Wednesday 21 October 2009

IWA Wave Final Belmullet Oct. 23-26, Bígí Linn!

Windguru is forecasting gales for the IWA Final Wave Event in Belmullet. Everyone in UISCE is busy cutting new streamers, tying flags to the bits of broken mast left behind after last year and praying hard for wind (the swell here is already pumping).

UISCE is hosting the IWA Wavesailing final on the Fri 23/10/2009 – Mon 26/10/2009. Registration will take place on the competition beach Saturday morning which will be announced two days before hand. Although to speed things up pre-registration and accommodation booking is possible by contacting Fiona in the office on 097 82111 or by emailing her at

Monday 19 October 2009

Go Coastal! Learn to Windsurf in the Waves

Learn to sail in waves, Nov. 7+8. Depending on the forecast it will be held in Westport, Co. Mayo or Magheroarty, Co. Donegal.

Cost: €220pp (accommodation not provided)

Booking required or 01 8456946.

Participants must be able to sail competently with harness, use footstraps and be able to waterstart.

Monday 12 October 2009

Oct 18th Windsurfing Equipment Sale!

Just a reminder to everyone that the final week of windsurfing for the season is now underway. Use up your lessons and hire by Oct. 18th when our end of season sale takes place.

Used & Demo Boat Show Oct. 16, 17 & 18, Malahide Marina

Used & Demo Boat Show in Malahide Marina, organised by the Irish Marine Federation, on October 16, 17 & 18.Take advantage of the recession. No serious offer refused! 50 boats on show from all major manufacturers at massive discounts.

For further information, see attached poster. Contact tel. 087-6472746.

Tuesday 22 September 2009

All Ireland Inter-School Sailing Event

The 34th All Ireland Inter-Schools Sailing Event took place in Sutton Dinghy Club on Saturday 19th and Sunday 20th September. 147 Sailors representing 33 secondary and primary schools competed in the event. Malahide was represented by sailors on teams from Malahide Community School, St. Andrews National School, Pope John Paul II National School, Belvedere College and St. Fintans High School. Racing took place in two fleets, Optimist dinghies and a Mixed Fleet, which competed on handicap.

Malahide Yacht Club member Scott Flanigan & crew Peter Gleeson were 1st in the Mixed Fleet and their team from Belvedere College was also 1st in the Mixed Fleet team competition. Malahide Community School, represented by Brendan Costello, Ciaran Costello and Caoimhe Rainey was placed 5th in the Mixed Fleet team competition.

There was a strong local representation in the Optimist Class with 15 sailors from Malahide Yacht Club. In the Individual Competition, Malahide Community School had 4 sailors in the top 10, with Sean Anglim in 3rd, Lizzy McDowell 4th, Michael Donnelly 5th and Alex Shackleton in 9th place. However, there was an anxious wait until it was confirmed that the Malahide Community School team of Sean, Lizzy & Colm Roche had won 1st place in the team competition by the narrowest of margins. A second Malahide Community School team comprising Michael, Alex and Shane Cox finished 4th in the Optimist team competition and a Belvedere College team, which included Thomas Natin was 5th.

Perhaps the most notable achievements at the event came from the local national school sailors. Conor Cunning, Cian Buckley and Patrick Hensey represented Pope John Paul II N.S. and Gemma McDowell, Colin O’Sullivan, Cara McDowell & Philip McDowell sailed for St. Andrews N.S. These sailors were all competing in this event for the first time and were racing against secondary school students up to the age of 15 in the Optimist class. Despite these challenges, St. Andrews finished 8th and Pope John Paul’s 11th out of 20 teams in the Optimist team competition.

This year Malahide Yacht Club has started a programme to introduce primary school children to the sport of sailing. Since the beginning of June approximately 400 children from three local schools have completed a one-day taster session. This programme is supported by Fingal County Council, Kelloggs and DMG Sailsports. The club also runs Irish Sailing Association junior training courses for club members during the summer and provides race coaching throughout the year.

