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Pirates Ahoy!

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On a lovely summers evening a large contingent of local pirates sailed the high seas to Pirate Island. The outdoor junior area of the club was transformed with Jolly Roger flags and bunting, skeleton balloons and other pirate themed decorations. Our swashbuckling adventure began with a few fun and games with our First Mate Parent Volunteers getting us ready to embark. These included learning how to talk like a pirate –arrrr! Our Face painters made us look like fierce pirates  – grrrrr! Our Memories were tested with pirate paraphernalia.We had to dip our hands into slimy buckets of eels and maggots to find bubble wands. We had to don a blindfold and Pin the eyepatch on the Pirate. We were assigned our Pirate aliases (Mine is Sealegs Stinkalot!) before we were off down the gangplank, past the tally board scallywags to a rip roaring rib ride on one of the pirate ships helmed by Salty Sea-Dog Stephen and his crew.  The excitement grew as they transported us to the faraway Ireland’s Eye for plenty of fun games and challenges hosted by our Howth 7th Port Sea Scouts.  Yo-Ho Ho  to Cap’n Haribo and Jim Lad Alan and their merry team of rovers, ventures and scouts who kept us entertained with the likes of tug-o’war, team buckets and barrels, walk the planks, oreo  challenge games to name a few. They we were delivered safely back to HYC land where the delightful aromas of Sandra’s HYC BBQ were there to greet us.

We feasted on Burgers, Hotdogs, Ice cream and sweets. And for a fun finish to the evening frivolities, we danced away with the Scouts to the music of DJ Squire Anthony while we waved our glowsticks! Our younger pirates deemed it be “ A totally awesome day!”; “Amazing”;   “So much fun” ;“The Best Day Ever” along with “I just LOVE the Pirate Day”.

 

 

Junior Summer Sailing Courses Open to All!

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If you haven’t already booked you kids sailing for this summer, make sure you don’t miss out! All of our Junior Sailing courses are designed with your child in mind and the focus is on having fun while learning to sail!

Our courses are run by qualified Instructors, are accredited to the national governing body for sailing, Irish Sailing, and are held in the safe waters around Howth and Ireland’s Eye.

  • Healthy Lunch Provided with all courses
  • 1 Instructor & 1 Assistant for every 6 kids in Cara na Mara and 8 kids in some of the older/more experienced courses!
  • You do not need to have your own boat
  • You do not need to be a member

From June to August we run a variety of levels suitable for all age groups and levels of experience. We also provide ‘Sailing with Languages’ (Spanish, French and German), suitable for your teenager who has had some previous exposure to sailing as well as at least one year of studying the language of choice.

We can keep your kids fit, healthy, happy and safe for the summer! So don’t loose out on a place, go online to https://questhowth.ie/juniors-sailing/ and get your application in to Quest Howth today. Quest Howth is the training brand for all Sailing and Powerboat training in the grounds of Howth Yacht Club.

For more information please contact Eimear or Ian at Quest Howth (Telephone 01 -8320602).

 

Quest Howth & HYC Welcome Top Level Visitors!

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An Taoiseach Leo Varadkar visited the club on Saturday, 1st December and was accompanied by Minister Richard Bruton TD and the Mayor of Fingal Anthony Lavin. The visit had been arranged by Senator Catherine Noone to help discuss issues facing the club. The delegation had earlier met the local fishermen and focused on the issues pertaining to the harbour.
At a reception in the club, the Commodore outlined the challenges facing the club and in particular the dredging issue which has become critically urgent and outlined the impact that it was having for the club and the likely future impact. It was also pointed out that the silting of the harbour is severly compromising commercial activity and also rescue services such as the RNLI .
The Taoiseach was aware of the issue and said that he had discussed it with the Minister for Agriculture and the Marine on the previous Thursday. He outlined that the cost of the dredging is considerable and that it has been categorised as a major infrastructural project.

Harbourmater Harry McLoughlin outlined the strong relationship between the club and the harbour authority and he reinforced the case for the dredging, highlighting the impact on Howth Yacht Club. The imminent appointment of the consultants is a major first step in this process, the second will be the granting of the planning permission and necessary licensing required to complete this major project.

In a discussion with the Taoiseach in the club’s Centenary Room, the Commodore also highlighted the impact that recent changes to drink-driving limits was having on all clubs and the fact that this will mean that many clubs will be under further financial pressure resulting from the subsequent reduction in trade and traditional revenues that clubs have been dependent upon. The Taoiseach then positively discussed potential new uses that the club premises could be used for.

Gold medallists Robert Dickson and Sean Waddilove with Fingal Mayor Anthony Lavin, An Taoiseach, Senator Catherine Noone and Commodore Joe McPeake

Gold medallists Robert Dickson and Sean Waddilove with Fingal Mayor Anthony Lavin, An Taoiseach, Senator Catherine Noone and Commodore Joe McPeake

Highlighting Howth Yacht Club’s ongoing sailing achievements, the Taoiseach was introduced to Robert Dickson and Sean Waddilove – HYC’s U23 World Champions in the 49er class and he also got to meet with some of the club’s young Optimist sailors. The Commodore and other Flag Officers with Committee Members took the delegation on a walk-through of the club premises and gave them a brief outline of the club’s marina operation, of which they were very impressed.

The afternoon provided a very valuable interchange which afforded the club the opportunity to express its views at the highest level.Harbourmaster Harry McLoughlin

This Christmas Give the Gift of Powerboating in Howth!

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This Christmas make some real waves with a gift of a Powerboating Course for him or for her.

Not only will you be giving the gift of Adventure & Fun in Howth Yacht Club you will also be gifting the opportunity to achieve Nationally recognised Powerboat Certificates which opens up a world of opportunities!

Simply purchase Vouchers for the amount of the course at https://questhowth.ie/product/gift-voucher/.

For more information on the courses we offer go to https://questhowth.ie/powerboating/

  • Introduction to Powerboating Course (1 Day) €125
  • National Powerboat Certificate Course (2 Days) for €225
  • Safety Boat Certificate Course for €200 per person.

 

This Christmas Why Not Gift Him, or Her, the Gift of Sailing!

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This Christmas, why not give the gift of Sailing? We have the perfect Christmas Gift For Him and For Her. With Quest Howth you can give your friends and family members the opportunity to go sailing in Howth and beyond. We have opportunties for all ages and all levels. If you have never sailed or it has been 20 years since you last tried it, we can introduce any age to a whole new world of sailing fun in Howth Yacht Club. We have Try Sailing which is a €50 lesson which gives you the chance to try sailing, we supply all the gear and safety equipment. You do not have to be a member of Howth Yacht Club to enjoy sailing with Quest. If you enjoy your first outing, we can take you up the sailing levels and get you involved in regular sailing throughout the year. We also have Day Adventure Sailing, Discover Racing Courses and, for the more Adventurous, we have Kites & Wires Courses. Coming to Howth to Try Sailing could open up a whole new world of friends and adventure. If you need any help please phone Christina on 0872846145 who will be happy to help you with your order or can actually take your booking over the phone.

For more information on our Courses  https://questhowth.ie/adults-sailing-courses/

To Purchase our Gift Vouchers https://questhowth.ie/product/gift-voucher/

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November Corporate Sailing Day Success!

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It has been a great winter so far and we were delighted the weather conditions were so good as to ensure our J80 Sports Boats got out for what is probably the last of our Corporate Sailing Days for 2018.  Super fun was had by all during their few hours of training before coming into the warm bar to celebrate Ireland’s momentous defeat the of All Blacks!