Cancellation of Racing

Dear Members
Unfortunately a young man remains missing on Lough Swilly. We have decided that in this circumstance it would be inappropriate to continue with racing and therefore all
planned events for the rest of the week are cancelled. This includes Creek 5, Phoenix 6, Dinghy regatta & Helmsman 6. The sailing committee will review series results to date and decide whether additional races are required.
Members are encouraged to remain vigilant while afloat & along the shore. The Irish Coastguard are planning a major search for Sunday and will welcome assistance from
boat owners. The RNLI will coordinate the search and further details will be posted when available.

Your cooperation is much appreciated.

Paul McSorley Sailing Sec
Paul Hasson Commodore

ISA Membership Survey

The Board of the ISA has engaged Fiona Bolger to complete a communications survey and develop a communications plan for the organisation. Fiona has worked in the maritime and tourism industries over the last 20 years and her sailing clients include, TP52 Patches campaign 2005-2007, Green Dragon Racing Team 08-09 & Galway Volvo Ocean Race Festival, Cork in the Clipper Round the World Yacht Race 2009-2010, Super yacht Christina O, ISA Mitsubishi Youth National Championships 2011 and the ISAF Youth Worlds Dublin Bay 2012.

We want to know the views of our members so that we can communicate better with you and grow the sport for the benefit of everyone.

2012 will be a big year for Irish sailing internationally – Ireland will play host to a number of major sailing events and we have an opportunity to maximise the profile of the sport through these events and also through the hundreds of club, class and national events in 2012 so your view is important to us as we plan for the coming years.

We would very much appreciate your support for this project and ask that you would take time to complete the short 18 question survey online at here and also spread the word to others.

The closing date for entry is 20 August 2011 and all participants will be entered in a draw for a holiday for 2 people to Gran Canaria courtesy of Sunway Holidays. We will share the results of the survey and the plans with our members in the autumn.

Many thanks for your assistance,


Tragic event in Rathmullan

Dear Members,
Following the tragic event in Rathmullan a young man remains missing. Our thoughts and sympathies are with his family at this time.
We would ask members to be vigilant while afloat or while on the shores of Lough Swilly. We have been in touch with the Greencastle Coastguard, who are coordinating
recovery efforts and offered the assistance of the Club in any way we can help. They have asked that we keep a watch on the shore around Fahan Creek & Inch Island in
particular. They will be coordinating shore searches around low water and will be grouping tomorrow at Buncrana pier at 13.30. Contact details for anyone wishing to help are below.
Your assistance is much appreciated.
Paul McSorley & Paul Hasson

Contacts- P McSorley 44 7753801388, Charlie Cavanagh, Irish Coastguard Greencastle – 353 862504826

Melmore Rally and Commodore’s Inspection

The Melmore Rally takes place this weekend, and as has been tradition for many years, the Commodore shall make his inspection! I have consulted a number of past commodores in the last few days and amassed an interesting checklist. I look forward to conducting my enquiries in an orderly fashion and expect all Skippers and First Mates to allow me the freedom to dig into whatever nook and cranny I deem necessary.

Skippers and First Mates will also be required to answer a number of questions, and where appropriate, take instruction from their Commodore. To help put you at ease however, a few tips in advance:

  • Ensure the toilet is serviced when used. Some first impressions last!
  • Skipper and First Mate should be presentable. Slurred speech, waywardness on foot and general awkwardness will be penalized.
  • Bad language will be considered in its context..but if in doubt, leave it out.
  • Offer the Commodore a seat. Don’t have me loitering in the gangway!
  • Bonus points for party pieces [time LSYC got into the City of Culture spirit].

Now while the inspection is by no mean a food and drink event, its probably just as well to let you know that the Commodore prefers iced cold beer, carrot cake, caramel squares and expensive whiskey. Hot food is also well favoured.

As the Commodore’s boat will not be making this trip, I am being driven to Melmore by land. I will therefore require pick up in Melmore. If anyone is therefore travelling with a tender and can come ashore, then let me know. In the meantime, continue with your preparations.

Paul J Hasson Commodore

Ps good luck to the LSYC crack team competing in the Dun Laoghraie Championships this weekend. I noticed a few vodka bottles in the luggage bags…elite sportsmen!!

Revised Club Handicaps –

Revised Club Handicaps –

Applicable from 1st July for Series Races & for all Club Class (Fleet 2) races.

Amendments to existing handicaps are based on performance during season to date and have been agreed by sailing committee.

CLASS 2 LSYC Handicap Apr-June LSYC Amended 30 June
Bagheera 0.930 0.930 0
J’Aime 0.930 0.920 -0.010
Panache 0.930 0.930 0
Triumvirate 0.930 0.930 0
Cloudy Bay 0.910 0.910 0
Crusin 0.910 0.910 0
Boomerang 0.885 0.885 0
Viking Lord 0.885 0.885 0
Ladyhawk 0.850 0.847 -0.003
Drummond 0.850 0.865 0.015
Seventh Heaven 0.835 0.842 0.007
L’Escargot 0.830 0.830 0
Wild Cat 0.830 0.832 0.002
Magic Spell 0.825 0.825 0
Tempo 0.825 0.830 0.005