Summer Series Results and the Start of Autumn Series

Thank you to all of the competitors and volunteers who helped make our unusually short summer series a success. Especially the Battery and Safety Teams who have been working particularly hard because of COVID enforced restrictions on numbers.

The results can be accessed via the links below;

https://www.carrickfergussc.org/racing/summer-series/results-wednesday-dinghy/

https://www.carrickfergussc.org/racing/summer-series/results-thursday-keelboat/

Well done to the winners of the various fleets, It was great to see so many boats back out on the water and hopefully the level of support will continue into the Autumn.

The Autumn Series will commence this Sunday 13th September with the first gun at 13.55.

Please enter via the website at https://www.carrickfergussc.org/racing/autumn-series/

If you have not entered you won’t be included in the results!

Please note that there will be Junior Sailing taking place on Sundays, commencing after the Keelboat and Dinghy starts. Whilst they should not impact on racing, be aware of traffic in and around the slipway.

CSC Members Regatta Day

Dear All

Unfortunately Storm Ellen put play to last week’s ‘Members Regatta Day’ and hopefully Francis has also now passed so we are all set for some fun racing  tomorrow, followed by a bit of socially distanced craic.

The proposed format for the day is:

10.30 Junior Fun Race

13.00 Keelboat  Race

13.05 Dinghy Race

If you intend to participate and have not yet registered, please do so via the website, where you will also find the Notice of Race and Sailing Instructions.

Outdoor bar facilities will be available from 13:00 – 21:00, with outdoor live music from 17:00 – 19:00

No food is available so feel free to bring snacks or a picnic.

Now for the safety stuff…

Coronavirus has not gone away and there have been reports of several local cases recently with businesses having been forced to close temporarily. 

Social distancing is an essential part of slowing the spread of Coronavirus (Covid-19) and saving lives. We all need to play our part and keep our distance (2 metres where possible).

Please do not come to the club if you or anyone you have been in contact with are showing signs of COVID-19. The main symptoms are a high temperature, a new, continuous cough and a loss or change to your sense of smell or taste.

Anyone who has already visited the club will know we are taking a list of names for contact tracking and tracing purposes. We also encourage you to download the free Stop COVID NI App.

A Risk Assessment has been carried out for the event and can be found on the website. 

Members Regatta Postponed

Based on the weather forecast for Saturday we have taken the decision to postpone the members regatta until next Saturday 29th August.

Hopefully conditions will be more favourable and allow everyone to enjoy the day.

All entries and dinghies already booked will apply for next week. If you are unable to attend next week and have booked a boat, please either cancel via Eventbrite or contact Rick McCaig.

Summer Series Racing 12th August to 3rd September – Bar Opening

Hello everyone 

We are delighted that we were able to commence a short summer series of racing this evening with a good turnout of dinghies enjoying a great race in near perfect conditions. The keelboats start their series on Thursday evening, 13th August. 

To welcome back our sailors and to celebrate the start of our long awaited summer racing, we are going to open the bar on Wednesday and Thursday evenings from 7pm until 10pm, until the series finishes on Thursday 3rd September. With the current restrictions this still has to be outdoors so unfortunately will be weather dependant. 

The forecast (so far) for Thursday is good so hopefully you will come down to enjoy the racing, with a few drinks from the bar. 

Reintroduction of Club Racing

Dinghy Racing to commence on Wednesday 12th August and finish on Wednesday 2nd September (4 weeks)

Cruiser/Keelboat/Ruffian Racing run on Thursday nights only commencing on Thursday 13th September and finish on Thursday 3rd September (4 weeks)

Please register online via https://www.carrickfergussc.org/racing/summer-series/ and  complete the required information for Helm and all Crew.

Further information and advice in the page below:

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.

CSC Outdoor Bar Opening Hours 11th and 12th July

Further to last week’s email, Carrickfergus Sailing Club is pleased to announce that its bar facilities will be open for members on Saturday 11th and Sunday 12th July, from 14:00 – 18:00. The clubhouse remains closed and only the bar staff, cleaning staff and committee members will have access. We had a successful calm and dry day last Saturday, followed by a wash out on Sunday, so fingers crossed for a good weekend!

Restrictions on social distancing remain and we all need to stay alert and safe to prevent further waves. While we want you to have fun meeting up with friends we need to be mindful that coronavirus has not gone away so please see reminders below for your safety:

•        Stay 2 metres away from those not within your social or family bubble

•        Use the hand sanitiser, disinfectant spray and blue roll 

•        Toilets available within changing rooms, accessible by side door

•        Order your drinks from the waiting staff on the balcony, do not queue on the stairs

•        Keep your tables tidy, dispose of empties in the bins provided

•        Contactless is the preferred method of payment

•        Your names will be recorded for tracing purposes, these records are kept for 3 weeks

•        Only drinks purchased from the bar allowed, feel free to bring your own picnic or snacks

•        Children under 16 must be accompanied by an adult at all times

•        Continue to close the main gate on arrival and departure

These are not normal times and as we slowly start to edge out of lockdown we ask you all for your co-operation, patience and support as the situation we find ourselves in is new to us all. The Committee are working hard to restore as many facilities as we can, always in line with Government and RYA guidelines. It is great to see our sailors are starting to get back on the water and we continue to plan for a return to club racing as soon as we can. 

Things are changing so quickly and advice can sometimes change on a daily basis but our priority is to ensure the health and wellbeing of our members and of our staff. We will review the provision of the bar facility weekly and if social distancing is not adhered to we will consider closing again, until such times as it is safe to open up.

Please direct any 2020 Membership queries to membership@carrickfergussc.org

The Commodore and committee look forward to welcoming you back at Carrickfergus Sailing Club in the very near future.