06/06/2011

JUNE NEWSLETTER 2011

A Message from the Commodore
We have all been watching the recent weather with concern and dismay, as high winds wreck our hopes of relaxing sailing and it will come as no surprise to those not involved, that the Spring Muster was cancelled due to the high wind warnings.
We have, however, our next muster at Portavadie on June 18/19, and we have transferred the programme for the spring Tarbert weekend to this muster. We are therefore running the Saturday race from Kip to Portavadie, followed by the Ladies Race to Kames on the Sunday. This will be combined with a dinner at the Portavadie Marina on the Saturday evening. We would like, of course, to welcome as many members as possible to participate in this weekend, either racing, cruising or even coming by car.
By the law of averages, surely we must be in line for some improvement in the weather by then !
Tom Barrie, Commodore
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The decision to cancel the race was not because of the weather on Saturday, which was windy, but because of Sunday‟s weather which was much worse. A number of boats had already cancelled and we were concerned that if we continued, people might get stranded in Tarbert. The following is an extract from an e mail from Tom Clark whose boat Boxer was tied up behind Ernest on Saturday evening in Tarbert.
“Without doubt, cancelling was the correct call since size and experience were both needed as the wind strengthened. Ernest Bennie left Tarbert early on Sunday and had 40kts across the deck. We recorded 50kts and today ( Monday) at Largs, as I collected the cooked food left in the oven, we had a SEVERE GALE and the wind was 60 -70 mph and maybe more in the gusts. “

However, although the Muster was cancelled, some hardy Serpent members in Que Chica and Jomora had already reached Tarbert and were joined by Out of the Blue and Kelpie D who travelled there by car. They decided as they were there anyway, they would go along to try out the newly refurbished Anchor Hotel. Under new management, it has been transformed and is looking fabulous. The food is delicious.

Please note that the committee has decided that as the club cancelled the muster and the race, the club will absorb the Anchor Hotel‟s cancellation fee and all dinner payments and race fees will be refunded.

Clyde Get Together Portavadie – Saturday 18/19th June
As we have a number of cups which we normally give out to the winners of the Spring Muster races, we have decided to transfer these cups to the races being run on the Portavadie weekend.
Race instructions for the weekend are attached. These races follow the Spring muster format with the finish of Saturday‟s race being off Skate Island instead of at Tarbert.
Dinner has been organised upstairs in the Restaurant at Portavadie marina. Each boat crew is to pay the restaurant directly, choosing from a set two or three course menu.
Summer Muster – 23rd and 24th July – Craobh Haven
The format will be similar to last year, with a barbeque in the boat shed at Craobh Marina on Saturday evening followed by the Round Shuna Race on Sunday. See attached for further details.
Steve Pickles is organising this event, so if you are intending coming along please let him know , so he can estimate numbers for catering. Steve can be contacted on 01555 666348 or 07981443362. If no answer, leave a message or email him at stephen.pickles 'AT' btinternet.com
Autumn Muster 10/11th September
We are returning to Rothesay for this year‟s Autumn Muster. The restaurant at Mount Stewart has been booked and we are looking forward to a re- run of last year‟s enjoyable weekend.
We will be racing from Kip to Rothesay on Saturday with a pursuit race back to Kip on Sunday.
29th October Frostbite Race - Largs
A date to put in your diary-as usual this race will be starting at Largs and sailing round the Cumbraes.
Fri 9th December - Annual Dinner and Prize Giving
Another date to note in your diary. The Art Club has been booked again this year and new caterers have been engaged so we are looking forward to an enjoyable evening.

Photography Competition.
The annual photography competition has become part of the club‟s annual programme with judging taking place at the annual dinner. This year's competition is entitled “All At Sea”.
So get snapping

Log Competition
There is also a competition for best log. Jane Hinshalwood last year raised this to a new level and had a clear run. As there is a cup at stake, remember to write up your log on your summer voyages.  If they get the fingers tapping the iPads there could be an tense and exciting shoot-out between Dugald and Val Glen's account of their voyaging in Scandinavia and Robbie and Alyson Rodger's Mediterranean exploits.

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