Another 8 new home-grown instructors after GHYC held an ISA Instructor Course over the Halloween Midterm break :
Conn Harte Bourke
GHYC gets a mention in Sailing World Article
Take a look at the article written by Tim Zimmermann - In Praise of the Topaz -, where GHYC gets a mention.
The article can be found here and thanks to John Wyles for bringing it to our attention
From everyone in GHYC a heartfelt
to Team Ireland
Team Ireland with Skipper Philip Bendon are the new Match Race Youth European Champions for 2013,
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The Eurosaf Match Racing Youth Open European Championships September 24th - 28th 2013 held in Lake Constance.
Skipper: Philip Bendon
Bruno van Dyke
The 2013 European Youth Match Racing Championship has been organised by the Konstanzer Yacht Club (GER) in co-operation with the Jugend Regatta Frderverein, the Schler Segelclub Konstanz (GER), Jugendsegeln Steckborn (SUI) and the Yacht Club Bregenz (AUT), a truly international line-up of yacht clubs. 3 countries surrounding Lake Konstanz; 16 teams under 23 from 14 countries; 8 umpires; 8 boats (Blue 25) which were sailed at the World Match Racing Tour in San Moritz; 2 RR groups and 4 days of racing. The event seems to be very interesting and challenging, especially for young sailors who will be fighting for a title the best Match Race Sailor in Europe.
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***** WELL DONE THE LADS FROM GHYC *****
Nautical Channel came to Glandore
Remember the Nautical Channel came to Glandore during the Classic Boat as part of The Gathering Cruise?
The show has been on their channel for a month or so now on pay to play and it is now available for public release, so we have it on a UTube link for you to share with your members. Glandore is looking good, well done. Once again, thank you for making them so welcome.
You can view the video here
Youth Sailing as it ought to be
When Bill Sandberg our visiting PRO for the Classic Regatta went back home to the USA, he obviously took with him a very positive and lasting memory of the time he spent here and of the people he met especially the Juniors.
As a result he wrote the following piece which is being published in the USA in October, you should read this, and the club should be very proud of it's achievements.
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Youth Sailing As It Ought To Be
Anyone who ever read my column in Windcheck or saw it when it was picked up in Scuttlebutt knows I have pretty strong feelings about junior sailing programs.
Recently I was honoured to be the PRO for the CH Marine Glandore Classic Regatta in West Cork, Ireland. Each day at least one junior sailor or instructor was assigned to the Signal Boat as part of their sailing program.
Talk about nice kids. These were some of the most polite young men and women I’ve ever met, who simply love sailing and want to know more and more.
When I watched the junior sailing program in action on a daily basis, I understood what was happening. So many junior programs in the U.S are focused on racing: drills, drills and more drills; and traveling thousands of miles to attend regattas with the most expensive boats and gear imaginable.
The junior program at Glandore Harbor Yacht Club (80 kids) focuses on fun. They sail predominantly Topaz’s, which are inexpensive plastic boats that can be sailed with main only singlehanded and double handed with a jib. No spinnaker and no trapeze.
They don’t spend a lot of time racing or traveling to regattas, in fact the one regatta they did travel to changed the way they operated and GHYC dropped it.
The sound of children laughing and girls giggling, capsizing their boats, swimming off them, going out in the rain and just plain having a ball was incredible. I don’t mean to put down the Opti (I was once on the class’ national board), but 10 year old girls don’t want to be alone, they’d rather giggle and talk, The Topaz is far more conducive to that.
The culture of Irish families is all about the kids, and Glandore’s junior program is no exception. At some yacht clubs (not all), the junior program is an afterthought, subservient to any adult activities. The primary focus of GHYC is more about junior sailing than adult racing. They embrace the fact that kids are the future of their club and the sport of sailing. Much of the money raised during the regatta goes toward the junior program, and they make the kids sing for their supper. In addition to working on the signal boat, junior sailors and instructors ran mark boats, made and sold lunches each day, sold raffle tickets and did anything asked of them.
Now the Glandore Harbour Yacht Club is far from a palatial expanse. I doubt if it is more than 1300 square feet in two floors, roughly half of which is dedicated to kids and their activities. In addition to sailing, they play video games, and just hang out together having the times of their lives. The club has no paid staff, and it was just gutted and rebuilt. All this was funded by fundraisers and work donated by members who were builders, plumber, electricians, etc.
It’s all about getting back to basics and making sure that having fun is the primary objective.
Will the Glandore Harbour YC junior program send some to the Olympics someday? Not likely. But when these kids are 70+ yeas old, most of them will still be sailing. Isn’t that what it should be all about? Can U.S programs say the same?
***** 2014 Instructor Application form now available here ........2013 Training End of Season Report now out go to the Training page for more info . . . Look at the Draft 2014 ISA Training program. *****
© Glandore Harbour Yacht Club 2013
NEWS Updates for 2013
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The results of the GHYC December Monthly Draw are:-
1st Harold & Jean Smith
2nd Tom & Mary O'Callaghan
3rd Bill Chibber
4th Bernard O'Callaghan
5th Tim Ford
6th Anne Marie Trindle
7th Jim Whitaker
8th Gail Ellis
Congratulations to All