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News Logo Solo Traveller's Event, 7th October 2017

The club was pleased to welcome a number of visiting Solo sailors as part of the Solo Traveller's series. Three races were sailed, with one discard. The day was a success, with both the wind and sun obliging to make for a pleasant event.

Place Sail No Helm Club Points Race 1 Race 2 Race 3
1 5602 Keith Milroy St Mary's Loch SC 2 1 2 1
2 5610 Gerry Goodfellow St Mary's Loch SC 3 2 1 2
3 5269B Ali Gordon CCC Bardowie SC 7 4 4 3
4 4672 Katie Masterson St Mary's Loch SC 7 3 12 4
5 5627 David Parkin Aberdeen&Stonehaven YC 8 5 3 6
6 4856 Robert Signer Loch Ard SC 12 8 7 5
7 567 David Whyte CCC Bardowie SC 12 10 5 7
8 5687 Patrick Burns RYA 13 7 6 14
9 5269 Paul McCombe St Andrew's SC 14 6 10 8
10 5447 Nigel Ford St Andrew's SC 17 9 8 10
11 4929 Fegus Duncanson CCC Bardowie SC 18 12 9 9
12 5289 Simon Richards Newburgh SC 24 13 11 14
13 4212 Rob Cordingley Loch Ard SC 25 11 14 14

News Logo Annual Regatta, 2nd/3rd September 2017

There was a good turnout for the club's annual regatta on 2nd and 3rd September, including a number of visitors. Saturday races were sailed in light and variable winds with sunny spells. The winds improved on the Sunday while the weather deteriorated.

For Saturday the placings were 1st Calum Robertson (Streaker), 2nd Sue Signer (Q'ba) and 3rd Alastair Wyper (Solo, Clyde Cruising Club). For Sunday the placings were 1st Robert Signer (Flying Fifteen), 2nd Calum Robertson (Streaker) and 3rd Sue Signer (Q'ba). The overall results for both days were 1st Calum Robertson (Streaker), 2nd Robert Signer (Flying Fifteen) and 3rd Sue Signer (Q'ba).

The following photographs show some of the fleet. (Click to see a larger version of the photograph.)

Regatta Fleet 1 Regatta Fleet 2 Regatta Fleet 3

News Logo Charter Mark Award, 1st September 2017

The club has received a Charter Mark award in recognition of achieving high levels of public service. Charter Club status is a mark of quality and is given to clubs who are able to demonstrate outstanding commitment to the development of their club, coaches, volunteers and athletes. The following photograph shows club member John Harrington receiving the award from Neil Thomson of Active Stirling. (Click to see a larger version of the photograph.)

Charter Mark Award

News Logo Sailing Training, 27th August 2017

This season, training has been provided in a new way. The final training session was held on Sunday 27th August starting at 10.30. Training was tailored to the level required (beginner, improver, racing). The training officer and helpers were on hand to provide the level of training requested. There was a particularly pleasing turnout of youngsters, who were able to make use of the club's Optimists and Toppers.

News Logo Club at Balfron High, 25th August September 2017

Representatives of the club attended a fresher's event at Balfron High School to promote sailing and the club. The following photograph shows club members Ian Wright and John Harrington with head teacher Elaine Bannatyne . (Click to see a larger version of the photograph.)

Balfron High Fresher's Event

News Logo Marathon Race, 20th August September 2017

There was a good turnout for the annual Marathon Race on 20th August that was sailed in (very) light winds. The fleet progressively spread out as small puffs of wind came and went. The main places were 1st Robert Signer (Flying Fifteen), 2nd Calum Robertson (Streaker), 3rd Dick and Lee Arnold (Flying Fifteen).

News Logo Sailing Training, 23rd July 2017

This season, training is being provided in a new way. A training session was held on Sunday 23rd July starting at 10.30. Training was tailored to the level required (beginner, improver, racing). The training officer and helpers were on hand to provide the level of training requested. With informal club racing taking place thereafter, those participating were encouraged to continue sailing during that day. It is hoped that some will progress to club racing where they will be more than welcomed, but leisure sailors are equally welcome.

News Logo Open Day, 16th July 2017

The Club held an Open Day on 16th July in conjunction with the Kinlochard Gathering. Around 50 visitors were able to try out sailing and other activities, with sunny though at times gusty conditions. The following photograph shows some of the sailing activities on offer. (Click to see a larger version of the photograph.)

Open Day - Boats Open Day - Stratos Open Day - Wayfarer

News Logo Racing Continues, 2nd July 2017

The racing season continues apace. The following photograph shows three of the Club Solos battling it out as part of the Founders series on a somewhat gusty day. (Click to see a larger version of the photograph.)

Solos

News Logo Schools Taster Session, 2nd June 2017

The club organised another taster session for local schools on 2nd June. This was much appreciated, with one pupil writing:

Thank you all for letting us come to try sailing. We all really enjoyed it.
I personally am hoping to join because it was so fun an exciting.

News Logo Sailing Training, 28th May 2017

This season, training will be provided in a new way. The first training session was held on Sunday 28th May starting at 10.30. Training was tailored to the level required (beginner, improver, racing). The training officer and helpers were on hand to provide the level of training requested. With informal club racing taking place thereafter, those participating were encouraged continue sailing during that day. It is hoped that some will progress to club racing where they will be more than welcomed, but leisure sailors are equally welcome.

News Logo Push The Boat Out, 21st May 2017

The club participated in the RYA Push The Boat Out event on 21st May that encouraged people to get on the water. The winds were generally light, allowing for a gentle introduction to sailing. The large number of visitors were able to try out sailing and were entertained on-shore by activities including sea shanties. Some photographs of the event are as follows. (Click to see a larger version of each photograph.)

Push The Boat Out - Shore Push The Boat Out - Water

News Logo Schools Taster Session, 5th May 2017

A number of club members organised a schools taster session on 5th May for pupils from Aberfoyle, Port of Menteith and Thornhill. Despite strengthening winds, the children managed to get an enjoyable introduction to sailing. Some photographs of the event are as follows. (Click to see a larger version of each photograph.)

Schools Taster Schools Taster Schools Taster

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 Steveís 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.

Billís 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