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Adult Sail Training Program – Just Sailing 2019

Our JUST SAILING program is designed to introduce adults to sailing in a fun and relaxed way.  2019 season currently underway.  It essentially involves going out on the water (weather permitting) each Saturday morning (commencing at 10.00am) and returning for coffee and cake at 11.30am to discuss the outing.   If you would like to join us please contact Gerry Byrne at

August 2019

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Free Sailing Theory Course at SSC is now complete.  Just Sailing commences 10.00hrs on Saturday May 11th.  Looking forward to seeing you all there!

On this course, with the aid of film, slides and diagrams, you will learn the parts of a sailboat, boating safety, wind awareness, rigging a boat and steering and tacking and gybing (turning) a boat.

(If weather permits some of the above, including hoisting sails, will take place outside).

We will demonstrate how the wind drives a boat upwind, as well as downwind and show you how to sail a triangular course.

You will also learn how the weather affects sailing, what drives the tides and currents and how they affect sailing.

We will also cover safety, launching a boat and leaving a slipway or beach, as well as making a competent return. How to anchor and moor a boat will also be covered.

We will explain a bit about racing and, for those who prefer more leisurely boating, there will be an introduction to the wonderful world of cruising. There will also be a short module on basic pilotage and navigation.

Participation is free and also open to non-members.

This course will cover similar topics up to the Irish Yachting Association’s Level 3 curriculum although ISA exams will not be held as part of this course.

It will provide an ideal background for taking part in Skerries Sailing Club’s Just Sailing programme where new members can join the club at a reduced (50%) rate and go sailing every Saturday morning.

(For more details see our Facebook Page:

The course takes place each Tuesday night in April (2nd, 9th, 16th and 23rd) commencing at 8.00 PM. There will be a 10 minutes break for free tea, coffee and cake each evening).

To reserve a place email:

Notice of Annual General Meeting

Notice of Annual General Meeting of

Skerries Sailing Club

Thursday, 8th March, 2018 at 8.30 pm

Notice is hereby given that the Annual General Meeting of Skerries Sailing Club will take place in the Club House on Thursday, 8th March, 2018 at 8.30 p.m. to transact the following business:

  1. Minutes of the Annual General Meeting held on Thursday, 23rd February, 2017.
  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:
  • Commodore
  • Vice Commodore
  • Honorary Secretary
  • Honorary Treasurer
  • Honorary Sailing Secretary
  • Social Secretary
  • Assistant Honorary Sailing Secretary
  • Assistant Honorary Treasurer
  • Chair of the Cadet Sailing Section
  • Committee.
  1. Any Other Business

Click here for ==>   AGM Notice Agenda and Nomination Form 2018

SSC Laying Up Supper 1967

Over 50 years ago – thanks to Davadine Grimes for submitting this photo.  It’s the prize winners from the Laying Up Supper held in the now gone Holmptrick Hotel in 1967.  It contains 6 past Commodores and the present Commodore (aged 16 at the time!).  Can you name them…. Back row from the left (Commodores in Blue)

  1. Hugh Cahill
  2. Jim Dempsey Snr (father of Jim Dempsey jnr)
  3. Sean Ryan
  4. Harry Grimes
  5. Davadine Grimes
  6. Joe Boylan
  7. Pat McNally (father of Brian McNally)
  8. Kieran Branagan
  9. Kit Fox

Front row from left

  1. Tony Grimes
  2. Jim Hegarty
  3. Milo Ready
  4. Eileen Rooney (mother of Siobhan Boylan)
  5. Paddy Hand (much revered RO)
  6. Murragh McMahon
  7. Michael Lynam (Donal’s father)
  8. George  Dempsey (son of Jim snr)
  9. Sean Rooney.

At the 2017 Laying Up supper, 50 years later, I had the honour, as Commodore,  of presenting the same trophies to new winners.  (For the record I had won the Fireball Crews prize!)

If you have an interesting photograph from your archives for sharing please send them to me at  Kieran



Post Christmas Talks

Our fortnightly talks continued last Wednesday (Jan 17th) with an well attended presentation by Liam Dinneen and Helen Ryan on Race Management.  Lots of lively discussion on the how’s of conducting races in Skerries bay under many adverse conditions that can occur.  The Talks continue as scheduled below.

Look forward to seeing you there.  Talks start at 8.30pm in the club. Bring a friend.

Winter 2017/18 Talks Programme

SSC are please to invite both members and non members to our winter talks.    Next talk tells the story of Harry Callan’s incarceration during WWII and his experiences. Come along and learn more.  See the newsletter for updates. The remaining three talks before Christmas at detailed below.  They are on every second Wednesday evening starting at 8.30pm.  Please come along and bring a friend or two.  There is no charge!  click on image below.

