Eala Of Rhu - Middle Sea Movie Trailer
You must watch. Agog for the full swashbuckling production.
Stinkboat Festival on Lomond Pond
normally Clydesailing territory this but it is at the request of John
McMurtrie who has been a Loch Long enthusiast since infancy. So
immersed was he in Loch Longs that he followed them down to Aldeburgh
and started a chandlery there. He has since returned and now has a shop
based at Cameron House Marina on Loch Lomond as seen above. To
to the point on 1st & 2nd November, Cameron House Marina in
conjunction with Marine Sales Scotland will be hosting their first Boat
Show and warmly invite boat enthusiasts of both the
John states 'Marine Sales Scotland will be
exhibiting the very latest new Sunseeker San Remo, the latest Broom 35
and 30 Sedan' as well as various Binliners sorry Bayliners,
and cuddy and Quicksilver Pilot House craft. Volvo Penta will
present co-representing highly priced machinery along with a display of
Bentley, Maserati and MacL aren cars and there will be a full shop on
site with Boat Show offers.
I refuse to make any mention of
Jet Ski safari tours, those devices in any form of maritime hell being
the preferred conveyance of Satan and his acolytes.
along and have look at the marina, see the Boathouse restaurant in what
is undoubtedly a most scenic location and be thankful that the vessels
therein are confined to to the Loch. John says he has many
of interest to proper sailors and that there will be plenty to see.
Rock in the Kyles of Bute has long been the cause of innumerable
expensive keel repairs. A Clydeport survey in 2001confirmed
there were more hazards in the South channel than were previously
charted but despite a revised Admiralty chart being issued in 2003 the
groundings continued. It was generally agreed that a North
Cardinal, marking the NE corner of the rock would be a more helpful
navigational aid but Peelports Clydeport (formerly Clydeport), having
fulfilled their duty to provide a safe navigable channel (the 'steamer'
passage) had no funding for this. The Clyde Yacht Clubs Association
with secretary Donald McLaren at the helm finally established an
agreement earlier this year and the work has now been concluded.
McNair Engineering constructed the new beacon in June and
McGarry and his team at GSS have completed the installation.
We have been in the happy position earlier in the year of
thanking Jamie McGarry for his Scottish Series sponsorship and once
again HUGE thanks are due to him for completing this major piece of
work at no
picture above shows the GSS vessel 'Lesley M' lowering the new beacon
but not before GSS divers had spent 12 hours in 2-5m depth drilling 4
holes 500mm deep into the rock to take the mounting studs. That is,
each hole took 3 hours underwater to drill. This next picture
below is interesting. It shows the completed perch mounted on the rock
with the original buoy, lying to the tide just before it was lifted. It
is not hard to see why there have been so many incidents.
Photo- John Friel, GSS
This is an outstanding piece of work from which
all who sail in the Clyde will benefit. As well as the
thanks due to Jamie McGarry and GSS, thanks are due to the following
clubs which contributed funds towards the costs. - CCC, RWYC, Mudhook
YC, Clyde Corinthian YC, FYC, RSMYC, HSC, Holy Loch SC. And
finally, since he isn't going to mention himself on the CYCA
website, we are grateful to Donald McLaren who has pursued
project so tenaciously that the resident RGYC wag has suggested that
the mark be renamed the Donald McLaren Memorial Perch - but hopefully
that would be many years in the future.
Clyde Yacht Clubs Association survives on the most threadbare of
shoestring budgets but this team effort shows what good work can be
done when there is a real will to pull together.
CCC Closing Muster
Where did the season go? We're sorry to be missing this one.
TARBERT, Saturday 27th September 2014
is undoubtedly our most popular Race/Cruise of the season to the
sheltered harbour of Tarbert, the final bash before battening down the
hatches for the winter ahead. To book for racing please contact the
office as below. See http://www.clyde.org/racing/sailing-programme-2014/
With an informal muster on
Friday at Rothesay in the" Black Bull" or other local hostelries then
on Saturday the race to our Shore Side Party at Tarbert on the clear
ground past the marina office (we will have the use of a Marquee
this year, in case it rains!)
All CCC/Fairlie YC/Arran YC
Members and friends either racing or cruising will be welcome to join
our "Pontoon Party" (we had over 150 members last year) with
Beer/Wine/soft drinks and Nibbles from 1700 to 1830 hrs then to our
traditional CCC end of season dinner at 1900 hrs in the Tarbert Hotel,
book direct with the Tarbert Hotel 01880 820 264
All contributions to nibbles
Look forward to seeing you
CCC Vice Commodore
was a regatta of two halves but at least one day provided good sailing
which is I think the as good as this regatta has ever managed. Saturday
was a day of fog, wholly absent wind and some eventual sunshine.
Of various available photos showing the mirror calm I thought
this one of Dane Ralston doing a selfie in the water conveyed it
best. On shore there was a band , barbeque, the usual
is the way these days we weren't there but there was a fair turnout
with a surprising 39 entries in 6 classes. IRC 1 was pretty
sparse with just Zephyr winning in front of Warrior and Aurora. IRC 2
was somewhat better with eight contenders. To nobody's surprise the
class was won by Sloop John T with Salamander XX1, More Misjif and
Carmen 2 all on 10 points but separated into that order of placings.
Neill Ross's dramatic shot of Sloop John T shows the action just as the
spinnaker is being hoisted by someone who appears to have a
impressive beard of the type we see a lot on TV these days. The wind
picked up steadily to 15kts so there was plenty of brisk boat handling
Next is Ian McLachlan driving the McLachlan/Harvey Dehler 36 Polaris to
Spot the Howisons on Zephyr
Rounding up IRC 2 - well just ahead of Animal is Team Dryburgh in TJig4
on the Clyde show a hesitant resurgence with 5 boats out for this one.
There were stories of close calls and near skewering owing to
some arrangement of the courses - this pic was taken with a cameraphone
possibly from Zephyr I think - not a RIB. This I think is Leaky Roof
apparently on Port.
Des Balmforth was doing mainsheet on the Harold Hood's class winning
Sigma 33 'Odyssey II ' and submits the following:
" Saturday started late due to the fog and unfortunately didn't come to
anything more than a sociable drift around in the sunshine waiting for
wind that never came. That made for a great barbeque despite missing
out on racing. Sunday came with a light breeze from the North and the
first start was on-time in a F2-3. There was a fair amount of pin end
bias and we won that end of the line on the first start with good speed
in a race which we worked hard to keep our lead throughout and end up
with a 1st. Race 2 saw similar wind conditions but this time we were a
little early and shut out by Sigmatic
managed to recover 1 place in the first leg we just couldn't catch Leaky
until the final beat which illustrated how close Sigma racing is. By
working really hard to keep height and speed we managed to tack less
than Leaky Roof or Sigmatic
and pipped them. Mayrise
got 1st place, with us placed 2nd. The committee boat did a good job of
getting a 3rd race going promptly to make the regatta a series and
going into the last race we were on 3 points, with Mayrise
on 6. The wind had risen to F4 and we
had a good start at the pin end but Sigmatic
her bow forward underneath us, managed to cross us and covered us from
ahead from start to finish - a convincing win. This race was harder
work, de-powering the boat more, and our second allowed us to win the
Despite the frustration of Saturday the regatta had
been well run with a good turnout and a great social - we all really
East Patch Sonata fleet has been keen as mustard and this event was the
Sonata Scottish Championships. The picture below shows Doug Paton's
effort named 'Colmans' possibly owing more to the dubious colour rather
than it being particularly hot stuff although he did manage
place but a good few points behind the East Patch regulars Saraband and
Jazz. Snotty Facebook users should look for West Coast Snottas
A fine display of gnashers as Jazz receives the class prize.
didn't really amount to anything but this regatta being based
RNCYC there were Sonars out and Simon Pender in Grouse won that with
two first, two seconds and two thirds.
should mention that there was a restricted sail class doing some sort
of passage race and this with 6 entries was a 1- 2 for the Brians with
the mighty Glenafton in front of Brian Robertson's normally
to beat Celtic Spirit.
Barts Bash Clyde Yachts Canned
worth putting it out there but it's a pity that the Clyde Yachts Barts
Bash has had to go the way of the 2014 Icebreaker. There was
really no point in pursuing it further as Pete Wright and Ian Marshall
explain: read on.
Bash Upper Clyde committee met at Royal Gourock Yacht
Club this evening. It was with a heavy heart that we decided to abandon
participation in the race having taken into account the literature
the Barts Bash website.
