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News Logo Club Reopened, 9th April 2017

The club reopened on 9th April. The first race of the season was sailed in somewhat variable winds varying from force 1 to force 4. The winner of the President's Plate was Calum Robertson (Streaker), with Dick Arnold (Solo) coming in second and Ken Turner (Solo) coming in third. Following this, club members enjoyed a buffet meal. (Click to see a larger version of the photograph.)

Opening Buffet

News Logo Funeral of Bill Shannon, 16th February 2017

Club member Dick Arnold contributed the following reminiscences following the recent death of former member Bill Shannon.

It was with sadness that Colin Boyd, Trevor and Ann Cragg, and Dick Arnold attended the funeral of long-time past member Bill Shannon. Previous and country members were also present: David Vass, Ian MacMillan and Brian Morris. The service of celebration and cremation was held at Seafield crematorium in Edinburgh on 16th February and was well attended. Bill would have turned 80 this year.

Bill, Jenny and sons David and Ian were members of the club when Dick and Lee Arnold joined in 1973, and were an active family in the club during those early days. They continued as members until the mid-1980s when Bill had a promotion to Edinburgh where the family moved to live.

In the main, Bill sailed an Enterprise dinghy, graduating later to a glass fibre version, but he did have a short spell sailing a Solo. There is a great photo of Bill standing forlornly on the inverted hull of his Solo holding on for dear life to the centreboard which seemed nearly as tall as he was. He did not sail it for long after that!

Bill was very friendly with Steve Holden another former member who died last autumn. They left the club to sail together in a day sailing boat on Loch Lomond. Bill kept in touch with the club and attended the BBC filming of Shirley Robertson at Loch Ard. We had spoken to Bill and Jenny at Steve’s funeral and he seemed in good health. Apparently he suffered a stroke at Christmas, followed by a fatal heart attack two weeks or so ago.

Bill’s son David and his then girlfriend, now his wife, continued sailing at Loch Ard for a number of years. It was good to briefly meet up with them after all these years. A photo of Bill, wife Jenny and Shirley Robertson taken at a party in 1999 appears below. (Click to see a larger version.)

Bill Shannon

The club sends its condolences and best wishes for the future to Jenny and the family.

News Logo Winter Lunch, 22nd January 2017

The first club winter lunch took place in Doune. (Click to see a larger version of the photograph.) Further lunches will take place on 19th February and 19th March.

Doune 22/01/17

News Logo 2017 Sailing Programme, 11th January 2017

The 2017 sailing programme has been released.

News Logo Loch Ard on YouTube, 1st January 2017

A time-lapse video of the Loch in 2016is now available on YouTube. This combines photographs taken by the Loch Ard web camera at 12.00 each day.

News Logo Web Cam Photographs, 9th December 2016

Some of the more interesting web cam photographs of 2016 are as follows. (Click to see a larger version of the photographs.)

Mist 02/10/16 Sunrise 21/11/16
Mist 02/10/16 Sunrise 21/11/16
Sunrise 02/12/16 Sunrise 08/12/16
Sunrise 02/12/16 Sunrise 08/12/16
Noon 11/12/16
Noon 11/12/16

News Logo Club Prize-Giving, 4th December 2016

The club annual prize-giving took place in the Woodside Hotel. Marcia Gordon presented club members with prizes for a variety of race series and events. See the online list of the prizes awarded. Some photographs of the event are below, including our youngest prize-winner. (Click to see a larger version of the photographs.)

Trophies Rob Cordingley
Club Trophies Rob Cordingley (and Marcia Gordon)
John Harrington John Harrington
John Harrington (and Sue Signer) Jonah Bracciali

News Logo Thanks from Gartmore Primary School, 4th November 2016

The club was delighted to receive thank-you letters from a number of pupils at Gartmore Primary who attended a sailing taster event at the club. Typical of the responses was:

Thank you very much for the amazing afternoon on the beautiful waters of Kinlochard. I learned how to steer the boat, and what parts of the boat are what and where they go. I also learned how to see when the wind is coming and to always keep an eye on the boom.

My favourite part of the trip was when I steered the boat round the buoy and paddling when the wind dropped. I loved the way the wind controlled the boat's acceleration.

Thank you for your time. We had great fun in the extraordinary environment of Kinlochard.

News Logo Trophy Results Announced, 17th October 2016

Results for all 2016 race series have been announced and are available online.

News Logo Drennan Trophy, 16th October 2016

There was a good turnout for the Drennan Trophy as the last race of the season. Despite heavy rain and gusty force 4 to 5 winds, the fleet battled round the course. Overall, Duncan Turner (Laser) took the Honours.

Racing is now finished until April 2017.

News Logo Marathon Race, 4th September 2016

The annual Marathon Race was held in a mixture of sunshine and rain, with light winds varying from southerly to south-easterly but enough to have a reasonable race. There was close racing between the leading boats, with Rob and Ann-Margaret Cordingley (Flying Fifteen) just beating Robert and Sue Signer (Flying Fifteen) on handicap.

News Logo Club Regatta, 13th-14th August 2016

The club was pleased to welcome a number of visitors to its annual regatta. Three races were sailed on the Saturday in good winds gusting up to force 5. Three races were also sailed on the Sunday in light and variable winds. The overall winner was Robert Signer (Solo), closely followed in second place by Trevor Cragg and Ray Davidson-Carr (Flying Fifteen). Rob Cordingley and Ann-Margaret Cordingley/Jeff Health (Flying Fifteen) took third place. It was particularly pleasing to see a number of cadets take part in the racing.

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

Sunday Fleet Robert Signer Prize Cadet Prizes
The Fleet
on Sunday
Robert Signer
receiving Overall Prize
Cadets Oscar, Charlotte and Eve
receiving Prizes

News Logo Open Day, 17th July 2016

The club held a successful Open Day in conjunction with the Kinlochard Gathering. Apart from offering steamboat trips from the club, a number of members also offered sails in various types of dinghies. Many visitors took advantage of these trips, often trying sailing for the first time. Click on the following to see a larger version of the photograph.

Sport 16 with Visitors

News Logo Push The Boat Out, 22nd May 2016

The club participated in the RYA Push The Boat Out event that encouraged people to get on the water. Visitors had the opportunity to join in various activities including sailing. The following photographs show visitors waiting to embark and later on the water. (Click to see a larger version of photographs.)

Race Opening Buffet

News Logo Club Reopened, 17th April 2016

The club reopened on 17th April. The first race of the season was sailed in somewhat challenging conditions, with winds gusting up to force 5. The winner of the President's Plate was Duncan Turner in a Laser. (Click to see a larger version of photographs.)

Race Opening Buffet

News Logo Loch Ard on YouTube, 12th April 2016

An introductory video about the club is now available on YouTube. This was produced for the Club by Terry Hill using aerial photography combined with other video.

News Logo Winter Lunch, 24th January 2016

The first winter lunch took place at the Woodside Hotel in Doune. (Click to see a larger version.)

Fintry Lunch

Future lunches will take place on 21st February (venue to be confirmed) and 20th March (Woodside Hotel, Doune).

News Logo Loch Ard on YouTube, 1st January 2016

A time-lapse video of the Loch in 2015 is now available on YouTube. This combines photographs taken by the Loch Ard web camera at 12.00 each day.

News Logo Club Prize-Giving, 6th December 2015

The club annual prize-giving took place in the Killearn Village Hall. Sue Bennett presented club members with prizes for a variety of race series and events. See the online list of the prizes awarded.

News Logo Trophy Results Announced, 30th October 2015

Results for all 2015 race series have been announced and are available online.

Racing is now finished for the season, with the club re-opening in April 2016.

News Logo Drennan Trophy, 18th October 2015

The final race of the season, the Drennan Trophy, was sailed in winds varying from force 1 to force 3. Robert and Sue Signer gained an early lead in their Flying Fifteen, and managed to maintain this through to the finish line. The corrected times were surprisingly close, with Robert and Sue coming in first overall.

News Logo Scottish Solo Travellers Event, 10th October 2015

Despite a good turnout of visiting Solo sailors, the wind was not favourable and racing had to be cancelled. The following show some of the visitors and their boats. (Click to see a larger version of photographs.)

Visiting Solo Sailors Visiting Solo Boats

News Logo Quieter End to Season, 20th September 2015

After many months of strong winds, the weather has finally quietened down. Recent races have been sailed in relatively light wind conditions. (Click to see a larger version of photographs.) Note the Optimist helmed by five-year old Jason Turner!

Race Start September 2015 Fleet September 2015

News Logo Annual Regatta, 8th/9th August 2015

The club was pleased to welcome visitors and members alike to its annual two-day regatta, with a good number of competitors on the water. The main placings for the whole regatta were 1st Robert Signer (Solo), 2nd Colin Boyd (Flying Fifteen), 3rd Mike Lidwell (Solo, Cove SC).

Saturday racing saw pleasant weather, but with winds that were highly variable in strength and direction. The main placings for this day were 1st Robert Signer (Solo), 2nd Colin Boyd (Flying Fifteen), 3rd Sue Signer (Topper).

Sunday racing was in more overcast conditions with less taxing winds. The main placings for this day were 1st Robert Signer (Solo), 2nd Rob Cordingley (Solo), 3rd Mike Lidwell (Solo, Cove SC).

News Logo Open Day, 18th July 2015

The club held a successful open day, with many visitors interested in joining the club. Various boats were used to take visitors on a tour of the loch, including one of the small steamboats associated with the club. (Click to see a larger version.)

Open Day Sport 16 Open Day Steamboat

News Logo Marathon Race, 21st June 2015

The annual marathon (double-length) race was sailed in pleasant, moderate conditions. The main placings were 1st Dick Arnold (Solo), 2nd Rob Cordingley (Flying Fifteen) and 3rd Keith Vass (RS 200).

News Logo Windy Start to Season, 7th June 2015

The racing season has been consistently windy so far, with good sailing though at times challenging. (Click to see a larger version of photographs.) There have been lots of thrills:

Racing June 2015
and a few spills:
Capsize June 2015

News Logo Training Plan, 14th April 2015

The club training officer, Dick Arnold, is drawing up a training needs programme for the season ahead. Club members should contact Dick to discuss their needs.

Power boat level 2 training is already planned for May and October. Basic power boat training has been offered, but more takers are needed. Basic sailing training is also available on request. It is hoped to offer intermediate race training, perhaps in August or September. First aid training will also be available. Finally, race officer training can be organised on a flexible basis.

