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Friday 6 April  : The Bar will be opened 1 hour earlier tomorrow at 5.00 pm.
May we remind members they must sign in their guests : The Visitors book is kept at the bar.


Saturday 7 April : Race Training  – 9.30 – 12.30 Assessment day for Youth and Junior Classes (Lasers / Toppers). The Coaches with Volunteers will be looking to facilitate Optimists ( plus any others) on Friday Evenings later in the season as part of the practice sessions as per last year. Candidates for the Race Training have been informed as we are focusing on a single session on a Saturday morning.

Saturday 7 April  : Work party – 1.00 pm Volunteers required at this time to help turn over the Dory in the Boat Park to enable repair work to be carried out prior to Laser Event.

Sunday 8 April – Week 5 – Spring Series continues : Sponsored by Architects Isherwood and Ellis
2.30 pm Start : 2 Races back to back (red course)

Safety Boat – All teams manning the safety boats are kindly requested to sign-off the hours of use on the boats after use. There is a log book in the Race Office. Also the Race Officer will endeavour to remind “you” or capture this information. When using the boats, we should all be doing pre-checks on all the standard requirements to ensure the boat and equipment is ready. After use a post check to ensure there is nothing to report back to Rory. This year we wish to log the hours of use to ensure we have maintenance carried out at the appropriate time. The Boats are used over a significant amount of hrs. throughout the season.


Accidents & Breakages – As we become busier in the season, please be aware that the Club boats should be checked regularly and any breakages or missing items should be noted in the Log books in the Training Room. Also any accidents or near misses should be logged in the Accident log, also retained in the Training Room.

Child Protection and Awareness at CAYC –  Many of the General Committee and volunteers in the Club completed their refresher on basic safeguarding and we have refreshed training for the Designated Officer and Child’s Liaison Officers , Alistair and Kerry McCarlie. the Club procedures can be found in the Training Room and online

Wednesday 11 April  : The book is ‘The Language of Flowers’ by Vanessa Diffenbaugh – the discussion will be led by Catherine.

The book for May 9th is ‘The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks’ by Rebecca Skloot and chosen by Hilary.

Friday 13 April First Practice sessions for the juniors for the RIB Challenge, begins at 6.30 pm

Saturday 14 April – Album Night ! 8.30 pm onwards….

Not since the days in the old clubhouse with Disco Dave’s lighting scheme have we held an “Album Night”. This popular evening has seen some famous album covers on display and fantastic music played. iTunes and CD Covers are just not the same as the real thing !

So come along and bring your favourite Album to share a few of the best loved tracks in this entertaining evening. Bring some snacks too !

Wednesday 18 April – Next Planning Meeting @ 8.00 pm  (Ulster Laser Championships)


Saturday 21 April – Ramble Planned : Raymond will send out more details – possible destination, the Mourne Mountains

Sunday 22 April – Moorings will be laid : Work party meeting at 10.00. If you are a Flying Fifteen owner please aim to have your moorings ready and be prepared to assist. Thank you.

Ulster Laser Championships 2012 – 5 & 6 May Sponsored by Stena Line


Entry is now open for this event
Please note you must be a member of the Irish Association to participate in the event : click this link – Irish Association Registration
Although the planning phase has already begun which will utilise many of the membership, the Organisation committee wishes to stress that they would like to see a strong entry from County Antrim Yacht Club Sailors !
The Committee is organising sponsorship and posters so expect to see and hear more about this prestigious event.

12th/13th May and 19th/20th May – Kayak Courses
Please note that Kayak Courses have been provisionally booked for -12th/13th May and 19th/20th May
These courses will be either 1 star for beginners and those wishing for a refresher course
or 2 star for those wishing to improve their skills, confidence and capability.
There is also a possibility of running a foundation Safety and Rescue (1 day course) course which will address skills required in rescue situations etc..
If interested please let Dave (07595 894561) or Raymond (07710 612217) know asap

Saturday 12 May  :9.30 – 12.30 pm. The RYA will be carrying out the annual inspection of the Club as we operate as a RTC – Recognised Training Centre. This covers all the procedures of running courses, safety and risk assessments. Their aim is to action these inspections whilst training is taking place. We will be running Race Training that morning.