We have only
just received this literature and the requirements for the race contain
surprising caveats that make the race difficult to run. Our
been that we would run an interclub race on a simple course and have an
additional peripheral cruising in company course. The reality is that
have to operate individually and a requirement of a minimum 25 entries
club to qualify for a Barts Bash entry is looking very difficult to
to date we have only received 2 entries for Royal Gourock Yacht Club.
chances of raising 25 entries from any of the other keelboat clubs are
require "witnesses" and "stewards" who would be also need
to come from outside of sailing along with extensive requirements for
and photographic records.
The time of
year has many of the day boats being winterized and the likelihood of
weather in the autumnal equinox threatens attendance of larger
have pulled back from organising the race, the committee felt that it
important to follow the ethos of Barts Bash and we ask that donations
in lieu of race fees through the Just Giving website to support the
its aims and aspirations which we fully endorse.
"The Andrew Simpson Sailing
transforms the lives of young people through sailing.
Everything we do is driven by our belief that all
have the ability to excel - through sailing we provide opportunities to
achieve and inspire excellence.
Inspired by Olympic Gold and
Andrew 'Bart' Simpson, and founded by Sir Ben Ainslie CBE, Iain Percy
Andrew's wife Leah, the Foundation helps young people to develop the
skills to succeed in life and improves access to jobs and careers
Our activity principally
focuses on young
people between the age of 5 and 24 and we aim to combine invaluable
on water alongside providing life changing inspiration and
The Foundation's activities include a number of
major projects : Bart's Bash, the Andrew Simpson Sailing Centre, our
programme and our developing International program.
The Andrew Simpson Sailing Centre is a sailing
school at the
London 2012 Olympic venue in Weymouth and Portland that was opened on 9
2014 and is used both to provide sailing opportunities for young people
support our charitable activities."
Loch Polaris Regatta
weren't there but snapped a couple of Polaris pics on our way back to
James Watt Dock after a Serpent YC outing. This is from the
Sunday round the cans white sails race. This event looks to be a great
way to do some local easy spinnaker-free racing with plenty of space
and no shouting.
The old quarter tonner Ravels (a David Thomas
designed Bolero), long a Kip resident, has scrubbed up really nicely
and looks in great trim here somewhere in the vicinity of the Levan
big boats were in evidence with also Carmen and Warrior
on the park it was good to see the white sails class being won by Wee
Bob, erstwhile bow monkey on Ft$e & Roxstar, sailing his own
immaculately restored little GK24. Also from another era and
always a solid Holy Loch contender the Greenock-built MG RS34 3/4
tonner Applecore was out and seen here struggling in a wind hole.
Still a very good looking design to my eye.
There were 9 white sails entries this year and the results thanks to
HAL are on the Polaris Regatta website
Holy Loch is the Clyde stronghold of Flying Fifteens and
were 11 of them out, the class being won by Alasdair Ireland in
Ragamuffin. All I have to say is that if Ruaridh Angus is
to sail a FF called Mini Misjif he really must add the extra f on the
end. Make it so please.
Nine Pipers were out with Tamarind
from RGYC in top spot. Strangely only 7 dinghies feature in the results
and 3 Loch Long survivors of the Aldeburgh raids took part with Alan
MacLeod taking leave from Tanit etc to score another win.
There is surely scope for this event to grow especially with pushing a
white sails class to the exclusion of others.
Scottish Series Questionnaire
what appeared to be a pretty successful 2014 Scottish Series the Clyde
Cruising Club have been getting their monkeys to create a survey which
you can complete here:
you have any interest in ever taking part in the Scottish Series or
whatever it might transmogrify into you should fill it in. Not many
questions and will take very little time.
And don't forget the
which takes place this weekend although at this point it looks like
you'll want lots of suncream and a good book.
Serpent Yacht Club
seven yachts out for their Autumn race/muster which ended up in
Rothesay. Two further boats cruised there so that was not a bad turnout
for a wee club and demonstrates the cameraderie which exists within.
Class 2 had their race shortened at Hun1 shortly after which
good sailing wind picked up. Class 2 (there were no spinnaker boats to
form class1) drifted into the Largs channel on the tide and by the time
we had reached Millport the wind was gusting a good 20 kts and making
us wonder why we had our big old No1 on the front. It was as idyllic an
evening as Rothesay is capable and a convivial dinner followed in the
Victoria Hotel just along the road but not until Seamus the commodore
subjected himself to the icebucket challenge on the harbour pontoon.
The picture shows some of the crew of Out Of The Blue (or
as she is known) vainly searching for wind on the return pursuit race.
The club has it's own website
by guess who.
Holy Loch Polaris Regatta
actual Polaris or Pole Star may be 434 light years away but you only
have to paddle over to the Holy Loch to enjoy one of the Clyde's
enduring regattas. As with last year the white sail fleet
sent off round the north of the Firth whilst the one designs and
dinghies do battle in the loch. Last year the club
with a fixed line start from Lazaretto Point and this will be
repeated this year which is great for spectators and could
for some interesting starts. And I'm sure the legendary bacon
rolls will again be in evidence although I read recently that each one
( not specifically Holy Loch ones although they may be even
takes an hour off your life....
Largs Regatta Week
Some great pics from Marc Turner
looks like a great day on Saturday. Not much wind on Sunday - the
dinghy classes were cancelled but the leadmines had a late start and
managed one round of the Cumbraes. As for the social aspects I haven't
Unfortunately Troikka will miss the 2 handed this year but maybe just
as well given the forecast at time of writing.
Largs Regatta Week
Not long now to the 25th (yes 25th) edition. The regatta week has its
own neat website where all the NORs
and entry forms can be found and downloaded. It looks to be a good one.
Even the hogs are dying to go. And the Scottish Two
race, the weekend after the Cumbraes Regatta is an increasingly popular
race for all comers and a great day out for cruisers who don't do that
round the cans thing.
Barts Bash - 21st September
you have recovered from Largs Regatta Week, not to mention the dreaded
Referendum, Barts Bash will soon be upon us. The Clyde yacht
clubs are combining to join up for one yachtie Barts Bash at Royal
Gourock Yacht Club as their site best suits the purpose. On the
extensive Barts Bash website you can register and enter for the race by
. Whilst there is no entry fee the process involves making a
donation and the Barts Bash crew request a minimum of £5 per
person taking part. Such a request may give your crew palpitations but
remind them that it is a charity after all and it would hardly be fair
if a teenager in a Topper was contributing the same as a fully loaded
IRC boat. On the Barts Bash website you can find Royal Northern,
Cardwell Bay, Royal Gourock, Holy Loch, Fairlie, Largs and even the wee
Serpent yacht club. Allof these will be racing at Gourock.
Other Scottish clubs are of course registered but are out of
range of the race we're discussing here. The coure is promised to be a
fairly simple one comprising a tour of fixed marks in the Rosneath-
Gourock-Holy Loch patch. Race insurance is mandatory but if
is sufficient interest it may be possible for cruisers to
participate in a non-racing cruise round the course after the racing is
under way. So start getting crew aware and put in your entries.
West Highland Week
bit late but we were away cruising. Looks like a great week and we have
the final press release from AlisonChadwick and some superb (copyright)
photos from Ron Cowan's Yachtingimages.co.uk. Congratulations
Carmen 2 who, just as game as ever, took the top prize.
and Alan Jeffries lifted the top prize of the Peter Cocks Memorial
the best performance of this year’s West Highland Yachting Week in
36.7 Carmen II. With a
scoreline of five firsts and five points, the experienced team clinched
series that saw a week of contrasting weather giving sailing conditions
breezes to winds at stages gusting over 40 knots.
also lifted the MacBrayne Centenary Challenge Cup for the fastest
Craobh to Oban and Tennent Caledonian 25th
Anniversary Salver for
the best corrected time from Tobermory to Oban.
overall title winner Craig Anderson with his Moody 336 Cool Bandit 2
Angus Meldrum Trophy for the best corrected time from Oban to Tobermory
Iona Shop Trophy for the best corrected time over all the passage
It was a very tightly contested points series with
consistent performers in the top three placings each day.
Class 5 had seen great competition between major WHYW
sponsor Boyd Tunnock MBE with his crew on Lemerac against Cool Bandit 2
the week with all to play for on the final day. However Cool Bandit
win pushing Lemerac, with a third place in the Tobermory to Oban
two points behind into second place overall for the series.
is a great shot of Mr Teacake hinself in action. Long may he
Probably the most popular class
win of the week was Marian
Austin and her team on Scintilla of the Sea, the family owned Northney
Marian has been racing WHYW for 29 years and this is her first class
despite being a consistently top performer for each one of these years.
