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Preparing for Safe Sailing 2019!

With the new Sailing Season just about to kick off, our final Off-Season Winter Wednesday Evening talk this week is by Stan Pyke, our club safety guru. And what better topic than safety preparation for the upcoming sailing season.  Stan will remind us of the dos and don’ts of staying safe in the bay.  Stan will also assess your life jackets and advise on the best ways to maintain.  Bring your lifejackets along and any questions you might have.  Lets have a safe summer sailing or indeed in any water sport this year!

Wednesday 24th April, 8.30pm. This is a free talk.  Club opens at 8.00pm. Talk starts at 8.30pm.  Non Members Welcome.

Scillies or Bust!

This next Winter Wednesday Evening talk is by Brian Lennon on March 27th. at 8.30pm.

An illustrated account of our third successful trip to the Isles of Scilly on Blue Air in June 2018 with comments on getting knotted near Arklow, a different view of the watch system, aerial shots of beautiful Padstow and Dale, tidal observations off Milford Haven. Almost as good as going there yourself and a lot cheaper!

This is a free talk. Bring a friend!

Neil Cramer Retires from The Committee

After fifteen years on Committee, two years finding his feet, three  as Sailing Secretary, two as Vice Commodore, two as Commodore, two as Rear Commodore and four as Treasurer, Neil is stepping down. We thank Neil for his contribution and wish him all the best in his sailing years to come. He is not going away. 

He is seen here being presented with a memento by Commodore Kathryn Collins at the recent AGM.

Robert & Sean NOW need your support

Robert Dickson & Sean Waddilove enter 2019 with 49er Olympic qualification firmly in their sights. Following a super season in 2018 that culminated in winning the U23 49er World Championships in Marseille, the pair now need your support.

Please register you interest for regular news and updates on their qualification progress to the 2020 Tokyo Olympic Games.  Link here – https://mailchi.mp/a27c828f0169/dickson-waddilove-49er-campaign

AGM – 2019

Notice is hereby given that the Annual General Meeting of Skerries Sailing Club will take place in the Club House bar on Thursday, 14th March, 2019 at 8.30 p.m.

Please see below the Notice of AGM, Agenda and a blank Nomination Form for new Committee proposals for the coming year (you can contact any member of the committee directly to offer yourself for a committee spot prior to 7 March) and Annual Accounts for 2018.

Look forward to seeing you all there.

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.