Club News

Funeral Arrangements – Murdoch Bennett

Posted on January 30, 2016 by | Categories Club News | Comments Off

Club member and trustee Murdoch Bennett passed away on Thursday. His funeral will take place at Shore Street Presbyterian Church in Donaghadee at 11am on Tuesday 2 February 2016.

Following the service, refreshments will be provided in the DSC Clubhouse for those attending the service.
We expect many Club members will want to attend the service to mark Murdoch’s contribution both to the Club and to the wider community in Donaghadee.
Practical help from members after the funeral service  to support the serving of refreshments and to welcome visitors to the Clubhouse would be much appreciated.

Murdoch Bennett

Posted on January 29, 2016 by | Categories Club News | Comments Off

It is with deep sadness that I have to inform you of the passing of Murdoch Bennett who was a long standing member and trustee of Donaghadee Sailing Club.

Indeed, Murdoch was a member of the former Donaghadee Yacht Club and joined Donaghadee Sailing Club shortly after its formation in 1971.  He was a very competitive and successful sailor in his Flying Fifteen when this class was at its peak in the Club. Later, Murdoch moved onto cruisers and was still sailing ‘Northern Wind’ until very recently.

His love of the sea and of Donaghadee were also reflected by his long service on the lifeboat here in Donaghadee both as crew and in management roles.  Our thoughts are with Evelyn, Garth and Ross at this time.

Fraser Menzies

DSC News Update – January

Posted on January 23, 2016 by | Categories Club News, Social News | Comments Off

New Access Control Arrangements
Please be aware that the Courtyard door in the Clubhouse has now had its magnetic lock activated so that a fob is required to gain access to the Clubhouse from the courtyard.  This particularly applies to sailors who will now need to take a fob with them when sailing.  The fobs are fully water proof and can be purchased by emailing the Office at a cost of £5 each. The fobs also allow access from the front door of the Club for all members when the Clubhouse is open – currently Wednesday evenings, Friday evenings and Sunday late afternoon to early evening.

Annual Dinner Dance – Saturday 6 February 2016 at 7pm
A reminder that the Club’s annual dinner dance will take place in Donaghadee Golf Club from 7pm on Saturday 6 February 2016. A list for reserving places and for menu choices is behind the bar in the Clubhouse. Contact Heather Burrows if you require any further details.

Talk on sinking of Princess Victoria
Building on the success of the past two years, the Portaferry and Strangford Trust (PAST) events series for 2016 are about to begin.  The first is a talk about the tragic sinking of the Princess Victoria in 1953 and will be given by Stephen Cameron   This promises to be a fascinating evening.  Admission is free and refreshments will be provided.


Burns Night – Saturday 23 January 2016

Posted on January 10, 2016 by | Categories Club News | Comments Off

The annual Burns Night, organised by the Rotary Club and Donaghadee Sailing Club, will take place in our Clubhouse on Saturday 23 January 2016 with food being provided by Bow Bells.

Cost is £20 per head and anyone interested in booking a place should contact Fraser (07747 843801 or [email protected]) as soon as possible.
Numbers are strictly limited to 60 places and are on a first come, first served basis. This is an excellent evening, celebrating the Scottish heritage that much of our community today is founded on. It would be great to see our members supporting this event.

Cold Finger Racing Series 2016

Posted on January 4, 2016 by | Categories Club News | Comments Off

The 2016 Cold Finger Series will commence on the Sunday 10th January 2016. Start time will be 13:30. The series will run for 9 consecutive Sundays. The Sailing Instructions are attached to this email.

Members who help with safety boat cover and race officer should now be receiving emails from Dutyman – the new system that we are using for managing the rotas. If anyone is struggling with using  it or needs some help please feel free to contact me by dropping me an email to me at  [email protected] or give me a call 07855 748023 or 02891 889154.

If I can also ask that you “confirm” any duties assigned on Dutyman and, if you are not able to make it, then please do try and arrange a swap, which you can then also do online.

If there is anyone who has not had emails from the Dutyman system and wishes to volunteer then please also contact me and I will add you to the system. The current Rota can be found here.

Hon Sailing Secretary

Payment of Club Fees

Posted on December 31, 2015 by | Categories Club News | Comments Off

It is really important that all fees for membership of the Club  are paid promptly – invoices were issued last November for the current year which runs until next October.

