Newsletter – June 28th 2013
Hello Members and Friends,
We have sailed every Thursday and Saturday except for one session in the last few weeks. The Topazs are proving very popular for everybody, juniors and adults alike. Thanks to Paraic O’Fatharta for getting them all ready to sail as part of his transition year intern module, and thanks to Colm McIntyre for doing the running repairs to keep them on the water – the high winds recently were notably testing. Various sailors have proved that they are easy to right from a capsize and easy to get in from the stern , and they can be quite exciting when the wind blows – high wind skills are definitely improving rapidly. The participants in our first adult sailing course however learnt a lot about light wind sailing and how to avoid the sunburn! – a very enjoyable weekend but they need a fairly windy session to complete the course. Graham will be arranging that soon.
We have shared out the 420s with the Sea Scouts and the 3 club boats for members use are marked on the bow. Again thanks to Colm for getting them all ready for use.
A Junior committee has been set up, led by Catherine Meaher and our Commodore Johnny Murphy. Catherine and other parents will be running two Junior sailing camps from July 22nd to 26th , and July 29th to Aug 2nd with Graham Daly as the senior instructor – check the website for more information.
Three more of our members have recently done the powerboat level 2 certificate course with Ciaran Oliver and Galway Boat Charters. This means we now have more members to share the safety boat helm duties which will be a great help.
We will be arranging more courses in the future: any members or friends wishing to do a course should register an interest at firstname.lastname@example.org .
We now have a container in the boat park – many thanks to Ciaran Oliver for finding and installing it and to Colm McIntyre for fixing it up for use. We can now store the Topaz and 420 rigs in the boat park – no more long walks with gear!!
We have an increasing group of enthusiastic teenagers enjoying sailing the Topazs: soon we must try to get a fleet of Optimist type dinghies for the younger children to learn in – any ideas on how to raise the money, or if you know of any lying around unused, please get in touch.
Wishing you all good sailing and thanks for your support and encouragement,
Nancy Roe Secretary/PR