The theme of SSC’s entry in this year’s parade was ‘Come Sail with Us’. We even had a new banner made by Image Depot especially for the parade which we will see on the balcony soon. To highlight our theme we showcased two boats that are sailed frequently in the club, an Optimist representing the Junior members and a Mermaid for the Senior’s.
We had a great turnout from our Junior members who came down in their club hoodies and sailing gear with plenty of green on their heads and faces. The floats were a colourful affair and they had plenty of fun waving and distributing the lollipops to the crowd.
The Optimist was towed by a Leaseplan Jeep to signify their sponsorship of the upcoming Leaseplan Optimist National & Open Championships 2015 which the club is hosting in Mid-August. We expect over 180 young optimist sailors, all under the age of 15 from Ireland, UK, Europe and other nationalities such as India and Bermuda. It is a prestigious event and we hope the club and the town of Skerries will benefit from this 5 daylong event and help us to welcome over 150 families to Skerries. It is a really exciting time for Junior sailing in Skerries and we are looking forward to a great summer on the water.
Sam Shiels very kindly provided his Mermaid ‘Azeezy’ to be part of the float and we packed the Juniors into this. I would like to thank Aidan Boylan for the use of his trailer, Sam Shiels for providing his very glossy mermaid, George O’Connor (Snr & Jnr), Garrett Walsh, Tom Adams, Andrew Frazer, Tom Connell, Claire Arnold, Duncan O’Reilly, Stephen Crowley and of course to all the Junior members who came out in support of the club. A great day was had by all and we retired to the Club afterwards to continue the festivities.
In August 2015 Skerries Sailing Club will host the Irish Optimist National and Open Championships.
For more information on the event please visit: http://oppienationals.com/
Paul Hicks has gathered together a group of experienced racers to guide the rest of us around the course.
Colman Grimes – The start
Ross Galbraith – Upwind
Sam Shiels – Downwind
Robbie Keys – Leeward Mark
There will also be contributions from Stan Shepherd & Sean Waddilove.
Everyone welcome, skippers, crew, beginners, experts.
Hugely successful Skerries Sailing Club (SSC) Junior Annual prize-giving took place on Sunday afternoon, 7th December.
The real focus of the Junior Committee is getting all our Juniors on the water at every opportunity, and developing their skills.
30 individual mugs were presented across all fleets from our Bronze Fleet winners right the way through to representing SSC and Ireland at World events. We also presented 8 framed pictures for outstanding achievements amongst our sailors
All 26 Juniors who raced during our summer series were awarded a Certificate and 12 Perpetual trophies were presented
We also used this opportunity to thank all those parents and Senior sailors who supported us during 2014 from Safety to Race Officers. We could not make it happen without you guys!
Finally we also presented mugs to 10 of our coaches and assistants, who play a key role especially with sailors starting out.
Huge thanks to Olive Parker and Debbie McInerney for all the preparation work that went in advance of the day, and also to our Junior Sailing Sec Brian Thornton for both running a very successful Summer racing series, and for his great work at the Prize-giving.
Spot prizes for those who attended, some finger food and deserts cooked by the Junior Committee finished off a great afternoon!
Garrett Walsh, Junior Convenor, and all the Junior Committee