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Meet Ireland's Newest Yacht Club – Blackrock Sailing Club Goes Afloat on the River Lee

3rd October 2017
Some of the sailors who gathered for Blackrock Sailing Club's inaugural sail on the River Lee Some of the sailors who gathered for Blackrock Sailing Club's inaugural sail on the River Lee Photo: Facebook

Blackrock Sailing Club on the River Lee in Cork Harbour became Ireland's newest sailing club last month when the new facility set sail in a fleet of refurbished Firefly dinghies operating from the pier at Blackrock village.

At this stage BSC has 'no fixed abode', according to spokesman Kieran Dwyer, although they are in discussions with several parties including local boat clubs.

Sailors involved include Stuart Hosford, the man behind Nin O'Leary and Alex Thomson's Vendee Globe ambitions and Mick Moloney and Sandy Rimmington to name but a few.

The club's small beginnings have been warmly welcomed by sailors on social media including the comment 'May we still be sailing 50 years from now on the lovely River Lee..'

From its Facebook page here the club is promoting its sailing schedule, membership details and general club updates.

Blackrock was originally a small fishing village about five kilometres from Cork City, the growth of the city has meant the village became incorporated into the city. As of 2015 Blackrock has seen some investment in regeneration projects for the village centre and as of last month it now has a sailing club too! 

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