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Sharing the Love of Sailing

Sharing a love of sailing with over 500 people at Seafest

The collaboration and volunteerism of Galway skippers, scouts, clubs and centres gave 555 children and adults a Try Sailing experience on Galway Bay at Seafest this weekend.

Over 100 volunteers from Galway Bay Tours, Galway Bay Sailing Club, Galway City Sailing Club, Galway Sea Scouts, Clifden Boat Club, Spiddal Sailing Club and last but not least na Badoiri na Claddagh, all clubbed together with boats and manpower to give the visitors of Seafest a chance to sail, motorboat and experience the power and history of the Galway Hooker.

Their one goal was to share their love of sailing and the sea.

Strong winds and a misty rain didn’t stop visitors from eagerly queuing for cancellation spaces on the fully booked programme. They could onboard a Galway Hooker, the comfortable motor cruiser boats from Galway Bay Tours or experience the exciting keelboat sailing with Aaron O’Reilly of Galway Bay Sailing Club.

A classic quote from one of the visiting families “I will be there on both days with my 4 kids, we are really looking forward to it. I would never be able to afford to get them out on a boat so when I saw this, I was delighted… :)” and “Thank you so much, that was incredible. I’m off to book sailing courses for my kids now.”

It doesn’t stop here, Try Sailing at Seafest is part of Irish Sailing’s nationwide initiative to create an awareness that it is possible to give sailing a try and you don’t have to have big money, membership or own a boat. There are Try Sailing opportunities like crewing, training, open days, Try Sailing sessions and more throughout the nation all year. is the place to find out where.