We are fast approaching the Christmas season and there are lots of events taking place at DSC over the coming weeks.
The list for our popular Club Christmas Lunch on Sunday 13 December at 3pm will be available behind the Bar for sign up from this Sunday 22 November 2015. Places for the lunch are limited to 100 only and full payment is required when you sign up.
Key events in the coming weeks are:
Sunday 13 December 2015 DSC Christmas Lunch – Clubhouse at 3pm
Saturday 19 December 2015 DSC Children’s Christmas Party – Clubhouse at 1pm
Thursday 24 December 2015 Mince Pies and Mulled Wine – Clubhouse from 6.30pm
Saturday 26 December 2015 Rock Hopper Trophy Race
Thursday 31 December 2015 New Year’s Eve Party – Clubhouse from 8pm (£5 entry to cover costs)
Saturday 2 January 2016 DSC Finn Fundraiser for Oisin McClelland
Some other key dates for the New Year to put in your diary include:
Saturday 23 January 2016 DSC/Rotary Burns Supper Night
Saturday 6 February 2016 Annual DSC Dinner Dance – details to follow soon
Sunday 28 February 2016 Bow Bells Sunday Roast Lunch at 1.30pm
Friday 4 March 2016 Annual DSC Prize Giving – details to follow soon
Friday 8 April 2016 DSC Members Briefing Night
Another fantastic Bow Bells Sunday Roast lunch will take place in the Clubhouse next Sunday 15 November 2015 at 1.30pm. The list is available behind the bar to sign up – please do so as soon as possible please.
Fraser Menzies was elected Commodore of Donaghadee Sailing Club at the Annual General Meeting on Tuesday 27 October 2015.
Following his election, Fraser highlighted his hopes for the coming year, building on the solid foundations created within the Club by members past and present and focusing on future strategy; financial sustainability; fun and friendship. In his introductory remarks following his election he said:
“With the new Clubhouse now over the five years old, the future development of the building and the wider Club facilities now lie completely within the hands of the members. Our last five year strategy plan has come to an end.
Therefore, under the watchful eye of Nick Butler and Tony Skeats, the aim will be to gather the development ideas from the different sub-committees and individual members and to formulate these into a listing of short, medium and long term objectives for the club. The aim is to have the strategy in place by April next year. This will then form a living document setting out the vision of what our Club will look like in the future and will form the blue print for detailed planning on achieving these objectives.
Underpinning the Club’s future and strategic development is its finances. The Club is currently in a reasonably healthy financial position much of which is due to the financial prudence and guidance provided by the finance sub-committee. Implementation of the strategic objectives must be in line with the Club’s financial sustainability and hence we will be reliant upon the finance subcommittee’s advice on what can be spent, when. I would strongly encourage all members to continue to ‘scrounge’ materials for the Club; it is surprising what can be utilised and scrounging suits my ethnic background! So please keep the Club in mind whenever anything is being replaced in your workplace; the recent acquisition of the carpet tiles is a good example of successful scrounging by a member.
The glue that holds the Club together is the volunteering ethos within the Club which helps new friendships to develop as well as reinforcing the corporate responsibility of the members. I am a strong believer in the concept that the more you put into anything, the more you get out in return. So as the new Club year starts, I would ask each and every member to re-evaluate what they do for the Club and for every member to contribute through volunteering for at least one activity; be this on-the-water helping out with safety boat, battery, Friday night rotas or in-house and helping on the bar rota or catering during events. There is also the NTTC who quietly get on with an enormous amount of work around the Club and rumour has it that they do allow people under 60 to join in!
Sailing is really what this Club is about and many visitors from other Clubs are envious of the facilities available at Donaghadee. I welcome the innovations that continue to be employed by the sailing and training sub-committees to stimulate and improve our on-the-water skills. In particular, it is pleasing to see the growth of the junior squad that I hope will continue this year, which will hopefully culminate in a good turnout at next year’s world Topper championships at Ballyholme. The Club can look forward to hosting the Topper Ulster championship in May next year which again presents an opportunity to show off our Club to others with a view to hosting more national events in future years. Such events not only increase the profile of the Club but can be a reasonably good source of income as well.
The above highlights my views on the direction of the Club over the coming year but I continue to welcome the view points of others that will be taken into consideration in the shaping of the Club’s future vision. I would lastly like to recognise and thank in advance the continued support of the other flag officers, other members of the General Committee and supporting subcommittees and all volunteers for the coming year. I will endeavour to ensure the continued development of the Club and promise to highlight these improvements at next year’s AGM”.
