Our annual Regatta went off successfullylast weekend (July 18th/19th July) Thanks to the support of very many members all races were run to schedule. The weekend started with 5 brave Skerries Cruisers battling their way to Howth for the M Davis Cup (Sapphire series) in winds over F6. Sean Davis won in a two hour race by less than a minute on corrected time from Declan Higgins. They were closely followed by Jim Boylan, Aidan Boylan and Paul Harrison. Well done to all.
The traditional Howth to Skerries race commenced proceedings on Saturday with 14 boats taking part. With a strong southerly winds the leading competitors reached Sherries just after 13.00 hrs. Howth boats took all hours with Peter Dunlop of Mojito collecting the Rockabill Cup. Dinghies completed two races in continuing strong winds. Fortunately Sunday saw lighter winds.
Finally the 2015 season got underway with two dinghy cup races on Sunday morning May 3rd. After poor weather on the both the previous Wednesday, for the practice race, and on Saturday forced cancellation of sailing on both days, it was with some relief that lighter airs (F4 SW) allowed Liam, Micheline and Helen, our ROs, do some catch on the Sunday morning by running the Paddy Hand Trophy and the McGowan races consecutively. 7 boats took the challenge of these early races. Congratulations to Niall McGrotty for winning the Paddy Hand Trophy and to John Fitzgerald for winning the McGowan Cup. As is traditional the Paddy Hand Trophy was presented in the clubhouse after racing.
Wednesday May 6th, weather permitting, will be the start of the points competitions for cruisers and dinghies. Remember Cruiser warning signal will be at 19.30 hrs while dinghies warning signal will be at 19.45 hrs.
The 2014 annual Cruiser Prize giving and Laying up Supper was held in the club last Saturday night, February 28th 2015.
Over 70 cruiser folks and guests and friends enjoyed a pleasent meal of smoked salmon, roast beef and crumble for desert. Kathryn Collins, the new Cruiser Class Captain, oversaw the presentation of the Sapphire Cups as:
The Carlingford and Boland Cups to Sean Davis,
The Matt Davis and Challenge Cups to Paul Hick / Bernie Alcock,
The Wicklow Trophy to Declan Higgins / Bernie Lynam and
The Poolbeg Cup to Morris Creegan.
Sean Davis won the overall Sapphire prize.
A raffle was run, generously supported by a number of sponsors, which collected over €400 towards a weather station which hopefuly will be installed before the next season start.
And as the new year starts so we start to prepare for the new racing season. In the attached link you will find our provisional 2015 racing schedule and events (junior events to be added later). First review will be this Sunday, February 1st, at Boat Owners meeting at 15.00 hrs in the Clubhouse. Hope all interested can attend and provide input on the schedule and in fact on any aspect of our race management and practice for the coming year. Please click here –
Last Saturday afternoon (November 15th) Skerries Sailing Club had a stand in the Balbriggan Community Council “Open Day for Balbriggan” held in the Balbriggan Clubs Community Centre at 23 Dublin Street, (formerly the old Balbriggan Cinema). This was an open 3 hour event to allow clubs/societies/groups present information on their activities. The aim of our stand, manned by Camilla McLoughlin, Brian Thornton, Paul Rogers and Kieran Branagan, was to inform attendees of the great sea amenity at their doorstep and how SSC can facilitate enjoyment of that resource by both adults and children from all over the north county. New upright posters (thanks our Commodore Tom Adams) and other material allowed for a great presentation. Interest was high and hopefully this promotion and future ones will enhance club membership in the months to come. If you have any ideas on other presentations/forums you think we could usefully attend please let us know or in fact if you have any ideas on promoting membership they will be gratefully received. Talk to any committee member.