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News Logo Solstice Sortie, 23rd June 2018

The club organised a well-attended Solstice Sortie on 23rd June that allowed members to explore the loch in a variety of craft. A few of the participants are shown below. (Click to see a larger version of the photograph.)

Solstice Sortie
Some Solstice Sortie Participants

News Logo Push The Boat Out, 27th May 2018

The club Participated in the RYA Push The Boat Out event on 27th May that encouraged people to get on the water. Visitors were able to try out sailing and were also entertained by on-shore activities.

The club was delighted with the success of the event. Nearly 80 visitors took advantage of the fantastic weather to come and enjoy taster sailing sessions, with a lot of young people taking out canoes and swimming in the loch. Among the enthusiastic responses from visitors were remarks like "Everyone was so friendly", "Made me realise what an accessible sport sailing is" and "After sailing here today we would love to join the sailing club".

Some pictures of the event are as follows. (Click to see a larger version of the photographs.)

Visitors on Shore Visitors on Water
Visitors on Shore Visitors on Water

News Logo Schools Taster Session, 4th May 2018

The club has been running taster events for the past two years with the assistance of Active Stirling. Those taking part have had a great day out as well as learning a little about sailing. The club aims to encourage sailing as a sport, and to show that it is both safe and exciting.

Pupils from a local primary school had the opportunity to try out dinghy sailing at Loch Ard Sailing Club on 4th May thanks to Active Stirling and to club volunteers. Primary 7 pupils from Killearn were given experience of sailing as well as basic instruction in rigging boats and tying knots. A picture of the event is below. (Click to see a larger version of the photograph.)

Schools Taster
Schools Taster Session

News Logo Club Reopened, 15th April 2018

The club reopened on 15th April. The opening day race was sailed in somewhat gusty conditions for the President's Plate. Despite an early capsize before the race began, Calum Robertson (Streaker) took the honours.

The race was followed by a buffet to mark the start of the club's 50th anniversary year. The buffet was opened by Nigel Orr as current Commodore and John Cooper as the very first Commodore in 1968. John described the early days of the club, initially sailing out of Forest Hills and then moving to its current site. Some pictures of the event are as follows. (Click to see a larger version of the photographs.)

50th Anniversary Cake Sunset 09/12/17
50h Anniversary Cake Nigel Orr, John & Margaret Cooper cutting Cake

News Logo 2018 Programme Released, 10th March 2018

The 2018 activity programme is now available, covering racing as well as 50th anniversary events.

News Logo Loch Ard on YouTube, 1st January 2018

A time-lapse video of the Loch in 2017 is now available on YouTube. This combines photographs taken by the Loch Ard web camera at 12.00 each day.

News Logo Web Cam Photographs, 31st December 2017

Some of the nicer sunsets taken by the web cam in 2017 are as follows. (Click to see a larger version of the photographs.)

Sunset 01/01/17 Sunset 09/12/17
Sunset 01/01/17 Sunset 09/12/17
Sunset 18/12/17 Sunset 28/12/17
Sunset 18/12/17 Sunset 28/12/17

News Logo Club Prize-Giving, 3rd December 2017

The club annual prize-giving took place in the Woodside Hotel. Nigel Orr presented club members with prizes for a variety of race series and events. Particularly commendable were the results from Calum Robertson and Robert Signer. Some photographs of the event are below. (Click to see a larger version of the photographs.)

John Harrington Colin Boyd
John Harrington (and Nigel Orr) Colin Boyd