Mullingar Sailing Club Westmeath Ireland    Lough Owel  GP14 Mirror
Enjoying Mullingar Sailing Club Laying Up-Dinner in the Annbrook Hotel were Valerie Casserly, Rosie Hackett and Fiona Hunt
Membership
We need new members to survive.  Please talk to your friends about us - bring them down to the Club; take them for a sail - above all, encourage them to join the Club.  Application forms available on the website.  Maybe you may know people interested in our adult course.  You are our best advertisement!!
If not already paid, your membership fee for 2017 is now due.  Please pay to Brian Walker, Garadice, Kilcock, Co. Meath or to any committee member.  There is no change to the fees - single membership €230, family membership €280.

Paddy Mulholland presented the Vista Med Cup to Alan Pinder at the Laying Up Dinner in November.
Winners of the Church Island Chalice were Stuart McCromick and Bernie Briody.  Gearoid O' Bradaigh presented the trophy to Stuart along with club chairman James Hackett
Insurance
Boat owners are reminded that all boats (GP14s, Mirrors, Cats, Fireballs, Lasers etc.) must be insured with a minimum third party liability €3 million.  Boat owners will be required to sign a declaration in this respect.  Mullingar Sailing Club accepts no responsibility for damage or loss.  In addition, the Club accepts no responsibility for loss or damage to boats & equipment.

Great night was had at the Westmeath Examiner Sports Awards on Friday night 13th January 2017  in Mullingar Park Hotel, the club were delighted to be win the February 2016 monthly sport award.  The pirze was presented to Katie Johnston, also in the photo are James Hackett and Veronica Lucey.
The Club joined forces with the Sub-Aqua Club to hold a Going Away party for Gerry Adams who returned to his native Hull after spending many years in Ireland.  Gerry was a very committed club member and we were grateful for his support on many occasions when he provided his cruiser to act as  committee boat for regattas.  We wish him good luck.
Moving Forward
Committee members met with Ciaran Murphy of the Irish Sailing Association recently.  The purpose was really to discuss what sort of support the ISA can offer us and also learn what is working for other clubs etc.    The meeting was very fruitful, topics discussed were around  developing a communication strategy, training and the new Passport system as well as the ISA new Code of Ethics and  practice around working with children.  We will keep you updated with further developments.

        
Committee: James Hackett (Commodore), Sean Duffy (Vice-Commodore), Kieran Milner (Secretary), Brian Walker
(Treasurer), Michael Collender (Fleet Captain), Rosie Hackett (Junior Organise)r, Gearóid Ó Brádaigh
(Rear Commodore), Veronica Lucey (PRO), Michael Casserly, Peter Bielki,



Sailing Season Underway
    09 April - Sunday - practice/training get your boat down day. 
   22 April - Saturday - Training day for 2016 adult course participants
   23 April - Sunday Series A starts - There will be 3 Sunday series this year, the
        second of which will be handicapped.  Look out for results on our website.
    26 April - Wednesday Series 1 starts, first gun at 7pm.  There will be two
        Wednesday series.
    29/30 April - Saturday/Sunday - GP 14 O'Tiarnaigh Challenge - Swords SC
    03 May - Wednesday Series First gun 7.30pm until August
    07 May - Training for Course Laying 2pm - Sunday series A continues, first gun 4pm.
    27/28 May - Saturday/Sunday,  O'Dowd Cup & Training - Mirrors, Mullingar Sailing Club
    27/28 May - Saturday/Sunday, GP14 Purcell Trophy, Greystones


GP 14 Sail Coaching Day for 2016 Adult Course Sailors

The Adult course in 2016 was run over 2 weekends in June with our ISA instructors overseeing a very enthusiastic group of new members. We have booked in a training day for everyone who attended the course to refresh your skills before the new season starts. This will take place on Saturday 22nd April from 10am to 4pm at the club and there is no charge for the day.
We will have our instructors on hand to run the training and we look forward to seeing you all there for what should be a very enjoyable days sailing. Contact James Hackett on 087 2568802 to confirm your attendance.