The much prized West Highland
Yachting Week Family Trophy
was awarded to Douglas Gray and his family on Aliz Motte, their Rival
The Endeavour Trophy was awarded to the Sonata Serenity that
had to retire and fix a popped shroud on Wednesday but made their way
Tobermory in the early hours of Thursday morning to continue racing in
Both Gaelforce Marine and Nancy
Black Oban donated prizes
with Nancy Black’s opting for the ‘alternative’ approach. The ‘Wet
given to Red October (Findlay Clark's Club 19) for the wettest
£20 note received after a passage race!
But the boat’s sterling performance in every race across the series was
as the smallest and arguably wettest yacht. Their consistency, in
adverse conditions for this size of
boat, has won them admiration over the last few years that Red October
There was also a prize for
Malindi of Lorn who celebrated
her 50th birthday in tandem with the
celebrations for Nancy Blacks’s
A Nancy Black’s voucher for the
best ‘playpen’ at WHYW was
awarded to Seanachaidh for the number of youngsters aboard. Ruaridh
was awarded a prize for his help on the first day of the series at
Marina for getting the marks out to the committee boat. After being
one side of the pontoon, the marks ended up in the water in the
Ruaridh rescued each one, despite becoming very cold in the proceedings!
Overall, despite a drop in
numbers associated with the
change of date to avoid a clash with Scotland’s Commonwealth Games, the
consensus was WHYW 2014 was a great success. ‘Everyone is looking
next year’s event which will resume the normal date of the first week
August,’ said Joint Regatta Committee organisers chairman David Waltho.
Not only does Alison Chadwick do the publicity, she drives her
venerable Sadler 25 pretty hard.
So you noted that - normal
service resumed for 2015 ie first week n August. Full results here.
All photos copyright
yachtingimages.co.uk and used with permission and with thanks to Ron
FD Worlds at Largs - Hungarians win
One race was sailed on the final day of the Flying Dutchman Worlds at
Largs to seal the Championship. Competitors enjoyed a lay day on
many taking a trip on the Paddle Steamer Waverly around the island of
Friday was scheduled to be a racing day, but 35 knots of winds
sailing. Saturday was the final day, and the start time was brought
try to fit in two races, but in the event only one was possible as the
pic - fotoboat
The championships concluded
with the Hungarian pair of Szabolcs
Majthenyi and Andras Domokos taking first place in the final race and
continuing their series of great results throughout the week long
wasn’t all plain sailing, though, as they reached the first windward
sixth place but their superior boat speed helped them battle their way
front, finishing ahead of Italian brothers Nicola and Francesco
Vespasiani by almost half a minute. Third place in
race went to defending World Champions Enno Kramer and Ard Geelkerken
Netherlands. This final race was sailed in 15knots with gusts up to 20,
the last boats finished the breeze faded to a shifty five knots, making
start of another race impossible.
this is actually a colour photo. Really pretty nasty weather
an opener. We heard the Mexicans and Italians came in early complaining
of the cold! Certainly not what we regard as Mediterranean
WINDY FOR FLYING DUTCHMAN WORLDS
2014 Flying Dutchman World Championships started at Largs, Scotland on
Monday 14th July. Competitors withstood a tough introduction, in a war
of attrition with the conditions. Southerly winds of up to 22 knots in
gusts and heavy rain gave a stirring start, with many boats capsizing
and suffering gear breakages.
Only half of the fleet of 42 boats
were still standing and able to answer the call for the second of the
two races sailed today. The first race was held over a long initial leg
of two miles, but after visibility closed in, the second race was over
a reduced course size of just one mile, but sailed over three rounds of
the shorter course, rather than two large rounds.
But the change in
course size made no difference to former World Champions Szabolcs
Majthenyi and Andras Domokos, of Hungary, who opened the week with two
emphatic race wins to establish an early lead in the Championship. They
won both races by over two minutes to show their class in these fresh
Also scoring very well were current
World Champions Enno Kramer and Ard Geelkerken from the Netherlands.
They opened with a third place, then improved with a second place in
the second race.
To complete a formidable trio of
current or former World Champions at the top of a very competitive
event, former World Champions the brothers Jorgen and Jacob
Bojsen-Moller, from Denmark, lie in third overall.
depleted fleet in the second race meant opportunities for those who
remained, and for instance Germany’s Jan Lechler and Jens Salow took an
eleventh place in the second race after opening with a 19th place.
“Championships are meant to be challenging; this was true Championship
sailing”, said Austria’s Philipp Zingerle.
Racing among this international gathering from eleven countries
worldwide will continue tomorrow with another two races.
wins Round Ireland Race
recent years Tanit has been effectively an ex-Clyde boat, the owners
taking the view that basing her on the South Coast and doing a season
of carefully selected high profile events is the best value in terms of
racing quality versus time expended etc. However many congratulations
to co-owner Richard Harris and his team, rich in Scottish
for their overall win in the Round Ireland race. It's a race that many
of us Clyde softies might actively avoid but Tanit, with some gruelling
Fastnets behind her is a tough old bus and they certainly can make her
Tobermory Race Part 2
reallly only mention this because I agreed to have Troikka as the
finish boat at Tobermory - since we were cruising in the general area
anyway. It was a good fast race from Ardfern setting off at around 7am.
We were just about caught out by the fast passage time as the
first two yachts were arriving as we were attempting to lay the finish
line but we managed to record times for all 8 starters. It was
remarkable just how close the finishing times were with Lucky Ned
Pepper crossing the line just seconds after Celtic Spirit in a 7 hour
race. Times in class 4 were also close with Clive and Flora Reeve's
Lyrebird consolidating their place in the inshore championship ahead of
Halcyon and Aquaholic. Pictured is Angus Scott and family on Torridon,
David Robertson's Stargate and the irrepressible Stewart Watson's Oran
venturing on to Tobermory were just over half the entry for Part 1 (15
entries) where of the two IRC class1 contenders, Chris Harvey's Dehler
36s actually finished ahead of Sloop John T while in IRC2 Bill Mackay's
Lingo of Troon comprehensively trounced Liaison and Enigma.
the Clydesailing Facebook page some have wondered if this once
massively popular race could be revived. It is certainly a race that is
eminently suitable for all manner of family cruisers. Presumably it
would have to be opened to all comers not just CCC members.
West Highland Week
(C) Yachting Images
venturing out for West Highland Week this year need have no fear of
having the mighty Glenafton bearing down on them and taking their wind
and daylight. Like so many others she is not entered - 71
must be a record low - at least in living memory. Perhaps the
Commonwealth Games and altered calendars has muddled things up and this
is a temporary glitch. Let's hope so. For those who are there
it's sure to be an exellent week as always. Sunday's first
race is a Round Shuna affair which we see has Carmen topping out Thrust
- the brilliant little Oban based Stephen Jones rocketship in Class 1
whilst at the other end, Alison Chadwick in her little Sadler 25 'Hot
Toddy' has taken the class 8 race. See all results on www.whyw.co.uk
I mention we were cruising? Perhaps some of you can guess the
anchorage. In the picture you can see the final cruising indignity -
the stackpack or lazybag as its maker Sally of Jessail calls it.
At least we're not so lazy as to leave the main halyard still
attached to the head of the sail when it is stowed. We have
across a number of vessels, mainly charter boats I think, whose
skippers seem to think that is acceptable and that to have a loose main
halyard frapping on the mast all night is somehow not Unbelievably
Inconsiderate and Grossly Unseamanlike. Even if you really
want to take the halyard off it is not difficult to tie a line to the
shackle and run it down to the foot of the mast or somewhere in order
to allow the halyard to be tensioned. It would be good if charter
companies would tell their clients to do this.