News Logo Opening Day Race, 12th April 2015

The sailing season resumed on 12th April, with a race for the President's Plate. This was sailed in generally sunny weather, with winds from force 2 to force 6 in squalls. This spread the fleet out a lot, but everyone managed to stay upright. The top placings were as follows: 1st Robert Signer (Flying Fifteen), 2nd Rob Cordingley (Flying Fifteen), 3rd Duncan Turner (Laser).

News Logo Winter Lunch, 18th January 2015

The first winter lunch took place at the Fintry Inn. (Click to see a larger version.)

Fintry Lunch

Future lunches will take place on 22nd February (Woodside Hotel, Doune) and 22nd March (venue to be confirmed).

News Logo Club in Winter, 16th January 2015

The following photograph taken by Club member Colin Boyd shows a pretty winter scene at the Loch. (Click to see a larger version.)

Fintry Lunch

Future lunches will take place on 22nd February (Woodside Hotel, Doune) and 22nd March (venue to be confirmed).

News Logo Loch Ard on YouTube, 1st January 2015

A time-lapse video of the Loch in 2014 is now available on YouTube. This combines photographs taken by the Loch Ard web camera at 12.00 each day.

News Logo Club Prize-Giving, 7th December 2014

The club annual prize-giving took place in the Woodside Hotel, Doune. Sue Signer presented club members with prizes for a variety of race series and events. Pictures from the event appear below. (Click to see a larger version.)

All Winners
All
Prize-Winners
Dick Arnold
Dick Arnold
and Sue Signer
Ann Boyd
Ann Boyd
and Robert Signer
Rob Cordingley
Rob Cordingley
and Sue Signer
Trevor Cragg
GreTrevor Cragg
and Sue Signer
Ray Davidson-Carr
Ray Davidson-Carr
and Sue Signer
John Harrington
John Harrington
and Sue Signer
Robert Signer
Robert Signer
and Sue Signer
Duncan Turner
Duncan Turner
and Sue Signer

News Logo Trophy Results Announced, 27th October 2014

Results for all 2014 race series have been announced and are available online.

Racing is now finished for the season, with the club re-opening in April 2015.

News Logo Drennan and Marathon Races, 19th October 2014

The final sailing day of the season saw the Drennan race as well as the Marathon race (re-sailed due to insufficient wind earlier in the season). This time the weather made up for it, with very variable winds gusting up to force 6. Rob Cordingley (Flying Fifteen) came first in the Drennan, and continued on to win the Marathon as well.

News Logo Club Regatta, 9th-10th August 2014

The club’s annual two-day regatta essentially became a Solo versus Flying Fifteen event, with five of each competing. Some pictures of the event are below. Click on an image to see a larger version.

Flying Fifteens with Solo
Flying Fifteens with Solo
Some of The Solos
Some of The Solos
A Brisk Plane
A Brisk Plane

Saturday was a mixture of windy gusts that saw boats planing well, combined with occasional rain and drops in the wind. Rob Cordingley in a Flying Fifteen started the weekend by taking line honours in the first three races, but lost out to Robert Signer who managed to keep up in his Solo to win on handicap. On Sunday the predicted heavy winds did not appear. This was again to the lighter Solo's advantage, which allowed Robert Signer to take race 4 and 5 line honours just in front of Rob Cordingley. Throughout the weekend there was tight racing between Don Jamie (Bardowie SC) and Mike Lidwell (Cove SC) in Solos, ending in just a one-point difference at the end of the day. The top placings were as follows:

Place Sail No Class Helm Crew Club Handicap Points Race 1 Race 2 Race 3 Race 4 Race 5 Race 6
1 4856 Solo Robert Signer   Loch Ard SC 1146 4 1 1 1 1 1 1
2 3237 FF Silver Rob Cordingley Ann Cordingley Loch Ard SC 1039 8 2 2 2 2 4 3
3 4963 Solo Don Jamie   CCC Bardowie 1146 12 5 4 5 4 2 2
4 3889 Solo Michael Lidwell   Cove SC 1146 13 6 6 3 3 3 4
5 3668 FF Colin Boyd Ann Boyd Loch Ard SC 1017 21 4 5 7 5 DN12C DNC12

News Logo Scottish Solo Championship, 10th-11th May 2014

The club was pleased to welcome a large fleet of visiting Solos for the Scottish Championship. Winds were very light on the first day, allowing only one race. Four races were therefore sailed on the second day, two being in light airs and two in heavier airs

Some pictures of the event are below, including prize-giving by commodore John Harrington. Click on an image to see a larger version.

Saturday Briefing
Saturday Race Briefing
Saturday Start
Saturday Race Start
Sunday Start
Sunday Race Start
Sunday Racing
Sunday Racing
  Sunday Racing
Sunday Racing
Stuart Gibson
Stuart Gibson
David Sword
David Sword
Hamish Whyte
Hamish Whyte
Brian Holland
Brian Holland
  Robert Signer
Robert Signer

The overall series places and points were as follows:

Place Sail No Fleet Helm Club Points Race 1 Race 2 Race 3 Race 4 Race 5
1 5157   Stuart Gibson CCC Bardowie 7 1 4 1 1 4
2 5103 Veteran David Sword CCC Bardowie 11 2 1 6 9 2
3 4832   Hamish Whyte Forfar 17 5 5 8 6 1
4 5023 Grand Master Brian Holland South Caernarfonshire 17 21 3 7 4 3
5 4856 Veteran Robert Signer Loch Ard 17 4 12 3 5 5
6 5484 Veteran Kevan Gibb Largo Bay 20 6 2 9 3 23
7 5485   Keith Milroy St Mary's Loch 28 15 11 2 2 13
8 5034 Veteran Colin Crichton CCC Bardowie 28 3 13 4 13 8
9 5269 Veteran Ali Gordon CCC Bardowie 28 7 9 5 7 23
10 4984 Veteran Sandy Day CCC Bardowie 32 8 6 12 11 7
11 4969 Veteran Gary MacFarlane CCC Bardowie 33 9 8 14 10 6
12 4672 Lady Katie Masterson St Mary's Loch 36 18 7 11 8 10
13 5209 Veteran David Parkin Aberdeen&Stonehaven 44 10 10 13 15 11
14 3889 Septimus Michael Lidwell Cove 59 14 17 19 20 9
15 14517 Veteran Robert Cordingley Loch Ard 60 22 18 18 12 12
16 5512 Veteran Jim Allan Newburgh 61 19 14 10 18 23
17 4790 Septimus Alastair Wyper CCC Bardowie 62 12 19 21 17 14
18 5430 Grand Master Patrick Burns RYA 62 16 15 15 16 16
19 4000 Grand Master Richard Davies CCC Bardowie 64 13 16 16 19 23
20 4517 Grand Master David Milroy St Mary's Loch 66 20 21 17 14 15
21 4963 Grand Master Don Jamie CCC Bardowie 68 11 20 20 21 17
22 5289 Veteran Simon Richards Newburgh 86 17 23 23 23 23

News Logo Club Re-Opened, 13th April 2014

The club re-opened on 13th April, with the first race being for the President's Plate. The course for this race looked more like a telephone number it had so many marks! The forecast strong winds did not materialise, with the actual winds varying widely in strength and direction. The placings were: 1st Rob Cordingley (Flying Fifteen), 2nd Duncan Turner (Laser), 3rd Ken Turner (Solo).

News Logo Loch Ard on YouTube, 1st January 2014

A time-lapse video of the Loch in 2013 is now available on YouTube. This combines photographs taken by the Loch Ard web camera at 12.00 each day.

News Logo Trophy Results Announced, 22nd October 2013

Results for all 2013 race series have been announced.

Racing is now finished for the season, with the club re-opening in April 2014.

News Logo Drennan Trophy, 20th October 2013

The Drennan Trophy was sailed in winds that started with force 4 and gradually died as the race progressed. Based on personal handicaps, the main placings were: 1st Rob Cordingley (Flying Fifteen), 2nd Greg Cullen (GP14), 3rd Ken Turner (Solo).

News Logo Solo Travellers, 5th October 2013

The club was pleased to welcome a good number of visitors for the Solo Travellers event on 5th October. The event was sailed in pleasant weather with winds up to force 4. The overall results are below.

Place Sail No Helm Club Points Race 1 Race 2 Race 3
1 5157 Stuart Gibson CCC Bardowie SC 4 1 2 1
2 5399 Kevan Gibb Largo Bay SC 7 4 1 2
3 4558 Duncan Heppelwhite Loch Lomond SC 12 5 3 4
4 4832 Hamish Whyte Forfar SC 16 2 6 8
5 4766 David Whyte CCC Bardowie SC 23 8 9 6
6 4856 Robert Signer Loch Ard SC 24 7 10 7
7 3663 Roger Willoughby St Mary's Loch SC 25 15 7 3
8 4558B Keith Milroy St Mary's Loch SC 27 3 4 20
9 4657 Jon Bassett Largs SC 27 9 8 10
10 4460 Duncan Robertson Aberdeen&Stonehaven YC 32 6 17 9
11 4672 Katie Masterson St Mary's Loch SC 35 25 5 5
12 4790 Alastair Wyper CCC Bardowie SC 35 12 11 12
13 4000 Richard Davies CCC Bardowie SC 37 10 13 14
14 4625 Richard Bolton East Lothian SC 38 11 14 13
15 4963 Don Jamie CCC Bardowie SC 45 18 16 11
16 5447 Nigel Ford St Andrew's SC 48 14 15 19
17 4517 David Milroy St Mary's Loch SC 52 16 20 16
18 5103 Patrick Burns RYA 53 19 12 22
19 4870 Diane Whyte CCC Bardowie SC 56 17 18 21
20 3889 Michael Lidwell Cove SC 57 21 19 17
21 5289 Simon Richards Newburgh SC 59 13 22 24
22 3918 Duncan Turner Loch Ard SC 61 22 21 18
23 4542 Douglas Sammon Helensburgh SC 62 23 24 15
24 3612 Dick Arnold Loch Ard SC 66 20 23 23

News Logo Club Regatta, 10th/11th August 2013

There was a good turnout for the annual club regatta, including a number of visitors.

The first day of racing was sailed in variable and somewhat frustrating winds. Races 1 and 2 suited the Solos, which did well in the placings. Race 3 started with light winds that spread the fleet very widely. The main results for the first day were 1st Don Jamie (Solo, CCC Bardowie), 2nd Trevor Cragg (Flying Fifteen, Loch Ard SC), 3rd Mike Lidwell (Solo, Cove SC).