Attached photos:-

IMG_4383 Scott Flanigan and Peter Gleeson receive the individual trophy for the Mixed Fleet
IMG_4407 Michael Donnelly, Shane Cox, Alex Shackleton, Colm Roche, Lizzy McDowell with the Optimist team trophy and Miss Ciara Peelo from Malahide Community School

Friday 18 September 2009

Coming to the end of the Windsurfing & Dinghy Sailing Season

Just a reminder to everyone to use up your vouchers, windsurfing packages and hire hours before October 18th for windsurfing, or October 4th for dinghy sailing. The end of the season is approaching fast. We will continue to offer private tuition over the winter months to those hardy individuals who own their own equipment. And remember, powerboating goes on all year round so if you're looking for certification, or your VHF radio licence, this is the time of year to do it. for more.

Thursday 27 August 2009

Broadmeadows Estuary - Business as Usual...

A Chairde,

This is just a quick update to let you know that it is business as usual for our Windsurfing and Dinghy Sailing activities on the Broadmeadows Estuary.

Following the collapse of the railway bridge and a request from the Irish Coastguard we took the decision to suspend activities last weekend while the extent of the problem was investigated. We are now satisfied that the bridge poses no additional risk to our activities so courses and hire are available again as normal.

On another note, we have a couple of places available on a National PWC Certificate (Jetski) course this weekend and our list of end of season windsurfing equipment for sale is now available.

Míle buíochas,
Córa & Dave Garvey

August Newsletter: Improvers & Instructor Courses

In This Month's Edition:
1. Instructor Training:
Powerboat Instructor: September 14-18, Cost: €550pp
Advanced Powerboat Instructor: October 9-11, Cost: €400pp
Go Windsurfing Instructor: September 7-12, Cost: €550pp
Dinghy Instructor: October 27-31, Cost: €425pp
Pre-requisites outlined on our website at

2. Powerboating:
  • National Powerboat Certificate is also an international qualification for use of boats overseas.
  • National Powerboat Cert: August 29+30, September 5+6, 12+13, 26+27
    NPC Student Special*: October 3+4, 20+21. Only €240pp
  • Safety Boat Cert: October 22+23, November 14+15
    Advanced Powerboat Cert: September 19+20, October 17+18, November 28+29
3. Windsurfing: Go Coastal!!!!!!!!!!
Intro to wave sailing course Nov. 7th-8th. This course is perfect for those looking take their first steps into this exhilarating world. The course will take place in either Westport or Donegal depending on the forecast.
4. Kids Windsurfing Wednesdays
With back to school time just around the corner we will have Wednesday afternoons available for kids to come down and practice their skills under qualified supervision.
Every Wednesday 2pm - 5pm, €25 per session.

5. Adult Dinghy Sailing
A Taste of Sailing, Start Sailing Level 1 and Basic Skills Level 2 dinghy sailing courses are available at weekends until the end of September. Dates: August 22+23, September 5+6, 12+13, 26+27.

For the full newsletter, click on the title above. Or for full details of our courses and services, visit

Wednesday 29 July 2009

Irish Student Reprsents Ireland in PWA JULY 29, 2009: Mikey Clancy IR-253 has just competed for Ireland in the PWA World Cup event in Pozo Gran Canaria winning a double elimination round and 25th in the wave event. 19 year old Mikey told the IWA “It was an amazing experience to compete at such a high level,the intensity of the competition is unreal. I was really nervous in my first round against Peter Voltwater but really got into it in my Double elimination rounds”. “The heats were 12 minutes duration and I was going for everything including doubles and would have got further if the wind had not dropped when I was up against Robbie Swift “. An exhausted but happy Clancy finally said “We have the best conditions to train in here in Ireland and I know now whats needed for me to break into the worlds top 20 sometime in the future”. See and PWA for more reports videos images.

