The Serpent Yacht Club is a small friendly club originally started by doctors but now open to anyone who has a connection to any of the healthcare professions. The club has a programme of sociable musters with races and new members are welcome.
The club email is firstname.lastname@example.org
Martin Yuill reports
This was the first
Official Serpent BBQ at Ormidale and although the weather could have been
kinder it did not dampen the spirits of all who took part. In the end 9 SYC
boats were represented and we were joined by prospective new members, Mairi and
Douglas Brown on Mariella, a Nicholson 32.
Commodore Stewart and wife
Catherine, had loaned Out of the Blue to their sons. A request was received
from them for a berth on Pondskater for the Friday and Saturday.
“Certainly” we said without realising that he would be arriving after
son Douglas, his wife Leo, other son David and a friendhad been ferried on board in the dead of
night at 11.00 after travelling from London that afternoon. The SAS should
recruit Stewart who is now well practiced in ferrying people around an isolated
anchorage at midnight.
Saturday saw Pondskater,
now flying the Commodore’s burgee, at Rothesay for the passage in company. With
no takers we had a stop in Port Bannatyne for papers which turned into a lunch break.
Back at the mooring people
who had moorings at Ormidale started to arrive and in the end no one had to
anchor with Graham and Don on Silverjack rafting up to Black Pepper, Mariella
on Stewart’s mooring and Tigerfire also on a spare mooring. Ian and Anne were
on Sulaire and Robert on Kelpie-D. Seamus, recovering from the flu, and Marie
arrived by car and stayed the night on Emma Louise at Portavadie .
Those afloat set off to
the shore at 5.30 in a damp Scottish mist which was more like rain at times. It
did though clear up to give us a dry evening ashore mostly clear of midges.
Somebody stole my burger! I wonder who? Can you spot the culprit?
Everyone brought their
disposable BBQs except Don and Graham who
were more traditional and created theirs on the beach in a stones circle (they did succumb to the use of the blow torch
to get it going).
There was so much sharing
of facilities that it eventual became a large community self help BBQ with food
and cooking resources being shared.
We started to pack up at
8.30 before it got dark with everyone having had their fill . A ‘taxi’ service,
for those who needed it, towed them back to their boats.
A big clear up followed
with numerous rubbish bags ending up in the back of Stewart & Catherine’s
By the time Pondskater stirred on Sunday it
was a nice dry and calm day.