FAQ’s

FAQs

1. Join Us

a. What types of memberships are available? How much do they cost?

2017 Memberships & Fees 

Temporary membership (single) €100 (Note: First year & for 1 year only)

  • Individuals over 18 years can apply to join as temporary members for one year only. Membership provides one member access to club facilities during scheduled racing and social activities. It also includes membership of The Irish Sailing Association (ISA). Temporary members may not vote at the AGM/EGM and may not go forward for election to the committee. Temporary members wishing to stay on as members of the club after year one must re-apply to join as an ordinary member, at this time Annual Membership, Pen and Trailer Fees apply. This fee also entitles you to the informal introductory to sailing course run over 4 nights in June. (Please see Calendar for actual dates).

Temporary Family membership €150 (Note: Junior members are included in this membership & also Note: First year & for 1 year only)

  • Married couple, common law couple or parent(s) with children under the age of 18 years on January 1st of the year of membership can apply for family membership. Membership provides the family access to club facilities during scheduled racing and social activities. It also includes membership of The The Irish Sailing Association (ISA). The adult family member(s) are entitled to vote at an AGM/EGM and to go forward for election to the Committee. Annual Membership, Pen and Trailer Fees applies to this membership. This fee also entitles the 2 off adults to participate in the informal introductory to sailing course run over 4 nights in June. (Please see Calendar for actual dates). For Juniors, contact the junior officer email.

Ordinary (Single) membership €220

  • Individuals over 18 years can apply to join as ordinary members. Membership provides one member access to club facilities during scheduled racing and social activities. It also includes membership of The Irish Sailing Association (ISA). Ordinary members are entitled to vote at an AGM/EGM and to go forward for election to the Committee. Annual Membership, Pen and Trailer Fees applies to this membership.

Family membership €260 (Note: Junior members are included in this membership)

  • Married couple, common law couple or parent(s) with children under the age of 18 years on January 1st of the year of membership can apply for family membership. Membership provides the family access to club facilities during scheduled racing and social activities. It also includes membership of The The Irish Sailing Association (ISA). The adult family member(s) are entitled to vote at an AGM/EGM and to go forward for election to the Committee. Annual Membership, Pen and Trailer Fees applies to this membership.

Non sailing membership €100

  • Individuals over 18 years can apply to join as Non Sailing Members. This membership is restricted to non sailing activities only. Non sailing members may not vote at the AGM/EGM and may not go forward for election to the committee.
b. I have my own boat, can I store it at the club?
  • Yes! The club provides a boat & trailer pen for members who sail their own boat on a regular basis. The following per annum fees apply and are paid with your membership fees.
  • Monohull – €110
  • Monohull Trailer – €20
  • Multihull – €140
  • Multihull Trailer – €30
  • Junior boat – €50
  • 2nd boat normal fees apply.
c. How do I join Swords Sailing & Boating Club?
  • Contact the club via Email.Or come down in person (check when club racing is on so that people will be at the club).
  • Fill out a Membership form (pdf). Hand it in to Club Secretary or committee member.
  • The completed application form is then submitted to the club committee for approval.
d. Is there a one off entrance fee to pay for new members?

No!

2. Getting Started

a. How do I go sailing if I don’t own a boat?
  • Book on to our free with new membership informal intro to sailing over 4 evenings in June. See Home page and or the Calendar for dates and details.
  • Come down Friday evenings during summer months for social sailing. See Home page and or the Calendar for dates and details.
  • Club members who own 2 man boats are always looking for crew. A great way for new members to learn about sailing and the club.
  • Come down to the club on club racing days and make yourself known.
  • Ask a committee/club member to help you and introduce you to other members.
  • There is normally always space to observe and assist on the water in either a Safety boat or the committee boat.
b. Does the club have any club boats? If so, are they available for hire?

Yes! The club has 3 fleets of boats.

