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Posted on June 29, 2015 | Categories Whats Afloat | Comments Off


Hopefully this Friday 3rd July we will be aiming for 3 weeks in a row successful Friday nights on the water for the kids.  After a damp and very windy May and first week in June we finally got going and in the first 2 weeks on the water we had 55 & 52 kids taking to the water in our Pico`s/Toppers.  This was followed up by our usual BBQ and Tuck Shop afterwards.  Many thanks to all those that helped make these nights a success and long may it continue!2015-06-26 19.23.41 2015-06-26 19.23.47 2015-06-26 19.23.25 2015-06-26 19.23.00 2015-06-26 19.22.33 2015-06-26 19.21.43 2015-06-26 19.21.36 2015-06-26 19.21.19 2015-06-26 19.21.06

Fantastic day as DSC headed to Copeland Island for a Picnic

Posted on September 8, 2014 | Categories Whats Afloat | Comments Off

Several people sailed across in Toppers, Picos or a GP which was a great achievement in those fresh conditions. While others took to the Brothers boat, some even challenging themselves to gain their sea legs, we all arrived to Copeland for a great barbecue and cakes galore. The sun was shining so while some sat back and took in the beautiful scenery, others played Boules on the beach.

A big thanks to all those who assisted in organising the day and especially to Nick and Coirle, who unbeknown to many of us, had missed their son Rory’s U18 Ulster match which they won 53-0 against Connaught (congrats Rory and the Team) to ensure the perfect day was had by all. 

Here’s a few pics of the day that captures some of the magic!  Were you there? Did you take some pics too? Send them in and we’ll post on the website for others to see.


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Posted on August 25, 2014 | Categories Whats Afloat | Comments Off

There was a full action packed weekend at Donaghadee Sailing Club last week with the annual Regatta on Saturday and a Cadet Fun Day on Sunday.

Thirty one dinghies and cruisers from the Belfast Lough Conference competed in the Regatta, which was sponsored by Pier 36,  and involved a morning and afternoon series of races for the different classes of boat.  Sailing conditions were excellent with a Force 4 wind from the North North West and a moderate sea state which made for exciting racing.  The cruisers presented a colourful spectacle as they flew their spinnakers sailing past the commons towards Templepatrick, before beating back up towards the town.  All competitors enjoyed a lavish reception attended by Lady Sylvia Hermon MP before the Mayor of Ards, Phillip Smith, presented the prizes.  The winners were: Race 1 –  Robson Ogg DSC.  Race 2 – Martin Dews and Fraser Menzies DSC.  Race 3 – Mike Kimber Ballyholme Yacht Club in a Laser .  Race 4 – Jimmy McKee and Gary Watson DSC in the Hunter 19 “Finethann”.  Race 5 & 6 – No entries.  Race 7 – Paul and Emma BYC Prentice in their Sigma 33 “Squawk”. Race 8 – Russell Rowley BYC in “Pintail” (sole competitor).  Race 9 – No entries. Race 10 – Trevor Dynes in “Bird of Sunset” Cockle Island Boat Club.  Race 11 – No entries.  Race 12 – Robson Ogg DSC.  Race 13 – Stephen and Jonathan Nelson DSC in a GP14.  Race 14 – Chris Boyd BYC in a Laser.  A special prize was also presented to Willie Anderson for his performance in his GP 14!  Many stayed on in the Club for the bar and live music until even the most hardened party animals faded!

On Sunday the sun shone brightly and the sea conditions were mild, which was ideal for the Cadet Fun Day, organised by the Junior Commodore, Lucy Burrows and the Junior Committee.  From 1000 a.m. until 4.00 p.m. forty young cadets in club boats competed in three water based games; a treasure hunt, collecting balloons and a raft race,  interspersed with snacks and drinks on the beach.  Everyone, including the young club instructors running the event had a ball.  The day finished with a BBQ and ice cream for all before prizegiving.  It was a resounding success and everyone was a winner!

