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West Is Best For Dinghies at Galway Bay Sailing Club

30th June 2016
West Is Best For Dinghies at Galway Bay Sailing Club

Dinghy West, scheduled for Galway Bay Sailing Club on the weekend of 8th to 10th July, is steadily gathering momentum with a sizable fleet expected. Alan Donnelly, GBSC Rear Commodore for Dinghy Racing, has put a very good programme together on the dedicated website, where you can get all the details…..and pay your entry too.

My word, how technology has changed. Not long ago, you might be told give a fiver on the day and a couple of beers for the committee boat. But now, race management has become such a professional service in clubs with a very high standard of on-water safety, excellent courses, and almost instant printed results at the touch of a button, that the old ways are no longer viable.

Leading Galway's race management is David Vinnell, the club's newly appointed National Race Officer, who is signed up for a number of events including the Laser Nationals in August. Club Commodore Gary Allen is committed to having a dinghy championship that will be capable of attracting all levels and classes combining the event with the Feva and Topaz regional championships, as well as all dinghies on a PY handicap.

The event is supported by the ISA Try Sailing programme and western director Pierce Purcell has secured the ISA dinghy fleet to make boats available for kids who might not own a boat to encourage extra participation.

There is also the possibility of having team entries from clubs in the event.

Galway Bay now has young clubs in Spiddal, Kinvara, Galway City and Kilronan on the Aran Islands, while beyond Slyne Head, Inishbofin is also in on the act. To attract the beginners who have not yet travelled to an event, the club will have prizes so these adults and kids can compete on the Sunday only.

The Drascombe Association under Jack O Keefe have been invited to participate with Dinghy West for a dinghy cruise from Oranmore to Kinvara and back . This event will support the notion that sailing is growing again, and is not all about racing says Pierce, who promotes cruising as Vice Commodore of the Cruising Association of Ireland.

With a number of successful Try Sailing events and courses under GBSC's belt this season, membership has grown by twenty per cent, which augurs well for the West. It sounds like a great dinghy weekend, so get on and book, or get on the blower if you prefer to Gary Allen at 086 8501457

Published in Galway Harbour

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Galway Port & Harbour

Galway Bay is a large bay on the west coast of Ireland, between County Galway in the province of Connacht to the north and the Burren in County Clare in the province of Munster to the south. Galway city and port is located on the northeast side of the bay. The bay is about 50 kilometres (31 miles) long and from 10 kilometres (6.2 miles) to 30 kilometres (19 miles) in breadth.

The Aran Islands are to the west across the entrance and there are numerous small islands within the bay.

Galway Port FAQs

Galway was founded in the 13th century by the de Burgo family, and became an important seaport with sailing ships bearing wine imports and exports of fish, hides and wool.

Not as old as previously thought. Galway bay was once a series of lagoons, known as Loch Lurgan, plied by people in log canoes. Ancient tree stumps exposed by storms in 2010 have been dated back about 7,500 years.

It is about 660,000 tonnes as it is a tidal port.

Capt Brian Sheridan, who succeeded his late father, Capt Frank Sheridan

The dock gates open approximately two hours before high water and close at high water subject to ship movements on each tide.

The typical ship sizes are in the region of 4,000 to 6,000 tonnes

Turbines for about 14 wind projects have been imported in recent years, but the tonnage of these cargoes is light. A European industry report calculates that each turbine generates €10 million in locally generated revenue during construction and logistics/transport.

Yes, Iceland has selected Galway as European landing location for international telecommunications cables. Farice, a company wholly owned by the Icelandic Government, currently owns and operates two submarine cables linking Iceland to Northern Europe.

It is "very much a live project", Harbourmaster Capt Sheridan says, and the Port of Galway board is "awaiting the outcome of a Bord Pleanála determination", he says.

90% of the scrap steel is exported to Spain with the balance being shipped to Portugal. Since the pandemic, scrap steel is shipped to the Liverpool where it is either transhipped to larger ships bound for China.

It might look like silage, but in fact, its bales domestic and municipal waste, exported to Denmark where the waste is incinerated, and the heat is used in district heating of homes and schools. It is called RDF or Refuse Derived Fuel and has been exported out of Galway since 2013.

The new ferry is arriving at Galway Bay onboard the cargo ship SVENJA. The vessel is currently on passage to Belem, Brazil before making her way across the Atlantic to Galway.

Two Volvo round world races have selected Galway for the prestigious yacht race route. Some 10,000 people welcomed the boats in during its first stopover in 2009, when a festival was marked by stunning weather. It was also selected for the race finish in 2012. The Volvo has changed its name and is now known as the "Ocean Race". Capt Sheridan says that once port expansion and the re-urbanisation of the docklands is complete, the port will welcome the "ocean race, Clipper race, Tall Ships race, Small Ships Regatta and maybe the America's Cup right into the city centre...".

The pandemic was the reason why Seafest did not go ahead in Cork in 2020. Galway will welcome Seafest back after it calls to Waterford and Limerick, thus having been to all the Port cities.

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