Barts Bash for Clyde Yachts
For those of you have been away on the Planet Zog and have not heard
about Bart's Bash this is what it is:
inaugural Bart’s Bash is a sailing race that will be run by sailing
clubs all around the world on behalf of the charity, the Andrew Simpson
Sailing Foundation. Each sailing club will sail an individual Bart’s
Bash race at their location (with certain set requirements to meet our
world record criteria) on Sunday 21 September 2014. It is the
major fundraising event for the Foundation and we are asking people to
raise money to support our charitable work. It is for this
cause that we are suggesting people could pay a £5 donation to take
initially the idea was that the aim of Barts Bash would be to
create a world record for the biggest dinghy race ever but it quickly
became extended to include yachts. For any given race to be
valid, the Barts organisers require at least 25 entries. Some
us on the Clyde reckoned that it would be a shame for Clyde
to miss out on this global event which will undoubtedly generate
national publicity . Hence at a meeting of volunteers from a
representation of the larger Clyde yachts clubs it
decided that there should be a combined Barts Bash for Clyde yachts and
that it should be run by Royal Gourock Yacht Club on the Mid Firth
patch and with a shore start and finish. The advantages of this are
that it gives good shoreside exposure, is reasonably located for those
coming from other locations and the shore platform gives a good base
for the race management. Generally speaking, the dinghy clubs will do
their own things at their own clubs - also some of the dayboats
eg the HLSC Pipers & FFs.
taking place from the RGYC location this is a joint club
affair. How do you take part? Well the Clyde clubs which have
registered thus far are Royal Northern, Royal Western, Cardwell Bay SC,
Royal Gourock, Holy Loch SC, Fairlie Yacht Club and Largs SC
all of these have a mini presence on the Barts Bash website
member of one of those clubs you would go to their microwebsite
and place your entry. You will therefore be registered as racing in
your own clubs race and your club will collect the entries and
donations from their own members. On the day the race entries will all
be combined into one big list at RGYC and the race started. The race
will be run under CYCA handicaps, all boats must have £2M 3rd party
insurance and comply with the usual racing regulations. It is
expected that the race will be run around the fixed marks on the Mid
Firth patch and will require volunteers who are not club members to
observe and check that the Guinness record conditions are being met.
you are NOT a member of a club and would like to take part,
the clubs will welcome an enquiry from you. You can at least
expect (and will need) temporary membership and you should be able to
see why joining a club is a good idea anyway. The clubs will
able to advise you on how to get a CYCA handicap (it's easy on cyca-online.org.uk
and should you wish it there is the possibility that one of their
members may volunteer to come aboard to help you get round the course
safely - and help you see for yourself what fun yacht racing can be.
You will need 3rd party race insurance even if it is only for the one
day. If you are a member of a club that is not listed above
then any of those clubs will accept your entry or else get
own club to register for itself.
It should be stressed
that we see this as a FUN event for charity and to promote
locally. The 2014 Clyde racing programme will be all but over
then and all who participate will have nothing more to prove this year.
That is not to say that the experienced racers will not be going for it
as usual but the key objective is to get as many boats as possible out
on the water off Gourock and if there is sufficient interest we can run
a separate class for beginners. We also envisage racers
volunteering to take out inexperienced people to give them a taste of
What if you don't have and don't want race
insurance? Well your boat can't take part in the race but the
Barts organisers have given their blessing to the idea of a Barts Bash
Cruise. Once all the racers have started it would be possible
let cruising boats off on a cruise around the course - without timing
or scoring naturally - it's not a race for you and while having entered
for the cruise and paid the donation you would be listed as a
participant in the event you would not be part of the Guinness Record
scoring. It would also be essential for you to know the basic
give way racing rules so that you didn't impede any racers should you
come across them.
The Notice of Race is not out yet and you can read all that there is
available so far on the Barts Bash website
Facebook/twitter). But mark the date - Sunday 21st September
- it can be a dodgy period weatherwise but we can only hope
good. A big entry with advance promotion might help
some yacht racing interest in advance of the Clyde boat sales
extravaganzas in October and at the very least might inspire or
facilitate some people to take up crewing.
Discussion and suggestions all welcome.
2014 IS THE 25th ANNIVERSARY OF LARGS REGATTA WEEK AND
THE MARQUEE IS BACK!
As if you didn't know Largs Regatta Week is a week of
racing hosted annually by Largs Sailing Club, Largs Yacht
Haven, Fairlie Yacht Club, the Scottish Sailing
Institute and generously sponsored by PEELPORTS.
The event consists of racing for dinghies,
keelboats, including:Cumbraes Weekend, with round the cans racing on
Saturday, and the Round Cumbraes race on Sunday, the evening 100
Guineas Series and culminating with the Scottish Two Handed Race for
Yachts plus the Hems Kalis Dinghy Series.
This year’s event runs from 23 – 31 August and has a much bigger social
programme to celebrate this special year.
Socially the opening weekend will relive the glory days
of the regatta marquee with the brilliant Ragaels band playing in the
evening, alongside a hog roast (doing
backing vocals maybe?) for hungry sailors after
racing. All competitors and berth holders are welcome to come
to toast the 25th event.
The mid week evening racing will again have the support of John
Highcock of Saturn Sails doing sail trim analysis (with a difference)
and on Friday 29 August the Scottsih themed regatta dinner will be
enhanced by the after dinner speaking by Dominic McKay, Head of
Communications with Scottish Rugby Union, as well as seasoned Two
Handed sailor in previous Largs Regatta Weeks.
The event concludes with the famous brunch
for the Two Handed Race competitors as well as the prizegiving for
Yacht and Dinghy of the Week.
So check out the dedicated event website www.largsregattaweek.co.uk
- where you will find the NOR and sailing instructions.
wee club that always tries hard to put on a good event. Many good times
in the past and this year it looks like the recent past record of
rotten weather will be broken. On a good day it's a grand day out and
well worth going ashore.. Alan Devenney writes:
are offering the usual long “coastal” race on the Saturday for all
classes while Sunday is the Classic One Design Regatta. We
have quite a lot of entries so far and with a reasonable forecast, we
hope that it will be a good event. Entry
forms and the NOR are on the CSC Website.
We have two good bands booked
for the Saturday night and some visitor moorings are available.
CCC Arran Trophy
for those who'd rather have a longer course you could do the CCC Arran
Trophy race from Kip to Rothesay taking Wee Cumbrae to starboard. You
would get to see a bit more of Arran than from Cove that way so maybe
that explains the name.
the Serpent YC will be having a race from Rothesay to Portvadie and the
Isle of Bute SC will be doing their Round Bute race. A busy old weekend
on the water.
Old Pulteney Regatta incorporating Scottish IRC
kind of missed this one having been away but day one looked pretty
missable from where I was lounging. 16 entries all told which isn't too
impressive although the IRC fleet was depleted by the absence of the
Comedy Cup boats. Good to see a bunch of Etchells prising themselves
out of Gourock for the day too. Below is Fional Holland's
of day one but if you look at the results
you would see
that the order in IRC changed a bit with Murray Findlay driving Roxstar
to top of the heap.
Scottish Championships for both the IRC and Etchells One-Design, it
turned out to be very much a case of making the best of a particularly
shifty weather bag, with Neill Sandford's Now or Never 3, the MAT 1010
in IRC1, living proof that you don't need to be first to rise to the
two races, Sandford and crew had taken a third in the first encounter
and a second in the second, to edge ahead of former Scottish IRC
champion Sloop John T, the Thomson brothers' Swan 40 - Sloop, too,
bagged a second and third. No doubt rather frustrating for the two race
winners - respectively the Findlay/Anderson XP 38 Roxstar and John
Stamp's J-88 Jacob.
the top in the combined IRC2 and CYCA fleet, though, Howard Morrison's
veteran campaigner Sigma 38 Enigma, did manage to sail away with two
very emphatic first places to lead the classes at the end of day one.
Team Enigma did not appear to be pushed particularly hard either over
the water or on corrected time, and looked comfortable at the head of
these fleets going into day two.
intention had been to set three races on day one, but the constantly
shifting breeze put paid to the best efforts of the race committee, and
the sailors for that matter, in what could politely be termed, a
moveable feast - two races were, indeed, a bonus.
the first time, the event has incorporated the Etchells One-Design
Scottish Championship - a welcome addition to this diversifying regatta.
Clyde campaigner Geoff Howison - well known for his long stable of
Local Hero yachts and his Etchells continues the trend - rose to the
top of the day's first encounters, putting a clear minute and a half
margin between him and the Cowie/Campbell owned Mayhem in second place.
Mayhem took the honours in the second, for a good minute win over
Defiance, owned by Stuart, Tom and Ross Lang, while conditions took
their toll on Local Hero, which retired.
Results day one Old Pulteney Mudhook Regatta (inc Scottish
Championships for IRC and Etchells One-Design), Clyde
race one - 1 Roxstar (Findlay/Anderson), 2 Sloop John T (I&G
Thomson), 3 Now or Never 3 (N Sandford); race two - 1 Jacob (J Stamp),
2 Now or Never 3, 3 Sloop John T; overall after two races - 1 Now or
Never 3 5 points, 2 Sloop John T 5, 3 Jacob 6.
