Club News

Opening Day Activities

On Saturday 12th the club began its on the water activities. In the morning a total of 13 junior sailors in 5 boats took to the water for the regular Saturday Morning Taste of Sailing sessions which will continue until the end of August.


In the afternoon 11 Cruisers came to the line for the opening race of the Cruiser season which is traditionally for the 1st Commodore Trophy. Conditions were ideal with sunshine and light to moderate Westerly winds with the course of 12 miles length around Goat Island and club marks providing a gentle reintroduction to sailing on all points of sailing . The Echo division was won by Gaby Hogan’s Growler while the experimental IRC/Standard Echo division was won by Flor Riordans 3 Cheers.


Next Saturday’s Race is for the Applebe Trophy.


Finally, a special thanks to UK Sailmakers who are again sponsoring the Harbour Mark this year. The UK Sailmakers loft in Cork is run by Schull native and Club member Barry Hayes who provides a full sail making and repair services as well as canvas work as well as making the iconic McWilliams bags


Announcement of Commencement of the Clubs Cruiser Racing Season

In a letter circulated to members on May 18th the Club Commodore, Sean Norris announced the commencement of the club’s cruiser racing season with the first race being the First Commodores’ Race on June 12th.

Your committee has put together a programme that will see the fleet race as one fleet but with scoring under the Progressive ECHO Handicap system that has been in operation for several years and also under a blend of IRC and Standard ECHO Handicap as produced by the ISA. The latter scoring will use a boats IRC Handicap where available otherwise the ISA Standard ECHO Handicap for the boat will be used. This will give boats an indication of how they would fare under the IRC system as the standard ECHO is effectively more or less the same as a boats IRC Handicap.

The clubs’ calendar can be found here & the clubs’ course card can be found here.

We will be trialing some new courses over the season so brush up on your navigation!

The sailing instructions will be issued shortly.

Covid-19 in the Summer 2021 Season

Unfortunately, Covid 19 is still with us and consequently we have to organise ourselves accordingly so for now the arrangements with the exception of the Skippers Meeting (skippers Only unfortunately for now) will be as they were last year see here (Insert Link) until the Public Health Advice Changes. These are:


In advance of each race all competing boats are required to register on the “Skippers Registration WhatsApp Group” which we ran last year in accordance with the club Covid 19 protocol.

In advance of each race all competing boats are required to submit contact tracing details to [email protected] in accordance with the club Covid 19 protocols.

– The Pod System will continue to operate on the club ferries i.e. the ferry will bring and collect only one boat crew at a time. Please try to avoid congregating on the Pontoon and if a situation arises where more than one Pod ends up waiting for a ferry please practice social distancing.

– Prize giving’s will be by “invite only” as was the case towards the end of last year. We will endeavour to provide Live Streaming of the Prizegiving’s. Details will follow in due course.


Hopefully as the season progresses the Public Health Advice may change to allow us to relax some or all of the above limitations.

Calves Week 2020 Cancelled

The 2020 Calves Week Regatta has been cancelled due to the ongoing Covid-19 situation.

 The Committee of Schull Harbour Sailing Club has come to the conclusion that it could not guarantee the safety of large numbers of competitors in the small town of Schull in these uncertain circumstances. The considerable difficulty in implementing social distancing on and off the water and the risk of spreading the virus has led to the cancellation of the regatta. We are mindful of the government guidelines with regard to social distancing and the convening of large gatherings. Whilst it is a big disappointment for all involved, we feel it is in the best interests of all, competitors, club organisers and the local community in Schull.

Schull Harbour Sailing Club wish to thank the sponsors of the event, particularly our main sponsor CD Environmental, the Race Officer Alan Crosbie, those who have already entered and all the loyal supporters of Calves Week for their patience and understanding.

Hopefully Calves Week 2021 will be back stronger than ever

Flor Riordan

Commodore SHSC