Club News

Rock Hopper Trophy Race – 26 December 2014

Posted on December 20, 2014 by | Categories Club News, Sailing News | Comments Off

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!

Rock Hoppers SIs v2 2014

Children’s Christmas Party -Saturday 20 December 2014

Posted on December 17, 2014 by | Categories Club News, Social News | Comments Off

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.

Social Committee
Donaghadee Sailing Club

Club Access and Christmas Lunch

Posted on December 13, 2014 by | Categories Club News, Social News | Comments Off

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

Xmas Dinner menu

Posted on December 8, 2014 by | Categories Social News | Comments Off

Xmas Dinner menu

Sunday 14th December 2014 3pm

Annual Turkey Trot – 27 December 2014

Posted on December 8, 2014 by | Categories Social News | Comments Off

Walk off those excess Christmas pounds around the streets of Donaghadee by taking part in the annual Turkey Trot organised by Donaghadee Sea Scouts on Saturday 27 December 2014 at 2pm. Follow a series of clues that will take you and your family on a walking tour around the streets of Donaghadee where you will hopefully find out more about the trivia, history and geography of the town!

Return to Donaghadee Sailing Club and enjoy a hot dog and soup and the warmth of the Clubhouse and Bar as the results are worked out and the answers given. All proceeds raised will go to Donaghadee Sea Scouts. Please bring your family and friends along for what is always a very enjoyable event.

Suggested donation: £10 per family or £3 per adult/£2 per child.

RYA Northern Ireland News Update

Posted on December 8, 2014 by | Categories Sailing News, Training | Comments Off

2015 sees a host of RYA events, please see below for the full list, however, a highlight will surely be the RYANI Bi-Annual Cruising Conference guest speakers included Viv Cox, Metallurgist and the delegates being treated to lunch in the beautiful dining room of Royal Ulster Yacht Club.


Don’t forget! Belfast Lough Sailability are applying to a fund that will radically change the facilities available to disabled or disadvantaged people who want to try out our sport, but they NEED YOUR HELP! As part of the fund requirements is an 1000 person consultation. The volunteers are working hard to get out and about to explain the project which includes a new building in Carrickfergus. Please take a look at their survey which only takes a few minutes to complete. Thank you for your time in advance!


Mary is back from her travels in Norway, but Gayle is heading off from the 9th, to Australia until after the Christmas break, so you may find delays in some responses, though Mary, Richard and Ronnie will be on call to answer any queries that come in. Thanks for your patience!


We are seeking a forward thinking Board Member who can work within a small team to support the development and monitor the implementation of our Strategic plan. The Board is currently made up of nine Directors with one vacancy remaining from our recent AGM. To ensure our Board is productive we have been working to assign roles to ensure we understand the purpose we each have to play in the delivery of the key objectives. More information about the role and requirements can be found on our web page by clicking the link!

Training & Development Dates

 Child Protection Awareness Course/Safeguarding

14/01/15 Holywood Yacht Club 1830-2130

SportNI/NSPCC certificated Course for all instructor and volunteers working with children and young people in your club.

Cost: £15

More Information and Booking

RYA Dinghy Instructor

Dates: Pre-entry assessment 15th March 2015, full course March 2015

Venue: SLYC

Cost:  Pre-entry – £25 (members) £30 (non-members).  Full course  – £350 (members) £360 (non-members)

Booking:  Pre-entry available for booking at http://form.jotformpro.com/form/43235790422957


Save the date!

RYANI Training Conference 2015 – 15th Feb 2014



Windsurfing Clinic with Sam Ross; RYA Updates with the RYA’s Amanda Van Santen and more TBC

Register your interest with Mary Farrell: [email protected]


Child Protection Designated Officer 

10/3/15 Royal North of Ireland Yacht Club 1830 – 2130

Cost: £20

Information and Booking


RYANI Cruising Conference

31st January

Royal Ulster YC

Cost £25 RYA members and £30 non-members.

For booking contact [email protected]


Honda RYA Rib NI Finals 

6th June

East Antrim Boat Club

More information to follow soon. If you’d like to know more about the event contact Rory Flannigan or Mary Farrell and check out the RYA page!



Sport NI are running free training sessions for clubs on a variety of topics. These sessions are called Club Leaders and we highly recommend that clubs attend!

Mary will be in attendance to help clubs with boating specific questions and support at the training in the Grove Wellness Centre. BOOKING is via the CLUB LEADERS web page: registration is required http://www.sportniclubleaders.net/about/events-2/


Dates for Diary:

28th February & 1st March – RYA Dinghy Show Alexandra Palace in London

9th – 17th April –  RYA Push the Boat Out – AT YOUR CLUB?

2nd – 5th July – Tall Ships come to Belfast

1st & 2nd August – Irish National Hansa 303 Nationals @ Belfast Lough Sailability

20th September – Barts Bash 2015

26th & 27th September – RYANI Youth Championships


Posted on December 8, 2014 by | Categories Club News | Comments Off

Setting up a Wikipedia for the club at the moment which can be added to as and when more information/history comes to hand.  The page can be found thru here or our Facebook page.  Anyone can add to the page so feel free to donate as much useful things you think can advance the club. Copy and paste the link below.


