Wednesday & Sunday dinghy 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. Normally 2 or 3 races each evening and results are calculated after applying a handicap system. It usually starts the first Wednesday evening in July.

Only ISA 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. The Senior Instructor may decide to reduce the number of races or shorten the course if winds are light.

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. Prizes are presented at the end of the season including one to to the most improved sailor.

Times

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

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.

Fee

The fee (€5 for members , €15 for non members) is due on the night to cover rescue boats and instructors.   

Contact hennessy.patricia@gmail.com if 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.

Safety

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.