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Greystones Sailing Club Back on the Water with 37 Dinghies out Training

5th June 2020
Dinghies prepare to launch at Greystones Harbour Dinghies prepare to launch at Greystones Harbour

Taking advantage of the glorious weather and the lifting of restrictions, Greystones Sailing Club launched a fleet of 37 dinghies last Saturday, and another 18 went out last night (Thursday). This was the second week of a race training programme organised by the club aimed at single handed and double-handed from the same household sailors.

The usual fleet of RS 400s, 200s and Fevas was boosted by an exploding fleet of Lasers recently added to the club, not to mention a number of adults who shoe-horned themselves into the clubs fleet of Laser Picos as the only option for sailing under the current Irish Sailing advisory.

A fleet of RS 400s, 200s and Fevas was boosted by a new fleet of Lasers at Greystones HarbourA fleet of RS 400s, 200s and Fevas was boosted by a new fleet of Lasers at Greystones Harbour

Managing what she described as “quite a logistical challenge” club Commodore, Daphne Hoolahan patrolled the beach ensuring that all participants were signed in and out to comply with contact tracing requirements. The fleet took part in a series of practice starts and sprint races.

An RS Aero is part of the dinghy scene under the Sugerloaf at Greystones BayAn RS Aero (right) is part of the dinghy scene under the Sugerloaf at Greystones Bay

Coaching organiser, Fiachra Etchingham, was delighted with the outcome. “As Saturday progressed, you could see significant improvement in our sailors who’d had a longer than usual off season” he commented. “The current restrictions have compelled us to do something we do so little of, train for our sport!”

The training programme will continue in the coming weeks with North Sails Shane Hughes being lined up for a master class in due course.

Published in Greystones Harbour
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