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Belfast Lough Regatta Club

Posted on May 26, 2016 by | Categories Club News, Sailing News, Training | Comments Off on Belfast Lough Regatta Club

Following a very successful Topper Ulster Championships last weekend, let me introduce you to a new idea: Belfast Lough Regatta Club. The idea of this is to have fun on the water, have some fun races if you like, enjoy a BBQ and sail back again. All of the Belfast Lough clubs have signed up to be a part of this great idea. I have attached an information pack and flyer for your information. The contact details on the info pack simply replace with mine.

The plan is to meet at Ballyholme Yacht Club on Saturday 4 June and ‘sail in company’ with others from neighbouring clubs round the corner to Helens Bay beach. Don’t worry there will be lots of rescue boats, experienced helpers, instructors, support boats etc, this is about gaining experience and meeting new people, not serious racing.

I propose to take the club trailer and a rib with us, that will allow for 4 boats, we can arrange more if needed. There is of course the opportunity to transport your own boat and meet up at BYC. I can refine the details of this once I get an idea of interest. Ideally you will have some experience of sailing although your own boat is not required.

This is a brand new idea and I feel as a club we need to support it. Regattas are not what they used to be and it is important we try and relight the inter-club relationships of old to ensure their future success. This is a great opportunity to meet new people and have some fun in boats.

There is an obvious need for help with this, I would ask that if you would like your son or daughter to participate that you contribute nothing more than your time. Loading boats, manning BBQ’s at Helens Bay whatever it may be, it all helps. Please come back to me asap at stuartogg@btinternet.com or 07714262223 if you would like more information, volunteer to help or indeed take part.

Please make an effort to support what will be a really great day out!


Regatta Club Flyer                 Regatta Club info

DSC April News Update

Posted on April 2, 2016 by | Categories Club News, Sailing News, Social News, Training | Comments Off on DSC April News Update

The summer sailing season is fast approaching! Make sure you take note of some key dates in the coming weeks.

Friday 8 April   DSC Members Briefing Night 
Sunday 1 May  Spring Racing Series commences 
Wednesday 4 May   Wednesday evening racing commences 
Friday 13 May   Friday Club Night Helms Refresher 
Sat/Sun 21-22 May  Ulster Topper Championships hosted by DSC 
Friday 27 May  Friday Night Sailing for Juniors commences 
Saturday 4th June  Opening Day 
Sunday 5th June  Club Picnic 
Saturday 18 June   Donaghadee Sailing Club Regatta
DSC Members Night – Friday 8 April 2016 from 7pm in the Clubhouse
Our annual briefing night for Club members will take place next Friday night at 7pm in the Clubhouse. The short briefing will include details on the summer training courses on offer at DSC; information on this years Friday Club Nights for Juniors; details of key events in our sailing calendar; and how younger members can get involved in Topper Traveler events and our successful Pathway sailing development programme. A light supper will be served at the end of the briefing. It would be great to see as many members as possible down at the Clubhouse for this event. You will have the opportunity to sign up for Friday Club Nights and for Training Courses at this event, as well as being able to purchase access fobs for the front door the Clubhouse.
GP14 World Championships
DSC has nine crews representing the Club at this years GP14 World Championships in Barbados. Details on how they are all doing can be found on our Facebook page as well as on the website for the World Championships. Well done to all of our members who are participating in this event.
Ulster Topper Championships – 21/22 May 2016
Donaghadee Sailing Club will be hosting this years Ulster Topper Championships. A small team led by Stuart Ogg is planning this event. We will be putting a call out for volunteers in the coming weeks. Please keep this date free in your diary to come along and get involved in this event both on and off the water.
Sea Safety Talk – Wednesday 6 April at 7pm in the Clubhouse
Donaghadee Coastal Rowing Club have organised a sea safety event for its members which is taking place in our Clubhouse on Wednesday 6 April at 7pm. Members of the Sailing Club have been invited to attend. The talk by the RNLI will include information on preparations for going afloat, how to check you lifejacket and dealing with issues such as cold water shock.
Key Fobs
We are renewing our register of those who hold access cards/fobs for the Clubhouse. If you already hold an access card or fob for the front door of the Clubhouse please let us know the number on it by emailing the office. Alternatively, please bring it with you to Members Night next Friday when we can validate it. If you haven’t got a fob and would like one, please come down on Members Night or e-mail Tracey in the office. A £5 charge is payable.

Sunday Sailing Start Time

Posted on March 24, 2016 by | Categories Sailing News | Comments Off on Sunday Sailing Start Time

With the clocks going forward this weekend, racing start time will revert to 2.30.  Sailors and Tango crews should meet at the Club around 1.30.  It has been great to see some of the juniors out sailing showing the not so young how to do it!  The more the merrier and a good way to work off Easter egg excesses.  Wishing everyone a happy Easter.

