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Skerries Sailing Club Regatta 2016

SSC Regatta –  2016   Regatta Report

The 83rd Annual Skerries Regatta took place over last weekend (July 23rd/24th) with over 37 dinghies and 10 cruisers competing. The weather was untypically friendly (except the last lap of the last race as Gerry Byrne discovered!) allowing all 4 dinghy races being completed in F2/3 but typically variable enough to provide challenging conditions. Liam Dineen and his team (Micheline and Helen) on Brian Lennon’s cruiser provided excellent courses for all.  The cruiser class completed the annual Howth to Skerries race for the Rockabill Cup which was won by Sean Davis.  Well done to our regatta fleet winners – Sam Shiels in Mermaids, Darragh Kelleher in Lasers, Stuart Burns in Class I and Fionnan O’Connor in the Optimists – full results below.   18 mermaids competed in the Regatta  – this was the fleet’s biggest turn out this season to date as they gear up for their championships in two weeks in Howth.  As always the regatta was supported by many many club volunteers who gave up time on the water to assist – in particular thanks to Ronnie Horan and Olive Parker as Safety officers and Grainne McGrotty in the Race office.  Good job by Donal Lynam in looking after the house and the BBQ function.  Many thanks to all the Rib drivers and assists and of course the sandwich makers who gave up their time. Our thanks to our sponsors – Blakes Cross and Paul Browne (and for organising the band on Saturday night) – for their support and the vice commodore, Kathryn Collins for organising the refreshments.  Well done to Ross on his first regatta as Hon Sailing Sec.

A special prize was presented by Sinead Leahy – the Brian Leahy Memorial Trophy – and her daughters Aisling, Emma and Rachel in memory of their father Brian, a fond laser sailor in our club for many years.  We also welcomed his parents Michael and Jean Leahy for the occasion.  This will be a perpetual prize for the best single handed (adult) boat in the SSC Regatta.  Thank you Sinead and congratulations to Darragh Kelleher on willing the inaugural race.

Class Race Winner 2nd 3rd
Cruisers Howth to SSC – overall – Rockabill Cup Sean Davis – Symi n/a n/a
Cruisers Howth to SSC – 1st SSC boat – Rockabill Trophy Sean Davis – Symi n/a n/a
Cruisers Regatta Sean Davis – Symi Paul Hick – Easy Go Robbie Keys – Siamsa
Mermaids Regatta – Brown Cow Trophy Sam Shiels – Azezzy Brian McNally – Gentoo Paddy Dillon – Wild Wind
Mermaids Red Island Cup – 1st SSC boat 1st race Frankie Browne – Cara II n/a n/a
Lasers Regatta Darragh Kelleher Darach Dinneen Graham Burns
Lasers Brian Leahy Memorial Trophy Darragh Kelleher n/a n/a
Class I Regatta Stuart Burns Liam O’Callaghan Finn Kelleher
Optimists Regatta Fionnan O’Connor n/a

2016 Leinster Toppers – RESULTS

Click on image to see full results…..

Toppers at SSC

Skerries Sailing Club – Junior section – are pleased to run the Leinster Toppers annual event for 2016 on June 18th and 19th.  Below are requisite information and application form.

  1.   TOPPER LEINSTERS 2016 Notice of Race Final
  2.   2016Topper Leinster Sailing Instructions Final (1)
  3.   Topper Leinster’s Entry Form SSC
  4.   INFORMATION FOR COMPETITORS ARRIVING AT SKERRIES SAILING CLUB TOPPER LEINSTERS 2016
  5. Topper Leinsters Support Boat Rescue Boat registration forms
  6.   Trailer Parking at Skerries Mills Park Field

We look forward to welcoming you to Skerries for this event and hope everyone enjoys taking part.  Skerries is holding a Water Festival the same weekend from the Friday to Sunday so there will be plenty for the non sailors to do but it will also be that bit busier so bear that in mind. We ask that you download a copy of the entry form and email it to juniors@skerriessailingclub.com so that we have an idea of numbers.   We don’t have the facility to take credit cards so please bring the exact entry fee on the day.  Also as well as the competitor food we will be serving BBQ food each day for a very reasonable sum.  Safe traveling.  SSC Junior Committee

2016 Cruisers Dinner

A great evening was had by all at the annual Cruisers Prize giving evening on Saturday February 27th last.

 

Of special note was the presentation of the Challenge cup in which Philip Jenkinson, grandson of the original 1927 presentor of the cup – Molly Joebges, re-presented the cup to Sean Davis, this years winner.

 

Spring 2016 Talks Continue

16th March ’16 at 20.30 hrs.   (A 2 for 1 night!)

The Sound of Sikorsky – Paul Hick

 Helicopter

A real life Helicopter Rescue experience. Hear about getting towed backwards in a force 11 and being lifted – “the top 2/3 of the spars flared about our heads!

Followed by Sailing Videos – the excitement of sailing – a series of videos on aspects of sailing – Martin O’Toole.

30th March ’16 at 20.30 hrs

Did a 19 year German Girl sailor become an Honorary member of Skerries Sailing Club in 1950?

Irish Press

Hear the story of her epic sailing adventures in an 18 foot boat with her 63 year old father.

French Night

The sound of “La Marseillaise” rang around the club on Friday night Feb 12th at our now bi-annual international social event.

A great evening of music from the ever popular Genepool entertained our French visitors and many members.  Well done to Kathryn Collins for organising. And to Cliona Boylan and Kathryn for the food.  A great night – pitty about the match………

Winter 2016 Talks Schedule

Our Winter Talks program commences in late January.  Details as below.  All talks begin at 20.30 hrs and are open to both members and non members.  Invite a friend!

20th January ‘16 – The Longitude problem and the development of the marine chronometer by Barry Kenny, Commodore DMYC

P1Determining position east or west was a major problem for all mariners before the end of the 18th century – hear how a Yorkshire carpenter changed all that.


3rd February ’16 – Half Hull Models – the CAD/CAM of the steam age! by Declan O’Bannion, SSC

P2Before modern techniques became widely used, the half-hull or half-model was a key tool, used by Shipwrights, in the design and construction of ships and yachts. Hear how this early tool was made and used.


17th February ‘16Irish Coast Guard – the Organisation, people and resources by Jim Dowling et al, SSC

P3P4 Learn about the history, responsibilities and equipment used.


2nd March ‘16  – Could SSC mount an America’s Cup Challenge? by Gerry Byrne, SSC

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The America’s Cup is associated with large swanky and wealthy yacht clubs but a quarter of a century ago events which shook the sailing world to its core demonstrated that even small local yacht clubs can shove their oars into this most prestigious of contests. The SSC’s Gerry Byrne attended one of the America’s Cup’s most bizarre contests, a match which proved that clubs like Skerries are more than qualified to mount a challenge for the Auld Mug


 

Laying Up Supper 2015

A very  enjoyable supper was held last Saturday night November 14th in the Club to celebrate the end of a sucessful season and present trophies to our many winners.  Some 74 titles and 36 trophies were presented to 23 helms.  Congratulations to Helen Ryan on being the volunteer of the year 2015.  Well done to Donal and his team (including Conor McLoughlin) for a great meal and well organised event.