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ARE TAKING THE RIYC TO THE RIO OLYMPIC GAMES!
he first Olympic Games to include a women’s Skiff Class will see Ireland represented by two sailors from the RIYC. Andrea Brewster and Saskia Tidey have qualified the nation in the 49erFX class for the Games of the XXXI Olympiad in Rio de Janeiro. The Games will begin with the opening ceremony on August 5th and continue until 21st August 2016. The first day of racing for sailors is scheduled at Marina da Gloria in Guanabara Bay on the 8th August finishing with medal racing on August 18th. The motto for the 2016 Olympics is “live your passion”, and since joining forces in 2013 Andrea and Saskia have done just that. Their journey to Rio began together as a team following respective international sailing careers. Andrea, as a member of the British Olympic Squad for two Olympic cycles in the Laser class and Saskia, as a member of the first and only all female 18ft Skiff World Champions. Both girls are elite athletes and members of the ISA high performance squad. They each bring diverse and unique talents to the 49erFX skiff. Their passion for sailing skiffs has developed through an Olympic campaign which has seen them face some extraordinary personal and logistical tests.
Andrea and Saskia have worked through many challenges together to achieve Olympic qualification. Their results at the World Championships in Buenos Aires in November 2015 meant that they were the second highest ranked non qualified nation with 3 more berths to be decided for the Games. This year at the Princesa Sofia Regatta in Palma de Mallorca their Olympic qualification was confirmed.
Team Brewster/Tidey IRL 49erFX’s journey to the Games has been an exciting one full of the energy so well expressed by these two remarkable young women in their Facebook page. They show just what can be achieved with total dedication and commitment to a dream that is fuelled by passion. The members of the RIYC have been hugely supportive to Andrea and Saskia throughout their Olympic campaign. It is the anchor to which they often
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refer to when enduring difficult times very far away from home. Andrea and Saskia are ever grateful for all the expressions of support over the past three years. The membership of the RIYC can proudly share in an Olympic dream soon to be realised this August. We wish Andrea and Saskia of Team Brewster/Tidey IRL 49erFX Sailing “Fair Winds and Following Seas” in the 2016 Olympic Games.
AFTER 10 YEARS THIS FANTASTIC OPPORTUNITY HAS BEEN ACQUIRED BY
e are delighted to announce that Teng Tools are the proud new sponsors of the Royal Irish Regatta 2016. Following on from the success of the Teng Tools ICRA National Championships 2014, RIYC members, Eamon and Alan Crosbie through their sponsorship have ensured that our Regatta will be the highlight of the Sailing Calendar.
Your House Committee is in the final stages of preparing a fantastic social programme including a gun salute from our roof top to mark our 185th year anniversary. Among the line up of bands will be the ever so popular “Who’s Eddie “. Barry Cunningham’s Cocoon Childcare will be back again to provide limited crèche facilities to allow Mums and Dads to participate on the water.
There will be a very novel “ Sea and Land “ treasure hunt designed especially for our cruising members, there will also be a Ladies’ Lunch, and of course fun for the kids so this will be a Regatta for all. On the water the format will be the same as two years ago when we introduced a two race format, this proved popular. So all is in hand, all we need now is sun and wind!
THIS SEASON’S NEWS FROM THE COMMODORE BOTH OUTGOING AND INCOMING
t is a great honour to write my first communiqué as the 30th Commodore of the Royal Irish Yacht Club. I am looking forward to carrying out my duties with the same enthusiasm and hopefully equal success enjoyed by my predecessors during their time in office. Having recently taken over at the helm from Commodore Horan I would like to take this opportunity to thank James for his superb contribution to the Club during his tenure. Building on the foundations set by previous flag officers and their committees, his solid stewardship is reflected in the improvements enjoyed by the club during his time as Commodore. You will see from his report (to follow) just some of the success achieved with his steady hand on the helm. So it is in this context that I must thank James for his careful and thoughtful leadership as custodian of this privileged position. Indeed, the club has been left “ship shape” by the outgoing Commodore and his team and I look forward to building on their achievements during my time in office. My thanks must also go to Colin Byrne who is stepping down from his role as Rear Commodore Sailing. Colin presided over an extraordinary array of sailing achievements in the club during his time in office. Thanks also to Gerry Dowling and Jonathan Mills who both step down after three years service as significant contributors to the main committee and thanks also to those other committee members and subcommittee members who give so generously of their time. I look forward to working with our new flag officers, Joe Costelloe who, as Vice Commodore, brings the valuable experience he gained as a previous Rear Commodore Sailing and I have no doubt that Patrick Burke, our newly appointed Rear Commodore Sailing, will benefit from having Joe as a fellow flag. I am also very fortunate that Jacqueline McStay as Rear Commodore House will remain as a familiar face and committed overseer of all land based activities. We welcome David Browne, Jackie Smyth and Geoff Harvey to the main committee. I am indeed very privileged to be joined by a very talented team of flag officers and committee members, and of course our wonderful staff
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whose commitment and passion for the Royal Irish Yacht Club will no doubt result in the club achieving many and varied successes in the years to come.
REPORT FROM OUTGOING COMMODORE JAMES HORAN
Sailor chooses the wind that takes the ship from a safe port but once you are abroad, winds have a mind of their own... - Edward Irving Wortis
By the time this edition of the Royal Irish Post reaches you, its readers, I will have completed my term of office as Commodore. Nevertheless I write one last time to provide an update on events since the first edition in October. We have sailed through the late autumn and winter, past the solstice and into the land of lengthening days, early spring growth and a promise, indeed a hope, of a wonderful sailing season and summer of 2016.
Clockwise from top left, James Horan receiving Club of the Year from David Lovegrove at the ISA Awards • James Horan, David Lovegrove and Billy Riordan from Mitsubishi • George Sisk receiving Sailor of the Month • Yvonne Gordon and James Horan at the launch of her book, Journey of Change • Tim Goodbody receiving Sailor of the Month from David Lovegrove • Henry Leonard and James Horan at the presentation of the cannons to the RIYC • James Horan and Neil O’Hagan • James Horan and visiting french sailor Philippe Poupon • James Horan and Des Ryan
This so-called quieter time of the year however, was not without interest, was not without events, and was not without continuing successes that had been hallmarked by the summer season of 2015
ANNUAL ISA AWARDS At the annual ISA Awards ceremony in February, The Royal Irish Yacht Club won the coveted Mitsubishi Sailing Club of the Year trophy and the Club also received the East Coast Best Training Centre Award. Both of these honours recognise the achievements of the Club and the importance it places on sail training at all levels, the junior section, adult sailing, access sailing and the culture of sharing sailing expertise and experience between all Club members. In addition to the awards won by the Club itself, both George Sisk and Tim Goodbody were honoured for their achievements as ISA sailors of the month for July and November. We are proud to have such a calibre of sailor among the Club’s membership.
