The busy weekend with the start of the Donaghadee Festival includes a BBQ at the Club on Saturday evening (6-9pm) with the proceeds going to the RNLI. The cost is £5 per person so why not come along for craic and support your local lifeboat? There is also skiff racing and the raft race during the day.
It is with very deep regret that I must inform members of the sudden passing last night of our friend and fellow member Ken Wallace.
Ken was a founding member of our Club and a very active sailing member. He made a huge contribution to the success of the Club in many ways over the years, a contribution that was recognised by the decision to award him with honorary membership of the Club.
As a mark of respect, the Club flag will be flown at half mast today. Further details regarding funeral arrangements will be circulated in due course.
The Training programme for the summer has been updated and is available on the Club website and available below as a download.
All courses need to be prebooked to secure a place,application forms are on the website or available below.
Junior “bridge the gap “ refresher is now 3 full days 29 , 30 June and the 1st July
Junior early race craft will start on Tuesday 28th June and will run for 6 sessions.
Champion Club race coaching will start on Thursday 30th June.
Adult weekend courses have been rescheduled , a fun weekend to develop new skills.
Powerboat courses have been rescheduled and are available to over 16s.
The “WOW” women on water social sailing on Sunday afternoons, in our newly acquired Laser Stratos Keel boats, is entering the second 4 week cycle.Three places are available starting Sunday 26th June for 4 weeks and you get a very desirable tee shirt on completion of the course.
Junior courses start with the RYA youth stage 1 / 2 beginners course on the 4th July
If you would like to discuss any elements of training, please call Heather on 07718462818 or James on 07730006149
2016 training programme issue 5 230616
ADULT Course Application form 2016
Youth Course Application form 2016
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 email@example.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
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.
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.
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.
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
||£50 for non- members
|RYA First Aid Course 2
||25 – 26 April
||4hrs / night
||19.00 – 22.30
Junior refresher courses are on the following dates:-
|Junior Easter refresher for stage 1&2
||3 hrs / day
||08.45 – 12.30
||Hold RYA Stage 1 & 2
|Junior Easter refresher for stage 3&4
||3 hrs / day
||13.00 – 16.30
||Hold RYA Stage 3
Ladies RYA L2 course
|Ladies only RYA Basic Skills L2
||2 – 3 April
||09.00 – 16.30
||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:- firstname.lastname@example.org
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
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.
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
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.
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.