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New of interest to all members and public

Laying Up Supper 2021

We are delighted to announce the return of our Annual Laying Up Supper, hosted on Saturday 20th November.

The evening begins at 19:30, greeting you with a glass of Prosecco, then sitting down to a 3 Course Dinner, provided by Conor McGloughlin and followed by our Annual Prize Giving.

Tickets are €50 per person and only available for purchase online in advance, clicking here:
https://ti.to/skerries-sailing-club/laying-up-supper-2021

We have a reduced capacity this year, tickets are on a first come first served basis, so book early to avoid disappointment. Closing date for purchasing your tickets is strictly Wednesday 10th November.

Looking forward to seeing you all on the night and celebrating our fantastic year of sailing. This event will be run in compliance with current government guidelines, to keep all our members and staff safe.

Progressive Credit Union GP14 WORLD Championships 2022

Skerries Sailing Club are excited to be hosting the Progressive Credit Union GP14 World Championships 2022 which will take place August 14th to 19th 2022.

We last hosted this event in 1997 and memories of a great week are still alive by locals, club members & GP14s sailors that attended. We are expecting in the region of 120-130 boats to our club and the sailors are really in for a treat. We boast a top class sailing area directly off the Harbour of Skerries and the week long event should see varying weather conditions.

Off water a full social programme is being arranged at the club all week. The town is also awash with some great restaurants and in mid August will be in the height of the summer season. Being on a peninsula we get some beautiful sunsets across the bay in the summer and Skerries is a popular tourist destination with some fabulous beaches in the town. This event is the ideal family holiday. A host of events will also be arranged for non sailors. Dublin City Centre is also just 30 minutes on the train so there is plenty to see within close proximity to Skerries.

Please help us organise the event and get your entries in early. We look forward to hosting you at our club very soon.

How to get to Skerries

By Plane – The Airport is conveniently located approximately 23 km from the town of Skerries. Regular buses, coaches and taxis will get you here. 

By Ferry – Dublin Port is a 30 minute drive from the Skerries giving easy access from the UK. See Irish Ferries & Stena Line websites.

Official Noticeboard

Click here for the events Official Noticeboard. Here you will find notice of race, links for entry and payment, event information. This will be the events Virtual Official Noticeboard during the event.

Accommodation

Accommodation in the town mainly consists of B&Bs & Guesthouses, with a few Hotels available withing 10-15 mins drive. There have been alot of private homes offered to rent for the week of the event also. If you already secured accommodation for the 2020 worlds, please contact them first. Please contact us at any stage and we can email you the most up to date accommodation list.

Camping & Motorhomes will be accommodated within walking distance to the club. More details will follow on this. If this is your plan please advise us of your requirements by email and we will reserve your place and be in contact with you prior to the event with details and payment.

All enquiries to: cgrimes@colmangrimes.ie

SBCC INSTRUCTOR COURSE

The SSC Junior section is looking for young sailors who might be interested in becoming Irish Sailing Instructors for 2022.  

SSC Junior Training Officer, Olive Parker, is hoping to arrange a training programme on sailing techniques required for your sailing exam and sessions on the theory required for the theory exam. 

You must be a minimum of 16 ½ years to attend the course and have successfully completed the relevant pre entry assessment within the last 12 months, including Irish Sailing National Powerboat certificate endorsed for tiller and console controls, Current valid First Aid certificate, Sport Ireland Safeguarding 1 Child Protection certificate, Irish Sailing Garda Vetting clearance,  Current Irish Sailing Membership – direct or club, 20 hours of logged powerboat helm experience.

If interested, please email Olive on juniors.skerriessailingclub@gmail.com 

SSC Regatta 2021 – Full results

The 2021 Skerries Sailing Club Regatta & Mermaid Leinster Championships will be held in Skerries Sailing Club on Saturday 24th & Sunday 25th July 2021.

Full Results

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Entry is now open here.

Fireball Leinster Championships 2021

FINAL Results after 6 races (Sat 3rd/Sun 4th July 2021)

Press articles:

Skerries Sailing Club will be hosting the Fireball Leinster Championships 2021 on Sat 3rd July – Sun 4th July.

Organised Adult Sailing Starts Wed 12th May

Following meetings this week with Irish Sailing we are given the go ahead to commence Recreational Training and Race Training for Adults as of May 12th in compliance with the latest Governmental Covid Guidelines.