The second day of racing was sailed in much brisker winds that were challenging at times. This time, the winds favoured the Flying Fifteens. The main results for the second day were 1st Trevor Cragg (Flying Fifteen, Loch Ard SC), 2nd Colin Boyd (Flying Fifteen, Loch Ard SC), 3rd Mike Lidwell (Solo, Cove SC).

Some pictures of the event are below. Click on an image to see a larger version.

Trevor Cragg
Trevor Cragg in Fifteen
Fleet
Some of The Fleet
Don Jamie
Don Jamie in Solo

The overall results are below, with the main results being 1st Trevor Cragg (Flying Fifteen, Loch Ard SC), 2nd Mike Lidwell (Solo, Cove SC). 3rd Don Jamie (Solo, CCC Bardowie).

Series Place Sail No Class Helm Crew Club Handicap Series Points Race 1 Race 2 Race 3 Race 4 Race 5 Race 6
1 3638 ff15 Trevor Cragg Ray Davidson-Carr LASC 1020 6 4 3 1 1 RET14 1
2 3889 solo Mike Lidwell   Cove SC 1148 10 3 1 3 6 3 3
3 4963 solo Don Jamie   CCC Bardowie 1148 11 1 2 6 4 4 4
4 3668 ff15 Colin Boyd Ann Boyd LASC 1020 12 7 9 10 2 1 2
5 4207 solo Ken Turner   LASC 1148 20 5 6 5 5 5 DNS11
6 3237 ff15 silver Rod Cordingly Phil Biggar LASC 1039 21 6 5 7 3 RET14 DNC18
7 1834 ff15 classic Robert Signer Sue Bennett LASC 1051 26 2 4 2 DNC18 DNC18 DNC18
8 8418 heron Joe Carr Sophie Kinnear LASC 1346 30 10 7 4 12 9 DNC18
9 13402 gp14 Greg Cullen Martha Cullen LASC 1127 32 8 8 8 11 10 8
10 5228 rs feva xl Murdo McNeilage Jordan McNeilage Cove SC 1210 37 13 12 13 10 6 9
11 1834S ff15 classic Sue Bennett Elaine Cameron LASC 1051 39 DNC18 DNC18 DNC18 7 8 6
12 5738 wayfarer Nigel Kelly   LASC 1101 41 DNC18 DNC18 DNC18 9 7 7
13 3918 solo Jeff Heath   LASC 1148 46 DNC18 DNC18 DNC18 8 2 DNC18
14 2171 ff15 classic John Maddox Jennifer Shaw LASC 1051 47 9 11 12 RET15 DNC18 DNC18
15 0 gp14 Paul Channin Sarah Channin LASC 1127 47 12 13 11 13 11 DNC18
16 1626 solo Chris Cullen   LASC 1148 48 11 10 9 DNC18 DNC18 DNC18
17 13687 gp14 Rod Cordingly Phil Biggar LASC 1127 59 DNC18 DNC18 DNC18 DNC18 DNC18 5

News Logo Training Day, 3rd August 2013

The training officer will be organising basic, intermediate and race training at the club on 3rd August. Those who are not already registered for the event should contact the training officer.

News Logo Marathon Race, 16th June 2013

The annual marathon race was held in pleasant sunny conditions. The wind was light, blowing from every direction but the forecast one! Robert Signer (Flying Fifteen) and Ken Turner (Solo) established an early lead over the rest of the fleet, and continued to stay ahead despite the fluky winds. On boat handicap, Ken Turner came in first, followed by Robert Signer, then Joe Carr (Heron).

News Logo Club Reopened, 14th April 2013

The club reopened on 14th April. The opening day race was sailed for the President's Plate and also for the postponed Drennan Trophy. Congratulations to Duncan Turner (Laser) who won both races, just beating Trevor Cragg (Flying Fifteen) after handicap calculations.

News Logo Club on Facebook, 31st March 2013

The club now has Facebook pages that can be found at www.facebook.com/LochArdSC.

News Logo Loch Ard on YouTube, 6th January 2013

A time-lapse video of the Loch in 2012 is now available on YouTube. This combines photographs taken by the Loch Ard web camera at 12.00 each day.

News Logo Club Prize-Giving, 9th December 2012

The club annual prize-giving took place in the Woodside Hotel, Doune. Sue Bennett presented club members with prizes for a variety of race series and events. Pictures from the event appear below. (Click to see a larger version.)

Colin Boyd
Colin Boyd
and Sue Bennett
Elaine Cameron
Elaine Cameron
and Sue Bennett
Joe Carr
Joe Carr
and Sue Bennett
Trevor Cragg
Trevor Cragg
and Sue Bennett
Greg Cullen
Greg Cullen
and Sue Bennett
Ray Davidson-Carr
Ray Davidson-Carr
and Sue Bennett
Geoff Heath
Geoff Heath
and Sue Bennett
Robert Signer
Robert Signer
and Sue Bennett
Ken Turner
Ken Turner
and Sue Bennett

News Logo AGM, 9th December 2012

The agenda for the AGM is now available online (member login required).

News Logo Trophy Results Announced, 24th October 2012

Results for all 2012 race series have been announced and are available online.

Racing is now finished for the season, with the club re-opening in April 2013.

News Logo Solo Travellers Event, 6th October 2012

The club was pleased to see a good field of 24 competitors attend the Solo Travellers event. Sunshine and moderate winds made for a pleasant afternoon sailing. The overall results are below.

Place Sail No Helm Club Points Race 1 Race 2 Race 3
1 4832 Hamish Whyte Forfar SC 3 6 1 2
2 4870 Kevin Gibb Largo Bay SC 3 1 2 4
3 5209 Keith Milroy Largo Bay SC 4 3 7 1
4 4575 Katie Masterson St Marys Loch SC 5 2 4 3
5 4212 Dave Milroy St Marys Loch SC 10 8 5 5
6 4856 Robert Signer Loch Ard SC 11 10 3 8
7 3663 Roger Willoughby St Marys Loch SC 13 4 10 9
8 4657 Jon Bassett Largs 16 12 6 10
9 4000 Richard Davies CCC Bardowie SC 18 5 13 19
10 5269 Ali Gordon CCC Bardowie SC 18 7 11 11
11 5209 David Parkin Aberdeen & Stonehaven YC 20 15 14 6
12 120 David Milroy Sr St Marys Loch SC 20 11 9 14
13 4460 Duncan Robertson Aberdeen & Stonehaven YC 21 14 8 13
14 4790 Alastair Wyper CCC Bardowie SC 21 9 15 12
15 487 David Whyte CCC Bardowie SC 25 13 12 17
16 5289 Simon Richards Newburgh SC 31 18 16 15
17 5352 Patrick Burns RYA 32 25 25 7
18 5006 Diane Whyte CCC Bardowie SC 33 17 21 16
19 3612 Dick Arnold Loch Ard SC 34 16 19 18
20 3194 Nigel Ford St Andrews SC 37 22 17 20
21 3889 Mike Lidwell Cove SC 37 19 18 21
22 4649 Brendan Campbell CCC Bardowie SC 41 21 20 22
23 4952 Tony Merry Teesdale SC 43 20 23 25
24 3918 Jeff Heath Loch Ard SC 45 23 22 25

News Logo Club Regatta, 11th and 12th August 2012

The Club annual regatta saw a good turnout of participants and good sailing conditions. Saturday was overcast with a moderate and steady Easterly. Sunday brought sunny spells and a brisker Easterly (causing a few capsizes during gybes). One Club member managed to distinguish himself by sailing three types of dinghy during the four races! Racing in the double-handed category was very close, with the top placing being decided only by a tie-break.

Prizes were awarded in three categories. For single-handers, the main placings were: 1st Duncan Turner (Laser, Solo), 2nd Jeff Heath (Solo), 3rd Joe Carr (Heron). For double-handers, the main placings were: 1st Robert Signer (Flying Fifteen), 2nd Colin Boyd (Flying Fifteen), 3rd Dick Arnold (Flying Fifteen). The Altskeith Cup was awarded for best overall performance to Robert Signer.

News Logo Shirley Robertson Video at Loch Ard, 24th July 2012

The BCC have released a short video of Shirley Robertson, Olympics gold medallist, and how she started her sailing career at Loch Ard.

News Logo Marathon Race, 15th July 2012

The Club held its annual marathon race in rather shifty winds, varying in both speed and direction. Dick Arnold (Solo) coped well with the conditions to come in first, with Jeff Heath (Solo) in second place, and Trevor Cragg (Flying Fifteen) in third place.

News Logo Shirley Robertson Visit to Club, 10th July 2012

The Club was pleased to welcome honorary member Shirley Robertson, Olympics gold medallist, back to the Club this week along with a film crew from the BBC. This was for a programme on past Olympians, the origins of their interest in their respective sports, and where they started from. The programme will be aired during this year's games.

To celebrate the day the Club invited as many members, past and present, who were members when Shirley was a girl sailor at the club. Those who were able to come along appear below. Holidays limited attendance, but it was great to see old faces again. A group of youngsters from the ATC were also at the Club and added extra youth to the occasion. They thoroughly enjoyed the impromptu sailing. Pictures from the event appear below. (Click to see a larger version.) See also the 24th July news for the short video produced by the BBC during Shirley's visit.

Shirley Robertson
Shirley Robertson
Shirley Robertson and Mother
Shirley Robertson and Mother
Shirley Robertson
Shirley Robertson and Club Members

News Logo ATC Cadet Event, 18th June 2012

The weather was warm and sunny after for a visit to the club of eight ATC cadets and two leaders. The wind was gently variable and light throughout. The cadets received an initial white-board theoretical briefing in the clubhouse. They then saw how to rig our GP14 outside on the grass. Instruction was expanded and demonstrated using this boat.

The cadets were then all taken onto the water with club members helming. Each cadet also had a chance to ride in the RIB, which proved popular. The cadets were focused, attentive and disciplined during their visit. They quickly picked up the basics and were able to take turns helming the boats under supervision.

After lunch we rigged one of their Ensigns. Following familiarisation, two cadets were let loose in her by themselves. Other cadets went out on our Toppers and canoes by themselves. Other dinghies set sail again too with their owners aboard. The wind picked up slightly, and it was a delight to hear the cadet's cries of excitement (tinged with panic!) echoing across the loch when an occasional small gust hit them and gave them something to think about. All in all this was a really successful day with ideal conditions.

The following photograph shows training officer Dick Arnold with Nigel Kelly of the club and the visiting cadets. (Click to see a larger version.)

