Wicklow Sailing Club Commodore and
Dinghy Commodore recently hosted a celebration of our very successful
The evening celebrations allowed for a review of the year, which starts
each January with the recruitment of our Instructor Team for the summer
sailing courses. Ads are placed on Irish Sailing notice boards and
social media pages looking for a Senior Instructor. An interview panel
is selected from parents and committee members, who review applications
and interview candidates. A similar process takes place in March for
our instructors, who are in competition with instructors from clubs
from all over the country.
This year our SI Tiernan led a home grown team of instructors,
assistants and volunteer assistants and volunteer parents.
March also sees Irish Sailing squads selected for the summer season,
usually at the Youth Nationals the week after Easter, so some of our
sailors are on the water early in the year.
Club sailing kicked off with a Spring series, which allowed sailors
brush off the cobwebs an hit the waves so their skills would be top
notch when Summer Courses came along. This of course means our Safety
Crew and Race Officials are on voluntary duty to support dinghy
By May we were in full swing with dinghy sailing every Thursday evening
and Saturday afternoon.
June is when the courses kick off, and this year we had some new
additions, with a Teen Start Sailing course for second level students
and a hugely successful series for Blue Dolphins, our local Special
Dowd, Instructor of the Year.
is prime time, with courses for Cara Na Mara (7-10 years old), Start
Sailing, Basic Skills and Improving Skills courses in full swing.
Parents on the dinghy committee are taking money for courses, ensuring
the parent roster is manned, briefing participants, fixing breakages,
fueling ribs, cleaning the slip etc etc, all so the sailors can go
The hectic pace continues for the first half of August, with Advanced
courses and more Cara na Mara courses.
A pretty full calendar.
All the while Thursday and Saturday Sailing continued.
Hal Fitzgerald won the Sailor of
the Year for consistent results over the Spring and Summer race series.
McCaul won Club Sailor of the Year for always being there, seeking crew
and learning a new boat.