Galway Harbour Company were delighted to play host port for the Western SB3 Championships in the City of the Tribes on the 25th & 26th June 2011. All told, 26 boat competed in what were described as “Challenging” conditions by race organiser Martin Breen of Galway Bay Sailing Club. Saturday’s racing was prevailed by up to 30 kts of westerly winds, accompanied by some moderate seas affording the SB3’s great racing said Breen.
Over the weekend, Howth’s Ben Duncan and the crew of Sharkbait were overall winners of the SB3 Championships on Galway Bay.
The Harbour had proved itself as an ideal location for hosting such water sport events as the SB3’s said harbour Master, Captain Brian Sheridan and its medieval harbour would hopefully take line honours in hosting the National SB3 Championships in 2013. Earlier in the year, the J80’s were here, in May the Kayak Championships were held at the harbour and now the successful SB3 Westerns. The local organising committee gave great commitment in the lead up and throughout the event. Race Officer Dave Vinnell recording a splendid job in tricky wind shift conditions.
CEO Éamon Bradshaw said that the port company were fully supportive of ‘doing its part’ in welcoming sailors both locally and nationally to the city quays in placing Galway at the forefront of water sports events in Ireland. This is very much in line with the ports company’s view in making Galway a Waterfront city, promoting commercial shipping, Marine Tourism through the growth of the cruise liner business and marine leisure with the port proposals which are being lodged with An Bord Pleanála in July this year. Log on www.galwayharbour.com for the latest information on the port relocation plans.