ATC Cadets

News Logo Loch Web Camera Installed, 2nd June 2012

With the support of Kinlochard Village Committee, Club members Ken Turner and Colin Boyd have now set up a web camera trained on the loch. This give half-hourly snapshots of the loch during the day, as can be seen in the recent history.

News Logo Club Re-Opened, 8th April 2012

The club re-opened with a race for the President's Plate. This was sailed in rather variable winds, some competitors benefiting from localised gusts. Colin and Ann Boyd (Flying Fifteen) established an early lead and went on to win the race. Greg and Martha Cullen (Sport 16) came second, while Ken Turner (Solo) was third. The race also saw the maiden voyages of a Graduate (Chris and Sarah Cullen) and a B14 (Duncan and Jamie Turner).

B14
Duncan and Jamie Turner in B14
Mirror
Mirror
Sport 16
Greg and Martha Cullen in Sport 16

News Logo Racing Programme Announced, 1st March 2012

The 2012 events programme is now available online (PDF format).

News Logo Club Prize-Giving, 11th December 2011

The annual prize-giving saw a good turn-out of members. The overall results are available online. Photographs of some of the prize-winners appear below. Click on an image to see a larger version.

Dick Arnold
Dick Arnold receiving cup from Ann Boyd
Trevor Cragg
Trevor Cragg receiving cup from Ann Boyd
Ken Turner
Ken Turner receiving cup from Ann Boyd
Joe Carr
Joe Carr with Cup

News Logo Drennan Trophy, 30th October 2011

The final race of the season (for the Drennan Trophy) was sailed in light and variable winds. Initially the fleet remained fairly closely bunched. However, as individual boats managed to get the benefit of the patchy winds the fleet soon spread out. Ken Turner (Solo) was the winner on the basis of boat and personal handicaps.

Racing has now finished for the season, to resume in April 2012.

News Logo Club Regatta, 20th/21st August 2011

There was a good turnout for the club's annual regatta, including a number of visitors. Saturday was warm and sunny. For the first race, the winds were variable from force 4 to nil. The winds remained a bit steadier for the second race. Sunday was overcast but stayed dry. The winds were around force 3, occasionally allowing planing. Big gains were to be had in reading the wind-shifts correctly. The top placings were: 1st Trevor Cragg (Flying Fifteen), 2nd Dick Arnold (Flying Fifteen Silver), 3rd Joe Carr (Heron). The full results appear below:

Series Place Sail No Class Helm Crew Club Series Points Race 1 Race 2 Race 3 Race 4 Race 5
1 3638 FF Trevor Cragg Ray Davidson-Carr Loch Ard SC 7 1 7 1 1 4
2 2928 FF Silver Dick Arnold Joe Arnold Loch Ard SC 15 4 8 4 2 5
3 8418 Heron Joe Carr Elaine Cameron Loch Ard SC 16 5 2 8 9 1
4 4963 Solo Don Jamie   CCC Bardowie 16 9 4 2 4 6
5 3668 FF Colin Boyd Ann Boyd Loch Ard SC 16 3 9 7 3 3
6 2920 Tasar Andrew Stewart Joan Stewart Portobello SC 19 6 10 5 6 2
7 4207 Solo Ken Turner   Loch Ard SC 19 8 3 3 5 8
8 3918 Solo Jeff Heath   Loch Ard SC 26 7 6 6 7 12
9 4468 Solo John Day   CCC Bardowie 29 10 5 9 8 7
10 4856 Solo Robert Signer   Loch Ard SC 33 2 1 15 15 15
11 59820 laser Chris Cullen   Loch Ard SC 44 15 15 10 10 9
12 16 Sport 16 Greg Cullen Martha Cullen Loch Ard SC 46 13 12 11 11 12
13 10947 GP14 Chris Cullen Sarah Cullen Loch Ard SC 52 11 11 15 15 15
14 3890 Int. Moth Paul Hignett   Loch Vennacher SC 56 12 14 15 15 15

News Logo Marathon Race, 24th July 2011

The annual marathon race is a double-length race. The winds were moderate, allowing all classes to stay reasonably close together. The top placings were: 1st Colin Boyd (Flying Fifteen), 2nd Joe Carr (Heron), 3rd John Harrington (Mirror).

News Logo Club Reopened, 10th April 2011

The club reopened on 10th April. The opening day race saw a pleasant day with force 2 to 3 winds. Dick Arnold (Solo) won the race comfortably.

News Logo More Screen Backgrounds, 8th December 2010

New screen backgrounds have been added (also known as 'wallpaper'). Let Loch Ard brighten up your screen!

News Logo Club Prizegiving, 5th December 2010

The club's annual prizegiving was held on 5th December. The main winnders were: Dick Arnold (Admirals, Founders Shield, Gartmore Cup, Round The Island Race), Ann Boyd (Ladies Cup), Colin Boyd (Trossachs Cup), Joe Carr (Slow Handicap), Trevor Cragg (Uffa Quaich), Stuart Davidson (Flying 15 Classic), Ray Davidson-Carr (Best Crew), Fraser Hamilton (Cadet Trophy), John Harrington (Novices Cup), Nigel Kelly (Fast Handicap), Barrie McLean (Marathon Race, Opening Day Race), Robert Signer (Altskeith Cup, Autumn Points, Milligan 41, Solo Cup, Spring Points). See the full results for more details.

Club racing resumes in April 2011.

News Logo Solo Travellers Event, 9th October 2010

The Solo Travellers Event was held on 9th October with 28 boats attending - a record for this class at Loch Ard. Contrary to the usual Solo event weather at Loch Ard, the day brought dry if rather dull weather with brisk SE winds. Blistering gusts of around 25 mph added to the excitement.

The first race started on time at the No. 1 mark, with a beat to No. 0, then a zig-zag beating back to the start line. There were plenty of gybes! The second race followed the same course, but the wind had abated and at times disappeared completely for short periods. The third race, run back to back with the second, saw the wind return to strength. By this time, some of the helms had decided that enough was enough and had headed back to the shore. There were several capsizes throughout the day. One or two were in the bay: leaving or approaching the shore was not particularly easy, given the onshore wind and wave conditions.

Winners of the Loch Ard event were 1st David Sword (CCC Bardowie), 2nd David Redpath (St Mary's Loch), and 3rd Kevan Gibb (Largo Bay). This being the final event in the six-event series of the Solo Travellers, the prize for overall champion was awarded (being won by Kevan Gibb).

Thanks were given to all who helped out, especially Trevor Cragg (Race Officer) and Ann Boyd (who dealt with catering and serving the excellent hot pies donated by Sword's Bakeries).

Images from the event appear below. Click on a picture to see a larger version.

Solos in The Bay Solos on A Run
Solos in The Bay Solos on A Run
Barrie McLean with Solo Solo Winners
Barrie McLean with Solo Solo Series Winner Kevan Gibb with Series Sponsor Patrick Burns of Wilburn Homes

News Logo Club Regatta, 14th and 15th August 2010

The annual club regatta saw a good turnout of competitors. Saturday brought overcast skies and light winds. Sunday saw warm sunshine, with light winds that gradually freshened as the day progressed.

The first race on Saturday was sailed in light winds, favouring the lighter boats. Although Barrie McLean and Ken Turner (both in Solos) crossed the finishing line first, Joe Carr (Heron) came first on boat handicap. The second race had even lighter winds, making for testing conditions. This time Barrie McLean built up an impressive lead and took first place.

The first race on Sunday was sailed in light winds that died away to nothing just as the first boats crossed the finishing line. Barrie McLean again took the honours. A slightly better wind in the second race kept most of the fleet fairly bunched, with Solos managing to keep up with Flying Fifteens. This time, Robert Signer (Solo) came first. For the final race, the wind finally picked up to an occasional Force 3. Although Flying Fifteens were at last able to fly spinnakers, this was not enough to give them a convincing lead. Robert Signer managed to finish among the leading boats, giving him another first place and the overall regatta lead.

The main placings were: 1st Robert Signer (Solo), 2nd Barrie McLean (Solo), 3rd Joe Carr (Heron), 4th Ken Turner (Solo), 5th Sandy Howit (Flying Fifteen).

News Logo Marathon Race, 15th July 2010

This annual event was sailed in generally light and variable winds. As the race lasts 2.5 hours, there was a wide variation in sailing conditions. Barrie McLean (Solo) established an early lead, though with Dick Arnold (Solo) a short distance behind for most of the race. Only on the last run did Barrie extend his lead, finishing convincingly in first place. Dick did, however, finish in second place. Ken Turner (Solo) took third place, so it was evidently a day for Solo sailors!

News Logo Flying Fifteen Scottish Area Championship, 8th/9th May 2010

The club was delighted to welcome a fleet of 37 Flying Fifteens for the BIFFA Scottish championships from as far away as Windermere, Derwent, Hayling Island and Dovestone. This event was a qualifier for the world championships to be held at Hayling Island next year.

Those who decided to arrive on the Friday were welcomed by a steady Force 3 coming down the loch and an exciting sail. The overnight low temperatures, however, changed the weather to give the loch a Saturday morning mist rising from calm waters. As the morning progressed, the sunshine and remaining competitors arrived, along with a gentle NE wind.

A short delay to the start of the first race was needed to allow all the 37 boats to get afloat. Tensions were high in the two fleets as they jarred for position in the gusts and shifting winds. By sticking close to the right bank and picking up a little zephyr of wind from the hills, the team of Steve Goacher/Phil Evans opened a 30 second lead over David McKee/Chris Hewkin to take the first race and the 'Campbeltown Council Trophy'. David and Chris only just held their second place over a number of other boats. Meanwhile the classic/silver fleet were managing to catch up the main fleet, with Bobby Salmond/Robert Till just beating John McMillan/Stan Wichlaj to the finish.

Race 2 began with the start sequence stopped while the course was rearranged due to a 90 degree wind shift. This, unfortunately, made the first beat a mad short dash across the loch. With two full circuits completed, the finish flag was hoisted with impending dying winds. All competitors completed the last circuit before the wind calmed. The classic fleet crossed the finish within seconds of each other, which saw Dan Challis/Kirsten Shaughessy take first place and the 'Salmond Salver' over John McMillan/Stan Wichlaj. The main fleet saw a shake-up of places for the previous race top 10. Gill Browing/Simon Wetherill judged to perfection a last-minute wind shift just before the start, popping out by the committee boat and leading from the first mark. They finished a couple of lengths ahead of two boats - John Hadesty/Roger Errington and Charles Apthorp/Alan Green, who were separated by mere inches crossing the line.

