Congratulations to Lucy and Chris Burrows for winning the Rock Hopper Trophy on Boxing Day. There was an excellent turnout of 13 dinghies on a cold but sunny day for the race.
Final Fling 2013 and Early Bird 2014
The last race in the Final Fling series will take place this Sunday (29 December) at 1.30pm with the New Year bringing the start of the Early Bird Series on Sunday 5 January at 1.30pm. All competent sailors are welcome to join in the Sunday sailing activities (either morning or afternoon).
Return of Trophies
A final reminder for last year’s trophy winners to ensure that all trophies are returned to the Club by Sunday 5 January 2014 so that they can all be engraved for the Dinner Dance on Saturday 1 February 2014.
Happy New Year!
Welcome to the first “What Afloat” missive since the AGM in October. My report as incoming Commodore is contained in the previous addition of “What’s Afloat”, for those that could not attend.
The new General Committee consists of, Nick Butler (Commodore), Vacant Vice Commodore post, Gary Watson (Honorary Secretary), Fiona Pritchard (Honorary Treasurer), Fraser Menzies (Honorary Sailing Secretary), James Ogg (RYA Principal & Training), Mark Larmour (Membership), Ian Danklefsen (Friday Nights), Alvin Walker (Youth), Jill Smyth (Families) and Shirley McCrum (ex-officio)
Unfortunately we have had to raise the annual fees by 5% and dinghy park fees by a modest amount. Given that the annual fees were not raised last year and the DinghyPark fees have not been raised for several years this does not seem unreasonable, and still provides excellent value for money compared to other clubs. The revised fees are:
The joining fee remains 25% of the relevant fee. A further meeting of the “Members of the Club” was to be held prior to the Annual Christmas Dinner, in order to propose amendments to the Club Constitution intended to simplify and speed up the membership application process. This was subsequently deemed impractical and other measures will introduced hopefully not requiring a change in the Constitution. Details to follow.
The Club social scene has been busy over the last few weeks with:
2013 Christmas Dinner – The “Galley Girls” 2013 Christmas Dinner – Full House! 2013
Christmas Dinner – The “Three Magi”(?!) “hubble, bubble, toil & ……….”!
2013 Christmas Dinner – Bar & Main Room
2013 Christmas Dinner – Balcony Room
There is much more to come:
As always we depend on volunteers to do everything and in particular the General Committee are seeking someone to help with the following:
Lost Rescue Boat Barrel. A plea from the Safety Officer. One of the Red Bay blue barrels and paddles has sprung legs and is lost. The estimated cost of replacement for these and the emergency items therein is about £400. If anyone can caste any light on where they are we would be eternally grateful!
I am honoured and privileged that you have chosen me to be your Commodore this year.
I have a hard act to follow. As I mentioned in my Vice Commodore’s Report 2013 has been a most successful year – achieved through a culmination of efforts by the previous Commodores, Flag Officers and members, and not least Shirley whose energy, enthusiasm and drive in addressing issues that needed action has been impressive. Her administrative skill and leadership have strengthened the structures that have helped the club to start to realise its potential. I certainly do not intend to change much and would much rather continue to build on the structures in place – although I warn you I cannot compete with her administrative prowess.
There are a number of themes that I feel we need to develop over the next year:
As Shirley has mentioned effective management of the Club relies on good administration and she has kindly undertaken to re-organise the office and draft an Operating Plan for the Club, so that in future we will know what needs doing, when and how to do it. Ian is very kindly already in the process replacing the computers downstairs.
I fully agree with Shirley regarding the need for a Club Manager / Building Engineer, once our membership size and finances permit. although this is not going to happen overnight, it is something I believe we should work towards.
We have the makings of good Junior Racing squad and a growing fleet of adult sailors and double handed boats. I would like to see all the things that helped achieve this continue next year. I will redouble efforts to get myself on the water!
