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Training Update

Posted on April 15, 2014 by | Categories Club News, Training, Website News | Comments Off

Reminder of upcoming training available this week

Junior Dinghy Refresher

Not sailed since last year? Forgotten how?

These brilliant refresher course are designed for juniors who have already gained some experience in dinghy sailing by completing RYA courses.
Dates 16-18 April times  08:45 – 12:30
It really is the best way to get your child back into sailing. It is fun being with others and the content is geared towards their needs and making it as enjoyable for everyone. We have a variety of dinghies that we will use and the instructors will be delivering the appropriate level instruction while maximising the time on the water.

RYA Level 2 Powerboat Course (15+)

Learn to handle boats safely at high and low speeds and other important boat handling skills. This is a very practical course which brings skills together including coastal passage planning. As this is an intensive two day course, as well as being great fun.

Further information is available on www.donaghadeesc.co.ul/training-2/ by emailing: training@donaghadeesc.co.uk or by calling 02891884270




Bow Bells Club Lunch – Sunday 6 April 2014

Posted on March 29, 2014 by | Categories Club News, Social News | Comments Off

Donaghadee Sailing Club
Bow Bells Club Lunch – Sunday 6 April 2014

We are pleased to announce that another scrumptious Bow Bells Sunday lunch has been organised in the DSC Clubhouse on Sunday 6 April. The Bar will be open from 12.30pm with lunch served at 1pm. The menu is:

Roast Beef or Stuffed Loin of Pork
Roast Potatoes and Yorkshire Puddings with seasonal vegetables
Selection of Bow Bells Desserts
Tea and Coffee

Adults: £12       Children: £7

Please bring your family and friends to enjoy another wonderful meal in our Clubhouse. To book a table please either sign up on the list behind the bar or send an email to office@donaghadeesc.co.uk Places are limited so please book early.

If you have any further queries about this event please contact Norma Heaney at normaheaney35@gmail.com

DSC Race Officers Course – Tuesday 1 April 2014

Posted on March 27, 2014 by | Categories Club News, Sailing News, Training | Comments Off

The Sailing Committee has spent some time over the past few months gathering input from members on Club racing. This information has been formed into an action plan which will try and address many of the points that have been raised, hopefully resulting in many more boats and people of all age groups, enjoying lots of fun racing.

One of the actions in the plan is to provide training to all those who sail, as well as those that do not, so they can take their turn in the Battery, supporting racing at the Club.

Robin Grey, who is probably the most experienced Race Officer in Ireland, has agreed to come to the Club and run a “Club Race Officers” course. This will focus on racing at DSC, as set out in our sailing instructions.

The Course is free of charge to all Club Members. We can assure you that it will be a highly informative evening and will also help you to improve your racing skills.

The event will start at 7pm sharp in the Clubhouse – please bring a note book, your brain and sense of humour!

For further information about this event please contact James Ogg at: j.e.ogg@homecall.co.uk

Sailing Committee
Donaghadee Sailing Club

DSC – March News Update

Posted on March 20, 2014 by | Categories Club News, Sailing News, Social News | Comments Off

Donaghadee Sailing Club
March News Update

Friday 21 March – Donaghadee Bowling Club Table Quiz and Supper at DSC Clubhouse
A Table Quiz and Supper will take place in the Clubhouse this Friday which has been organised by Donaghadee Bowling Club. The event is open to all and there will be an entrance fee payable at the door for those attending. Members are encouraged to support this event and enjoy an excellent evening of fun and food.