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The many attributes of the Club, whose combined effect led to winning these awards, generate a splendid sense of pride in the Royal Irish and are a portent for future success and achievement. The winter period was also marked by great entertainment in the Dining Room and in the Bars. The Royal Irish, renowned for its hospitality, hosted the Thanksgiving dinner, the Wellington dinner, the Game dinner with guest chef Samantha Farrell, and the wine dinners which included Chateau Fieuzal, introduced by Stephen Carrier, the selected wines of John Wilson, and the novel event comparing the wines of Burgundy with those of Bordeaux. These delightful culinary experiences were also matched by the varied and wonderful Christmas lunches and the Masked Ball held in the Club on New Year’s Eve. At the time of year when the hours of darkness are longer, the members of the Royal Irish were presented with many opportunities to expand their minds and broaden their education. There was no shortage of interesting, erudite and informative talks on subjects as diverse and wide ranging as ‘The Last Armada’ by Des Ekin, ‘the Sinking of the Lusitania’ by Bryan Dobson, ‘The Dublin Diving Bell’ by Joe Ryan, Peter Boylan’s entertaining account of ‘Annabella’ crossing the Atlantic, and Peter McGovern’s enlightening account of the design of the Criminal Courts of Justice. In addition, I had the privilege of being invited by the SSAFA (Soldiers, Sailors & Airmen Families Association) to represent the Club at their annual lecture. This year it was entitled “the Battle of Jutland”. It was held in the Mansion House and delivered
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by His Excellency, Dominick Chilcott, the British Ambassador to Ireland. Unlike land battles, naval battles are notoriously difficult to describe as landmarks for reference are few and far between. The Ambassador nevertheless delivered a lecture that brought this complex subject to light in a most clear and entertaining manner. At the end of February, the Club was honoured by a visit from Brittany’s esteemed sailor, Philippe Poupon in his 20m ketch “Fleur Australe”. He was returning to Guilvinec, his home port of Brittany, from Reykjavik in Iceland. Philippe has been sailing throughout the world’s oceans with his family for the past eight years, which included waters beyond both the Arctic and Antarctic circles, becoming in the process a household name on French television.
THE RIYC CANNONS At the beginning of April, the magnificent new cannons donated by Commodore Henry Leonard were unveiled. This most generous of gifts provides a sense of completeness to our terrace, and identifies the importance of the Royal Irish Yacht Club to Henry and his family.
I thank you all, Members and Staff, for your support, your kindness and your great friendship.
At the end of my tenure, I experience a combined sense of sadness and yet a deep sense of contentment. I shall miss the role. I shall miss the privilege. I shall miss the challenge. I shall miss the camaraderie. I shall miss the experience of the daily support that
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I have received from both Members and staff alike. I look forward to pastures new, to new challenges, to finding the opportunity to do more cruising, and to travel to far flung places for more prolonged periods. I thank our recently retired Trustee, John Kidney, who has been an anchor of the Club for many, many years, and I thank our former Rear Commodore Sailing, Colin Byrne, who brought great experience, conviction and wisdom to this important role. I welcome and commend our new Commodore, Paul Sherry, and his multi-talented crew, thus allowing me to head into the sunset with the firm belief that the Royal Irish Yacht Club is in great hands for the future. “Friendship is the best kind of ship” Jennifer Lane Gratefully, James F Horan Outgoing Commodore
vibrant club cannot stand still. The success of our club has been brought about by the foresight and commitment of previous flag officers and their committees who rose to the challenges set before them and who “steered the ship” through different periods of development and change to where we find ourselves today. In an extraordinary piece for a recent edition of Afloat, while referring to our wonderful Clubhouse, Winkie Nixon so eloquently described the club in the following terms; “there’s no denying the sense of history kept alive with its elegant interior and impressive exterior. But while respecting its heritage in every
way, the Royal Irish Yacht Club can live lightly enough with its ever present history, operating on the principle that it respects and cherishes the past, lives keenly in the present, and looks enthusiastically, with vision and planning, towards the future”. It is with this in mind that we look forward to celebrating our 185th year. There is much planned for the sailing season. We wish Saskia Tidey and Andrea Brewster every success in their quest for an Olympic medal in Rio. We are looking forward to our juniors returning and congratulate Tim Norwood and Hanna Leonard on their recent selection as young International Sailors. We wish all of our sailors success on the water. After a busy winter schedule, the summer months allow us to move many of our events outdoors. We are eagerly awaiting the return of summer sailing and wish all our sailors success on the water. We look forward to the buzz around the deck, to long lazy lunches, sun downers on the veranda , BBQs on sailing nights, bistro nights, the Rose Lunch, social and sailing evenings, the camaraderie and that feeling of ‘Bon Vie’ that is always apparent when you visit the club in summer. A key day to plan for is our annual Regatta which takes place on 25th June. Myself and my fellow flags would encourage all class of members, young and less young, to come to the club to enjoy the regatta and all that will be on offer during the event. This is your club so please come and enjoy it.
Paul Sherry Commodore
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NEWS FROM REAR COMMODORE SAILING DEAR FELLOW MEMBERS,
s an Ordinary Member of the Royal Irish Yacht Club, I am privileged to share with you the finest house and sailing facilities in the country and I am very proud to reflect the views of many in this regard. As such, it is with enormous respect for the traditions of the Club, with enthusiasm for our current and planned activities (both on and off the water) and with ambition for the part which we can play in the development of the sport in Ireland, that I take on the role of Rear Commodore on your behalf.
We have a top class sailing infrastructure in place I am extremely fortunate to be following in the footsteps of Colin Byrne whose dedication to the Club has ensured that, firstly, we have an extremely experienced and committed Sailing Committee directing sailing in the Royal Irish and secondly, that we have a top class sailing infrastructure in place under Mark McGibney’s management. I extend my gratitude on your behalf to Colin, to our Committee members - Paul McCarthy, Kevin Leonard (J.O.), Gavin Stillman, Michael Tyrell, Paul Colton and Pat Mangan, to Mark McGibney and Miguel Walker and all the team on deck. Your dedication to the Club and your service to the Members has been outstanding throughout and is very much appreciated.
sports leading lights being welcomed to the RIYC pontoon and to our prerace buildup in the clubhouse. At Sailing Committee, it is our job to ensure your satisfaction in all matters on the deck and in the water. Please don’t hesitate to let me or Mark know if you have any sailing preferences that are not yet being catered for and, where possible, we will do our very best to expand our efforts. In recent years, our membership has expanded significantly through the introduction of Crew membership for those who wish to use the Club on a regular basis during the summer season or after DBSC racing. It is always a pleasure to welcome new Crew memberships to the Club and I would encourage you to promote the Club to your sailing companions who enjoy the facilities on a regular basis. A broad membership, which includes all those frequently using the Club, is the bedrock for our continued investment in the services and infrastructure that we hold in trust for current and future generations of Royal Irish sailors. All that remains for me is to wish you fair winds, following seas and a safe return to the Royal Irish after each and every voyage. It is my privilege to serve and I thank you for the opportunity.