The consensus amongst those I have spoken to is that we can cope with running 2 events a year. Next year we will take a break from Toppers and would like to get adult 2 or 3 day events. We are hoping to get a GP 14 event and would like to get another event, possibly Lasers. I would also like to explore the possibility of race areas further out to sea.
Communication between the members of the club has much improved and work will continue to enhance how we cascade information through the website, social media and e-mails. To help us do this I would ask everyone to ensure they update their contact details on the forms provided.
Looking to the future, the Strategy Group has started to look at where we want to be in 5 years time and what our needs will be. We will engage with Ards Borough Council regarding the future needs and the aspirations of the club and will strongly support the creation of and participate in a Harbour Users Group. If anyone has any views on this please don’t be shy on coming forward.
Just before I finish I would ask that all volunteers support and work through the existing club sub –committees. I am not a great committee animal but I have seen how important it is that they know what is going on, so they can keep the General committee informed, activities can be deconflicted, risks and finances managed.
Finally I am afraid that I do not know at this stage whether my commitments will permit me to run for 2 years so it is possible that next October the Club might be looking nominations for Commodore and Vice Commodore. Thank you.
Donaghadee Sailing Club
AGM Tuesday 22 October 2013
It’s my pleasure to finish giving the reports of the Flag officers at tonight’s AGM (or perhaps should I say the last word!). It has been a great year as all our Flag Officers’ Reports have shown. It has also been a year of sadness when we lost one of our most devoted members after a long illness. We miss Joan’s warm smile and dry humour but remember her with great fondness.
All I really want to add now is a huge and very personal thanks from me, and on your behalf, to each one of our very hard working and dedicated members of the GC. Alvin, Mark, David and Jill were new members this year and brought with them the fresh ideas and enthusiasm which makes this Club such a vibrant place. James and Fiona are currently our elder statesmen on the GC and their contribution to the life of the Club is immeasurable. I have already referred to some of James’ many commitments to the Club in the Hon. Secretary’s Report. In particular though as Club Principal and Training Officer I would like to thank him for organising our very successful Members Sailing Information Evening in March which was very well attended and which I hope may become a regular fixture in the DSC calendar!
To Fiona I say thank you for your patient and quiet handling of the Club’s finances and 4 different accounts on a daily basis. Thank you for managing our electronic SAGE system which gives the GC an accurate account of our monthly profit&loss position. Because of this we, in conjunction with the Finance Sub-Committee, are able to make informed decisions about the Club’s finances. Just a little story reflecting Fiona’s commitment; having noticed on one of our bills that as a Community Amateur Sports Club we were entitled to a reduction in our water bills (NI Water don’t inform you of these things directly) Fiona sent in 4 years of bills and received a rebate of some £2300.
Nick & Fraser are in training to become our elder statesmen! Fraser has quietly got on with doing what he does best with the Sailing Programme, Club Sailing Series, Battery and Safety Boat rotas, dinghy park, Town Cup, Regatta and Commodore’s Day all safely secured as the backbone of the Club’s sailing activities. I know he runs the Sailing Committee meetings with a tight agenda and time period of one hour…..how the GC envy them!
I have watched Nick grow in confidence over the past year (the value too of the Vice Commodore’s post)and with the Topper Nationals and 420 Ulster Championships under his belt I am confident that nothing is beyond him. After modestly accepting his RYANI Volunteer of the Year Award last week I congratulate him again on his commitment and enthusiasm and thank him for bringing his own very particular and beneficial style of leadership to the Club (and I have to add for Coirle too as his right hand man, behind every great man etc) and know that the Club is in great hands .
