Ryan Seaton who is a member of Carrickfergus Sailing Club and who has represented Ireland in the 49 er Class at both the London 2012 and Rio 2016 Olympics has been able to resume his winter training for the first time at his home club following the recent completion of the slipway widening project which was partly funded by Mid and East Antrim Borough Council.
In past campaigns Ryan has had to train away from home because the slipway at Carrickfergus was unsuitable to launch a high-performance dinghy. Ryan and his crew Seafra Guilfoyle are hoping to again qualify to represent Ireland at next year’s Tokyo Olympics. Qualification would see Ryan represent Ireland at three consecutive Olympics.
Ryan commented, ” Carrickfergus and Belfast Lough is one of the best sailing locations throughout UK and Ireland. But unfortunately, due to its lack of suitable slipway access I was unable to complete my journey to professional sailing success at my home club. The new CSC slipway is a game changer when it comes to launching and retrieving my Olympic class 49er. It means I can complete some of my Tokyo 2021 training in home waters for the first time.
The Club had two National and one European event in the diary for 2020 following the slipway completion but unfortunately due to Covid restrictions the events had to be cancelled.
A spokesperson for the Club advised that they were hopeful that these events would be held next year, conditions permitting and afford sailors from clubs both in Ireland and Great Britain to compete in Carrickfergus and Belfast Lough.
In the meantime, the club has benefited from the new slipway since restrictions eased in July with regular junior sailing and training hoping to find another Carrickfergus Olympian amongst them. Sailors in the Rs 400 dinghy class have also been racing at the club.
The Club would take this opportunity to thank MEABC for all their assistance and financial support in making the project a reality for all sailors at the club Olympians or otherwise.
We are pleased to announce that the grounds of Carrickfergus Sailing Club will reopen to members, effective from tomorrow, Saturday 13th June. The gates will initially be unlocked from 10am to 6pm. The gate should remain closed over for now so please open and close over again on arrival, but do not lock. When on club grounds please adhere to social distancing guidelines, i.e. 2 metres apart from anyone who is not from your household, and not in groups larger than 10. Please be mindful when in contact with any hard surfaces and we recommend you bring hand sanitizer, wipes and other PPE as required, to mitigate passing on any infection. Please dispose of any rubbish, including PPE responsibly.
The health and safety of our members remains our priority and we ask that any activity is carried out in a conservative and considerate manner to help safeguard public health and not put any additional pressure on the emergency services.
The clubhouse and boatshed remain closed for now and there is no access to toilets or water. Planning to reopen the clubhouse is ongoing and we continue to follow the Government and RYA guidance on this. The boatpark remains closed (excepting those who have agreed access via email@example.com).
There are just a few final items to be completed by the Contractor on the slipway and a few bits and pieces to ensure the boatpark is safe for use BUT we are planning to have the slipway available for use w/c 22nd June. While awaiting completion of the slipway, the Committee have been working on a “Back on the Water Plan” and a further note to members will issue next week outlining those measures being put in place to get back on the water and the guidelines to keep everyone safe.
Once again we would like to thank members for their patience and please bear with us as we restore your services in a managed and controlled way.
The popular Thursday night quiz finished just before lockdown for the season. However, while the club is closed we are going to run a virtual quiz fortnightly, on Zoom, starting 7:30 pm Wednesday 3rd June. There will be 4 rounds of questions, including general knowledge and some specialist subjects…should last no more than an hour. Please register your interest by email to firstname.lastname@example.org
Good news this week, the NI Health Minister eased Coronavirus Restrictions, permitting Outdoor Activity, including “some water activity”. The RYA has interpreted this to permit all forms of boating activity, including sailing, but only when safely:
undertaken by individuals or members of the same household;
there is no sharing of hard surfaces (including all types of boat);
public health guidance is followed at all times;
strict social distancing can be undertaken.
The health and safety of our members is our priority and we ask that any activity be carried out in a conservative and considerate manner to help safeguard public health and not put any additional pressure on the emergency services.
Please note there is restriction on the number of people who may gather outdoors from separate households of six (adhering to Social Distancing).
The slipway contractor remains onsite and while the final works complete the boatpark remains closed. It is hoped that the works will complete over the next few weeks. However if anyone needs to physically access the boats that are not within the contractors compound in the short term please contact email@example.com some advance notice for access. We request that if you are in the grounds of CSC that you adhere to social distancing, i.e. 2 metres apart from anyone who is not from your household.
Please note that the Clubhouse and Boatshed remain closed and there is no access to toilets or to water. Anyone visiting their boats should ensure they have adequate sanitiser and PPE. Please DO NOT come onto Club premises if you or a member from your household are presenting with any symptoms of Covid-19.
We would like to thank everyone for their patience, please bear with us as we try to restore as many services and facilities as we can in a managed and controlled way.
If you are going to compete please fill in the entry form with the details requested, so that we can add you to the WhatsApp group. This group will be used for race management such as notifying the access code for the custom race, and the timing of subsequent starts. We also plan to host a Zoom session to give some more social interaction during racing. The link for this Zoom conference will be published in the WhatsApp channel as well.
The Committee hope that everyone is well and coping with lockdown. It is hard to believe the Club has been closed now over 8 weeks. Essential maintenance works and checks are ongoing to ensure we are in a good position to reopen when the time comes.
The vice commodore and treasurer sorted through the bar stock and last week we donated soft drinks and snacks to those in need through the food hamper appeal, managed from the Cricket Club.
Missing sailing? The Sailing Secretary is organising a virtual sailing series. This will be open to all ages and abilities and will be easy to access on your phone, iPad or laptop. While no replacement for the real thing, it should be a bit of craic and a chance for some social interaction. If you are interested, please email firstname.lastname@example.org or comment on the Facebook page.
The general and sailing committees are also using technology to continue to meet by zoom as well as keeping in touch by phone and email.
As the government still advises no unnecessary travel, the club and grounds remain closed. Access, if absolutely necessary, can be arranged in advance by emailing email@example.com
As ever the health and wellbeing of our members and staff remains our priority.
We all need to do our best to stop the spread of Coronavirus and the best way to do this is to STAY AT HOME
only go outside for food, health reasons (collect medicines or for daily exercise)
if you go out, stay 2 metres (6ft) away from other people at all times;
stop all unnecessary travel;
do not meet with friends and family – keep in touch using remote technology such as phone, internet, and social media;
you can ring NHS111 for information or advice and they will help you decide if you need to contact your GP;
wash your hands well and often, and avoid touching your face
Remember STAY HOME, STAY SAFE
If any of our vulnerable or elderly members require assistance or support, please firstname.lastname@example.org or contact us via social media
The Contractor (CIVCO) returned to site last week and following preparation works they then undertook two further concrete pours this week on Tuesday and Thursday; the new slip is now nearly complete to boat yard level. The final pours will be completed early next week and the contractor will then take approximately three weeks to complete the positioning of rock armour, removal of the coffer dam and general reinstatement works and should have the slip complete by the end of May.
Today marks the 75th anniversary of Victory in Europe Day. An opportunity for us to reflect on the bravery and sacrifice of those who gave their everything on the front line and at home during World War II. We remember that heroic generation that gave their today for our tomorrow.