Racing Racing

The racing season runs from early April to late October. Club races are held each Sunday, with a single start for all classes. Races are run following the principles of RYA Race Management. Racing is governed by the Notice of Race, the Sailing Instructions, the current Racing Rules of Sailing, the rules of each dinghy class concerned, and the Loch Lomond and Trossachs National Park bye-laws.

Club Races and Regattas are described separately. There are special races such as the annual regatta, the marathon race, and events for ladies, novices, juniors and cadets. The courses normally used for races at Loch Ard are available online (PDF format).

Enquiries about racing and dinghy classes can be emailed to the .

Events Events

The events programme is as follows, and is also available as PDF.

2024 Events

Apart from regular racing, the following special events will take place:

Date Event
21st April (14:30) Opening Day Race (President's Plate)
16th June Marathon Race
22nd June Summer Solstice Sortie
14th July Loch Sortie and Picnic
4th August Club Regatta
11th August Loch Sortie and Picnic
21st September Fun Race
13th October Drennan Trophy

Fun Activites Fun Activities

Besides formal racing, the club also organises a number of fun activities that are particularly suitable for families and younger children. These activiities include sorties around the loch and sailing-based picnics.

Training Training

Contact the for more information about the following. Training days are run by the club as convenient. These cover a variety of topics including training for beginning sailors (youngsters and adults), race officers, safety officers, use of power boats, and first aid. During the year there are special races to encourage the participation of novices and children. To help beginners with sailing and racing, experienced club sailors can act as mentors. Training is, however, informal so those who need something more formal are advised to attend a recognised RYA training course.

Dinghies Dinghy Classes

The club supports a large number of dinghy classes. See the class pictures for photographs of some of these. The classes most commonly raced at the club are:

Please note that the club is permitted to sail only dinghies (though smaller keelboats are acceptable). Club members may not use yachts, multi-hulls, jet-skis or power boats on the loch.