Friday 10 July 2009

Farewell to a dear friend

It is with great sadness that we heard our dear friend Tommy Gibbons tragically passed away last weekend. Tom was a fisherman, postman and ferryman but above all else, he was a gentleman. Always on hand to help a friend, he's been a right-hand man to many people, both on and off the sea.

For us, Tom was Westport, and Westport was Tom. Whenever we were in town he'd travel in from InisLyre for a pint or two, and sure, maybe a small one to round off the night. He was such a regular in Glenans on Collanmore, Dave and gang had a chair and plaque put up in the corner, especially for him. It was many an evening I found myself enjoying a 'chat' with Tom, that no-one, including either of us, could understand. We just laughed, and laughed... and laughed. T, you will be greatly missed.

The Irish Times: July 9th 2009
A flotilla accompanies the remains, in the small white boat helmed by his brother Joachim, of former Island postman Tommy Gibbons from his island home on Inish Lyre on Clew Bay, Co Mayo to his final rest, 8th July. Photo: David Baird.

Thursday 9 July 2009

ISS 4 Downings Final Event Notice July 18+19

- Guaranteed racing for all levels. The biggest fleet of rescue boats in Europe
- Lunch on the beach both days
- Parking on the beach with lots of rigging space
- Accomodation with less than 1 minute walk from the beach
- Event Notice Of Race now up on
- Entry Forms available on - please bring completed to registration
- Sat nite function - over 130 people already registered - see for details
- All profits will go to the RNLI
- Demo gear from Tushingham and Starboard


Tuesday 16 June 2009

The Sun Shines on the Inaugural METMASTS.IE Turbines Yacht Race

Sunday 31sy May 2009 saw the inaugural METMASTS.IE TURBINES YACHT RACE take place at Arklow Sailing Club, Co. Wicklow, Ireland.

Although most of the country was basking in the glorious sunshine, our sailing enthusiasts were would have preferred significantly more wind. The event had attracted an entry of 15 crews from sailing clubs in Dun Laoghaire, Greystones, Wicklow, Arklow & Courtown and all were looking forward to a challenging race around the Arklow Bank Windfarm. Due to the very light winds the original 34 nautical mile circumnavigation was shortened to an inshore race which was very competitive and eventually won by “Aqualina” in a time of 3:49:26.

View images of the event on Arklow Sailing Club website.

The prize giving event in the evening sunshine was well attended by the competing crews, sailing enthusiasts and clients & staff of METMASTS.IE. The prize giving was hosted by Arklow Sailing Club Commodore, Paul Barrett and the prizes were awarded by Caroline Burrell (Green Party) with the magnificent METMASTS.IE PERPETUAL TROPHY being proudly presented by CEO of METMASTS.IE. to James Tyrrell owner of “Aqualina”.

Coinciding with the event METMASTS.IE hosted our corporate event with boat trips, BBQ and music laid on at Arklow Sailing Club, All in all we had 34 clients attend and a good time was expressed by all. One of the long lasting memories from the clients is taking the helm of a 52ft Motor Yacht Son Vida II and cruising out to the offshore Windfarm, but for one client, Irish Radiophones Limited the abiding memory of the event is the birth of “Katy” who entered our world 4 hours after stepping of SON VIDA II. Our congratulations go to Lynda Duffy, daughter of MD, Stanley Dagg and there is no truth in the rumour that Lynda was bidding for the “Special Achievement Award”

Following the event, Michael Martyn CEO METMASTS.IE said “we are so pleased with the running of the event that we have agreed to extend our initial agreement with ASL from three to five years by which time we expect to see the race firmly established in the Irish Sailing Calendar. In the meantime we would like to take this opportunity to thank the Commodore of ASC, Paul Barrett and his entire team in organising a fantastic event. We also thank Córa Garvey from DMG Sailsports in promoting the event and looking after our clients, for their GPS race tracking system which was the source of much interest amongst the crews post event, and of course for their beautiful trophy which was specially crafted for the



Echo Class 1;

Big Hillo Style
X posure
Another Adventure

Echo Class 2;
Jumpin Jack Flash
Niamh Cinn Oir

IRC Class;
Big Hillo Style
X posure
Another Adventure

Astins Special Acheivement Award:


Monday 25 May 2009

Wonderful Weekend of Windsurfing!

