8th June 2017 Newsletter


Thank You

Wicklow Sailing Club officers, committee and members would like to thank Mitsubishi Ireland and Irish Distillers for their generous sponsorship of the recent reception for the Mitsubishi Club of the Year award.

We would also like to thank members for their donations of €857.00 towards the rib engine.

What’s on
Street Feast Sunday June 11th from 15:00

Street Feast are where communities come together to share their food and fun. We are inviting members, their parent and friends to bring along a plate to share with other in the club.  Don’t worry if your racing, you can drop your plate in before you set off, and there maybe some left when you get back!
We will be asking participants to donate to the Martin Family.

Saturday Cruiser Sailing June 10th

The second Saturday League cruiser event takes place this Saturday.  If you have not been able to get out on Sunday’s here is your chance to get out. The full cruiser schedule is on http://wicklowsailing.com/wp/wp-content/uploads/2017/03/PDF-of-WSC-Agreed-Race-Calendar.pdf

Dinghy Sailing 

The calendar on the website has details of when dinghy sailing is scheduled. http://wicklowsailing.com/wp/events/
We would ask sailors, and their parents if appropriate, to be down to the club in sufficient time to launch at 18:45 on Thursdays or 13:45 on Saturdays.  If sailing has to be cancelled for what ever reason a WhatsApp message will be sent.

Training Update

Junior training kicks off this season on June 19. We have a number of new initiatives this season including Adult Sailing, Teen Sailing weeks, for second level students who want to start sailing, Special Olympic athletes try sailing, as well as our usual range of Cara Na Mara, Start Sailing, Basic Skills,, Improving Skills, Advanced Boat Handling and Start Racing.

Adult Dinghy Training
We have started an adult dinghy training course, with 7 participants enjoying learning to sail, or refreshing their knowledge.

Special Olympics Sailing
We have 12 athletes signed up for our Try Sailing course running Tuesday evenings from 19:00  – 21:00 from 26th June to 18th July. We are looking for sailors who have passed their Improving Skills course to help out by taking an athlete out in a club boat. If you can help out on any evening, please contact Karen Kissane on training@wicklowsailing.com

Junior Training
If you know someone interested in starting to sail, we still have spaces left om the following starter courses:
teen sailing 2 spaces free on A course , 6 spaces free on B course.
start sailing 3 spaces free on B course
Cara Na Mara courses are all full.
Full details and how to book are on  http://wicklowsailing.com/wp/sail-training/

Committee Update

We are delighted to announce that Michael Martin has agreed to become the new House Commodore. Michael has a lot of experience in hospitality and we look forward to his take on the role. We would like to thank Robin Heather for the work that he has done, and wish him well in the singing commitments, which have resulted in him not being able to continue as House Commodore.

We are also delighted to say that Karen Kissane has taken over as Centre Principal, as Paul Fleming has had to step back due to work commitments. Thank you Paul for all your help, and thank you Karen for taking on this key role.

Dave Ballesty has been co-opted onto the committee to look after communications. I want to see the selfies of the moon behind you as you finish late on a Wednesday, and all other images you might have of events. If you are away, competing or leisure, drop me a line about your sailing. I am contactable at communications@wicklowsailing.com

WhatsApp and its usage for communications
We have had a recent hacking incident involving the dinghy chat group. Arising from this, we have undertaken a review of all club communications strategies. The group are in the process of making recommendations to the committee.

For Your Information
There is a Seafood Festival on Sunday 11th on the quays. Please be aware of this when coming down to the club. Our nieghbour are generous to us when we host events, so please continue to reciprocate.
The ESB are going to be working on power lines and restricting access on Sunday 18th June from 08:00 to 16:00.
Tickets are on sale in the town for Taste of Wicklow festival.  This is a great event, and worth the admission price alone, but the Taste of Wicklow event has been a major fundraiser for the SailFest that has gone hand in hand with the last few Round Ireland weekends. We should continue to support this event by buy tickets and getting our friends to do so as well.