Regatta 2014 – Results and News

Saturday and Sunday marked Toward sailing Club’s 44th annual regatta. With classes catering for everything from keelboats to Oppies there was a fine mixture of boats on show throughout the weekend. Saturday’s race began with plenty of wind, in fact a little too much for some, however shortly after the start of the Keelboat class it vanished completely. Just when the Race Officer was beginning to tear his hair out it filled in again and held steady for the rest of the race. A spell of spectacularly heavy rain arrived towards the end of the race but at least the sailors could come ashore to burgers and hotdogs provided by the hard working kitchen crew. Sunday dawned brighter and drier than the previous day but with even more wind. This time it blew from the south adding waves to further test the already challenged dinghy sailors. What proved to be a cracking sail for the keelboats turned into a war of attrition for the dinghies with less than half the starters making it to the finish. In all the classes consistency proved to be the key factor. In the keelboat class Ruairidh Campbell in his First 29, Voila notched up three firsts to secure first overall. Similar results were achieved by Neil Towart in the Fast Handicap class, Alasdair Ireland in the Flying Fifteens and Yasmin Price in the Oppies. It was only among the slow handicap dinghies that wins were shared around. The weekend ended with a splendid spread of baking provided by the members, followed by the prize giving.


Class1 – Keelboats

1st          Voila (First 29), R. Campbell, TSC

2nd        Saorsa (Moody 336), G. Finlay, TSC

3rd         Gimcrack (GK 24), D. Hillhouse, TSC

Class 2 – Flying Fifteens

1st          Ragamuffin, A. Ireland, HLSC

2nd        Gentle Maid ,R. McTaggart, IOBSC

3rd         Effortless, A. Marshall, IOBSC

Class 3 – fast Handicap Dinghies

1st          Stubborn Tart (ISO), N. Towart, HLSC

2nd        Dr Feelgood (Contender), J. Orr, TSC

3rd         Nae Loser (Laser), A. McLean, TSC

Class 4 – Slow Handicap Dinghies

1st          Topper, D. Baird-Dean, TSC

2nd        Lucky (Topper), K. Baird-Dean, TSC

3rd         Topper, N. Campbell, TSC

Best Senior Result – Neil Towart, IOBSC

Best Junior Result – Y. Price, IOBSC


Kayak Hub

argyll sea kayak trailThe Argyll Sea Kayak Trail is well and truly open as part of a new trail from Helensburgh to Ardrishaig and linking, through the Crinan Canal to the Crinan to Oban trail. The route can be found here.

Toward Sailing Club forms one of the hubs on the trail. At Toward there is dedicated free parking for vehicles provided along with a sheltered launch site and storage racks for canoes/kayaks are available within the club compound.  As you would expect Toward Sailing Club was very much involved in the process.

Toward Sailing Club formed their own Toward Flotilla to help welcome the first official paddler to Toward Sailing Club.  On Wednesday 23rd July, the paddler – Dave McBride – set off from Tarbert at about 12.30 and arrived at Wreck Bay in the Kyles at around 5.00pm.  Some coastal skiff rowers from Tighnabruaich joined him for a stretch. Alasdair Finlay, on Saorsa, picked up a few of the Rothesay contingent involved in the project and then to headed up the Kyles to meet the paddler coming down to Toward.  Alasdair’s boat party welcomed Dave to the Kyles and to offer encouragement as well as getting some photos present.  Mike Geraghty also welcomed Dave McBride and took along David Lyons who did a fantastic job of piping in the flotilla with his wonderful bagpipe playing!

About 50 people had turned out from the Club to take part in the flotilla or welcome Dave to Toward. A word of praise for young Sandy Stuart (11) a novice paddler who was among the kayakers that turned out for Dave. Well done Sandy!

The Following morning Toward Sailing Club’s very own paddler Phil Keetley started off from Toward on the next leg of the relay and headed north to Dunoon escorted by Mike Geraghty on his keel boat Lucy. Phil then left Dunoon heading for Helensburgh to complete the trail relay.

All in all this was a great response from Toward Sailing Club members and it certainly helped the morale of those paddling. Thereafter on Friday evening the official launch of the trail was part of the Commonwealth Flotilla Reception in the Sugar Sheds at James Watt Dock. Fiona McLean and her crew and Ruairidh Campbell and his crew represented Toward Sailing Club by taking part in the Commonwealth Flotilla.


Toward Quay

Toward Quay

Since taking over responsibility for Toward Quay from Argyll & Bute Council, Toward Sailing Club members have been hard at work stabilising the structure and rebuilding the parts which were about to hit the seabed.  New mooring bollards have been installed and most of the rebuilding work has been completed.   Although some further work is required, the quay is fit for purpose and provides a sheltered drying harbour with a clean approach free of obstructions