Baltimore Sailing Club was founded in 1956 as a summer sailing club. From its inception it has been successfully developing leisure and competitive sailing in Baltimore Harbour. The Club over the years has continued to expand and teach safe sailing skills to young people from all backgrounds. With a function room, kitchen and bar it is very active in the summer months running sailing events, courses and many social activities.
Situated in West Cork on the edge of Roaringwater Bay. The clubhouse is on the pier and close to all facilities. Baltimore Harbour is a busy fishing village all year around with a regular ferry service to the many islands.
Baltimore is also a R.N.L.I. community with the local lifeboat house in the village. Many local people give freely of their time and energy to help make our costal waters safer for all mariners. All crewmembers automatically become members of Baltimore Sailing Club.
Baltimore is a sheltered harbour and a favourite spot for most Irish sailors and foreign cruising boats. There are excellent facilities, a pontoon to tie up at, or one may anchor off. There are many fine restaurants and pubs. Fuel etc. is all available.
Within Roaringwater Bay there are numerous places to sail to. The famous Fastnet Rock Lighthouse is 14 miles out from Baltimore. Cape Clear Island with a lovely small harbour is the most southerly island off Ireland. Schull, Crookhaven are all within in easy reach for the cruising man. Sherkin Island across the bay from Baltimore has a fine pier and a pontoon, belonging to the Island’s hotel, to berth alongside. For smaller boats there are many islands some uninhabited which have beautiful coves and some sandy beaches to day sail to.
The highlight of the summer season is the Baltimore Regatta always held on the 1st Monday in August. There are many activities and yachts converge on the harbour for a race out around the Islands. These yachts then partake in a week of regattas around Roaringwater Bay, now known as Calves Week.