Saturday 12 May   : Wine tasting with a “twist”
A fun evening of tasting wine, supper… more details on tickets and cost to follow

“Tesco for Schools and Clubs” has just started and will continue for 5 weeks or so and vouchers can be redeemed until July. As with last year, only if you have chosen not to donate to your primary school etc., the Club would welcome your surplus tokens. A Tesco box will be placed in the Committee Room for the collection.  As a reminder we collected just over 3000 last year and I was able to redeem these against a “parachute” for games, hula hoops and an activity ball. These are currently in storage in the Clubhouse and will be available under parental or coach supervision for those days where younger children need to play, sailing is not possible, during sailing courses, or on training days with juniors. 

Race Officer & Safety boat cover : Online Rota Please check this link for for the season, it is essential we have volunteers turning up for their “duty”
This is always available online and there are copies in the Clubhouse on the downstairs noticeboard and in the Race Office. Copy attached also.
If the dates for Safety Boat do not suit, Rory McKenna kindly requests that you select another name and date from the list and you contact them to see if they can swap duties with you.
Please send a note confirming any change to the Club email address, this will be forwarded to Rory for awareness.
If you are unable to organise an alternative person to cover then contact Rory, please provide at least 1 week’s notice.
If the dates for Race Officer do not suit, Ben Ferris kindly requests that you select another name and date from the list and you contact them to see if they can swap duties with you.
Please send a note confirming any change to the Club email address, this will be forwarded to Ben for awareness.
If you are unable to organise an alternative person to cover then contact Ben, please provide at least 1 week’s notice.
Their mobile no.s are on the Rota page on the Website


Gloves & Downtown Radio Cap / small bag have been left outside of Clubhouse on chair for past 2 weeks.
All Trailers have been labelled at the Club. Anyone who brings road trailers/ launching trollies to the Club each week, please label with name, dinghy type and sail no. This is a great help to those on shore offering help with retrieving dinghies at the end of racing. Thank you.



Poker night – this Saturday
Don’t forget Poker night on Saturday 5 March @ 8.00pm. A short overview will be given at the beginning of the evening as to how tables work etc and how we have winners for the prizes at the end !
£5 per person to play and chips will be provided. Response so far has been very good, but there is always room for a few more….

Work Party – Sunday 6 March @ 10.00 am
Many volunteers (not just those on the Sailing Committee) are required to help with laying marks for the Spring series which begins on Sunday 13 March. Bring your wet proof gear and lifejackets. Volunteers are also needed to retrieve the Club dinghies from storage.(Cars with tow bars).
We need to check the Toppers for leaks with an air compressor. Members may also bring their Toppers along to have this test completed.
GP14s, Picos and Optimists need all their gear checked to ensure everything is in working order.
Along the front of the Club there is also a requirement to fix a cable that will enable us to secure the Optimists to when not in use.
Wheels on Trolleys, covers and straps to be checked and taken for repair if required.

Race Officer Training – Friday 11 March @7.30 pm
A refresher and/or a new session for those undertaking duties in the Race office this year. This is our own in-house, in-formal, entertaining walk through all the activities involved in preparing and running a race at CAYC, whether it is to undertake the Race officer role or act as an assistant. Jim Rankin, will lead the proceedings (along with Sheela Lewis as backup, as we can split into two groups if we have a mixture of experience in the audience). This is an “interactive” session, reviewing Battery layout, working the flags on the halyards, where all your resources are located in the Club etc.
We have a follow-up session on Friday 18th March for anyone who cannot make Friday 11th session. It would be very helpful if those attending could reply to this email with preferred date.

