Sailing and Yacht Racing On The Clyde and West Coast Of Scotland
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Pride of the ClydeIn the past there have been times when Drum appeared a bit of a tired old bus. That could not be said of her now. I think pristine is the mot juste. In the afternoon sunshine at James Watt Dock she looks absolutely immaculate and she will be even more of a head turner under sail. And look at those Ron Holland lines - and the slope of the transom. Anyone who doesn't see real beauty there has no sailing soul. A true classic.
Sir Arnold is now a good old age and I don't know what his state of health is but it would be good if he could get down to appreciate what has been done with her.
See the Drum history on their website
EtchellsIt's an old boat well outside the age parameters for a 'good boat' specified on the Clyde Etchells website but we're doing our best with help from Iain Hurrel and some Marineblasting. Messy business.
CCC Season Opener
CCC Race Sec Des Balmforth writes:
It isn't long until Saturday 25th April which sees the kick-off of the 2015 season with the Bute Race. This race does what it says on the tin, combining a dust down of your crew work with a beautiful sail round the island of Bute. It is also the first chance to collect Championship points.
This is also back to being a weekend event with a new concept for the Sunday 26th, a short inshore course off the North end of Cumbrae. Preferential berthing rates of £21 per boat have been arranged in Largs Yacht Haven for the Saturday evening and we would encourage members to book a table at Scott's for some craic in the evening from 1900.
Please also note that there have been changes this year to the General Regulations, most notably the Classes. Class 1 and 2 are now dual scored under IRC and CYCA with a Class 3 restricted sail CYCA only.
Finally, I'd like to take the opportunity to encourage as many people as possible to come racing as there is a class for everyone. Enjoy!
Piper NewsPiper News from Duncan Chalmers, the Class Assoc Hon Sec.
That loyal sailing sponsor and maker of the worlds best biscuits, Tunnocks has come on board as sponsor of the Piper Series of 4 regattas. They are: the Anniversary Regatta at HLSC on16-17th May, Cove regatta in June, the Class Championships at RGYC in August and finally the City Sailing Regatta back at HLSC in September. At the Class Championships at RGYC, Old Pulteney is providing sponsorship with a product tasting after racing.
With the Class Golden Jubilee coming up next year new owners have been searching out boats that have been stored away for years, other boats are being refurbished and owners who have not been afloat for a while are now determined to have their boats afloat and racing..
I don't know whose photo this is - I suspect it will be one of Neill Ross's but will give due credit when informed. Anyway it shows Billie Piper the current class champion although Iain Hurrel its owner does not appear to have been on board that day.
Interestingly, the wooden Piper No1 which formed the plug for the class is now on the Norfolk Broads and is for sale at, wait for it, £16K. Perhaps it is imagined that Piper prices will follow that of the Loch Long and go stratospheric. It would be a terrible shame if they were priced off the Clyde in that way.
Sign up now for a great deal on Silvers Marine Scottish Series 2015
just over seven weeks until the 2015 Silvers Marine Scottish
Series,organisers are delighted to announce that they are already
knocking on the
the popular White Sail class before 1 May and receive 20% off yourentry
fee courtesy of Clyde Challenger. With two classes, the Clyde
an added incentive, Tarbert Harbour Authority has pledged to offer 20%
off berthing for boats, across all classes, entering Silvers Marine
Marine Scottish Series Chairman Dane Ralston explained why excitement
was building for the 41st Series saying, "Last year we attracted
Marine Scottish Series is a major event in the yachting calendar in
Scotland and we're keen to encourage more people to take part. Thanks
to Clyde Challenger sponsorship we can attract those sailors who, want
to take part in a regatta, but also cruise in company. The White Sail
Tarbert Harbour Authority is further demonstrating their commitment to
the regatta by offering all boats a discount on their berthing fees.
Porter from Clyde Challenger said, "The team at Clyde Challenger,
Scotland's Iconic Clipper 60 Ocean Racing Yacht are delighted to
J70 class announce Silvers Marine Scottish Series 2015 as Northern Area Championship!
