16th March ’16 at 20.30 hrs. (A 2 for 1 night!)
The Sound of Sikorsky – Paul Hick
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?
Hear the story of her epic sailing adventures in an 18 foot boat with her 63 year old father.
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………
The provisional sailing events and fixture list for 2016 is now available. Click on the link below. All comments welcome.
This will be finalised at the boat owners meeting in late March 2016 (date to be confirmed).
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
3rd February ’16 – Half Hull Models – the CAD/CAM of the steam age! by Declan O’Bannion, SSC
Before 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 ‘16 – Irish Coast Guard – the Organisation, people and resources by Jim Dowling et al, SSC
2nd March ‘16 – Could SSC mount an America’s Cup Challenge? by Gerry Byrne, SSC
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
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.
The 2015 season came to a successful end on Saturday October 24th last with the end of the October series. See newsletter – SSC Newsletter Oct 30th 2015 – for full details. (Also full list of season winners here – SSC Trophies Winners 2015) The additional edge added to that series of an inter club mermaid completion between SSC and RSC added to the overall enjoyment by all. Well done to Paul Browne for organising.
The Inis Rua craning out overseen by Neil, Jimmy and Sam.
Look forward to seeing all at the Laying Up supper next Saturday. Stay tunned for further events including a series of talks being planned for wednesdays post Christmas period.
Find the list of members who won sailing cups and trophies this year by clicking on below….
These will be presented at the Laying up Supper on November 14th next. Make your booking now throught Donal on 086 249 5719.
October series has past the half way stage with 4 out of 6 races complete. Hard to believe we lost 2 races last Sunday to “no wind” in October! The PY series is being lead by Colman Grimes on 4 points followed by Cathal Sheridan on 10 and Sam Shiels on 12. The Progressive series is also lead by Colman on 6 points with Shay O’Toole on 12 and Gerry Byrne on 12.5, somewhat closer. Hopefully we will get in another 4 to 5 races over the next two days. The Mermaid Club challenge after 4 races, and taking the top 4 boats from each club, sees SSC in the lead at 34 points with RSC with much to do at 76 points.
Sunday October 18th – The 4th of 5 days sailing in October series.
Racing continues with first gun at 11.00 sharp! As the Ireland vs. Argentina match starts at 13.00 we plan to run 2 short races of c35 mins each max and be coming off the water no later than 12.35 . This will require not only starting on time but a quick turnaround time between races. So stay alert! Weather looks light at F3/3 NE. (High water at 15.09) Rescue support provided by Jean Horan/David Marshall/Eoin Kelly.
Sunday September 27th saw the last races of the regular season. Congratulations to Sam Shields for winning the mermaid May Cup, Ian Fitzpatrick for winning the Murphy Cup, and Nail McGrotty for winning a competitive Gun Club trophy. Also congratulations to Don Cromer for winning the Late Sunday Progressive series and to Cathal Sheridan for winning the Late Sunday PY series. All results up on your club webpage.