Saturday 22 March 2014 – Race Officials Conference at SLYC
This event will take place at Strangford Lough Yacht Club and is aimed at all aspiring Club race officials. It is being organised by the Royal Yachting Association to bring Club officials up to date with some of the racing rule changes and techniques for managing club racing. Further information is available from the RYA Regional Co-ordinator Robin Gray who can be contacted at robin@robingray.co.uk or by phone on 07809 395294

Tuesday 25 March 2014 – Child Protection Awareness Training at DSC Clubhouse
An RYA Child Protection Training Course will take place on Tuesday 25th March at 7pm in the Clubhouse which will be delivered by Sport NI. The Club has a Child Protection Policy and, as defined in the Children’s (NI) Order 1995, for the purposes of this policy anyone under the age of 18 should be considered as a child. The policy also applies to vulnerable adults. It is recommended that anyone who will be helping out on any Club activities involving juniors should take this informative course. It is also essential for all instructors who are over 18. The course also needs to be repeated every three years. Please contact James Ogg at j.e.ogg@homecall.co.uk if you wish to attend.

Friday 28 March 2014 – DSC Members Evening at DSC Clubhouse
Following the success of last years event, the DSC Members Evening will take place on Friday 27 March, starting at 6.15pm with some supper – sausages and chips for the kids and chilli con carne and rice for the adults. As well as being able to sign up in advance for the Friday Club Nights for Juniors at DSC, which start on Friday 16 May this year, there will also be presentations on plans for the year ahead with briefings by the Commodore, our Sailing Principal and our Sailing Secretary. All members and their families are welcome as we start looking ahead to another busy year at DSC.

Sunday 6 April – Bow Bells Sunday Lunch at DSC Clubhouse
We are pleased to announce that another scrumptious Bow Bells Sunday lunch has been organised in the DSC Clubhouse on Sunday 6 April from 12.30pm. Please bring your family and friends to enjoy another wonderful meal. To book a table please either sign up on the list behind the bar or send an email to office@donaghadeesc.co.uk

Early notice of some dates for your diary…

Saturday 24 May – DSC Opening Day
Saturday 31 May – A Night at the Races in DSC Clubhouse
28/29 June – GP14 Ulster Championships at DSC

Our heartfelt sympathies

Posted on March 12, 2014 by | Categories Club News, Website News | Comments Off

We bring the sad news that Francis P Quiery has passed away.

Always known as Aubrey, he was quite a prominent member of the Club in the early days and he featured prominently too in the newspapers of the day as a Flag officer of the former Donaghadee Yacht Club based at Dorman’s Isle. Aubrey sailed a Glen Class yacht out of Donaghadee and as one member recalled ‘Aubrey gave me my first opportunity to sail in a keel boat as a wee lad’. The painting of his yacht -Glenreagh – is above the door of the Balcony Room. Aubrey will be remembered in particular by those longstanding members, as a kind and considerate gentleman.

Our thoughts are with his family and friends at this time.

Donaghadee Sailing Club
Election of a new Junior Committee

Calling all Junior Members of Donaghadee Sailing Club!

We are holding a meeting on Sunday 9 March at 4pm in the Clubhouse to elect a new Junior Committee for Donaghadee Sailing Club.

We recognise the important role that our junior members play within the life of Donaghadee Sailing Club. It is also important that you have a say in how the Club activities are organised during the year. We hope the new Junior Committee will provide a positive forum for advice and creativity, suggesting new activities for fellow junior members and planning some social events.

The structure of the new Committee will be a Junior Commodore, supported by three Junior Flag Officers, for Sailing, Training and Social Activities. We will also have up to six other Junior Committee members. We especially hope that some of our younger members in P7 or Year 8 will put themselves forward for election – it is a great way to see how decisions are made in the Club.

If you would be interested in being part of the Junior Committee, or in taking on of the key roles, please let Alvin Walker (alvin.walker@btopenworld.com) or Richard Spence (spence_007@hotmail.com) know before the meeting starts.

It would be great to see as many Junior Members as possible down at the Clubhouse on Sunday 9 March at 4pm to elect the new Junior Committee – the meeting should take about 45 minutes. If you have any further queries please contact Alvin on 07989 693171.

Successful Dinner Dance

Posted on February 3, 2014 by | Categories Club News, Social News | Be the first to comment!

A massive thank you to Coirle, Heather and the Social Committee!

