Club News

DSC September Update

Posted on September 1, 2015 by | Categories Club News, Sailing News, Social News | Comments Off

Bow Bells Dinner – Sunday 27 September 2015 at 5.30pm

The list for yet another fabulous Bow Bells dinner in our Clubhouse on Sunday 27 September is now up behind the bar. Dinner costs £10 per adult and  £6 per child. A non refundable £5 per head deposit is required when you add your name to the list. We are also asking for the individual menu choice per person.

Menu for Bow Bells Tea
Seafood Pie
Roast Lemon and Herb Chicken
Braised Sausages

Plus breads salads etc and a choice of Dessert

We have had to ask for a deposit due to people cancelling at the last minute or just not turning up resulting in the Club just about breaking even on the day. Individual choices of menu will make it easier for Mark Brooks to cater for everyone and also ensure that you get your first choice of dinner.  We are limiting numbers to the first 80 persons who have their names down on the list and who have paid their £5 deposit.

Commodore’s Day – Saturday 19 September
Commodore’s Day, which traditionally marks the end of the summer sailing season, will take place on Saturday 19 September. There will be morning and afternoon races commencing at 11am and 2pm – it would be great to see as many boats as possible out on the water. Racing instructions will be published soon. Bow Bells Pies and salad will be served in the Clubhouse afterwards at 5pm. All are welcome. We also hope to have some live acoustic music. Please put this date in your diary.

Club Picnic – Sunday 20 September 2015

The next Club picnic to Copeland Island will take place on Sunday 20 September 2015. Those sailing over should meet on the slipway at 12.30pm with boats rigged and ready to go at 1pm. Safety boats will accompany those sailing across to Copeland Island.

For those who wish to travel by motor boat, we will make arrangements to travel on The Brothers to Copeland Island, departing from the Harbour at around 1.30pm, returning at 5.30pm. Bring your own picnic  – we hope to have a shared BBQ on the go if you want to cook sausages etc. More details to follow.

DSC Regatta a great success

Posted on August 30, 2015 by | Categories Club News | Comments Off

Over 65 boats participated in a series of 15 races at Donaghadee Sailing Club Regatta on Saturday. The weather was great with a moderate breeze and sunshine as Commodore Nick Butler raised the Club burgee to commence the days proceedings.

Our Race Officer, Ruan O’Tairniagh along with his team in the Battery made sure that everything ran like clockwork on the water. Stuart Ogg and Danky made sure the racing marks were in the right place despite the strong tide! The Sailor’s Lunch, afternoon tea and BBQ were all fantastic – thanks to everyone who donated cakes, buns and sandwiches as well as well as to those who helped prepare and serve.

We had many guests join us for the Commodore’s Reception including Lady Sylvia Hermon MP,  our Mayor, Alderman Alan Graham, and representatives from other sailing clubs and Donaghadee Lifeboat. After prizes were distributed in the Courtyard there was some excellent acoustic music in the bar alongside the BBQ which everyone seemed to enjoy.

Thanks to everyone who participated or helped prepare for this event. There are many photos on Facebook – a selection of some are below.

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Ladies Go Sail!

Posted on August 20, 2015 by | Categories Sailing News, Training | Comments Off

UPDATE: Due to sponsorship by RYA Active Clubs, we are now able to offer this course for just £40!!

Ladies Go Sail RYA dinghy sailing courses, run by women for women, will take place on the 5-6th September 2015 at Donaghadee Sailing Club.

As an RYA training centre, we you can start at the beginning and develop your skills, confidence and knowledge in a fun, safe and encouraging environment.

Come on ladies, do something for yourselves and get fit and have fun. This is the perfect opportunity to meet up with friends and perhaps make some new ones whilst trying out something new.

We provide all the clothing and equipment you will need.  We have plenty of wetsuits for all ages and sizes.  The only thing we do not provide is footwear so you will need to bring something that you don’t mind getting wet, like wetsuit shoes or trainers.  If you are using a wetsuit you will also need to bring your bathing suit for underneath this and a towel. Also bring pack lunch and water.

