Please keep your diary free for the DSC Children’s Christmas Party on Saturday 14 December from 2pm in the DSC Clubhouse.
As well as lots of party games such as musical chairs and musical statues, we will also be providing a disco with lots of Christmas music for dancing to during the afternoon. Drinks and snacks will keep energy levels high and we are expecting Santa to drop in at some stage during the afternoon! So please put this date in your diary as we drift into Christmas at DSC!
Parents are asked to help by bringing along some sandwiches, crisps, sweets or buns for our kids to enjoy. Please also provide a small wrapped gift (no more than £10 in value) with your child’s name on it, ideally by the night before, so that we can make sure that all is ready for Santa’s visit.
420 Ulster Championships 2013
Donaghadee Sailing Club
It was quite a while in the making, but the newly rekindled 420 Ulster Championships took place last weekend at Donaghadee Sailing Club, kindly supported by Walker Communications.
Gifted with a favourable wind of 15-20kts for most of the weekend, PRO Jimmy McKee did a fine job getting 6 races in the can. The infamous Donaghadee tide played its usual part in what proved to be an exciting weekend’s racing for the 15 crews that made the trip. It was great to see boats from as far away as Cork, Galway & Wexford making the effort to travel and hopefully some of the Northern boats will return the compliment at future events.
The overall title and best of the ladies was taken by the Malahide Cousins Lizzy & Cara McDowell, who with 3 wins out of 6 held off stiff competition from the newly crowned National Champions Harry and David Whitaker of the Royal Cork Yacht Club. First honours in the Silver fleet were scooped by the pairing of Scott Levie & Douglas Elmes, who were riding on the back of a very successful Mirror Worlds campaign at Lough Derg earlier this year. The silver fleet was quite a close contest with only 4 points separating the top 3.
There were a lot of new faces to what has been a largely Southern class in recent years. The pairing of Laser Radial sailors Tim Brow and Sam Wilkinson had a great weekend. With only 2 days training and a borrowed boat, they managed to make the Gold fleet cut on Saturday night and ended up 8th overall. A great local battle unfurled between DSC’S Lucy Burrows and SLYC’s Laura Gilmore. The later, a former Irish Topper champion just edged in front by 2 points after the second day to finish ahead after the final race. Perhaps it was Burrows’ DNF in Saturday’s third race that sealed the deal for her.
Very much visitors to the class were brothers Liam & Ryan Glynn from Ballyholme Yacht Club. Liam who is reigning World Topper Champion, soon worked out it might be a steep learning curve with 20 knots of breeze and 3 sails! Despite this, the pairing ended up finishing 4th in the Silver fleet and 11th overall.
A quick note of thanks to all at Donaghadee for their hard work in organising a great event, to all of the 420 class who made the effort to travel to Donaghadee and to Peter & Claire Walker for sponsoring what proved to be a very successful event.
A gallery of photo’s can be found here http://daniel-kinnear-potography.smugmug.com/Events
UP-DATE : It’s a blowy and misty morning here in Donaghadee so we’ll cancel the morning races scheduled for 11.10am BUT weather forecast is good for the afternoon so full steam ahead then. See you all there
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Calling all members and Belfast Lough Club members to join us at our annual Regatta, the last of the 2013 Belfast Lough Series. Open to all classes with morning races for dinghies starting at 11.10 and again from 13.55.
The next race in the Bay Series will be run prior to the family picnic on Sunday 8
September. Juniors who have their Stage 4 and who do not sail in club races should
meet at the clubhouse/slipway at 12.30pm with a view to starting the race at 1pm.
It is aimed to have the Bay Series racing completed by shortly after 2pm.
Those that have competed can then, if they wish, sail the Picos double-handed down
to Ballyvester beach. Other competent sailors that wish to sail down should have their
boats rigged and ready to go from 2pm.
Those going straight to Ballyvester beach are reminded that high water is at 1.40pm
so there will not be much beach available until at least 2pm.
Attention juniors with Stage 4. The next Bay Series Race will be held on Sunday 25
August. Please meet at the Clubhouse at 1.45pm. The Club Picos will be reserved for use
in the Bay Series.
420 Ulster Championships 2013
31st August – 1st September 2013
Donaghadee Sailing Club is delighted to host the first 420 event in the North of Ireland for some time. Local PRO Jimmie McKee will ensure 2 days of top quality racing in the infamous tidal waters of Donaghadee.
Registration for the event will open at 0830 on Saturday 31st August with the 1st warning at 11:55
There will be food and live entertainment for all soon after racing on Saturday evening, hopefully you can join us. There is a very nominal charge of £5.00 per head.
It is hoped to organise some training pre-event, details to follow. Boat storage will be available if needed
The junior regatta will consist of two races in the morning with the first warning signal
being at 9.55. Club boats can be pre-booked by filling in an application form (attached)
and marking name(s) on the sheets on the notice board. Club boats are available on
a first come, first service basis. Note that Pico will only be available for sailing
double handed. Helms need to have completed Stages 3&4.
The Town Cup start will be shortly after the finish of the raft race (approximately 2pm).
This afternoon race will also form the third race of the junior regatta.
So far this month 45 juniors and adults have completed sailing courses, ranging from beginners to start and intermediate racing.
Some places are available on the junior stage 1/2 beginners course starting on Monday 29th July. So if you are interested please complete an application form and return it before the weekend.
Week commencing 5th August we have 5 morning dedicated to those with stage 1/2 to gain more experience and in the afternoon for those with stage 3/4 to gain experience.
More adult courses are planned for weekends in August, so get your name down for a weekends fun.
Details of all courses under “training ” tab on the website or give me a call on 07730006149