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.
Over 65 boats participated in a series of 15 races at Donaghadee Sailing Club Regatta on Saturday. The weather was great with a moderate breeze and sunshine as Commodore Nick Butler raised the Club burgee to commence the days proceedings.
Our Race Officer, Ruan O’Tairniagh along with his team in the Battery made sure that everything ran like clockwork on the water. Stuart Ogg and Danky made sure the racing marks were in the right place despite the strong tide! The Sailor’s Lunch, afternoon tea and BBQ were all fantastic – thanks to everyone who donated cakes, buns and sandwiches as well as well as to those who helped prepare and serve.
We had many guests join us for the Commodore’s Reception including Lady Sylvia Hermon MP, our Mayor, Alderman Alan Graham, and representatives from other sailing clubs and Donaghadee Lifeboat. After prizes were distributed in the Courtyard there was some excellent acoustic music in the bar alongside the BBQ which everyone seemed to enjoy.
Thanks to everyone who participated or helped prepare for this event. There are many photos on Facebook – a selection of some are below.
UPDATE: Due to sponsorship by RYA Active Clubs, we are now able to offer this course for just £40!!
Ladies Go Sail RYA dinghy sailing courses, run by women for women, will take place on the 5-6th September 2015 at Donaghadee Sailing Club.
As an RYA training centre, we you can start at the beginning and develop your skills, confidence and knowledge in a fun, safe and encouraging environment.
Come on ladies, do something for yourselves and get fit and have fun. This is the perfect opportunity to meet up with friends and perhaps make some new ones whilst trying out something new.
We provide all the clothing and equipment you will need. We have plenty of wetsuits for all ages and sizes. The only thing we do not provide is footwear so you will need to bring something that you don’t mind getting wet, like wetsuit shoes or trainers. If you are using a wetsuit you will also need to bring your bathing suit for underneath this and a towel. Also bring pack lunch and water.
Course runs from 9am to 4.30pm and costs £40. To book call Heather on 07718 462818 or visit www.donaghadeesc.co.uk/training for more information.
Planning is well in hand for the DSC Regatta which takes place this year on Saturday 29 August 2015.
The General Committee and members have been working hard over the past few weeks to make the necessary arrangements for what we hope will be a very successful event.
The programme for the event is as follows:
9am Club Burgee to be raised by Commodore
10.40am Morning racing commences
12noon – 1pm Sailor’s Lunch in Clubhouse – £3
1.20pm Regatta racing commences
3pm – 5pm Afternoon Tea – Courtyard
4.30pm Prize Giving – Courtyard
5pm – 9pm Bar and Music
7pm BBQ – Courtyard – £5
11pm Bar Closes
While we hope to welcome as many visiting sailors to our Club on the day, it would be really great to see as many members as possible, both on and off the water, to support this key event in our calendar. As well as the racing, there is plenty happening around the Clubhouse. All are welcome to the Sailor’s Lunch, Afternoon Tea and BBQ during the course of the day.
Fraser Menzies and David McGaughey are trying to get as many members as possible out racing in the Club Boats on the day as possible – we have over 30 Club boats and it would be fantastic to see them all out on the water. Please contact Fraser or David if you want to race. Sailing Instructions for the Regatta can be found here.
We also need your help – we need sandwiches, cakes or buns from each member/family for the regatta afternoon tea. These can be left at the Club Galley on Friday Night – there will be Friday Night Sailing for Juniors as usual – or on Saturday morning. Thank you in advance for your support.
Finally, there will be plenty to do around the Club on Friday Night and Saturday morning to prepare for the event so if you are free please call down and ask if any help is needed.
We look forward to seeing everyone down at the Club on Regatta Day.
Please see below a link for the Sailing Instructions for our Regatta which takes place this year on Saturday 29 August 2015.
It would be great to see as many members as possible out on the water.
Junior Sailing Success
Our DSC Junior Squad have over the past few weeks been representing the Club throughout Ireland. Dan McGaughey, Matthew Bell, Jack McGregor and Robson Ogg have been participating in the Topper Travellers and will be joined by Cameron Thompson at the Topper Traveller at Howth this weekend. Dan won the 4.2 Class event at Malahide and Robson Ogg has been selected for training with the RYA NI Junior Squad. In addition, Lewis Thompson and Joshua McGregor have represented DSC at the Strangford Youth series and Ballyholme Regatta. It is great to see such success and good luck for the rest of the season to them all!
To maintain our accreditation as an RYA Champion Club it is important that we develop performance sailors and the new DSC Pathway is proving to be a great success. We look forward to seeing them all compete in the Club racing soon and we hope to send a squad of 8 junior sailors to the RYA Junior and Schools Championship at RNIYC in September. We also now that there are some very competent young female sailors in the Club. Where are you girls!!?
