There were concerns earlier in the week for the weather forecast for this afternoon's racing and (for once) the forecast was right. We have a wind gusts from Dublin Bay of 35 knots which is exactly what the forecast predicted and more is on the way.
The handicaps have been bought calculated; the first 5 races run; and now the results for these races are available on our results site. The overall series results can be viewed here or you can browse all the results for this & other series here. See you all on Sunday!
Ann and Sue have announced that they are kick starting the Sunday suppers from next Sunday February 1st. Also, they are looking for volunteers who would like to demonstrate their culinary prowess or to act as assistants for the following Sundays going forward. From 1730 - €10 for 2 courses - volunteers are also needed to helpprepare a Sunday supper on a Sunday evening in February.
UPDATE: We were over-subscribed this week and we had to turn people away, so please can you ring the Club on Sunday and let us know you are coming - it would help to ensure we do not disappoint anybody.
Mark Gleeson is holding a meeting about the Canal trip planned for May: departing from Belturbet Co. Cavan slip on Saturday Morning the 2nd of May; down the Erne River to the Shannon; back through the Royal Canal; and arriving back in Dublin on Saturday the 9th May.
The trip is particularly suitable for E Boats and we have four such craft expressing and interest to travel to date also the 28 Foot Evolution from Poolbeg.
CY&BC will be hosting a 6 week course on Tuesday evenings starting February 10th at 1930 sharp. Each session will be about 2 hours long.
The course will be basic first aid including CPR. There will also be a module on cold water shock (for the sailors). A basic first aid certificate will be issued on completion. Full attendance will be required and continuous assessment is used to ensure that the desired standard is achieved. This is the standard Order of Malta foundation (basic) course of 12 hours duration.
A strong force 5 “shifty” westerly wind prevailed for our opening races on Sunday last. There were two groups on the water with no junior boats racing as they were doing extra training in 420’s - which had been deferred due to gales at Christmas. Extra spice was added to the dinghy fleet with the return of Damien & Shane in their GP 14. Due to the 420’s doing junior training we only had 6 starters. Two races were held with very close racing between Damien / Shane and Gary in his Laser. Shane took the honours in race one when Gary got headed badly on the way to the finish line.
Traditional Irish music sessions take place on the first Friday of February (6th) and March (6th) at CY&BC. All musicians singers and dancers are welcome, and there'll be set dancing too, with a set dance teacher to show us some steps. All welcome, bring family and friends for a fun night and get some exercise too!
Ever wanted to make the cover? Well, it’s time to search through all those pics on your camera/phone that you never uploaded and find a suitably stunning entry for our Sailing Diary Cover Photo Competition and you could be on every kitchen table and dashboard in the Northside of Dublin.
You don’t have to be mad you know (or sane for that matter). Yes, with Santa safely back at the North Pole and the Christmas Swim a fading memory its time for our own version of Operation Transformation – CYBC’s Spring Dinghy Series. Racing kicks off on January 25 for eight fantastic Sundays.
Adrian and Nuala have taken a “Gap Year” from April 2014 until March 2015. They have taken their steel motor cruiser from Dublin to Paris and then Berlin.
In August they returned to France from Germany and are now living on their boat, C’est La Vie at Chalon-sur-Saône in France. They are returning to Ireland and work at the end of February 2015. Their Westerly Centaur is in storage in Dublin and will hopefully be back in the water at CY&BC next year.
You can follow Adrian & Nuala's adventures by checking out their blog where they publish three posts per week at www.adrianandnualasgapyear.com
Santa was kind. New hydrophobic fleece pants. ‘Keeps legs warm with plush spandex fleece that has excellent water repellency’. God knows I might need them. CYBC’s Spring Dinghy Series is just a couple of weeks away.
No panic though. With seven successful Winter Series races under my belt I am one of the hardened folk. Windy – no problem. Cold – no big deal. Wet – well that’s to be expected. It’ll be easier second time round. Right?
You’d think – but the Christmas break always throws up a few curious contradictions ...