Title: Carrickfergus Irish Boat Jumble
Location: Carrickfergus Sailing Club
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Description: Boat Jumble Carrickfergus Sailing Club

Gates Open 10:00am
Admission £4.00 or €5.00
Start Time: 10:00
Date: 2014:04:13

Its that time of year again for the Carrickfergus Irish Boat Jumble

 

Carrickfergus Boat Jumble

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CG66 – The Voluntary Safety Identification Scheme

YOUR SAFETY FIRST

If you are at sea and get into difficulty and you are unable to raise assistance, is there anyone ashore who knows what to do if you fail to return at your estimated time?

Would a friend or relative know who to contact? Would they have sufficient detail about your vessel and your likely whereabouts to be able to assist the Coastguard to locate you?

Would it not be a comfort to know that when you set out, the Coastguard has the details of your vessel on a database that is accessible to all Coastguard Co-ordination Centres throughout the UK so that they have the information they need to mount a search and rescue operation should you get into difficulty?

SO WHAT CAN I DO?

Quite simply, join HM Coastguard’s CG66 Voluntary Safety Identification Scheme. You can join online, or download the form and send it to your nearest Coastguard Co-ordination Centre. Forms can also be obtained from any Coastguard Co-ordination Centre or Sector Base, MCA Marine Office, RNLI boathouse; or look out for them in your Local Marina or Sailing Club.

The scheme is free and is for the benefit of the owners and skippers of all types of leisure vessels and small craft.

To register on line now could not be easier. Click below and follow the instructions

Title: RYA Dinghy Instructor Course
Location: Ballyholme Yacht Club
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Description: RYA Dinghy Instructor Course Ballyholme Yacht Club

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Eligibility:

Prior to the course candidates must be of minimum age 16, hold a valid First Aid Certificate, hold an RYA Powerboat Level 2 (coastal) certificate and complete the Pre-entry sailing assessment to satisfactory level (coastal).

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Role:

A RYA Dinghy Instructor is a competent, experienced sailor capable of sailing a training boat in strong winds and handling small powerboats. The instructor has been assessed as competent to teach adults and children, beginners and improvers.

For full details of this course click here.
Date: 2014-04-14

The following is from the website of the Jubilee Sailing Trust and SV Tenacious.

The story and indeed many others may be viewed on the following link http://jst.org.uk/ellens-story/

Those of you who know me will know that I was born deaf and began to lose my sight about 2 years ago. Although I’ve been registered blind for a while I had still maintained a small but useful tunnel of vision, which had allowed me to continue reading and writing, identify familiar faces, and to still live life visually – although it was restricted. But one morning at the end of November I woke up to near darkness. In the days that followed it began to sink in that my sight wasn’t going to come back, this was then confirmed by my consultant a week later.

My immediate thoughts were fear, I wasn’t scared of being blind, but the restrictions that came with it. Would I ever be as independent? Would I ever be equal to my able bodied peers?

During a tough time I saw a post from the Jubilee Sailing Trust advertising a voyage on the Mediterranean Sea from Palma to Barcelona,which would leave just 5 days later! The Trust strive to ensure that people of all physical abilities have the opportunity to sail on tall ships, with this in mind, feeling I had nothing to lose, I emailed them.
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Within 2 days it was confirmed that both myself and my friend Alice, who was to come as my buddy/Carer, would be leaving for Spain within the week! The 2 of us were very fortunate to be receiving a bursary, curtesy of the charity. Thankfully we were left with very little time to dwell on the enormity of the challenge, otherwise, in hindsight, I would have probably chickened out! It didn’t actually feel like we were going until we boarded that plane, even when we actually arrived in sunny Palma, and set eyes on Tenacious and the challenge ahead there was a feeling of disbelief.

We spent a lovely day exploring Palma before boarding Tenacious in the evening. During the first night we met our fellow crew members as well as the permanent crew. Then we had the basic rules and layout of the ship explained to us by the Captain. We were introduced to the members of our watch and our watch leader, and were given the evening to get to know the others onboard and gain a general feel for the ship.

We were both shattered after an early morning flight but the rota meant that me and Alice would be “on watch” from midnight till 2, Tenacious was still at port so our watch consisted of keeping an eye on deck, regularly doing rounds of the accommodation making sure that everything was running smoothly, as well as filling in the log book hourly. Although we were physically shattered we were on a mental high enjoying the unique life on board a ship and looking forward to the week ahead.