Always an enjoyable occasion, our Spring dinner will be held on Friday 24th March in the Annebrook Hotel,  Mullingar.  Contact Kieran Milner on 086 8342204 for details.

Annual Spring Dinner - Friday 24th March

Adult Course - 10/11 June & 17/18 June
The club employs qualified instructors to give the course.  We seriously want to grow our membership - the adult course is the introductory key.  Please look out for potential new members, introduce them to the club.

Junior Sailing Course - 3 July to 21July

The course is currently open for booking - contact James Hackett on 087-2568802 or download the application form from the website and post to Rosie Hackett. Full details will be posted on the website shortly.


Cara Na Mara - 24 to 29 July

This hugely successful initiative for the under 10's continues in 2017.  Details on the website - contact Rosie Hackett on 087 2903586                                               


Women on the Water - 24/25 June & 1/2 July
Women on the Water Ireland (WOW) is a network of female windsurfers, sailors and power boaters based in Ireland. It was formed with the aim of raising the participation, profile and level of women's water sports in Ireland.

For the first time this year we are planning to run a Women on the Water sailing course over the weekends of 24/25 June and 1/2 July.  This will be open to all women including present club members.  Further details will be posted on our website.  Contact Veronica Lucey 086 3764464 for information.  


All-Ireland Sailing Championships

The Club is honoured to be invited to host the All-Ireland Sailing Championships next October. Ireland's top sailors are set to compete in the Irish Sailing Association (ISA) All Ireland Championships during the weekend of 7-8 October next. The All Ireland Championships (also known as the Helmsman Championships) has been going since 1958, and sees sailors from across the country compete in this unique Irish sailing event. Competitors come from a variety of class types, but the racing features only one type of boat, the GP14, which is intended to even-up the field for a fair contest among some of Ireland's finest sailors. Racing takes place on Saturday and Sunday. The regatta will consist of two qualifying series on Saturday, followed by a final on Sunday to decide who will be crowned champion of Ireland.


GP14 Hot Toddy
This popular National event returns to Mullingar for the weekend of 14-15 October next.  About thirty guest & local boats are expected to compete on Saturday & Sunday at the club.


Rescue Boat
The rescue boat must be manned by two people to comply with safety & insurance.  The rota is prepared using members names from last season.  All members are expected to participate.  If anybody is unavailable for their designated date on the rota, simply arrange a swap with somebody else on the rota and advise the fleet captain.  Everyone on the rescue boat is required to be competent in its use - how to control it safely, how to deal with an incident on the water (which has potential to be serious), how to set a racing course and to run racing.  We are available to assist with rescue boat coaching and will run some courses taking about two hours, subject to demand.  Remember it is your responsibility to ensure that you are competent. Contact Kieran Milner on 086 8342204 to arrange training.
Check our Online Calendar on msail.net


Laying-Up Dinner and Prize giving 12th November 2016
Winners of prizes for the 2016 season were as follows:
   Sunday Series 1; Alan Pinder and Caroline awarded the Founders Shield. 
    Wednesday Series 1; Stuart McCormick and Bernie Briody awarded Church Island Chalice.
    Sunday Series 2; Alan Pinder and Caroline awarded Vista Med Cup.
    Wednesday Series 2; Stuart McCormick and Bernie Briody awarded the Lough Owel Plate. 
    Sunday Series 3;  Stuart McCormick and Bernie Briody awarded The Jubilee Jug.  
    Club Championship; Alan Pinder and his crew Kevin Hackett were awarded
    Club Championship. 
    The Traveller's Trophy for best duo to travel to away sailing events were
    Michael Collender and Brian Walker.


The Late Angela Heath
The club would like to express its deepest sympathies to club member Bob Heath on the recent passing of his wife Angela.  Angela had a long association with the club and indeed won 'The Most Improved Sailor' award in 1980 after having a memorable season sailing in all wind strengths.  She will be very sadly missed.

The tide is out! 
Lake shore on Lough Owel on approach to the club house on Sunday 12th March.