A message from the Commodore - Catherine Toy   (Aug-September newsletter)
With August coming to an end , what little summer we had is drawing to a close. Some who went sailing early will have enjoyed the fabulously warm dry weather that the west coast experienced in June and early July. It is not often that we have water restrictions on the islands or a hose pipe ban on Mull?
However, others, like ourselves, who didn’t get sailing until mid July when the jet stream moved north, experienced much wetter,  windier conditions. 

While we had great weather for the Craobh BBQ , on the following day  the Round Shuna race  was cancelled due to the Force 5-7 forecast.  However, unfazed, and with cups to be competed for, our  intrepid racers adjourned to the Lord of the Isles for a very enjoyable pub quiz. The questions were a challenging mix of sailing, medical and general knowledge,  with some cryptic catch phrases to decipher . It was  all washed down with a light refreshment and a bite of  lunch.

Results for the Alternative Pub Quiz were as follows:                 
1.       Tango Too -   Steve and Susan Pickles
2.       Kelpie D  - The Yule family
3.       Out of the Blue – the Toy family

Many thanks to Steve and Susan for the BBQ, for Tony Adgent and friends for the band and for David Toy and Robert Yule for preparing the quiz

Upcoming Events

8/9 September
Autumn Muster Rothesay      
Race / Cruise to Rothesay
27 October 
Frostbite Race  Cumbrae
Race Round Cumbrae
7 December      
Annual Dinner
Blythswood Hotel, Glasgow

 Autumn Muster - 8/9 September 2012
This year’s Autumn Muster is from Kip to Rothesay with a pursuit race back to Kip on the Sunday. As last year was such a success we have once again organised a special three course dinner at the stunning Mount Stuart Visitor Centre.  The cost will be £30.00 per person, which includes the meal and the bus there and back.  The bus will leave from Rothesay Pier at 7.30 p.m.  If you require a children’s menu, can you specify that on the form and we will organise it with Mount Stuart. Completed entry forms to be returned to Paul Harris by the 3rd September.  Race instructions are attached to this newsletter.

Frostbite Race 27 October 2012
This will take place from Largs and will be a race round Greater Cumbrae. This year’s socialising will be left up to the participants on the day. Race instructions are enclosed with this newsletter.

Annual Dinner and Prize giving - Friday 7th December 2012 - Blythswood Hotel, Glasgow
This year we have a new venue for the annual prize givingdinner.  It will be held in the Monte Carlo Suite in the Blythswood Hotel, Glasgow (formerly the RAC Club) on Friday 7th December 2012.  We are pleased that the suite and conveniences are on the same level and all fully accessible.  The Committee is very excited about the new venue and I hope you will all join us to make it a successful evening.  More details in the November newsletter
Log Competition 
Please remember the club has a Log Competition. For those of you who travelled far or even not so far this summer, entries should be forwarded to Roisin Harris, by the 31st October 2012.
Photographic Competition
The theme for the photographic competition this year is “rain or shine”. Again entries to Roisin Harris by 31st October 2012. These will be displayed and judged at the dinner. 
Returning Cups
Finally could all members who won cups last year please return them to Seamus Lalor (10 Arranview Gardens, Seamill, Ayrshire, KA23 9NR) or any Committee Member no later than Wednesday 31st  October 2012.

Pamela Sinclair 

 Members will be saddened by the death of Pamela Sinclair after a long brave fight against cancer.
Pamela was a past Commodore of the Serpent Yacht Club and was a loyal supporter and a good friend to many of us. She loved nothing better that a weekend away in Black Pepper, sharing her enjoyment of sailing with Iain and friends.  Even during her treatments,  when she wasn’t feeling great, she made a huge effort, smiled and continued to support club events.
In the last few years she has helped to establish a charity called Pancreatic Cancer Scotland. The club will be supporting it at the Annual Dinner. 
Pamela is and will be greatly missed. Our thoughts go out to Iain at this sad time

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