The J/70 UK Class Association is pleased to announce the inaugural J/70 UK Northern Championships will take place as part of the Silvers Marine Scottish Series 2015, Scotland's biggest sailing regatta. Traditionally held in the stunning location of Loch Fyne, the event is hosted by the Clyde Cruising Club over the Spring Bank Holiday from Fri 22nd to Mon 25th May.
The rapid expansion of the J/70 fleet across the country means that we are expecting a substantial number of entries for what will undoubtedly be some hugely fun and competitive racing. Competitors are excited that the championships will span four days, with 12 races being undertaken. The fleet are treating the event as essential practice for British teams hoping to compete at the 2015 Worlds Championships, taking place in La Rochelle this July.
More Rover SeriesThought I might as well put up the 1992 list of Class 1 as well for a bit of additional beard stroking. Some well known and no doubt fondly remembered names in there. If anyone would like to punt in some reminiscences of these old boats or even a where they are now - do send them and I'll edit and put them up.
KumalieFurther to the mention of Kumalie down the page, Pete Wright notifies us of her latest exploits which can bee seen here on the FYC website. Pete says "There was an amazing blog and CM raised buckets of cash for MS and Brain Cancer Trust.Campbell completed the trip, Kumalie looks amazing." Looks like the red curtains have gone though.
Etchells at RGYC
Geoffrey Howison has been doing a terrific job masterminding the resurgence of the Etchells class at RGYC. There will be over a dozen of these cool raceboats on the moorings there in 2015 and there is room for more. There is to be a meeting of those involved on Tuesday 27th Jan at RGYC and as a newcomer to the class I am sure that any interested parties would be welcome to attend. I am aware of a fairly old Etchells which could be got back into racing trim quite readily and which for sailing at RGYC could be had for a ludicrously low price. Email me as below.
Email Chas No More.For now anyway. It has taken a protracted rainy spell to get me to investigate why the 'Email Chas' form has not been working. As I keep banging on, this site is pretty old, using prehistoric simple html and with the web hosting company having been taken over a few times yet having survived somehow. The current provider, rejoicing in the name 'Madasafish' has decided apparently to remove the cgi server side scripting which allowed me to have a primitive reply form and that's the reason it has denied access to anyone who tried to email me. The good bit is that the hosting for this site has never cost me anything at all - hence the complete lack of advertising. The forum is different -it is hosted separately and I have to pay to keep that ad free which is why sponsorship of the banners has been good. (Whether it is worth keeping the forum going is another issue entirely)
If you really want to email me I will tell you only once. It's cggs Where? At this domain name of course. What's that? Do you really have to ask? It's clydesailing.co.uk Maybe you should write it down for future reference. As if.
Scottish Series RememberedHere's a look back to 1992, the year I first showed up at the Scottish (Rover) Series. In Class 7. With 29 entries. The smallest class was Class 1 with 20. Every other class numbered at least 25. Of course back then Rover was still a make of cars that were built in the UK and nobody thought it was particularly strange to race elderly cruisers under 30ft LOA.
I suppose it's pointless to look back like this with the Scottish Marine Industry insisting that we really must buy ever larger masses of floating glass reinforced plastic. It really does seem like another time but then again what's to stop the relatively impecunious going off to race a terminally depreciated cruiser? Is it the same problem that's being noticed by B&Q et al - that the present generation of young home owners apparently don't want to, don't have time to or just can't attempt diy. Anyway, diy aside it was a whole lot of fun at the time as I recall.
btw I know Campbell Moore is alive and well but has Kumalie with the red spotted racing curtains survived?
