Club News

Plenty of Fun at Friday Club Night

Posted on July 25, 2014 by | Categories Sailing News | Comments Off

There wasn’t much sailing but plenty of fun at this weeks Friday Club Night for Juniors at DSC as over 50 junior members were out on the water drifting around the bay in the sunshine.

Under the watchful gaze of beach master Danky and with James, Chloe, Neil and Mark on the Safety Boats a great night was had by all in the sunshine.

Mark Ennis and Janine Miller were on BBQ duty with Ali Boyd supporting on the slipway and covering tuck shop. The Clubhouse was busy with many members, friends and family coming down to enjoy a perfect summer evening at DSC.
















Bay Series – Race 1 Report

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

There was a great turnout yesterday evening of our RYA Level 4 helms for the first of the Bay Series of races!

Despite the efforts of the weather seven junior members took part in two races on Saturday evening in foggy and wet conditions with very little wind!!

Gareth Wells won the first race with Xander Boyd taking the honours in the second one. All the juniors deserve a mention for taking part – Eve, Paul, Lewis, Nathan and Ted .

Thanks to Fraser and Alvin for organising as well as to parents who turned out to help out and support.

Details of the next race in the Bay Series, which is designed to help young people recently qualified as junior helms to learn more about racing, will be announced soon.

Calling all Junior Helms – Bay Series 2014

Posted on July 19, 2014 by | Categories Sailing News | Comments Off

The first of the Bay Series races in 2014 for Junior helms will take place today, Saturday 19 July, at 5.15pm. These races are open to all those with their RYA Level 4 qualification who have not yet competed regularly in Club racing.

The races are designed to provide experience of Club racing but within the confines of the Bay.

Those without a RYA Level 4 qualification can compete as crew in double handed Picos with a level 4 helm. Be at the Slipway for 4.30pm today (Saturday) if you want to take part.

Sailing Committee
Donaghadee Sailing Club

World Cup Final at DSC – Sunday 13 July

Posted on July 1, 2014 by | Categories Club News, Social News | Comments Off


For several weeks now in Brazil,
Football fans have had their fill
Of goals and fouls and boots and balls,
Of bites and kicks and dives and falls,
But now that the end is near,
Come on down and have a beer
To celebrate and cheer with gladness
At the final of all this football madness.
Just one thing though, we must ask,
We hope it’s not too hard a task
And that it won’t cost too much stress,
Please will you come in fancy dress?
Wear a national costume, hat and robe,
From any country around the globe,
Maybe Mexico, or Japan?
Spain, Sri Lanka or Sudan?
We’ll watch the match and when it’s done
We’ll have some food and chat and fun,
So choose your outfit and fix your hair,
When it’s time for kick-off we’ll see you there.

Poet: Donna Parkinson


Posted on July 1, 2014 by | Categories Club News | Comments Off


Donaghadee was treated to an exciting spectacle last weekend when 25 dinghies from all over Ireland raced close to the harbour with their colourful spinnakers billowing, as the Club hosted the Stairlift Solutions Ulster GP 14 Championship.  It was sponsored by the local GP 14 racer of renown and former Commodore and Honorary Sailing Secretary, Ken Wallace. Six boats from Donaghadee Sailing Club represented the Club, crewed by both senior experienced racing sailors, as well as the club’s “up and coming” hopefuls and those that were there racing just for the “craic”.

