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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)

EBoat Results =>

Cruiser Results => 

Mermaid Results => 

Sundry Classes Results => 

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

Some Updates…..

Please note

  1.  Results for Fireball and Wayfarer Nationals held in SSC recently are available above on the featured tab.  Well done to all SSC participants,
  2. Punting has been included in the Calendar tab (“Calendar Including Punting“) as above (ignore sidebar).  Please note that due to weather and changing events Punting can be a moveable feast and every attempt will be made to keep all informed via this website, your regular Newsletter and on SSC notice board, and
  3. Your WindGuru’s weather station as available on all pages of this website and directly is currently, due to mechanical difficulties, reporting lower than actual wind speeds.  After three years of constant working some repair work is required and hopefully will be completed within the next few weeks when parts arrive.  Note that wind direction and temperature are accurate.  We will advise when normal working is restored.    Now Repaired – Thanks to Michael Johnson!

Fireball and Wayfarer Nationals June 2018 – Full Results

A successful event was run over with 9 races for the Fireballs and 6 for the Wayfarers as scheduled and in good sunshine and light winds.  Results as

Fireball Pictures – see Fireball Face page at


Skerries Sailing Club are please to host the joint Fireball and Wayfarers National event on weekend of Friday 8th June to Sunday June 10th.

Sailing Instructions