December Update

Posted on December 7, 2014 by | Categories Club News, Social News | Comments Off

We are fast approaching the members Christmas Lunch at 2.30pm on Sunday 14 December 2014 which is fully booked. We will be holding a Raffle during the Lunch. Any prizes for the Raffle would be greatly appreciated and can be left in the Clubhouse right up until the day of the event. Also, if you haven’t already made your menu choices for Sunday, the list is back behind the Bar for you to do so as son as possible.

We received news this week that Donaghadee Sailing Club has been shortlisted by the Royal Yachting Association for the prestigious UK wide RYA Club of the Year award. This is really exciting news. The next stage is assessment by a further judging panel to select five finalists from which the eventual winner will be chosen. As part of this process we have been asked to submit a PowerPoint presentation and a short video. If any of our members have video production or PowerPoint skills and could assist, please let us know. Contact Mark Larmour at [email protected] if you can help.

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 – Combined Donaghadee Rotary and DSC Burns Night Supper
Saturday 7 February 2015 – DSC Annual Dinner Dance, Governors Rock and DSC Clubhouse

Christmas at DSC

Posted on November 30, 2014 by | Categories Club News, Social News | Comments Off

Season Greetings to all Members. December sees always sees an action packed and family orientated social programme at Donaghadee Sailing Club. Have a look below at what’s on offer and check the website for further details.

Christmas Decorations – Wednesday 3rd December 2014
A small number of members were at the Club this Sunday afternoon to start putting up the Christmas decorations. However there is still a fair amount to do so it would be appreciated if anyone else can spare 30 minutes or so from 7.30pm this Wednesday to finish off decorating the trees etc. The Bar will be open!!

Christmas Lunch – Sunday 14 December 2014 – 2.30pm
The Club Christmas Lunch is now at capacity and the list has been removed from behind the bar. If any member has left it too late they can be put on a reserve list in case there are cancellations by contacting Coirle Butler or Heather Burrows.

Kids Christmas Party – Saturday 20 December 2014 – 2pm
If your children enjoy participating in all the various Club activities throughout the year, make sure they come to enjoy the annual Christmas Party . Volunteers are needed to help run the Party from 2.00 – 4.30 pm. It is not too difficult a task and is always good fun. come along yourself to please help out. Contact Coirle on 07974 204436 or e-mail [email protected] for more details about helping.

Mulled Wine and Mince Pies – Christmas Eve – 6.30pm
Traditionally, we enjoy mulled wine and mince pies in the Club on Christmas Eve from 6pm. The Social Committee are looking for someone to co-ordinate this from those that usually attend – or intend to attend – this year. Again please let Coirle Butler know if you can help.

Rock Hopper Boxing Day – Friday 26 December 2014
For those sailors wanting to blow off the cobwebs and work off a little of the Christmas excesses don’t forget you can compete in the prestigious Rock Hopper Race starting in the early afternoon. For further details keep an eye on the Club website.

Donaghadee Pétanque – Friday 26 December 2014
For those that want to work off a little of the Christmas excesses in a more genteel manner you can join the annual elite “pétanquers” in the Clubhouse during the early afternoon. In order to join or enter a team contact the “maitre de pétanquers”, John Townson, and watch the website for further details.

Turkey Trot – Saturday 27 December 2014 – 2pm
Join 1st Donaghadee Sea Scouts on their family favourite treasure hunt around Donaghadee leaving the Clubhouse at 2.00 pm followed by soup and hotdogs in the Club. All Club members and their families are very welcome to join in what is always a great afternoon.

New Years Eve – Wednesday 31 December 2014
Family night at DSC, BYO food, £2 per head or £5 per family to help cover Disco and overheads, late bar (Younger members Under 18 are welcome in Bar area until 10pm after which alternative entertainment will be available for them in Balcony Room. The Bar will be closed for 20 minutes from 11.50 pm – 00.10am to allow younger members under 18 to see the New Year in with their parents).

Social Events and Christmas Lunch

Posted on November 15, 2014 by | Categories Club News, Social News | Comments Off

The next Rugby Supper Night will take place in the Clubhouse on Friday 21 November from 7pm. Watch the Ulster v Ospreys match while enjoying New York style burgers prepared by Mark Ennis. Bring your family and friends for a relaxed evening down at the Clubhouse.

On Saturday 22 November 2014 at 8pm We will be hosting our first Jamaican Evening at DSC! Come down with your friends to enjoy the finest Jamaican cuisine including Jerk Chicken, Curried Goat and Caribbean Salsa and wash it own with some Bob Marley jellied shots and a complimentary glass of rum on arrival. There will be lots of reggae music, games and ballot prizes to enjoy with a late licence till 1am. Tickets costing £10 available in advance from Jacqueline Lightbody Hair in Donaghadee or on the door. Please support this event by bring your friends down for what will be a wonderful evening.

The Social Committee are delighted to announce that the Donaghadee Sailing Club Christmas Lunch will take place on Sunday 14 December 2014. Lunch will be served at 3pm with the bar open beforehand to enjoy some festive drinks. This is an event which is very popular and members are urged to sign up on the list behind the Bar which will be available from Sunday 23rd November until Sunday 7th December 2014. The cost for this years dinner will be £15 per adult and £7.50 for children under 16 years. Please pay at the door. The numbers for this years event will be limited to 100 persons so please sign up in person during the Club Bar opening hours to secure your place for you and your family. To help those catering, you will be asked to choose your starter and dessert choice when booking. We look forward to welcoming you to the Clubhouse as we start the run in to Christmas at DSC.