With racing over for the day all the competitors retired to the local village hall, where a sumptuous evening meal had been organised by the club. After much feasting there was entertainment from Gary Speirs, with some home-brew narratives and Scottish folk music

Sunday dawned from a cold night to give another morning of light winds. Ever hopeful, the race office tried four or five times to set a course. They even had the start clock down to five seconds before calling a halt due to the wind suddenly dying and shifting drastically. With the heaviest of hearts and after 90 minutes of false starts, the race officer decided to call a halt to the rest of the day's racing, being mindful of the distances that competitors had to travel. The overall results had to depend on the two races from Saturday.

The classic/silver fleet had a three-way tie-break in operation, with the classic boat of Dan Challis/Kirsten Shaughessy taking first place for the trophy over Bobby Salmond/Robert Till and John McMillan/Stan Wichlaj. The first silver boat was Scott Train/Graham Lamond.

The main fleet had its own tie-breaks for second and third places, with John Hadesty/Roger Errington taking second over Graham Vails/Chris Turner. The overall winner was Steve Goacher/Phil Evans with a clear 2 points ahead of the others to take the 'Skelly Trophy'.

The Lord Provost of Stirling, Fergus Wood, then presented the prizes and silverware as the competitors departed to all corners of the UK.

Results for the Classic and Silver Flying Fifteen fleets were as follows:

Series Place Sail No Type Helm Crew Club Series Points Race 1 Race 2
1 2898 Classic Dan Challis Kirsten Shaughenssy Holy Loch 4 3 1
2 627 Classic Bobby Salmond Robert Till Loch Earn SC 4 1 3
3 485 Classic John McMillan Stan Wichlaj Isle of Bute SC 4 2 2
4 3362 Silver Scott Train Graham Lamond Thorton Steward SC 8 4 4
5 3232 Silver Anna Graffom John Graffom Solway YC 10 5 5
6 3732 Classic Fiona Barrett Will Barrett Monklands SC 12 6 6

Results for the main Flying Fifteen fleet were as follows:

Series Place Sail No Helm Crew Club Series Points Race 1 Race 2
1 3821 Steve Goacher Phil Evans Royal Windermere YC 6 1 5
2 3906 John Hardesty Roger Errinton Derwent Resevoir SC 8 6 2
3 3941 Graham Vials Chris Turner Derwent Resevoir SC 8 4 4
4 3905 David McKee Chris Hewkin Dovestone SC 10 2 8
5 3896 Ruairidh Scott Hugh Fletcher Hayling Island 13 3 10
6 3955 Gill Browning Simon Wetherill Hayling Island 15 14 1
7 3957 Charels Apthorp Alan Green HISC 15 12 3
8 3953 Robert Hogben Glynn Morgan Buel Valley 17 10 7
9 3890 Geoff Bayliss Martin Graham Hayling Island 17 8 9
10 3940 Terry Crumton JohnMathie Derwent Resevoir SC 18 5 13
11 3816 Nigel Tullet Gavin Tullet Royal Windermere YC 22 16 6
12 3914 Adrian Tattersall Tim Smart ParkStone YC 22 7 15
13 3875 Brett Dingwall Sue Bannister Datchet SC 26 9 17
14 3949 Arthur George Angela Goerge Burton SV 27 13 14
15 3939 Athol King Trevor Bellis Derwent SC 32 11 21
16 3672 Jeremy Arnold David Brown Middlenene SC 33 17 16
17 3786 Chris Harris Tracy Harris Northamton SC 37.5 18.5 19
18 3944 Paul McCarthy Gary Butler Burton SC 40 29 11
19 3903 Ian Clever Greg Wells RHYC 41 15 26
20 34 Howard Green Ian Preston Leigh & Lowton 42 24 18
21 3936 Steve Pouthwaite Paul Averley Derwent SC 43 31 12
22 3885 Tony Lee Chris Chew Derwent Resevoir SC 45 20 25
23 3926 Andrew Milliband Andrea Milliband CCYC 46.5 18.5 28
24 3653 Adam Mangan Emma Mangan Datchet Water Sc 47 25 22
25 3805 Graham Massey Russel Clark Dovestone SC 47 23 24
26 3521 Keith Jamieson Mark Wilson Royal Windermere YC 48 21 27
27 3932 Chris Swallow John Tuckwell Burton SC 49 26 23
28 3702 Ian Priestly Caroline Priestly Ullswater SC 50 30 20
29 3638 Trevor Cragg Ray Davidson-Carr Loch Ard SC 52 22 30
30 3537 Matthew Glasgow Gareth Brown Hayling Island 56 27 29
31 3565 David Attwood Russell Ramsey Tayvallich SC 59 28 31

Images from the regatta appear below. Click on a picture to see a larger version.

Race 2 Race 2 Race 2
Part of Flying Fifteen Fleet Panoramic View of Flying Fifteen Fleet Flying Fifteens with Spinnakers
Race 2 Race 2 Race 2
Steve Goacher receiving Trophy from Fergus Wood Flying Fifteen Winner Steve Goacher Dan Challis and Kirsten Shaughnessy receiving Trophy from Fergus Wood

News Logo Club Reopened, 13th April 2010

The club reopened on 13th April. The opening day race saw warm, sunny weather with force 2 winds. Barrie Maclean (Solo) won the opening race comfortably.

News Logo Club Prize-Giving, 6th December 2009

Images from the club prize-giving appear below. Click on a picture to see a larger version.

Race 2 Race 2 Race 2  Race 3
Sue Bennett and Fraser Hamilton (Cadet Trophy) Sue Bennett and Robert Signer (Admirals, Altskeith Cup, etc.) Sue Bennett and Marion Davidson (Best Crew) Sue Bennet and Joe Carr (Spring Points, Slow Handicap)

News Logo Club Closes for Winter, 1st November 2009

The Club is now closed for the winter, re-opening in April 2010.

News Logo Drennan Trophy, 25th October 2009

During the night and early morning before this final event of the LASC sailing season, the wind was howling like a banshee and the trees were bending before it. In the event, the wind dropped and the race was not at all as exciting as anticipated. The wind strength varied unpredictably and was never above force 4.

Trevor Cragg in his Flying Fifteen led the fleet for most of the time, though it is probable that the Solo leaders were near enough to be ahead on handicap. An unfortunate area of calm allowed many boats to draw much closer. The Drennan is sailed on personal handicap, which this year was derived from the Gartmore and Trossachs series. The corrected result was as follows: 1st Jeff Heath, 2nd Barrie McLean, 3rd Robert Signer.

News Logo Solo Travellers Event, 17th October 2009

19 Solos took part in this event, which was the last in the 2009 series. The weather was glorious, clear, sunny and bright but unfortunately lacked sufficient wind to provide an exciting sail for all entrants. The first of the three races almost had to be stopped as the light breeze which was present at the start died away to almost nothing. Fortunately the wind returned and improved very slightly, allowing three races to be completed back-to-back. The planned short comfort stop was abandoned in favour of using the breeze when it was available - a wise decision indeed, as the later afternoon proved windless. Three club members took part in the races, with Barrie McLean finishing a creditable fourth. The spectators, race officials and shore-based helpers had a pleasant day in the Autumnal sunshine.

The top placings were: 1st Kevan Gibb (East Lothian YC), 2nd Keith Milroy (East Lothian YC), 3rd Gordon Tosh (Montrose SC), 4th Barrie McLean (Loch Ard SC), 5th Jim Allan (Newburgh SC).

News Logo Club Regatta, 15th-16th August 2009

There were 12 entrants in all for the regatta: six Solos, two Flying Fifteens, two Wayfarers, a Heron and a GP 14. It was particularly pleasant to welcome two visitors from CCC Bardowie sailing Solos. The weather on Saturday was a blustery South Westerly, increasing in strength as the afternoon wore on. The first race was exciting to say the least, and the Solos acquitted themselves well - with only one capsize despite the circumstances. Due to the wind conditions, the second race was abandoned just before the start.

On Sunday the weather for the first race was similar to Saturday, but the wind gradually moderated as the afternoon progressed, being relatively light by the third race of the day. Sailing was good and the competition close.

The winner of the Altskeith Cup, and overall regatta winner, was Robert Signer (Solo). Second was Barrie McLean (Solo), third was Don Jamie (Solo, one of our visitors), fourth was Richard Arnold (Solo). The Cup will be presented at the AGM in December.

News Logo Mirror Scottish National Championships, 4th-5th July 2009

This event was held at the club during a spell of warm and pleasant weather. The winds were light and variable, which tested the skills and patience of the contestants, and also of the race officers! Five races were held, three back-to-back on Saturday, and two back-to-back on Sunday. The contestant's ages ranged from 9 years to 73 years.

The consistent sailing of the Lulham-Robinson brothers, Matt and Ben, just outclassed the veteran single-handed sailor John Hugo, although it was a close thing at times. John and Clare Peterson came a close third overall. The three boats from Shetland Sailing Centre acquitted themselves creditably, especially the novice sailors who were accustomed to sailing in sea winds rather than the shifting winds of a hill-surrounded loch. The oldest boat in the contest (766) was competitively sailed by Mike Heath and his daughter Caroline.

This is the first time in recent years that so many Mirror dinghies have been seen at the club. In years past they featured strongly as many archive pictures show. It is hoped that this visit may provide inspiration to members to take up sailing these elegant, exciting and serviceable little boats.

Trophies were awarded as follows:

Some photos of the event (click on a picture for a larger version):

Champions Single-Handed Trophy Team Trophy
Champions Single-Handed Trophy Team Trophy

News Logo Club Reopened, 12th April 2009

The club reopened on 12th April. The opening day race saw sunny weather but fickle winds. Robert Signer (Solo) received the Drennan Trophy for winning the race.

News Logo Drennan Race, 26th October 2008

Due to flooding on the Kinlochard Road, a number of members were unable to reach the club. The Drennan race was therefore postponed to a later date.

The club is now closed until April 2009.

News Logo Solo Travellers Event, 4th October 2008

The club welcomed a good turn-out of Solo class sailors to a Travellers Event on 4th October. The winds were very light for the first race, but improved a bit for the rest of the afternoon. The main placings from the event were: 1st Kevan Gibb (Largo Bay), 2nd Barrie McLean (Loch Ard), 3rd Ali Gordon (CCC Bardowie).

This was the last such Solo event of the season. Two Club members did well among the 38 entrants for the entire Travellers series: Robert Signer achieved 5th place overall, and Barrie McLean achieved 7th place overall.

