As the pace of the summer sailing season has now lessened, the autumn programme of sailing and social events is looking as busy as ever.
The Annual General Meeting of Donaghadee Sailing Club will take place on Tuesday 28th October 2014 at 8pm. Any voting member of the Club who wishes to raise any business to be discussed must provide it in writing to the Honorary Secretary by 1st October 2014. Nominations to be a member of the General Committee must also be received by this date. The agenda and papers for the AGM will be circulated to members by post in advance.
The Bow Bells Sunday Lunch takes place in the Clubhouse on Sunday 19th October 2014 from 1pm. This is always a great opportunity to bring family and friends down to the Clubhouse to enjoy some excellent food including Bow Bells’ famous desserts! Sign up for this on the list behind the Bar. Costs for lunch are £12 per adult and £6 for children under 12 years.
A revised copy of the Club Calendar is attached with advance dates for Christmas and New Year events. Please put these in your diary.
Come and join us for Quiz night this Friday night 26th September. The quiz is in aid of the ‘Donaghadee Skiff’ which is a fantastic community project that’s constructing the rowing boat. The Clubhouse will be open from 7pm with the quiz starting at 7:30pm. Adults £5 and children £3 which includes light supper, ballot and prizes.
Our deepest heartfelt sympathies and thoughts go out to family and friends of Captain R Hughes. We are very saddened to hear of his passing on Saturday morning.
Captain Hughes was Commodore of Donaghadee Sailing Club in 1977-1978 and will be sadly missed by all those who have known him over the years.
Commodore’s Day at DSC takes place on Saturday 6 September 2014, with a full programme of activity both on the water.
There will be two races with first gun at 10.55am and 1.55pm respectively. It would be great to have as many boats as possible out on the water. To close the day, the food will be available from the Clubhouse galley at approximately 5pm. The Bar will also be open for the remainder of the evening.
We encourage as many members, their families and friends to come down and enjoy Commodore’s Day both on and off the water.
On Sunday 7 September 2014 we have organised a Club Picnic to the Copelands. The weather forecast looks great so it would be good to see as many members as possible coming out to enjoy the day. While some members will want to sail to the island, we have also organised a boat to ferry members and their families out from Donaghadee Harbour to the island.
For those sailing across, please meet on the slipway at 1pm to rig boats and launch – safety boats will be used to cover the sail across to the island.
‘The Brothers’ boat will leave Donaghadee Harbour at 1.30pm to ferry those not sailing across to the island. A return trip will cost £7 for adults and £3 for children.
After enjoying our picnics, exploring the island and playing some games, those sailing back will return towards Donaghadee at 4.30pm with ‘The Brothers’ boat taking passengers back to the Harbour at 5pm. Again, the Clubhouse and Bar will be open for the remainder of the evening.
As we enter the autumn season, the first of our regular social events commences with a Rugby Supper Night in our Clubhouse from 7pm on Friday 12 September 2014.
Mark Ennis will be preparing burgers, chicken burgers and American hotdogs to enjoy while the Ulster v Zebre rugby match is shown on TV.
The Supper will be served from kick off at 7.35pm. A donation of £5, to cover the costs of the supper, can be paid on the night. Please sign up for the supper in advance on the list behind the bar.
It is also a great opportunity to bring your family and friends down to the Clubhouse for an informal evening with great food. For further details please contact Mark Ennis at [email protected]
Plans for Commodore’s Day on Saturday 6 September 2014 are well advanced. It is hoped that there will be a large turnout of members both on and off the water as we approach the end of the summer season.
Races start at 11am and 2pm with slow handicap, fast handicap and cruiser classes.
Sailing instructions are provided below. If you require any further information, please contact our Hon Sailing Secretary at [email protected]
Please put this date in your diary. Further details on social arrangements for the day and for the Club picnic on Sunday 7 September will follow.
New sessions of Pilates starts on Thursday 4th September 7-8pm and every Thursday thereafter. Beginners welcome, members and non-members. Come along and remember to bring a mat. Contact Norma for more info. £4.50 per session.
Just a reminder to all Club members that we would welcome your donations of sandwiches, cakes and traybakes for the Donaghadee Sailing Club Regatta. Please drop them into the Clubhouse on Friday night or Saturday morning. Please see attached a list of food preparation guidelines for information which forms part of the Club’s food safety management policy.
Also to note that there will be no Friday Night Sailing for Juniors this week as we will be preparing the Clubhouse and slipway for the Regatta. But everyone is welcome to come down anyway to lend some help where it is needed and to enjoy the Clubhouse and its facilities.
For all those sailing in the Regatta this Saturday, please follow this link for sailing instructions:
Hope to see you all Saturday for a fantastic day, on & off the water.