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Friday Night Sailing for Kids

Posted on April 23, 2015 by | Categories Club News | Comments Off

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Adult Sailing Course Deal

Posted on April 22, 2015 by | Categories Club News, Sailing News, Training, Website News, Whats Afloat | Comments Off

Spaces available.

The RYA Level 1 adult dinghy course this weekend has a number of spaces still available. As advised in a recent communication (see offer below), the course is your starting point for a summer of sailing and will be run by Laura Jackson and everything except footwear can be provided.

As I need to know numbers, please give me a call to book a place or ask any questions:-  07730006149
Adult Training Offer

One of our key targets at DSC this year is to increase participation on the water through members sailing and competing in Club racing. Boat numbers are on the increase in the Club with an emerging fleet of cruisers, 25 Toppers and 22 GP14 two man dinghies. The challenge applies not just to our junior members but also to our adult members. We are therefore offering the following opportunity to 10 adult members:

Sign up for an RYA Level 1 course on 25/26 April at a cost of £80 and access a place on the RYA Level 2 course on 24/24 May free of charge, saving £80!

Team up as a crew in a GP14 and receive a further training on 6 Sunday mornings from 31st May allowing you to participate in Wednesday and Sunday racing for the rest of the year.

Sailing Update

Posted on April 21, 2015 by | Categories Club News, Sailing News, Social News, Website News, Whats Afloat | Comments Off

With the new racing season starting on the 3rd May, the battery and rescue rotas have now been posted on the website along with a listing of all the sailing dates and the week by week activities.
This years challenge is to have all our boats out racing every Wednesday and Sunday, there are no excuses, we will have worm sunshine and fair winds, we have the boats, we have the training resources, so let’s just all make it happen.

DSC Sailing Committee

 

Bow Bells Sunday Dinner – Sunday 26 April at 5.30pm

Posted on April 16, 2015 by | Categories Club News, Social News | Comments Off

The Club is delighted to announce that it is hosting a Bow Bells Sunday Dinner on Sunday 26 April at 5.30pm. the Menu will include a choice of Lasagne, Chicken and Broccoli Pie and Honey Mustard Sausages plus trimmings with a choice of the famous Bow Bells Desserts.

It’s a great event to bring down family and friends to the Clubhouse and enjoy some excellent food and company as the evenings continue to brighten.

If you want to book your place please add your name to the list behind the Bar at the Clubhouse. Places are limited so please make sure that you sign up early for this popular event.

Dinner Menu

Training Update – April

Posted on April 16, 2015 by | Categories Club News, Sailing News | Comments Off

Training Update

The training section of the Club website has been updated with all the dinghy and powerboat summer courses for adults and juniors. Advertising flyers have been produced and are being distributed over the next week around the area in shops, schools and cafés. Uptake for junior courses has been good so far, with some dates now nearly fully booked. To book a place on our courses, details of which are on our website, submit an application form and payment to the Club Office.

New Pathway

At our recent Members Briefing night we unveiled our new pathway for sailing at DSC for both juniors and adults. These documents show the progress from basic courses, to gaining experience, through introduction to club racing, race training and attendance at external racing events. These pathway documents are also available in the training section of the website and the various elements are included in the training programme. All the training elements must be booked in advance, by leaving a completed course application form and payment into the Club Office.
DSC Pathway 1

DSC Pathway 2

New Boats

The Club has been successful with another grant from Ards Borough Council, which is focused on increasing the competitive level of junior sailing in the Club. We have purchased three new Topper dinghies, along with a road trailer to carry the Searider RIB and Toppers to attend sailing events across Ireland.

Adult Training Offer

One of our key targets at DSC this year is to increase participation on the water through members sailing and competing in Club racing. Boat numbers are on the increase in the Club with an emerging fleet of cruisers, 25 Toppers and 22 GP14 two man dinghies. The challenge applies not just to our junior members but also to our adult members. We are therefore offering the following opportunity to 10 adult members:

Sign up for an RYA Level 1 course on 25/26 April at a cost of £80 and access a place on the RYA Level 2 course on 24/24 May free of charge, saving £80!

Team up as a crew in a GP14 and receive a further training on 6 Sunday mornings from 31st May allowing you to participate in Wednesday and Sunday racing for the rest of the year. Complete a form to book your place and enjoy a summer of fun, fresh air and a few beers afterwards.

Dinghy Park Fees

Dinghy park fees are now due for all craft and trailers in the dinghy park. Storage periods are (Winter )1st Nov – 30th April and (Summer) 1st May – 31st October. Payments are for each 6 month period and pro-rata payments do not apply. **

• Anyone wishing to keep their boat in the Dinghy Park shall complete the application form, available on the website or in the Club Office.
• The appropriate fee will be payable in the month prior to the above dates.
• Anyone overstaying their period will be liable for cost of the next storage period.
• All boats shall be identified with an ID sticker provided by the Club. This sticker will clearly indicate the period, sail number and a unique ID number.
• All boats shall have third party liability insurance. **
• All boats are stored at the owner’s liability and the Club accepts no responsibility for loss or damage.
• Boat owners shall keep the park clean at all times and remove any debris.

