We at Galway Bay Sailing Club hope you are keeping well in these very difficult times and like you, we are hoping that the worst will be over in a few months.
GBSC is one the oldest and most active sailing clubs in the West of Ireland. The club is seeking to raise 20,000 euro to upgrade facilities and meet modern requirements.
The club is currently celebrating its 50th year since it was first founded by a dedicated and insightful group of people. The club is affiliated to the Irish Sailing Association and is based at Rinville, Oranmore. At that location on the Atlantic Ocean the club has for fifty years provided a host of sailing facilities to promote sailing and knowledge of the sea to all age groups in the Galway area.
The club has an accessibility program for people with special needs. It has specially adapted boats for this purpose and sailing occurs once a week throughout the sailing season. The club provides weekly sailing throughout the season for both dinghy and cruiser boat sailing. In terms of training newcomers to sailing, the club runs a variety of sailing courses, ranging from beginners to advanced courses for young people through the year. In addition the club provides introductory events for adults who are considering taking up sailing as a hobby.
Galway Bay Sailing Club also contributes to tourism in Galway through hosting National and Western Regattas bringing sailors young and old from around the country to Galway. The highlight in recent years has been the day long sail from Cong to Galway dinghy race on Lough Corrib which is attracting large numbers.
The club also attracts visiting boats to Galway Harbour such as French boats from Lorient and other French sailing towns in France. Many members of the club volunteered to help out during the Volvo Ocean Races and special club regattas were held to coincide with the Volvo events to raise the profile of sailing and tourism in Galway.
Like many clubs the Galway Bay Sailing Club is ambitious for the future and despite the setbacks to funding caused by the Covid 19 crisis, the club is seeking to recruit a new generation of people to the sea and sailing, as well as offering a sport that has a positive impact on climate change.
The club has a fine facility in an excellent location to benefit the people of Galway County, however the facilities are in need of upgrading and further development, in order to meet modern standards and expectations, it is for this reason the club is seeking to raise funds through the Go Fund Me program.
It is intended that monies raised through this program will be used to directly fund areas such as
· New Equipment
· New Boat Shed
· Club House refurbishment
· New Training rooms
The club is appealing to members, past members, local people, the business and tourism community, as well as all those with any interest in sea faring activity to contribute where possible.
We don’t want anyone in any way to feel obliged to contribute - we recognise and understand that COVID-19 is having a devastating impact on many and as a result their own personal circumstances maybe already very difficult.
All funds raise will be published in the club accounts and available to members on request or at AGM.
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