Web2 - 2015 - where next?Looking back in an ancient folder it seems I first registered clydesailing.co.uk not later than February 2002 which makes the site, under this name at least, 13 years old. Before that it also had an even more primitive existence from around 1996 in the long vanished days of dial-up modems and unaffordable digital cameras. While at the very first I was just playing about, interested in this new website thing which you could build yourself, what with my main interest being sailing it soon became apparent that a clyde-centred sailing site could have a useful purpose. Back then I found myself somewhat ahead of the game as most yacht clubs had not yet developed their own websites - or certainly not any very responsive ones. As often as not one had gone home after a weekend sailing event before the final results were pinned up and so I took it upon myself to copy down those results by hand, put them up on the web with a bit of banterish commentary and whatever photographs I could manage with the outcome of this highly labour-intensive process being that quite soon it became the go-to site on a Monday morning as lots of people checked in to see the results and what have you.
The yacht clubs have of course long since caught up with Phil Walter's result service, initially for the Scottish Series, leading the way such that results are now online just after the last finisher. Nevertheless, such was the apparent popularity and positive feedback I was getting plus the banter on the forum which was established soon after, that there seemed no reason not to carry on. It was never sailing anarchy but being an independent site responsible to nobody meant I could poke fun where I chose and the potential all-clyde overview seemed useful given the inward looking attitudes found so much elsewhere. I was competing in plenty of events anyway, was able to get an on-the-water amateur account up long before any print media and it just meant staying up late on a Sunday night compiling and uploading it all.
But nothing stays the same and things move on. I no longer do much racing, thus losing the essential I-was-there aspect and static web sites such as this have been overtaken by the so-called Web 2 which brings interactivity directly to your omnipresent mobile device with the current front running Social Media site being Facebook. Clydesailing has had a presence on Facebook as a 'Community' for a few years now and has acquired just a little short of 550 followers at time of writing. It is so easy to punt something up on Facebook - much less tedious than compiling html pages -and with the advantage that followers can view and start responding with their comments immediately. For example the other day I posted up this old picture which anyone of a certain age who ever visited Royal Gourock YC will recognise instantly.
At the time of writing this, Facebook informs me that the picture has 'reached' (whatever that means) 1,836 people, with 66 stating a 'like' and has attracted 14 comments. That's impressive and shows clearly the way that the young, mobile-addicted generation accesses its information and entertainment. Yacht Clubs should take note I think. While a static web site is necessary as a 'presence' and place to host vital information, entry forms etc, for getting info out there,the social media route is very worthwhile. There are of course many who are highly suspicious of all this fancy modern stuff and fear that registering for such nonsense will intrude on their privacy and possibly their bank details not to mention the idiotic frivolity of it all. But to take this view is, I think, to miss out.
So what am I trying to say? Basically I think that this site has just about outlived its usefulness and furthermore that I have lost some of my enthusiasm for keeping it constantly updated. For the meantime at least I will keep it live and will be happy to post notices of races, photos or anything else that is sent to me. As you will see from what follows. The old steam Forum will carry on and I'll review its future when the present sponsorship (thanks James Watt Dock) runs out. I'll be putting more stuff and more words on Facebook, so if you have the nerve, go there and join in. Obviously you can continue to comment on this and anything else on the forum as well.
A Happy New Year to you all and lets hope for another great sailing season. As ever there will be plenty going on.
Mudhooks and WesternsThose august members of the Royal Western seem to be collaborating with the even more rarified Mudhooks giving rise to the prospect of the awful spectre of old men wearing not only red trousers but garishly multicoloured ties as well. But not clown noses.They know how to run good regattas. Here's the first warning of the Savills Kip Regatta - and the Old Pulteney Mudhook.
Silvers Marine Scottish Series at 41
The Clyde Cruising Club is delighted to officially announce the dates for Scottish Series 2015:
22-25th May the second UK bank holiday. As ever the event will be held in the popular and picturesque village of Tarbert on Loch Fyne.
The organising committee is also very pleased to announce that Silvers Marine, headline sponsors from 2014 have agreed to come back for a second year. Silvers is a well known and historic brand on the Clyde and beyond. The yard has long been known for its capabilities for build, repair and maintenance of yachts. This tradition has been extended and secured with the purchase of Silvers by parent company GSS in 2014.