Course runs from 9am to 4.30pm and costs £40. To book call Heather on 07718 462818 or visit www.donaghadeesc.co.uk/training for more information.

Ladies Course Sept 2015

DSC Regatta Day

Posted on August 18, 2015 by | Categories Sailing News, Social News | Comments Off

Donaghadee Sailing Club Regatta Poster

Planning is well in hand for the DSC Regatta which takes place this year on Saturday 29 August 2015.

The General Committee and members have been working hard over the past few weeks to make the necessary arrangements for what we hope will be a very successful event.

The programme for the event is as follows:

9am                           Club Burgee to be raised by Commodore
10.40am                   Morning racing commences
12noon – 1pm          Sailor’s Lunch in Clubhouse – £3
1.20pm                      Regatta racing commences
3pm – 5pm               Afternoon Tea – Courtyard
4.30pm                      Prize Giving – Courtyard
5pm – 9pm                Bar and Music
7pm                           BBQ – Courtyard – £5
11pm                         Bar Closes

While we hope to welcome as many visiting sailors to our Club on the day, it would be really great to see as many members as possible, both on and off the water, to support this key event in our calendar. As well as the racing, there is plenty happening around the Clubhouse. All are welcome to the Sailor’s Lunch, Afternoon Tea and BBQ during the course of the day.

Fraser Menzies and David McGaughey are trying to get as many members as possible out racing in the Club Boats on the day as possible – we have over 30 Club boats and it would be fantastic to see them all out on the water. Please contact Fraser or David if you want to race. Sailing Instructions for the Regatta can be found here.

We also need your help – we need sandwiches, cakes or buns from each member/family for the regatta afternoon tea. These can be left at the Club Galley on Friday Night – there will be Friday Night Sailing for Juniors as usual – or on Saturday morning. Thank you in advance for your support.

Finally, there will be plenty to do around the Club on Friday Night and Saturday morning to prepare for the event so if you are free please call down and ask if any help is needed.

We look forward to seeing everyone down at the Club on Regatta Day.

DSC Regatta – Sailing Instructions

Posted on August 18, 2015 by | Categories Club News | Comments Off

Please see below a link for the Sailing Instructions for our Regatta which takes place this year on Saturday 29 August 2015.

It would be great to see as many members as possible out on the water.

DSC Regatta SIs

DSC August Update

Posted on August 13, 2015 by | Categories Club News, Sailing News, Social News, Training, Whats Afloat | Comments Off

Junior Sailing Success
Our DSC Junior Squad have over the past few weeks  been representing the Club throughout Ireland.  Dan McGaughey, Matthew Bell, Jack McGregor and Robson Ogg have been participating in the Topper Travellers and will be joined by Cameron Thompson at the Topper Traveller at Howth this weekend.  Dan won the 4.2 Class event at Malahide and Robson Ogg has been selected for training with the RYA NI Junior Squad.  In addition, Lewis Thompson and Joshua McGregor have represented DSC at the Strangford Youth series and Ballyholme Regatta.  It is great to see such success and good luck for the rest of the season to them all!

To maintain our accreditation as an RYA Champion Club it is important that we develop performance sailors and the new DSC Pathway is proving to be a great success.  We look forward to seeing them all compete in the Club racing soon and we hope to send a squad of 8 junior sailors to the RYA Junior and Schools Championship at RNIYC in September.  We also now that there are some very  competent young female sailors in the Club. Where are you girls!!?

A product of DSC Youth training from an earlier generation, and one of our most successful young sailors has also being doing well.  Oisin McClelland, has been been competing very creditably in the Finn Class throughout the summer, culminating in the Junior World Championship in Valencia last month and we wish him continuing success.

Dinghy Park
Following inspection by the Council, there are some concerns about the integrity of a section of the wall in the dinghy park where bricks have become loose. Members and users are asked to keep clear of this area while the Council takes forward repairs.

