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New of interest to all members and public

Sailing Club Branded Merchandise

Looking for something for the Christmas stocking, we have SSC hats, scarves, snoods, ties & hoodies available for sale in the club – please enquire with the bar staff on prices. Also RNLI Christmas cards still available for the last minute posts. Club open this weekend – Friday/Saturday/Sunday – see newsletter for times. Come and see the new glass balcony!

World 49s (U23) Champions – Presentation by SSC

Robert Dickson and Sean Waddilove were presented with two framed pictures of them sailing in Skerries by SSC Vice Commodore Liam O’Callaghan on Sunday December 2nd last to celebrate their great victory as World Champions. Liam in his speech noted that this was a first for SSC and was the result of great effort and hard work by the boys and their many support teams comprising their parents, coaches and the respective junior sections of both SSC and HYC. Robert and Sean, in a Q&A session after the presentation, spoke to the challenging program of training in Ireland and abroad (7 countries in the next 12 months!) as they complete their campaign to get to the Olympics in 2020.  Many members of the SSC junior section attended and Jack McInerney presented them with a check to support their campaign from the SSC Junior section.  See photos of the event and see Robert and Sean below with members of the junior section present – all aspiring Olympic metal winners!  We ask all members and friends to support them by purchasing their 2019 calendar (available for €5 in SSC bar).

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