats will not be available for hire during phase one.
> The Cruiser crane in may take place but SSC can not provide a punting service at this time.

Provisionally Phase two return to sailing commences on the 8th of June. The Sailing committee will meet again before this date to analyse the roadmap for phase 2.

Brian Mc Nally
Vice-Commodore/Sailing Committee.

Message from the Commodore

In these challenging times I hope all our members, their families and friends are keeping safe.

As directed by Irish Sailing our Club and premises has been closed since mid March. We are keeping closely aligned with Government announcements and Irish Sailing guidance on the  planned phases to “Return to Sailing . The SSC Sailing Secretary and team will be coordinating virtual meetings with key groups to implement this phased return as the directions are published.

Your committee also has been busy during this period in keeping on top of all the usual infrastructure and club management tasks. We have had two virtual committee meetings to date and continuous virtual planning and communications breakout sessions.

We have been able through observing the appropriate social distancing to carry out some internal work on the club house in preparation for the full return. The ever popular introduction to sailing talks never missed a beat and were made available live via ZOOM and also were recorded for later download.

It should be noted that after long canvassing Fingal County Council are now installing new safe ladders on the pier for safer access to boats.

We are hopeful of a clear phased approach to returning to sailing emerging  in the next few weeks so please stay tuned.

Finally, I would like to say thank you for your continued support and membership of your club during these difficult times.

Liam O’Callaghan

Commodore, SSC.

Message from the Sailing Secretary.

First and foremost, I hope all members and their families are keeping safe and well during these distinctive times.  I want to send a quick update on the sailing season.  Clearly, we are in unchartered waters and with little or no timelines available it is hard to provide definite answers as to schedules and fixtures.

The Sailing Club will follow all guidelines from the HSE, Irish Government, and Irish Sailing as they get updated over the coming weeks. At this time, we will continue with the May schedule and I will circulate a soft copy of the fixture list to all members next week. However, the schedule will be driven by what the authorities say when a review of the current status will take place in the next week. I believe it is highly unlikely that the May series will go ahead, however for now we will wait and see.

In these tough times it is nice to look forward to getting on the water this summer, whether that is sooner or later.  I know many of the classes have WhatApps, Facebook, and email groups.  I encourage you all to keep in touch with your fellow sailors in the coming weeks and months ahead.  Or even try your hand with some online sailing through virtual regatta in the link below.

Stay safe,


Club Closed until further notice

As previously advised by Newsletter, Skerries Sailing Club will remain closed until further notice. This website remains open. Please call 083 068 5666 or email for any urgent matters. Also please see above tab “Info/Club Officers – 2020” for more contact details. At this time we wish all our members and their families every safety during this current pandemic. Liam O’Callaghan , Commodore. (

Commodore Liam O’Callaghan

Outgoing Commodore presents Commodore’s Burgee to incoming 2020 Commodore Liam O’Callaghan.

At last nights Annual General Meeting of Skerries Sailing Club Liam O’Callaghan was elected to be the 41st Commodore of our club. We wish Liam and his new committee all the best in their tenure and especially for the upcoming 2020 season which will, of course, include the Progressive Credit Union GP14 World Championships in July.



Skerries Sailing Club have a position vacant for a Club Manager and is accepting applications for this full time position, which incorporates overall responsibility for the management of the club including administration and hospitality.
The job will include management of all off water facilities and activities, direct management and training of all staff, financial management and marketing. The Club Manager will report to the General Committee of Skerries Sailing Club. Applicants must be able to work a flexible 35 hour a week which will include evening/ weekend hours.
The ideal candidate will have a proven track record in management with some experience in event management and the catering industry, have strong interpersonal skills and be proficient with Microsoft Office Word and Excel. A detailed job description is available on request from
The closing date for applications is Friday 27th March. If you are interested in working in an exciting vibrant Club please send your CV with a cover letter outlining why you are suitable for this position to

Reminder – Annual General Meeting Thursday, 5th March 2020, at 8.30 p.m.


  1. Minutes of the Annual General Meeting held on Thursday, 14th March, 2019
  2. Matters arising from the minutes
  3. Resolutions
  4. Commodores Address
  5. Honorary Treasurer’s Report
  6. Election of Auditors
  7. Honorary Sailing Secretary’s Report
  8. Election of Officers:
  9. Commodore
  10. Vice Commodore
  11. Honorary Secretary
  12. Honorary Treasurer
  13. Honorary Sailing Secretary
  14. Assistant Honorary Sailing Secretary
  15. Assistant Honorary Treasurer
  16. Social Secretary
  17. Chair of the Cadet Sailing Section
  18. Committee
  19. Any Other Business