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  • SSBC walking weekend – Tollymore Feb 2016

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    Photo courtesy of Sharon Dwyer

    S.S.B.C. Mourne Walking Weekend 2016.

    The Club held its 5thwalking weekend, based at the Tollymore National Outdoor Centre.  We had 40 participants lead by Peter Smyth, Michael Madigan and Donal Dwyer.

    The mountain walk started at Bloody Bridge  up to the Mourne Wall there the group split with a large number climbing Slieve Donard (Ulster’s  highest mountain 853m). Both groups then continued on to the Castles and through Hares Gap and back to the Hostel via the Trassey Track and finally through Tollymore Forest just in time for the Irish /English rugby match.

    Peter lead his group for a three and a half hour walk around the boundary of the forest park.

    After the match we all got together for dinner and a few drinks ( a few to many for some !!!) Singing provided by Ann O’Connor and her Hot Gossip backing group, Peter entertained us with his singing and guitar playing. , Aideen, one of our visitors gave us two great numbers and last but not least Paul provided D.J. / Lighting Engineer services until 4 a.m.

    Sunday was a fabulous day ,maybe too bright for many of us . Some were  a bit concerned when we ran into a team from the Game of Thrones in full costume and fully armed as we exited the Hostel.

    The Hostel provided a great breakfast, which set us up for the day.  19 walkers set out at 10.30 and did the Spinkwee Walk. (approx. 3 hrs)

    Unfortunately Robert Murphy  had the man  flu and was sorely missed by his herd of  Mountain Goats.

    A special thanks to the staff of the Tollymore Hostel for taking great care of us  again.

    Don’t forget to book early for 2017.

    Article by Donal Brennan


  • Club Christmas Walk – Dublin Mountains Killakee & Cruagh


    Photo courtesy of Patrick Wodhams – More photo’s here.

    The 2015 Christmas walk was held on Tuesday 29th Dec 2015. This year we continued our traditional practice in following sections of the Dublin Way for our annual Christmas Walk. Twenty seven of us gathered on the Tuesday after Christmas at Killakee carpark, departure was scheduled for 11.30. The day was overcast with a light wind. A major storm was forecast to come in later in the day but we had a gap of about three hours to complete our trek.

    From the car park we followed the road around to the entrance of Cruagh wood. There we took the trail eastward until we reached open ground on Cruagh Mountain.  Then up onto the mountain; the track we followed was more of a stream with continuous pools with flowing water, there had been a lot of rain the previous night. The higher we got the wind in our faces increased to about 40 knts. At the top of the mountain we picked up another wider track, again very wet which took us across Killakee Mountain to the Feather Bed road (Military Rd). We followed the road northwards and at the next junction veered left towards Piperstown. Bohernabreena lakes were below us to our left.  The wind coming off Kippure was getting stronger all the time.  After about half a Km we turned right into the wood and took a lunch break sheltering behind stacks of large logs. Heading eastward we followed a raised track through a felled wood and back onto the Featherbed road which brought us quickly back to the car park. It took us just less than three hours and we covered 8.5 Km. A good walk in varied terrain with mixed conditions.

    Our thanks to Brendan Peavoy & Seamus Greene for organising.

    Article by Peter Smyth


  • 2015 – SSBC Ladies Helm Championship

    2015 - Ladies 111The Ladies Helm Event took place Sun 6th Sep last. The weather was very kind, between 5 and 8 miles per hour according to Pete’s new anemometer !
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    Seventeen ladies turned up for our 7th annual event. Clubs represented…SSBC, Malahide, Sutton and Clontarf.

    The youngest was 7 and the oldest was………. Most ladies raced singly in Topaz, but we did have one mother/daughter team and a 9/10yr old team.

    Six races were held lasting 10 to 15 mins.
    2015 - ladies 115Three groups were involved, which rotated between races. The best 9 went into the afternoon final.This consisted of the best of 3 races. Competition was tight at the top places.

    Sharon Dwyer won the ‘Mermaid Trophy’, with Cliona Fitzpatrick (Malahide) winning ‘best visitor’. Many thanks to all who helped out.
    A very enjoyable day was had by all and so we hope to repeat it again next year.
    Commodore.  Jackie Malone

    Ladies waiting to be ferried to their boats……. Windward mark………….
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    Sharon Dwyer – SSBC ‘Mermaid Trophy’ winner. With Commodore Jackie Malone Cliona Fitzpatrick – Clontarf Overall winner. With Commodore Jackie Malone
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    More photos click here – courtesy of Paul Rainey

    More photos click here –  courtesy of Patrick Wodhams


  • GP14 – O’Tiarnaigh Challenge – April 18th & 19th 2015


    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. 2015-rot-2

    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

    Shane MacCarthy & Damian Bracken win the GP14 Riocard O’Tiarnaigh Challenge2015-rot-3a

    Yachts & Yachting..

    More photo’s here..

    1. 2015 – O’Tiarnaigh (Part 1 of 3) – Photo’s courtesy of Robert Conlon
    2. 2015 – O’Tiarnaigh (Part 2 of 3) – Photo’s courtesy of Patrick Wodhams
    3. 2015 – O’Tiarnaigh (Part 3 of 3) – Photo’s courtesy of Paul Rainey

    Video clips here..

    Results Here..



  • 21st March 2015 – Club quiz in aid of the RNLI


    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


  • 17th March 2015 – Swords St Patrick Day Parade

    2015-paddys-day-gangPhotos 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.

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    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.

    Article By Siobhan Broaders2015-paddys-day-panPhoto courtesy of Patrick Wodhams