A product of DSC Youth training from an earlier generation, and one of our most successful young sailors has also being doing well. Oisin McClelland, has been been competing very creditably in the Finn Class throughout the summer, culminating in the Junior World Championship in Valencia last month and we wish him continuing success.
Following inspection by the Council, there are some concerns about the integrity of a section of the wall in the dinghy park where bricks have become loose. Members and users are asked to keep clear of this area while the Council takes forward repairs.
Jim Devenport, our local butcher, has kindly sponsored the provision of branded Club T-shirts for our cadre of training instructors. Jim continues to support the Club during the year providing much of our meat for catering including our Friday Night BBQs. The Club are grateful for his continued support and sponsorship. We actively encourage our members to support local businesses in Donaghadee and, where possible, we seek to procure all our requirements locally.
The Club hosted a series of successful event on Saturday 1 August as the Town Festival commenced. The Community Skiff Regatta took place at Saturday lunchtime and the Club provided changing facilities as well as hosting the prize giving after the event. The Clubhouse was also used by crews participating in the annual raft race. Finally, a very successful BBQ was hosted to raise funds on behalf of the local branch of RNLI. We received a letter of thanks this week from the Honorary Secretary thanking the Club for the £407.00 raised. Thanks also go to our member Richard Brown who made a donation of some excellent Dexter and Aberdeen Angus burgers and sausages from his farm for the BBQ.
The Town Cup race that took place from the Club on Sunday was also hotly contested in quite windy conditions with Stephen Nelson and Dan McGaughey triumphing. All in all, a great weekend.
A final call to all members who have canoes stored in the Dinghy Park. Can you please identify any canoes or kayaks that you own. If no one comes forward the Club will remove them from the dinghy park. Please contact James Ogg directly if you have a canoe or kayak in the dinghy park and have not already let him know.
Saturday 29 August 2015 is the annual Club Regatta where we welcome members, family, friends and visitors to the Club for racing, hospitality and entertainment. It is a major event in the Club’s calendar and this year we would like to see as many members down during the day to participate either on of off the water. More details will issue next week about this event including requests for help including the provision of sandwiches, cakes and buns for the traditional afternoon tea. This year we will also be hosting a Sailors lunch in the Clubhouse – more details to follow! Please put this date in your diary.
Honorary Sailing Secretary
Our Hon Sailing Secretary Neil Boyd has decided to stand down from the role due to work commitments. Neil is regularly out of the country with work and he felt that he couldn’t give his full commitment to this critical role. Our Commodore accepted his resignation at this weeks General Committee meeting and thanked Neil for all that he has done for the Club in the past nine months. We are currently seeking to appoint a new Sailing Secretary.
Dinghy Park Lease
The General Committee were delighted that the Trustees of the Club had been able to negotiate with the Council a new 10 year lease for the continued use of our dinghy and boat park. This has been a significant piece of work involving detailed negotiations. Noel Johnston and Guy Thomson have been central to this work and the GC thanked them both, as well as our other Trustees, for their efforts on behalf of the Club.
This Saturday sees Caribbean Night taking place at the Clubhouse to raise funds to send nine GP14s and crews to the GP14 World Championships in Barbados next year. A few tickets remain. Please contact James Ogg urgently if you would like to go.
The Wednesday Gain Experience course for those with their RYA Stage 1 / 2 has now concluded and no further sessions will be run.
The Wednesday Early Race Craft course will now take place on every Wednesday night in August. Please be on the slipway with boat rigged at 7pm; each session will finish at 9.30pm. The focus for these sessions will be competing in Club racing and preparing for the RYA Youth Championships in late September. The Club has three new toppers which can be made available to the most improved sailors for this event. Please note that these sessions are for juniors who have completed their start racing course.
Youth RYA Stage 1 & 2 Course – w/c 10th August- places are available on this course
The Youth Start and Intermediate racing starting w/c 17 August 2015 is being combined with the Youth RYA Stage 3 & 4 course – places are available on both courses
Adult RYA Level 1 Dinghy Sailing – 8-9 August 2015 – Cost £80 (Members)
Introducing you to sailing with all you need to know to get afloat under supervision. How to sail in all directions, including an awareness of launching and recovering. Two days from 9am to 4.30pm.
Adult RYA Level 2 Dinghy Sailing – 15 – 16 August 2015 – Cost £80 (Members)
Setting out the foundations of sailing for you. Rigging, launching, sailing in all directions. Capsize recovery and essential safety knowledge. Able to sail and make decisions in good conditions. Two from days 9am to 4.30pm.
Special Offer – Book both of these courses and receive a 25 % discount – both courses for Ł120
Please call James Ogg on 07730006149 to book a place on any of these courses.