You will note below that we have an action packed season ahead with highlights including various class championships, our own Regatta on June 25th and the Round Ireland race which will see many of the
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Clockwise from right: Crew of WOW at their Annual Crew Dinner • DBSC Awards - Hugh Cunniam, Charles Broadhead, Jerry Collins, Pat Shannon, Dean Keogh and Bronagh Fullen • DBSC Awards - David Espey, Pat Shannon and Brian McAllaister • Timothy Goodbody finishing the Round Antigua Race on a Laser! • DBSC Awards - Joe Timbs, Jim Monaghan, Jacqueline McStay, Joe Costello and Pat Shannon • Fox in Sox winning their class in The Primo Cup • Alan Kelly • DBSC Awards - Pat Mangan, Pat Shannon and Paul Smith • DBSC Awards - Gill Goodbody and Pat Shannon
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hat a busy and successful season it has been for RIYC sailors, due in no small part to the commitment – both financial and otherwise – and dedication that they put into our sport. It is an honour and pleasure to be the Rear Commodore Sailing when there is such a vibrant and successful group of sailors within the Club right across the sailing spectrum, as will be evident from the below and the other sailing articles in this edition of the Post.
THE ANNUAL DBSC AWARDS At the annual Dublin Bay Sailing Club awards in November, there was a historical occasion when three generations of the same family, Timothy Goodbody, Richard Goodbody and Max Goodbody, were awarded prizes. We, as a Club, are deeply proud of the Goodbody family, who have not only contributed significantly to
sailing within the Club, but also on the wider national and international front. Other successes on the night included a clean sweep in all divisions in Class 2 by Peridot (Jim McCann and others; also winners of the Waterhouse Shield) and, of course, WOW (George Sisk). This year’s DBSC Turkey Shoot was badly hit by the weather with only four of seven scheduled races sailed. It was nonetheless, as always, a very enjoyable event and the top RIYC boat was Indecison. We have the honour of hosting the Turkey Shoot each year and on behalf of the Club, I wish to thank DBSC very much for that.
RIYC INTERNATIONALLY Successes on the international front included Fox in Sox’s (Andrew Jones) win in the Primo Cup IRC 3 and 4, which is the first Mediterranean regatta of the season organised by the Yacht Club De Monaco. While the first day of the regatta was a steady twelve-knot Mediterranean type day, racing on the Sunday was more akin to an Irish summer with cloudy skies, horizontal rain and a 20+-knot breeze. Needless to say, Andrew and his crew ramped home to victory!. Nigel Bigg’s Checkmate XVI flew the burgee of the Club at the Key West Race Week in mid-January 2016. This regatta is a bucket list event for sailors worldwide attracting Olympic medallists, and America’s Cup and Volvo winners, as well as professional and Corinthian sailors. They won two races in a highly competitive fleet and, a bit like the Primo Cup, when the weather deteriorated, the Royal Irish crew were to the fore.
ICC RECOGNISES ALAN ROUNDTREE In February 2016, Alan Roundtree was awarded “Sailor of the Month (Cruising)” for his outstanding contribution to cruising over many years. Alan was awarded two trophies of great distinction independently of each other. The Irish Cruising Club (“ICC”) East Coast Group nominated him for the Donegan Memorial Cup, which is for an outstanding contribution to cruising from their sector of the nationwide membership. It went to Alan in recognition of his 55,000 miles of very varied cruising since he first launched his own boat, the Legend 34 Tallulah in 1987, sailing on many coasts of Europe and going out to the Azores and North of the Faros as well. Separately, Alan was also awarded the ICC’s top award, the Faulkner Cup (a trophy my late father, Philip Byrne, also had the honour of winning). The ICC’s decision for awarding it to Alan was for “for being Alan Roundtree – what more can be said?”.
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UPCOMING EVENTS TO BE HOSTED BY THE CLUB They include the East Coast Dragon Championships on the 27th/29th May, the Club Regatta on the 25th June (not to be missed!) and the Cruisers 2 East Coast Championships on the 6th/7th August. In addition, there will be the 18th Volvo Around Ireland Yacht Race starting on the 18th June. Michael Boyd, the Commodore of RORC and Club Member, will return to compete in the 2016 race, marking the 20th anniversary of his Big Ears win in the 1996 race, with many of the same crew. We wish Michael and his crew the very best in that race. Also competing will be internationally well-known boats such as Rambler 88 and for the first time, multihulls will be invited to compete and it is expected that a MOD70 and two Class 40 boats will be entered.
It has been an honour and a privilege to be a flag officer of our wonderful Club but more importantly, to serve the Club and its Members on the sailing side where my true interests lie I will step down as Rear Commodore at the upcoming AGM. We have been very fortunate as a Club to have had very strong J.O.’s for the past number of years and not only therefore is our “Senior” sailing in good shape, our Junior sailing is very much back on track and hopefully will produce tomorrow’s Olympians! I am extremely grateful for all the support that I recieved throughout my term of office, in particular from the Sailing Committee (Mark McGibney, Paul Colton, Michael Tyrrell, Patrick Burke, Gavin Stillman, Paul McCarthy, Kevin Leonard, Pat Mangan and Patricia Lawler), James Horan, Paul Sherry, Padraig McCarthy (CEO), Paddy McSwiney, Pauline Farnan and Miguel Walker but to name a few. I would also like to wish my successor every success and best wishes in his new role. Finally, I wish everyone continued sailing success and enjoyment on the water. As one famous writer once put it; “There is nothing more enjoyable than messing around in boats”. How true is that! Yours in sailing,
Colin Byrne Former Rear Commodore Sailing
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ROUND IRELAND YACHT RACE 2016
SET TO BE THE MOST CONTESTED IN THE RACE’S HISTORY
he 18th Volvo Round Ireland Yacht Race is set to be the most heated competition in the race’s history with a number of prestigious international sailing champions announcing they will contest this year’s edition. The renowned race has received a major boost with Volvo Cars Ireland coming on board as title sponsor this year after four years without sponsorship. At the event launch in January 2016 at the Royal Irish Yacht Club, Race Organiser Theo Phelan announced that Michael Boyd, the Commodore of RORC (the governing body of international yacht racing) and current holder of the international Commodore’s Cup, will return to compete in the 2016 race, marking the 20th anniversary of his Big Ears win in the 1996 Round Ireland, with many of the same crew.
