Mullingar Sailing Club Scoops Irish Training Centre Award

Katie Johnston of Mullingar Sailing Club receives the Irish Training Centre of the Year award from ISA President David Lovegrove’. Photo credit - Cathal Noonan @ INPHO

Katie Johnston of Mullingar Sailing Club receives the Irish Training Centre of the Year award from ISA President David Lovegrove’. Photo credit – Cathal Noonan @ INPHO

Mullingar Sailing Club took home the ISA Training Centre of the Year award at the Irish Sailing Awards on Thursday 4th February, having been nominated as winners of the western-region Training Centre of the Year.  The award is for outstanding achievement in training in 2015.  The club was deemed to be outstanding in the quality of facilities; maintenance of equipment; human resource management; training standards; and commitment to regional collaboration, particularly in providing local community access, and children to the opportunity to get out on the water.  Well done to everybody involved; our committee, members, instructors and of course our course participants, it was a brilliant  team effort.



ISA Training Centre of the Year 2015

“For outstanding achievement in training in 2015, Mullingar Sailing Club has excelled at the highest level nationally. The quality of facilities; maintenance of equipment; human resource management; training standards; and commitment to collaboration with other clubs, particularly in providing local community access, and children the opportunity to get out on the water, stands above all other centre.” David Lovegrove ISA President





Mullingar Sailing Club awarded ISA Regional Training Centre

Mullingar Sailing Club are delighted to win the ISA Regional Training Centre of the Year. One winner was chosen from each of the ISA’s regional divisions – East, South and West, and Mullingar Sailing Club came out on top in the Western region.



The Awards celebrate achievement in Sailing in 2015, and the excellent work in training people to the highest standards in the best facilities.

An Awards ceremony and presentation will take place on Thursday 4th February at the Royal College of Surgeons in Dublin, and we will keep you updated with photos etc

The 2015 ISA National Training Centre of the Year will also be announced on the day and lets hope we are in with a chance.

Swimming in wetsuits


Well done to our hard working committee, instructors and of course our trainee sailors on getting us over the line to win Regional Training Center of the Year.

Here’s a photo of our fantastic team of instructors last summer outside our clubhouse.

MSC Instructors 2015

Mullingar Sailing Club instructors for the Junior Sailing Course in 2015: Back from right: Roisin Hackett, Laura Hunt, Hugh Duffy and Kevin Hackett; (middle) Jennifer Hunt, Anna Potterton and Isabel Duffy; (front) Ciara Hackett, LIsa Jean O’Reilly, Darach Milner, senior instructor and course leader; and Michael Moran, assistant instructor.

Mullingar Sailing Club – End of the Season Celebrations

Our newly elected Commodore, James Hackett, welcomed a large turnout at our recent  Laying Up Dinner, which was  held in the Annebrook Hotel.  The event was an opportunity to consider the recent sailing season, present awards to those who excelled and showed determined commitment both in senior and junior sailing categories throughout the year.  James also thanked our outgoing Commodore; Gearóid Ó Brádaigh for his considerable work and guidance of the club during his term in office.   
Stuart McCormick and Bernie Briody were deserved winners of numerous awards on the night.  Also receiving awards were James and Rosie Hackett, Kieran Milner and Susan Hogan, and Michael Collender and Brian Walker.  In the Junior category Patrick White and Jack Moran won the Mirror Championship Shield. 
Stuart McCromick and Bernie Briody were presented with the Founders Shield by Keith Pinder, also in photo is Mullingar Sailing Club Commodore James Hackett.
Kieran Milner and Susan Hogan were presented with the One and a Half Ton Cup by Gary Walsh (on left), also in photo is James Hackett club commodore.
James and Rosie Hackett winners of Mullingar Sailing Club Sunday Series Three are presented with the Jubilee Jug from Bob Heath.

Mullingar Sailing Club Newsletter


Mullingar Sailing Club

March 2015


Committee: Gearóid Ó Brádaigh (Commodore), James Hackett (Vice-Commodore), Seán Duffy (Secretary), Pat Mc Ardle

(Treasurer), Cormac Meaney (Fleet Captain), Katie Johnston (Junior Organiser), Kieran Milner (Rear Commodore),

Veronica Lucey (PRO), Brian Walker, Susan Hogan, John Malone



Junior Winners 2014

Junior Champions Michael & Jack Moran receiving the Mirror Trophy

Stuart McCormick & Bernie Briody receiving the Vista Med Trophy

James & Rosie Hackett receiving the Founders’ Shield from Keith Pinder

Alan Pinder…. The Club Champion

Brian Walker & Michael Collender receiving the Church Island Chalice from Kieran Milner

Roise and James Hackett receive the Jubilee Jug from Ivor Fogg

Stuart McCormick and Bernie Briody receive the Lough Owel Plate from Mick Wallace


Contact Us

Gearóid Ó Brádaigh (Commodore) 087 2217818

Or any committee member


Sailing in Decline? Not in Mullingar!!