  • 6 0ff – Topaz uno boats. Beginners to intermediate boats. Can be rigged with main sail which can be reefed. In addition it can also be rigged with a 2nd sail (Jib).
  • 6 off – Laser Vago boats. Intermediate to advanced boats. Can be rigged with main sail which can be reefed. In addition it can also be rigged with a 2nd sail (Jib). In addition it can also be rigged with a 3rd sail (asymmetric gennaker). These boats are also rigged with single trapeze wires.
  • 3 off – Laser Dart16x Catamaran boats. Intermediate to advanced boats. Rigged with main sail which can be reefed. They iare also rigged with a furling 2nd sail (Jib). In addition it can also be rigged with a 3rd sail (asymmetric gennaker). These boats are also rigged with trapeze wires.

Club boats are available for hire..

  • However please note: That this is at the discretion of the club committee.
  • Club boats are limited.
  • They can only be hired on club racing and social organised days.
  • They can only be hired for a limited time.
  • Appropriate and verified experience will be required.
  • There is an applicable hire charge per session.

3. Training

a. Does the club provide training?

Yes!

4. Juniors

a. Does the club provide Junior sailing?

Yes!

  • The club provides Junior sailing for the benefit of its family sailing members. (Family Membership is required).
  • Parent help expected with the juniors. (We are not a drop off and pick up service.)
  • Juniors must be able to swim and be water confident.
  • They must follow all club policies and rules, including behavioural policy.
  • They must provide and wear all their own kit. (Buoyancy aid, Wetsuit, rash vest, booties, gloves, windcheater/cagoule, hat. Approx cost new €250)
  • Note: Spaces are limited.
b. Does the club provide Junior summer or any other camps?

No!

c. How much does the juniors cost?
  • Family membership is required. (Please see FAQ 1. Join Us a. What types of memberships are available? How much do they cost?).
  • There may be a small fee for club boat hire.
d. When?
  • As we are a small club we may need to be flexible to suit on this.
  • Definite dates TBA ….Although probably between May and August.
e. What courses are available?
  • We do not offer any courses at present.
f. Are sessions cancelled for any reasons?
  • Yes: A Junior sailing session may be cancelled due to the weather, small numbers and unavailable experienced people.
  • Some sessions may be cancelled on the day due to adverse weather conditions. We can only go by the forecast. This is part of sailing.
g. Is there a junior only membership?
  • No.
  • If parents are non sailors and want a drop off and pick up service for their children, then we are not the club for you.
h. Are there any forms to fill out and sign?

5. Sailing Gear/Equipment

a. Does the club supply any sailing gear/equipment?

No!

  • However, the club has a few buoyancy aids that can be borrowed by new members participating in the informal coaching.
  • The club does not supply any other clothing or equipment.
b. What type of sailing gear/equipment do I need to go sailing regularly?
  • A buoyancy aid. (Not allowed on the water without one! Plus it is against the law not to wear one too).
  • A wetsuit (3mm arms, 4mm legs with 5mm body minimum recommended).
  • Rash vest. (Worn under the wetsuit).
  • Wetsuit booties.
  • Cagoule or windcheater. (For extra warmth)
  • Sailing gloves. (They stop rope burns)
  • Beanie hat.
c. Where can I buy sailing gear/equipment?

Listed are some local retail outlets. If you purchase from them it is worth mentioning you are a Swords Sailing & Boating Club member as they may give you a discount.

6. Club Facilities

a. What facilities are there at the club?
  • Clubhouse.
  • Clubhouse green. (Handy for rigging and de-rigging boats)
  • Parking.
  • Changing rooms.
  • Hot showers.
  • Toilets.
  • Kitchen.
  • Boat pen. (For regular sailing members)
  • Trailer pen. (For regular sailing members)
  • Wash down area on the green for boats.
  • Centra & chippa 2 min walk from club.

7. Off the water Social Events & Activities

Yes!

  • See the front page of this website for the upcoming events.
  • Also check out the club calendar.
  • Prize giving and laying up supper.
  • Seasonal parties.
  • Santa visit for families & children every Christmas via boat.
  • Quiz night.
  • BBQ’s.
  • Family days.
  • Open day.
  • Visits to historical/places of interest in and around Dublin.
  • Active walking treks during off sailing season.