Club Boat Usage Procedure

A new procedure has been agreed by the General Committee for the use of Club Boats by members of Donaghadee Sailing Club. The aim of this procedure is to control and ensure the safe use of Club owned boats for racing by Club Members. Club boats (with the exception of the 3 new Race Toppers) can be used in the following circumstances and subject to the accompanying conditions:

(A) Use in Club Activities

For Club racing on Wednesday evening and Sunday afternoon

Anyone using a Club boat must firstly satisfy the Club of their ability to race safely before going afloat. You must complete an application (on first occasion only) for use of Club boats prior to use. By completing this form you are also acknowledging that you will be liable for any damage or loss while using the Club Boat.

A list of all Club members who have completed an application form for use of a Club Boat, which has been approved by the RYA Sailing Principal, will be displayed on the Club Notice Board.

Over 18s (excluding those in full time education under the age of 23) shall make a donation of £5 per day, for use of a Club Boat to be inserted in an “honesty“ box on the day of use.

All Club GP14s must be sailed with an inflated mast head float at all times. The boat number and users identity will be evident from the race record sheet. Anyone not making a donation will be excluded from the race results. Club Boats are available on a first come basis with no pre-booking.

 

For Club Training and Friday Club Nights

For all training events Club Boats can be used by members under the supervision of an RYA trained instructor.

On Friday Club Nights, competent helms with a minimum of RYA Stage 4 may use Club Picos, Toppers and Tera. A Senior instructor or suitably experienced adult must in attendance and Safety boat(s) must be present.

For any other sessions designated as social / recreational / disability sailing, a Safety boat(s) must be in attendance when Club Boats are being used.

Any other use of Club Boats at the Club must be agreed by the RYA Club Principal in advance.

 

(B) Use of Club Boat at an External Event

For use of a Club Boat to compete in an event away from the Club, a formal request and booking form and a donation of £25 per day is to be submitted to the RYA Club Sailing Principal at the Club Office.

 

Club Members shall report any damage or missing equipment and help us maintain our boats in a safe condition for the next user.

The 3 Club Race Toppers shall only be used for attending Topper Class events or with the express permission of the RYA Training Principal. They shall not be used for any other Club activities.

Congratulations

Posted on March 22, 2015 by | Categories Club News, Sailing News | Comments Off

On Friday night, at the Ards Borough Council Sports Awards 2015 ceremony James Ogg, our Training Principal and stalwart of Donaghadee Sailing Club, was presented with a Lifetime Service Award to recognise his contribution to local sailing over the years.

This is a prestigious honour for James and it is very well deserved. James continues to give freely of his time as a volunteer at the Club not only running our training programme but also managing a wide range of issues that keep the Club running smoothly.

I am sure that everyone in the Club will want to congratulate James on receiving this special award from Ards Borough Council that genuinely reflects his unwaning commitment to both local sailing and to Donaghadee Sailing Club.

We will have the opportunity to congratulate James personally at the Members Briefing Night which takes place on Friday 27 March at 7pm in the Clubhouse.

DSC March Update

Posted on March 20, 2015 by | Categories Club News, Sailing News, Social News, Training | Comments Off

Members Briefing Night – Friday 27 March at 7pm
We are fast approaching the start of the summer sailing season and our Members Briefing Night in the Clubhouse on Friday 27 March will update you on our plans on the water for this year. Come along and learn about the entire sailing and training programme that we have on offer. We will set out our new junior pathway to help those who have recently qualified with RYA Stage 4 or Start Racing to progress into Club Racing. Details on our Club racing programme, use of Club Boats and volunteering opportunities will also be presented. You will also be able to sign up in advance for Friday Club Nights for Juniors and training courses. It’s a great night to get the whole family back down to the Club and also to bring along friends or potential new members to get a feel of what we have to offer. A light snack of curry and rice will be provided on arrival for you, your family and friends. So please come along an hear about the plans for the sailing season ahead.

Charity Quiz – Saturday 28 March 2015 at 7.30pm
Club member Joe Skeats has been successful in being selected to be a crew member on the first leg of the Tall Ships race from Belfast to Alesund in Norway in July. As part of his fundraising to participate in this event, he is is holding a table quiz in the Clubhouse on Saturday 28th March at 7.30pm. Please come down and support him in this fundraising event with your family and friends. Joe will be keeping us updated on his progress and details of what vessel he will be sailing on in the coming weeks.

