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Junior Sailing update 2012If you would like further information on junior sailing at Rush SC please contact the Junior Organiser, Jacqui Mc Crum at 086 854 2220.
Well done to all of those who completed the ISA courses this year. We had over 50 juniors participating in all kinds of weather. Our regular instructors Aine Carroll, Paul Maguire and Kevin Mc Hugh were joined this year by our own 'home bred' newly qualified instructors, Clara Hynes, Ciaran Hand, Brian Carthy, Cameron Mc Crum and Sean Paul White. The 5 new instructors worked excellently with the experienced hands and all sailors benefited hugely from the additional instruction and attention. Well done to all 5 on completion of their inaugural instruction foray and it was interesting to note that other clubs (Clontarf, Howth and Skerries) employed them later in the summer - a true testament of their capabilities.
A big thank you to all parents, grandparents, aunts, uncles and friends who helped both on and off the water to make this year a success. On Friday 19th October we will be giving out certificates and awards so please put the date in the diary and we will be in touch nearer the date.
Adventure Course 2012
Thank you to Paul Maguire who completed the 'academic' side of the Adventure course during the winter time. The 'action' part of the courses was completed during July 2012. Thanks to Aine Carroll & Jackie Boardman who put their boats at the disposal of the juniors to complete their Adventure 2 course with a trip to Wicklow which involved an overnight stay followed by a return to Howth on the Sunday. All participants were ably instructed by Aine and Paul Maguire - congratulations to Noelle & Caoimhe Leonard, Fergus de Faoite, Brian Carthy, Ciaran Hand, Meabh Grogan and Lisa Coleman who all made the trip. Grandad Jackie was ably assisted by his grandaughter Mallaidh Boardman the the persuasive powers of another 'junior' grandaughter (Lauren O'Hare) ensued that Grandad Jim and Marguerite Carthy also made the trip to Wicklow for the overnight stay. The return journey saw the two girls joining forces with their buddy Laoise Mc Hugh on Jim and Marguerite's boat whilst Patrick Boardman and Kevin Mc Hugh sailed Patrick's mermaid from Wicklow to Dun Laoghaire. Great weekend had by all and thanks to all concerned.
Many of you will have attended the Tall Ships Festival recently or seen the boats out on the water. Congratulations to Ciaran Hand and Cameron Mc Crum who made the 'hairy scary' crossing from La Coruna In Spain across the Bay of Biscay to Dublin in boats - 'Kapitan Borchardt' and 'Pelican of London'. Despite coming through a force 9 storm (mothers were tracking the boats on an hourly basis !) they both hugely enjoyed the experience and no doubt will have tales to tell for anyone willing to listen! A short interview with Cameron is on the Irish Independent site: http://shar.es/7cnJM.
Thank you to Gerry Byrne who conducted an 'engine maintenance' session to show a number of the juniors the intricacies of engines. A number of other 'juniors' completed / are completing their powerboat courses - Meabh Grogan, Shane Whelan, Connor Kelly, Freya Mc Crum and Caoimhe Leonard - which will provide additional rescue cover for the future.
Regattas / Events
We also wanted to record the activities of our up-and-coming sailors. We have a very enthusiastic group of 11-14 year olds who are ready to take on the world. David Kelly performed very well in his first ever regatta in his laser at Clontarf SC, aided and supported by his roadie Maurice. A group of four headed to Malahide last weekend supported by their parents and roadies ....Maurice and Lorcan. Their confidence was fantastic - they had the benefit of two weekend sessions with Alan Ruigrok and after that they believed they could conquer the world.
At the Malahide regatta there were 65 boats on the water - in their laser classes Simon Jones was 4th, David Kelly 5th, Aoife de Faoite 7th. The Topaz class was very heavily subscribed and Michelle Ryan achieved 14th. Huge fun had by all and everyone very happy to be out on the water. All looking forward to their next challenge!
Well done to Erica Ruigrok who was 4th female at the Topper Worlds in Holland recently. This in in addition to her successes earlier this year in the 4.7 laser at earlier championships.
Well done to those who successfully completed their Leaving Certificate exams - well done to all - and fingers crossed to those waiting for Junior Certificate results shortly !
Courses are provided in accordance with the Irish Sailing Association (ISA) Small Boat Sailing Scheme for junior members of Rush Sailing Club.
These are held on Tuesday and Thursday evenings commencing in May each year. Participants must provide their own boat and this must be fully insured before sailing can commence.
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