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.
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.
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.
The annual Burns Night, organised by the Rotary Club and Donaghadee Sailing Club, will take place in our Clubhouse on Saturday 23 January 2016 with food being provided by Bow Bells.
The 2016 Cold Finger Series will commence on the Sunday 10th January 2016. Start time will be 13:30. The series will run for 9 consecutive Sundays. The Sailing Instructions are attached to this email.
Members who help with safety boat cover and race officer should now be receiving emails from Dutyman – the new system that we are using for managing the rotas. If anyone is struggling with using it or needs some help please feel free to contact me by dropping me an email to me at [email protected] or give me a call 07855 748023 or 02891 889154.
If I can also ask that you “confirm” any duties assigned on Dutyman and, if you are not able to make it, then please do try and arrange a swap, which you can then also do online.
If there is anyone who has not had emails from the Dutyman system and wishes to volunteer then please also contact me and I will add you to the system. The current Rota can be found here.
Hon Sailing Secretary
It is really important that all fees for membership of the Club are paid promptly – invoices were issued last November for the current year which runs until next October.
With Christmas fast approaching, it is time to get your winter woolies out for the annual Rock Hopper Race at Donaghadee Sailing Club on Saturday 26th December.
Christmas Eve – Mince Pies and Mulled Wine
We look forward to seeing everyone down at the Club on christmas Eve for some festive mulled wine and mince pies from 7pm to 9pm, hosted by our Commodore, Fraser Menzies. Please bring your family and friends down to the Clubhouse to enjoy the last few moments in the run up to Christmas with some festive music to get you in the mood.
James Ogg from Donaghadee Sailing Club, who has been hailed a club hero, collected the Royal Yachting Association (NI) Volunteer of the Year Award. Over the space of more than 20 years, James has worked tirelessly to continually raise the standard of management, sailing and training and has served the Club in many roles including Honorary Secretary, Vice Commodore, Commodore and, most recently, RYA Principal.
Decorate the Clubhouse for Christmas!
It would be great to have a few volunteers down at the Clubhouse tomorrow night (Friday) to help decorate the Club for Christmas. If you are free for an hour please come down from 6pm to help make the Club look festive for the busy Christmas social programme. There should be some festive music and with many hands it shouldn’t take to long to complete!
As part of our fundraising effort we will be running a ballot at the Christmas lunch on Sunday 13 December 2015. If you can provide a ballot prize we would be very grateful. Please leave any prizes behind the bar or in the Club office .
Children’s Christmas Party – Saturday 19 December at 1pm
Our Children’s Christmas Party takes place on Saturday 19 December from 1pm to 3pm. There will be plenty of entertainment and some festive snacks for all. We hope that as many parents and friends as possible will also join us. To help with catering, can you please let us know if you are coming by email, Facebook or by signing up on the list behind the bar – it would be good to also know the names and ages of the kids attending. If you are also able to help to organise the party then please let Andrew Miller know.