The Irish Sailing Association has reported a general downturn in sail racing and a 25% loss in membership from its peak to 2014.  A UK survey reported that in general sailing has been declining in popularity over the last decade, with the decline most pronounced in the small boats sector.  With this alarming news in mind, the MSC committee has risen to the challenge and has drafted proposals for a Club Development Strategy for 2015 – 2020.  We are looking for your input, ideas and suggestions to help with this plan. The British Marine Federation has  looked at the growth of 567% in British Cycling since 2005 and asks can sailing do the same?  With our combined experience, knowledge and skills we can ensure the sustainability of sailing for future generations. If we don’t do it for ourselves, nobody else will do it for us!!

Club Forum and Start of Season Get-Togetherr Saturday 28th March

It is planned to kick off the season on Saturday 28th of March at 3.00 p.m. with a get together in the clubhouse.  The draft Club Development 2015 – 2020 document will be under discussion on the day and we wish to consult all our members to better understand the range of sailing and social activities and facilities we need to provide to serve our existing members and attract new members.  Refreshments will be served.

Club Development Strategy 2015 – 2020

The following are some proposals which have been put forward and we would like to get your opinions on these as well as any other suggestions you may have.  As already mentioned the strategy will be discussed at our get-together on Saturday 28th of March or indeed anytime by contacting a committee member.

·         Family Sailing Day; perhaps make Saturdays a day to expand access to boats and sailing to all family members.

·         Training/Rental Club boats; Purchase of a number of Club Training boats.

·         Club boat funding; investigate securing grants, funding etc.

·         Adult training; expand the course to involve our junior instructors  with follow on training for adults trainees

·         Transition Year students; look at providing a Start Sailing Course

·         Race Coaching; get some quality race coaching for the racing sailors.

·         Coaching days for juniors outside the junior course.

·         Qualify Rib Drivers.

·         Run a certified course in  ‘CPR and Drowning Resuscitation’.

·         Develop strategies to keep 16 – 22 year olds sailing.

·         Local Advertising.

·         Introduce more diversity/options for racing and leisure sailing.

·         Develop sub-committees to complete short, specific projects.

·         Develop a leisure sailing element in the club using the Smugglers.

Junior Course

29th June to 17th July 2015

We hope to have the following instructors for the course:  Darach Milner, Kevin Hackett, Anna Potterton, Josh McCormack, Isabelle Duffy, Hugh Duffy, Jennifer Hunt, Laura Hunt and Roisin Hackett

This year, we are hoping to encourage non sailing parents to actively participate in any area of the club where they feel they may like to contribute.  Volunteers are always required for cleanup, catering, boat repairs, dry land supervision etc.

Adult Course

8th June to 15th June

ISA News

ISA’s Ciarán Murphy meets with Committee

ISA held a regional meeting in January to outline and allow discussion of a new strategic plan.  This meeting was attended by Brian Walker and James Hackett.  Again the decline in sailing membership was discussed and the ISA strategic plan will be presented at the 2015 AGM in March.

The club invited ISA’s Ciarán Murphy to a meeting with the committee to discuss the benefits and advantages of our club retaining ISA affiliation.  Presently the ISA is looking to  develop closer links with clubs and is appointing regional officers to  liaise with clubs.

Electronic Log Books

ISA is actively looking at the implementation of an electronic log book scheme for sail training.


·         Junior GP14 (under 20s) being run over the Easter weekend in Youghal Sailing Club, contact Cormac Meaney.


·         Sunday 12th April     Practice/Training day (Get your boats down!!)

·         Saturday 18th April GP14 O’Tiarnaigh Challenge Swords Sailing Club

·         Sunday 19th April Sunday Series I starts

·         Wednesday 22nd April Wednesday Series I starts 7.00 gun

Leisure Sailing

We really want to hear your views and preferences for developing this important aspect of our Club…… so please make a note to join us in the Clubhouse on Saturday 28th March at 3.00 p.m.

The Full List of Winners in 2014


Mirror Trophy: Michael & Jack Moran

One-and-a-half-tonne cup: Gary Walshe & Michael Higgins


Following trophies were kindly sponsored by Paddy Mulholland of Vista Med:

Vista Med Cup: Stuart McCormick & Bernie Briody

Championship Shield: Alan Pinder & Kevin Hackett

Founders’ Shield: James & Rosie Hackett

Jubillee Jug: James & Rosie Hackett

Lough Owel Plate: Stuart McCormick & Bernie Briody

Church Island Chalice: Micheal Collender & Brian Walker

Travellers’ Shield: Michael Collender & Brian Walker

Watching the Leinster GP 14 Regatta

Lough Owel May 2014 – Bob Heath, Michael Higgins,

Sean Duffy and Keith Pinder

Club Calendar

A very colourful and comprehensive calendar of the upcoming season is available on club website.  It details all racing, courses, social events and details of rescue boat duty.