News Logo 40th Anniversary Regatta, 20th-21st September 2008

The club's 40th anniversary regatta saw a good turnout of members. Saturday was overcast with very light and fitful winds, the smaller boats being able to make the best of these. Sunday brought pleasant sunshine with moderate but variable winds, the larger boats having an opportunity to fly their spinnakers to good effect. On corrected times, the main placings overall were: 1st Robert Signer (Solo), 2nd Barrie McLean (Solo), 3rd Colin and Ann Boyd (Flying Fifteen), 4th John and Syliva Hull (Flying Fifteen), 5th Trevor Crag and Ray Davidson-Carr (Flying Fifteen).

News Logo Marathon Race, 20th July 2008

The annual marathon race was held in somewhat testing conditions, with the wind gusting to force 5. Remarkably, all competitors (even the author of this web page!) avoided a capsize. On corrected times, the main placings were: 1st Robert Signer (Solo), 2nd Trevor Crag and Ray Davidson-Carr (Flying Fifteen), 3rd Dick Arnold (Solo).

News Logo Club Reopened, 13th April 2008

The Club reopened on 13th April. The opening day race was sailed in pleasant sunshine and a steady force 3 wind. The main placings were: 1st Robert Signer (in a brand new Solo), 2nd Colin and Ann Boyd (Flying Fifteen), 3rd Ken Turner (Laser).

News Logo Club's 40th Birthday, 3rd March 2008

Loch Ard Sailing Club celebrated its 40th birthday. Originally the club was based at the Forest Hills Hotel, but later moved to its present site. To mark its 40th year, the club is planning a number of special events and souvenirs.

See 'The Birth of A Sailing Club' for background by John Cooper on how the club came about. This article is taken from the club's 25th jubilee booklet.

News Logo Prize Winners Announced, 9th December 2007

Winners were announced as follows at the annual prize-giving:

Series Winner
Founders Shield Robert Signer
Gartmore Murray McKenzie
Round The Island Joe Carr
Milligan '41 Richard Arnold
Marathon Joe Carr
Uffa Quaich Colin Boyd
Admirals Richard Arnold
Spring Points Robert Signer
Autumn Points Colin Boyd
Solo Cup Richard Arnold
Trossachs Cup Joe Carr
Fast Handicap Joe Carr
Flying 15 Classic Stuart Davidson
Drennan Trophy Richard Arnold
Novices Cup Alan McMahon
President's Plate Marion Davidson
Altskeith Cup Robert Signer

News Logo Drennan Trophy, 28th October 2007

The final race of the season was sailed in somewhat light and variable wind conditions. The honours went to Dick Arnold (Solo).

The club is now closed for the winter. Racing will resume in April 2008.

News Logo Solo Travellers Event, 15th September 2007

17 entrants visited the club to take part in the last race of the Solo Travellers Series for 2007. Nine clubs were represented, including three entrants from LASC. The racing took place under rather trying circumstances of very light and variable winds. The Race Officer did his best to provide starts into the wind, and to his credit managed this well. The helms are to be congratulated for their persistence and for managing to finish so many races so creditably.

First place went to Gordon Tosh of Montrose SC with 8 points, second place to Kevan Gibb of Largo Bay SC with 9 points, and third place to James Allan of Newburgh SC with 12 points. Barrie McLean of LASC finished fifth with 14 points, and the other two LASC entrants did credit to our club too.

News Logo Club Regatta, 25th-26th August 2007

The annual club regatta was well attended and sailed in reasonably windy conditions: force 1 to force 4 on the Saturday, a variable and sometimes treacherous force 4 on the Sunday.

For the Altskeith Cup, the main placings were: 1st Robert Signer (Flying Fifteen, crew Barrie McLean), 2nd Colin Boyd (Flying Fifteen, crew Ann Boyd), 3rd Trevor Cragg (Flying Fifteen, crew Ray Davidson-Carr), 4th Ken Turner (Laser), 5th Stuart Davidson (Flying Fifteen).

For the Club Regatta (sailed on personal as well as class handicaps), the main placings were: 1st Colin Boyd (Flying Fifteen, crew Ann Boyd), 2nd Robert Signer (Flying Fifteen, crew Barrie McLean), 3rd Stuart Davidson (Flying Fifteen), 4th Ken Turner (Laser), 5th Trevor Cragg (Flying Fifteen, crew Ray Davidson-Carr).

News Logo Marathon Race, 15th July 2007

The Marathon Race was sailed in pleasant weather but very light wind conditions, providing a backdrop to the annual Kinlochard fair. The main placings were: 1st Joe Carr (Heron), 2nd Jeff Heath (Solo), 3rd Trevor Cragg (Flying Fifteen).

News Logo Club Reopened, 8th April 2007

The club reopened on 8th April. The opening race was sailed in treacherously gusty conditions. Congratulations to Robert Signer (Laser EPS) on achieving a convincing first place.

News Logo Club Trophies Awarded, 10th December 2006

Club trophies were awarded at a special ceremony on 10th December. The major awards were as follows:

  1. Drennan Trophy: Trevor Cragg, FF
  2. Novices Cup: John Hull, FF
  3. Uffa Quaich: John Hull, FF
  4. Flying Fifteen Classic: Tony Hinton, FF
  5. Club Regatta: John Hull, FF
  6. Charity Races: John Hull, FF

News Logo Drennan Race, 29th October 2006

The Drennan Trophy race was sailed in very light wind conditions. Congratulations to Dick Arnold (Solo) for coming in first place. This was the last race of the season. The club reopens in April 2007.

News Logo Solo Travellers Event, 16th September 2006

The Solo Travellers event attracted a good field of 18 entrants. The regatta was sailed in moderate wind conditions on a pleasant day. The major placings were as follows:

  1. George Henstridge, Pentland Firth
  2. Kevin Gibb, Largo Bay
  3. Derek Gibb, Largo Bay
  4. Graham Keir, Newburgh
  5. Gordon Tosh, Montrose
  6. Barry McLean, Loch Ard

News Logo Marathon Race, 21st May 2006

The Marathon race was sailed in frequently brisk winds, giving Flying Fifteen crews good spinnaker practice and Laser sailors some exciting planing. Nine competitors stayed the nearly three-hour race. Flying fifteens took the honours, with Trevor Cragg in first place, Colin Boyd second, and Murray McKenzie third. Spinnakers won out over planing hulls, with two Lasers coming next: Ken Turner fourth, Jeff Heath fifth. John Harrington did the Mirror class proud, coming in sixth.

News Logo Club Reopened, 9th April 2006

The sailing season started with an Opening Day race on 9th April. The club's hardy sailors took to the water despite freak weather conditions (a fifty-minute blizzard followed by warm sunshine!). Congratulations to Colin and Ann Boyd on coming in first.

News Logo Solo Travellers Event, 10th September 2005

The club was pleased to host a Solo Travellers event on 10th September 2005, with an excellent turnout of 17 boats. Three races were sailed in fairly steady force 2 to 3 winds. Some pictures of the event are below; click on a picture to see a larger version.

Winners
K. Milroy, D. Lumbard, K. Gibb, R. Signer (Loch Ard),
A. Gorden, G. Tosh, N. Orkney, R. Evan
Race 2 Race 2 Race 2  Race 3
Race 2 Start Race 2 Race 2 Race 3 Start
Race 3 Race 3 Solo 3817 Solo 4517
Race 3 Race 3 Solo 3817 (2nd) Solo 4517 (1st)

Overall race results were as follows:

Series Place Sail No Helm Club Series Points Race 1 Race 2 Race 3
1 4517 Kevan Gibb Largo Bay SC 3 1 1 1
2 3817 Keith Milroy East Lothian YC 12 2 8 2
3 4212 Gordon Tosh Montrose SC 14 3 4 7
4 4604 Nigel Orkney Newburgh SC 17 6 3 8
5 4367 Ali Gordon CCC Bardowie 18 8 5 5
6 4237 Jim Allan Newburgh SC 22 13 6 3
7 4462 David Lumbard East Lothian YC 22 7 11 4
8 4502 Gil Cumming Newburgh SC 25 5 2 DNC18
9 4333 Ian Goddard Wormit SC 25 4 9 12
10 3612 Dick Arnold Loch Ard SC 27 10 7 10
11 3932 Roy Henderson Kinghorn SC 28 9 10 9
12 4000 Richard Evan CCC Bardowie 30 11 13 6
13 3889 Mike Lidwell Cove SC 39 12 14 13
14 3503 CharlesCrawford Loch Tummel SC 41 15 15 11
15 4382 Ian Paterson Largo Bay SC 44 14 12 DNC18
16 3224 Lindsay Tosh Montrose SC 46 16 16 14
17 4066 Dave Hulin CCC Bardowie 49 17 17 15

News Logo Club Photo Album, 14th September 2005

A photo album has been created with pictures from various club events.

News Logo Club Regatta, 14th/15th May 2005

A successful regatta was held on 14th/15th May. Thirteen boats took part in five races sailed over two days. The winds were light on Saturday and moderate on Sunday. The leading positions were: 1st John and Sylvia Hull (Flying Fifteen), 2nd Robert Signer (Laser EPS), 3rd Trevor Cragg and Ray Davidson-Carr (Flying Fifteen), 4th Malcolm and Susan Bennett (Flying Fifteen). We congratulate the winners.

News Logo Club Re-Opened, 10th April 2005

The club re-opened for the new season on Sunday 10th April 2005. The opening race was held in somewhat gusty conditions. Placing was as follows: 1st Trevor Cragg (Flying Fifteen), 2nd Colin Boyd (Flying Fifteen), 3rd Barry McLean (Laser EPS).

