THE SINKING OF THE RMS LEINSTER (1918) – Wednesday 30th January, 8.30pm

October 10th last was the 100th anniversary of the greatest loss of Irish lives at sea when the “mail boat” (RMS Leinster) was sunk within sight of shore, ten miles off Dun Laoghaire in 1918 just before the end of World War One. Over 500 people were lost when the ship was torpedoed by German U-boat UB-123.  It remains the largest loss of Irish lives at sea ever.

How did it happen that a passenger ship was attacked so near the end of the War? Who and what was on board the ship? Why were so many lost so near the shore? Could more have been done? Are there any local connections to Skerries or North Dublin?  Why have we not heard much about this before?

Niall O’Reilly has been researching these RMS Leinster questions for a few years after finding out that a relation of his was one of those lost. He will give an illustrated talk about the ship, the people on-board, the attack, the aftermath, his journey of discovery and a tale of romance lost and found!

Niall, a native of Malahide, has lived in Skerries for over 40 years.

This is a free talk.  Club open at 8.00pm. Talk starts at 8.30pm.  Non Members Welcome.

 

GP14 Fun Event in Skerries

A special GP14 get together today in SSC when 11 boats had an enjoyable days racing (4 races) on the water, lead by their doyen, Curley Morris, pictured below. W are sure will have an even more enjoyable evening to come. Thanks to all who organised – Doire Shiels, Olive Rooney, Sam Shiels,  David Cooke, Colman Grimes, and Stuart Burns)

Sailors and Officials.

Sailing Club Branded Merchandise

Looking for something for the Christmas stocking, we have SSC hats, scarves, snoods, ties & hoodies available for sale in the club – please enquire with the bar staff on prices. Also RNLI Christmas cards still available for the last minute posts. Club open this weekend – Friday/Saturday/Sunday – see newsletter for times. Come and see the new glass balcony!

World 49s (U23) Champions – Presentation by SSC

Robert Dickson and Sean Waddilove were presented with two framed pictures of them sailing in Skerries by SSC Vice Commodore Liam O’Callaghan on Sunday December 2nd last to celebrate their great victory as World Champions. Liam in his speech noted that this was a first for SSC and was the result of great effort and hard work by the boys and their many support teams comprising their parents, coaches and the respective junior sections of both SSC and HYC. Robert and Sean, in a Q&A session after the presentation, spoke to the challenging program of training in Ireland and abroad (7 countries in the next 12 months!) as they complete their campaign to get to the Olympics in 2020.  Many members of the SSC junior section attended and Jack McInerney presented them with a check to support their campaign from the SSC Junior section.  See photos of the event and see Robert and Sean below with members of the junior section present – all aspiring Olympic metal winners!  We ask all members and friends to support them by purchasing their 2019 calendar (available for €5 in SSC bar).

Laying Up Supper Photos 2018

A great night was had by all!  Well done to Commodore Kathryn, Sailing Sec Ross who was MC and all who worked hard to prepare for this successful event.  Congratulations to all trophy winners.  Special thanks to Mick O’Connor for these memorable photos.

Sailing full Circle – Next Wednesday Evening Talk

Wednesday 28th November, 8.30pm

By popular acclaim our annual talk by SSC humorous sailor Garry Owens – a man of many accomplishments.  In this presentation Garry covers family adventures and misadventures in a series of boats over 45 years, sailing around the Irish and UK coasts and occasionally further afield. Full Circle refers to starting off with a 19′ day boat in 1973 and ending by downsizing this winter to a slightly larger cabin version of the same.  An attempt to regain lost youth ?  


This is a free talk.  Club open at 8.00pm. Talk starts at 8.30pm.  This is our last talk before the New Year.  Non Members Welcome.

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