A little bit about us....

Great Island Sailing Club was established in 2018 to promote, grow and support sailing activities in Cobh and Cork Harbour.

There is a wealth of experience amongst our members and committee, ensuring expertise and standards are second to none. 

Our ethos is one of inclusivity, we aim to make sailing and kayaking as accessible as possible to everyone in our community. Introducing and growing a love for the sports is held as a priority.

All our programmes are accredited by Irish Sailing, the governing body for sailing in Ireland and all tuition is delivered by fully qualified sailing instructors.

Great Island Sailing Club and Cove Sailing Club are working together to continue to support sailing in Cobh.

Join us to sail or kayak, make new friends, and gain a love for the water. Do Something great! 

 

Club / Social News

Annual General Meeting – Monday 21st October

Great Island Sailing Club will hold its Annual General Meeting on Monday 21st of October 2019. The meeting will take place in the Great Island Community Centre (Room 7) at 20:00 hrs....

Ken Beazley Trophy 2019 (Cruisers)

As part of the Cork Harbour Combined League for September, Great Island Sailing Club will run the Ken Beazley Trophy race on Saturday 31st August, with 1400 First Gun. Start Line will be in vicinity...

Kids Summer Camps Now Open for Booking

Let your kids get some great experience on the water this Summer by joining one of our Summer camps. Kids will learn to sail and kayak in a relaxed and fun environment from 10am to 5pm each day. All...

Course – Safeguarding 1

We are hosting a Safeguarding 1 Course - Child Welfare & Protection Basic Awareness Course Monday 08/04/2019. Details below, book now!! €15.00 Date: Monday, 8th April 2019 Time: 6.30pm to...

Sailing News

Round Spike Island Dinghy Race 2019

The Spike Island Dinghy Race takes place on Sunday 25th August 2019 with a 1200 First Gun. This is open to all Irish Sailing affiliated clubs and members and there is no entry fee. The start /...

Adult Dinghy Sailing & Kayaking (August)

The club is offering instructor led tuition in dinghy sailing and kayaking for adults on Saturday Afternoons in August The four week introduction to dinghy sailing for adults runs each Saturday from...

Sailing Courses (July & August)

We are organising a number of further courses this summer as follows, online booking on will be available within the next few days, alternatively you can book in the Dinghy Park on Saturday...

There is no “I” in “Team

https://youtu.be/FiNc0cUX8YI On Satuday 29th June 2019, our junior members took part in a team building morning, with lots of fun and games on and off the water.

Kayaking News

Adult Dinghy Sailing & Kayaking (August)

The club is offering instructor led tuition in dinghy sailing and kayaking for adults on Saturday Afternoons in August The four week introduction to dinghy sailing for adults runs each Saturday from...

Adult Dinghy Sailing & Kayaking (Beginners)

The club is offering instructor led tuition in dinghy sailing and kayaking for adults on Saturday Afternoons in July. The four week introduction to dinghy sailing for adults runs each Saturday from...

Social kayaking season kicks off with trip to Spike Island

Social Kayaking is back for 2019. Our first trip of the season happens on Wednesday 17th April. Meet at the Public Slipway at Whitepoint, Cobh at 7.00pm for a trip out to Spike Island. Kayaking will...

Fountainstown Kayaking

An amazing afternoon of coastal kayaking was had on 6th January. The group headed off along the coast between Fountainstown and Roberts Cove, stopping off to explore coves and beaches along the way.

Our Team

Johanna Murphy

Johanna Murphy

Commodore

Johanna has a wealth of experience in the sailing world. She recently became the first Lady Commodore for SCORA (South Coast Offshore Racing Association) and is also on the executive committee of ICRA (Irish Cruiser Racing Association). She says “sailing is about enjoying yourself and getting out on the water and that is what we are here to promote”.

Ian Scandrett

Ian Scandrett

Vice Commodore

Ian has always had a passion for the ocean since growing up surfing as a small boy in Cornwall.
He went on to master Windsurfing, Kitesurfing, SUP and Powerboating.  Ian is an Irish Sailing Senior Instructor and a Commercially endorsed Yachtmaster. He also owns an impressive Sigma 38. 

 

Rob Pasley

Rob Pasley

Centre Principal

Rob has been involved in sports management and coaching most of his life, in both commercial and voluntary settings.  You will find him in the dinghy park most Saturday mornings during the season organising sailing and kayaking for our junior members, and other times you will find him somewhere in the harbour in a kayak

Deirdre Pearson

Deirdre Pearson

Treasurer

Deirdre has volunteered for a number of years with JCI Cobh, Douglas and St. Finbarr’s Scout Troop and now Great Island Sailing Club. With a background in Finance, she lends her knowledge and experience to the role of Treasurer. Deirdre is an active disability advocate promoting Inclusion and hopes to implement sailing courses for every ability in the future.

Caroline Dooley

Caroline Dooley

PRO & DLP

Caroline is the club’s Public Relations Officer and has a wealth of professional experience in PR, marketing and communications. She’s been involved in sailing since childhood and is delighted to now live in Cobh where she’s able to return to the water.  Certified with Level 3 Safeguarding, she is also the club’s Designated Liaison Officer.

Michelle Gray-Mooney

Michelle Gray-Mooney

Junior Officer & IS Liaison Officer

Michelle has been heavily involved in junior sailing in Cobh for over 10 years. A previous dinghy instructor herself, with power boat and safety boat qualifications, Michelle certainly knows her stuff!  She has been running junior sailing for many years in the area with the aim of introducing both juniors and older teens to the joys of sailing.

George Radley

George Radley

Maintenance Officer

George Radley  is responsible for maintaining our boats at GISC. George is a renowned racer and ocean sailor with an enormous passion for sailing. He himself owns IMP, the famous 40ft boat, and the classic Cork Harbour One Design, Querida as well as the well know Cortegada. 

Tim Meagher

Tim Meagher

Cruiser Sailing Secretary

Tim, recently returned to his native Cobh, joined GISC as a Skipper. He has been sailing all his life, starting on dinghies as a child. Tim supports the promotion of  inclusive sailing at GISC and won ‘Boat of the Year’ in 2018. He is out on the water at every opportunity, whether it’s racing or for one of our “On the Water gatherings”. 

John Ryan

John Ryan

Kayaking Secretary

John is a passionate sea kayaker and holds a Level 3 in sea kayaking skills. He is a man with years of experience and a wealth of knowledge. John is responsible for developing sea kayaking for the club..

Helen Mulligan

Helen Mulligan

Children's Officer

Helen, a grandmother of 4, is a great supporter of junior sailing in Cobh for 4 years now. She’s passionate about kids being competent on the water. Helen is the first point of contact for kids and their parents should any issues or concerns arise while kids are under our supervision. She’s a friendly face who will be in the dinghy park throughout the Summer season.