New Members Trip to Rush Saling Club

On Saturday 30th September last 4 wayfarers left SSC lead by Gerry Byrne and sailed to a great welcome in Rush SC.  This was just another expedition arranged by Gerry for our new members group.   We were very received by Rush who provided a very welcome mid day meal prepared by Jonathan Mason and his team.  Thanks to RSC Commodore Brenda McGuinness for a warm welcome which we hope to reciprocate nest season.

This is a higher definition version of the Rush Just Sailing trip posted earlier. For the technically minded it's a MPEG4 using HD1080p presets although what it has become after being recoded by Facebook is anybody's guess.

Posted by Just Sailing at Skerries Sailing Club on Tuesday, 3 October 2017


Mermaid Week 2017 in Skerries Sailing Club

Last week’s event in our club was one of the most successful events undertaken in the past two years. The National Mermaid Championships 2017 went off without a hitch.  10 races were planned and 10 races plus I crews race were executed on time through the week.  The competition in excellent sailing conditions went down to the wire.  We congratulate our own Sam Shiels and his crew Con Bissett and Eoin Boylan in 189 on their retention of the their title as Mermaid Champions and winning the handsome “Lady” trophy.  We also congratulate Paul Browne and his crew of Brendan Dunne and Jennifer Shiels in 146 for winning the Designers Cup and also Conor and Martin O’Toole in 179 for their third place in the Daphne Cup.  Well done to Frankie Brown Jr for winning a very competitive crews race on the Tuesday.  Definitely a very successful week all round for Skerries sailors.

(Photos courtesy of Michael O’Connor)

26 boats from 6 clubs – Foynes YC, National YC, Royal Irish YC, Clontarf Y&BC, Rush SC and Skerries SC – competed making this one of the largest single class sailing events held in Irish waters this year. Competitors were full of praise for the organisation and management of both on and off the water activities.  Hugh organisation and planning in advance was undertaken, combined with excellent execution over the week to make this a successful event.  Thanks also to our main Sponsors – Bacharach and Sail Alarms – and the many Skerries businesses listed in the brochure who sponsored prizes on the various nights.

Special praise must go to Brian McNally, SSC Mermaid class captain, and his team including Susan Roundtree, Valerie Cronin and Ross Galbraith.  Brian and his team were planning this event over a year ago and their hard work paid off – even the weather played its part.  Our experienced Race officers of Liam Dineen, Micheline Shiels and Helen Ryan executed flawlessly producing some great races that enabled the competitions to go right down to the last day.  Well done.  Thanks to our many Rescue/Mark laying support team members throughout the week – Colm Collins,  Jim Boylan, Neil Cramer, Tom Adams, Laurence Breen, Jim Dowling, Paul Hick, David Cooke, Liam O’Callaghan, Richie Ferguson, Eugene Osbourne, Andrew Thornton, Olive Parker, Noel Lappin, and the many Junior drivers, the safety officers Stan Pyke, Ronnie Horan and Liam McMahon and our punt men Conor, Ben and Sean who also helped on shore.  Our thanks to Michael O’Connor for his brilliant photos which even featured in Afloat – see Apologies if I left out others.

Off the water Kathryn Collins and her team with Donal Lynam our Club Manager did a great job on catering both early morning, mid-afternoon and then with the various functions in the evening.  Thanks to Colm Collins for sponsoring the coffee.  Well done to Con Bissett and Maria Browne on securing the many special prizes for the various nights and Carol Maxwell for maintaining our event Facebook page. And also to our race Office team of Graine Mc Grotty, Susan Roundtree, Valerie Cronin, Monica Alcock  and Siobhan Boylan for keeping us in good order.

Apologies if I missed anybody.  It was truly a great undertaking by a great many people resulting in a great event.  Thank you to one and all.


Annual SSC Regatta and Fireball Leinsters – FULL RESULTS/PHOTOs

Our Annual SSC Regatta  was held this year on July 15th and 16th including the  Howth to Skerries cruiser race for the Rockabill Cup.  This year we are joined by the Fireballs who were completing their Leinster event.  All results below:-

Press Release – Mermaids

Photos thanks to Susan Roundtree.



Congratulations to:

  • Stephen Quinn of Lambay Rules on winning the Rockabill Cup,
  • Darragh Mc Cormack on winning the Brown Cow and Red Island Cups,
  • Colin Collins/Jim Boylan on winning the Cavan Crystal Trophy and
  • Tom Fox of RSC on winning the Brien Leahy Trophy.

Admiral’s Hat Fits….

Congratulations to Brian McNally and his crew on winning one of our oldest trophy the Admiral’s Hat.  This trophy has been in the club and its exact history is a little cloudy.  If you have any information on this prized possession please let us know.  In the meantime it is in good hands or head…

Seen here below is the presentation by Gerry Byrne to Brian on Sunday morning June 18th last.