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News Logo Drennan Trophy, 20th October 2019

A good number of members turned out for the Drennan Trophy - the final race of the season. The weather was sunny, with initially light winds. This quickly changed to a stiff Northerly with strong gusts that caught some participants out. After several capsizes it was decided to abandon the race, to be resailed early next season. Some photos of the event are below. (Click to see a larger version of the photographs.)

Part of The Drennan Fleet
Part of The Drennan Fleet
Supper after Drennan Trophy
Supper after Drennan Trophy

The club is now closed for the winter, reopening next April.

News Logo Scottish Solo Travellers Event, 5th October 2019

The club was pleased to welcome 17 Scottish Solos for a Travellers Event on 5th October. This was sailed in a force 2 to force 3 easterly wind with periodic drizzle. The overall results were as follows:

Pos Sail No Helm Club R1 R2 R3
1 5408 Tony King Bassenthwaite SC 7 1 1
2 5613 Stuart Gibson CCC Bardowie 1 4 2
3 5602 Keith Milroy St. Marys Loch 2 6 3
4 4502 Malcolm Worsley Royal Tay YC 3 10 4
5 5801 Willie Todd Largs SC 4 3 5
6 5841 Ross Watson Loch Tummel SC 5 5 10
7 5486 David Sword CCC Bardowie 9 2 DNF
8 5803 Calum Gibb Largo Bay SC 6 14 6
9 5777 Paul McCombie St Andrews SC 8 7 7
10 4856 Robert Signer Loch Ard SC 12 8 9
11 5627 David Parkin ASYC 11 13 8
11 4710 David Sparks Loch Lomond SC 12 10 12
12 4870 Douglas Hay CCC Bardowie 13 14 11
14 4766 David Whyte CCC Bardowie 16 9 16
15 4929 Fergus Duncanson CCC Bardowie 13 16 14
16 4808 Tim Flatman Helensburgh SC 15 17 13
17 4534 Ali Gordon CCC Bardowie 17 17 15

Some photos of the event are below. (Click to see a larger version of the photographs.)

Solo Fleet
Solo Fleet
Winner Tony King receiving Prize
Winner Tony King receiving Prize

News Logo Club Regatta, 10th/11th August 2019

The annual club regatta was sailed in light winds, with some sunshine on the Saturday and some rain on the Sunday. A webcam view of the event is below:

Regatta Race 1
Regatta Race 1

The club was pleased to welcome visiting sailors, and also to see some of our younger sailors taking part. The main placings were as follows:

PlaceSail NoClassHelmCrewClubPointsR1R2R3R4R5R6
1 1956 FF 15 Classic Will Barrett Paul Farish Monklands SC 6 4 1 3 2 2 1
2 1732 Streaker Calum Robertson   Loch Ard SC 6 2 3 2 1 1 2
3 3509 FF 15 Robert Signer Sue Signer Loch Ard SC 7 1 2 1 3 3 3
4 3668 FF 15 Colin Boyd Anne Boyd Loch Ard SC 19 7 4 9 4 5 6
5 3918 Solo Jeff Heath   Loch Ard SC 26 3 5 9 9 9 9

News Logo Round The Island Race, 14th July 2019

On 14th July the club held a Family Day that including a race around the island. This was also the day of the Kinlochard Gathering, where club members Colin and Ann Boyd were the chieftains. (Click to see a larger version of the photographs.)

Smaller Dinghies heading for The Island
Smaller Dinghies heading for The Island
Round The Island Race
Round The Island Race
Kinlochard Chieftains Colin and Ann Boyd
Kinlochard Chieftains Colin and Ann Boyd

News Logo Family Fun Day and Summer Solstice Sail, 22nd June 2019

On 22nd June the club held a Family Fun Day, with a variety of shore-based and water-based activities. This was followed by an evening Summer Solistice Sail. (Click to see a larger version of the photographs.)

Club House Steamboat Trip
Club House Steamboat Trip
Visit by Nessie Welly Boot Throwing
Visit by Nessie Welly Boot Throwing

News Logo Schools Taster Session, 14th June 2019

On 14th June the club ran a taster session for Aberfoyle and Dunblane primary schools. This gave the children some basic sailing experience as well engaging them in shore-based activities. (Click to see a larger version of the photographs.)

Shore-Based Activity Water-Based Activity
Shore-Based Activity Water-Based Activity

News Logo Children's Sailing Training, 18th/19th and 25th/26th May 2019

Further sailing training was organised for children in the Club's Optimists on 18th, 19th, 25th and 26th May.

News Logo Push The Boat Out, 19th May 2019

On Sunday 19th May, the club supported the national Push The Boat Out event organised by the RYA. The idea was to encourage people to get on the water, and to try out a variety of sailing and on-shore activities. The event was well attended, with all ages taking advantage of a sail. (Click to see a larger version of the photographs.)

Optimist and Puffer Optimists and Laser
Optimist and Puffer Optimists and Laser

News Logo Schools Taster Session, 10th May 2019

On 10th May the club ran a taster session for Fintry and Kippen primary schools. This gave the children some basic sailing experience, and also engaged them in shore-based activities such as rigging and tying knots. (Click to see a larger version of the photographs.)

Boarding Wayfarer and Stratos Departing for A Sail
Boarding Wayfarer and Stratos Departing for A Sail

News Logo Sailing Season Under Way, 5th May 2019

The sailing season is now well under way. Racing on 5th May offered good, if variable, winds. (Click to see a larger version of the photographs.)

Flying Fifteen Racing Solo and Laser 2 Racing
Flying Fifteen Racing Solo and Laser 2 Racing

News Logo Sailing Training, 4th/5th May 2019

Sailing training was organised for 4th and 5th May, for youngesters as well as adults.

News Logo Club Reopened, 21st April 2019

The club reopened on 21st April. The opening day race was sailed for the President's Plate in bright sunshine, but with very variable and at times treacherous winds. Calum Robertson (Streaker) established an early lead which he maintained, eventually coming first. The race was followed by a delightful buffet. (Click to see a larger version of the photographs.)

Club Pier Buffet
Fun at The Pier Opening Day Buffet

News Logo New Sailing Programme, 28th January 2019

As a result of the club survey, AGM comments and committee discussions, this year sees a significant change to the structure of the sailing/events programme and trophies. For example, pursuit races will be replaced by a general race series. Rules for other trophies have also been modified to allow them to be awarded fairly. Personal handicaps will be applied on an ongoing basis to various race series.

Two races will continue to be held at 13.30 and 15.30 on Sundays. Racing during the summer months has been interspersed with activity days to allow wider member participation. Members can see the changes in their new membership cards.

The new sailing programme can be found on the Activities page.

News Logo Loch Ard Winter Lunch, 19th January 2019

The first winter lunch on 19th January was well-attended, with both current and previous members turning up. More winter lunches will follow in February and March.