Jim Devenport, our local butcher, has kindly sponsored the provision of branded Club T-shirts for our cadre of training instructors. Jim continues to support the Club during the year providing much of our meat for catering including our Friday Night BBQs. The Club are grateful for his continued support and sponsorship. We actively encourage our members to support local businesses in Donaghadee and, where possible, we seek to procure all our requirements locally.

Donaghadee Festival
The Club hosted a series of successful event on Saturday 1 August as the Town Festival commenced. The Community Skiff Regatta took place at Saturday lunchtime and the Club provided changing facilities as well as hosting the prize giving after the event. The Clubhouse was also used by crews participating in the annual raft race. Finally, a very successful BBQ was hosted  to raise funds on behalf of the local branch of RNLI. We received a letter of thanks this week from the Honorary Secretary thanking the Club for the £407.00  raised. Thanks also go to our member Richard Brown who made a donation of some excellent Dexter and Aberdeen Angus burgers and sausages from his farm for the BBQ.

The Town Cup race that took place from the Club on Sunday was also hotly contested in quite windy conditions with Stephen Nelson and Dan McGaughey triumphing. All in all, a great weekend.

A final call to all members who have canoes stored in the Dinghy Park. Can you please identify any canoes or kayaks that you own. If no one comes forward the Club will remove them from the dinghy park. Please contact James Ogg directly if you have a canoe or kayak in the dinghy park and have not already let him know.

Club Regatta
Saturday 29 August 2015 is the annual Club Regatta where we welcome members, family, friends and visitors to the Club for racing, hospitality and entertainment. It is a major event in the Club’s calendar and this year we would like to see as many members down during the day to participate either on of off the water. More details will issue next week about this event including requests for help including the provision of sandwiches, cakes and buns for the traditional afternoon tea. This year we will also be hosting a Sailors lunch in the Clubhouse – more details to follow! Please put this date in your diary.

Honorary Sailing Secretary
Our Hon Sailing Secretary Neil Boyd has decided to stand down from the role due to work commitments. Neil is regularly out of the country with work and he felt that he couldn’t give his full commitment to this critical role. Our Commodore accepted his resignation at this weeks General Committee meeting and thanked Neil for all that he has done for the Club in the past nine months. We are currently seeking to appoint a new Sailing Secretary.

Dinghy Park Lease
The General Committee were delighted that the Trustees of the Club had been able to negotiate with the Council a new 10 year lease for the continued use of our dinghy and boat park. This has been a significant piece of work involving detailed negotiations. Noel Johnston and Guy Thomson have been central to this work and the GC thanked them both, as well as our other Trustees, for their efforts on behalf of the Club.

Caribbean Night
This Saturday sees Caribbean Night taking place at the Clubhouse to raise funds to send nine GP14s and crews to the GP14 World Championships in Barbados next year. A few tickets remain. Please contact James Ogg urgently if you would like to go.

August Training Update

Posted on August 4, 2015 by | Categories Club News | Comments Off

The Wednesday Gain Experience course for those with their RYA Stage 1 / 2 has now concluded and no further sessions will be run.

The Wednesday Early Race Craft course will now take place on every Wednesday night in August. Please be on the slipway with boat rigged at 7pm; each session will finish at 9.30pm. The focus for these sessions will be competing in Club racing and preparing for the RYA Youth Championships in late September. The Club has three new toppers which can be made available to the most improved sailors for this event. Please note that these sessions are for juniors who have completed their start racing course.

Youth RYA Stage 1 & 2 Course – w/c 10th August- places are available on this course

The Youth Start and Intermediate racing  starting w/c 17 August 2015 is being combined with the Youth RYA Stage 3 & 4 course –  places are available on both courses

Adult RYA Level 1 Dinghy Sailing  – 8-9 August 2015 – Cost £80 (Members)

Introducing you to sailing with all you need to know to get afloat under supervision. How to sail in all directions, including an awareness of launching and recovering. Two days from 9am to 4.30pm.