Training at DSC

Posted on March 16, 2016 by | Categories Club News, Sailing News, Training | Comments Off on Training at DSC

Dear Members

Please find below details of upcoming courses at DSC.

First Aid Course is required by anyone involved in rescue or  instructing on courses . Each course can accommodate 12 people and there are 2 places left on the first course.  The dates are as follows:-


RYA First Aid Course 1 11 – 12 April 4 hrs / night 19.00 – 22.30 £25 £50 for non- members
RYA First Aid Course 2 25 – 26 April 4hrs / night 19.00 – 22.30 £25 £50



Junior refresher courses are on the following dates:-

Junior Easter refresher for stage 1&2 23/24/25thMarch 3 hrs / day 08.45 – 12.30 £30 £45 Hold RYA Stage 1 & 2
Junior Easter refresher  for stage  3&4 23/24/25thMarch 3 hrs / day 13.00 – 16.30 £30 £45 Hold RYA Stage 3



Ladies RYA L2 course

Ladies only RYA Basic Skills L2 2 – 3 April 2days 09.00 – 16.30 £80 £120 Hold RYA L1

This course is being supported by the RYA Active clubs programme at the reduced rates of £50 and £80.


Anyone interested in any of the training, should complete the Course Application form 2016 and return to the Club as soon as possible. All places will be on a first come basis.

Your contact for Easter training will be Heather Burrows on 07718462818 or email:-     heatherburrows@btinternet.com


Donaghadee Big Weekend

Posted on March 12, 2016 by | Categories Club News | Comments Off on Donaghadee Big Weekend

As part of the Donaghadee Big Weekend event being organised by Ards and North Down Borough Council, our Clubhouse will be open on Saturday 19th and Sunday 20th March from 11pm – 4pm to host an exhibition of historical photographs by Donaghadee Historical Society.

Members are welcome to visit this exhibition on either day.
Please note that the Bar in the Clubhouse will not be open on Sunday 20th March 2016 until 5pm.
Further details of the Donaghadee Big Weekend event can be found here.

DSC News Update – March

Posted on March 2, 2016 by | Categories Club News, Sailing News, Social News | Comments Off on DSC News Update – March

Annual Prize Giving

Our annual Prize Giving event will take place in the Clubhouse on Friday 11 March 2014 at 7pm  to mark another successful year of sailing and activity at DSC. The evening will commence with the distribution of prizes and will conclude with a light supper and the opportunity to catch up in the bar afterwards. It would be great to see as many members as possible attend this event to recognise the contribution of members both on and off the water.
Sailing Exhibition

The Club has donated several items from its archive to an exhibition on sailing that opens at the North Down Museum on Wednesday 9 March 2016. The exhibition entitled ‘We are Sailing’ is being staged to mark the 150th anniversary of Royal Ulster Yacht Club, and explores the history of local sailing clubs over the years. Members are encouraged to visit the exhibition which is open until Sunday 1 May 2016. A reception to mark the opening of the exhibition will take place on Thursday 10 March at 6.30pm in the museum which members are invited to attend. Thanks are due to Noel Johnston for supporting the Clubs involvement in this initiative.
Bow Bells Dinner
There will be a Caribbean theme for our next Bow Bells dinner in there Clubhouse on Sunday 13 March 2016 at 5.30pm, to mark the departure of eight crews from the Club to the GP14 World Championships in Barbados at Easter. Caribbean Chicken, Barbados Baked Salmon and Roast Beef are on the menu for the tea in the Clubhouse, cooked by local chef and Club member Mark Brooks from Bow Bells Restaurant in Donaghadee. A list is now open behind the bar to sign up  – please leave your payment and make your choice from the menu when you sign up. Dinner will be £12.50 for those 12 years and over, £7.50 for those under 12 years of age. For further details please contact Andrew Miller.
Reminder of Key Dates
Sunday 13 March – Early Bird Racing Series commences
Friday 8 April 2016 – Members Briefing Night 
Sunday 1 May 2016 – Spring Racing Series commences
21/22 May 2016 – Ulster Topper Championships hosted by DSC
Saturday 4 June 2016 – Opening Day
Saturday 18 June 2016 – Club Regatta

DSC February Update

Posted on February 11, 2016 by | Categories Club News, Sailing News, Social News | Comments Off on DSC February Update

