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Laying Up Supper Photos 2018

A great night was had by all!  Well done to Commodore Kathryn, Sailing Sec Ross who was MC and all who worked hard to prepare for this successful event.  Congratulations to all trophy winners.  Special thanks to Mick O’Connor for these memorable photos.

Sailing full Circle – Next Wednesday Evening Talk

Wednesday 28th November, 8.30pm

By popular acclaim our annual talk by SSC humorous sailor Garry Owens – a man of many accomplishments.  In this presentation Garry covers family adventures and misadventures in a series of boats over 45 years, sailing around the Irish and UK coasts and occasionally further afield. Full Circle refers to starting off with a 19′ day boat in 1973 and ending by downsizing this winter to a slightly larger cabin version of the same.  An attempt to regain lost youth ?  

This is a free talk.  Club open at 8.00pm. Talk starts at 8.30pm.  This is our last talk before the New Year.  Non Members Welcome.

Next Wednesday Evening Talk ==> Charting the Shannon

Wednesday 14th November, 8.30pm

A presentation by Les Saunders from the Charts Special Interest Group (CSIG) project within the Inland Waterways Association of Ireland in Skerries Sailing Club.  In the past our waterways were chartered in a rudimentary fashion and with the many changes that time brings – farming/industrial runoffs, dredging, changing water levels, etc – it has long been understood that there is a need to establish a much more reliable data set.  To this end Les and his team have been running the project for over 6 years now, and have over 7 million soundings, covered from Limerick to Beleek, the canals and Barrow, and other off navigation lakes.  Les will talk to this project and perhaps how the approach used may be extended to the shores off the north county.  Les has held the role of PRO in the CSIG since its formation in 2011. He is an elected Council Member of the IWAI and represents the CSIG on the IWAI Executive. He is also the current Commodore of Gortmore Boat Club in Terryglass.

Club open at 8.00pm. Non Members Welcome.  Bring a friend!


New SSC Club Manager

Skerries Sailing Club are pleased to announce that Lynda MacMahon is our new Club Manager. Lynda comes to us with lots of experience in the hospitality industry having, most recently, been the welcoming and friendly face in Stoop Your Head.
Next time you are in the club please take a moment to introduce yourself and welcome Lynda. Contact her at 083-068 5666 for all social events and bookings.
We wish Lynda all the best in her new role and look forward to working with her to make Skerries Sailing Club a club members and friends will be proud of.

Off Season 2018/19 talks begin!

Conor O’Brienthe sailor who made the first circumnavigation.

Wednesday 31st October, 8.30pm

Skerries Sailing Club (SSC) Winter talks have restarted! – When the kids are exhausted from their antics come and relax in SSC club house and listen to an interesting talk on Conor O’Brien, sailor extraordinaire to be given by Gerry Byrne.  Conor was born in 1880. An interesting time in Ireland. Ground breaking things were happening across a wide range of fronts, in science, the arts, the Gaelic language revival, agriculture, economics and independence politics. He was to dip his toe into most of them and fully immerse himself in others. But he’s best known as a sailor who made the first circumnavigation, aboard Saoirse, south of the Great Capes. More recently he’s back in the news with the restoration of his 1927 creation, the working sailboat Llen, which he designed and had built for the Falklands Island Company

He witnessed the birth of a nation, experienced the death-throes of the wealthy upper class into which he was born and saw the resurrection of the peasant class which had once tugged forelocks to it. He served in two World Wars, and also, through his role in the Howth Gun Running, unwittingly helped spark a violent Irish insurrection.

This will be a popular talk, so please come early.  Club open at 8.00pm. Non Members Welcome

Wednesday Evening Series 2018 Results

Hard to believe that we have already completed our 2018 Wednesday Evening series – 11 races were undertaken by Dinghies while 12 racers were completed by the Cruisers.

Dinghies – Congratulations to Noel Clarke in winning the Dinghy PY series over 11 races by one point over Stuart Burns as

Sail No Type of Boat Owner Points Place
13847 GP14 Noel Clarke 29 1
858 RS600 Stuart Burns 30 2
14938 Fireball Niall McGrotty 39 3

Stuart gained some compensation by winning the Dinghy Progressive  by 3 points over Eric Quinn.  Full results for this series on Results tab on this website.

Sail No Type of Boat Owner Points Place
858 RS600 Stuart Burns 37 1
185105 Laser Eric Quinn 40 2
13847 GP14 Noel Clarke 46 3

Cruisers – Congratulations to Paul Hick in winning the Cruiser PY series over 12 races over Robbie Keys as 

Sail No Type of Boat Owner Points Place
128 Eboat Paul Hick 12 1
268 Ruffian Robert Keys 22 2
1195 First 32.5 Johhston & Fox 27 3

 Paul Harrison won the Cruiser Progressive series by 2 points over Michael Johnson.  Full results for the Wednesday series are on the Results tab on this website. 

Sail No Type of Boat Owner Points Place
3337 First 33.7 Paul Harrison 23 1
1195 First 32.5 Johhston,Fox 25 2
268 Ruffian 23 Robbie Keys 25 3

2018 Gul GP14 World Championship

Well done to SSC competitors in this biennial world event held at Mount’s Bay, UK, last week. This event next takes place in our club in August 2020! 3 SSC GP12 teams entered in this 119 competitor event – Colman Grimes/Sam Wray finished 33rd, Doire Shiels/Andrew Sexton finished 46th and Cathal Sheridan/David Cooke finished 64th. Each were successful in receiving individual race prices as Colman 2nd Gold in Race 1, Doire 1st Silver in Race 5 and Cathal 3rd Silver in Race 8. Highlight amongst a great week was Colman’s 2nd place in the first race of the week. Good learnings made by David Cooke as he leads our preparation for 2020, of which more anon.

Full details at…/GP14-World-Championships-Results-Day…

SSC 2018 Regatta incl. EBoat Nationals – RESULTS

Results of SSC 2018 Regatta and EBoat National Championships (click on icons)

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Skerries Sailing Club are please to announce that our annual 2018 club Regatta will take place on July 28th and 29th next and will be held in conjunction with the 2018 E-Boat Nationals.  Provisional details below including those for the cruiser Rockabill Cup from Howth to Skerries on 28th July.  More details to follow.

Skerries Regatta and EBoat SI 2018

Skerries Regatta 2018 Entry Form

EBoat Nationals Entry Form 2018

Skerries Regatta 2018 Main NOR – Provisional

NOR and Sailing Instructions for Rockabill Cup 2018 – Provisional