Please see attached details of our Halloween Party for young and old alike which takes place in the Clubhouse on Friday 30th October 2015 from 7.30pm.
There will be party games for our younger members, prizes for best costume and best carved pumpkin, and some party food with a Spooktackular Disco.
Please come down to the Clubhouse with your friends and family to enjoy this event.
Click here for Halloween party poster
Winter Social Programme
Please see the DSC Winter Social Programme for Donaghadee Sailing Club. It would be great to see as many members down for these popular events so please put the dates in your diary. We also hope to arrange other events, particularly for children, including a DVD night and a Board Games night. More details to follow.
Volunteer Meeting for Kids Halloween and Christmas Parties
We are holding a meeting on Sunday 11 October at 3.30pm for all volunteers, including those who have already kindly offered, to help out with either the Halloween Party (Fri 30th Oct) or the Xmas party (Sat 19th Dec) for the kids. We would need to have roughly 6-8 volunteers for each event if possible. Please pop down on Sunday afternoon if you can help out for a quick chat about organising each event.
World Cup Rugby – Ireland v France – Sunday 11 October at 4pm
Bring your friends and family down to the Clubhouse to enjoy the match between France and Ireland this Sunday afternoon at 4pm. Our very own Mark Ennis will be providing a selection of food at £5 a head on a first come, first served basis, including Chicken Maryland, Sausages and Gravy and double cheeseburgers. It would be great to see as many members, their families and friends down at the Club for this event.
Former founding Club member Martin Taylor passed away at his home in Benbecula on the Western Isles. Whilst his health has been in decline for a while, nonetheless, his death was unexpected.
Martin was at the very core of the group of enthusiasts who formed our Club in 1970 – the initial meeting was held in his home at 25 The Parade. He was elected first Hon. Secretary and was instrumental in promoting the development of fleet sailing in the town – initially the Mirror Class then the Flying Fifteens. His pen name was “EmmTee” and his “Snips” column began the Club tradition of irreverent teasing of Club members.
Martin could and would have sailed anything which floated, ramshackle or otherwise, and, because of his detailed knowledge of the local tides and his innate skills , he famously won races easily by rock hopping while other better equipped boats were going backwards in the tide. His bus man’s hat, worn when sailing, was his trademark as was his easy going manner and great sense of humour.
It was a big loss to the Club when his career took him with his wife Margaret to a British Airways posting on Benbecula where he remained ever since even becoming an elected Counsellor on the Western Isles Council. He continued sailing out west in Imp, whose rudder now hangs in the Clubhouse, and a 8 metre yacht.
His wife Margaret predeceased him but they are survived by 2 daughters one of whom is a schoolteacher on the Islands. In some measure, Martin gets the recognition he deserves for posterity through photographs that appear in the new “Ards in the Seventies ” book just published by Ballyhay Books – there is a chapter about DSC in the 1970’s where Martin is pictured.
Success at RYA Youth Championships
Ten young sailors represented Donaghadee Sailing Club at the RYA Youth Championships which were held at Royal North in Cultra last weekend. The racing took place over two days and our sailors performed brilliantly. Emily Burrows, Olivia Wright, Paul Miller, Zander Boyd, Lewis Thompson, Josh McGregor, Cameron Thompson, Dan McGaughey ,Robson Ogg and Jack McGregor all took part. Cameron achieved a 1st boys place in the Topper 4.2 class while Olivia Wright and Emily Burrows were placed second in their RS Feva class. Josh also took 2nd boys place in the Topper 4.2 Regatta class. These results, and the participation of so many of our young sailors is testament to all those who have supported and worked with them over the summer. Congratulations to all of them for taking part and for doing so well. They are a credit to the Club.
Work is now almost complete on the new Marine Garden as part of the public realm scheme for Donaghadee. It has delivered a fantastic new open space in front of the Club that enhances our Clubhouse and which will be an asset for future events. There are plenty of new seats along the new promenade which will be of benefit to parents and friends on Friday Night Sailing in particular. The second slipway area close to the war memorial will also be an asset. The Club is making a bid as part of a new revitalisation scheme being operated by the Council for some funding to paint the front of the Clubhouse. We will keep you updated on progress.