News LogoSolo Travellers Event, 9th October 2004

The club was pleased to welcome a large number of visiting Solos on a day with somewhat indifferent winds. A number of visitors stayed over for regular club racing the following day as well. Results from the regatta were as follows:

Series Place Sail No Class Helm Club Series Points Race 1 Race 2 Race 3
1 4237 solo Jim Allan Newburgh SC 4 2 1 1
2 4517 solo Kevan Gibb Largo Bay SC 8 3 2 3
3 4474 solo Alistair Angus CCC Bardowie 9 1 3 5
4 3778 solo Richard Bolton ELYC 16 6 8 2
5 3612 solo Dick Arnold Loch Ard SC 17 9 4 4
6 4212 solo Gordon Tosh Montrose 18 4 5 9
7 4000 solo Richard Davies CCC Bardowie 24 10 6 8
8 4367 solo Ali Gordon CCC Bardowie 25 7 12 6
9 3837 solo Alastair Wyper CCC Bardowie 27 5 10 12
10 3889 solo Mike Lidwell Cove SC 30 8 11 11
11 3641 solo Tony Vere CCC Bardowie 32 11 14 7
12 3932 solo Roy Henderson Kinghorn SC 38 14 7 17
13 4544 solo John Cameron Newburgh SC 38 12 9 17
14 3194 solo Nigel Ford St Andrews SC 40 15 15 10
15 3752 solo Nigel Orkney Newburgh SC 43 13 13 17
16 4070 solo Penny Vere CCC Bardowie 49 16 16 17

News Logo Club Regatta, 18th/19th September 2004

The annual club regatta was sailed in conditions that one club member was heard to describe as 'wit and wendy'. The overall results were as follows:
Series Place Sail No Class Helm Crew H'Cap Series Points Race 1 Race 2 Race 3 Race 4 Race 5
1 106 Laser EPS Robert Signer   1013 4 1 2 6 1 3
2 3396 FF David Smith Rachael Smith/Adele Cairns 1025 5 4 1 3 4 1
3 3331 FF Malcolm Bennett Susan Bennett 1025 5 2 3 1 2 DNC12
4 206 Laser EPS Barry McLean   1013 9 DNC12 DNC12 4 3 2
5 2928 FF Silver Tony Hinton   1039 15 6 DNC12 2 7 DNC12
6 2171 FF Jim Reape James Reape 1025 17 DNC12 DNC12 7 6 4
7 152600 Laser Ken Turner   1078 18 RET10 5 5 8 DNC12
8 2203 FF Silver Joe Hayes Stuart Davidson 1039 18 7 6 8 5 RET7
9 3889 Solo Mike Lidwell   1155 19 3 4 DNC12 DNC12 DNC12
10 8418 Heron Joe Carr Marion Davidson 1363 19 5 7 9 RET11 RET7
11 9167 Laser M Gordon Tatnell   1121 31 RET10 DNC12 10 RET11 DNC12

News LogoFun Regatta, 18th July 2004

The club's annual Fun Regatta was held on an afternoon of mixed but pleasant weather. The theme this year was nautical Cluedo! The first race, to the Altskeith, was won by Lewis and Laura. The second race, back to clubhouse, was won by Grant and Corrie. Thanks are due to the organisers for a truly fun day.

News Logo Flying Fifteen Championship, 19th/20th June 2004

The club was delighted to host the Flying Fifteen Scottish Championship on 19th and 20th June, with an excellent turnout from club members and further afield. The British Isles Flying Fifteen Association had previously held their Scottish Championships at Loch Ard in 2002. 29 boats, of which 21 were visitors, enjoyed a pleasant weekend of sailing, with winds varying from force 0 to short spells of force 4. The wind was generally from the north west, though the direction varied greatly throughout the weekend.

There were two races on both days, with the Silver and Classic fleets racing together separately from the main fleet. The first race had an eventful start with two general recalls in the main fleet, resulting in the Silver/Classic boats leading round the course. Subsequent races had more orderly starts, with close competition between the leading boats.

Steve Goacher and Phil Evans from Royal Windermere gave a copybook demonstration of how to sail, winning all four races and consequently all the trophies. They were followed by Scott Beattie and John Somerville from Bassenthwaite, who were second in three races. David and Susan Giles were second in the remaining race.

The winners of the Silver series were Giles Passmore and Stephen Gibbon from Keilder Water, while the Classic was won by Graham Lamond and Scott Train from South Windermere, both boats winning all four races in their class.

Here are some thumbnail pictures of the regatta. Click on a thumbnail to see a larger version.

FF Fleet
The Fleet and Ben Lomond
FF Fleet
A Run
FF Fleet
Hoist!
FF Fleet
A Beat
FF Fleet
3370 (Neil Platt, Bassenthwaite)

The following tables show the results for the Classic, Silver and Main fleets.

Flying Fifteen Classic Fleet

Series Place Sail No Class Helm Crew Club H'Cap Series Points Race 1 Race 2 Race 3 Race 4
1 617 Classic Graham Lamond Scott Train S Windermere 1051 3 1 1 1 1
2 1117 Classic Keith Jamieson Maf Smith Bassenthwaite 1051 6 2 2 2 2

Flying Fifteen Silver Fleet

Series Place Sail No Class Helm Crew Club H'Cap Series Points Race 1 Race 2 Race 3 Race 4
1 3139 Silver Giles Passmore Stephen Gibbon Keilder Water 1039 3 1 1 1 1
2 2849 Silver Colin Boyd Ann Boyd Loch Ard 1039 6 2 2 2 2
3 3080 Silver Murray McKenzie Jim Reape Loch Ard 1039 10 5 3 4 3
4 2928 Silver Tony Hinton Gordon Tatnell Loch Ard 1039 11 4 4 3 4
5 3000 Silver Ernie Knowles Susie Priede Peterhead 1039 13 3 5 5 5

Flying Fifteen Main Fleet

Series Place Sail No Class Helm Crew Club H'Cap Series Points Race 1 Race 2 Race 3 Race 4
1 3721 Main Steve Gaocher Phil Evans Royal Windermere 1025 3 1 1 1 1
2 3673 Main Scott Beattie John Somerville Bassenthwaite 1025 6 2 2 2 8.5
3 3737 Main Terry Crumpton John Mathie Derwent Reservoir 1025 12 3 7 3 6
4 3801 Main John Hardisty Roger Errington Derwent Reservoir 1025 12 7 3 5 4
5 3770 Main Neil Platt Andy Weatherspoon Bassenthwaite 1025 12 4 4 4 RET23
6 3612 Main David Giles Susan Giles Tees & Hartlepool 1025 13 6 5 12 2
7 3576 Main Bobby Salmond robert Till Loch Earn 1025 15 8 6 6 3
8 3734 Main Howard Green Ian Preston Leigh and Lowton 1025 21.5 5 13 9.5 7
9 3788 Main Ian Laidlaw David Gibb Loch Lomond 1025 24 11 15 8 5
10 3666 Main James Gerard John MacKenzie   1025 27 9 8 13 10
11 3521 Main Paul Burnell Lesley Braddock Bassenthwaite 1025 28.5 10 9 9.5 11
12 3638 Main Trevor Cragg Ray Davidson-Carr Loch Ard 1025 35 14 10 11 RET23
13 3784 Main John Hull Sylvia Hull Tees & Hartlepool 1025 40 12 21 16 12
14 3668 Main Tom Wright Liz Steele Loch Lomond 1025 42 15 20 7 20
15 3698 Main Robin Ferguson Alistair Logan Loch Lomond 1025 42 18 12 14 16
16 3628 Main Monty Pride Nobby Marshall Peterhead 1025 42.5 RET23 11 RET23 8.5
17 3636 Main Robin Jefferson Paul Averley Derwent Reservoir 1025 46 13 19 15 18
18 3451 Main Ian Cameron Hugh Simpson Loch Earn 1025 46 16 17 17 13
19 3331 Main Malcolm Bennett Susan Bennett Loch Ard 1025 47 17 16 18 14
20 3517 Main Duncan Hamilton Linda Hamilton Loch Ard 1025 50 19 14 19 17
21 3237 Main Sandy Howitt Scott Caldow Loch Ard 1025 57 RET23 18 20 19
22 3396 Main David Smith Rachael Smith Loch Ard 1025 61 RET23 DNS23 RET23 15

News Logo Club Reopened, 11th April 2004

The club reopened on 11th April, with an opening day race sailed in a pleasant breeze. The positions in this were: 1st Malcolm and Sue Bennett (Flying Fifteen), 2nd Ken Turner (Laser), 3rd Robert Signer (Laser EPS).

News Logo Open and Solo Travellers Events, 20th/21st September 2003

The club was pleased to welcome visiting Solos to its annual regatta. Other boats sailed in a general handicap class. A successful event was held despite the light winds. In the following tables, greyed out results are discards.

In the Solo class, the results were as follows:

Sail No Class Helm Crew Handicap Series Points Series Place Race 1 Race 2 Race 3 Race 4 Race 5
4474 Solo Alistair Angus   1155 5 1 1 1 2 4 1
4351 Solo John Cameron   1155 12 2 2 4 3 3 10
4460 Solo Roger Horner   1155 20 3 4 5 11 2 9
4462 Solo David Lumbard   1155 20 4 6 3 8 8.5 3
3924 Solo Jim Donald   1155 22 5 DNC18 DNC18 1 1 2
3918 Solo Ali Gordon   1155 22 6 3 2 6 11 11
3837 Solo Alastair Wyper   1155 23 7 8 8 5 5 5
4333 Solo Ian Godard   1155 27 8 11 12 4 6 6
4070 Solo Penny Vere   1155 30.5 9 5 10 7 8.5 12
3889 Solo Mike Lidwell   1155 31 10 7 6 14 14 4
814 Solo Jim Allan   1155 35 11 14 7 13 7 8
3752 Solo Ian Cameron   1155 41 12 12 14 12 10 7
4468 Solo Don Jamie   1155 46 13 15 11 10 12 13
3641 Solo Tony Vere   1155 50 14 10 13 9 DNC18 DNC18
3612 Solo Dick Arnold   1155 58 15 13 9 DNC18 DNC18 DNC18
1494 Solo Ron Duncan   1155 60 16 RET17 15 15 13 DNC18
4237 Solo Gil Cumming   1155 62 17 9 RET17 DNC18 DNC18 DNC18

In the general handicap class, the results were as follows:

Sail No Class Helm Crew Handicap Series Points Series Place Race 1 Race 2 Race 3 Race 4 Race 5
8418 Heron Joe Carr Marion Davies 1363 7 1 1 3 2 1 5
3638 Flying Fifteen Trevor Cragg Ray Davidson-Carr 1025 9 2 4 2 1 3 3
206 Laser EPS Barrie McLean   1013 12 3 6 1 5 2 4
106 Laser EPS Robert Signer   1013 13 4 3 5 4 4 2
4055 Moth Paul Hignett   1000 15 5 2 6 6 7 1
2849 Flying Fifteen Colin Boyd Ann Boyd 1025 17 6 5 4 3 5 7
292 Laser EPS Shane Booth   1013 29 7 7 RET9 7 6 RET9
2928 Flying Fifteen Tony Hinton Gordon Tatnell 1025 29 8 8 7 8 8 6

News Logo Fun Regatta, 27th July 2003

The theme of this year's fun regatta was "survival", with competitors having to collect a number of survival items from around the loch. These items ranged from water containers (carried precariously in the force 4 winds) and mobile phones (curiously resembling bricks). The overall winner of the Altskeith Cup was Colin Boyd (with Anne and Emma). Runners up, in second equal position, were Robert Signer and Joe Hayes. A special prize for bravery went to Ken Harden (with Roger). The cadet prize was awarded to Gordon Tatnell.