IRC2 race one - 1
Enigma (H&M Morrison), 2 Serenity (Park/Guthrie); race two - 1
Enigma, 2 Serenity; overall - 1 Enigma 2 points, 2 Serenity 4
race 1 - 1 Enigma, 2 Rajah (R Summers), 3 Zebedee (Wilson/Downie); race
2 - 1 Enigma, 2 Serenity, 3 Rajah; overall - 1 Enigma, 2 Rajah, 3
Etchells One-Design race 1 - 1 Local Hero (G Howison), 2
Mayhem (Cowie/Campbell), 3 Gelert (M Allen); race 2 - 1 Mayhem, 2
Defiance (T, S and R Lang), 3 Gelert; overall - 1 Mayhem 3 points, 2
Gelert 6, 3 Local Hero 7
Scottish Series - 40th Anniversary
Marc Turner - PFM pictures
was good to see a resurgence of Sonatas at the 40th Scottish Series. As
Troikka was chugging off to Campbeltown on the Monday Anne suggested
the top prize might be go to the Sonatas. Nah said I. In this
Commodore's Cup year they'll give it to IRC 1. So well done
Murray Caldwell & Co for pulling that one off and well done
Mark Bradshaw and his gallant lads for giving them a hard chase.
Marc Turner - PFM pictures
some of you perhaps know Troikka was in Tarbert to be accommodation
boat for the Sonata 'Whisky Chaser' that Chas has been seen on recently
but as that all fell through for various technical, crew and logistical
reasons we decided to put ourselves up for the Inchmarnock race at the
very last minute. And it was ok. A good big fleet and a more
brisk sail than the forecast suggested but not massively interesting.
until recently been a regular attender since the Rover Series of 1992
it was inevitable on revisiting for the 40th that comparisons be made
with ye olde days when the place was full of Irishmen and the harbour
stacked almost wall to wall with race boats rather than the rather
tired looking cruisers that seem to make up much of the present Tarbert
pontoon population. The organisation was certainly as
professional as ever and the enthusiasm of the organising team could
not be faulted but there is no getting away from the fact that the
regatta is not what it once was. Many of the same faces we
to see back in the nineties are still there but most of those now sport
grey hair if indeed they have any at all and there does not seem to be
much of an influx of younger people. Maybe twas always thus. I don't
know. Sadly, I am now of an age where late nights in the tent have lost
their appeal and like so many others I just seek an early night. Can't
even stay up until the band plugs in.....
does seem to me that the short course racing of performance
cruisers never mind full on race boats is in very serious decline.
Maybe it's a cyclical thing and top level always was very expensive but
especially in the present climate, running a competitive boat in IRC,
especially one over about 30 feet is out of the financial reach of all
but the weathiest. You can drivel on for hours outside the
House on this selfsame subject but no practical answers are likely to
be still around when the hangovers wear off. Hence the
30 years on most of them are a bit the worse for wear but they provide
affordable racing if not pumping raw excitement.
beer is not something anyone sees much of these days and the return of
red cans also prompted nostalgia for ye even older days when it was the
McEwans Scottish Series. Sadly, and this is just a personal observation
from a real ale afficionado, McEwan's Red is never likely to be
anyone's 'best buy in beer' (or even when given away free). Similarly,
we were a bit miffed to find when we turned up at the tent on time
clutching our free drink tickets that the free gin was finished.
Already! we cried. How? Since I didn't get any I
remember what it was called so there's a marketing opportunity lost....
(Once more, supply of a free bottle will result in profuse advertising
here. Clydesailing comes cheap).
Anyway enough negative
moaning. Those plastic moulded toilet and shower cubicles are way
better than the old portcabin type things and it was a great event
despite the gloomy predictions from some. I would think the 41st Series
will carry on (in the UK hopefully) because where would we be without
it. Mark Turner has excelled himself with his photography and
can scan through his huge series of images on his website PFM pictures
. You all
know by now where the results are.
us all that Scottish Series is not where it all begins and ends, Alison
Chadwick sends a new press release lest we
changed dates of WHYW. Both photos courtesy Ron Cowan-
photo: Ron Cowan
for West Highland Yachting Week (WHYW) in this special year for
Scotland are going well and competitors are reminded of the new event
dates set in place to avoid clashing with the Commonwealth Games.
of the traditional slot of the last week in July and first week in
August, WHYW will take place from July 12th to July 18th 2014 with the
major sponsor of the event being Tunnock’s.
‘We hope this will
encourage more yachts to come out for WHYW given the flotilla of sail
and small ships race is also planned throughout Argyll and Bute as part
of the ‘Homecoming Muster’. WHYW and the west coast flotilla journey
co-incide nicely,’ said WHYW Joint Regatta Chairman David Waltho.
And the JRC hope this year’s new format of two day’s at Craobh Marina
will also work well.
new Loch Melfort Race which starts the points series at this year’s
West Highland Yachting Week will circumnavigate the island of Shuna off
Craobh Haven twice. The fleet starts off Craobh Marina on Sunday July
13 after the mustering of the fleet on Saturday.
Depending on wind
direction the fleet will either race clockwise or anti-clockwise round
Shuna. The first course sees the fleet head through the small islets of
Eilean Creagach and Eilean Gamhna to a mark off Ardinamir Bay before
racing back to Shuna and to marks east of Rubh Ard Luing, Bagh Ban and
Culbhaie before heading back to the finish off Craobh. The course marks
will be reversed if wind conditions dictate and sailed twice round
which will be around 23 miles long.
The second night at Craobh
is set to be a popular one with the fleet with everyone coming together
for the apres sail ashore being hosted by the Lord of the Isles (LOTI)
and Craobh Marina. There will be a host of entertainment for all the
fleet and the usual feast of fayre at LOTI and fireworks will make this
a special occasion with a few surprises also guaranteed.
sees the fleet head to Oban on the usual Craobh to Oban Passage Race
racing north through Fladda and Insh. On Tuesday the fleet splits as
usual into the Tunnock’s and Argyll white sail fleet with the Tunnock’s
spinnaker boats racing and Olympic style Round the Buoys course and the
Argyll Fleet an inshore race in the Firth of Lorn. Wednesday sees the
fleet head to iconic Tobermory, the much loved venue for the second
part of the event. Thursday is the traditional Round the Buoys for the
Tunnock’s fleet with the inshore race once again for the Argyll
restricted sail fleet.
Yachts race back to Oban on Friday July 18 and this year the
prize-giving dance will be held in the Argyllshire Gathering Halls.
information from www.whyw.co.uk and with entry forms now online.
Contact telephone number for WHYW is 07501492772 See also
second night at Craobh is set to be a popular one with the fleet with
everyone coming together for the apres sail ashore being hosted by the
Lord of the Isles (LOTI) and Craobh Marina. There will be a host of
entertainment for all the fleet and the usual feast of fayre at LOTI
and fireworks will make this a special occasion with a few surprises
Monday sees the fleet head to Oban on the usual
Craobh to Oban Passage Race racing north through Fladda and Insh. On
Tuesday the fleet splits as usual into the Tunnock’s and Argyll white
sail fleet with the Tunnock’s spinnaker boats racing and Olympic style
Round the Buoys course and the Argyll Fleet an inshore race in the
Firth of Lorn. Wednesday sees the fleet head to iconic Tobermory, the
much loved venue for the second part of the event. Thursday is the
traditional Round the Buoys for the Tunnock’s fleet with the inshore
race once again for the Argyll restricted sail fleet.
Yachts race back to Oban on Friday July 18 and this year the
prize-giving dance will be held in the Argyllshire Gathering Halls.
information from www.whyw.co.uk and with entry forms now online.
Contact telephone number for WHYW is 07501492772 See also
Painting a Youthful Picture at Scottish Series
Marine Scottish Series will be celebrating 40 years this weekend 23 –
26 May 2014 and it is hoped that 100 boats will participate in this
well-known Clyde Cruising Club Yacht Regatta. The event may be mature
but not so for all the competitors. Hempel Paints will mark the
involvement of the youth sailors giving recognition for the depth of
talent across the classes and presenting the acclaimed Crawford McInnes
Trophy.Many young participants are attracted to this particular event
to improve and develop their skills in keelboat racing. This may be the
first opportunity to make the transition across from dinghy sailing to
the larger keelboats and skippers, families and friends provide young
enthusiastic sailors with this chance. There will be some
talented youth sailors bringing with them a wealth of experience and
energy, who have been brought up within the sport sailing on family
yachts or have had access to coaching through local sailing clubs and
RYA Scotland’s development squads.
