Virtual Summer Series – Week 1

Friday 15 May saw the first night of the club Virtual Summer Series with 19 people entered. Fourteen people made it on to the virtual water to enjoy four races over an hour. Several competitors were even seen on the Zoom call dressed for real racing with buoyancy aids, foul weather gear and sun glasses. After the success of the evening everyone is looking forward to the continuation of the series this Friday. 

J/24 Virtual Northern Championship

Last weekend, 16/17 May, should have been the first J/24 event of 2020 at Carrickfergus. In the absence of real sailing due to the lockdown the J/24 class took to the virtual water with a series of ten races over two days. 

Cillian Dickson initiated proceedings to get everyone onboard, participating via the Virtual Regatta Inshore game. Custom races were handled by Cillian Dickson, Rick McCaig and Brendan Ryan. The club was able to assist by hosting a Zoom call enhance competitors experience with a bit of craic. 

25 entries necessitated a split into two fleets on Saturday to determine Gold and Silver fleets for the racing on Sunday. Five races were run over an hour on both Saturday and Sunday morning. 

Close racing prevailed as expected in both fleets; one race on Saturday had only 4 seconds between 3rd and 10th place at the finish line. 

Congratulations to Ryan Glynn, Michael McCormack and Garrett Kinnane who were 1st, 2nd and 3rd in the Gold fleet, and Matthew Hennessy, Brendan Ryan and Donal McCormack in the Silver Fleet. 

With the success of the event the class plans to run a similar event for the J/24 Westerns to be hosted by Sligo Yacht Club towards the end of June, if lockdown/social distancing continues. 

Virtual Summer Series

Have you missed sailing? We have too, so we are organising a Virtual Summer Series until we can get back on the water. If you are interested please comment on the Facebook post below. If you are are not on Facebook then email More info to follow once we know numbers. Let’s get esailing 📱💻⛵

Have you missed sailing? We have too, so we are organising a Virtual Summer Series until we can get back on the water….

Posted by Carrickfergus Sailing Club on Tuesday, 5 May 2020

J/24 Northern Championship Postponement

The Committee of Carrickfergus Sailing Club have taken the decision to postpone the J/24 event due to be hosted by the club on 16/17 May.

This is based on the RYA recommendation that all sailing be cancelled up until at least the end of April.

We realize that this means that people will feel unable to commit to the event until much too close to the time, both as competitors and organizers.

We will be issuing refunds for any entries paid to date.

There has been discussion with the club and J/24 Association of Ireland around a suitable date to reschedule the event to and  8/9 August is the best option available currently, but this is still obviously dependent on circumstances related to the lockdown both in Ireland and the UK.

Hopefully we can firm that up and confirm it once the state of play with the lockdown becomes clearer over the next months. 

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:

Please advise any changes to as soon as possible.

Thanks for your assistance

Steve Atkinson on behalf of the Sailing Committee

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.