Who We Are?

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We are a club of enthusiastic small keelboat sailors based on the Tipperary shores of Lough Derg, most of whom keep their boats in harbours close to Garrykennedy. We have 50 full members, mainly boat owners, but an active group of about 150 sailors of all ages and abilities comprising crew, partners, family members and friends. If you enjoy boating on Lough Derg, come and see if GSC is for you.

What does Membership provide? Membership brings you to Sailing on Lough Derg on perhaps 25 Saturdays per year, participating in good quality fun racing and a strong social scene. New members are always welcome, and most boat owners are always on the lookout for new crew, 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!

What do you need to come sailing with GSC? All you need to go sailing are a few warm outdoor clothes, decent non slip runners/short boots (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 life jacket until you get started. Sometimes a change of trousers if you get wet can help!

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How To Join?

New Members are ALWAYS welcome!

Cost: Membership costs €60 per annum for boat owners and voting members. Crew are very welcome to join for a reduced fee of €30. Race entry fees are typically €10 per boat per race; €20 on RNLI Lifeboat Days – where all fees are donated to the Lifeboats

Since GSC has no clubhouse, almost 100% of your subscriptions go towards social events and prizes, and most boats and crews win at least one prize per annum. So you get value for your subscription money!

To Join:

1. Come along to the 12 Noon briefing on a Race Day in Garrykennedy: The best way to get acquainted with our club is to come along to Garrykennedy on any Saturday in time for the briefing – this takes place at the Flagpole near the public Shower/Toilet facilities. We have a picture of it in the website. Just introduce yourself to the people at the flag pole and ask about racing in Garrykennedy. Hopefully we will find you a berth for that days race, so come along prepared.

2. Contact us using the contact form below: Contact our Hon. Secretary using the contact form below – this helps because they can then put out the word that we have a possible new crew member, and the skippers can fight about getting you on board their boat, and we can give you help in bringing the right clothes/shoes.

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3. Send us an Application Form: You can also download and print out an APPLICATION FORM (20130318 Membership Application Form) and simply send it back to us using the address on the form. Once we work out how to do this online, then that is what we will do!”

The best way is to try it out for yourself, come along and see if the people and activities of GSC are for you – no obligation and no experience necessary. Everybody is most welcome.

If you like our sport and our company; then join our club. We have active members who come sailing each week from places as far away as Kinsale and Dublin, and we also have many cruising (non racing) members who only take part in the social activities, but enjoy helping out with running the shore side of our races, planning and organising our annual picnic to Dromaan, and generally making sure that the tall tales of races won and lost having some bearing on reality.

Women on the Water Event – Conquer Breast Cancer – June 7th 2014

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JUNE 7th – Ballina – 12 Noon – Outside Flanagan’s

The Irish Sailing Association (ISA) is delighted to have partnered with Action Breast Cancer for a new Women on the Water Ireland (WOWI) initiative.

WOWI aims to get over 2000 women on the water in aid of Action Breast Cancer each year, with an aim to raising over €20,000 for the Irish Cancer Society.

Garrykennedy Sailing Club is hosting its WOWI event on Saturday 7th June 2014 at 12.00hrs in Ballina to coincide with the Killaloe Pink Ribbon Walk on the Sunday. Meet on the green in front of Flanagan’s Bar before boarding a cruising boat for an afternoon of sailing and fun racing. Prizegiving and drinks afterwards.

‘Come on Girls’ register your details by 31st May 2014 – simply email Mary Hughes at mpc.hughes@gmail.com or call on 087 6443389 for more information. €10.00 donation.

Bring a lifejacket  if you have one, otherwise we will supply. You may need a rain jacket and a pair of soft soled shoes.

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