Message from the Commodore Tom Hutchinson

I was delighted to welcome folk to the Commodores reception in Tarbert on the 18th of May. It was great to see so many members on the water. The weather was spectacular with temperatures topping 26 degrees in the warm sunshine. As is tradition, the reception was held in the Tarbert Harbour Association marquee where drinks and canopies were enjoyed along with the opportunity to catch up on every one’s latest sailing news.

Caroline and I are finally afloat on Aquaholic and have enjoyed our first short shakedown sail when I am happy to report all went well. We are based in Craobh hence why we did not feature on the water at Tarbert. I look forward to meeting up with many of you as the season progresses beginning with the cruise in company to Ballycastle which Graham has detailed below.

I must thank the Committee for planning the Tarbert event, and in particular to Graham, our secretary, for organising the berthing, and dinner. Thanks, also to Caroline, Marje and Norena for preparing the canopies and also to Don for making Black Pepper available as a base for the Commodore and for food preparation and for dressing BP overall for the occasion.

I hope the weather is as kind to us going forward as it was for the Spring Muster and look forward to meeting as many of you as possible during the season at our full programme of events.


Notes from the Secretary Graham Gillies

Our opening Muster at Tarbert last weekend was well attended with 23 folk and 6 boats. In addition to the crews arriving by boat, the Commodore Tom Hutchinson and Caroline drove down from Craobh with Norena McAdam to welcome everyone to a drinks reception in the Marina marquee. The club yachts had largely arrived early due to the cancellation of the race and there was much chat and catch up on the long pontoon which THA had reserved for us.

Stewart and Catherine Toy and their crew just made it in the nick of time aboard their immaculate and, ‘new to them’, Sadler 39, ‘Encore’. They had encountered extensive dense fog in the lower Clyde after leaving Troon which necessitated cautious progress.

Tom warmly welcomed Mike and Freda Forbes on their Dufour 40, Micky Finn IV. They are our most recent Serpent members but need no introduction to Clyde sailing and racing having spent many years sailing from their base at Rhu. Talking of experienced sailors, it was also good to see Douglas and Mairi Brown in good form at the muster on their Nicholson 32, Mariella with its distinctive yellow Tinker dinghy. We were pleased that our Sailing Secy Charles, and Anne Sutherland were able to join us with their crew aboard Lollypop, their Beneteau 29. A failed heat exchanger proved to be a tricky issue to repair in time with a new unit requiring modification and necessitating a new alternator. Charles was pleased with the result, if not the cost. Other teams in attendance were Don and Marje Gillies on Black Pepper and my own crew on Silverjack.

Following the drinks and nibbles at the Marquee reception, everyone moved to the Anchor Hotel for dinner and a sociable evening.

Our next event is the Craobh Muster on Saturday 15th June.
The round Shuna race is planned for the morning with the traditional barbecue and jig taking place in the evening.
There will be a charge of £10 pp for the barbecue food which will be provided.
Drinks will not be provided so please bring your own.
The next day, Sunday 16th we are holding another Mussel Party at Inverlussa Mussel Farm on Loch Spelve in the evening.
Again there will be a charge of £10 pp for food. Bring your own drinks

Mariella setting off from Tarbert GG 


Encore motor sailing back to Troon D Dorward


GDPR Please note that the GDPR policy on the website has been updated to enable a list of members to be circulated within the club. This list will not appear on the website.
If anyone does not wish their details as stated in section 2 of the GDPR policy 15th April 2024 version 1.2 to be shared with the club membership would they please inform the Secretary at gwagillies@gmail.com within one month of receipt of this newsletter.

Crew Register The club is planning a Crew Register for members which will also be circulated to the membership (but not on the website). If any members are looking for crewing opportunities, can they send me a couple of sentences about themselves indicating any sailing experience and sailing qualifications (if any) that they have and what sailing opportunities they are interested in. Please include a preferred contact detail.


Diary of Events for 2024

Ormidale Barbecue – Saturday 3 August Our informal barbecue in the evening at Ormidale, Loch Riddon is a BYO BBBB event. Bring your own Boat, Barbecue, Bangers and Bottle. It is a relaxed and fun evening in good company. No booking required.

Autumn Muster – Largs – Saturday 14th September – There will be a race starting and finishing at Largs. Most participants will be dining at Scott’s restaurant in the evening.

Annual Dinner Saturday 7th December at the Glasgow Art Club 


Micky Finn IV heading home GG 

The Serpent boats were afforded places on the Tarbert East Pontoon 
N McAdam

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