Boat List

Attached below is a list of boats currently registered to Donaghadee Sailing Club. We are required to update this for Belfast Lough Yachting Conference as soon as possible. If you want to make any changes/additions/removals can you please contact our Honorary Sailing Secretary, Donald MacVicar, with details including boat name, owner name, sail number and Class before Thursday 23 February 2016.
Sailing Calendar 2016
Please also see attached below the updated Sailing Calendar 2016 as agreed by the Sailing sub committee. As you will see, Donaghadee Sailing Club will be hosting the Ulster Topper Championships on the weekend of 21/22 May 2016. A team has been put together to run this event led by Stuart Ogg. We will be looking for volunteers to support this event and will also be trying to get as many of our members out on the water for the weekend. This event precedes the World Topper Championships 2016 that will take place at Ballyholme Yacht Club in July. 
Our Regatta Day this year will be Saturday 18 June 2016 – please put this date in your diary. The date this year is earlier than usual but we hope to build on the success of last year’s event as we welcome sailors from other Clubs in Belfast Lough to race and enjoy hospitality at Donaghadee. Friday Night Sailing for Juniors will also start a few weeks later than normal on Friday 27 May 2016.
Spring Programme
Also attached is a spring programme for events in the Club. Please note that the date for the annual DSC prize giving has moved to Friday 11 March 2016. Our Members Briefing event will take place on Friday 8 April 2016. Please put these dates in your diary.
Annual Dinner Dance
Our annual Club dinner dance took place last weekend at Donaghadee Golf Club. Over 85 members and guests from RYA NI and other Clubs enjoyed an excellent evening with great food, music and plenty of dancing. Thanks to all those involved for organising this event , especially Heather Burrows, Coirle Butler and Andrew Miller, as well as the staff and kitchen team at Donaghadee Golf Club.
Club Strategy Day
Our Commodore, Fraser Menzies, and Nick Butler will be leading our Club Strategy Day this Saturday in the Clubhouse where we will be considering how the Club develops over the next 5, 10 and 15 years. Much work has already gone into planning for this event. We will keep members updated on the outcome of the event.
DSC Boats
DSC Spring Programme 2016
Calendar 2016

Funeral Arrangements – Murdoch Bennett

Posted on January 30, 2016 by | Categories Club News | Comments Off on Funeral Arrangements – Murdoch Bennett

Club member and trustee Murdoch Bennett passed away on Thursday. His funeral will take place at Shore Street Presbyterian Church in Donaghadee at 11am on Tuesday 2 February 2016.

Following the service, refreshments will be provided in the DSC Clubhouse for those attending the service.
We expect many Club members will want to attend the service to mark Murdoch’s contribution both to the Club and to the wider community in Donaghadee.
Practical help from members after the funeral service  to support the serving of refreshments and to welcome visitors to the Clubhouse would be much appreciated.

Murdoch Bennett

Posted on January 29, 2016 by | Categories Club News | Comments Off on Murdoch Bennett

It is with deep sadness that I have to inform you of the passing of Murdoch Bennett who was a long standing member and trustee of Donaghadee Sailing Club.

Indeed, Murdoch was a member of the former Donaghadee Yacht Club and joined Donaghadee Sailing Club shortly after its formation in 1971.  He was a very competitive and successful sailor in his Flying Fifteen when this class was at its peak in the Club. Later, Murdoch moved onto cruisers and was still sailing ‘Northern Wind’ until very recently.

His love of the sea and of Donaghadee were also reflected by his long service on the lifeboat here in Donaghadee both as crew and in management roles.  Our thoughts are with Evelyn, Garth and Ross at this time.

Fraser Menzies

DSC News Update – January

Posted on January 23, 2016 by | Categories Club News, Social News | Comments Off on DSC News Update – January

New Access Control Arrangements
Please be aware that the Courtyard door in the Clubhouse has now had its magnetic lock activated so that a fob is required to gain access to the Clubhouse from the courtyard.  This particularly applies to sailors who will now need to take a fob with them when sailing.  The fobs are fully water proof and can be purchased by emailing the Office at a cost of £5 each. The fobs also allow access from the front door of the Club for all members when the Clubhouse is open – currently Wednesday evenings, Friday evenings and Sunday late afternoon to early evening.

Annual Dinner Dance – Saturday 6 February 2016 at 7pm
A reminder that the Club’s annual dinner dance will take place in Donaghadee Golf Club from 7pm on Saturday 6 February 2016. A list for reserving places and for menu choices is behind the bar in the Clubhouse. Contact Heather Burrows if you require any further details.

Talk on sinking of Princess Victoria
Building on the success of the past two years, the Portaferry and Strangford Trust (PAST) events series for 2016 are about to begin.  The first is a talk about the tragic sinking of the Princess Victoria in 1953 and will be given by Stephen Cameron   This promises to be a fascinating evening.  Admission is free and refreshments will be provided.