Serpent Yacht Club in 2023

The committee has planned a programme for 2023 which in some areas diverges from the usual format, reflecting the changing nature of the club members' activity.

First off we have the Annual General Meeting which is once again in the Mearns Kirk Hall on Wednesday 15th February. The time is 7pm for coffee with the start at 7.30.  This is a good time to catch up with other members and this year our founding Commodore Bobby Corbett, who has recently swallowed the anchor and sold his boat, will be selling some of his sailing kit. Fifty percent of the sale will be donated to the Ocean Youth Trust Scotland charity.

 The proposed committee for 2023 is as follows:

Commodore Charles Sutherland
Vice Commodore Vacant

Rear Commodore Tom Hutchinson

Treasurer & Minute Secretary Caroline Hutchinson

Secretary Graham Gillies

Race Secretary Charles Sutherland

Membership Secretary Catherine Toy

Cup Convenor Don Gillies

Stewards Marcus Stone & Stewart Toy

Marion Borde will be standing down from the committee after many years’ service much of it as Membership Secretary. We much appreciate her work and enthusiasm and look forward to seeing her on the water on Exody. We are fortunate that Dr Norena McAdam who sails Adastra out of Craobh has agreed to be proposed to join the committee and we look forward to welcoming her aboard.

After the business we will have a presentation on the work of the Ocean Youth Trust Scotland by  SYC member and OYT activist Dr David Murray. 


Next the programme begins with a new event dubbed the ‘Fitting Out Supper’ at a restaurant in Glasgow City Centre on the evening of the 19th of April. The name reflects the time of year but is just an excuse for an informal get together for members to socialise over a meal. Full details of this and how to book yourself in are to follow.  

Sailing activity begins later with the familiar and popular Tarbert Race & Muster on 20/21st May with dinner as usual in the Starfish.  Cruising to the venue is most welcome but race participation is encouraged.  

There is no programmed activity for June but there is an opportunity for members to meet up on the water whether this be on the Clyde or further afield making use of the SYC WhatsApp group.  

The Croabh Weekend on 15th July takes a different format from the time honoured.  Ideally, arriving at Croabh on the Friday, the Round Shuna Race will be on the Saturday to be followed by the Craobh Barbecue as usual on the Saturday evening.  On Sunday the plan is to depart Croabh, to catch the tide for a cruise to Loch Spelve for another musselfest cookout at Inverlussa at the head of the loch.  This was a very successful event last year and well deserves repeating.

Thereafter it is hoped that participants will be able to proceed on to cruising in company further north. 

Back in the Clyde, we have the Summer barbecue at Ormidale in Loch Riddon on the 12th August.  This date does not have to be set in stone and will be finalised with reference to the weather forecasts.   

As the season runs all too quickly towards its close we have the Autumn Muster at Rothesay on the 16th September .  There will be a race to Rothesay from Kip for our enthusiasts but whether racing, cruising or ferrying, there will be sociable gatherings aboard in the harbour, followed by a meal in the Victoria Hotel.   

The Frostbite Race has encountered inclement weather in recent years with a couple of cancellations so this year we are hoping this October event attracts better weather.  Nevertheless we hope to have a race following the previous format with ideally a Cumbrae figure 8 or if too windy a race in the Largs channel. Whatever, sailing or not, the main focus is on a dinner at Largs in the evening.  More detail on that will follow nearer the time. 

This, at least is the proposal but all is subject to final confirmation. The committee will welcome suggestions from members.


The previous post comprises two tributes to the late John Turner.  The first is from his family, written by his daughter Susan and documents what an extraordinarily accomplished man he was.  We encourage you to read it. The second is from his later life friend Winnie Strang who is well known to active SYC members. 



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