Jamie McGarry, Managing Director of Silvers, regular contender and winner of Class 1 in 2014, said “Silvers Marine is very excited to be sponsoring the CCC Scottish Series for the second time. Building on the success of the 40th anniversary regatta we are hoping for an even bigger turnout in 2015 especially from our friends farther afield in Ireland and the rest of the UK. Scottish boats have enjoyed the hospitality and efforts of our neighbours many times in the last few years and now we hope to return the compliment. “
For 2015 all Spinnaker classes will revert to racing in Loch Fyne on Day 1 whilst the white sail class and passage race only classes will start their event in Largs on Thursday night with a buffet supper followed by a passage race to Tarbert on the Friday. Once again in 2015 the Clyde Challenger Passage race to Tarbert and the Round Inch Race on the Sunday will be open to all comers as stand-alone races.
The Notice of Race and entry forms will be published soon but in the meantime we hope you will put the dates in the diary and we look forward to seeing you all in Tarbert in 6 months time.None other than Dane Ralston, SMSS Chairman sends this in and adds:
Whilst we want to attract all comers we in particular would like to encourage the grass roots smaller one designs etc to the event. The overall trophy (and what a trophy it is, see above ) was won last year by a Sonata 22 so maybe that will be an encouragement. We also encourage the less experienced racers to take part in the two passage races open as stand alone entries if only as a taster of the event so as to take part in full next year.
West Highland Yachting Week August 1-7 2015.The powers that be have been busy up Oban way and the following is compiled from info sent in by our friend Alison Chadwick, their press officer:
After the Commonwealth Games hiccup last year 2015 West Highland Yachting Week is back to its usual slot in the calendar and takes place from August 1-7 2015.
Tunnocks has agreed to sponsor the event - the company having been the major supporter of the event for a number of years.
Andy Knox, (who takes over from retiring chairman
David Waltho, who has been involved in running the event for the last 12 years) as newly appointed chairman of the Joint
Regatta Committee (JRC) that runs the event, said: ‘Tunnock’s continuing
support is wholeheartedly appreciated by the JRC and all of the competitors as
the major factor in enabling this premier event to be enjoyed by so many along
the stunning Argyll coastline. The format of the event has enabled racing and
cruising families to come together for a week of combined fun and competition
for many a year.’
The committee is hopeful for all last year’s
supporters to come in again for the 2015 event. This includes Tobermory Harbour
Association, Argyll and Bute Council, The Crown Estate, GaelForce and help in
kind from West Coast Motors and Flit Autos.
Philip Preston, vice-chairman of the Joint Regatta Committee, has also stepped down due to pressure of work. He is succeeded by Eric Chapman, who has been part of the JRC for many years. Philip will remain as an assistant race officer for the event for 2015 so will still be a familiar face to competitors.
And now your opinion is requested:
OVER the last few years interest in the feeder
races for the start of West Highland Yachting Week from the Clyde and Ireland
has waned with a low level of entries.
However in looking to the 2015 event, the JRC is asking for feedback regarding the re-introduction of any of these races. If there is sufficient demand, the committee will look at re-instating them. This may include the traditional Bangor to Craobh race, or the race from Gigha to Craobh or from the Clyde to Ardrishaig.
COMPETITORS are being asked if they want to see the re-introduction of an IRC class at West Highland Yachting Week.
Although these were offered over the last few years the interest was low and many competitors who had expressed an interest in racing IRC, then switched classes to CYCA. The Joint Regatta Committee (JRC) therefore decided to concentrate on the traditional CYCA class system.
However if there is sufficient interest expressed the JRC will consider the re-introduction of an IRC class.
To respond to either of these issues please contact Ross Wilson, secretary JRC on 01631 710 132 or office AT whyw.co.uk
Chas, the author of this site, is owner of Troikka an Elan 37 which along with his family and mates he cruises and would like to race from the Clyde. I'd be interested in any comments on the site and will respond to any questions. If you are new to sailing on the Clyde and have any questions or interest please email me. I'll either try to answer them myself or point you to someone who can. You can use the reply page to email me.