Town Cup 2 August Sailing Instructions

Posted on August 2, 2014 | Categories Whats Afloat | Comments Off

DSC Town Cup Regatta

2nd August 2014

Sailing Instructions


1. Rules

1.1  The regatta will be governed by the rules as defined in the Racing Rules of Sailing 2013 – 2016


2. Notices to Competitors

2.1 Notices to competitors will be posted on the official notice board located in the clubhouse.


3. Changes to the Sailing Instructions;

3.1  Any change to the Sailing Instructions will be posted no later than one hour before the start of the first race on the morning it will take effect.


4. Schedule of Races

4.1  There is one race scheduled. The Town Cup Trophy will be sailed for by boats in Class 2. Separate awards will be presented for Class 1 boats


4.2  The classes and warning signals and start times are listed below.


Class 1 Under 16 years of age

Double handers, Picos, Topper 4.2, Topper Full Rig and Laser 4.7

Warning signal 14.55          Start 15.00


Class 2 Over 16s

Dinghies, keelboats and Cruisers with PY 1130 or below

Warning signal 15.00          Start 15.05


4.3  All boats must provide a valid PY handicap


4.4  All boats must sign on and provide their details to the race committee at the start area


5. Class Flags

5.1  The class flag for Class 1 will be Code flag T and for Class 2 will be code flag F
6. Racing Area

6.1  The racing area shall be in the vicinity of Donaghadee Harbour.  A mark of the course may be situated inside the bay (Cruisers/Keelboats please note)


7. The Courses and marks

7.1  The course for the Town Cup will be communicated on the day.

7.2  Class 1 boats may sail a different course from Class 2
8. The Start

8.1 The starting line will be between a pole at the slipway and the orange mark on the half tide rocks

8.2The standard 5-4-1-Go start sequence will be used.





9. The Finish

9.1 The finishing line will be between the pole on the slipway and the orange mark on the half tide rocks


10 Time Limits

10.1  The time limit for the race is 45 minutes. Boats failing to finish within 30 minutes of the time limit for their class will be scored “Did Not Finish” without a hearing.


11. Protests and Requests for Redress

11.1 No protests will be heard as part of the Town Cup.


12. Safety Regulations
12.1 A boat that retires from a race shall notify the race committee as soon as possible.
12.2 All crew shall wear adequate personal buoyancy at all times while on the water.


13. Support Boats

13.1 Only rescue craft are permitted in the race area during the race,

13.2 In order to encourage competitors during any race, the approximate trailing 10% of the fleet may be coached by personnel in ribs that are under the control of the race committee.


14. Prizes

14.1Prizes will be awarded as follows :-

Class 1

Double handers                                                 – Keep Sake 1st Prize

Topper 4.2, Picos                                              – Keep Sake 1st Prize

Topper Full Rig and Laser 4.7                            – Keep Sake 1st Prize


Class 2

PY 1130 or below          – Town Cup & Keep Sake – 1st Prize


14.2 The prize giving will take place in the Club at 17.30


15. Disclaimer of Liability

15.1Competitors participate in the Town Cup entirely at their own risk. Competitors and their parents or guardians are entirely responsible throughout the event for themselves and their boats on land and on the water.

15.2The Club will not accept any liability for material damage or personal injury or death sustained in conjunction with or prior to, during, or after the regatta.


16. Insurance

16.1 Each participating boat shall be insured with valid third-party liability insurance with a minimum cover of £2,000,000 or equivalent, for the duration of the event.


17 Use of Club boats

17.1 Club owned boats can be available to club members for the event on a first come basis and cannot be booked in advance.Town Cup Course Card


Posted on July 1, 2014 | Categories Whats Afloat | 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 and Heather, 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 and Ivan 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 the boat, 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 for delivering and returning “Gerona”, Chris Burrows and Donna Parkinson in the Race Office, Alvin 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.  Also Daniel has an order site http://daniel-kinnear-photograph.smugmug.com/Other-1 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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