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.
|Feb-15||PERSON 1||PERSON 2||PERSON 3||PERSON 4|
|1ST SUNDAY||COIRLE BUTLER||ALI BOYD||ANDREW MILLER||KATIE JOHNSTON|
|4TH WEDNESDAY||ROSS BENNETT||DAVID MCCORMACK|
|6TH FRIDAY||GEORGE AITKEN||TIM JOHNSTON|
|8TH SUNDAY||KAYE BOYLE||SHEENA MINAHAN||FIONA PRITCHARD||KADY PRITCHARD|
|11TH WEDNESDAY||KEN WALSH||GARY WATSON|
|13TH FRIDAY||PAUL WRIGHT||BARRY SMYTH|
|15TH SUNDAY||GAIL SKEATS||KATE MCNEIL||FRASER MENZIES||JENNY PATTERSON|
|18TH WEDNESDAY||JOHN TOWNSON||NOEL JOHNSTON||If you cannot do your turn please change with someone|
|20TH FRIDAY||DANKY||MICHAEL MCCLURE|
|22ND SUNDAY||IVAN HEANEY||NORMA HEANEY||PAUL WRIGHT||NICK BUTLER|
|25TH WEDNESDAY||ALVIN WALKER||ANN BOARDMAN|
|27TH FRIDAY||SHIRLEY MCCRUM||IAN MCCRUM|
|keys are to be picked up from John Townson 17 Warren Road phone 02891 882616 or Gail Skeats 7 Park Avenue phone 07714009491|
|DATE||PERSON 1||PERSON 2||PERSON 3||PERSON 4||IF YOU KNOW OF ANYONE WHO IS WILLING TO DO THE BAR ASK THEM TO RING THE CLUB ON 028 91884270 AND LEAVE A MESSAGE OR RING PAUL ON 07546291750|
|1ST SUNDAY||PAUL WRIGHT||PAUL WRIGHT|
|4TH WEDNESDAY||KEN WALSH||COLIN MITCHELL|
|FRIDAY 6TH||DANKY||MICHAEL MCCLURE|
|8TH SUNDAY||KAYE BOYLE||SHEENA MINIHAN||FIONA PRITCHARD||KADY PRITCHARD|
|11TH WEDNESDAY||ROSS BENNETT||DAVID MCCORMACK|
|13TH FRIDAY||TIM JOHNSTON||GEORGE AITKEN|
|15TH SUNDAY||KATE MCNEIL||GAIL SKEATS||PAUL WRIGHT||NICK BUTLER|
|18TH WEDNESDAY||JOHN TOWNSON||NOEL JOHNSTON|
|20TH FRIDAY||JAMES OGG||BRIAN LENNOX|
|22ND SUNDAY||HEATHER BURROWS||ALI BOYD||KATIE JOHNSTON||ANDREW MILLER|
|25TH WEDNESDAY||ALVIN WALKER||ANN BOARDMAN|
|27TH FRIDAY||SHIRLEY MCCRUM||IAN MCCRUM|
|29TH SUNDAY||NORMA HEANEY||IVAN HEANEY||FRASER MENZIES||JENNY PATTERSON|
|WINTER HOURS||WED 8.30PM TO 11.00 PM||FRIDAY 8.30 PM TO 11.00PM||SUNDAY 4.00 TO 8.00|
|PERSONS 1 AND 2 WORK 4.00 TO 6.00 AND PERSON 3 AND 4 COVERS 6.00 TO 8.00|
The Burns Night Supper hosted jointly by Donaghadee Rotary and Donaghadee Sailing Cub will be held in the Clubhouse on Saturday 24 January 2015 from 7.30pm.
The cost for this excellent event is £20 per head which includes a wonderful three course meal (Bow Bells specials!) and all the trimmings (haggis and piper!)
Those attending need to pre-order their main course and pudding so could you please let Fraser Menzies know preference by either email or phone ([email protected] or 07747 843801). Your order needs to be with Fraser by this Sunday evening.
Main course choice: Haggis, Lamb Shank, Cobble Haddock fillets
Dessert Choice: Apple Strudel, Rasepberry and Chocolate Tear
We hope you will support this annual celebration of culture by your attendance at what is always an excellent evening.
Earlier this week, the General Committee agreed our Sailing Programme for 2015 which was proposed by our Honorary Sailing Secretary, Neil Boyd. This forms the core of the DSC Calendar of Events for 2015 which is attached. There will of course be many other sailing and social activities added during the course of the year, as well as a full training schedule.
At the General Committee, our Commodore, Nick Butler, set out his three core objectives for the coming year at DSC – to increase the numbers participating in Club racing each week, particularly juniors; to focus our collective efforts to make the Club Regatta on Saturday 29th August 2015 as successful as possible; and to increase our Club membership to over 400.
Following conversations with members, it was also agreed to reinstate the Round the Island Race – this used to be a significant feature in the Club’s calendar with keelboats competing in a race around the Copelands. It is planned to run this event as part of Commodores Day this year which will take place on 19th September 2015. We intend to contact neighbouring Clubs to encourage them to take part.
Don’t forget to get your tickets for the Annual Dinner Dance on Saturday 7th February from the Clubhouse. Only 100 places are available so book early! Tickets will be sold from tomorrow (Sunday) See here for further details.
