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2014 has started with gales and rain but it has not stopped the planning for a very full sailing season once we get the boats back onto the water. The year for Clyde Cruising Club started at Bardowie, the home of the Dinghy Section, with a soggy walk round the loch on 2nd January. Even Maisie, our black Labrador, found the mud deep and sticky and she was unimpressed by a forced wash in the water before being shut in the car while the humans had delicious hot soup in the clubhouse. The lecture given by Jimmy Cornell on 22nd January in Glasgow in conjunction with the Royal Northern and Clyde Yacht Club was fascinating but concerning with the rise in sea level and the plastic rubbish in the most remote corners of the Pacific Ocean. You will be able to see from this website that the Club has many sailing activities and the Racing, Cruising and Scottish Series committees have all met and are hard at work with plans for the coming season. The Club website is currently undergoing a major overhaul, but soon the new system will result in an improved version for you and Club updates. Please bear with us while we are in transition if the latest news is not up and running. The Club also has a Facebook page and please visit it if you want to see the latest photos from events.
This year is the 40th Scottish Series on Loch Fyne which is the Club and Scotland’s premier yacht racing event and runs from 23-26 May at Tarbert Loch Fyne. This year we are starting with the Clyde Challenger Passage Race from Gourock to Tarbert on Friday 23rd May and it is an ideal opportunity for those of you who do not want the cut and thrust of racing to come and enjoy a sail to Tarbert. There is also a Round Inch’ Race on the Sunday which is a passage race and again ideal for those of you who want a sail without the worry of going round the cans on port tack. The social scene at Tarbert is good fun and I well recall learning a great deal about sailing from the overnight race down to Carradale and back to Tarbert in the ‘Tomatin’ series in the early 1980s sailing our shared Sonata Triad. You will find more detail of events on the website for the Scottish Series which you can access from this page as with all the other Club activities.
You will find that dates in July are a bit different from previous years as ourselves and ‘West Highland Week’ have been requested to move to earlier in July as the Commonwealth Games start with the opening ceremony at 1930 on Wednesday 23rd July in Glasgow. So the Tobermory Race starts from the Clyde on 5th.July with a restart from Ardfern on Monday 7th July to take you to Tobermory. This sets you up for ‘West Highland Week’ now running from 12-18th July. Maybe you will dash back to the Clyde after that as the Queens Baton Relay is coming to Bardowie on Saturday 19th July? There will be a Commonwealth Flotilla on Friday 25th to 27th July if you want a trip right up the water to Glasgow for a change and details will be posted by RYA Scotland shortly.
I will be keeping my boat at Ardfern, on the West Coast, for the summer and am looking forward to the Loch Spelve Muster on 2nd August which was a trifle challenging last year with a gale and huge seas at Easdale going north, however, once we were into Loch Spelve on Mull the sun emerged and the wind abated. So we had a fantastic muster with the most delicious mussel dishes from Inverlussa Shellfish. It was good to welcome the crews from a charter boat full of Swiss sailors and the French boat returning to Brittany after ‘West Highland Week’. The musters which the CCC Cruising Committee arrange are well worth sailing to for good company, food and advice on all sailing matters – not to mention the wine! Club members will by now have received the 2014 Journal which shows, with great photographs and logs, how far and wide members have sailed in 2013, and the Club Yearbook is now in preparation with printed details of all events in the Dinghy Section, Racing and Cruising Musters arranged for 2014. This should get to members by early April and requires careful reading for the racers as some details are changed from last year.
Membership of Clyde Cruising Club has other benefits and I carry my ‘bibles’ on the boat which are the best source of information for our West Coast Waters. These CCC Sailing Directions are well presented and researched and the latest edition of ‘Ardnamurchan to Cape Wrath’ was launched at the London Boat Show in January. It is worth becoming a member just to get the discount when buying the Sailing Directions from the Club office. I hope you have a good season in 2014 and do come to our New Members Night and lecture on ‘Cruising among the Greek Islands’ on WEDNESDAY 12th February at 1900 at GTG Training, 1330 South Street, Glasgow G14 0BJ. I look forward to meeting you at one of our many events during this year.
If this is your first visit to our site and you would like to find out more about becoming a member please contact our Club Administrator.Last Updated ( Wednesday, 05 February 2014 )