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Over the course of the week we learnt the nautical terminology, we were taught to sweat, tail and/ or slack ropes. We were taught the protocol for when we were on watch – taking the helm, filling in the log book, being on look out. Most thrilling of all – we got to go aloft, climbing up the mast to set the sails.

Every morning we had to endure happy hour – everybody participated in cleaning the ship. We had to do a mess duty- a night and day assisting the cook in the galley helping to prepare food as well as doing the many dishes!

My duties were no less than anybody else’s.

The ship is designed to facilitate all disabilities. There is Braille on all the doorways. On the deck there is a raised line centrally for visually impaired people to follow. The ropes have leather strips on them which help determine how much of the rope you have hauled or slacked. There’s an audio compass on the helm. There was even Braille playing cards available for when we were off duty!

Furthermore every person on board Tenacious was an open minded individual. There was a real can-do attitude, we were all a team, and if anyone was struggling, disabled or not, there would be somewhere there with a helping hand.

Because of this, for a whole week I lived life equal to everyone on board. This may seem like nothing for somebody who is able-bodied but for me it was liberating. I was just as reliant on others as anyone else on board. Yes I needed additional help here and there, yes I became more tired, yes I had to take consistent painkillers to stay afloat, but for once this seemed insignificant in comparison to all the things I felt I was achieving on a day-to-day basis.
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My friend Alice was absolutely amazing, every time I began to falter she made sure I picked myself back up, she was a rock of support, and is an awesome friend. The voyage was hard work, with 4 hour long watches nearly every night, by the end we were exhausted, but proud.

Prior to the trip I was seriously doubting whether I’d be able to live as fulfilling a life as a sighted/hearing person. This trip, for me, confirmed that anything’s possible. The people I met reassured me that, despite barriers, there are always good decent people out there who will give me that equal chance and during the week me and Alice met lifelong friends. The voyage was so much more than a sailing trip, it’s given me hope in a time where I had been experiencing a lot of doubt. I cannot thank the Jubilee Sailing Trust enough for the experience. I speak on behalf of both me and Alice when I say that I highly recommend a trip with JST, not only is it seriously good fun, but it makes you a better, well rounded person.

“A once in a lifetime experience – I cannot wait to book my next voyage!”

Ellen and Alice

Our thanks to our Chairman, and very proud grandfather, Martin Watson for permission to print this article.

Title: RYA Powerboat Level 2 Course – BYC
Location: Ballyholme Yacht Club
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Description:

RYA Level 2 Powerboat Course

This two-day entry level course provides the skills and background knowledge needed to drive a powerboat and is the basis of the International Certificate of Competence.

RYA Powerboat Level 2

It focuses on low speed close quarters handling, man overboard recovery, an introduction to driving at planing speed, and collision regulations. The course can be taken inland or on the coast and your certificate will be endorsed accordingly.

View our online brochure here

Assumed knowledge None. May be preceded by Level 1
Minimum duration 2 days
Minimum age 12. Candidates under the age of 16 will be issued with an endorsed certificate

Course content
Launching and recovery, boat handling, securing to a buoy, anchoring, leaving and coming alongside, man overboard
Ability after the course Self-sufficient powerboater in the right conditions, aware of own limitations and those of craft

 

Please note if you are taking this course and intend to apply for an ICC, a coastal Powerboat Level 2 course will allow you to apply for a coastal ICC for Power up to 10m. The inland Powerboat Level 2 course will allow you to apply for an inland ICC for Power up to 10m, providing you have also successfully passed a CEVNI test. For more information and to check the eligibility criteria please refer to the ICC application form.
Start Date: 2014-04-12
End Date: 2014-04-13

 

Launch 4  Adrian Allen etcBallyholme Yacht Club is the host for this summer’s prestigious F 18 World Championships which will be sailed on Belfast Lough, one of the best sailing areas in Europe. The event, one of the largest in Ireland this year, will run from 4th till 11th July.

The Worlds will attract 120 multihulls and crew and this contingent, Launch 5 Don  Jemma Snell NITB etctogether with their managers, trainers, friends and family will bring over 500 visitors to North Down. Local competitors include Adrian Allen and Richard Swanston.

 

Mayor of North Down, Councillor Andrew Muir launched the event today. He was enthusiastic about the prospect of such a huge regatta coming to Bangor, a town known for its close association with all things nautical.