A brilliantly sunny Saturday showed off Donaghadee at its best and was complemented by a brisk wind which promised exciting racing.  Setting “Gerona”, the Committee Boat, was no mean feat given problems with anchor chain and the fact that due to the boats design and that the tide was stronger than the wind it sat stern to wind (i.e. the opposite to normal).  Thankfully Ken Walsh who skippered the boat masterfully throughout was well up to the challenge. The Race Officer, Jimmy McKee, made several mark adjustments to the course because of the shifting wind, before running three races in quick succession.  The strong tide caught a few crews off guard and resulted in numerous melees and near misses at the leeward mark. Brian Lennox and the Commodore had an impressive start and were well up at the first mark and subsequently observed the rest of the event from the back of the fleet!  The first race was won by Alan Blay and David Johnston from Sutton Dinghy Club.  The weather conditions remained steady and the second race was won by Newtownards Sailing Club’s Curly Morris and Laura McFarland, Curly having first won the event in 1963!(?).  The prolonged effect of the wind and tide took its toll on the sailors as James Ogg and Michael Rutherford were rammed, capsized and retired before the third race was won by Niall Henry and Ossian Gerraghty from Sligo Yacht Club.

On Saturday evening the competitors enjoyed a veritable feast provided by the “Galley Girls”, Coirle Butler and Heather Burrows, accompanied by live music followed by an stunning display of Irish Dancing by the Donna Revie School of Dancing. The visitors had a great time and complimented the Club on their superb facilities and hospitality.

On Sunday Donaghadee was again bathed in glorious sunshine however the wind had dropped overnight to little more than a light puff of wind.  About midday it had risen to about 4 or 5 knots and after consultation Jimmy McKee decided to run a few more races closer inshore minimising the effect of the tide.  A further two races were run with Dan and Hugh Gill from Sutton Dinghy Club taking the 1st Place honours in race four. Oisin McClelland and Ivan Heaney had a great start on the last and final race of the event and were looking good on the beat but lost ground downwind. The race was won by John and Donal McGuinness from Moville Boat Club. The overall Event champions were Alan Blay and David Johnston from Sutton Dingy Club.  The six Club entries performed creditably and the size of the entry is indicative of the growing GP14 fleet in Donaghadee currently numbering 15 boats, which bodes well for Club racing and the GP 14 Worlds in EDBC in August.  Oisin McClelland and Ivan Heaney came second in the Bronze Fleet, and James Ogg and Michael Rutherford came third in the Bronze.

The weekend was a blazing success and was a credit to the Event Principal and Safety Officer, Stuart Ogg, who has put an immense amount of time into ensuring all the pieces of the jigsaw were in place and that all the safety boats, the marks and radios were up to the task, ably supported by the Club RYA Principal, James Ogg.  A huge thank you to all those volunteers that made it possible: Ken Walsh and Noel Johnson for delivering and returning “Gerona”, Chris Burrows and Donna Parkinson in the Race Office, Alvin Walker and his team on the slip, Jimmy McKee and the Committee Boat stalwarts, the safety boat crews, BYC for providing additional safety boats and helms, Paul Wright and his team in the bar, and Daniel Kinnear who once again has provided photographic coverage for us.  There were some fabulous photos taken which can be seen on the DSC Facebook (Official) site and on Daniel’s order site http://daniel-kinnear-photograph.smugmug.com/Other-1 where photos are listed by boat.

The good weather has continued and visitors will have observed the club Toppers and Picos in the bay each day as the Club continues with its Summer training programme.

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DSC Hosts GP14 Ulster Championships

Posted on June 25, 2014 by | Categories Club News, Sailing News, Social News | Comments Off

This weekend Donaghadee Sailing Club will host the GP14 Ulster Championships that will see a fleet of over forty crews competing against each other over two days of challenging racing. For may crews it will be part of their preparations for the GP14 World Championships which will be hosted this year at East Down Yacht Club. It is a great privilege for the Club to be able to host this event and we hope that all of our members will make a point of coming down at some point over the weekend to help out or just to experience the atmosphere on the water or onshore.

Registration for the event will start on Friday evening (there is no Friday Night Sailing for Juniors this week) and continue on Saturday morning as competitors prepare their boats for launch at 11am, with the first race starting at 12noon. Competitors will return to the Slipway having contested several races at around 4.30pm. To end the day there will be food and entertainment in the Clubhouse from 6.30pm – members, families and friends are invited to come down to welcome and offer hospitality to our visiting competitors.

