On Friday night, at the Ards Borough Council Sports Awards 2015 ceremony James Ogg, our Training Principal and stalwart of Donaghadee Sailing Club, was presented with a Lifetime Service Award to recognise his contribution to local sailing over the years.
This is a prestigious honour for James and it is very well deserved. James continues to give freely of his time as a volunteer at the Club not only running our training programme but also managing a wide range of issues that keep the Club running smoothly.
I am sure that everyone in the Club will want to congratulate James on receiving this special award from Ards Borough Council that genuinely reflects his unwaning commitment to both local sailing and to Donaghadee Sailing Club.
We will have the opportunity to congratulate James personally at the Members Briefing Night which takes place on Friday 27 March at 7pm in the Clubhouse.
Members Briefing Night – Friday 27 March at 7pm
We are fast approaching the start of the summer sailing season and our Members Briefing Night in the Clubhouse on Friday 27 March will update you on our plans on the water for this year. Come along and learn about the entire sailing and training programme that we have on offer. We will set out our new junior pathway to help those who have recently qualified with RYA Stage 4 or Start Racing to progress into Club Racing. Details on our Club racing programme, use of Club Boats and volunteering opportunities will also be presented. You will also be able to sign up in advance for Friday Club Nights for Juniors and training courses. It’s a great night to get the whole family back down to the Club and also to bring along friends or potential new members to get a feel of what we have to offer. A light snack of curry and rice will be provided on arrival for you, your family and friends. So please come along an hear about the plans for the sailing season ahead.
Charity Quiz – Saturday 28 March 2015 at 7.30pm
Club member Joe Skeats has been successful in being selected to be a crew member on the first leg of the Tall Ships race from Belfast to Alesund in Norway in July. As part of his fundraising to participate in this event, he is is holding a table quiz in the Clubhouse on Saturday 28th March at 7.30pm. Please come down and support him in this fundraising event with your family and friends. Joe will be keeping us updated on his progress and details of what vessel he will be sailing on in the coming weeks.
Bow Bells Lunch – Sunday 29th March at 1pm
The ever popular Bow Bells Sunday lunch will take place on Sunday 29th March at 1pm in the Clubhouse. A list will be available behind the Club bar for you to sign up for this event from tomorrow (Friday). Its a great opportunity to come down to the Clubhouse with your family and friends to enjoy some excellent food and good company.
As some of you may be aware, the Club suffered the loss of our two safety boat engines when thieves broke into our locked compound and stole them at some point last week. The theft is being investigated and thanks to the actions of James Ogg, Stuart Ogg and Andrew Miller, we have informed other Clubs and harbours of their theft in case they are offered for sale. James Ogg has made arrangements for replacement engines to be obtained so we hope that we will be able to run our Easter Courses and Club racing as usual.
Please have a look at our busy training programme for 2015 which is provided below. Our Easter Courses and refresher courses are always popular so please sign up by completing a booking form.
Everyone is welcome to attend the annual Prize Giving on Friday 6 March 2015 in our Clubhouse that will mark the successes of the Club last year both on and off the water .
The Clubhouse and Bar will be open from 7pm with the Prize Giving starting promptly at 7.30pm. The event will conclude with a light supper at 8.15pm leaving the rest of the evening to enjoy.
The light supper at no cost served will consist of Bow Bells pies (choice of Mince Steak or Chicken and Ham) Salad, Baby Boiled potatoes and garlic bread. There will be a ballot to help cover some of the costs of the evening.
This will be an informal and family friendly event. It would be great to see as many members as possible attending to mark some of the successes that the Club and its members enjoyed during 2014.
RYA first aid course over two evenings 23rd and 24th February at 7pm cost £25
First aid is required by all instructors and anyone driving a safety boat. Everyone is welcome.
Course has to be repeated every 3 years.
There are two places left on the course – call me on 07730006149 for a place
You will also need the latest version of the St John Ambulance First Aid book 9th Edition, available on the internet or from the course leader at an additional cost.
Child protection ( Safeguarding ) on Tuesday 3rd March and 7pm. Course is free.
Required by all instructors over 18, safety boat crews and volunteers working with children.
Course has to be repeated every 3 years and will be the only course we will run this year
There are eight places still available – call me on 07730006149 for a place
RYA Training Conference.
Killyleagh Outdoor Education Centre (Seaboard) on Sunday 15th February.
I would encourage all instructors to make the effort and attend. There is a mixture of updates and on the water activities. I will be going if you need a lift. Please call me if you plan to attend
The event, which is sponsored by Arthur J Gallagher & Co, is expected to be attended by over 50 instructors, principals, coaches and those involved with running activities in clubs and training centres across the province.