On May 23rd + 24th we had almost 100 newcomers to try out taster sessions in powerboating, windsurfing or sailing. Although Saturday was a bit cloudy and gusty, Sunday saw a gloriously sunny and warm day. We'd like to take this opportunity to thank everyone who came out to see us, try out new activities or just get more information about the activities and how you can take it further. We hope you all enjoyed yourselves and look forward to seeing you on the water this summer! We will publish photos of all activities in this coming week so keep an eye on the website for more!
All the best, Córa & Dave, DMG Sailsports

Thursday 21 May 2009

Reminder! Few places remaining for taster sessions May 23+24

Malahide Watersports Festival with DMG Sailsports, Malahide Yacht Club, Malahide Sea Scouts & Malahide Sail Training.

  • Launch/Demo Areas DMG Sailsports office, Malahide Yacht Club Broadmeadows Estuary, Malahide Yacht Club St. James Tce, Sea Scouts St. James Tce, Public Slipway St. James Tce.
  • View PDF image of poster to print out
  • Schedule of events, demonstrations and taster sessions **Last few places remaining. Book now to avoid disappointment at the weekend!

To reserve a place on a taster session, call 01-8456946 or email for more.

Friday 1 May 2009

Free 5 Hour Windsurf Hire Card!

DMG Sailsports Special Offer from May 1st to 14th. When you book and pay for a "Get Up+Go!" windsurfing course during these dates, you will also receive a FREE 5 Hour Windsurfing Hire Card.

Lessons are carried out at Malahide Yacht Club, Broadmeadows Estuary, Malahide, Co. Dublin. To book lessons, call our office at 01-8456946 or for more details visit our website at

Tuesday 28 April 2009

Malahide Watersports Festival! May 23+24

Schedule NOW Available!
Have you always wanted to get out on the water, but just didn’t have the opportunity? Well now is your chance!

On the 23rd & 24th May, we are opening our doors to interested parties to either take part in a taster session, watch some demonstrations, or even to just drop by for a chat about the different watersports on offer in Malahide...

TASTER SESSIONS: Why not try a 2 hour session in Powerboating, Cruiser Sailing, Keelboat Sailing, Dinghy Sailing or Windsurfing. The cost is just €30pp. Discounts available for multiple sessions, or family groups.

DEMONSTRATIONS: Come by and see the sea scouts demonstrate Kayaking, Swimming, Dinghy Racing and more. Or why not just drop-in for a chat with Malahide Yacht Club members at St. James Tce or at the Broadmeadows facility?
  • Launch/Demo Areas DMG Sailsports office, Malahide Yacht Club Broadmeadows Estuary, Malahide Yacht Club St. James Tce, Sea Scouts St. James Tce, Public Slipway St. James Tce.

  • View PDF image of poster to print out

  • Schedule of events, demonstrations and taster sessions

To reserve a place on a taster session, call 01-8456946 or email for more.

Friday 27 March 2009

Dave Garvey featured in April '09 Boards Magazine

Click here to view a PDF file on a featured article with Dave Garvey in this months Boards Magazine by Sue Honan. This article includes details of Dave's new coaching programme based on NLP (neuro-linguistic programming).
Note, to view PDF files online you must have Adobe Reader which is free to download from

Wednesday 25 February 2009

PWC Instructor Training Course

The first instructor training course in the ISA's new PWC training scheme will take place in DMG Sailsports over 2 weekends March 21st - 22nd & 28th - 29th. The course will be run using the new fleet of ISA personal watercraft.

In order to be eligible for the course candidates must have the following pre-requisites; Pre-entry assessment, National Powerboat Certificate, Emergency Care certificate and VHF radio operators licence.