Rugby – Saturday 12 March
Wales v Ireland @ 5.00 pm
Date:                        Saturday 26th March
Destination:                Antrim Hills Way
Length of walk:           Approx. 7 miles
Time to complete:       Approx. 4 hours
Difficulty of walk :       Moderate
                                 May be wet/boggy in places
As usual a bus has been provisionally booked and will be confirmed depending on numbers, Contact Raymond 07710 612217 to confirm.

Planning is underway for this murder mystery theme night, so be prepared for a bit of dressing up.  Titanic is the theme. (Victorian/Edwardian Style – whatever you are most comfortable in )
Megan Roberts is the organiser and tickets will be going on saleFriday 25 March @ £15 per person. from the bar.
Evening begins at 7.30 pm sharp
So be on time to enjoy your cocktail, a supper will follow later once you have completed your detection work !
A Stena Line Ticket will be one of the Ballot prizes on the evening.

Spring / Icebreaker Series sponsored by MG Stitt – Marine Services
Another excellent turnout last Sunday for the Icebreaker / Spring Series. So far the weather has definitely been spring like, although we can all recall in previous years sailing in hailstones, extreme winds and rain, so beware, be prepared (bring extra clothing) this can still happen !
The overall results for the Series sponsored by MG Stitt Marine Services, can be found on this link (racing results overall), there are three additional tabs where you can select each fleet’s individual race details for each week.
N.B. If anyone needs a course card, there are spare laminated cards in the Training Room. You can also download one from the Website, along with sailing instructions.




Sponsorship Sponsorship is an important element of the clubs finances and the Club has been very successful in attracting sponsorship in recent years. However we are always actively seeking to bring on board new sponsors as it is difficult to go back to the same firms year after year.   Attracting sponsorship in the current economic climate is not easy and we therefore need to spread our net as wide as possible. We are therefore asking for club members who have any suggestions of any firms/organisations that might be approached for sponsorship or better still members who have a contact in a firm that might consider sponsorship to email details to   The Club will then make contact formally, providing the list of potential returns the sponsor can expect in terms of advertising opportunities and exposure within the community and the wider public outside of Whitehead, raising awareness of their involvement and the support the Club has received.   As a reminder, use these links from the Club website to display the Sponsors involved last year : a) Sponsors 2010  and those on board so far this year b) Sponsors 2011

Cycling Cycle to Ballygally and back, this Saturday (26 Feb) morning at 9.30 am. Conditions good : Dry, 7-8 C wind : Direction WSW – W Strength 3-5 mph

Rugby Visit the club to watch on the big screen this Sunday (27 Feb ) Scotland vs. Ireland @ 3.00 pm

Poker night Don’t forget Poker night on Saturday 5 March. It would be helpful with the planning of the evening if Ben could have some indication from those intending to take part.

Outdoor wear Craghoppers started making outdoor clothing specifically designed in 1965.  A young group of guys in West Yorkshire were planning to climb Everest and needed waterproof jackets , trousers, performance tops and warm layers to withstand the harsh conditions. Up to 75% off in final clearance.

First Aid Courses – external

This time last year we had approx. 24 members complete training in First Aid, we currently have two members training this weekend at RNIYC in preparation to undertake Dinghy Instructor training.

Should anyone wish to undertake this training, read on..( there are still some places left at RNIYC this weekend)

Please find the below information on two RYA First Aid Courses at RUYC and with places available on both.

First Course.       Wednesday 23rd. and Thursday 24th. March. 7pm Sharp. Course fee £30.

Second Course.     Wednesday 6th. and Thursday 7th. April.  7pm Sharp. Course fee £30.

Persons should bring along with them the 9th. Edition of the First Aid Book.  Books will be available to purchase on the night at £12-99.

To book a place on a course. Persons should contact Peter Bullick, email;

and not  the office at Royal Ulster Yacht Club.

Following the AGM on 17 February there are a few names that have changed as ordinary members on the General Committee and two new Trustees.





Sent : 15 April
Work party : Saturday 16 April @ 10.00 am
Volunteers required on Saturday morning to take engine around to Dinghy park from winch hut. Launch Dory to pick up Yellow marks and FF Moorings from Club Slip.
This slip will be available once the Racing squad have all launched for training session. Load up Marks and Moorings for laying, this requires a no. of trips back and forth to slip.

