Mullingar Sailing Club Westmeath Ireland    Lough Owel  GP14 Mirror
Frostbite Series
The new Frostbite Series which has been talking place on Sunday mornings at 11am will resume in February. 
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

        Laura McFarland,  Hon. Secretary,  GP14 Ireland

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

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 Annabrook 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 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
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.
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.
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’s 2016 Schedule Announced
Start of the Season

The club is delighted to announce that Gold Fleet sailor and GP14 Class President Stephen Boyle of Sutton Dinghy Club will instruct the GP 14 Coaching Weekend on the 7th and 8th of May. This will take place at the clubs premises on Lough Owel. Stephen will be fresh back from taking part in the GP 14 World Championships in Barbados. He will be ably assisted on the course by John Malone, one of Mullingar Sailing Club’s senior instructors.
It is hoped to start off the sailing season on Sunday 10th of April with boat rigging and coaching from 12 noon. All sailors are encouraged to attend to get a winning start to the season. Our Sunday series starts on April 17th and the Wednesday evening series will commence on 27th of April
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. 
Adult Sailing Course

For any adults wanting to try out sailing, the annual adult training course will commence on Monday 13th of June, full details here.
Mirror Westerns
It was stunning weather for the first Mirror Event of the season. The Mirror Westerns took place in Sligo Yacht Club on the weekend of 23rd of April.  There were four races in force 4-5 with bright sunshine.  Patrick Whyte and Jack Hayes did well to finish second in the bronze fleet. Hopefully there might be an opportunity on Lough Ree in May to get this duo into the silver fleet.  Well done to all the competitors at the Mirror Westerns in Sligo.

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.