Rear Commodore House Update

20 June, 2016


Hi All,

I would like to begin this month’s update by congratulating Paul Murphy and his team and of course our Rear Commodore Marina Matthias Hellstern on the retention of the Blue Flag for 2016. This is a fantastic achievement which takes a lot of hard work and effort to keep our high standard up. Great work guys!

Last week was a busy one in the club with the visit of the Yachting Monthly Triangle Race, the race organisers and competitors had a great time in KYC and wish to pass on their thanks to the club members and staff, the prizegiving supper was a fantastic success and I am personally grateful that our chef Mick is still in Kinsale, he was in danger of being kidnapped by them! Best of luck to Siboney and Cirrus (who are rejoining the race in Treguier).

We also had a visit from the Norweigan Choir on Friday night, they had heard about the club from a friend in Kinsale and wanted to come for dinner and singing, they were good fun to have in the club and Ruth Ennis brought some of her fellow choir singers along for a “choir off”, because we had visiting guests from the UK, France, Sweden and the USA to mention a few, this impromptu evening was a great success and showcases Kinsale Yacht Club as a friendly and fun place to be!

We are hoping to have a Midsummer Party Night next Friday the 24th of June, this is really just an excuse to have a members get together night! As usual Mick will be serving dinner from 7pm.

All club racing continues as per the sailing calendar with one notable exception:
Friday 1st July The Perry Knox Gore and TGIF . KYC are using this night’s racing in support of our club’s Paralympic Sonar Sailors, John Twomey and his crew Ian and Austin. This will be a fundraiser @ €10 per crew member, we would encourage as many of you as possible to show your support for our club team, representing us in Rio.
2016 sees the second year of THE FAMILY FISHING DAY and it’s getting better by the year! Last year the trophy was won by Ger Grant (with a four species triumph) I spoke to Ger earlier about his win and he assures me that he will be back to defend the trophy and to challenge any club member to do better! The Vice Commodore has heard about this challenge and “is sharpening the fishing hooks” as I write! This is a great fun family and friends day out and like last year all profits go to Sailability and Junior Sailing. Might give it a go myself!!!
The Whitesmokers are also having a raft up and picnic in Oysterhaven on Sunday 10th July, all welcome. (That includes Yachts!)
There is a cruise to Bullens Bay on Sunday the 17th July.
The junior sailing course starts on Monday 4th July and continues for six weeks this year!

Before I go, I would again ask club members not to park in the Dingy Park, this is already causing problems for Junior Sailing, getting in and out and will be a huge problem during the Summer Sailing Course.

Finally, a date for your diary, the Vice Commodore has informed me that the 2016 Laying Up Supper will be on Friday 4th November, you have been warned!

Sue Horgan 

Rear Commodore House