Junior evening : Saturday 16 April @ 6.30 – 8.30 pm
All juniors from 8 –18 years are invited to the Club for a presentation, PPT (Pizza, Popcorn and Theory !)
Topics to be covered :
To run through the basics of the regular points racing starting sequence at the Club.
To review what the Race Office is doing with flags and sound signals, what do they mean !
Some tips on sailing, if you don’t want to race. What to do if you need help on the water. Ask questions if there is something you don’t understand.
Opening day is Saturday 30 April (Sponsored by Haze @ No.10) we would encourage as many out on the water as possible(weather permitting)
Note: I promise to make this overview short as I also want to hear from juniors who don’t sail, what other activities could be organised on shore throughout the year.
The General Committee would like to hear the juniors ideas and request that they form their own committee.
We know of a couple of possible candidates who have expressed an interest in being Reps.
However I  would like all juniors to consider this and if we have more than two candidates I will organise a quick secret ballot on the evening.
Sorry for the short notice, but I know some juniors are away next weekend for Easter Holidays, so would like to do this before Opening day and the summer series of racing begins. (Sheela Lewis)

Icebreaker Series: Sponsored by MG Stitt – Marine Services
Only two more Sundays left in the series. The weather has been very kind to us so far with all races sailed to date.

Places can be made available if there is more interest in courses. Contact Raymond Patton : see Kayak section on Website.

Adult Start Sailing & Racing:
There will be an additional email shortly with more information from Megan.

Sponsorship :
Look out for the email shortly detailing the news on the tremendous support we have received from sponsors this season.
Sent : 28 June 2011

LATEST NEWS – via email : Please check the website regularly for upcoming events and details: links provided on each heading for the most recent activities.

Friday evenings throughout the summer, come along this Friday at approx. 6.30 pm

Junior supervised session

Friday 1 July @ 6.45 pm (Stage 1 & 2 children short sailing session prior to the courses)

 Junior Regatta

Saturday 2 July at 14.00 (Sponsor – Balmoral Estates)

Start of Late Sunday Points Racing

Sunday 3 July – sponsored by James J Macauley Solicitors

Start of Late Wednesday Points Racing

Wednesday 6 July – sponsored by AES Ballylumford


Our thanks to H.G. Canning Ltd who supported the Picnic Sail at Portmuck this year. A great day, even if the weather wasn’t too good, everyone enjoyed it.

Thanks to Ewing’s Seafood for sponsoring the Early Sunday Series and Cable Service Station for the Early Wednesday Series (which ends tomorrow)

Results from these two series will be updated shortly on the website.

Hopefully we will also gain some publicity from the local papers: Photos of the winners to be taken & sent this weekend with final results.

Resources : aka – plates, bowls, Tupperware etc.

Over the years members have kindly brought food, salads etc. to the Club. They appear to have forgotten to take the containers home.

Please review the photos on the link above ! Do these items belong to you ? These are currently set out in the Training room, please remove at your earliest convenience.

Annual Raft RaceSaturday 23 July – Sponsored by NK Fencing

This event needs everyone’s support to either enter a raft ( Adult and Children ) or to volunteer to help with the event organisation. Lead Contacts Paul Abraham or  Desi Nixon.

The annual swim will also take place. Other details to follow.

Annual Regatta

Saturday 6 August – more details to follow

Use of Club dinghiesBooking forms are available in the Training room to log names against boats. There is a set of guidelines for the use of Club boats. ( also reference this link for similar information)

Please ensure you follow these rules.

Also should any damage occur or you find damage prior to using a club boat, please note the details in the Club dinghies log file keep in the plastic drawers in the room.

Contact Richard Robinson and provide him with this information or advise the Hon. Sailing Sec Ben Ferris ( Also Sailing Committee Members)

You will also find the Accident log and Operational procedures for the Club. All Accidents or near misses must be logged.