Cruisers' Newsletter

KYC CRUISER CLASS COMMITTEE NEWSLETTER - SPRING 2011

A happy and safe new sailing season to one and all!!!

The past few weeks have seen a noticeable increase in activity both on the marina and in boatyards as you all no doubt busily prepare for what will hopefully be a most enjoyable season ahead!

The Frank Godsell March League starts this weekend. Tom O'Sullivan is acting as OD and will be supported by Caroline Ford and Michele Field in the race office together with Tony Kingston as your MC. If you are unable to make the first weekend or two do try and get out before the end of the month as it offers a great opportunity to dust off the cobwebs before the Spring Series starts on the 3rd April.

You will be glad to know your Cruiser Class Committee has over the past few months busied itself planning the season ahead. This planning was built on feedback from the Cruiser Class Workshop held late last year and while there are compromises in the sailing programme it is felt most people should be happy with it as we endeavoured to integrate as many of the views expressed into its creation.

 

2011 SAILING CALENDAR
The 2011 sailing calendar is now available on the club website. This year’s programme is broken down into two separate areas, ‘CLUB RACING’ and ‘REGATTA CALENDAR’. Click on the links to get there.

Highlights this year include an overnight to Courtmacsherry in May, the biennial Sovereign's Cup and the ICRA National Championships in June, the cruise to Cork in early July with August seeing the SCORA Championships return to Kinsale as well as the Mary P Race to the Naval base.

The ICRA Nationals in Crosshaven the weekend before the Sovereign's Cup should be of particular interest to club members as it offers crews the opportunity to compete in two superb events over a nine-day period. It would be great to see a good turn out of KYC members at this, the National Championships for cruisers.

The cruise to Cork in early July is sure to be a big bit with all. Jack Hegarty of the newly formed “White Smoke” motor boat class has very kindly taken charge of organising this event. Jack has provisionally organised bar food and music for the Saturday night in the Sextant Bar on the City Quays all of which is extremely keenly priced. More on this event later in the season.

For more information on the ICRA Nationals click on the link.

For more information on the SCORA click on this link.

 

VOLUNTEERS WANTED
The success of the many events run throughout the year is 100% dependant on members volunteering their services to help make things happen. There has been a fantastic response in this regard so far this year but it is essential this momentum is continued over the whole season.

Please do not wait to be asked to get involved......This is your class and it is your involvement which will make it a success!

Please email: kyccruisersclass@gmail.com if you wish to discuss volunteering your services. Your assistance in whatever capacity will always be warmly welcomed!

 

CLUB AND CLASS COMMUNICATIONS
At the end of last year Marcus Hutchinson took over the arduous appointment of Club Communications Officer. I have to say the volume of work Marcus has got through since taking up this role has been incredible. The fruit of his labour is a reinvigorated website which sees a great improvement from the 2009 edition in terms of content and navigation. You are encouraged to take a bit of time to familiarise yourself with the site as it is a great source of information on all club activities. The next step will be the incorporation of a more readily accessible results section on the home page. It is hoped this will be in place by the start of the Spring Series.

KYC now has a FACEBOOK presence which has in excess of 240 friends. This appears very popular among members and non-members alike, offering an interactive source of information on a wide range of club activities and news. If you are not a member do a search for Kinsale Yacht Club and become a ‘friend’.

Finally on the communications front it is the intention to install a second television screen into the yacht club bar area, a big one, a really big one. The purpose of this screen will be to display results at peak racing times and general club and restaurant information at other times. It will also be used for important rugby match viewing at peak times. It is hoped each of these innovations will go a long way towards improving communications within the club.

If any member has any ideas which they think would help develop communications within the class please feel free to speak up. We would be delighted to hear from you.

Equally to all you marine scribes and photographers out there, Marcus is always looking for content in the form of waterside and shoreside pictures and written articles.....Feel free to pass on content to him. His email is: communications@kyc.ie

 


IRC CERTIFICATE REVALIDATION AND WATER SAFETY
Skippers are reminded that if you have not revalidated your IRC and/or ECHO certificate(s) now is the time to do it. The Spring Series is almost upon us and valid 2011 Certs’ are required if you want a result.

All skippers and crew are encouraged to conduct checks on all safety related equipment at the start of the season. The RNLI offer a free ‘Safety at Sea’ service. Any one interested please contact Kinsale lifeboat station.

 

OFFSHORE IS MORE FUN
KYC has a long tradition of competing in national and international offshore racing events. KYC yachts have won the Round Ireland race both overall and in class as well as recording multiple class wins in RORC Fastnet Races. The last number of years has seen a decline in the participation of club members offshore. Reasons no doubt include the added expense, owners and crew being time poor and the simple logistics of getting boats to and from start and finish ports.
It is however felt that if sufficient numbers are interested in competing offshore much of the associated hardship and indeed expense can be managed. With a little lateral thought and collaboration between owners it is felt members could get out there and experience the thrill of competing offshore again.

This year sees the running of the biennial Dun Laoghaire to Dingle Race. This 250 odd miler is a fantastic race which presents competitors with all the challenges associated with racing offshore. Typically this race takes anywhere from 48-60 hours and offers a fantastic finishing experience in the wonderful town of Dingle.

If people are interest in getting together to try and develop offshore participation let your cruiser class captain know and we will organise a get together to discuss the matter. Please contact: kyccruiserclass@gmail.com

More information on the Dublin to Dingle Race is available by clicking on the link.

Happy Sailing!

Your Cruiser Class Committee