Phillip Johnston has also confirmed that he will be entering the impressive Open 60 ArtemisTeam Endeavour, the current holder of the Round Great Britain and Ireland Race, under skipper Michael Ferguson. The current holder of the Fastnet Roger Justice trophy Rónán Ó Siochrú has also confirmed that he will be back to contest the Volvo Round Ireland for the fourth time. At the end of 2015 internationally renowned sailor and US businessman, George David also announced his intention to enter his yacht Rambler 88 into the 2016 race. The canting keel maxi yacht would be a strong contender to break the Volvo Round Ireland Race record of 2 days 17 hours 48 minutes 47 seconds which is held by Mike Slade in ICAP Leopard 3 achieved in 2008.
Clockwise from top left: Adrian Yeates, Managing Director Volvo Ireland, Theo Phelan, Race Organiser, Round Ireland, Andrew Doyle, TD, James Horan Commodore • RIYC Mark McGibney and Paul Sherry, Commodore • Theo Phelan, Patricia Greene, Volvo Ireland and Harry Harmon • RTE Seascapes presenter, Marcus Connaughton and Theo Phelan •
ALPAIRE & THE ARC
2,700 MILES, G&Ts AT 16:00, HEAVEN!
n the international front, we had two boats, Alpaire (Des Cummins, Robert Dix and Drewry Pearson) and Annabella (Peter Boylan) competing in the ARC, which is a race for cruisers from Grand Canaria to St Lucia across the southern Atlantic Ocean, a distance of approximately 2,700 miles. On Alpaire, they wisely decided to have a Happy Hour at 16:00 every day where the
crew could have one unit of alcohol consisting either of a G&T, a beer or a glass of wine. What heaven in the middle of the ocean! In any event, both boats were extremely successful in their respective Classes and Alpaire was first overall in the fleet for a skipper over 60. That goes to prove that one of the great things about our sport is that you are never too old to compete.
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he 2015/16 Billiards and Snooker season came to climactic end with both the snooker scratch final and the billiards final on April 15th. John Keane won a gruelling snooker final against Paul McCarthy who put up a great fight throughout. Bill Fleming succumbed to the mastery of Philip Harvey in the Billiards final which was played after a most enjoyable dinner and provided great entertainment for all. All four finalists did a fantastic job on the night and it is great to see two new names on the board. Earlier in the season Peter Roughneen won the snooker Handicap completion which was celebrated with equal revelry as is the custom on final nights.
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The season will restart in September with the Snooker Handicap competition which is open to all ordinary members. The dinner and final will be in early December and those wishing to enter should contact email@example.com. Also in the season Julien Richardson lead the snooker interclub team in battles home and away against the George and the National yacht clubs. These events take place on Tuesday nights in both November and February and members who wish to represent their club and have a great night out should also contact firstname.lastname@example.org A final note of thanks to all members who took part in the competitions throughout the year.
Not going to the ICRAs, why not join the RIYC Members’ Lunch on Saturday 11th June with guest speaker Kay O’Brien, a Killiney-based
Snooker - Clockwise from top left: James Horan, William Fleming, Peter Roughneen, Chris Johnston, Andrew Johnston and Henry Leonard • Peter Byers, Julien Richardson and Peter Roughneen • Peter Roughneen and James Horan
Artist. She has held 2 successful (almost totally sold out) one-person exhibitions in the past 10 years. Her paintings are in the public
collections of Enterprise Ireland in Dublin and Paris, individual’s private collections and in the collection of the INTO. Kay holds
WINTER JUNIOR NEWS TRAINING, TRIALS AND MAINTENANCE TIMES FOR OUR JUNIORS AND BOATS
he Junior sailing season would normally conclude once the Junior Section finished at the end of the summer, however many hardy sailors continued to attend coaching all the way through November. There were a number of cancelations due to inclement weather but there were still plenty of very successful sessions. Coaching has started again with the first session taking place on March 13th and another on March 20th, followed by a four-day training programme over the Easter holidays, from March 21st, led by Luke and Zelda O’Brien, both very accomplished sailors and coaches.
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BALTIMORE OPTIMIST TRAINING CAMP AND THE MOST COMPETITIVE EVENT OF THE OPTIMIST CALENDAR
he traditional Optimist Training Camp took place over the February midterm in Baltimore with over 140 Optimist sailors of all levels attending. As well as 17 coaches, participants came from Ireland, England, France, Spain and further afield. Nine sailors from the Royal Irish travelled to the clinic in Baltimore Sailing Club to attend a full programme for the week, with the exception of a one half day due to unfavourable weather conditions. There was plenty to entertain the adults with a full social programme
including a ladies’ lunch and fitness camp. Well done to all the Royal Irish Sailors. The most competitive event of the Optimist calendar, the national trials which will select sailors to represent Ireland at World and European level, will take place at the end of March/start of April in Howth Yacht Club as part of the Youth Pathway Championships. Tim Norwood and Hannah Leonard will represent the Royal Irish, and we wish them both the best of luck. Tim and Hannah have both been training throughout the winter for this event.
The calendar of Junior sailing for the summer is now available on the Club website. We are delighted to announce that this year our Senior Instructor in charge will be Zelda O’Brien, ably assisted by Luke O’Brien for the first few weeks. After several rounds of interviews conducted by the Junior Committee, and having met with over 25 candidates, we have begun to fill all the remaining instructor roles.
We are fortunate with the team that we have for the coming season and look forward to building on the success of last year. There has been a full winter programme of maintenance conducted on all the Club’s dinghies and all the Optimist dinghies have been through the Boathouse. Miguel and the Boathouse team, overseen by Mark McGibney, have led repairs and upkeep. We are very lucky to have such great assets available
to Members for charter. The work they do on our behalf ensures that the boats are in the best condition each season. The Club Fevas were winterised, with all the rigging and sails stored away until the new season to ensure they continue to be of a very high standard. Our fleet has grown due to the generous donation of two Optimists from Kate and Anna O’Connor and their family, as well as the donation of a Laser 2 dinghy. We are very grateful for the efforts of the staff and the generosity of the Members.
