Mullingar Sailing Club Westmeath Ireland    Lough Owel  GP14 Mirror
Happy New Year Sailors!
We encourage all sailors to attend as many events as possible.  The Goacher sponsored leagues will again be running for 2016.
Due to the Worlds in early part of 2016 we are combining the O'Tiarnaigh Challenge & Purcell Trophy into 1 event.
In 2016 we are again partnering the Mirror fleet with their Irish Championship being held alongside our Leinster Championship in Sutton DC. 
Some Mirror junior sailors in the past have progressed into GP14s but with RS and Laser boats dominating the junior scene in Ireland it is difficult to get the Mirror juniors to progress into GP14s.  There will be more to come on the Mirror partnership.
Also included above are the 2016 World and British championship dates along with the Coleraine 24hr race.  The Irish committee would like to encourage a number of GP14 teams to enter the 24hr race in 2016 – we had 2 teams enter last year and took a superb 3rd and 6th position overall.  It is a great event and another opportunity to show case our GP14 boats and skills.  We would especially like to encourage youth teams and their 24hr race entry fee will be reimbursed by the Irish committee.  See the 2015 report on http://www.coleraineyachtclub.co.uk/cyc-24-hour-race/

        Laura McFarland,  Hon. Secretary,  GP14 Ireland

Below are the confirmed dates for the GP14 Ireland season 2016.

Junior Sailing

Following on from the impressive winning of the ‘ISA Training Centre of the Year’ award to Mullingar Sailing Club in 2015, the junior schedule for 2016 has been announced.  The junior course aimed at age 11+ will commence on Monday 4th of July.  Full details and application form are on the Junior sailing page.

This will be followed by Cara Na Mara which is aimed at introducing younger children from age 5 to sailing and the marine environment and is scheduled to start on Monday 25th July.  Places are filling up fast on both courses. Details here.

The very successful Kites and Wires course for more advanced sailors will commence on Tuesday 26th of July.  The club are also looking to extend the sailing experience to schools with the Taste of Sailing one day course scheduled for June. 
Taste of Sailing
If your school is interested in trying out sailing, we have a one day programme which might suit you.  The Taste of Sailing programme is a one day course facilitated by ISA qualified instructors and run at our premises on Lough Owel.  See our Junior Page for contact details.
Junior member qualifies for 420 Worlds
Well Done to Mullingar's Patrick Whyte sailing with Shane Mc Loughlin, coming 4th at Youth Nationals recently. They have also qualified for the 420 Worlds. They headed off to England during Easter, to qualify, sailing in Draycote Water Sailing Club near Birmingham. 

Drone Video

It was on one of those perfect sailing days in early June, bright sunshine and a force three wind, that the fleet was buzzed by a drone.
The resulting video courtesy of Vitalik Pacikin (vitalij0176@gmail.com), shows the perfect sailing day.

The drone, a Phantom 3 quad copter, was piloted from the "Diving boards" almost a kilometer from the fleet.

          Video  (154Mb)
Race series notice

Sunday Series B running from 26th June 2016 to 31st July 2016 will be a short handicapped series with a potential for 12 races.

The basic rules and handicaps are detailed on the Racing page. This series is meant to encourage all sailors by giving everyone the opportunity to win. Key hint for everyone is to participate – if you are not in you cannot win! See you all on the water.