Today, 31st December 2015, is the final date for payment of fees for those who haven’t already paid or signed up to a direct debit arrangement which spreads the cost of fees over ten months.
Payment of fees can be made by cheque, directly into the Club bank account (sort code 95-02-89 account no 21001647) or, at last, via the online payment system is now available via the Club website.  
Click on the ‘fees’ icon at the top of the homepage then the link ‘online subscription payments’ at the bottom of the page, then follow the instructions.
Please help us by paying your fees promptly. If you need any further information, please contact our Honorary Treasurer, Fiona, directly at [email protected]

Rock Hopper – Sailing Instructions

Posted on December 22, 2015 by | Categories Club News | Comments Off

With Christmas fast approaching, it is time to get your winter woolies out for the annual Rock Hopper Race at Donaghadee Sailing Club on Saturday 26th December.

The race will start at 1pm on Boxing Day with a prize giving in the Clubhouse at 3.30pm. It would be great to see as many people as possible out on the water for this popular annual race. If you can’t be on the water come down to the Clubhouse and join us for the prize giving.
Rock Hoppers SIs 2015 are attached.
Donald MacVicar
Hon Sailing Secretary

Christmas at DSC!

Posted on December 22, 2015 by | Categories Club News | Comments Off

Christmas Eve  –  Mince Pies and Mulled Wine
We look forward to seeing everyone down at the Club on christmas Eve for some festive mulled wine and mince pies from 7pm to 9pm, hosted by our Commodore, Fraser Menzies. Please bring your family and friends down to the Clubhouse to enjoy the last few moments in the run up to Christmas with some festive music to get you in the mood.

Boxing Day – Rock Hopper Race
Boxing Day means that its time for the annual Rock Hopper Race at DSC – the race starts at 1pm and all are welcome to participate. It would be great to see as many boats as possible out on the water – the Club boats will be available for use by members. All are welcome to come down to the Clubhouse for the prize giving at 3.30pm so even if you don’t fancy sailing, please come down in the afternoon to relax and enjoy the craic. Sailing Instructions for this race are on the website.
New Year’s Eve Party
The popular New Years Eve Party at DSC takes place in the Clubhouse from 8pm to 1pm. It would be great to see as many members, friends and family as possible down for the evening. There will be a £5 donation for adults on entry to cover costs including the music. Bring you own food and snacks to enjoy during the evening and make use of our excellent bar for what is always a lovely way to see the New Year in.
Saturday 2 January – Quiz Night
It would be great to see as many members and their family and friends down at the Clubhouse on Saturday 2 January to take part in a fundraising Quiz Night. We are raising funds to support our own Oisin McClelland who is training to be part of the Olympic Finn squad to represent Ireland at the 2020 Olympics in Tokyo. There will be a raffle and snacks provided with some testing questions to get your mind working again after Christmas and New Years Eve! So please come down and support this event.

James Ogg receives RYANI Volunteer of the Year Award

Posted on December 3, 2015 by | Categories Club News, Sailing News | Comments Off

James Ogg

James Ogg from Donaghadee Sailing Club, who has been hailed a club hero, collected the Royal Yachting Association (NI) Volunteer of the Year Award. Over the space of more than 20 years, James has worked tirelessly to continually raise the standard of management, sailing and training and has served the Club in many roles including Honorary Secretary, Vice Commodore, Commodore and, most recently, RYA Principal.

Christmas Arrangements

Posted on December 3, 2015 by | Categories Club News, Social News | Comments Off

Decorate the Clubhouse for Christmas!
It would be great to have a few volunteers down at the Clubhouse tomorrow night (Friday) to help decorate the Club for Christmas. If you are free for an hour please come down from 6pm to help make the Club look festive for the busy Christmas social programme. There should be some festive music and with many hands it shouldn’t take to long to complete!

Ballot Prizes
As part of our fundraising effort we will be running a ballot at the Christmas lunch on Sunday 13 December 2015. If you can provide a ballot prize we would be very grateful. Please leave any prizes behind the bar or in the Club office .

Children’s Christmas Party – Saturday 19 December at 1pm
Our Children’s Christmas Party takes place on Saturday 19 December from 1pm to 3pm. There will be plenty of entertainment and some festive snacks for all. We hope that as many parents and friends as possible will also join us. To help with catering, can you please let us know if you are coming by email, Facebook or by signing up on the list behind the bar – it would be good to also know the names and ages of the kids attending. If you are also able to help to organise the party then please let Andrew Miller know.