There has been a full winter programme of maintenance on dinghies and rescue boats. If you have been in the Club of late you will have noticed the upgrades that have taken place to the fleet of rescue boats, with new paint jobs, seats and full services of the engines. The rescue boats are essential to the delivery of all sailing programmes and this upkeep increases the lifespan of the boats and reduces replacements costs. I have to thank Hugh Cunniam, Susan O’Gallagher and John Coolican for their continued support and hard work on behalf of Junior sailing in the Club – their efforts ensure that we have a Junior Section of the highest standard. Congratulations to all involved in training in the Club last year. We were awarded Training Centre of the year by the ISA for the Eastern Region before going on to win Sailing Club of the Year. The success of our Junior programme is due to a large number of volunteers. Please bear this in mind when we are looking for members and parents to help out. Kevin Leonard Junior Officer
Right: UCD Sailing Club at their Reception in the RIYC to mark UCD Team Ireland’s departure to take part in the Student Yachting World Cup in La Baule - Le Pouliguen in early October last year. UCD Team Ireland finished up in third place overall at this event which was a great achievement.
a BA in languages UCD, ANCA in Painting from NCAD, PhD in History of Art from TCD. Kay is retired from 25 years lecturing in practical art, Art
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NEWS FROM REAR COMMODORE HOUSE BUSY AUTUMN AND WINTER PROGRAMME
ello to everyone from the House. We have had a busy winter programme. It all started last October when we brought a slice of Munich to the Wet Bar on our Oktoberfest night. Guests enjoyed a taster menu of four German beers, some fabulous schnitzel and we even provided some German beer madchen. A good night was had by all. Pea soup and beef wellington were on the menu at the Wellington Dinner. Arthur Deeny, amateur historian and friend of Adrian Rowan, spoke with such fervor about the Duke. The Dining Room was packed and Arthur gave us a very interesting account of the ability and drive of this famous military man. Thanks to Trina Milner also for helping to organise this event.
THANKSGIVING DINNER In November, we held our first RIYC Thanksgiving Dinner, where each table had the privilege of carving their own turkey, with all the trimmings one would expect at a traditional thanksgiving meal. Many members and their guests sat together making it a special evening. Thanks to Gemma Carroll for helping to arrange this event and for her menu suggestions. Christmas was certainly well celebrated this year at the Club with lots of members and guests attending the Christmas lunches. The Ryan family Christmas Carols was a highlight. Joe Conway won ‘Best Mask’ at our New Year’s Eve Black Tie Masked Ball. I don’t think many of us knew he had such a creative side! Our autumn wine dinners were a success, as always, the last of which was hosted by Irish Times wine correspondent John Wilson, who presented a selection of favourite wines from his book, “Wilson On Wine 2016”. We are very grateful to Frank Kennan, Chairman of the RIYC Wine Committee, and the members for the work they do in organising these events.
GAME DINNER Just when everyone thought January would be quiet, we were fortunate enough to host Samantha Farrell, former owner of Nosh, as guest chef with our own Alan Bell. Together they put together a superb four-course game menu. This was also thanks to John Sisk, who suggested venison for main course
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which we were able to procure from the Dublin mountains, thanks to his friend, Charles Greene. We certainly had a great evening, our compliments to Farrell, Bell and his team. Suddenly it was February and with the sailing season fast approaching, the House committee organised a Boat Maintenance Workshop in the Wet Bar with Miguel Walker and Mark McGibney. We were very grateful also to Edwin Brennan, Derek Reemsbottom and Ian O’Meara, who came along to offer their expertise and to help our Members. Everyone retired upstairs for soup, sandwiches and more lively conversation afterwards, leaving the actual work to be done for another day. We hope to offer a further workshop after the sailing season finishes, so please watch out for this.
MEMBERS’ LUNCH Due to the historic significance of 2016, we had a Members’ Lunch in early March with guest speaker Donal Fallon, who teaches the course ‘Hidden Dublin’ at UCD and is a weekly contributor on Newstalk. Fallon provided a very interesting account of Dublin during 1916 and inner city life at the time. Our previous lunchtime event was our RIYC Fashion Show and Associates’ Lunch last October with our RIYC models putting on a fine show as always.
EARTH HOUR DINNER On 19th March, with Earth Hour between 20.30hrs and 21.30hrs, the RIYC with the help of Alan Keane, celebrated with a talk from the horologist expert Maurice Keenan. Maurice spoke about timekeeping through the ages and man’s endeavour to solve the problem of timekeeping whilst on long voyages at sea. Pat Coldrick entertained us afterwards with some of his own composes as well as some Spanish classical pieces on the guitar after dinner. It was a very appropriate way to finish what was truly an atmospheric evening.
Clockwise from top left: Jim Monaghan and Denis Hewitt battle it out, as Chefs • Jacqueline McStay and Samantha Farrell • Bryan Dobson and Jacqueline McStay • Members attending the Cruising talk • Storme Delaney and Jacqueline McStay at Oktoberfest
UEFA Euro 2016
For the first time, the European Championship final tournament will be contested by 24 teams, having been expanded from the 16-team format
used since 1996. Under this new format, the finalists will contest a group stage consisting of six groups of four teams, followed by a knockout stage including
three rounds and the final. 19 teams (the top two from each of the nine qualifying groups and the best third-placed team) joined France who qualified automatically
Above on the left, His Excellency, Dominick Chilcott, the British Ambassador to Ireland attending the Wellington Dinner, on the right is Arthur Deeny, amateur historian and speaker at the Wellington Dinner. • The Dolce Guitar Quartet • The Dublin Viols
RIYC CINE CLUB
Thanks to Winifred McCourt, a popular addition to the winter social calendar was the RIYC Cine Club which ran free monthly screening for members and their guests. Films featured included cinema classics such as ‘To Kill a Mocking Bird’ and ‘Casablanca’ as well as original blockbusters such ‘The Thomas Crown Affair’. The Club’s drawing room provided a very relaxed and ambient setting for the screenings whilst many of those attending took advantage of the opportunity to enjoy a pre-screening supper in the dining room. The season concluded on April 29th with the 1968 comedy classic ‘The Night They Raided Minsky’s’ starring an eclectic cast that includes Norman Wisdom, Elliott Gould, Denholm Elliot and Britt Ekland.
A range of non-sailing activities continue to be enjoyed at the Club, with strong participation once again in the snooker handicap competition before Christmas, as well as the snooker scratch and billiards competition running until the finals night on April 15. Hill walking and cycling die-hards carried on despite the storms over the past few months, while the dance classes, bridge night and book club settled into the warmth of the Club. Many thanks to the leaders who organise these activities.
Our last cruising talk was with guest speaker Peter McGovern ‘Law of the Land, Designing the Criminal Courts of Justice Dublin’. We would like to thank all our speakers, Patrick Cafferky, Hal Sisk, Bryan Dobson, Peter Boylan and Joe Ryan, in aid of the Atlantic Youth Trust, and Peter McGovern, for their time and effort to bring us such interesting and entertaining evenings. The Club’s 185th Anniversary will be celebrated on Friday May 27, with a special dinner and guest speaker, Winkie M Nixon. I have no doubt that will be a very engaging and entertaining evening. Clockwise from top left: David Whelehan and Martina Delaney of Whelehan wines • Liam Kelly and Grainne McEvoy • Sally Sherry, Simon Coyle, Mary Sherry and Liz Yeates • Ann Greene and Nidia Traynor • Mary Rickard and Francis Murphy
as hosts; a series of two-legged play-off ties between the remaining third-placed teams in November 2015 decided the last four spots at the final tournament.
