2024 at NSC
A very happy new year from Newtownards Sailing Club - it promises to be a great one!
August 2024 marks 60 years since the opening of the club in 1964. A special event will be planned to celebrate the anniversary with all NSC members, family and friends.
In the meantime, there's plenty to keep us entertained on the water and in the clubhouse...
We're hosting the Irish Nationals!
NSC has been selected to host the GP14 Championship of Ireland 2024.
The three-day event will run on June 28th, 29th and 30th at Newtownards - and normally attracts around 40 boats.
NSC Sailing Secretary and Event Director Jennifer Bryce said: "I'm thrilled we are hosting the biggest event in the Irish GP sailing calendar. We expect to welcome around 80 sailors from across the island of Ireland, many of whom will want to bring their families along and camp on site.
"This will be a huge team effort to organise, from safety cover on the water to food and live music in the clubhouse - so the preparations start now!"
Volunteers will be needed to support in the clubhouse, around the slipway and on the water over the three days and in the lead up. If you can help, please email email@example.com
Our annual Prizegiving Night is scheduled for Saturday 13th April.
Trophies will be awarded to sailors and windsurfers for the 2023 season, with dinner and music as we also celebrate the beginning of the 2024 sailing year.
Further details will be shared in due course.
Dates for your diary
Happy sailing, windsurfing and swimming!
We are delighted to announce the launch of an online webstore for Newtownards Sailing Club branded merchandise.
The store opens today for two weeks, closing at midnight on Friday 10th November.
This means our supplier, The Signature Works in Bangor, can print all garments in one run - keeping the cost as low as possible.
We’ve worked to ensure the clothing is good quality, with an embroidered logo and the option to personalise with your initials or boat name.
Production of all orders will begin after the store closes on 10th November and items will be ready for dispatch or collection around the end of November.
Just in time for Christmas presents!
Join us for Sunday Brunch, available at the clubhouse every Sunday in September, from 12-2pm. If you would like to avail of a bacon or sausage buttie before sailing or post-surf or swim, register here in advance. Cost £5pp.
Save the Date!
Lastly, NSC’s Social Committee are pulling out the stops to make up for a stormy season, with one further date for your diary:
The club's held annual dinner and prizegiving was held on Saturday 1st April. It was a great, well attended evening, with delicious food, and fantastic music. The prizes awarded were:
Windsurfing Speed Challenge Awards
Some of our long-standing members have started a Wrinklies Tuesday Club!
Two projects are currently underway:
1. At the grounds entrance, the old fencing has been removed, the bank cleared and ground re-seeded with grass.
2. At the green container - new support bracing has been fitted and the area underneath cleared. The initial purpose here was to support the fencing but in due course this area could be roofed and use for storage.
A huge thanks to the “Wrinklies” for this much needed effort!
If any other members would like to get involved, please contact John Clementson or Brian Andrews.
NSC WhatsApp group launched! Thanks to everybody who has signed up to be added to the official WhatsApp group. The first post from the Commodore is now live. Any members who still want to sign up can contract Brian Conway on firstname.lastname@example.org or Lana Ritchie on email@example.com. A big thanks to both of them for setting this all up!
The Afloat magazine has published coverage of our recent GP14 Hot Toddy and Youth Championship events.
The Hot Toddy coverage is here and the Youth championship is here.
Shane McCarthy and Josh Porter were overall Hot Toddy and Gold Fleet winners.
Simon Cully and Richard Street topped the Silver Fleet.
David Evans and Jon Evans took Bronze Fleet honours.
In the Youth Championship Bobby Driscoll & Ross Kearney took the U16, U19, U22 and overall awards.
Sam Street and Josh Lloyd were runners up in the U22s.
Jessica Greer and John Greer were runners up in the U19s.
Mark Greer and Adrian Lee were runners up in the U16s.
NSC honourable mentions include:
David and Stephen Nelson 6th in the Gold fleet.
Michael Cox and Claire Cromie 4th in Silver
Adam Torrens and Peter Brines 2nd in Bronze
Jennifer Bryce and Lara Sunday 3rd in Bronze