Who Are We

rief History: We are a club of enthusiastic keelboat sailors based on the Tipperary shores of Lough Derg, most of whom keep their boats in harbours close to Garrykennedy. The Club was founded in 1985 by a group of like minded sailors who wanted relaxed fun but competitive cruiser racing on the Tipperary shore of Lough Derg. Many of those founder members are still very active and the ethos and spirit of the club emanates from the those early days. The emphasis was always on having fun, but the racing is competitive, with many races won by mere seconds on corrected time. Throughout the mixed fleet, there are individual match races going on as well, as evenly matched boats vie for advantage. Champagne has been known to change hands following a particularly well fought race. The social aspect is not forgotten and we enjoy great times together, ashore and afloat.
Membership: We have 50 members, mainly boat owners, but an active group of about 150 sailors of all ages and capabilities comprising crew, partners, family members and friends.

We have no clubhouse, we just meet up for our weekly racing and occasional social events, the best time to meet people is to come along for the regular briefings, Saturdays usually at 12 noon in Garrykennedy (see Race Calendar for dates).

What do you need to join us? New members are always welcome, and most boat owners are always on the lookout for new crew, (NO experience necessary) just enthusiasm and interest required!

We need members of ALL ages, some of the crews are very young (and well able to show their skippers a clean pair of heels), and others are equally in the youth of their old age, well able to quote rules and give instructions, and tease you mercilessly when out racing – so whatever your age or ability, we will find something and someone for you!

All you need to go sailing are a few outdoor sports clothes, decent non slip runners (or Dubarry type sailing shoes or boots), waterproof jacket (to keep rain and spray off you), warm cloths and a buoyancy aid (life jacket). Most skippers can loan you a lifejacket until you get started. Sometimes a change of trousers if you get wet can help! You do need to dress for the weather!
Directions to Garrykennedy

What We Do

We are a small club of enthusiastic cruiser (small keelboat) sailors based on the Tipperary shores of Lough Derg, most of whom keep their boats in small harbours close to Garrykennedy.

We have 50 members, mainly boat owners, but an active group of about 250 sailors of all ages and capabilities comprising crew, partners, family members and friends.

We have no clubhouse, we just meet up for our weekly racing and occasional social events, the best time to meet people is to come along for the regular briefings, Saturdays at 11am in Garrykennedy (see Race Calendar for dates).

New members are always welcome, and most boat owners are always on the lookout for new crew, just enthusiasm required!

We need members of ALL ages, some of the crews are very young (and well able to show their skippers a clean pair of heels), and others are equally in the youth of their old age, well able to quote rules and give instructions, and tease you mercilessly when out racing – so whatever your age or ability, we will find something and someone for you!

All you need to go sailing are a few outdoor cloths, decent non slip runners (or dubarry type sailing shoes), waterproof jacket (to keep rain and spray off you), and a buoyancy aid (life jacket). Most skippers can loan you a lifejacket until you get started. Sometimes a change of trousers if you get wet can help!

GSC Return to Sailing Guidelines

Covid 19 remains a serious threat to the health and welbeing of GSC members and associated participants in our events.  For this reason all GSC events will be conducted in compliance with government, health authority and Irish Sailing guidelines.  In particular, Irish Sailing have issued risk mitigation guidelines for a return to sailing and we will be adhering strictly to those. The following are the terms under which GSC racing and other events will be conducted until further notice, commencing on 25/7/20.

– All races and other events run by Garrykennedy Sailing Club will be conducted in full compliance with Irish Sailing “Return to Sailing Scheme” as set down on the IS webpage

https://www.sailing.ie/Portals/0/documents/2020/Governance/Return%20to%20Sailing%20Scheme%20PH3%20Final%20for%20Publication.pdf

– All participating skippers and crew are required to familiarize themselves with the terms of Irish Sailing “Return to Sailing Scheme” and ensure full personal and boat compliance therewith at all times while involved in any GSC event.

– All skippers must keep a full record of crew members and their contact details for each race or other event participated in.

– Full 2 metre social distancing will be observed at the Briefing.  For the “August” Series, race entry fees are waived (except for the “Visitors’ Cup” RNLI fundraiser when a bucket collection will be used), thus personal contact outside individual boat pods should be avoided.

– Presentations will be made outdoors whenever possible and in compliance with the 2 metre distancing rule.

– Skippers or other participants in GSC races or other events with any queries relating to these precautions should contact the GSC Covid 19 Officer – contact details below. 

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