ROUND IRELAND YACHT RACE 2016 We are all greatly anticipating the Round Ireland Yacht Race Event on Saturday, June 18. The RIYC are proud co-hosts with Wicklow Sailing
Ireland are in Group E and are drawn with Belgium, Italy and Sweden.
Club and this event is showing all the signs of becoming bigger and better. The Club will be hosting an event on Thursday, June 16 for Round Ireland entrants and our own Members, so please watch for further details about this.
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Members may have noticed our reupholstered sofas and chairs in the Drawing Room. The Dining Room has been given a little make-over with repainted woodwork and new curtains arriving within eight weeks. Members of staff have been busy cleaning chandeliers and getting the house ready for the 2016 Sailing Season and our own RIYC Regatta on Saturday June 25. It goes without saying that I am extremely grateful to the members of the House Committee for their hard work and commitment. They include Trina Milner, Red Power, Storme Delaney, Philip Duffy, Gill O’Connor, Patrick Byrne and Gemma Carroll. Thank you also to all the staff who help our committee to maintain the quality of the events and activities in the Club.
Jacqueline McStay Rear Commodore of House
Ireland Vs Sweden Belgium Vs Italy Italy Vs Sweden Belgium Vs Ireland 09
RIYC AWARDS NIGHT
CELEBRATING THE BEST OF RIYC ON THE WATER AND OFF
n the last Saturday of January, which is now our tradition, we honour those sailors that have achieved something of note throughout the season, whether it be racing, cruising or indeed recognising a lifelong commitment to the sport. The top award, not surprisingly, went to WOW, who had an outstanding season. Other worthy winners on the night included Peridot, Annabella, Cri Cri (Paul Colton), Vincent Lattimore, Paul Keane, Alan Kelly (Sailing Volunteer of the Year) and Aislinn Coffey (House Volunteer of the Year).
ISA NATIONAL AWARDS Also in January, at the ISA annual National Awards, we had two sailors nominated as Sailors of the Month: Timothy Goodbody and George Sisk. No other club had two nominees, and both Timothy and George have been at the forefront of the Club’s sailing successes over the years. I can’t compliment them enough for their respective achievements.
Also, at the event, we honoured David Branigan, the well known marine journalist who tirelessly seeks to promote our sport and is, indeed, a good friend and supporter of our Club. Clockwise from top: RIYC Awards to Paul Keane • The Crew of White Mischief • Joker leading the Pack • Annabella celebrate • David Brannigan, honoured for his contribution to the sport • Pat Managan • WOW collecting another prize • Cri Cri celebrate victory • Aislinn Coffey • Alan Kelly • Vincent Lattimore • Kilcullen
CHATEAU FIEUZAL WINE DINNER
very year our Wine Committee create four special Wine Dinners. This past Autumn/ Winter series was very successful with a great variety of wines and speakers on offer and one event stood out when in October we hosted Chateau Fieuzal. This winery is owned by Irish man Mr Lochlann Quinn and his wife Brenda since 2001, only one of six families who have owned this winery during the past 400 years. We are very grateful to Lochlann for facilitating this event and allowing his estate manager to make specific arrangements to be with us.
Our guest speaker, wine maker and manager of this world famous winery, Mr Stephan Carrier presented four magnificent wines and provided a rare insight into making wines and the business of wine at this level.
UEFA Euro 2016 draw
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Clockwise from top: Andrew Bradley, Beverly Turner, Paul Sherry vice Commodore RIYC and Sally Sherry • Henry Anderson, Bacchus Wines, Stephen Carrier Ch. Fieuzal, James Horan, Commodore RIYC and Frank Kenna, Chairman RIYC Wine Committee • Michael Monaghan, Chairman RIYC Finance Committee, James Horan Commodore RIYC, Tom Moloney and Paddy Mc Swiney • Louise and John Peart with Stephen Carrier
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21.00 Sweden Vs Belgium 21.00 Ireland Vs Italy Round of 16 Quarter finals
6th July Semi-Finals 10th July Finals
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WANTED! MEMBERS FOR THE BRIDGE CLUB
ARE YOU ATTENDING BRIDGE CLASSES?
re you attending Bridge classes? Perhaps you played ages ago and would like to get started again?â€¨Or maybe you play at another club on a different night? The Bridge Club is made up of RIYC members and their guests who meet in the Drawing Room on Tuesday nights for a relaxed game of cards. The game is preceded by a delicious Bridge Club supper for
anyone who wishes. We welcome bridge players from Improver Level upwards and you can just turn up if you would like to join us. Bridge is every Tuesday 19.15 to 22.15 in the Drawing Room. Bridge supper is at 18.00 (booking with the catering office is essential).
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MY INTRODUCTION TO SAILING BY PATSY BURKE
ailing from the internationally renowned sailing stronghold of Cahir in south Tipperary, Patrick Burke came to Dublin in the late ‘80’s with a hint of a Cork accent developed by spending summer months on the Ron Holland designed Irish Mist in West Cork. He now sails a First 35 called Prima Luce with Ruairi O’Flynn and Sean Lemass and follows in the wake of Colin Byrne as Rear Commodore Sailing. My first introduction to the Royal Irish was sailing with Arthur Finegan on Utopia and we had lots of fun and exciting racing on that boat. My initial experience of the Club extended beyond that though
- the Royal Irish was, and remains, a special place - it was warm, welcoming and great craic while still preserving and protecting the history and traditions established over 185 years. Since then I have been fortunate enough to to sail with, and race against, many sailors from the Royal Irish at different events and in different boats. We had a particularly fruitful campaign aboard Michael Boyd’s J35 Big Ears with members PJ Kennedy, Richard Goodbody, Niall Dowling, Brian Mehigan, Adrian Rowan, Barry Lyons and Barry O’Connor amongst others who were aboard for various successes including Cork Week, the
Rover Series, DBSC and the Round Ireland 1996. Some of my closest friendships were formed during that time and I’m looking forward to our hosting of some of the bigger Round Ireland boats this year as we try to see if myself and a couple of the old Big Ears crew can repeat the performance of 1996 aboard a First 44.7 Lisa. Some members will know my friend Patrick ‘PJ’ Kennedy who tragically passed away after Thursday night racing in August 2011. We shared the 31.7 Prima Nocte and knocked great fun out of her under the RIYC burgee. PJ loved the Club as much as I did and would have really appreciated the support and the warmth that I experienced from our fellow members at the time of his passing. He would also have been very disappointed to have missed the celebration of his life that Deirdre hosted in the Club - it was a very special night.