The course fee is €500 with a booking deposit of €70 per person required. For bookings please contact our office on 01-8456946 or email info@dmgsailsports

Tuesday 24 February 2009

Special Powerboat Offer to Full Time Students

During the Easter holidays a special offer of €240pp (€100 discount - normally €340pp) to full time students. Valid student identification required for offer to apply. Mid-week dates only available: Mon & Tues April 13+14 OR Weds & Thurs April 15+16.

Places are limited to 6 per course so early booking is advised.

Email or call 01-8456946 to reserve your place. A deposit of €70pp is required to secure your booking.

Please note, under Irish law it is illegal for anyone under the age of sixteen to operate a powerboat that is capable of 17 knots or more.

Friday 13 February 2009

DMG Sailsports in Metro Magazine

2009 Feb. 13th: In advance of the Allianz Dublin Boat Show in the RDS, journalist Ross McDonagh from Metro Ireland Magazine came out to Malahide to try sailing with DMG Sailsports. Click here to read how he got on or view image to the left.

Monday 9 February 2009

Windsurfing Festival - Fleadh Sheoil na hÉireann 2009

On the May bank holiday weekend, 2nd to 4th May 2009, the students from Coláiste Dhúlaigh and Malahide Yacht Club @ Broadmeadows Estuary will host the 2009 Fleadh Sheoil na hÉireann / 2009 Windsurfing Festival of Ireland. This is the third year for the event to be run in Malahide. Competitors are welcome from overseas, and tuition will be provided for all levels at a greatly discounted rate for the weekend. Visit for more.

Tuesday 3 February 2009

Irish Slalom Event in Malahide April 4+5

After one of the most successful competitive years of competition, the Irish Windsurfing Slalom Series is confirmed for 2009. The ISS Team has put together an even better schedule for the upcoming season.
Back on the calendar are the five events from last year. Neilpryde Group UK/ have organized the Irish Sea Challenge. The challenge involves the IWA and UKWA crossing the Irish Sea to battle it out for the Irish Sea Challenge Title. UKWA competitors will make the journey in April to Malahide to kick off the 2009 action.
For full details see

Monday 2 February 2009

metmAsts & Arklow S.C. Turbines Yacht Race

metmAsts.IE are proud to sponsor the Arklow Sailing Club metmAsts.IE TURBINES YACHT RACE 2009. This is a challenging yacht race around the Arklow Bank Wind Farm. This Cruising Class race will be held on Sunday May 31st. To reserve a place in the race, please click here for more info. Arklow S.C. is located on the east coast of Ireland. Entrants from other clubs around Ireland and outside of Ireland are welcome to participate in this first Turbines Yacht Race.

METMASTS.IE is the meteorological services division of Shamrock Communications Limited. The company was established in 1981 and is Irelands leading supplier of Masts, Towers , Wind Measuring Equipment and accessories.
Córa Garvey of DMG Sailsports is co-ordinating the event on behalf METMASTS.IE with Arklow S.C.

Tuesday 27 January 2009

First National PWC Certificate Course Run in Malahide

DMG Sailsports in Malahide played host to the first running of the Irish Sailing Associations new National Personal Watercraft (PWC) training scheme. The scheme is an initiative by the ISA to encourage the safe and responsible use of PWC alongside other water users. The students on this inaugural course were students from the Coláiste Dhúlaigh outdoor pursuits training course alongside Rachel and Sylvie from the ISA administration staff. The course was delivered by ISA instructor trainers Dave Garvey of DMG Sailsports and Ger Keeling.

Also available is an article which appeared in the Fingal Independent following this course.
For more information, visit our website at If you have any further questions, please contact us at 01-8456946 or email us at

Friday 23 January 2009

DMG Sailsports at the RDS Boat Show

Visit DMG Sailsports at the RDS Dublin Boat Show, stand Q18. Running from Wednesday 18th Feb until Sunday 22nd, check out our website before the event for details of any special offers throughout this time.