Hempel Paints, who are no
stranger to this event, are very proud of their involvement ensuring
that the youth sailors (under 25) helm or crew who, in the opinion of
the Race Committee, has given the best performance of all eligible
competitors in the Series will be awarded with the prestigious Crawford
With only days to go to Scotland’s most renowned
sailing series, social media feeds are getting busy and can be followed
for regular updates throughout. Twitter (@ScottishSeries) and Facebook
(Scottish Series) will signpost you to all you need to know and share
wonderful images of the sailors in action.
Round Mull Race - 27th June
have to get the Silvers Scottish Series done and dusted first but here
is advance warning of the Round Mull Race. 'Entrants are advised of the
arduous nature of this event around an exposed rocky coastline.'
Makes a change from poncing back and forth around a pair of
inflatable buoys though. I went as invited crew on Ataraxia
year and enjoyed it despite struggling to keep the gastric contents
inside when round the back of Mull. Recommended. The NOR
are here - they were emailed out, bizarrely, as a Powerpoint
presentation but I have fiddled to make them more or less web-friendly.
It's all done by post anyway and Billy Forteith
is the man.
More Kip Regatta -
This comes from the Savill's PR person via Marc Turner - a bit of
The Kip Regatta celebrates its 25th Anniversary in
May this year - a marriage, between Kip Marina and
Royal Western Yacht Club, that has successfully stood the test
of time.Throughout the years Kip Regatta has partnered with a
variety of sponsors, and is currently enjoying a long relationship with
property company Savills.
Starting life in 1989 as The Kip International, named after
its first sponsor International Paints, the Regatta has seen
many changes over the years . Always following
the One Design format (with similar boat models
competing against each other), there were many changes ahead including
CHS handicap being reinvented as the IRC in 1999, sailing
courses changing format, and three day races becoming
1989 saw the three handicap classes at the start line: IODs ,
Pipers , Loch Longs and Etchells. By1994 the
Regatta had reached a mammoth ten classes and a new
sponsor, Mount Gay Rum, provided their famous red caps, which
can still be spotted at sailing events across the globe.
Further One Design classes were introduced over the years, like the
Sigma 33 , 38, and the infamous Sonatas and Sportboats. All
added to the fleet size and combined to make the Kip
Regatta a popular fixture in the Scottish sailing calendar, and the
first ‘major’ regatta of the season.
Some boats have become notorious, including By the
Way, Bullet iv, Toucan, Showdown, Chorus
line, Arthur, Local Hero , Playback
,Crackerjack and Salamander .
From Royal Western’s point of view, the reputation of Kip
Regatta was building year on year, and in terms of attendance, it was
becoming more popular than their famous Tighnabruaich weekend.
In 1997 Royal Western introduced one of the club’s most prestigious
pieces of silverware the A W Steven Trophy .
This was to become the most sought after prize on
the Clyde as it was presented to the best overall performance
from all the classes, and was awarded for the first time to the ½
Into the 21st century and Kip Regatta was proving as popular
as ever , with 11 classes and over 70 boats on the water.
The IRC Handicap classes 1 & 2 attracted
the biggest numbers, with 21 & 17 boats respectively,
but a healthy Sigma 33 class was still around with ten.
2000’s overall winner was Allan Marr with his Etchells Flying
Colours, and from then onwards the awards ping-ponged between
Donald Sharps X-332 Tundra and
John Corsons Elan 333s “Salamander”, until 2006 when
Graeme Hutchison came along with the mighty Jaru and
Opal Marine became the principal sponsor.
2007 brought our current sponsor and the Savills Kip Regatta was born.
Savills West Coast Director Andrew Perratt, a keen local
sailor, saw an opportunity to promote the company name to a
wide and growing audience . His “Grand Cru” team has
participated at every regatta since, but to date has always allowed
another competitor to take the title!
Another “local hero” the Bashford 41 took the overall
trophy in 2007, skippered by Geoff Howison , while Keith Lord
brought Acrewed Interest up from the Isle
of Man for the 2008 title.
2011 saw Jim Dick begin his winning streak in Scotland, with the
J-97 Jackaroo. Another popular win came the
following g year when Chris Bonar took the title, after many
years of coming close. He bowed out of the Clyde circuit on a
high, selling his winning Baleteur 97, and moving
Duncan Chalmers Of Kip Marina said: “The event has
traditionally been the testing ground for new race boats, and an
opportunity to allow crews to ready their boats
and put systems in place, under true race conditions.
Our plans for Savills Kip Regatta are to keep this successful
formula, ensuring the classes remain ultra-competitive,
and growing the event.
“While the IRC and CYCA classes will remain to the fore, there are many
opportunities development. We are continuing to expand the
CYCA and white sail fleets, and will explore
opportunities to introduce future One-Design and sport boat classes in
Savills Kip Regatta at 25
Photo: (C) Neill
The Kip Regatta is traditionally regarded as the warm up for
the Scottish Series but this 25th Anniversary edition sailed in the
lightest of breezes served best to lull competitors into complacency
and a false sense of competence, providing little practice for the
rolling billows to follow in Tarbert. Or so says our regular in-house
pessimist. Whatever, the weather forecasters got it wrong or
perhaps Savills and the Kip marina people between them managed to
ensure that the regatta was sailed in a pocket of sunshine while rain
clouds scudded by to the north and south. The patch off Kip is renowned
for its flukiness and this was manifest straight away as the first beat
in the general direction of Toward rapidly turned into a fetch. This
was to be a recurring problem throughout the weekend. The results are here
in case you
want to skip the waffle. It was, one might venture to suggest, a
regatta for young...
Your correspondent, for reasons not fully understood by himself, was
not present on his own highly presentable yacht but was instead
masquerading as railmeat on a Sonata which could be described
charitably as well past the first flush, rather like himself in fact.
However that gave some opportunity for a few photos. One
particular feature was the first appearance together of the Scottish
Commodore's Cup teams, namely Jamie McGarry's mighty Swan 45,
the Eala of Rhu, Steve Cowie's First 40 Zephyr and Rod
Stewart's Corby 37, Aurora. You can assess their performances from the
results better than I can as obviously they vanished into the middle
distance long before the Sonatas got going. I enjoyed this picture of
Aurora - (that transom configuration is a Corby trademark -in case
there is anybody out there who didn't know) where it is not entirely
clear what is going on but it does seem rather busy. Presumably John
Highcock (last man standing) has a fair idea.
Here is Eala of Rhu and a fine sight she is too, with Jon
Fitzgerald calling the shots. I don't seem to have a picture of Zephyr
but you all know what a Bene 40 looks like.
Despite all that fancy stuff however it was those recurrent winners,
the Anderson/Findlay partnership in Roxstar which took class 1 and very
possibly might have won the overall silver plate if Jonathan Anderson
hadn't been awarded it so many times before - or does it just seem like
that. I'm afraid that when I see the XP38 I am reminded
of Giorgetto Guigaro's famous comment about the Triumph TR7 but there
can be no denying the performance the team is extracting from it,
particularly in light wind.
Anyway the overall was won by Leaky
Roof II, Alan Harper's curiously named Sigma 33 with 3 firsts
a discarded 4th in IRC 3.
The redoubtable Carmen II team are still very much game, winning IRC2
and now have another First 36.7 to joust with in the form of Kevin
& Debbie Aitken's new Animal, the previous one being about to
be shooed off to France. It's wearing borrowed Carmen sails for now.
Here's a Class 1 start. The second race on Sat after the first race was
stopped after one round was a full length affair which everyone
enjoyed. The third race after valiant efforts by the Race Committee to
get a decent course was abandoned.
Duncan Hepplewhite organised three Ovington VX1s to join in. They
looked quite sporty and a young person I spoke to afterwards said they
were great fun - planing in upwards of 8kts allegedly. This
is not a great picture of one but it's here to remind us all of the
fantastic scenery we are privileged to sail amidst - despite the almost
Rather more accessible to the young person, most of whom are more than
a little financially constrained, we look to the scrapyard end of the
fleet where the Sonatas are to be found. Intentionally crippled by a
non-planing hull, those little tubs offer their
owners pleasure not from sheer speed but from close one
design fleet racing and whatever else may be said, the local
fleet is an immensely helpful and encouraging bunch. This is
Mark Bradshaw's 'Mostly Harmless' showing what
I think is her 'good' side. The resident James Watt Dock Sonatas are
not the highest rated in terms of external cosmetics but contributing
to the 9 Sonatas out on the East patch on a Wednesday evening cannot be
bad. One design or not Mark Taylor's immaculately presented Saraband
took huge lumps out of
everyone else on the Saturday race and won the class.