THE PEARL LUNCH
CELEBRATING LONGEVITY OF THE LONGEST SERVING MEMBERS
he Annual Pearl Lunch took place this year on a chilly Saturday in February with a substantial number of members attending, considering that the pool of those eligible is rather small. To qualify as a Pearl Lunch attendee it is necessary to have been a Member of the Club for thirty years or more. This of course means that the average age of those in the Dining Room is somewhere north of sixty, and in some cases very far north indeed. This generation of Members provides a strong link to the past and the traditions of the Club,
and needless to say, many of the conversations had elements of reminiscence at their core. The lunch provides an opportunity for long standing Members to get together, often resulting in meeting up with people they may not have seen for some time. It is a time for sharing stories. It also means that they can comment on Club matters from their position of experience and provide counsel to Flag Officers and Committee members, drawing on their collective reservoir of wisdom. Pearls of Wisdom indeed!
Clockwise from top: Commodore James Horan addressing members • Henry Leonard with James Horan Commodore RIYC • Norman Long and Max Keane • Terry Brien and Barry Byrne • James Horan and Richard Clarke • Rodney Martin, Des Cummins and Chris Craig • Fred Espey, Ian Cotton and Richard Clarke
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My children have learnt to sail through Junior Section and as a family we have celebrated christenings, communions, birthdays and such like in the Club. Outside of home, it is my favourite place in the world to be. So against this backdrop you will appreciate that is an enormous privilege to have been elected Rear Commodore Sailing and I look forward to developing many more friendships and memories while serving my term.”
CLASSIC YACHT KIONI BROUGHT BACK TO LIFE
ioni was built last year last year by Bill Trafford at Alchemy Marine in Cork. Bill is a naval trained shipwright who specialises in salvaging ‘end of life’ GRP hulls and recycling them into something spectacular. We bought a 1971 Elizabethan 23, gouged it out, sawed off the stern to add a 3ft counter stern, and rebuilt using only mahogany and teak. The Proctor mast came from Belfast and the sails were made by Philip Watson, a truly ‘ all Ireland’ effort. She was photographed in Crookhaven in August and subsequently nominated by the editor of Classic Boats magazine for boat of the year 2016. The rest is history,
we won, in the under 40 ft, Spirit of Tradition section. Results are found in the May edition.
Peter Finlay with skipper, Lucy (admiral) Vanisha and Imogen
CELEBRATING THE NEWEST AND LONGEST MEMBERS OF THE RIYC
s this year is a commemorative year, we had a Members’ Lunch in early March with guest speaker Donal Fallon who teaches the course ‘Hidden Dublin’ in UCD and is a weekly contributor on Newstalk. Donal gave us a very interesting account of Dublin during 1916 and inner city Dublin life at the time. Donal commented during his talk how history is relevant
in different ways to everyone. Transition Year Students asked him recently what was the Pillar in a 1916 image of O’Connell Street. Our previous lunchtime event was our RIYC Fashion Show and Associates’ lunch last October with our RIYC models putting on a fine show as always.
Clockwise from top left: Deryn MacKay of Khan Boutique, Margaret O’Callaghan of Soul Women, Jacqueline Mc Stay, Liz Quinn Fashion designer and Paula Rowan • Ann Wolfe-Flanagan, Naney Meridith, Eileen McGeough, Geraldine Byrne • Barbara Brown, Aislinn Evans, Sally Sherry and Valerie Armstrong • Joanne Doody Woods, Kaye O’Morain, Kaye Moran • Enid Bennett, Murial Rumball, and Margaret Farrar • Bernadette Nash, Blathnait Crowly, Joan Banks, Joan French, Rosemarie Nash, and Noel Anne Curran • Heidi Hickey, Angela Cummins, Niamh Friel, Rosie Johnson, Bernice Duffy and Linda Martin
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INTRODUCING YOUR NEW FLAG OFFICERS
JOE COSTELLO VICE COMMODORE
PAUL SHERRY COMMODORE
JACQULINE MCSTAY REAR COMMODORE HOUSE
PATRICK BURKE REAR COMMODORE SAILING
INTRODUCING THE ROYAL IRISH STAFF MEET THE MEN AND WOMEN WHO MAKE THIS CLUB TICK... PADRAIG MCCARTHY CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICER
Padraig is a graduate of The Shannon College of Hotel Management with extensive experience in the hospitality sector. His training included 1 and 2 year stints in 5 star hotels located in England and Switzerland, followed by 5 years as Deputy General Manager at Mount Juliet and 4 years as Director of Food and Beverage at the Druids Glen Marriot Hotel. He then moved to Wyatt Hotel in Westport as General Manager where he over saw the successful development and rebranding of the Wyatt during his time there. Padraig has overall responsibility for the day to day running of the club and its staff.
GARETH MCGINTY CATERING MANAGER
Gareth started his career at Killiney Court Hotel where he graduated from a three year trainee management programme. Gareth has held management positions in Powers court Golf Club and the Glenview Hotel where he gained valuable experience in conference and banqueting. Since his appointment as Catering Manager in 2008, he has brought all his experience and training to the RIYC catering department. Gareth has overall responsibility for the catering department including the kitchen and works closely with the House Committee and more recently the Wine Committee. Back (LtoR): Back row L- R- John Keogh, Joe Broughan, Mark Daly, Philp Barnes, Alan NAMES McLoughlin, Des Byrne, Tara Hannon, Pauline Farnan, Bernadette Hughes, Maeve Daly, Janet NEEDED Lennon, Sarah Breen, Sergiu Sandu , Craig Moore, Sebastian Sabon, Tracey Grouse, Rafal FOR HERE Rupinski ,Gareth McGinty, Padraig McCarthy, Mark McGibney Front row L-R – Marcin Danileski, Eric Goulding, Killian O’Connor and Miguel Walker
NEXT BALLOT THIS JULY
he Membership Committee is currently accepting applications for our next ballot in July for Ordinary, Overseas and Country Members. If you wish to make your spouse/ partner, your adult son/daughter, or
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your parents Associate Members, now is the time. For all membership queries please contact the Club Secretary.
