Wednesday & Sunday racing explained
During the summer, Sunday mornings and Wednesday evenings racing is organised for the benefit of juniors and adults. Don't forget there is a discount for members. There is class racing organised for Topaz, Lasers, Toppers, Picos etc. where results are calculated after applying a handicap system. It usually starts the first Wednesday evening of the first sailing course week.
Only level 1 and above are allowed out to race. Sometimes the Instructor will advise only level 2s to sail due to weather conditions or insist that different levels sail together. If it is too wild and unsafe for learners to cope racing will be cancelled. Disappointing for some but safety is paramount. If it is very calm there may be one less race.
We encourage all junior sailors and adult sailors (members and non-members) to attend these sessions because it is a great chance to practice newly learnt skills and have a bit of fun. A prize is presented at the end of the season to the most improved sailor.
Wednesdays - Be at the club at 6.30 ready to sail at 7pm
Sundays - Be at the club at 10.30 ready to sail at 11am.
Being on time- you must allow plenty of time to get ready - you may have to rig the boat you are using
Try to arrive in plenty of time to get yourself ready and to get your boat ready. We recommend at least half an hour. It's the Atlantic not the Bahamas so wear sensible gear. If you are not adequately attired you will not be allowed on the water. If you are late and miss the briefing you will not be allowed out on the water.
The fee (€5 for members , €15 for non members) is due on the night to cover rescue boats and instructors.
Contact firstname.lastname@example.org you are interested. It is a good idea to start as you mean to go on for example if you start with a crew you need to continue with that crew for your points to add up over the summer.
Rescue is organised for each session and sailing safely is paramount. Parents are asked to be shoremaster personnel and on-the-water personnel if at all possible. If you don't have your own boat you can always use a club boat (small fee for non-members). You must register with the shoremaster (volunteering parents) before you head out on the water. You must wear a lifejacket and bootees are also essential - especially when you are loading the boats back on to the trolleys on the slip.
Helping each other
If you help each other launch and retrieve, things move much smoother and loads are lighter! Parents can also help with launching and trolley retrieval.