Return of Summer Sailing, Junior Training, Catering, and Bar Opening

Hello everyone

Thank you all for your patience and support as we continue through this difficult time. We appreciate that not all facilities have been available to members but we continue to review everything continually and within the constraints of guidance from the Executive and RYA. We thank you for following all the rules as we opened up the club grounds, the bar and the club racing.

Since the easing of restrictions, and with the availability of our new slipway we were able to recommence some sailing activity during July and we were pleased to accommodate some training for our junior sailors in August, as well as a short summer series for the Dinghies and Keelboats. We had a great Members Regatta day 29th August with over 30 boats on the water followed by our first social event since lockdown. Our Autumn Series commenced on 13thSeptember and we had a good turnout of Juniors, Dinghies and Keelboats. Typically the winds were not kind on the first race day but we had a good turnout last Sunday and will continue the series until 25thOctober. If you still want to enter, you can do son on the Website. Last weekend we had brilliant results from several of our junior sailors at the RYA Youth Championships at Ballyholme Yacht Club.

We have issued an advertisement for a new caterer to join us on a franchise basis and hopefully we will find someone suitable soon. Meanwhile, the Executive has announced that “wet bars” can open from today 23rdSeptember. Last month the Environmental Health Officer called and we are pleased to advise our bar received a 5 star hygiene rating. We have updated our risk assessment and are excited to announce that we are opening the indoor bar facility once again from Friday 25th. While we have restricted our hours this week we are looking forward to welcoming our members back to a more normal schedule from next week. We hope you can come down and continue to support the club while meeting up with your fellow members and friends.

Opening Hours this week:

Friday 25th          17:00 – 23:00

Saturday 26th     14:00 – 23:00

Sunday 27th        14:00 – 18:00   

From week commencing 28th September, we intend normal opening hours Tuesday to Thursday 19:00 – 23:00, but for now we will remain closed on Monday evenings.

We need to see how things go over the first few weeks and so all of the above will be subject to review.

Things will look a little different at first, so we ask you to be patient and compliant with the mandatory requirements set out by The Executive, which include:

  • The venue will be required as part of its risk assessment process to identify the number of people who can safely be accommodated in line with social distancing requirements, and must clearly display this figure in the premises;
  • Hand sanitisation stations must be in place;
  • The venue will be required to collect customer details to assist with the Test, Trace, Protect contact tracing programme;
  • All service will be seated at tables. There will be no standing and no service at the bar;
  • Customers must remain seated once in the premises, apart from using the facilities;
  • Dancing will be prohibited in hospitality venues;
  • A maximum of six people from any number of households can be seated at a table in a hospitality venue. Children aged 12 and under will be discounted from the total. More than six will be permitted if they all belong to a single household.
  • Face coverings should be worn to enter and leave the venue and for movement inside. They are not required once seated.

In line with these requirements we have identified through our risk assessment that we can safely accommodate 60 across our upstairs rooms. On entry you are required to sanitise your hands and sign in as part of the track and trace programme. The sign in book will be placed just inside the entrance door to the bar. Please note there is a one way system and you should enter the bar area by the usual doorway and leave again by the door in the function room area. You should wear a face covering on entry and until you are seated. The maximum number at any table is 6 (unless from a single household). Tables and chairs have been set out bearing in mind the 2m social distancing and furniture must not be moved. There will be tables with sanitiser and disinfectant spray and wipes on tables in each area. You must remain seated, moving from your table only to use the facilities or to exit the clubhouse. When you do move from your table you must wear your face covering. You cannot order your drink from the bar and the bar staff will provide table service. Please leave empty glasses and bottles to one end of your table to enable staff to collect easily. The bar staff will be wearing a face covering or visor. Please be patient as we follow these new procedures, they are new to us all and the bar service may be a little slower than usual.

These new rules will take a bit of getting used to but we all must follow them, we all have to play our part in stopping the spread of the virus. Please DO NOT come onto club grounds if you are feeling unwell, if you have symptoms of covid-19 or have been in contact with anyone who has.

Thank you all again and hopefully see you in the Club soon.

The Management Committee 

Summer Training Courses

Excellent news –   We can now announce 4 weeks of Junior sailing sessions at CSC for Summer 2020.  It will be available to book from next week, however payment for courses is to be made in cash on the first day of the weekly session.

Each week will provide excellent sailing sessions for pods of 10 Juniors with fully qualified instructors to ensure all attendees will gain experience on the water while adhering to government restrictions for Covid -19.

Our CSC instructors Andrew Penney, Jackson Smyth , Katie Nelson and Andrew Byres will be joined by our new instructor Ellen McCarlie.

