Monday 9 March 2015

Racing Tactics talk this Tuesday 10th March

Paul Hicks has gathered together a group of experienced  racers to guide the rest of us around the course.

Colman Grimes - The start
Ross Galbraith - Upwind
Sam Shiels - Downwind
Robbie Keys - Leeward Mark

There will also be contributions from Stan Shepherd & Sean Waddilove.

Everyone welcome, skippers, crew, beginners, experts.

Tuesday 3 February 2015

Moving to A New Website

Thank you for visiting the Skerries Sailing Club Junior Blog site. 

The Blog is in the process of moving to the new Skerries Sailing Club website and in the coming months content will be integrated into the main club site. 

No further posts will be added here.

Saturday 13 December 2014

2014 Junior Prize Giving

Hugely successful Skerries Sailing Club (SSC) Junior Annual prize-giving took place on Sunday afternoon, 7th December.

The real focus of the Junior Committee is getting all our Juniors on the water at every opportunity, and developing their skills.

30 individual mugs were presented across all fleets from our Bronze Fleet winners right the way through to representing SSC and Ireland at World events. We also presented 8 framed pictures for outstanding achievements amongst our sailors

All 26 Juniors who raced during our summer series were awarded a Certificate and 12 Perpetual trophies were presented

We also used this opportunity to thank all those parents and Senior sailors who supported us during 2014 from Safety to Race Officers. We could not make it happen without you guys!

Finally we also presented mugs to 10 of our coaches and assistants, who play a key role especially with sailors starting out.

Huge thanks to Olive Parker and Debbie McInerney for all the preparation work that went in advance of  the day, and also to our Junior Sailing Sec Brian Thornton for both running a very successful Summer racing series, and for his great work at the Prize-giving.

Spot prizes for those who attended, some finger food and deserts cooked by the Junior Committee finished off a great afternoon!

Garrett Walsh, Junior Convenor, and all the Junior Committee

Wednesday 19 November 2014

2014 Results and Fleet Promotions

It took some time but the Sailing Results for series 1,2,3 and 4 are now published under the relevant fleet headings on the main navigation bar.  

In many instances we did not have enough sailors in the relevant fleets to complete a number of series. 

The Junior Committee would like to thank you for your patience and in particular all those that continued to sail throughout the season. 

We would also like to thank all the mams and dads, coaches and those that helped on and off the water. Racing could not take place without your continued support and participation. 

Optimist Fleet Promotions 2014

Congratulations to the following Optimist sailors who have progressed through the fleets this year. 

Series 1: No Promotions 

Series 2: Andrew Thornton (Silver) - to Gold

Series 3: Ella May (Silver) – to Gold[1]. Fionnan O’Connor (Bronze) – to Silver

Series 4: Rachel Callendar (Bronze) – to Silver

2014 Results based on Skerries Sailing Club Junior Racing Rules:
  • Minimum of three sailors for a race to stand
  • Minimum of three races for a series to stand

Series 1
Gold Fleet Series 1 - No racing 

Silver Fleet Series 1 – Series will not stand as minimum number of races was not achieved

Bronze Fleet Series 1 - Series will not stand as minimum number of races was not achieved

Mixed Fleet Series 1 – Series will not stand as minimum number of sailors and races were not achieved

Series 2
Gold Fleet Series 2 – Series will not stand as minimum number of sailors was not achieved.

Silver Fleet Series 2 – Series will stand as 4 races had the required number of sailors. 

Bronze Fleet Series 2 – Series will not stand as minimum number of sailors and races were not achieved.

Mixed Fleet Series 2 – Series will stand as three races were completed with minimum of three boats.

Series 3
Gold Fleet Series 3 – Series will not stand as five races were completed and minimum of three sailors not met.

Silver Fleet Series 3 – Series will not stand as minimum number sailors and races were not achieved.  

Bronze Fleet Series 3 – Series will stand as four races had the more than the required number of sailors.

Mixed Fleet Series 3 – Series will not stand as minimum number of sailors and races not achieved.

Series 4
Gold Fleet Series 4 – Series will not stand as minimum number of sailors and races were not achieved.

Silver Fleet Series 4 - Series will not stand as minimum number of sailors and races were not achieved.

Bronze Fleet Series 4 – Series will stand
Mixed Fleet Series 4 – Series will not stand as minimum number of races and sailors were not achieved.

Note: Committee can progress sailors to next fleet based on results and/or ability (consistently performing at the level required for the next fleet).
[1] Ella May progressed on ability and merit following series 3.

Wednesday 1 October 2014

Interested in Becoming a Sailing Instructor?

Are you a member of Skerries Sailing Club aged 16 years or older?

Are you interested in becoming a Sailing Instructor?

If so please email as we are compiling a list of potential instructors with the hope of preparing them for a pre-entry instructors course and a sailing instructors course in early 2015 so they will be prepared for the summer 2015.   

Please note you must be already 16 years of age before August 2014 if you want to work as an instructor for summer 2015. 

Monday 1 September 2014

Autumn Training

Our racing series will be ending in the next few weeks and before we pack away the boats for the winter we have Autumn training to look forward to under the guidance of the ISA coaches.

It is a great opportunity to consolidate what you have learnt during the summer ISA courses and to hone your racing skills and have great fun to boot.

If you are interested in signing up for this we are having a registration night on Monday 8th September at 19.30hrs in the sailing club. I attach an Autumn Training form and one must be completed for each sailor taking part.

We intend running the training over two sessions Saturday mornings and Sunday Full/Half day's to give our sailors the maximum opportunity to get out on the water. It is very important that you specify your day when completing the form so that we can plan for adequate support on the water. As always we need parent volunteers to ensure the safety and welfare of our children on the water.

If you cannot attend the Autumn Training Registration Night please returning the application form and leave a copy in the club bar.

Click here to download an application form.

Autumn Training - Coaches Required

Autumn Training for the junior section for all classes commences on Saturday 20th September 2014.

We will be running session both Saturday & Sundays for a 5 week period.

Anyone interested in coaching please email before registration date 10th September.

Powerboat level 1 & 2 essential. Preference will be given to those who can commit to the full 5 weeks.