Youth sailors from EDYC were out at club racing on Saturday 31 August 2019. This was the last of three sessions building upon the youth training week earlier in the summer. Unusual weather conditions challenged the sailors; any capsized boats were quickly righted.
After our sailors went ashore, we saw the volunteer crew of the Portaferry lifeboat en-route to support a boat from a neighbouring club.
Peel Race 29 June 2019
Friday 31 May 2019 was a bit windy and the evening was unpredictable as far as wind strength so some weather forecast training and some boat rigging was undertaken for training. A visit to the shore on Taggart Island for a rubbish sweep produced some three bin loads of plastic and other debris and the evening finished with an open water swim. Some nine ducks and one parent swam back to the EDYC slipway, crossing through the visitors moorings and enjoying the activity very much. Safety cover was of course on hand.
The first race of our Wednesday night series was in light winds and sunshine with many smiles and much sail rigging.
The first storm of the autumn – Ali – hit EDYC on 19 Sept 18 and disrupted the normal boat storage and moorings.
Strangford Lough Racing Cruiser Association is a group of like minded sailors who promote racing of cruising boats. They encourage cooperation between clubs in the lough .
The “Round The Lough Series” runs over five Sundays. There are round the cans course with a time limit of 2hrs 30 mins.
EDYC hosted a race on 16th Sept 18 and the results are available via this link.
The clubs generously sponsor bottles of wine for the winner of each class on the day’s racing – however the wine goes according to – RULE 6 and an SLRCA rule – not always to the winner. Photos are of those who got the wine..
The last race will be at SLYC next weekend – Sunday 23 Sept 18 – followed by the AGM
Some Photos of the 16 Sept event are in this gallery
Regatta Photos from EDYC 50th Anniversary Regatta on 4 Aug 2018
More photos will be added to this Gallery as we receive them.
Prizes awarded for the 50th Anniversary Regatta of East Down Yacht Club.
Thanks to all who attended, competed and to those who came to help out with the volunteer duties!
Results plus prizewinners photos from the Strangford Lough Youth Event held at EDYC on Sun 5 Aug 18 are the first images to reach this gallery – many more photos are expected soon.
The Golden Eagle and Peregrin is not EDYC, we just have a few Kestrels.
Aerial combat golden eagle vs peregrine – Lough Spelve 20180629
EDYC 50th Celebrations WEB gallery post 10 July 18
Approximately 70 boats with flags and bunting flying took part in a parade of sail at East Down Yacht Club, outside Killyleagh, to celebrate the 50th Anniversary of founding of the club in 1968.
The parade was led by a Viking Ship, manned by Vikings in traditional clothes. The Vikings had set up camp for the weekend in the grounds of the club, demonstrating their skills and fighting ability with a mock battle.
On the first Wednesday night of May club EW1 racing commenced on a light wind and cloudy evening with some showers. Cruiser crews were ferried out by the chevvy and dinghy launching was achieved with a slow passage to the race area. The first off Cruiser 1 class presented to the start line with the two Impalas first, having to run the line a bit (from the committee boat end) to loose approach seconds and the rest of the fleet following with perhaps more rusty timed approaches. Cruiser 2 has two competing yachts and again were not that prompt with line crossing. Dinghy 1 a large class dominated by wayfarers, had front boats showing good line timing and also a spread behind. Dinghy 2 – two Toppers and the L17 one yacht were relaxed about the line. Photos reflect these comments and the dull conditions beneath the clouds.
The L17 class were heavily represented on the committee vessel and produced many comments about possible improvements to our set up. Seems all enjoyed their outing and the post race food and drink.
Results are available – link
Brent Geese visit EDYC Slipway – Some seven Brent Geese visit our slipway on 15 Feb 2018 and have a wee nibble and move on. Another quiet day at the club during the maintenance season. More Brent Geese info at:- Brent geese arrive at Strangford Lough
EDYC successfully ran an RYA Level II Powerboat Course on the Saturday and Sunday of 14th and 15th October with six successful candidates.
EDYC Regatta 12 Aug 2017 took place in light winds and sunshine and had an excellent turnout of boats.
Using the usual separate start and finish lines on either side of the committee boat ensured separation of classes at appropriate times. Results are available on the club web site here using the normal HAL presentation format, seek the regatta results. It seems all enjoyed their racing and sandwiches and buns in the clubhouse afterwards. Several prize winners appear in the photos in this gallery.
Training Week 31 July – 4 Aug 2107 gallery – A full week of very varied weather and training led by our experienced RYA Senior Instructor Eoin and qualified assistants, Sam and Aoibhin. Assisted by some mature people on shore.
The instruction filled week used both Toppers and Fevas along with RIBs on the stormy days.
The week was tailored to the experience of participants allowing all to improve their skills and aimed to gain an RYA qualification.
All enjoyed the weather and facilities at East Down while learning dinghy sailing skills over this training week.
The RYANI Open Pathway Training (OPT) open to sailors under the age of 16 in Topper, Optimist, RS Feva and Laser classes took place at EDYC. It is/was aimed primarily at those sailors who wish to develop their racing skills with a Squad coach in order to help them gain a good understanding of racing within the class and to go on to compete at open class events and the RYANI Youth Championships.
The Ardglass Race was held on Sat 3rd JUne 2017 with winds of 20 knots and a noticeable swell running at the bar mouth.
Wind direction was mainly on the nose (Southerly) with the first mark being “4” to port within the lough. The fleets turned south at the Fairway buoy despite the smaller boats not being required to by any flag instruction. The results are available on the EDYC club WEB site under results – select via the pull down series menu etc..
Now over – we had Various Fri May and June evening training sessions titled Dinghy Duck.
Both in a dull and damp climate and more favorable conditions, however we managed to keep smiling as the photos show.
We now have a registration form on our downloads section for those wanting to give us their details and attend.
We sought to encompass all comers in skill levels in all weathers, possibly classroom use occasionally. Still willing to have new joiners now!,
First – Just eight cracking photos from Wed night race on 10th May 2017
taken by our Race Officer from the committee vessel. Then 39 photos more arrived !
Great night – racing is being firmly established for the incoming season.
Alfie’s food in the bar as well !
Cleanup day took place at EDYC on Saturday 22 April 2017 with many members assisting with the cleaning and tidying tasks.
Much steel work was prepared for re-cycling and lots of rubbish accumulated in the other skip.
An excellent lunch of soup and sandwiches formed the mid day break and many worked on into the afternoon.
EDYC Regatta 2016
Please contact Margie Crawford if you would like to request a copy of one of the images.
The GP14 Ulster championship held at EDYC on 25 26 June 2016