One of our Sailing Club’s founder members, Margaret Savage, has passed away, peacefully, in New Zealand. Margaret and her husband Walter were very active members of the Club – Walter was one of the very first Mirror dinghy builders and sailors in the Club, Evelyn Bennett was his regular crew, while Margaret was heavily involved with the social side. The Savage family including Walter Jnr, Peter and Robin, emigrated to the Diamond Harbour area near Christchurch, South Island, in 1974. Margaret had in recent years become increasingly frail. She died peacefully on 25 September 2015. Her funeral takes place from her home in New Zealand today. The thoughts of the Club membership are with the Savage family.
Work on the brickwork in the Dinghy Park is now complete. The final phase of work around the new Marine Garden at the front of the Clubhouse is also nearly complete. The tarmac area at the top of the slipway, adjacent to the Garden, will be resurfaced in the next two weeks. This will include removal of the four old seats, proving more space for maneuvering boats. Those using the slipway in the coming weeks should note that there will be some ongoing work in this area to finish the project which greatly enhances our Clubhouse and the slipway area.
The Club is featured in this months Ulster Tatler magazine. The full page article, which is part of a wider feature on Donaghadee, highlights the role of the Club in the community and in providing sailing opportunities for all.
We will soon be issuing the winter social calendar for the Club which will include the popular Christmas Dinner, New Year’s Eve Party and Annual Dinner Dance. The date for the annual dinner dance is Saturday 6 February 2016. We will not be running either the Children’s Halloween Party or Children’s Christmas Party this year – this is due to the lack of volunteers to support these events. Last year’s Christmas Party for children was also poorly attended. Please let us know if you can help in supporting the running of any of our social events as they are a key source of income for the Club.
Work to concrete the back yard of the Clubhouse , with additional drainage, has now been completed. Club member Bill McCann undertook the work and it is a great job. This will make the area much more accessible for the boat shed and for bringing the safety boats in and out. Work to upgrade lighting and security measures will now be undertaken to complete this project led by the House Committee.
World Cup Rugby
This Sunday 4 October, the Clubhouse and Bar will be open for the Argentina v Tonga and for the Ireland v Italy games that starts at 2.30pm and 4.45pm respectively. Those attending are welcome to bring their own food and snacks for enjoying the games. We hope to have the Clubhouse open over the coming weekends of the Rugby World Cup to allow members, friends and families to enjoy this sporting occasion.
Annual General Meeting
An early reminder that the Club’s Annual General Meeting takes place on Tuesday 27 October 2015 in the Clubhouse at 8pm. It would be good to see as many members as possible attend this important meeting. Papers will be sent out to members in mid October.
Commodore’s Day – Saturday 19th September
A reminder that it is Commodore’s Day this Saturday – it would be great to see as many boats out from the Club for racing at 11am and 2pm for this day which traditionally marks the end of the summer sailing season.
Race instructions can be found here.
There will be Bow Bell’s Pies and Salad served in the Clubhouse for all members who want to join us at 5pm on Saturday. Please make an effort to come along.
Club Picnic – Sunday 20th September
On Sunday (20th) we are planning a Club picnic to the Copeland Island – those sailing should meet on the slip at 12noon to be ready to go by 12.30pm. Safety boats will accompany those sailing over to the island. Those not wishing to sail will be ferried over in the Club RIBs from the slipway. Please let Fraser know if you intend to go. Please bring your own picnic. We intend to sail back late afternoon to Donaghadee. The Clubhouse will be open as usual on Sunday evening.
Bow Bells Sunday Dinner – 27th September 2015
Don’t forget to put your names and a deposit down for the popular Bow Bell’s Sunday dinner on Sunday 27th September at 5.30pm. The list is open in the bar until Monday 21st September.
We are looking for someone to take on the role of volunteer co-ordinator to work with the Club membership to develop and encourage volunteering for different aspects of the activities we support. This role is vital for the Club as we continue to grow – we are a Club that is run for its members, by its members.
We are seeking to develop the volunteer contribution from our members over the coming months. With many new members joining over the past couple of years we want to develop a volunteer register and encourage members new and old to register for skills or services that they can help the Club.
If you would consider taking on this role please contact Mark Larmour who will be happy to talk this opportunity through with you.
Please see attached the Sailing Instructions for Commodores Day on Saturday 19 September 2015. It would be great to see as many boats as possible from the Club out on the water for the morning and afternoon racing.
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
Roast Lemon and Herb Chicken
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.