Sunday September 27th saw the last races of the regular season. Congratulations to Sam Shields for winning the mermaid May Cup, Ian Fitzpatrick for winning the Murphy Cup, and Nail McGrotty for winning a competitive Gun Club trophy. Also congratulations to Don Cromer for winning the Late Sunday Progressive series and to Cathal Sheridan for winning the Late Sunday PY series. All results up on your club webpage.
It is with regret that we have learnt of the untimely death of our fellow sailor and good friend Brian Leahy. The challenge of sailing had no fears for Brian who embraced the sport totally. He will be missed by his wife Sinead and three lovely daughters Aisling, Emma and Rachel. May he rest in peace.
This weekend see the Junior Section run their delayed 2015 Junior Regatta on Saturday 19th. All support appreciated. Hopefully the yard and car park will be full of young sailors for most of the day. If not involved please come along anyway and watch the event and partake in Donal’s finest renowned BBQ cuisine – steaks plus extras for €10 – starting at 17.00hrs.
With only two weeks left in the dinghy calendar there are a number of trophies as mentioned in the last newsletter, to be decided. Weather permitting here is the plan:
Sunday 20th September
Race to the Rock and back for the Tommy Rooney (all dinghies) and McIntyre (GPs). If weather does not permit this race we will have two bay races – the first will be for the Murphy Cup (brought forward from Sunday Sept 27th) and the second will include the Smyco trophy (female helm) and the Gun Club trophy for traipse boats (assuming that there are sufficient competitors). 1st gun regardless is 10.45 for cruisers and 11.00 for dinghies. Forecast is F4/5 S. Rescue supplied courtesy of Martin O’Brien/ Monica Alcock/Daniel Owens/Harry Boylan/Andrew Sexton
Looking forward to Sunday 27th September
If the Rock race does not go ahead on the 20th we will attempt to run it on this date. Failing that we will have two bay races as – race 1 will be for the Murphy Cup and race 2 will include the May Cup (to south strand) for mermaids, and the Gun Club trophy for trapeze boats and Smyco trophy.
All a bit rushed as the regular season comes to an end. However if we do not get the Rock race in we will look to use one of the October dates to rerun. All comments/suggestions to Kieran at 0879849813. Enjoy your sailing.
SSC JUNIOR REGATTA 19TH SEPTEMBER
Optimists, Toppers, Mirrors, Lasers, 420’s & Sundry. Entry form and Notice of Race now available. To avail of early entry forms must be returned by 14th September either by email to firstname.lastname@example.org or to the club. We hope to see you on the water to enjoy this fun relaxed event for all. Hot snack included after sailing for competitors.Entry Form Skerries Sailing Club 2015 Final SSC Junior Regatta 2015 Notice of Race Final
The 2015 Irish National Open Optimists run in our Club during 13th to 16th August was one of our most sucessful events to date.
190 optimists from 6 different countries competed in 22 races over 4 days. The logistics involved parades, yard clearing, wall demolishion/rebuilding, registration, measurement, boat and trailer storage, launching, recovery, rescue, race management, recording, feeding, tea/coffees, race office, protest hearings, etc. etc.
And all this happened smoothly…… very smoothly. Because so many members helped in so many many ways. What ever your role – take a well deserved bow. Well done and thank you for your contribution to this great even. Thanks also to members who took their boats out of the yard and gave up their sailing.
In particular thanks and well done to Olive Parker for her hard work and dedication over the past two years to make the event a reality.
Now back to club sailing. This wednesday August 26th is the last of our evening sailing. Remember 1st gun is 19.00 for cruisers with dinghies starting at 19.15. Fresh SW F4/6 winds should make for an exciting evening. Burgers will be available post sailing.
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.
Congratulations to the following winners:
1st Peter Dunlop of Mojito HYC
2nd Sean Davis of Symi
3rd Jim Boylan of Shockwave
Crystal Prize Sean Davis of Symi
1st (Brown Cow) Sam Shiels
2nd Enda Weldon of RSC
3rd Paddy Dillon of RSC
Red Island Cup Sam Shiels
1st Daragh Kelleher
2nd Tom Fox of RSC
1st Liam O’Callaghan
Just to let all our members know that the new date for the SSC Junior Regatta will be 19th September. Notice of Race and entry form will follow in due course. If you can help in any way please get in touch.
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.