Sailing superstars from across Northern Ireland have been nominated for their contributions and achievements made over the last year and we will be showcasing the finalists in the run up to the awards.
CLUB OF THE YEAR
Ballyholme Yacht Club
encourage more people into sailing through training and open days, Ballyholme
Yacht Club also provides sailing and social activities for its members.
for the first time ever, the club staged and delivered performance training for
its Topper and Laser Fleet over a 20 week period during the winter months. It
has also staged the ISA Youth Championships, Irish Laser Masters, GP14 Nationals,
Ulster 420s, Fireballs, Women on Water, Belfast Lough Regatta Club, the RYANI
Youth Nationals and the Denis Finlay Memorial.
busy activity schedule, the club also helps to support the local community,
providing bibs for the North Down Triathlon, staging the Northern Ireland
Schools CCF Regatta and Rockport School Regatta.
there are three Club members at Ballyholme who competed in London 2012 and
qualified Ireland for Rio.
The club has
big plans for the next year, hoping to encourage those who have left full time
education back into sailing through the delivery of Adult Training Courses.
They also will continue to build on the success of Women on Water and encourage
more children from disadvantaged areas into sailing.
Belfast Lough Sailability
Sailability (BLS) is a volunteer based charity with no paid staff so volunteers
are the backbone of the organisation.
It aims to
offer sailing for people with disabilities or disadvantaged to the community, this
includes the whole family unit, and the club provides respite for parents,
carers and siblings. They promote
activities which all the family can participate in and have some fun.
BLS is also
involved with the Duke of Edinburgh & Presidents Award schemes and have had
several young people completing their volunteering unit with the club.
involved with Volunteer Now, BLS encourages young volunteers to participate in
the Millennium Awards and this year several young volunteers achieved 50, 100
and 200 hours recognition.
Antrim & Newtownabbey Council BLS has helped with the Volunteer Student
Exchange Scheme. This year two young people volunteered with BLS before going
to Arizona and returning with two young American volunteers who then spent a
few weeks volunteering with BLS before flying home.
Over the next
year, BLS will continue to work to provide sailing opportunities for people with
disabilities and those from ͚disadvantaged͛ sections of all community. They aim
to expand operations by attracting additional experienced volunteers, training
existing volunteers to higher standards and by sourcing new, more suitable
Carrickfergus Sailing Club
Sailing Club (CSC) has been actively involved in the Try a Boat and Push the Boat
Out events to reach out to a wider section of the community to attract new
members make a big impact, volunteering in a wide range of varying roles both
on and off the water. This includes race officers, safety boat crews, junior
training, coaching, Bosun’s, battery and results teams, administrative
assistants, and bar volunteers.
invests in sailing volunteers by encouraging and financially assisting them to
take recognised RYA courses for instructor, coach, powerboat and safety boat
positive impact is felt throughout the local community. This year the Club
donated an Optimist dinghy to Rathcoole Nursery School where it is used for
story-telling and to ignite the imagination of its young pupils. A redundant
Wayfarer dinghy was also donated to Ashgrove Primary School and is being used
for similar purposes.
This year, Paul
Robinson – a CSC member - decided to sail solo nonstop around Ireland to raise
funds for Roddensvale Special School. The club got behind Paul and they raised
£10,000. Another member, Peter Lock who is visually impaired, took on an alternative
triathlon around Belfast Lough. He ran to Carrickfergus, sailed a club bahia to
Bangor assisted by one crew and two club safety boats, and then cycled on a
tandem back to Carrickfergus! Later that evening Peter held a further fund-raising
event in the Club for Guide Dogs NI raising in excess of £ 3,000.
the Club is ambitious, hoping to raise funds and membership and encourage
junior sailing through the Bright Night Sailing programme.