Mary Farrell, RYANI Development Officer stated: “The conference is an opportunity for clubs and centres preparing for the season ahead. You can pick up hints and tips from the variety of interesting speakers and potentially find some instructors to deliver quality coaching for you.”
The event is being hosted in 2015 by Killyleagh Outdoor Education Centre (Seaboard) on Sunday 15th February. The main address is about the changes and updates to the RYA Training schemes and events that affect the running of training centres, however, the variety of talks should appeal to RYA Instructors, coachesacross the schemes and sailors who would like to attend Champion Club workshop on racing.
Attendees can expect to receive a free conference pack and 45% off RYA publications on the day.
The 2015 conference is open for booking! This year will put a focus on offering on the water activities for participants as well as bringing in experts in fields, this conference is being subsidised with support from RYANI, RYA, SportNI and sponsored Arthur J Gallagher.
Amanda Van Santen – RYA Dinghy & Windsurfing Chief Instructor.
Sam Ross – Windsurfing Guru will run a windsurfing on the water clinic. www.sam-ross.co.uk
Adam Bowers – Race Coach, delivering lecture series. www.abcforwinning.co.uk
Dave Nelson – RYA Coach Assessor will run sailing instructor sessions.
Mary Farrell – RYANI Development Officer.
Richard Honeyford – RYANI Performance Manager.
Paul Magee – RYA Powerboat Trainer and Yachtmaster Examiner running practical powerboat instructor sessions.
Wiclif McCready – On hand to discuss RS and Laser boats. (To be confirmed)
Full Day RYA member £15, non-member £20
Afternoon ONLY Champion Club Coach session with Adam Bowers. RYA member £10, non member £15.
BOOKING on the RYA website
For Programme and further information please visit the RYANI Website. Please pass on this email to anyone you think may be interested.
Tickets for our annual Dinner Dance which is being held on Saturday 7 February 2015 at Governor Rocks, followed by live music and dancing at the Clubhouse, are going fast. Only 30 tickets remain for this event which is a highlight of the social year. The Social Committee will be in the Clubhouse on Sunday 25 January from 4pm to 8pm selling tickets for this event if you need to purchase one. For further details of this event please click here.
In a change to previous years, the DSC Prize Giving will be held in the Clubhouse on Friday 6 March 2015 at 7.30pm. As well as celebrating sailing successes across the Club last year, it will also provide an opportunity for members to get together and to enjoy some pies and salad from Bow Bells. Further details to follow soon.
Our Members Briefing Evening will now take place on Friday 27th March 2015 at 7pm. This is an opportunity for Club members to hear details on plans for the forthcoming spring and summer sailing season, as well as being able to sign junior members up for the popular Friday Club Nights which commence on Friday 8 May 2015 at 6.30pm.
We hope as many Club members as possible can participate in these events. Both the Prize Giving and the Members Briefing Evening will have a family focus and allow you to bring family and friends down to the Club to encourage them to join and participate in our activities both on and off the water.
|Feb-15||PERSON 1||PERSON 2||PERSON 3||PERSON 4|
|1ST SUNDAY||COIRLE BUTLER||ALI BOYD||ANDREW MILLER||KATIE JOHNSTON|
|4TH WEDNESDAY||ROSS BENNETT||DAVID MCCORMACK|
|6TH FRIDAY||GEORGE AITKEN||TIM JOHNSTON|
|8TH SUNDAY||KAYE BOYLE||SHEENA MINAHAN||FIONA PRITCHARD||KADY PRITCHARD|
|11TH WEDNESDAY||KEN WALSH||GARY WATSON|
|13TH FRIDAY||PAUL WRIGHT||BARRY SMYTH|
|15TH SUNDAY||GAIL SKEATS||KATE MCNEIL||FRASER MENZIES||JENNY PATTERSON|
|18TH WEDNESDAY||JOHN TOWNSON||NOEL JOHNSTON||If you cannot do your turn please change with someone|
|20TH FRIDAY||DANKY||MICHAEL MCCLURE|
|22ND SUNDAY||IVAN HEANEY||NORMA HEANEY||PAUL WRIGHT||NICK BUTLER|
|25TH WEDNESDAY||ALVIN WALKER||ANN BOARDMAN|
|27TH FRIDAY||SHIRLEY MCCRUM||IAN MCCRUM|
|keys are to be picked up from John Townson 17 Warren Road phone 02891 882616 or Gail Skeats 7 Park Avenue phone 07714009491|
|DATE||PERSON 1||PERSON 2||PERSON 3||PERSON 4||IF YOU KNOW OF ANYONE WHO IS WILLING TO DO THE BAR ASK THEM TO RING THE CLUB ON 028 91884270 AND LEAVE A MESSAGE OR RING PAUL ON 07546291750|
|1ST SUNDAY||PAUL WRIGHT||PAUL WRIGHT|
|4TH WEDNESDAY||KEN WALSH||COLIN MITCHELL|
|FRIDAY 6TH||DANKY||MICHAEL MCCLURE|
