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Boat in Summer

Summer 2021 – Senior Team of Instructors

Summer is fast approaching and we are sure that everyone is super excited to get back out on the water, so for now we’d like you to meet our Senior Team of Instructors, who are just as excited to get back down and ensure that all of our NYC sailors have a summer to remember!

Declan Wildes will be our Senior Instructor this summer.
Declan worked as our Senior Instructor in the National Yacht Club in 2017 and 2018. He then spent a summer in Long Island, New-York being the director of junior sailing. We are delighted that he will be leading our team of Instructors this summer.
Declan says “Hi everyone! I’m so excited to return to the National Yacht Club this summer as the Senior Instructor. We will be working closely with Irish Sailing to help facilitate a fantastically fun and safe summer for you all. We have a superb team of instructors ready to take you all out on the water. See you all soon

Nicola Ferguson
will be our Assistant Senior Instructor. Nicola is a 4th year Advanced Instructor and has coached both summer and winter in the NYC for the last few years. She has been a performance coach on the Dun Laoghaire Optimist Group for 2 winter seasons. Highlights of Nicola’s sailing career are being part of the Optimist European team in 2015, being an Irish Sailing 420 Academy member for 2 years and competing in 420 Europeans and Worlds in 2017, 2018 & 2019. 
Nicola says “ Looking forward to getting back down to the NYC to teach and have lots of fun with all of the NYC sailors. It will be an unforgettable summer in our second home, what more could we want! It’s not long until June so let’s get excited!”

Eoghan Byrne is a 4th year Advanced Instructor and will be part of our team of instructors this summer. Eoghan has coached in the NYC over the last few years. In 2019 he coached the “Dublin Topper squad” at the Topper Worlds in Holland. Some highlights of Eoghan’s sailing career were being on Irish Sailing Topper and Laser 4.7 squads and coming 14th at the Topper World Championships in Rive del Garda in 2015. He also competed in the laser 4.7 Worlds in 2017. Eoghan says “ Roll on summer 2021. Sun, sea and sailing! What else could we ask for! See you all in June for a summer that we can remember forever!”

Clare Gorman is a 4th year Irish Sailing Instructor and has been working in the NYC both winter and summer for the last few years. Clare is both a wonderful optimist and laser coach. Highlights of Clare’s sailing career are being part of the Optimist World team in 2015, coming 16th in the laser 4.7 Worlds, being on the Laser Radial Irish Sailing Academy  for 3 years and coming 5th in the Laser Radial Worlds 2019.
Clare says “ I can’t wait to get back out coaching on the water with my friends on a very fun, sunny and enjoyable summer course!”

NYC U25 J80 Squad – Expression of Interest Form

We are looking for members to form the U25 J80 squad. This form is to express interest and to confirm availability. Expressions of interest are open to ALL members between the ages of 16 and 25, regardless of experience or what boat you sail.

Once details have been confirmed with the club we will organize a Zoom with further details of the proposed squad and invite people to apply, after which selection will occur.

There will be 5 team members (plus 1 or 2 subs)

Read more about the plan here and complete the form if interested to join the U25 Team!

The grand finale of season 1 of the NYC Speaker Series

The grand finale of season 1 of the NYC Speaker Series is tomorrow evening 7.30pm! ? We will be joined by YouTube sensations SV Delos!

With 700k subscribers on YouTube we are extremely lucky to have Captain Brian join us for an hour of stories and insights. From quitting a desk job and sailing around the world, to reaching YouTube fame, we will hear all!

Zoom Link:

Assistant Instructor Positions 2021

The National Yacht Club is currently seeking to recruit a team of committed and enthusiastic Assistant Instructors for the 2021 summer sailing courses. 

Transition Year (TY) sailors who wish to apply for the position of Assistant Instructors at NYC over summer 2021 should complete the form below before 18:00 on 29th March 2021. 

The role is relevant to any individual 16 or over with the required certification who has completed Transition Year and is interested in encouraging children to learn how to sail under the direct supervision of NYC instructors at all times. Assistant instructors are required to hold their Motorboat licence; First Aid cert; Safeguarding cert; Garda vetting cert (Note that only applications from sailors who have completed TY will be considered). 

This role is an excellent opportunity to learn from qualified coaches and instructors on how to lead and deliver sessions on training courses. Please be aware that this is a voluntary role only.

For further details and to apply for a position, please click here

Indecon Public Consultation on the Harbour and Town – Have your say!

Dear Members,

As you may be aware, DLRCC has employed consultants to complete separate studies on the future of a) the Harbour and b) the Town.  As part of this process, the consultants have already surveyed the Harbour users including the NYC, and have now opened, albeit without much fanfare, the process to the public.  This process has only recently come to our notice via the Save Our Seafront folks and the last date for submissions is Sunday February 28th, so not much time!

The link to the surveys is below, so please click the link and submit your views. The survey will take just 5-10 minutes to complete.

As noted above, the NYC, via the Development Committee and supported by the General Committee, has already completed a similar survey, and it would be really useful if, along with your own personal views, your submissions reinforced the Club’s views.  To this end below are the highlights of the Club’s submission.

  • The old “Commercial Mandate” imposed on the Harbour Company by the Harbours Act needs to be abandoned and instead the DLRCC should look on the Harbour as a public asset, and should treat it much as it does Marley or Kilbogget Parks, i.e. public assets that are not required to “make a return”.
  • Any commercial activity promoted by the Council for the Harbour should support the cultural, leisure and historic aspects of the Harbour and it use for industrial applications, such as windfarm construction/service, is not appropriate.
  • Public access to the water needs to be improved, and the provision of a National Watersports/Events Centre, with appropriate facilities, would go some way towards achieving this goal.
  • The Harbour makes Dun Laoghaire a unique location for the hosting of large international watersport events, and there is the expertise available to attract these events, if the proper infrastructure was available.
  • The integration between the Town and Harbour needs to be improved, and developing the Harbour as a leisure facility is the best way to achieve this.
  • The reduction/removal of the swinging moorings from the East Bight has taken away from the visual impact of the Harbour to the public and these should be reinstated.

Many thanks for your help with this and please do not forget to submit our views by next Sunday.

Paul Barrington


NYC Development Committee

NYC online Pilates for All with Sally Bell – Starts Monday 1st March for 5 weeks

Shake the gloom and the festive season excesses off! Get your mat and sign up for some much welcome and much needed online Pilates classes with Pilates teacher and sailing coach Sally Bell!

No experience or fitness level necessary! No shame in a classroom group session, do it from the comfort of your bedroom or living room! Just sign-up below and join the movement!!

The Zoom sessions are limited to a maximum of 16 participants and are scheduled for 6 weeks, starting Monday 1st March from 19:30 to 20:30.

Costs are €46 for the 5 weeks. You will receive an email with the Zoom sessions link upon registration (check in your spam folder if you don’t see it in your inbox)