Saturday finished in sunshine and a convivial gathering outside the
Chartroom where a string quartet was drowned out by the conversational
After racing, especially if I have been helming I can never remember
what happened. The first race on Sunday was enjoyable but after that
rain clouds appeared with accompanying severe wind shifts resulting in
the second race being abandoned before even Class 2 has started.
Finally a third race was started and I have to be naughty and
mention that the venerable and much respected Royal Western Yacht Club
is not actually infallible. On approaching the start area for
the start of the last class we noticed that AP had been hoisted instead
of the expected Pennant 4. This confused me greatly and I did not have
the presence of mind to call the Committee boat for clarification.
However, just as what was expected to be about 1 minute from the start
the AP was hurriedly withdrawn and replaced by No4. No
matter, it was a mostly harmless error and we were more or
less the right place being only the Mostly Confused third
Sonata in the trilogy.
So overall, not the best conditions but astonishingly better than
anybody had hoped the day before. Numbers have held up quite
well although there is plenty opportunity for a revived CYCA class.
Hopefully Savills can continue their genuinely appreciated
sponsorshop for the 26th Kip Regatta and much thanks must go to them
also to Royal Western YC for their good organisation of the event and
to Kip Marina for their part.
Unfortunately I was too late to try the gin which was on sampling offer
after Saturday's racing. Made in a converted dog kennel
apparently but those fortunate enough to taste it proclaimed it
excellent. Also unfortunately I have forgotten what it was called but
on supply of a trial bottle I will be happy to post a big advert here.
Now get ready for some really windy sailing at the Silvers Scottish
Kip Regatta - 25th Anniversary Edition
the entry list as of Friday morning. Encouraging that numbers seem to
be holding up including .. da da.. The full Scottish Commodore's Cup
Team. Final class splits to be determined.
|Eala of Rhu
||Corby 37 Custom
||Grand Soleil 39
|Now or Never 3
|Sloop John T
||Westerly GK 24
|Farr E Nuff
||Grand Soleil 34
|First by Farr
||First 45 FJ
|Leaky Roof II
Silvers Marine is New Headline Sponsor for Scottish
is great news. Mega credit to Jamie McGarry, the new owner of
Silver's Marine for making this truly
significant contribution to Scottish sailing. This really identifies a
new start for the famous boatyard which now becomes a brand of Gareloch
and emphasises the yard's prominent place in Scottish yachting. GSS,
which recently purchased Silver's boatyard as their
new HQ is
a truly global company with offices in the Netherlands and Australia
and which apparently turned over £20m last year (according to
McGarry, owner of GSS Marine
a re-launch of the yard and the Silvers
brand we are delighted to partner with the CCC in sponsoring the
Series. This is particularly exciting given the 40th celebrations this
Tarbert. Scottish Series is a magnificent event run by the army of
club officials from the CCC. To be able to support this and indeed
in the event is tremendously exciting for all at Silvers and GSS.”
CCC season starts with Bute Race
to Largs circumnavigating Bute on 26th April. A good sail to
the cobwebs blown away since there have been no earlier opportunities
to do that - in a racing mode at least. The previous notion
second day of windward/leewards off Largs appears to have been dropped.
Start is at 9.30 off Kip.
Whit? Nae Windaes?
Latimer's latest Wildebeest IV looking very tidy and without a trace of
external green paint. One set of spreaders and one set jumpers which
used to be quite IRC unfriendly but maybe not now. Should be
Kip Regatta - 10/11th May
missus. Maybe we should ask Simon Limb or Chris Dodgson if the weather
will be ok for Kip Regatta. With the foulest weekend weather
months of fairly rubbish weather the cancellation of
Icebreaker turned out to be a very good or at least fortuitous call.
Chas was trying to apply antifouling down in Ardrossan while what was
clearly 35kts plus howled in the rigging and the paint was flying
sideways off the roller. Anyway, Kip Regatta in this 25th
will have far nicer weather than that above. Definitely.
Come and help us celebrate
our 25th anniversary……….
Regatta celebrates 25 years of being the “First Major Regatta “ of the
are again the headline sponsor for the 6th year
running and Royal
Western Yacht Club will, as ever, continue to run the “on water”
race officer Johnny Watson calling the shots.
Regatta has seen many different boats and classes over the last quarter
century and this year is no exception.
Three of the new 19ft VX 1 sportboats
will be here to test out the waters prior to heading off to Tarbert and
Scottish Series. The boats are currently being measured but from
encounters they are outperforming both the SB20 and the J-70 so some
interesting racing there when they come head to head on a Clyde race
least 3 x IRC , 2x CYCA , Sigma 33 OD, Sportsboat and White sail
expected, given the current level of entries received.
Chartroom will take on the “Apres Sail “ programme and the BBQ will be
swing right after racing as usual.
Evening entertainment will be provided, as tradition demands, by
the Raggle Taggle Gypies which should
help the beer go down.
Riva will provide you with that big breakfast to get you through
Sunday's racing which will be followed by the
at the Chartroom.
you have not yet received your Entry Form these are available to
the Royal western Yacht Club website www.rwyc.org.uk
or www.kipmarina.co.uk or simply call Kip on
01475521485 - we can take the details or send out.
other info required e-mail
Conditions like these are what
we want - as in 2010 - don't miss it - even if you
sail out of Largs.
The Agonies of Antifouling
a rare 'selfie' taken in Ardrossan. The wind had blown over
stepladder for the nth time and I was about to give up despite 5 layers
of clothing under the overalls. Those are my antifouling overalls and
are really more like wearing a coat of paint although there is masonry
paint in there too.How does he get paint on his rear end? I was
wondering that too.
I wish to point out is a warning about masking tape. This year I
puchased a roll of blue 'professional' masking tape in B&Q.
Normally I use the green stuff but the marina shop was shut and I
wanted to get masking. The 25m roll cost over 5 quid, looked
felt ok and I was confident it would do the job. Wrong! After
nights it was removed in bits to leave multiple gobs of tape adhesive
which took HOURS and a lot of acetone to remove. So avoid B&Q
tape. It's rubbish - as are their mini roller sets - the tray of which
was of such flimsy plastic that it split within the first hour.
Diall probably means do all the customers.Is ALL blue masking
tape rubbish? I dunno but would be wary.
However, plaudits to the Musto repair service - definitely worth
sending in those tatty Mustos.
Icebreaker Regatta canned for 2014
due to insufficient interest, this coaching regatta which has always
been highly regarded by all who have taken part, has been cancelled
this year and this is particularly disappointing in a year when
Scotland is fielding a Commodore's Cup team. As can
imagined, considerable effort and expense goes into staging
event and there must come a point where it is not viable. However the
committee are hopeful that it can be revived next year and they are
looking for feedback. Please read the official press release
During an Icebreaker Regatta meeting this
organising committee decided, with a heavy heart, to cancel this year’s
The entry level was insufficient to sustain a viable regatta. In
sponsors and supporting businesses require a reasonable time to
resources they have set aside for alternative uses. Coaches organised
Solent, mark-laying teams, sponsors, restaurant
facilities and of course the race committee members all deserve a
We realise that there are many
disappointed competitors who
were looking forward to this intensive training regatta but we also
they shall understand and continue to support us in 2015.
The committee have put in a lot of hard
work and share the
disappointment but we are all absolutely committed to putting the same
into the 2015 regatta.
We would appreciate any feedback that
might help us to grow
this event which we have great faith in continuing and a strong desire
maintain the standard and enjoyment of racing in Scotland.
The Clyde Marina
Icebreaker Regatta Committee
Get your entry in. NOR here
and Entry form here
Don't miss this event. What kind of pussy thinks Ardrossan is
too far away for some great coaching?
Brewin Dolphin Commodore's Cup
photo: Marc Turner
to be the BDSS but now the money's on BDCC. What's more
have a team. And one that looks promising. This is
official press release:
Team Scotland confirms entry for Brewin Dolphin Commodores' Cup 2014
One of the first complete Scottish teams has emerged as the first GBR entry for the 2014 Brewin Dolphin Commodores Cup hosted by The Royal Ocean Racing Club (RORC) at Cowes this July.
The Clyde based team consists of a group of committed owners who have been working throughout the winter in creating a team with a broad experience, that includes some of the leading professionals in recent event history.
Eala of Rhu, owned by Jamie McGarry and Colin Moore of the Royal Northern & Clyde have recruited Kevin Sproul, who sailed Keronimo to victory for GBR Red in the 2012 event. He joins Jon Fitzgerald in running the Swan 45 in the international IRC Regatta.
