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,




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

Sunday handicapped series 2017
Congratulations to Gearoid and Peter on their series win, the final results are available here .......

Irish Sailing Champion of Champions crowned on Lough Owel
Fionn Lyden is 2017 “Champion of Champions” at the All Ireland Sailing Championships in Mullingar Sailing Club – pictured here with Irish Sailing President Jack Roy, and crew Liam Manning. 

It was a fantastic weekend of sailing on Lough Owel last weekend 7/8 October which was hosted by Mullingar Sailing Club for the Irish Sailing All Ireland Championship.  The cream of Irish sailing including world class winners travelled from all over Ireland hoping to be crowned the Irish sailing champion of champions. After good winds on Saturday, Fionn Lyden battled it out in lights winds on Sunday to be crowned the Champion along with his crew Liam Manning.  Fionn and Liam hail from the south of the country their clubs being University College Cork, Baltimore and Schull Sailing Clubs.  In second place were Alex Barry and Richard Leonard of Monkstown Bay Sailing Club and Royal Cork Yacht Club and third went to Shane McCarthy and Andy Davis of Greystones Sailing Club. Months of preparation went into getting ready for the weekend and everything went to plan.  Irish Sailing President Jack Roy complimented the Mullingar club for their excellence in organising the weekend and  providing a brilliant team of mark layers, beach masters, bosun, a committee boat  and delicious catering, all of this he noted is done on a  voluntary basis.
National GP 14 Hot Toddy end of sailing season competition on Lough Owel 14th and 15th October

With no time to hold their breath Mullingar Sailing Club is getting ready to hold the GP 14 Hot Toddy, a national sailing competition for GP 14 dinghy sailors next weekend 14/15 October .  This event is used as an opportunity by many sailors to have one last sail before the end of the season.  It is expected that over 30 boats will take to the waters of Lough Owel with sailors from all over Ireland packing up their boats to travel to take part.  Registration: Saturday 14th Oct. 2017 from 9.30am to 11am, briefing at 11:00am.  Racing will commence at 12 noon on Saturday and 11am on Sunday, it is hoped to run 3 races each day.  A social dinner will be held in the Annebrook hotel on Saturday evening where sailors can regroup and catch up with each other following a busy and enjoyable sailing season.  Contact any committee member for further details.