A great night had by all at the Annual Dinner Dance and Prize Giving. If you’re interested please click link below for some photo’s courtesy of Daniel Kinnear

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Posted on January 30, 2014 by | Categories Sailing News, Training | Be the first to comment!

15th/16th February 2014 Ballyholme Yacht Club

Not long now until the Regional Race Officer Course at Ballyholme in just over two weeks. If you intend to come on this course and have not yet sent in your application form – reply to this email a.s.a.p. A remarkable number of Clubs do not have any qualified Race Officers – now is your chance to get up to speed and learn how to run great racing – the course is fun and covers everything you need to know to run effective open meetings including all the latest tips and tricks.

If you are an RRO and have not done the course for at least eight years – time to think about updating – a lot has changed and it counts on your c.v. Also recommended for CB crew and course managers.


Sat 22nd March 2014 at Strangford Lough Yacht Club

Qualified RROs and RJs/NJs need to attend at least one seminar in their four year appointment but this is open to any interested party. There will be a small charge on the day to cover lunch etc.

This one day seminar is designed to bring everyone up to date on some of the rule changes and touch on technique changes etc. It is also an opportunity to discuss with like minded people any problems that have come up or techniques you have used that really do work.

RYA are looking for topics for discussion at this conference so don’t be shy – email Robin Gray and let him know what you want to talk about or query. This is both about Race Management and Rules stuff.

Application forms will be on the RYA NI website for this soon

For further details please contact:

Robin Gray NRO NJ
RYA Regional Race Management Coordinator
Mobile: 07809 395 294
Email: robin@robingray.co.uk

Social News – Update

Posted on January 25, 2014 by | Categories Club News, Social News | Be the first to comment!

Donaghadee Sailing Club
Update on Social Events

Dinner Dance and Prize Giving
The annual DSC Dinner Dance and Prize Giving takes place on Saturday 1 February commencing at 7pm in The Governor Rocks. Following a complimentary glass of Prosecco, the prize giving will commence at 7.15pm with dinner at 8pm. We will then head back to the Clubhouse for 10pm where there will be live music, dancing and the bar will be open with a late licence until 1am. This event is now fully booked.

If you have not done so already, please pay for this event (Adults £25, Junior £15) in the red box behind the Clubhouse bar either on Sunday or Wednesday, ticking your name off on the list.

There will be a raffle during the evening to raise funds for the Club – if you have any gifts for the raffle please let Coirle know or drop them into the Clubhouse before Saturday.

Six Nations Rugby at DSC Clubhouse
The first of the Six Nations Rugby matches featuring Ireland will be on the TV at the Clubhouse on Sunday 2 February, kick off at 3pm. There will be no catering for this match. Bring your family and friends down to the Club to enjoy the atmosphere and a drink while watching Ireland take on Scotland.

Next weeks match will be on Saturday 8 February when Ireland play Wales at 2.30pm. For this match Mark Ennis will be preparing New York Style Burgers for you, family and friends to enjoy. Please note that there is a private event (Killard School Table Quiz) on in the Clubhouse from 6pm that evening so those who wish to watch the second match that day between Scotland and England, which kicks off at 5pm, will need to do so from the Balcony Room. You will still be able to order drinks from the bar.

Social Committee
Donaghadee Sailing Club

Donaghadee Sailing Club
Six Nations Rugby Matches

Come and enjoy the Six Nations Rugby matches with your family and friends in the comfort of the Clubhouse at DSC!

All of the Ireland matches will be shown in the Clubhouse with the Bar open. Mark Ennis will also be providing New York Style Burgers during each match (except for the first game on 2 February 2014).

Sunday 2 February     Ireland v Scotland at 3pm (no food available)
Saturday 8 February   Ireland v Wales at 2.30pm
Saturday 22 February England v Ireland at 4pm
Saturday 8 March       Ireland v Italy at 2.30pm
Saturday 15 March     France v Ireland at 5pm

So come down to the Clubhouse with your family and friends (non members very welcome) and enjoy the atmosphere as the Six Nations 2014 gets underway.

Social Committee
Donaghadee Sailing Club