We are planning on the following for Skerries Sailing Club

  • Wed 12th May:  Recreational Training and Race Training for Adults, Course Marks will be laid in the water, Safety & Committee boats will be in attendance, training starts at 19.45. 
  • Sun 16th May: Recreational Training and Race Training for Adults, Course Marks will be laid in the water, Safety & Committee boats will be in attendance, training starts at 11.00
  • Subsequent Wednesday and Sunday  Recreational Training and Race Training for Adults will commence at above times up to 6th June.
  • Formal Club Racing commences Wed 9th June.

Changing and shower rooms are off limits until further notice, toilets will be available.

Updates to Government Covid 19 Restrictions on Sailing

This is a summary of Irish Sailing guidelines issued 12th April  in compliance with the current Government Covid Restrictions.

We await the next Government announcement due 4th May to learn more on the further easing of restrictions.

  • No organised indoor gatherings should take place. Clubhouse remains closed, members are allowed to access their boats in the Club Storage yard.
  • No organised outdoor gatherings should take place. No racing, Adult training  events or organised club events can take place.

The following can take place.

  • From 12th April – 2 people from different households can go sailing in a boat together for personal exercise.
  • From 26th April – allows for training / coaching for school age children in pods of 15.
  • 1:1 coaching for Adults with two people from different households where the coach is included in the two households

2020 Commodore’s Report

Dear Members,

Just a brief word of thanks as we come to the end of this year’s sailing season. This year has presented un precedented challenges to the running of the Club and sailing in general. No one could have guessed last March what disruption was ahead of us as we were preparing for the launch of the 2020 season and readying our club for the international spotlight of the GP14 World championships.

You won’t be surprised to learn that out of the depths of such disruption and uncertainty SSC as a group far exceeded the norm and rallied to hold our club together through this though season. The levels of commitment, flexibility, teamwork and positive attitude soared this year making us all proud to be members. Although it would not be correct to single out any one group for the success of this season, I would outline three main columns of support which galvanised with a common purpose.

The number of volunteers who enthusiastically engaged in all aspects of the running of the club is truly staggering. The number one priority this year was to ensure the safety of our members, friends and staff while executing on a huge list of activities. Teams engaged in Covid 19 Compliance, Equipment maintenance, Building update, Catering, Operational management, Sailing organisation and many other tasks which were hugely more complicated under the Covid 19 guidelines. Those of you who enjoyed the limited socialising this season in our refurbished interior have experienced a tase of things to come.

Your Senior and Junior committee members rose to the challenge driving the season forward with great innovation, many hours spent on virtual meeting calls and coordinating volunteer groups keeping the Club as active and vibrant as possible.

Finally, the main column of support without which none of the above could succeed is you the members. Your support by sailing when possible, attending social functions where possible, and direct financial support through payment of membership fees is literally keeping this club afloat.  We are deeply grateful to those members who have patronised through additional contributions in support of our key improvement projects.

Like every small business our Club has been severely restricted in the running of revenue generating events this year which normally assists in the financial burden. With the continued support of you the members we will emerge from this difficult period and return to the vibrant club which we always have been.

I look forward to seeing you all enjoy the 2021 sailing season, socialising in our refurbished interior and renewing your belief that SSC is a great club and community to be a member of.

Keep Safe and Keep Well

Liam O’Callaghan, Commodore.

Important Message from Hon. Sailing Secretary

Dear Sailors,

Due to the ongoing level 3 restrictions in Dublin through the remainder of October, our official sailing season has come to a premature end. As such we will not be rescheduling any dates for the remainder of 2020. 

When we think back to the start of the year, we probably did not expect to get any racing in during the summer, however we were lucky to get a window of opportunity to complete 4 months out of our regular 6-month season. We also saw some of the largest fleet numbers taking part in our club racing in recent years, with up to 60 people sailing on a Sunday morning and Wednesday evening, so given the challenges we all faced this year I think we can look back with some satisfaction of great summers sailing. 

Below are the trophy winners for the year, and also the points winners for the regular season series. As no laying up supper can take place this year, we are currently looking at potentially a virtual prize giving. Further details will be provided at a later time. 

Finally, I would like to thank all volunteers who have helped throughout the season, our rib drivers and their assists along with those who launched, recovered and tirelessly maintain our club ribs. The onshore team who created a safe and fun post sailing atmosphere to socialize outside the club after racing.  A special thanks to our race officers, Liam Dineen, Micheline Shiels and Helen Ryan as well as Kieran Branagan who has overseen the results process. 

Let’s hope 2021 brings some normality back to our regular season. 

Many thanks 

Doire