Bow Bells Lunch – Sunday 29th March at 1pm
The ever popular Bow Bells Sunday lunch will take place on Sunday 29th March at 1pm in the Clubhouse. A list will be available behind the Club bar for you to sign up for this event from tomorrow (Friday). Its a great opportunity to come down to the Clubhouse with your family and friends to enjoy some excellent food and good company.

Theft
As some of you may be aware, the Club suffered the loss of our two safety boat engines when thieves broke into our locked compound and stole them at some point last week. The theft is being investigated and thanks to the actions of James Ogg, Stuart Ogg and Andrew Miller, we have informed other Clubs and harbours of their theft in case they are offered for sale. James Ogg has made arrangements for replacement engines to be obtained so we hope that we will be able to run our Easter Courses and Club racing as usual.

Training
Please have a look at our busy training programme for 2015 which is provided below. Our Easter Courses and refresher courses are always popular so please sign up by completing a booking form.

2015 Training Programme

DSC Prize Giving – Friday 6 March 2015

Posted on February 25, 2015 by | Categories Club News, Sailing News, Social News | Comments Off

Everyone is welcome to attend the annual Prize Giving on Friday 6 March 2015 in our Clubhouse that will mark the successes of the Club last year both on and off the water .

The Clubhouse and Bar will be open from 7pm with the Prize Giving starting promptly at 7.30pm. The event will conclude with a light supper at 8.15pm leaving the rest of the evening to enjoy.

The light supper at no cost served will consist of Bow Bells pies (choice of Mince Steak or Chicken and Ham) Salad, Baby Boiled potatoes and garlic bread. There will be a ballot to help cover some of the costs of the evening.

This will be an informal and family friendly event. It would be great to see as many members as possible attending to mark some of the successes that the Club and its members enjoyed during 2014.

February Update

Posted on February 16, 2015 by | Categories Club News, Sailing News, Social News, Training | Comments Off

After a very successful Dinner Dance earlier this month, a few more important dates are coming up for members to note in their diaries.
The DSC Prize Giving to mark the successes of the sailing season last year will take place in the Clubhouse on Friday 6 March at 7.30pm. This event for all members to come along and enjoy will be an informal celebration of the racing and participation both on and off the water. A light supper will be served during the evening. Please come along with your family and friends.
On Friday 27th March 2015 at 7pm, we will hold our Members Briefing Evening in the Clubhouse. This event is designed to brief all members on the season ahead including key events such as our Regatta on Saturday 29 August 2015. It will also be an opportunity to register early for Friday Club Nights for Juniors and to sign up for some of our training courses. A light supper will be served. Please come along with your family and friends for this popular evening.
Some training opportunities are also available. A First Aid Course will run in the Club on Monday 23rd February and Tuesday 24th February from 7pm  – 10.30pm. This is essential for all safety boat helms and encouraged for those undertaking instructing duties. Please contact James Ogg if you would like to participate in this course which costs £25. A Child Protection Course will also be run on the Clubhouse on Tuesday 3rd March from 7pm. This is mandatory for all adults 18 or over working with Children in the Club. Please contact James Ogg if you would like more details.
The Social Committee would like to encourage members to both join their Committee and to suggest future events. Please contact Coirle Butler or Heather Burrows if you have any ideas for events or would like to join the Committee.
The Social Committee would also like any feedback from members who attended the Dinner Dance at Governor Rocks and the Clubhouse on Saturday 6 February. You can do this by logging into our DSC Facebook page or by contacting the Club email address.
Keep up to date on what is happening at the Club on our webpage or on Facebook or Twitter.

Upcoming Events at DSC

Posted on January 25, 2015 by | Categories Club News, Sailing News, Social News | Comments Off

Tickets for our annual Dinner Dance which is being held on Saturday 7 February 2015 at Governor Rocks, followed by live music and dancing at the Clubhouse, are going fast. Only 30 tickets remain for this event which is a highlight of the social year. The Social Committee will be in the Clubhouse on Sunday 25 January from 4pm to 8pm selling tickets for this event if you need to purchase one. For further details of this event please click here.

In a change to previous years, the DSC Prize Giving will be held in the Clubhouse on Friday 6 March 2015 at 7.30pm. As well as celebrating sailing successes across the Club last year, it will also provide an opportunity for members to get together and to enjoy some pies and salad from Bow Bells. Further details to follow soon.

Our Members Briefing Evening will now take place on Friday 27th March 2015 at 7pm. This is an opportunity for Club members to hear details on plans for the forthcoming spring and summer sailing season, as well as being able to sign junior members up for the popular Friday Club Nights which commence on Friday 8 May 2015 at 6.30pm.

We hope as many Club members as possible can participate in these events. Both the Prize Giving and the Members Briefing Evening will have a family focus and allow you to bring family and friends down to the Club to encourage them to join and participate in our activities both on and off the water.