It’s not everyday we see a good sailing simulator come on stream. The ESail simulator is getting very good reviews and deservedly so. Dowloading is slightly messy in that you need to install a utility called STREAM first but it’s worth it. The cost of the simulator is about €20 and it works in both Apple and Microsoft. There are no hidden costs and updates will be free.
Blue Air sailed out of Skerries on Saturday 2nd of June with its crew wondering where on earth we would get to. The fact that the Isles of Scilly had been the intended destination for the previous eight months was no guarantee we would ever reach them, given the previous year’s frustrating experiences. In fact, one club member said, with tongue in cheek, that he would probably see us in Scotland!
It’s that time of year again!
Saturday 21st April!
Remember to let the Cruiser Captain know (firstname.lastname@example.org) if you intend launching on that day.
Remember too your insurance documents to show to a representative of Fingal County Council on the pier.
You might also want to use a Pre-Launch Checklist!
Whatever you do, safety is number one!
Have a successful launch and may there be fair winds and friendly seas no matter what the weather people say!
The now annual Irish Boat Jumble takes place on 15th April in Carrickfergus Sailing Club, Co. Antrim.
Starts at 10.30 am.
Carrickfergus is 165km from Skerries (by road) and is about a 2 hour journey.
Here’s a chance to see the beautiful coast along the northern side of Belfast Lough.
Last weekend (19-21 May 2017) saw an interesting collaboration with Howth Yacht Club. HYC member Jill Somerville had organised to take a group of transition year students by boat to the Isle of Man. As they needed extra boat space, Blue Air was invited to join the expedition.
Blue Air sat out for Howth on Thursday 18th at 15:00 and left Howth with most of the other boats on Friday morning around 05:00. Each boat carried 2-3 students, most of these aged 16 years.
Continue reading Isle of Man via Howth
Louth County Council have approved a pontoon for the port of Drogheda, to be located on the south side of the river near Scotch Hall and to be ready in time for next year’s Maritime Festival!
An invasion of dinghies and cruisers descended on the quiet bay at Barnageerah on Saturday 13th August 2016. This event had been organised by cruiser captain Kathryn Collins and, by all accounts, was a big success.
Continue reading Barnageeragh Picnic!
Two video clips that contain tips about sail trim and come highly recommended by Paul Harrison.
Continue reading Sail Trim Tips
Here are suggestions about apps that are useful to have on your smart phone or tablet. Some will work anywhere, some depend on an internet connection, some depend in part on an internet connection (e.g. to download a map). Most of the apps quoted have iphone/ipad and Android versions. (We include some apps for racing also!) Your comments about apps you found useful are welcome.