CSC Update

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 yard@carrickfergussc.orgwith 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.

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

We will be running a virtual series of racing starting on Friday 15th until 29th May.

The first race each day will be at 19:05 with up to 4 races run over an hour. 

Further details on the website at

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.

Committee Update

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 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    


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


If any of our vulnerable or elderly members require assistance or support, please contact or contact us via social media

For up to date advice please refer to:             

Slipway Update

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.

VE Day

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.

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

Claxon for Carers!!

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.