30/06/2020

Lockdown Gallery

The Committee in its wisdom decided that as Serpent events in 2020 were inevitably to be curtailed*, a selection of photos from past club activities should be presented on the website to remind us all of to what we have to look forward.

Now adding the lastest submissions at the top of the page. Remember to click on the pic for a better view.

Here are 3 from the 2016 Frostbite race: The late Neil MacDougall assisted by Don Gillies at speed in  Camus Bosta, Martin Yuill going well in Pondskater, and Exody leading Camus Bosta into the Tan.




Now 2 photos from Tom Hutchinson

 Above a 2014 start at Rothesay. Tom comments 'Who says we are not competitive'  and below Martyn Webster in Shona soon after the start of the 2016 Portavadie race. We will miss Shona and Martyn in the Serpent events. 


Here are 3 from Stewart Toy - the Loch Riddon BBQ in 2017.  Maybe not perfect BBQ weather but happy faces nonetheless as is usually the Serpent way.




The first submissions were from the irrepressible Trevor Watson and are from the 2013 Round Shuna Race. Do click on each photo to enlarge it.

 Nobody was ever fooled by Out of The Blue's attempts to look casual by fishing off the transom.

 Troikka doing what she did best in very light airs. Looks like only 2 on board. What were we doing wrong?


The next three are submitted by Dugald Glen and are from the opening muster Tarbert race in 2008.

  On board Tulla with Iain and Pamela Sinclair as guest crew.

Here's a super shot of Troika the SJ320 under full sail with George and Julia Hannah on board. The SJ was an enormously fun boat.

This looks like it must be a sail change about to proceed on Troikka. No roller headsail here.

Now a couple from Graham Gillies:

With a threatening sky backdrop the sun catches Exody in the West Kyle, May 2017.  The race had been stopped already and we were sailing on to Tarbert.

   This is the Serpent fleet in the Kyles in the Postavadie race 2016.

A few people shots as taken by the race secretary. Most will have been on the website in the past. (Note: If anyone is unhappy with being depicted in any please inform me and they will be removed.)  The first 2 are from 2017 when Anne & I were guest crew on board Katya for the round Shuna race. Judging by the woolly hats it must have been chillier than it looks.


Catherine is certainly sporting some impressive headgear as Anne shows off her racing crew pose.

The Croabh Muster barbecue team who have done a splendid job over many years.

The next 4 are from the Tarbert muster 2016 where clearly there was a good turnout for the pre- dinner drinks party.









07/03/2020

Appreciation of Douglas Clow


 Members will be saddened to hear of the death of Douglas Clow (79).
He was a valued member of the Serpent Yacht Club and one of its staunchest supporters for over 40 years.
Douglas’s passion for sailing started when he raced dinghies at Monklands Sailing Club. After he got married to Margaret and their family arrived, he realised a bigger boat was needed. In true Douglas style, he sourced a hull and deck and proceeded to build, not just one, but two boats at the side of his house in Lesmahagow. The first was “Phaeton’ –an Elizabethan 30 and the second “Ambition” a Warrior 35.
His last boat was, Guilty, a Gibsea 39, in which he competed very successfully in Serpent and Clyde Cruising Club events. He also spent many happy holidays with his family and friends on the Clyde, the West Coast and further afield, often in the company of other Serpent yachts.
Douglas’s company, The Clow Group, is one of the largest independent manufacturers of ladders, steps, brushes and access equipment in the UK today.
Many will wonder how Douglas was accepted as a member of a club for medics.
My Dad, Jack Edgar, was Douglas’s GP when the Clow family lived in Lesmahagow. Dad had been helping Douglas finish off his boats when he got a notification about the Serpent Yacht Club starting up. He asked Douglas if he would be interested in them entering a race together. Douglas agreed.

Quite quickly, Serpent members realised what an asset Douglas was to the club, not just for his great knowledge, sailing expertise and enthusiasm but also the fact that his firm had accounts with chandlery suppliers and offered favourable rates on marine equipment as well as on paint brushes, ladders and scaffolding from his own company. Honorary membership of the club was extended to him and he subsequently joined the committee and served as Treasurer.
My memories of Douglas will be of him always sailing impeccably turned out in his shirt and tie, always smiling, being very competitive and doing outrageous things to win e.g. keeping his spinnaker flying when all others had lost their nerve.

He will be sadly missed. Our thoughts go out to Margaret, Douglas, Cameron and Kirsten and their families. 

Catherine Toy
Past Commodore