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Sea Fever Training at MYC – temperatures rising!

Sea Fever temperatures were high over the past few weeks at Malahide Yacht Club!

Kicking off our Introductory Week for keelboat beginners in mid- June, our own MYC coach (and past 420 world champion bronze medal winning sailor) Colin O’Sullivan put Amelie Soffe, Kate Campion, Laura Fleming and Joanna Berry through their paces, as they left behind their Oppies to test the waters on our J24’s.

These tough sailors had no problem tackling the weather that was thrown at them over their week long course – the attached pictures capture the fun that was had by all!  As they finished up their last day of training, the girls swapped back to their Oppies to take on the IODAI Oppie Leinsters to finish out 7 days of sailing!  Well done girls !

Pictured are Laura, Amelie, Joanna and Kate


Then it was straight into our IS Level 4 Adventure Course:  A group of 5 MYC cadet trainees were tested by our Instructor Meg Tyrell, with 10 days tough training on the open sea!

Covering passage planning, tides, navigation, buoyage, anchoring, mooring, reefing, coming alongside, and much much more – nothing proved too daunting for this very energetic and enthusiastic group of sailors.

The highlight of the course, was a well prepared passage plan from Malahide to Dun Laoghaire and back, taking just over 9 hours to complete.  Sea sickness, large waves, ice-cream, swimming with seals off Lambay were all on the Agenda.  Visits to Howth and Irelands Eye for lunch provided plenty to entertain, over the 10 days.  Bear in mind these young trainees, who had not sailed too far outside of the Broadmeadows Estuary in their dinghies up to this point, took all this in their stride.

St. James Terrace was the base for classroom based theory and Malahide Marina provided a welcome return each day for the boats.

Some of the comments back from the sailors included:

“the day trip to Dun Laoghaire was exciting, as that was the farthest and longest day I had out at sea.  I left with great memories on this course…”

“swimming off Lambay and Ireland’s Eye was brilliant,  I really loved everything I was taught.  Meg was brilliant! “

“I had a great time sailing the J24 for 2 weeks with my friends, I learned a lot from this course, and it was a great experience!”  

“learning to steer over big waves was scary, but exciting.  I never knew waves could be this big!”

Pictured above, receiving their Level 4 Adventure Certificates are:

Hugo Micka, Timmy Flavin, Eoghan O’Callaghan, Meg Tyrell (Instructor), Elliot Manks, Sam Oragano.

Adult Training :

And it wasn’t just our young cadets who were out training, our 2nd J24 was also in use for training some of our newly joined Adult members, as well as existing MYC members.

  • Weekend training in June, with our keelboat coach and Senior Instructor Thomas Natin, certainly whetted the appetite for more weekend coaching scheduled during July and August!
  • Evening training for adults continues, with short courses aimed at the complete beginner to those with some experience, but want to get involved in racing/crewing.
  • Mentoring continues by our volunteer skippers –  We’ve had some great half day trips with existing and new members to date.  Our thanks to MYC skippers for volunteering their time on this project to date.

Upcoming Events:

  • Our 2 J24’s are fully booked for the Gibney Classic, and strong interest & bookings are in for the Cruiser Regatta and Wicklow Vase.
  • Our next I.S. Training Levels  in August for Level 2 and Level 4 are fully booked at this early stage.
  • We hope to see more of our MYC members join us on trips over the Summer and into the Autumn.
  • We have requests in from Cruiser Skippers looking for crew for some of the ‘organised’ cruising events over the Summer.

For information on any aspect of Sea Fever, please contact Dan/Therese

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