Annual Dinner and Prize giving Friday 6th December 2013

After the success of last year we are delighted to be returning to the Blythswood Hotel, Glasgow on Friday 6 December 2013 for our annual dinner and prize giving.  We look forward to catching up with you all. Please invite your family and lots of friends.  The evening will commence with a drinks reception at 7:30pm.  

This year we are honoured to have Simon Crawford as guest speaker. He and his wife Pamela are club members although they now live in Southampton and sail on the south coast. He is a consultant in gynaecology and gynaecological oncology at Southampton University Hospitals.

Tickets are £45 each, which includes a delicious dinner and a glass of fizz beforehand.  Those of you who attended last year will remember that the private bar for the dinner does not have card facilities so please bring cash.  We will also be running a raffle for the Mercy Ships charity.

The booking form for the Annual Dinner went out with the Newsletter but if you missed the newsletter and need a copy please email or phone Roisin (mrsharris) at the address below.

As well as our prizes for racing there are separate competitions for the best photograph and the best log.  The theme for the photos is ' a good days sailing' and this will be judged on the evening.  The best log will be judged by the Committee.  Please send your entries to mrsrharrisATgmailDOTcom or to Roisin Harris at 23 Baronald Drive, Glasgow, G12 0JA by 30 November 2013. 

Please remember this is a fully accessible venue.  If you have any queries regarding access please contact Roisin Harris on 07732018204.

 Provisional Programme 2014
January – racing meeting - tba

AGM 10th Feb

Feb Curling Match - tba
March – Meeting to revisit the Sailing Instructions

17/18th May - Opening Muster - Tarbert

14th/15th June - Portavadie Pursuit Race and muster

19th/20th July Craobh/ Round Shuna Race and Muster

6th/7th September - Autumn Muster - Rothesay

18th October - Frostbite Race


Frostbite Race 26th October 2013

Seamus Lalor of Emma Louise contributes this report: 

With winds rising to Force 6, five intrepid yachts took part in a fast moving race around Cumbrae. Camus Bosta took up position as Committee Vessel and the race started with Troikka, Aquaholic and Emma Louise tight on the line on a starboard tack. Troikka started to leeward of Aquaholic until both tacked on to port, close to shore thereby allowing Troikka to get clear to windward and set the pace while Emma Louise, well to leeward was able to tack onto port and into clean air. Meanwhile, Out of the Blue was ambling down the channel from Kip post a leisurely breakfast fry up as Stewart thought the clocks had already gone back by one hour - arriving a tad late on the line just as Camus Bosta was starting!

In Class 1, Aquaholic got into the groove on the beat to Farland Point hot on the heels of Troikka while in Class 3 Camus Bosta was in pursuit of Class 3 Emma Louise and OOTB was making a valiant effort to close the gap. Troikka and Aquaholic set spinnakers at the Tan Spit Buoy but by the time they reached the top of Cumbrae, Aquaholic decided to make life more interesting by broaching spectacularly in order to give Charles, Anne and crew on Troikka a 'sporting chance'. Alas, this was to no avail and Aquaholic crossed the finish line less than a minute ahead of Troikka on corrected time. With the wind rising, Camus Bosta continued to make ground on Emma Louise and both simultaneously tacked over the finish line, but with Camus Bosta the clear winner on corrected time. 

 OOTB finished shortly thereafter having made up considerable ground.

Events were however to take an even more interesting turn. Troikka suffered engine failure in the Kip entry channel* and OOTB arrived in time to take the embarrassing photo of them under tow. However with all the excitement over and and safely tied up in the now driving rain, the Troikka crew gatecrashed OOTB where the Commodore kindly ‘spliced the mainbrace’ in characteristic generous style. 

 Meanwhile Emma Louise headed back towards Ardrossan in rough seas and wind gusting Force 7. After 3 hours motoring into a southerly, all were glad to surf into Ardrossan Harbour (as you do down there) in a darkening sky and the previously mentioned driving rain. Just as Emma Louise entered the inner harbour the Marina security shouted, "Is there anyone else out there" (clearly not – they were all sensibly in the pub) and immediately proceeded to close the storm gates! It was a blast of a day to end the season.

*subsequently it was found that the diesel tap had somehow been turned off