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In describing its history Baltimore Sailing Club in West Cork says of itself that “the exact year of the foundation of Baltimore Sailing Club is somewhat uncertain!”
Above the bar, in the impressive clubhouse which was constructed in the past few years is the formal list of Commodores. It starts in 1952. However, Frank Murphy, who was the first Secretary of the club, stated that it was founded in the Summer of 1953. The ‘Minutes’ of a meeting held at Salters in Baltimore on Saturday, July 28, 1956 state that “it was unanimously felt that a Sailing Club should be formed.” The club premises had originally started in Salter’s Shed in the harbour.
“There was dinghy sailing in Baltimore before 1953 and since the official list of Commodores starts in 1952, this should be the start year,” the club history says. I love the approach of Baltimore SC in the way that is put!
Its outgoing Commodore, Niall O’Neill, described Baltimore as “a very special club” when he summed-up his two years at the helm. “The spirit” evident amongst all members in the running of the club and the organisation of the events it holds is at its heart. At the annual general meeting this week the Vice Commodore, Charlie Bolger, took over as the new Commodore and joined me for my podcast this week:
The annual general meeting elected Grahame Copplestone as new Vice Commodore with the Committee of Tony Connolly, Rob O’Leary, Grahame Copplestone, Tom Bushe, Sheila O’Sullivan, Dee Griffiths, Etain Linehan, Deirdre Horgan and Ruth Field. The Commodore’s Trophy was awarded jointly to Dee Griffiths and Deirdre Horgan for their contribution to the organisation of various club activities and initiatives during the year. The Heir Island Sloop overall trophy was awarded to Declan Tiernan and Marty O’Driscoll; 2nd – Frank and Helen Whelton; 3rd – Cormac O’Hanlon. The 1720 fleet, for which Baltimore is a major event centre, was won overall by efolioaccounts, Tom, Neil and Paul Hegarty; 2nd Déjà vu, Ross and Rory Johnson; 3rd “Two To Tango,” Peter O’Flynn. The “John Daly Perpetual Trophy” for the most improved junior sailor was awarded to Richard Buckley.
A revival of interest in the traditional working craft of West Cork started in Baltimore in 1997 with the construction of the Noble Shamrock, a 33-foot long mackerel yawl built by Hegarty’s Boatyard at Old Court.
This was done from measurements taken from one of the last surviving hulls of her type, the Shamrock that was built in Baltimore in 1910. Three other craft of this type were built over the next few years.
Traditional 25-foot Heir Island Lobster Boats have also been built. In 1999 the last remaining boat of this type, the Hanora, built in 1893, was rescued, restored by Hegarty’s yard and re-launched in May 2014. Hegarty’s is the yard which restored the ILEN, Ireland’s last trading schooner, that recently sailed to Greenland.
Baltimore Wooden Boat Festival has become a national success. It includes shipwrights and maritime archaeologists amongst its organising committee.
With this has come the plan by CUAS, the West Cork Maritime Heritage Company formed by the village community, to turn the disused former railway station into a Museum of Maritime Heritage, with hands-on activities, teaching traditional boat building and sailing skills, maritime archaeology and rescuing and conserving traditional West Cork craft.
That station, a brick building, was once the most southerly railway station in Ireland when it served the thriving fishing village that Baltimore was. It opened in May 1883, but was closed in April 1961.
It was a base for Glenans sailing operation until 2013 but, unused since, has become the target of vandalism.
It is owned by Failte Ireland, but the local community group is frustrated. At first large amounts of money were being sought for the building. It managed to stop attempts to sell the station, pointing to the benefits which its plan to preserve West Cork’s maritime heritage would have.
Falite Ireland eventually agreed to hand over the building to Cork County Council, with the intention that the community group, CUAS, would turn it into the centre. CUAS says it is confident it can do this. But Fáilte Ireland has still not given a date when it will hand over the building.
A request to Fáilte for information was not answered.
CUAS says they are showing commitment by local people to their area and its maritime heritage in a “determined, positive way”.
It seems time that Fáilte Ireland would respond equally positively.
Last year’s bronze medallists in the Star Europeans join a list of more than 30 skipper-crew pairs under 30 already entered to compete for the first junior trophy in the storied International Star Class.
Others in the pedigree field include 2014 Star World Champion and 2017 Star Sailors League Finals winner Frithjof Kleen from Garmany, who is crewing for Italian Laser Radial world champion Guido Gallinaro.
For more see the official website for the 2019 Star Junior World Championship.
The closing date for applications is Friday 21 December.
#RS - Thirteen Fevas battled it out with Tim Norwood and Finn Cleary of the Royal Irish Yacht Club who took their class Southern title with five bullets to count as the RS Southern Championships concluded yesterday (Sunday 16 September) in Baltimore Harbour.
Frank O’Rourke and Emma Hynes of Greystones Sailing Club had an equally impressive series, never dropping out of the top three and winning the 21-strong RS 200 fleet.
In the RS400 class, the recent third-place finishers at the RS400 Europeans held their winning form securing the Southern title in a fleet of 18 boats.
Baltimore Sailing Club thanked event organiser Jim Griffiths, helpers afloat and onshore, the race management team, results personnel and all competitors at the late season event and a fitting conclusion to the 2018 RS calendar.
In the RS200, Frank O’Rourke and Emma Hynes on .com from Greystones Sailing Club lead the fleet with two bullets and a second place in the third race yesterday.
They stood just a point ahead of Usain Boat, helmed by Aaron Jones with Rosemary Tyrell from Greystones and the Royal Irish YC.