Slipway open for recreational use

The slipway was finally opened this week for recreational sailing use by members and one of the first families to take advantage of the reopening and widened slip for the first time were the Calvin family.

Neil has been instrumental in the resurgence of dinghy sailing in the club after returning home from university and initially getting a fleet of Lasers on the water, which has progressed into the RS 400 fleet.
He has also been involved in assisting the Club obtain the vital planning permission for the widened slip.

As a junior sailor Neil was one of the team of junior sailors who completed the challenge  to sail an optimist dinghy across the North Channel to Scotland and actively sailed Mirror dinghies before progressing into Lasers. It was good therefore to see him along with his children, junior members Emily and Ollie take to the water not in the RS 400 but their newly acquired Pico recently purchased from the club fleet to make way for our new RS Qubas.

During the 1980’s Neil’s father and mother Ray and Maggie who were for many years responsible for junior training at the club, sailed a yellow Ruffian 23 called Bounder for a number of years before progressing to much larger yachts and many sailing adventures abroad.

Emily and Ollie have named their yellow Pico ” Little Bounder” in memory of their grand parents boat and took to the water wearing Ray and Maggie’s “Bounder”  caps from the original boat.

The Calvin’s were quickly followed on to the water on Saturday afternoon by the MacFarlane family who decided to wait until there was a full tide and a strong southerly wind head on to the slip. No balmy evenings for them!

Frank, like Neil started life as a junior sailor in the club and progressed through the junior training programme and various boats into Lasers and eventually his own RS400.

Frank has also been actively involved in assisting the Club achieve the slipway improvement and as an Environmental Engineer prepared the essential Environmental Management Plan for the works to support the planning application and importantly obtained the necessary Marine License to allow the works to proceed and has been invaluable in the slipway development.

Frank’s boat of choice for the first launch off the slip was not his RS400 but again the Pico and whilst he worked out his plan for tacking off the slip dispatched his children junior members Ana and Matthew to clear the seaweed for him!

Frank successfully completed a full tack out off the slip in a strong headwind something which would have been impossible off the original slip, particularly for the conditions encountered on Saturday. 

Frank, Ana and Matthew enjoyed a great sail in the harbour reminding us all of the benefit of this facility for training and sailing on those unfavorable days.

Hopefully as restrictions ease we will see not only the Calvin’s and MacFarlane’s but many other families and individuals take advantage of the improved slip and get on the water over the summer months while we all look forward to full activity returning and hopefully an official opening event.

Carrickfergus Sailing Club Boat Details List update request

The Club has been requested by the Belfast Lough Yachting Conference to update its list of member’s boats for 2020.

Can you please check the list of boat details on the club website and advise us of any updates:

Has a boat you owned left the club or been sold to someone else in the club?

Are there any errors or omissions in the information we have about your boat?

Have you bought a new boat?

We will list the details for any member’s boat on our website, but for it to be included in the list of BLYC booklet for boats that go to regattas a valid sail number must be included.

If you intend to race in any of the NHC keelboat classes either within the club or at Belfast Lough regattas then we need to know the make and model of your boat to locate the base number from the RYA.

The current details we hold for members boats are shown on the club website at: http://www.carrickfergussc.org/boat-details/

Please advise any changes to steve.atkinson@carrickfergussc.org as soon as possible.

Thanks for your assistance

Steve Atkinson on behalf of the Sailing Committee

HAPPY #INTERNATIONALWOMENSDAY

To celebrate we are delighted to announce that the second Women on Water Festival will be held at Carrickfergus Sailing Club and Belfast Lough Sailability!!

Ladies get the 6th June 2020 into your diaries as you don’t want to miss this awesome day! A day full of activities, meeting new people and having lots of fun!!

No experience needed or you can be a lifelong sailor we want to see you all there enjoying a great day out!!

Bookings will be opening soon so keep an eye on this page!

We look forward to seeing you on 6th June 2020!!!

#WOW #ITD #boating #trysomethingnew #togetheronthewater #ryani #carrickfergussailingclub #belfastloughsailability

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Sailing and Training Update

The programme for the sailing season is starting to take place beginning with the Spring Series on Sunday 29th March. This will involve racing for Keelboats and Toppers.

Over Easter there will be a refresher course for Topper sailors.

The Summer racing starts for Keelboats on 5th May and continues on Tuesday and Thursday evenings through to the end of August.

Dinghy racing will take place on Wednesday evenings from the start of June pending completion of the slipway project.

A new activity this year will be Monday evening dinghy training for Adults, likely to start in June as well.

Bright Friday Nights is back again for kids from the start of June, with the addition of Taster Sessions for adults on keelboats.

The first proper RYA course for kids is expected to start at the end of June once schools finish for the summer.

The final First Aid course for the summer is expected to take place on 7th June.