|8TH SUNDAY||KAYE BOYLE||SHEENA MINIHAN||FIONA PRITCHARD||KADY PRITCHARD|
|11TH WEDNESDAY||ROSS BENNETT||DAVID MCCORMACK|
|13TH FRIDAY||TIM JOHNSTON||GEORGE AITKEN|
|15TH SUNDAY||KATE MCNEIL||GAIL SKEATS||PAUL WRIGHT||NICK BUTLER|
|18TH WEDNESDAY||JOHN TOWNSON||NOEL JOHNSTON|
|20TH FRIDAY||JAMES OGG||BRIAN LENNOX|
|22ND SUNDAY||HEATHER BURROWS||ALI BOYD||KATIE JOHNSTON||ANDREW MILLER|
|25TH WEDNESDAY||ALVIN WALKER||ANN BOARDMAN|
|27TH FRIDAY||SHIRLEY MCCRUM||IAN MCCRUM|
|29TH SUNDAY||NORMA HEANEY||IVAN HEANEY||FRASER MENZIES||JENNY PATTERSON|
|WINTER HOURS||WED 8.30PM TO 11.00 PM||FRIDAY 8.30 PM TO 11.00PM||SUNDAY 4.00 TO 8.00|
|PERSONS 1 AND 2 WORK 4.00 TO 6.00 AND PERSON 3 AND 4 COVERS 6.00 TO 8.00|
The Burns Night Supper hosted jointly by Donaghadee Rotary and Donaghadee Sailing Cub will be held in the Clubhouse on Saturday 24 January 2015 from 7.30pm.
The cost for this excellent event is £20 per head which includes a wonderful three course meal (Bow Bells specials!) and all the trimmings (haggis and piper!)
Those attending need to pre-order their main course and pudding so could you please let Fraser Menzies know preference by either email or phone ([email protected] or 07747 843801). Your order needs to be with Fraser by this Sunday evening.
Main course choice: Haggis, Lamb Shank, Cobble Haddock fillets
Dessert Choice: Apple Strudel, Rasepberry and Chocolate Tear
We hope you will support this annual celebration of culture by your attendance at what is always an excellent evening.
Earlier this week, the General Committee agreed our Sailing Programme for 2015 which was proposed by our Honorary Sailing Secretary, Neil Boyd. This forms the core of the DSC Calendar of Events for 2015 which is attached. There will of course be many other sailing and social activities added during the course of the year, as well as a full training schedule.
At the General Committee, our Commodore, Nick Butler, set out his three core objectives for the coming year at DSC – to increase the numbers participating in Club racing each week, particularly juniors; to focus our collective efforts to make the Club Regatta on Saturday 29th August 2015 as successful as possible; and to increase our Club membership to over 400.
Following conversations with members, it was also agreed to reinstate the Round the Island Race – this used to be a significant feature in the Club’s calendar with keelboats competing in a race around the Copelands. It is planned to run this event as part of Commodores Day this year which will take place on 19th September 2015. We intend to contact neighbouring Clubs to encourage them to take part.
Don’t forget to get your tickets for the Annual Dinner Dance on Saturday 7th February from the Clubhouse. Only 100 places are available so book early! Tickets will be sold from tomorrow (Sunday) See here for further details.
The Annual DSC Prize Giving will now take place at a special Members Evening to be held in the Clubhouse on Friday 6 March 2015. Further details will follow.
Finally, we are preparing our submission following being shortlisted by the Royal Yachting Association for their UK wide Club of the Year Competition. This is a tremendous achievement. The next stage of adjudication will take place on 31st January 2015 when a final shortlist of five sailing clubs from across the UK will be selected as finalists.
Happy New Year!
We are delighted to announce that the annual Dinner and Dance will take place on Saturday 7th February 2015 in Governor Rocks followed by dancing to live music in the Clubhouse where there will be a late bar. The cost for the evening will be £25 per adult and £15 per child. This year we will be issuing tickets which will be on sale in the Clubhouse for the next four Sundays as below:
Sunday 11th January 18:00 – 20:00
Sunday 18th January 16:00 – 17:00
Sunday 25th January 16:00 – 17:00
Sunday 1st February 16:00 – 17:00
Governor Rocks can cater for a maximum of 100 people so buy your tickets early to avoid disappointment.
Further communication about menu choices and pre ordering etc. will follow as there are still some finer details to be sorted out.
We look forward to seeing you all in your glad rags on Saturday 7th February 2015.
Please note that there will be no prize giving on the evening of the 7th February 2015. This will take place at a special members’ night on Friday 6th March 2015. This allows for the Dinner and Dance to flow more freely.
Donaghadee Sailing Club