The Annual DSC Prize Giving will now take place at a special Members Evening to be held in the Clubhouse on Friday 6 March 2015. Further details will follow.
Finally, we are preparing our submission following being shortlisted by the Royal Yachting Association for their UK wide Club of the Year Competition. This is a tremendous achievement. The next stage of adjudication will take place on 31st January 2015 when a final shortlist of five sailing clubs from across the UK will be selected as finalists.
Happy New Year!
We are delighted to announce that the annual Dinner and Dance will take place on Saturday 7th February 2015 in Governor Rocks followed by dancing to live music in the Clubhouse where there will be a late bar. The cost for the evening will be £25 per adult and £15 per child. This year we will be issuing tickets which will be on sale in the Clubhouse for the next four Sundays as below:
Sunday 11th January 18:00 – 20:00
Sunday 18th January 16:00 – 17:00
Sunday 25th January 16:00 – 17:00
Sunday 1st February 16:00 – 17:00
Governor Rocks can cater for a maximum of 100 people so buy your tickets early to avoid disappointment.
Further communication about menu choices and pre ordering etc. will follow as there are still some finer details to be sorted out.
We look forward to seeing you all in your glad rags on Saturday 7th February 2015.
Please note that there will be no prize giving on the evening of the 7th February 2015. This will take place at a special members’ night on Friday 6th March 2015. This allows for the Dinner and Dance to flow more freely.
Donaghadee Sailing Club
They say there is no such thing as “cold”, just the wrong clothes, so wrap up warm and lets have some fun, you know you want to! Race starts 13.30 sharp.
A wonderful fleet of fourteen boats turned out this Boxing Day to compete for our penguin trophy. It was great to see everyone. Many thanks to rescue team of George and Anna Aitken, Danky and Stuart Ogg for making this possible and to James and Fraser for helping set it up. Thanks are also extended to Ivan and Norma for ensuring thirsts were quenched by opening the Bar!
What started out as a very quiet sail became livelier as the wind picked up after the first round. The Rock Hopper trophy was won by Robson Ogg. As boats were restricted to winning only one prize, first Topper was awarded to Jack McGregor, first Pico was awarded to Fraser Menzies, first GP was awarded to Martin and Vicki Dews and first in Class 2 were Lucy and Chris Burrows.
Congratulations to all our winners and commiserations to our runners up. There is always next time… The Final Fling series ends this Sunday (today) with a tightly contested race for the title, weather permitting, with our Coldfinger Series commencing the first Sunday of the New Year. We hope to see you there – remember races start at 1300 hours.
With best wishes for 2015
We are hoping for a good turnout for the Rock Hopper Trophy race on 26 December 2014. The race will start at 1pm, finishing by 3pm at the latest, with an opportunity to warm up in the bar afterwards!
Sailing Instructions are attached.
We are still looking for another Safety Boat crew to support George and Anna Aiken who are already on safety cover. Please let Neil Boyd know if you can help.
This is a great event to brush off the cobwebs after Christmas Day. We hope to see as many members as possible out on the water and that the weather is kind!
The annual Children’s Christmas Party will be held at the Clubhouse this Saturday, 20th December 2014 from 2pm to 4.30pm.
All kids are welcome. There will be games and a disco as well as some party food. Word is that there will be a special visitor dropping in to the Party to make sure that all the boys and girls have been behaving well ahead of Christmas!
The event will be free (although any donations to cover costs will be gratefully received). Any volunteers who can help out in any way on the day please contact Coirle Butler at [email protected].
NB Please leave your child’s present wrapped and labelled in the Clubhouse ahead of the event or as you arrive on the day.
Donaghadee Sailing Club
Work has commenced on the pavement outside the Clubhouse as part of the wider Public Realm Scheme being undertaken in Donaghadee. There will be some disruption over the coming weeks but access to the front door should be unrestricted over this weekend and for the Christmas Lunch on Sunday. The early part of next week has been set aside for excavation, concrete pouring and tarmacing and, as a result, there will be no access to the Clubhouse. This work should be completed by Wednesday evening when access to the Club should become available again. If you have any concerns or need access during this time please let us know. The contractors, FP McCann are being as accommodating as possible for this work which will enhance the front of the Clubhouse.
Our Christmas Lunch takes place on Sunday afternoon at the Clubhouse – it is fully booked. Lunch will be served around 3pm but you are welcome to come down before then to enjoy some time with family and friends in the bar area. If you have any raffle prizes please bring them with you on the day.
Dates for Your Diary
Saturday 20th December 2014 – Children’s Christmas Party – 2pm in the Clubhouse
Wednesday 24th December 2014 – Christmas Eve Mulled Wine and Mince Pies – from 6:30pm
Friday 26th December – Rock Hopper Race
Wednesday 31st December 2014 – DSC New Year’s Eve Party and Disco – 7.30pm. £5 entry.
2015 Dates for your Diary
Saturday 24th January 2015 – Combined Donaghadee Rotary and DSC Burns Night Supper
Saturday 7 February 2015 – DSC Annual Dinner Dance, Governors Rocks and DSC Clubhouse