In the RS400, Alex Barry and Richard Leonard (Monkstown Bay/Royal Cork) were number one with three bullets, while Tim Norwood and crew Finn Cleary (RIYC) lead the RS Feva field as of yesterday evening’s results.
Baltimore Sailing Club finished off 2017 in the same manner it started - with a wave of activity writes Deirdre Horgan. December 29th saw members fill Casey’s Hotel for the Annual Dinner Dance. Commodore Michael Walsh presented the overall 1720 trophy to Boomerang (Hegarty’s) and the Heir Island Sloop overall winner was Declan Tiernan. The Best Junior Sailor for 2017 went to Joseph Griffiths. The Commodores Award was presented to Brian Leonard. Brian was praised by Michael Walsh for his planning and operation of the Sailing Courses over the past two Summers as the Senior Instructor. He also ensured the safety and enjoyment off all sailors on all levels and taster courses (which was over 300 sailors this Summer).
Commodore Michael Walsh thanked all the members, volunteers, instructors, assistants and helpers for a wonderful year. It started with the IODAI Spring Training Camp in February and the Rath National School Taster sailing course over Easter. The Summer Junior Sailing courses attracted record numbers again. Activity on the water continued throughout the Summer with Catalogue and Lousy Cup Leagues, Marconi Cup and Rambler Trophy competitions. Adult "Try sailing" courses in July and August were an excellent opportunity to get afloat or brush up on those skills under the expert eye of qualified instructions.
The season closed with the ITRA National Championships in late November. The Commodore also congratulated Fionn Lyden on his bronze medal win at the Finn U23 World Championships in Hungary. This was closely followed by his All Ireland Sailing Championship victory with crew mate Liam Manning.
Mark Hassett also continues to impress with his campaign in the 49er class and we wish them all continued success in 2018.
Peter and Robert O’Leary are embarking on a Star campaign starting this month with events in the USA. Best of luck to them and to all our sailors competing nationally and internationally in the coming year.
The AGM was held on December 30th at noon in the Clubhouse. The newly elected Commodore Niall O’Neill thanked Michael and Sharon Walsh for all their work over the past two years. This thanks was echoed by the many members in attendance. The new committee was elected with Charlie Bolger taking over as Vice Commodore and Tom Hegarty as Sailing Secretary.
2018 Baltimore Sailing Club Junior Sailing Course Dates
JULY COURSE 2nd to 20th
TASTER COURSE July 23rd to 27th
AUGUST COURSE - 7th to 24th
With the year drawing to a close, it looked as though Liam Manning of Schull would be seen as 2017’s ultimate bridesmaid, as he was crew for Fionn Lyden’s All-Ireland Sailing victory in October.
But the dark days of November came up trumps for Manning – he captained the all-conquering University College Cork team to overall victory in the mid-November Intervarsities team racing in Baltimore, keeping a formidable array of talent in line.
Baltimore Sailing Club's Fionn Lyden is in the top five of the Finn dinghy under 23 worlds, the Finn Silver Cup, which started yesterday in Balaton in Hungary.
The talented University College Cork Engineering student counts 11, 4, and 7 to be fourthe from 45 with racing abandoned yesterday due to lack of wind.
Lyden, twice an Afloat.ie Sailor of the Month in 2012 and 2015, made history in 2015 by becoming the first helm to win all races (9) in the Irish Youth Helmsmans Championship, which then entitled him to race in the Seniors, in which he duly won the Silver Medal.
Although clearly one of the most remarkable talents to emerge in Irish sailing in recent years, he has chosen a Corinthian path. Thus most of his efforts and energy over the past few years have been dedicated to study in University College Cork but the move to the Finn is certainly an exciting development that is off to a great start in Hungary.
Despite spending four hours on the water, no more racing was possible at the U23 Finn World Championship at Balatonfüred. The sailors were twice sent out on the water, but both times came back empty handed.
Everyone expected to lose a day or more of racing, but no one expected to lose the second day, which had the second best forecast of the week.
The day began with an AP ashore, which then continued afloat for an hour before the sailors were sent back to shore to wait under a further AP. Finally they were sent back out again as a relativity stable 6-8 knots had settled over the course area. This started to drop and shift as soon as the fleet arrived and despite two attempts to get the race away, at 17.00 the fleet was sent shore again.
Results are here
Baltimore will become a centre for sailing over the next few weeks. This August weekend the annual sailing trek to the waters around Carbery’s Hundred Isles will get underway with the annual overnight race from Crosshaven to Schull. For the next few weeks the Cork sailing fraternity will be joined by boats from the East Coast, taking in events like Calves Week, Baltimore Regatta, racing around the Fastnet and the legendary Cape Clear Regatta.
The date when the club was founded varies, according to which account you take it from. A list of Commodores in the club starts in 1952 but a letter dated 3rd August 1976, written by Frank Murphy, who was the first Secretary of the club, stated that the club was founded in the summer of 1953. However, the Minutes of a Meeting held at Salters premises in Baltimore on Saturday 28th July 1956 state that "It was unanimously felt that a Sailing Club should be formed”
On my podcast this week I talk to a former Commodore of the Club, Gerald O’Flynn, who puts that date as the one when the club was formed.
Its story, set up originally as a Summer sailing club for Cork families with second homes in the fishing village, began when some of those seasonal residents lost boats in storms while they were kept at nearby Tragumna beach.
Gerald O’Flynn tells the story of boats built and bought for £75 each in ‘old’ money; about a ‘bastard-type’ of National 18, Enterprises and Fireball dinghies used by the club, the running of National Dinghy Week and the time when the club annoyed locals by covering grass areas on the pier with concrete. It’s a fascinating story about a club with a strong family emphasis which he told me in its modern premises which these days operates for a wider period than just Summer.
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