Mayo Sailing Club Open Day, May 6, 1-5pm
On May 6th Mayo Sailing Club will once again open its doors from 1-5pm and welcome families and individuals in for a great time. There will be activities for both young and old, with opportunities to get out on the water, see the various types of boats and learn some of the ropes.
Mayo sailing club is a thriving and vibrant club with a diverse range of sailing activities going on throughout the season. Since its establishment in 1976, MSC has earned an excellent reputation. The club has a very popular and active junior programme where kids get to spend their days out on the water racing or just messing about in boats. The club hosts supervised mixed fleet dinghy sailing and racing for those interested, on Sunday afternoons and also on Tuesday evenings from late May. Clew Bay, with its myriad of small islands is a great place to explore by small boat. The larger boats regularly sail out to Clare Island, Achill, Inish Turk, Inishbofin, the Inishkeas, and well beyond. MSC members have also been to the fore in open yacht racing events: Thursday evenings in Clew Bay and all along the west coast. Recently some members won the World Student Yachting Championships.
On May 6th, Dinghies and big boats (yachts) will be on display and visitors will be able to see how things work first hand. There will also be dinghies and other water craft available to take a spin out on the water. The Coast Guard will be on hand to explain how they protect our sailors and fishermen alike. In addition, there will also be face painting and a bouncy castle for the youngsters. Members will be demonstrating rope work, knot tying and other boating related skills. As a respite from the activities, there will be a barbeque and refreshments will be served.
Mayo Sailing Club welcomes new members. Members literally “get out there”, and so can you! No prior experience is required. No boat is needed. There are separate Taste of Sailing courses for both the junior programme and for adults.
The MSC clubhouse has a large social room with a bar and kitchen. There are comfortable changing rooms, toilets and showers. There is a boat shed for storing outboards etc. as well as a storage area for yacht tenders. The club has its own slipway adjacent to a hard stand area which is used in the summer for dinghy storage. The yachts are all on swing moorings in the adjacent harbour.
To get to Mayo Sailing Club, take the Newport Road (N59) out of Westport. Turn left on the golf course road and follow the brown signs for Rosmoney and Mayo Sailing Club. For more information, visit www.mayosailingclub.com.