Adult RYA Level 2 Dinghy Sailing  – 15 – 16 August 2015 – Cost £80 (Members)
Setting out the foundations of sailing for you. Rigging, launching, sailing in all directions. Capsize recovery and essential safety knowledge. Able to sail and make decisions in good conditions. Two from days 9am to 4.30pm.

Special Offer – Book both of these courses and receive a 25 % discount – both courses for Ł120

Please call James Ogg on 07730006149 to book a place on any of these courses.

Caribbean Night

Posted on August 4, 2015 by | Categories Club News, Social News | Comments Off


Nine GP14’s from “The Dee” will participate in the Barbados World Championships during Easter 2016 and is the largest fleet from any one club in Ireland. Boats and equipment will be packed into a 40 ft shipping container and dispatched to Barbados via Portsmouth. This is a major undertaking for the participants and Club. As a warm up for the event, we are hosting a Caribbean night on Saturday 15th August to raise funds to help with boat transportation. We hope you will attend, enjoy the food, cocktails, prizes and most importantly we thank you for your support.

Bajan food straight from the islands
Spicy fish curry, jerk chicken wings, pulled pork belly and rice.
Complementary glass of Caribbean rum punch

Cocktails by Kady and Laura

Dress for the occasion , Prizes , Raffle

Entry with ticket  £12 under 16 £6 available from James Ogg

caribbean night

Training Communication

Posted on July 30, 2015 by | Categories Club News, Training | Comments Off

Important Training Updates

Wednesday “gain experience” for those with their stage 1 / 2 is now concluded and no further sessions will be run.

The Wednesday “early race craft “ will now take place every Wednesday night in August. Please be on the slipway with boat rigged at 7pm, session will finish at 9.30pm. The focus for these sessions will be competing in club racing.

The youth “start and intermediate racing” course scheduled for next week is being combined with the youth “stage 3 & 4 “ course starting on 17th August. Places are available on this course and also the youth “stage 1 & 2 course” w/c 10th August

Adult RYA Level 1 Dinghy Sailing 8-9 August – Cost £80 (Members)
Introducing you to sailing with all you need to know to get afloat under supervision. How to sail in all directions, including an awareness of launching and recovering. 2 days 9am to 4.30pm.

Adult RYA Level 2 Dinghy Sailing 15 – 16 August – Cost £80 (Members)
Setting out the foundations of sailing for you. Rigging, launching, sailing in all directions. Capsize recovery and essential safety knowledge. Able to sail and make decisions in good conditions. 2 days 9am to 4.30pm.

Special Offer – Book both these courses and receive a 25 % discount – both courses for £120

For bookings or further information call James on 07730006149 or Heather on 07718462818

Open Day and Town Cup

Posted on July 29, 2015 by | Categories Club News, Sailing News, Social News | Comments Off

Club Open Day

As part of the Donaghadee Festival fortnight which starts this weekend, our Clubhouse will be open to visitors on Saturday 1 August 2015 from 11am.

On this date, the Club will host crews involved in the Coastal Rowing Skiff Regatta from across the Ards Peninsula as they race in their locally built rowing skiffs for the pride of their community off Donaghadee breakwater from 11am. you can view the action from the comfort of the Clubhouse

The Clubhouse will also be hosting crews participating in the annual Raft Race which always draws a crowd. This is due to start at 12.30pm on Saturday 1 August from the slipway.

In the early evening, the Clubhouse will host a BBQ with proceeds raised in aid of RNLI from 5pm. All members are encouraged to come down and participate in the fun during the day and to enjoy the evening BBQ which is raising finds for a great cause.

More details on the Festival can be found here.

Town Cup
On Sunday 2 August 2015, the Town Cup will be competed for in Donaghadee Bay. Those wishing to race should be ready to launch in time for the starting gun at 1.10pm. It would be great to see as many boats as possible out on the water to compete for the Town Cup – the start time coincides with high tide and the course is kept close into the shore and harbour to give everyone a view of the racing.

Please come down with your family and friends to support the Club and these events as part of the local festival fortnight.