The well-attended 66th AGM of the Mermaid Sailing Association was held on 1st December 2017 in Skerries Sailing Club and among the highlights discussed was the Cork Harbour National Championships in 2019.
A proposal to amend the rule regarding maximum rudder length was passed which now means rudders can be 2 inches longer than previously allowed. The final events calendar for the 2018 Mermaid season was also confirmed seeing a 4 day National Championship taking place in Foynes as opposed to the usual week-long Mermaid event. Most notably, the class were delighted to welcome more new members and boat owners including Daireach Dineen, no 121 Red Seal and Oisin Finucane, no 165 Sea Fox.
Royal Cork Yacht Club at Crosshaven emerged as the preferred venue for the 2019 Championships and there will be further discussions with RCYC in preparation for this event. It will be a new venue for the class who are looking forward to venturing to Cork!
A new year means a new committee and the Class was fortunate in welcoming a number of new members to it’s voluntary team who will bring 2018's events to reality!
The Mermaid Sailing Association would like to say a sincere thanks to the following committee members who stepped down from their roles in 2017: Des Deane (President, now Rush Class Captain), Paul Smith (Secretary, now President), Alan Butterly (Boat Measurer), Brian McNally (Skerries Class Captain), Kevin Bartley (Foynes Class Captain), Anthony Weldon (Rush Class Captain) and Dan Brennan (Dun Laoghaire Class Captain). The class would not be going from strength to strength without the hard work and effort of these fantastic volunteers! The new committee for 2018 elected at the AGM can now be seen on the contact page of the Dublin Bay Mermaid website.
The first event for the Class in 2018 is fast approaching as the Dublin Bay Mermaid annual Prize-giving dinner is scheduled for Saturday the 3rd of March at Rush Sailing Club starting at 7:30pm. This event will see the winners of the 2017 season acknowledged and presented with their trophies as well as the top 3 National winners receiving their ISA medals. The event has been extremely popular, being fully booked for the past 3 years and this year is expected to be no different. Mermaid members past, present and future are all very welcome so please feel free to get in touch with the class if you would like to attend.