“It’s fantastic to be involved with a prepared and organised Clyde based team this early in the year. It bodes well for a successful campaign." comments Kevin Sproul.
The First 40, Zephyr from Royal Gourock YC has competed successfully over the past couple of seasons with owner Steve Cowie, both in Ireland in 2013 and winning their Class at Cowes in 2012. The choice of pro is natural one as Ian Budgen started sailing at RGYC in Pipers before building a strong reputation in the sailing world from the TP52 circuit, the Volvo Ocean Race and the Americas Cup.
Completing the three-boat team is the Corby 37, fomerly Impetuous, a competitive IRC boat which is new to the Clyde Cruising Club owners Rod Stuart, Bill Ram and Donald MacKenzie. Rod Stuart who competed with EOS, an Elan 410, has enjoyed some good offshore results including 2nd in class in the 2013 Middle Sea Race. Sailmaker and experienced IRC campaigner John Highcock takes on the professional role onboard.
RYAS Chief Operating Officer James Stuart comments, “We are delighted to be in a position to support an entry from Scotland for this pinnacle IRC racing event. Events of this nature offer a great opportunity to see some of Scotland's best sailors competing on an international stage.”
Team Scotland’s campaign will start their training on the Clyde, including the 40th anniversary of the Scottish Series. The boats then head to the Solent to train and compete in the RORC Offshore races, the IRC National Championships and ultimately the Brewin Dolphin Commodores Cup from the 19th to the 26th of July.
Selectors have reminded teams that the deadline of the entry to the rest of the GBR selections closes on March 28th.
Chris Mason of the Selection group added, “We are delighted to have an early commitment from a Scottish team and it shows a real passion for the event that owners and crews are working together at this early stage. The RYA are just about to enter the final week looking for entries to the selection trials and we hope to find the same enthusiasm coming forward from the rest of the country.”
Latest news on the Brewin Dolphin Commodores' Cup can be found at commodorescup.rorc.org
The Notice of Race can be viewed and downloaded from the website or contact the RORC Race Office, firstname.lastname@example.org
New season in sight - nearly
Here we are again - starting off with the Icebreaker - an excellent
event wholly underappreciated by those who stay away.
The Clyde offers no better way to get your racing back in gear
after the winter layoff.
here we are back again after a long absence and looking forward to
sailing in 2014. Remarkably, what with the Commonwealth Games
there are some date changes and particularly discombobulating
is West Highland Yachting Week coming the week before the
is plenty of interest coming up, not least
the Scottish Series which has evolved, as is its way, into something a
wee bit different from formula of the recent Bell Lawrie
Given that the series celebrates its 40th anniversary in 2014,
evolution is both inevitable and welcome and we have every expectation
that the 2014 iteration will be a lot of fun. We are waiting with -
substitute your own cliche here- to hear the route of the Clyde
Challenger Gourock -Tarbert race. The mention of 'Islands of
Clyde' in the NOR has sparked anxiety that it might
through the Kyles of Bute and an early allaying of that fear would be
Although it might mean good business for the yacht repairers if
Woodfarm Rock claimed a few more victims as would be likely.
was looking pretty dreich the other day. Sandbags across
harbourside doors tell the tale of recent storm surge flooding with
much flooding of shops, swans swimming where they're not welcome and
some businesses with low lying premises having to be pumped out.
Hopefully the rains will have ceased by May and the village
to usual form although you could never call it 'dry' when the Scottish
Series is in.
sailing on huge mass participation ships is your thing then Drum and
the Clyde Challenger will be competing at the Scottish Series in Loch
Fyne, from the 23rd - 26th of May. If you fancy participating, you can
enquire here: http://www.arnoldclarkdrum.com/enquiry/
I'm sure the mast inversion in the photo is photographic distortion!
Geoffrey Howison writes:
The Etchells Fleet at Gourock
continues to grow with the confirmation that Mark Allen and Matt West
have bought Gelert from Dublin. This is a Petticrow built boat Number
1113 so a good and welcome addition to the fleet. This brings us to
eleven boats at RGYC so we can look forward to some good racing this
Marshall is the Racing Secretary at RGYC and determined to
give us better racing where at all possible. I attended the meeting on
Monday and progress is being made:
to lay the Temporary mark towards Kirn (clear of the channels) every
week. This will give an choice of an additional 10 courses
temporary mark as outer end of start line and use of inner distance
mark to give smaller line
Race officer seminar/refresher to encourage good use of courses ie to
provide a good windward leg at some point during the race
John Douglas and Mudhook Yacht Club have invited the Etchells to form a
class at the Old Pultney Regatta on 7/8 June. This is a great
opportunity to have some proper race course organisation for us and I
suggest we consider that the Scottish Etchells Championships. John has
been speaking with Kip re supporting us for berthing, tows, hospitality
etc. Maximum participation would be great fun and good for the class
are a good number of regattas that will hopefully see the Etchells
there. Ashton Regatta 31st May, Cove Regatta
14/15 June. Also there are a couple of dates where we can add an
Etchells Day. That would be; 5 and/or 6th July.
Sun 10th August.
I still know of a couple of boats at decent prices
and a good push to get them here would help the class considerably so
if anyone is interested please let me know. David Heritage has 4 new
boats in construction for this season so the class is reviving in the
time to get sanding, painting, polishing and planning on a good season
so let me know your views in advance of when we can hopefully meet
early in March. Please pass this email on to anyone that might be
interested or let me have their email and I’ll include them in the
This all sounds good. I had hoped to join in but alas not.
IRC and handicaps
2014 the IRC rating system celebrates its 30 year anniversary
its beginnings as the Channel Handicap System, devised to replace the
failing International Offshore Rule. Although the numbers of UK IRC
rated boats is down somewhat in line with the general decline in
racing, IRC continues to gain traction worldwide and remains the most
equitable and flexible system outside of one design. We hear
that CCC stalwart Ian MacDonald has been 'promoted' from IRC Scottish
rep to chairman of the UK IRC committee.
has been involved
with CHS then IRC from fairly early days and during that time has
applied his legal brain to solving successfully the problem of being
able to win two classes while just taking part in the one
race. Naturally Ian is a supporter of dual scoring systems
the bottom line, as IRC well recognises, is in providing systems which
enourage participation and dual scoring is a tool in that
process. To quote technical director Mike Urwin, 'IRC isn't
everybody. The owner who only ever competes in his local club's races
may be entirely happy racing under some kid of performance
Speaking of handicap systems, around this time last year there was
a lot of discussion about the new 'National Handicap Cruiser' system
being promulgated by the RYA as a replacement for PY in
yachts. It seems to have gone rather quiet on that front and
there is nothing much new from the RYA on the subject although the
controversial base handicap list appears to have been updated. Various
clubs south of the border have been trying it out in place of PY but as
far as I can make out, the only significant potential user in Scotland,
the ForthYacht Clubs Association has been sticking with their own
performance handicap system thus far, having taken the view that for
2013, the NHC system was insufficiently mature for their purpose.
On the Clyde, with the benefit of the long established and
accepted CYCA system, PY has never figured to any extent outwith the
dinghy fleets and over here for the most part, there seems little
interest in a performance system such as NHC. If anyone wishes to take
issue with any of these statements or contribute more information I
will be glad to hear from them.
Upwind Animal - and what a looker
Wright, FYC's irrepressible Race Officer and Terrible Jokemeister sent
in these beautiful pictures of the IOR heyday. Pete writes:
'I was in a syndicate of
7 that owned Moonchaser (ex-Marionette 79, Holland
himself) and she
was an upwind animal, downwind dog. Downwind she built a stern
wave that could
have easily graced a Japanese dinner service and our party piece was
applecores onto it that would still be there an hour later.
unable to identify Pete (or any of the others) in any of these photos
but if anyone can do let us know - Just look at that
IOR style cockpit. The Ron Holland transom is a thing of beauty but
racing her at 10/10ths must have been hard hard work. Any
stories /pics from that era are most welcome.
I don't really mean it. Loadsa fun for so little dosh and the Clyde
fleet seems to be recovering well. They now have an active
Facebook page - look for ' West Coast snottas' . There seems
a fair turnover in boats recently and I'm even hoping to get out
sailing in one just maybe. I hope they get a good turnout at
Scottish. We need more back to basics sailing. The London
Show with all those glittering twin wheel jobs and stratospheric price
tickets is on another galaxy from the grass roots.
PS - I know
the 'Email Chas' link isn't working. I'll try to remember how to fix it
but I last looked at that well over 10 years ago.