FLAG OFFICERS - PAST AND PRESNT
L-R- Alan keane, Henry Leonard, Nevin Dowling, Terence Johnson, Trustee Frank Kennan, Doug Smith, Denis Woods, Commodore Paul Sherry, Colin Byrne, Paddy McSwiney, James Horan, William Fleming, Trustee David Skerritt, Alan McGettigan, Fred Espey, Michael Halpenny and Peter Redden
MARK MCGIBNEY SAILING SERVICES MANAGER
Mark has been employed in the Club for 23 years. He started as a temporary boatman and has been promoted several times, each time taking on more responsibility as the Club developed. Mark has a vast knowledge of Sailing and Boathouse operations, he has overall responsibility for all Sailing services and works closely with both the Sailing and Junior Committees. He is currently Coxswain of Dun Laoghaire Life Boat, something of which the Club is very proud. MARK DALY BAR MANAGER
THE STATISTICS Full time members of staff Total years of service Average years of service
20 327 12
AVERAGE YEARS OF SERVICE BY DEPARTMENT; Administration 12 Bar 12 Catering 18 Sailing 22 Longest serving member, John Keogh, has 37 years of service
Having served at sea for Commissioners of Irish Lights and Dublin Shipping for 16 years, Mark was first employed as a barman and was then promoted to Bar Manager in 2001. He oversees the operation of both bars. While most or some of us are sleeping, Mark is keeping watch and making sure everyone is safe and happy. He is often the first point of contact for members entering the Club, famous for watching the c.c.t.v. and having your favourite tipple ready on your arrival at the bar. MIGUEL WALKER BOSUN
Following in the footsteps of his Great Grandfather, Richard Brennan, who was employed
at the RIYC in the mid thirties as Boatman, Miguel was first employed as a boatman at the Dun Laoghaire Motor Yacht Club in 1989. Miguel spent a year at the RSGYC before entering his Club of choice in 1993. He was appointed Bosun last year, having worked with Paddy Murphy for many years and, like Mark McGibney, has a vast amount of knowledge and skills. Miguel too is a member of R.N.L.I. and has responsibility for all Boat house services and is an invaluable resource to the Club and its members PAULINE FARNAN RETIRING CLUB SECRETARY
Sadly after 16 yearsâ€™ service to the Club, Pauline will finish up in June. Pauline was the Catering Manager up until 2008 when she was appointed Club Secretary. Pauline has made a huge contribution to the Club and will be missed by all. We wish Pauline and her family all the best in her future career. SARAH BREEN ACCOUNTS TECHNICIAN
Sarah was first employed as Bar Supervisor in 2002 and over saw the implementation of a new food offering in our bar during which time attributes for systems and attention to detail were notable. In 2008 Sarah transferred to our accounts department and enrolled on a two year accounts technician course and graduated with distinction in 2010. Since then Sarah has been our Jonas software and IT Champion and has
implemented many procedures and systems. Sarah has been the friendly voice on the phone answering any queries members may have in relation to their accounts. ALAN BELL HEAD CHEF
Alan joined the RIYC in 1999 as Sous Chef and was then promoted to Head Chef in 2000. Alan started his career in Russells, Glasthule before heading to the Ramada Hotel, London, where he worked under Gordon Ramsey for two years. Alan moved back to Dublin in 1998 to take up position of Sous Chef at the Central Hotel and then after two years he was promoted to Head Chef. HARRY FINNEY FINANCIAL CONTROLLER
Harry joined the team in August 2009 and since then has managed the Clubâ€™s finances through very challenging times. As an elected member of CIMA, Harry has held the position of Financial Controller with several large multinational companies including EMI Records Ireland and GlaxoSmithKline. Harry is retiring at the end of July 2016 and we wish him a long and healthy retirement.
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THE RIYC AND RNLI
A CLOSER LINK THAN YOU MAY THINK
ark McGibney joined the RNLI in May 1989 and during the last 27 years has trained with the Dun Laoghaire Crew regularily to upskill the requirements needed to man both lifeboats in the Dun Laoghaire Lifeboat station. Over the course of this time Mark’s duties increased from Crewman to Mechanic, Navigator, 2nd Coxswain and now holds the premium position as Dun Laoghaire Lifeboat Station Coxswain. During this period there have been 1,289 lifeboat calls, 1,279 persons rescued with 125 lives saved. The RNLI train their crew to the highest standard and Mark has obtained many course certificates including Mechanical, Casualty Care/ First Aid, Fire Fighting, Sea survival and RYA Yacht master offshore qualifications. As Coxswain of the Station, Mark is now oversees the training of the new recruits and the regular weekly sea going training of all the regular crew. We asked Mark why he does it. “I’ve spent most of my life playing on the water in Dun Laoghaire, starting with the sea scouts on the
west pier and the DMYC was my first boatman job in 1986. I was asked to sign up in 1989 and just kept going. As the years have gone by I’ve met a countless number of people in the sailing fraternity. These people are the users of the bay and I suppose I like the idea that I know
I have the facilities to go out to help them if they get into trouble. There is always the possibility that the person who we are rescuing is related to someone I know. I must mention the Royal Irish Yacht Club has been a great help. Without the generosity of employers like the
Royal irish Yacht Club, who have given permission for me to drop everything at a moments’ notice to answer the call of the pager, the whole concept of a volunteer lifeboat crew would not work. The RNLI has great respect and I’m forever thankful for such employers.”
THE ROYAL IRISH POST CROSSWORD
COMPLETED CROSSWORDS SHOULD BE SUBMITTED TO THE SECRETARY’S OFFICE BY 30TH JUNE The winner will receive a Dining Room voucher valued At €100 Clues Across 1 Cow call with leftie is tied up (6) 5 Negative, expression of surprise, with Channel Island leads to early craft (5,3) 9 On-board convenience and left starter with current unit produces forward illumination (8) 10 Partial male, there was a “Female” one comprising European and Swiss including backward peacekeeper (6) 11 Well, no end to say, leads to start of HSE (6) 12 Down below, foreign male articles are followed by Irish, for example (8) 14 Disturbed air Joe ironed for sailing venue (3-2-7) 18 See Nigel dine messily causing revolutions (6,6) 22 Usually orange and blue, vital in nautical emergencies (8) 25 Endless Cup is symbolic of old anti-fouling (6) 26 Golf support followed by left including religious group leads to a male hawk (6) 27 Decisive with bravo for alpha before echo yields melting pot? (8) 28 Dangers are not always this red and black (8) 29 Backward holy man followed small and sweet for short bird-like messages(6)
Clues Down 2 Useful for bridge, door-lock, and bottle (6) 3 Revolutionary old-fashioned trousers get attention in emergencies (3,6) 4 Downwind trouble in demise preceding tiger builder’s breakfast fare (5,4) 5 Poseidon to some, this to the Romans (7) 6 Article, pronoun, and bill to be in the lead (5) 7 Thus, managed to turn, for underwater detection system (5) 8 Music genre followed by drug attempt for space launch technology (8) 13 Echo running for an age (3) 15 A spirit before woo takes you to where the English beat the French (9) 16 Agreement squeezed by record chased by parasitic insects produces a useful rope ending (3-6) 17 Papers held by sundry navigational measuring instrument (8) 19 About six hours of contra-flow (3) 20 Drink at room temperature, was seen (7) 21 Exercise, initially lively at the double pursued by alien makes ball of shot (6) 23 X-ray Lima audibly surpass (5) 24 Towel turns into young strigiform (5)
CREDIT WHERE CREDIT IS DUE Photography kindly supplied by David Branigan/Oceansport, Miguel Walker and Padraig McCarthy/RIYC Photography
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Dun Laoghaire, County Dublin
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