Finally can I say thank you to all our sub-committees and all of you who have helped out or just taken part during the past year. Last year I commented that our greatest challenge was to build an active and inclusive club. Tonight I would be so bold as to say that over the last year DSC has gone a very long way along that road. Without each and every one of us there would be no club ….now after 5 seasons in use the Clubhouse looks as fresh virtually as when it was opened, there is an even larger fleet of Club boats and equipment available, training courses and sailing opportunity with a new Junior Squad under the expert tutelage of James, Sara (again our very warm congratulations on winning the RYANI Young Volunteer of the Year Award last week too), Sam, Lucy, Patrick & Rory aided and abetted by our AIs. We have an increasingly effective communications system and the Friday Nights continue to flourish feeding into a growing membership committed together to doing that thing that is DSC’s very particular, and dare I say eccentric, vision…messing about in boats!
My final task before I step down is to present these Club Burgees to Nick (Vice-Commodore ) & Tony Skeats (Commodore Past 2010-11) in recognition of their commitment to the Club. Thank you Donaghadee for making a space for me, for all the memories and in passing on the baton to the next generation of Donaghadee families, and from further afield, may I just say “Live long & prosper”
Training continues on Sunday mornings
GP14 training from 11.00am.
Any one who owns a GP14 or would like to use a club boat please make an effort to attend. the vision is to have all privately owned and club owned boats sailing every Sunday. If everyone makes the effort we could have more than 10 boats on the water.
See you all there
Junior Squad Training
continues too on Sundays from 11.00am with your favourite instructors. Do come along and keep working on those racing skills ahead of next season! If you’re not sure if it’s for you please do come along and have a chat with the instructors.
As the GC is limited to 10 places ie 5 Flag Officers (Commodore, Vice-Commodore, Hon. Secretary, Hon. Sailing Officer and Hon. Treasurer) and 5 others (with various roles) you can still get involved by joining one of our very active Sub-Committees;
Sailing Sub-Committee Fraser Menzies : 07747 843 801.
(including Safety Officer )
Training Sub-Committee James Ogg : 07730006149
Finance Sub-Committee Ivan Heaney : 02891883757
Social Committee Coirle Butler : 07753579726
Maintenance / NTTC John Townson : 07980343966
Club Management Shirley McCrum : 07922100023
Youth Committee Alvin Walker : 07989693171 & Sara Parkinson (Junior Commodore)
Friday Night Committee Richard Spence : 07769255753
Bar Rota Paul Wright : 07546291750
Membership & Communications Mark Larmour : 07887503692
Without the volunteers on these Sub-committees the Club would cease to function. If you can help in any way, whether it’s every now and then or a more regular basis, please do give the convenors a shout! it’s a great way to get involved in the life of the Club, to influence what the Club is and can do for you……………..everyone’s opinion matters and everyone is welcome.
Carrickfergus Sailing Club Fund Raising Dinner : Saturday 26th October 2013
As part of their rebuilding fundraising Carrickfergus Sailing Club are inviting you to join them at their Annual Prize Giving Dinner in the Clarion Hotel, Carrickfergus on Saturday 26th October from 7.30pm . Tickets are £25 / head.
….so if you could make up a party you would be sure of a warm welcome.
Email Roger Woodward, Commodore on CarrickfergusSC@carrickfergussc.org or 02893 351402.
Dates for your Diary and the fun continues with many thanks to our Social Committee
Bow Bells Sunday Lunch Sunday 20th October Bar open 12.30pm list behind bar or book thro firstname.lastname@example.org
Children’s Halloween Party Thursday 31st October 5-8pm fancy dress, pumpkins & fun for all
Italian themed night (Bow Bells) Saturday 16th November DSC (booking essential by Nov 9th on list at bar or email@example.com) Menu& price to follow
New York Burger Night 7 Rugby Friday 22 November…..Watch the Ulster rugby from 7pm or just enjoy a burger at half time (8.15pm)
Soup&Panini’s & rugby Sunday 24 November 1pm Watch Ireland v New Zealand
Christmas Lunch Sunday December 1st 2pm Booking essential. list at bar or firstname.lastname@example.org
Children’s Christmas Party Saturday 14th December 2-5pm
Curry & Rugby Friday 20 December from 7pm start (food 8.15pm)