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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.

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