News Logo Informal Regatta, 21st/22nd June 2003

Applying personal handicaps, first place went to Diane Wink (Laser), second place to Jeff Heath (Laser), third place to Tony Hinton (Flying Fifteen), and fourth place to Shane Booth (Laser EPS).

News Logo Death of John Whitehead, 21st December 2002

The Club was saddened to hear of John Whitehead's death. John was a long-standing member of the Club. As Treasurer for many years, he managed the Club finances with great care and astuteness. John will be greatly missed.

News Logo Club Regatta, 14th/15th September 2002

The regatta weekend at Loch Ard Sailing Club was bright and sunny. Unfortunately it was also a weekend of light winds. Saturday permitted only one race before the wind totally vanished and sunbathing began. Sunday started with light winds and low cloud/mist covering the loch. After lunch a little more wind finally came (usual at Loch Ard) and two races were run. See the table below for the general handicap results. The handicap fleet of club members saw James Gerard (Loch Ard) take honours for the weekend over the two visiting boats: Penny Vere (Bardowie Loch) and Donald Angus (Bardowie Loch). Chris Sugden put in a valiant last minute bid, taking honours for the last race of the day.
Sail No Class Helm Crew Handicap Points Place R1 R2 R3 R4
3666 Flying 15 James Gerard Natalie McRitchie 1026 5 1 2 5 1 2
424 Comet Penny Vere 1173 6 2 1 2 4 3
174740 Laser Radial Donald Angus 1101 8 3 3 1 5 4
3213 Flying 15 Chris Sugden Celia Sugden 1026 11 4 8 7 3 1
59775 Laser Jeff Heath 1078 14 5 8 4 2 9
2928 Flying 15 Silver Tony Hinton Gordon Tatnel 1039 14 6 9 3 6 5
2171 Flying 15 Classic Duncan Hamilton Linda Hamilton 1051 21 7 8 6 7 9
2203 Flying 15 Classic Joe Hayes Stuart Davidson 1051 26 8 8 9 9 9

News Logo Laser EPS Championship, 14th/15th September 2002

The club regatta also hosted the Laser EPS Scottish championship. Racing was very close. The result was decided by the last race, which saw Robert Signer taking and holding the lead on the second last beat. First place went to Robert Signer (Loch Ard), second place to Barrie McLean (Helensburgh), and third place to Ian McPherson (Loch Lomond). See the results below:
Sail No Helm Club Points Place R1 R2 R3 R4
106 Robert Signer Loch Ard 4 1 2 1 2 1
206 Barrie McLean Helensburgh 4 2 1 3 1 2
289 Ian McPherson Loch Lomond 8 3 3 2 3 3

News Logo Solo Travellers Event, 14th/15th September 2002

The club regatta also welcomed Solos. The racing within the Solo fleet was very close in every race, with the final result being decided on the last race of the day. First place went to John Cameron (Newburgh), second place to Jim Donald (Forfar Loch), and third place Dick Arnold (Loch Ard). All three finished in the top four in each race over the weekend. See the table below for the results:

Sail No Helm Club Handicap Points Place R1 R2 R3 R4
4351 John Cameron Newburgh 1155 5 1 10 3 1 1
3924 Jim Donald Forfar Loch 1155 5 2 14 1 2 2
3612 Richard Arnold Loch Ard 1155 10 3 3 5 4 3
3511 Roger Horner Newburgh 1155 12 4 2 7 3 8
4070 David Lumbard East Lothian 1155 16 5 1 9 8 7
4333 Ian Goddard Wormit 1155 17 6 5 13 6 6
3837 Alastair Wyper Loch Venachar 1155 17 7 6 6 5 10
4299 Donald Jamie Clyde Cruising 1155 18 8 7 2 10 9
2445 Alistair Angus Clyde Cruising 1155 19 9 4 4 11 11
3889 Mike Lidwell Loch Ard 1155 21 10 8 8 9 5
3918 Ali Gordon Clyde Cruising 1155 23 11 13 12 7 4
3752 Ian Cameron East Lothian 1155 32 12 9 11 12 12
4237 Gil Cumming Perth 1155 35 13 11 10 14 14

News Logo English/French Sailing Dictionary, 22nd August 2002

Ken Turner, a club member, has created an online English/French dictionary of sailing terms. Anyone sailing in French-speaking waters might find it handy for specialised terms.

News Logo Sailing Race Rules Program for Hand-Held Computers, 21st August 2002

Ken Turner, a club member, has released a program that supports the rules of sailing races. It allows a race scenario to be drawn (and stored if desired). The program then analyses the scenario and reports the rules that apply. The program is mainly designed to run on hand-held computers (PDAs) like the Palm, Handspring or Pocket PC, though it can also be run on a standard computer. The program is available free under the GNU General Public licence. See the online description for more details.

News Logo Flying Fifteen Championship, 8th/9th June 2002

The club was delighted to host the Flying Fifteen Scottish Championship on 8th and 9th June. As will be seen from the results below, club members faced stiff competition from the visiting boats! Here are some thumbnail pictures of the regatta. Click on a thumbnail to see a larger version. Smiling faces despite the rain!

Club House
The Social Side
FF 3721
Steve Goacher
(1st Place)
FF Fleet
The Fleet
FF 3729
Neil Platt
(2nd Place)
FF 3638
Trevor Cragg
(LASC)
FF 3331
Malcolm Bennett
(LASC)
FF 2849
Colin Boyd
(LASC)
Sail
No.
Boat Helm Crew Club Series
Points
Series
Place
Race
1
Race
2
Race
3
Race
4
3721 FF Steve Goacher Phil Evans Royal Widemere SC 3 1 1 1 1 RET23
3729 FF Neil Platt Andy Weatherspoon Bolton & West Kirby SC 6 2 2 2 2 4
3708 FF John Lavery David O'Brien National YC 7 3 3 3 4 1
3636 FF Neil Currie David Lawson Bassenthwaite SC 10 4 5 6 3 2
3734 FF Howard Green Ian Preston Leigh and Louton SC 15 5 4 4 7 7
3576 FF Bobby Salmond Kris Till Loch Earn SC 17 6 11 5 6 6
3606 FF Nick Stratton Miller Paterson Clyde CC 19 7 10 8 8 3
3695 FF Tony Lee Brenda Lee Derwent Reservoir SC 19 8 6 9 5 8
3587 FF Ron Donaldson Nigel Hedley Derwent Reservoir SC 22 9 8 RET23 9 5
3666 FF James Gerrard Natalie Gerrard Loch Ard SC 25 10 9 7 13 9
3737 FF Simon Robinson Duncan Hamilton Derwent Reservoir SC 31 11 7 14 10 DNS23
3638 FF Trevor Cragg Ray Davidson-Carr Loch Ard SC 32 12 12 10 11 11
3668 FF Tom Wright Liz Steele Loch Lomond SC 35 13 13 12 14 10
3331 FF Malcolm Bennett Susan Bennett Loch Ard SC 37 14 14 13 12 12
2417 FF Classic Monty Priede Susannah Priede Peterhead SC 41 15 16 11 16 14
2849 FF Silver Colin Boyd Ann Boyd Loch Ard SC 46 16 15 16 15 16
3080 FF Silver Murray McKenzie Blair Barcley Loch Ard SC 51 17 19 17 19 15
2928 FF Silver Tony Hinton Adele McConnochie Loch Ard SC 52 18 17 19 18 17
2724S FF Classic Shaun McLean Ian RFYC 53 19 DNS23 DNC23 17 13
2724 FF Classic Gordon Morison Stuart Smith RFYC 56 20 18 15 DNS23 DNS23
1830 FF Classic Lewis McConnachoe Cameron Tyler Loch Ard SC 58 21 20 18 20 DNS23
2902 FF Classic Nick Stratton Chris Foulkes RNCYS 69 22 DNS23 DNC23 DNS23 DNS23

News Logo Club Regatta, 15th/16th September 2001

Club members battled windy conditions on 15th and 16th September in the annual club regatta. The main placings were: 1 Trevor Cragg (Flying Fifteen), 2 Robert Signer (Laser EPS), 3 Malcolm Bennett (Flying Fifteen), 4 Tony Hinton (Flying Fifteen), 5 Dick Arnold (Solo), 6 Mike Lidwell (Solo). Congratulations to our competitors!

News Logo Solo Travellers Event, 30th June 2001

Nine competitors took part in the Solo class regatta on 30th June. The main placings were: 1 Gill Cumming (Perth), 2 John Cameron (Newburgh), 3 Dick Arnold (Loch Ard), 4= Roger Horner (Newburgh) and David Lumbard (East Lothian), 5 Mike Lidwell (Loch Ard), 6 Ian Goddard (Wormit). Here are some thumbnail pictures of the event. Click on a picture to see a larger version.

Solo Start
Start
Solo Winner
Winner
Solo Fleet
Fleet

News Logo Flying Fifteen/General Handicap Regatta, 26th/27th May 2001

Fifteen competitors took part in the Flying Fifteen/General Handicap regatta on 26th and 27th May. The main placings were: 1 Trevor Cragg (Flying Fifteen), 2 Malcolm Bennett (Flying Fifteen), 3 Ian Cuthbert (Laser), 4 Dick Arnold (Solo), 5 Tony Hinton, 6 Colin Boyd (Flying Fifteen).

News Logo Shirley Robertson Celebrated, 20th October 2000

On 20th October 2000, Loch Ard Sailing Club joined in celebrating the success of Shirley Robertson, who won a coveted gold medal for sailing in the Sydney Olympics. Shirley's early days learning to sail started at Loch Ard. During the course of the evening, Shirley was awarded honorary life membership of the club by Trevor Cragg, the club's President, in recognition of her achievement.

Club members joined Shirley's parents and friends for the event in Blairlogie Village Hall. George MacDonald, past club member and great enthusiast, arranged for the interior of the hall to be decorated as a mini Sydney harbour complete with bridge!

Here are some thumbnail pictures of the event. Click on a thumbnail to see a larger version.

Robertson Medal
Gold Medal
Robertson Blairlogie
Blairlogie Hall
Robertson Presentation
Presentation