The GP14s kicked off the season with the Riocard O’Tiarnaigh Challenge sailed at Swords Sailing Club on the weekend of the 18th and 19th of April. A total of 20 boats turned up to compete for the championship which was run in individual fleets Gold, Silver and Bronze over the Saturday and Sunday. The top four in each fleet qualify for the final three race sail-off to determine the overall winner on the Sunday afternoon.
With a steady 13 knot breeze the bronze fleet were first to take to the water and the young Gallagher brothers Gareth and Richard showed early form to lead the first race from start to finish. In the silver fleet it was Simon Cully paired with his old crew Richard Street who took line honours while in the Gold fleet it was the Tim Corcoran and Brendan Brogan, back after a year’s sabbatical who showed the early form and took the first race.
As the day progressed it was the young Gallagher brothers from Culmore who dominated the bronze fleet winning all but one of the six races on the Saturday. It was young Peter Boyle crewed by the auld fellow Stephen who won the last race of the day to hold second place overnight in the bronze fleet. Third place overnight was Adrian Lee and Edward Coyne from Youghal. Adrian and Edward sailed a consistent series finishing either second or third in each of the six races.
The silver fleet was hotly contested with Simon and Richard taking three of the six races but two DNS meant they were relegated to third overnight. Colman Grimes and David Lappin took two of the six races and were the overnight leaders in the silver fleet. Bill and James Johnson won one of the six races and finished the day in second place.
Despite Tim and Brendan’s early showing it was Niall Henry and Ossin Geraghty who dominated the first day in the Gold fleet taking two of the first six and finishing second in three of the others. Shane MacCarthy and Damian Bracken finished the day in a creditable second place taking one of the six races and finishing second and third in the rest. The Mc Guinness brothers held third place overnight with consistent top four finishes.
On Sunday morning there was still three races to sail in the qualification series and qualification open to almost all the fleet. The Gallagher brothers, who after their strong showing on the Saturday had already qualified for the final didn’t need to sail but decided to go out and get a feel for the course in preparation for the final. They sailed the first race and then came ashore to rest while the other battled it out for the remaining qualification spots. Peter and Stephen Boyle, Adrian and Edward from Youghal and Michael Collender with Brian Walker from Mullingar took the other qualification spots for the final. In the silver fleet it was Colman and David, Simon and Richard, Bill and James with Gerry Gilligan and Lucia Nicholson who qualified for the silver fleet. In the gold fleet the qualification places went to Niall and Ossian, Shane and Damian, John and Donal with Tim and Brendan taking the final spot.
The first race in the final saw Simon and Richard a little to eager to start and earned a black flag for their troubles. Niall and Ossian lead at the weather mark and held it all the way to the finish. Shane and Damian were second with Tim and Brendan third. Race two saw a reversal in the top two positions with Shane and Damian taking the first place and Niall and Ossian taking second. With double points for the last race, the overall result would depend on which of the two inform teams could come out on top. In the end it was Shane and Damian who won the race and the championship with Niall and Ossian finishing second overall with the McGuinness brothers taking the last of the podium positions. Colman and David took the top honours in the silver fleet while Adrian and Edward were the overall winners in the bronze fleet.
Article by: John McGuinness
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- 2015 – O’Tiarnaigh (Part 1 of 3) – Photo’s courtesy of Robert Conlon
- 2015 – O’Tiarnaigh (Part 2 of 3) – Photo’s courtesy of Patrick Wodhams
- 2015 – O’Tiarnaigh (Part 3 of 3) – Photo’s courtesy of Paul Rainey
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- 2015 – O’Tiarnaigh small video clip 1 – Courtesy of Patrick Wodhams
- 2015 – O’Tiarnaigh small video clip 1 – Courtesy of Patrick Wodhams
- 2015 – O’Tiarnaigh video – Courtesy of Stephen Broaders
The annual club quiz had 7 teams with 4 people per team. The quiz was close fought and eventual winners were Simon O’ Gormans team. Thanks to Stephen & Siobhan Broaders who again were the nights quiz masters.
€295 was raised on the night. Added to the €130 collected on New Years Day gives a grand total of €425 raised for the RNLI. Thank you to all who contributed.
All photo’s Courtesy of Patrick Wodhams
Article by Patrick Wodhams
Photos courtesy of Paul Rainey – More Photo’s here.
Well done to all that contributed to the SSBC entry in the St Patricks Day Parade in Swords. Thousands of spectators turned out and lined the main street of Swords to cheer on all the floats and sports clubs taking part.
SSBC was led by Peter Smyth and Robert Conlon with the club banner followed by Donal B towing the club rib and then Donal D, Paddy, Conor Keeling our organiser Stephen B steering a club Dart 16 down the main street. Tomomi and son Patrick did a great job of handing out leaflets while Jackie, Linda C and Siobhan handed out balloons and sweets.
Thank you again to all that helped on the day and to Leo Quinn for helping to get the boats ready. Photos and videos are on the SSBC facebook page.
Don’t forget everyone, the annual RNLI quiz takes place this Saturday 21st March in the club at 8pm and the club Spring Series starts this Sunday 22nd March, first gun 11am with 2 races.
Full calendar is on the website.
2015 Duty Roster
Remember it is up to you to swap with someone else if your rostered dates do not suit.
Photo courtesy of Micheal Madigan – More photo’s here.
Mourne Mountain Walk 2015
Forty five members and friends joined us on the weekend of 21/22 February for this year’s annual hill walking expedition to the Mourne Mountains. This was our fourth visit and again was organised by Robert Murphy & Donal Brennan. Our base for the weekend was Tollymore National Outdoor Centre, Bryansnsford near Newcastle in Co Down.
Everyone assembled on Saturday at 9.45 in the main hall. Three grades of walk were set out, Hard, Medium and Easy. Group leaders were introduced; maps distributed and radios allocated. Departure was scheduled for 10.00. Weather conditions were perfect with sunshine, clear skies and a crisp light wind; it remained like that for the rest of the day.
The more advanced hikers, eleven in all, left the western end of the park and headed up to “Hare Gap.” They followed the” Brandy Pad” to Slieve Commedagh which they climbed. Coming off that mountain they then climbed up Slieve Donard (Ulster highest mountain 853mt.). At the top the view was specular but shortly afterwards the weather closed in. Coming down off the mountain they made their way to Heirs Pub in Newcastle. They were later collected and brought back to base.
The “Medium” group of twenty eight followed the same route as far as the “ Castles” they then turned north between Slieve Commedagh and Eagles Rock then down along the Glen River into Donard Forest, turning west to link up with the perimeter wall of Tollymore Park. They followed the wall until the entrance gate at the “Drinns” and from there back to base. In all it was about 20km and took seven hours
The Easy walk group six in all, stayed mainly within the forest park covering 10km and were back at base at 15.30
Dinner was served at 19.00 with a choice of three main courses; everyone brought their own liquid refreshments which helped to keep the party going for the night. Unfortunately there was no sing a long this year despite the guitars being available.
On Sunday it was planned to have a walk within the park but the weather was very poor with heavy rain and strong wind so everyone took their leave and headed for home.
Article by Peter Smyth
The SSBC member survey Feb 2015 is now closed!
Thank you to all those members who contributed.