Great Island Sailing Club

Cruiser Sailing, Dinghy Sailing and Kayaking in Cobh, Cork, Ireland

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Welcome to Great Island Sailing Club

The club was established in 2018 to promote and organise sailing and kayaking in Cobh, Co.Cork, Ireland

A brand new club for sailing and kayaking in Cobh

An exciting programme of events and activities, including an extensive cruiser racing programme, learn to sail sessions for children and teenagers and a social kayaking group for adults.

Activities for 2018 include:

  • Cork Harbour Cruiser Racing: The combined fleets from Great Island Sailing Club, Royal Cork Yacht Club, Monkstown Bay Sailing Club will competed in monthly leagues and cup races from June to September.
  • Junior Sailing: Three learn to sail sessions every Saturday from start of May to end of August for 9 to 18 year olds, ranging from beginners to advanced sailing.
  • Social Kayaking: Get together every Wednesday night from May onwards to explore different parts of Cork Harbour. Trips planned throughout the summer including Spike Island picnic and nighttime paddle for the Regatta Fireworks display.

The club is primarily based out of the Whitepoint Dinghy Park, a facility provided by Cork County Council, which has changing facilities and boat / kayak storage. All the learn to sail programmes are accredited by Irish Sailing, the governing body for sailing in Ireland. All tuition is delivered by fully qualified sailing instructors.

Become a member

If you would like to become a member, please download and complete a membership form and return to the club, by email to or by post to: Great Island Sailing Club, Whitepoint, Cobh, Co.Cork. P24 W526

  • Individual: €100 - Early Bird: €80
  • Family: €150 - Early Bird: €120
  • Junior: €50
  • Kayak / Social / Cruiser Crew: €50*
  • Early Bird rate available until 30th April
  • * Special rate for 2018

Membership application form: PDF Version or MS Word Version

Online payment now available - Go to Online Payment Portal

Cruiser Racing

The cruiser fleets from Great Island Sailing Club, Monkstown Bay Sailing Club, Royal Cork Yacht Club and The Naval Yacht Squadron will all participate in combined Cork Harbour leagues from May to September in an initiative designed to maximise participation and increase competition.

  • June League - Cobh - Fridays 1st, 8th, 15th, 22nd, 29th
  • July League - Monkstown - Saturdays 7th, 14th, 21st, 28th
  • August League - Lower Harbour (RCYC) - Fridays 3rd, 10th, 17th, 24th, 31st
  • September League - Saturdays 1st, 8th, 15th, 22ns, 29th

Cruisers will also compete in a number of cup events throughout the seasons, some scoring as part of the league events and others standalone races.

Junior Sailing

Cobh has achieve one of the highest youth participation rates in sailing in Ireland, and Great Island Sailing Club aims to ensure that this continues into the future. The Saturday sailing school in Whitepoint provides the opportunity for children from the age of 9 years upwards the opportunity to learn sailing at an affordable cost without having to own their own boat.

The club will run three sessions each Saturday from start of May to end of August and is aimed at children and teenagers from age 9 years upwards. Participants must be able to swim

  • Session 1: Beginners - 0900 to 1100
  • Session 2: Beginners / Improvers - 1100 to 1300
  • Session 3: Improvers / Advanced - 1400-1600

Sailing is split into two terms of nine weeks and costs €90 per child. Discount available for booking both terms together, or where there is more than one child from the same family.

All participants must be members of the Club, with Junior membership for the year costing €50 and family membership from €120

Sailing sessions are run by fully qualified sailing instructors, accredited by Irish Sailing.

The club will also be running sailing courses and camps throughout the summer and can also offer "Try Sailing" sessions to schools, other sporting clubs and community groups

Social Kayaking

Great Island Sailing Club plans to establish a social kayaking group.

Initially, this will be aimed at adults who own or have access to a kayak and want to get out on the water more. We plan to run a session each Wednesday night from May onwards from the dinghy park at Whitepoint and plan to organise other trips throughout the season, including a picnic on Spike and a night time paddle to take in the Fireworks for the Regatta in August.

Kayaking lessons for children and/or families maybe possible. This depends on owning or having access to a kayak and sufficient demand to bring in qualified instructors. There would be an additional fee to cover the cost of instructors.

The club is planning a number of fundraising activities and events throughout the season and has the ambition to be in a position to purchase a fleet of kayaks for the club, which in turn can be made available for members to use. This won’t happen overnight.

Volunteers are needed both on and off the water to make this a success and we hope to see lots of kayakers on the water this year. Membership for kayakers at the special rate of €50, with family membership at the early bird rate of €120

Social Events & Fundraising

The club has a wide range of social events and fundraisers planned for the year ahead.

The club is in the process of formulating an ambitious fundraising plan in order to purchase new dinghies, safety boats and kayaks in order to ensure junior sail training continues for the years ahead and the club can continue to develop new activities and grow its membership base. Fundraising events will include a Quiz Night at Cobh Pirates Rugby Club on Thursday 26th April, a Spin-A-Thon in July and a Up-Cycling Auction in the autumn.

The clubs participating in the Harbour wide cruiser leagues will get together for a Launch Night in The Quays Bar, Cobh on Friday 11th May, and prizegivings will be held at the end of each monthly leagues.

Other social events will be organised throughout the year, for cruiser sailors, dinghy sailors and kayakers alike, culminating in a Laying-Up Supper at the Commodore Hotel in November.

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