On Sunday morning competing boats will launch again at 10am with racing commencing at 11am. Championship racing is due to finish at 3pm when competing crews will return to shore when a BBQ will be available in the Club courtyard before the formal prize-giving at approximately 4.30pm. Again members, families and friends are all invited to come down to the Club for the BBQ and prize-giving.

Organising an event on this scale relies heavily on the willingness of our volunteers. Race officers, safety boats crews, catering and bar teams have already been put together. But we would welcome the support of any members over the weekend to provide shore support, help with administration or any other things that just need sorted at short notice! Please ask when you come down if any help is needed. Some of our junior members may wish to come down to help launch and retrieve boats for competing crews.

The weather for the weekend is due to be good with sunny spells and northerly breezes so pop down to the Club and enjoy the GP14 Ulster Championships this weekend.

Cancelled: Bay Series 15 June

Posted on June 15, 2014 by | Categories Sailing News | Comments Off

No Bay Series being held Sunday 15 June. Next date will be published shortly.

Summer Training Courses at DSC

Posted on June 12, 2014 by | Categories Club News, Sailing News, Training | Comments Off

Donaghadee Sailing Club is pleased to be able to offer a wide range of training opportunities during the summer, led by our RYA Training Principal, James Ogg. To book a place on any of these courses please complete a Booking Form which can be found here (or collect one from the Clubhouse) before returning it with payment to the Clubhouse Office.

Youth Courses

RYA Stage 1 & 2 Sailing                          30 June – 3rd July 2014
RYA Stage 4 Sailing and Start Racing    7th – 11th July 2014
RYA Stage 3 & 4 Sailing                          14th – 18th July 2014
RYA Stage 1 & 2 Sailing                          21st – 25th July 2014
RYA Start and Intermediate Racing        28th July – 1st August 2014
RYA Stage 1 & 2 Sailing                          4th – 8th August 2014
RYA Stage 3 & 4 Sailing                          11th- 15th August 2014
RYA Start and Intermediate Racing        18th – 22nd August 2014

Adult Courses

RYA Level 1 Weekend Course               14th – 15th June 2014
RYA Level 2 Weekend Course               12th – 13th July 2014
RYA Level 1 Weekend Course                2nd – 3rd August 2014
RYA Level 2 Weekend Course               13th – 14th September 2014

RYA Powerboat Level 1 & 2 Courses are available on demand. Please let us know if you are interested in this course.

For other enquiries please contact James Ogg, our RYA Training Principal, on 07730006149 or at [email protected] or visit our website at www.donaghadeesc.co.uk

Sailing Committee
Donaghadee Sailing Club

GP14 Ulster Championships

Posted on June 11, 2014 by | Categories Club News, Sailing News, Website News, Whats Afloat | Comments Off


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Donaghadee Sailing Club will host the GP14 Class Ulster Championships on the 28th and 29th June. The event is being sponsored by Ken Wallace and his company “Stairlift Solutions”. It is hoped the event will attract up to 35 boats from all over Ireland. The event documents are available on the website under Sailing.

The Club has 4 competitive GP14s which can be hired for the event by completing a standard course application form. The boats will be allocated on a first come basis. Competitors should be aware that boat helms need to join the GP association, which can be done at registration.

An event like this takes a lot of volunteers to make it all happen, so anyone with any free time over the weekend please come down to the Club at 9am on Saturday morning and I am sure we will find you a job.

Another Successful Friday Night at DSC

Posted on June 1, 2014 by | Categories Club News, Sailing News | Comments Off

It was another excellent Friday night at Donaghadee Sailing Club with over 70 young people on the water. The weather was near perfect and everyone seemed to have a good time. The Clubhouse was buzzing afterwards as everyone enjoyed burgers and sausages from our new BBQ! Thanks to all the Friday Night Team for their efforts and to our junior helms who give up their time to take junior members out on the water.