RED LETTER DAY AT HARBOUR
GREYSTONES Sailing Club’s new premises on the south pier in Greystones was officially opened last Sunday.
The club, originally established in 1968, caters for over 350 members and is very much a family club, rooted in the Greystones community. Initially, sailing was confined to mirror dinghies launched from a rubber mat rolled out on the shingle on North Beach with boats transported to and from the harbour on the tops of cars.
The old clubhouse was built in the early 1970s and has continued to be a part of the Greystones community since then.
Now with the opening of the new facility, the club boasts over 100 dinghies and 20 keelboats, has one of the strongest junior sections of any club along the East Coast and is set to grow.
Minister Simon Harris was on hand for the official opening.
Speaking at the opening, Commodore of the club David Nixon said that ‘Greystones Sailing Club has moved to new, bigger and better facilities only a few hundred metres from where our club first began.
‘We have moved, but our ethos of a family friendly, community-based club still remains as strongly as it was when the club was first developed in the late 60’s,’ he said.
‘Our aim with our new facilities is to grow sailing in the community and the new clubhouse is the catalyst to drive that through our growing membership.
‘We invite all Greystones families and anyone with an interest in sailing to contact us and see if sailing is for them. We are open for membership to anyone who thinks they might enjoy sailing.
‘No experience is required and we now have a choice of sailing in dinghies and a growing fleet of keelboats who are often looking for crew, no matter how experienced they may be,’ he added.
Heather Finnegan, Pius Finnegan and Maria Butler with (front) former Commodores Tom Butler (1982/83), Nan Avery (1981) and John Caffrey (1980).
Commodore David Nixon and Minister for Health Simon Harris officially opening the club.
Gary Paine (son of founding member Derek Paine), Cllr Derek Mitchell and life member Alan McCracken.
Cian Maguire and Daniel Norse.
Fiona and Aislinn Nixon.
Marty Cuppage and Joe Taylor.