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“As someone who’s enjoyed the opportunity to learn to sail as Mayor with Royal Ulster Yacht Club via Yacht Enigma and with Ballyholme Yacht Club via a Laser Bahia I have grown to develop a strong love for sailing and can’t wait to see the F18 event later this year showcasing North Down as Northern Ireland’s premier Maritime Borough”

Olivier Bovyn, International F18 Class President commented “It is my great pleasure to attend the 2014 F18 Worlds launch, this being my first stay in Northern Ireland, I am more than happy to visit. I am confident Ballyholme will provide our Class with a top quality event, merging proper and fair sailing with friendly sailor parties, and I am certain success will reward all your efforts and involvement in building up such an important organisation. Further to this, I would like to sincerely thank all funding partners, from proud sponsors to local governing bodies, whose support makes this 15th F18 World Championship possible. Wishing you all the best”

 Photo by Jasper van Staveron Sail shoot.com

Photo by Jasper van Staveron Sail shoot.com

The F18 is a fast catamaran with a spinnaker and double trapeze crewed by two people and is a fully International Sailing Federation (ISAF) recognised class with large fleets all over the world.

Ballyholme Yacht Club is highly experienced in running events of this magnitude and will have club member Bill O’Hara as Principal Race Officer. Bill is an Independent Sports Professional and an Olympian and currently Principal Race Officer for the Volvo Ocean Race. The Jury Chairman will be Ewan McEwan (GBR) who is Chief Umpire of the Extreme 40 series.

 

 

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RYA Marine Radio SRC (Short Range Certificate.)

Date: 12th-13th April 2014

Venue: Ballyholme Yacht Club

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The Short Range Certificate is the minimum qualification required by law to control the operation of VHF and VHF Digital Selective Calling (DSC)  equipment on any British flagged vessel voluntarily fitted with a radio. This includes both fixed and hand held equipment using International channels.

RYA Radio SRC

RYA Radio SRC

A radio is an important piece of safety equipment on board and it is vital to understand the correct procedures. Unnecessary transmissions could block out a Mayday distress call.

All new VHF sets are either fitted, or can be interfaced, with DSC allowing calls to specific vessels. If you hold the ‘old’ VHF licence (pre-1999) you need to upgrade your qualification if you purchase new equipment. This can be done by attending this one-day course or, if no tuition is required, you can enter for direct examination.

Course topics include:

  •     the basics of radio operation
  •     the correct frequencies (channels) to be used
  •     distress, emergency and medical assistance procedures
  •     making ship to shore telephone calls
  •     Digital Selective Calling (DSC) using simulators
  •     Global Maritime Distress and Safety System (GMDSS)
  •     Emergency Position Indicating Radio Beacons (EPIRB)
  •     Search and Rescue (SART)

The course will be taught and examined using radio simulators. The exam will also include a short written test.

RYA Marine Radio SRC Cost

BYC Members  £65 & £60 cheque made to RYA for licence
Visitors  £75 & £60 cheque made to RYA for licence

Title: RYA Safety Boat Course -BYC
Location: Ballyholme Yacht Club
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RYA Safety Boat Course

Description: This two-day course provides the skills required when acting as an escort craft, safety boat or coach boat for a fleet of dinghies, windsurfers or canoes, or for racing or training activities.

RYA Safety Boat Course

It includes rescue techniques, preparation, boat handling, dinghy rescue, windsurfer rescue, kayak or canoe rescue (can be covered as theory), towing, end-of-day procedures, safety, suitability of craft, local factors, communication, rescuing other water users, elements of race management and mark laying.
Assumed knowledge:

Basic understanding of sailing boats and windsurfers. A RYA Powerboat Level 2 certificate must be held prior to this course

Minimum age:

16

Ability after the course:

Able to provide safety or support cover to a range of craft, particularly sailing or windsurfing

What to bring:

  1. Notebook and pen
  2. Your own lifejacket
  3. A passport sized photograph of yourself
  4. Oilskins
  5. Pack lunch and a hot drink

Costs:
BYC Members £150
Non-members £170
Date: 05th -06th April 2014

Title: St Patricks Day and a Bowl of Irish Stew at Bangor Marina Reception
Location: Bangor Marina Reception
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Start Time: 12:00
Date: 2014-03-17
End Time: 14:00

As the poster says on St Patricks Day enjoy a bowl of Irish Stew at the marina reception.

St Patricks Day Bangor Marina

 

 

 

Those of us who attended the St Patricks Day Celebrations Belfast last year had a memorable day…..

Click on the graphic below for full details of the event and a free concert!

St Patricks Day Celebrations Belfast

St Patricks Day Celebrations Belfast