Club News – Update April 2021

Subject to government restrictions being gradually lifted, and advice taken from the RYA, SCA, and other relevant authorities, we intend to have as full a season as is safely possible.

Our first programmed activity is the traditional work party to clear the outside areas in preparation for the season. This may have to be conducted by individuals or small groups attending the club and carrying out the work required. It is intended that a list of work required will be posted on the window of the club house.

Subject to the owners wishes the keel boats will be launched in April.

Our dinghy and kayak instructors are looking at the feasibility of returning to club member training. At the moment this is likely to be returning learners. As soon as the club receives further guidance we will inform you.

Update 20 February 2020

Subject to government restrictions and advice from the RYA, SCA, and other relevant authorities we intend to have as full a season as is safely possible. Our first programmed activity is the traditional work party to clear the outside areas in preparation for the season’s activities. Subject to the owners wishes the keel boats will be launched in April.

As yet we have not received any guidance from the SCA as to club activities, other than paddle only as a single household or in a group of a maximum of 2 people from 2 separate households.

Six Nations Rugby on a big screen at TSC

Feeling the winter chill? Kirstie McDonald our new social secretary is off to a flying start. She has arranged to show the Six Nations rugby matches in the Clubhouse on the following dates –

2nd February – Scotland v Italy,  Ireland v England (13.00 – 22.00)
9th February – Scotland v Ireland,  Italy v Wales (13.00 – 22.00)
23rd February France v Scotland,  Wales v England (13.00 – 22.00)
16th March Italy v France, Wales v Ireland,  England v Scotland (13.00 – 22.00)

Even if you aren’t a big fan of rugby it’s a good chance to catch up with friends, share maintenance woes and plan for the season ahead. Bring the mini-me rugby fans -free entry refreshments available. Hopefully a few beers as well but that will be confirmed nearer the time. All supporters welcome and friendly banter encouraged!!
Email sent out gives contact details for Kirstie if you have any queries.

Community Open Day 2018

Club Open Day 2018Our open day is on Saturday 12th May 2018 and we are all very excited about it. It will run from 10.00am until 3.00pm with taster sessions in a dinghy, ribs, keel boats and sea kayaks. The timing of these taster sessions will be firmed up nearer the time and will be dependent on weather and tidal conditions.

The aim is to have a fun day but also to encourage people to take up water based sports. Our learner registration takes place on the 16th May just after the open day –  7.00pm for sailing and 7.30pm for sea kayaking. We’ve already had a lot of enquiries from people interested in learning, which is very encouraging.

This year our open day has a Viking theme – some of us will be in fancy dress, feel free to release your inner Viking on that day! We will have talks on Viking culture and will also have some award winning Asgard jewellery for sale.

Coast Coffee will be keeping us all fed and watered. There will be lots of other things going on onshore – Allsortz, HM Coast Guard, face painting, a Viking themed photobooth and other things we are hoping to confirm nearer the time.

The Memorial Hall has a table top sale on at the same time so there will be plenty to keep people entertained. It’s a fun day for all the family so please join us. Please note that due to health and safety guidelines we are unable to permit any jetty jumping during the taster sessions.

Taster sessions can be booked on the day on a first come first served basis.

Beach Clean 2018

It was a lovely sunny morning down at Toward with about 30 people joining us at the club to help with the beach clean and there was a feeling that spring was just around the corner. This year the beach clean covered a larger area from just beyond the primary school at Toward right along to the gated entrance to the Ardyne Estates. They were an enthusiastic and energetic bunch of pickers and I think they would have gone on further if it were not for the pangs of hunger that came after 2 hours of picking.

The amount of rubbish that was collected was staggering – we lost count of the number of bags of general rubbish but from the picture it must be around 30-40 with an assortment of tyres, lumps of iron, half of an old rubber dinghy and the odd bit of clothing including shoes and a pair of trousers. The beach clean was organised in partnership with The Grab Trust and as part of the trial we gathered 8 large clear plastic bags of rigid plastics from the beach clean. The majority of the plastics were plastic bottles and among the smaller the items were the ubiquitous cotton bud sticks, wipes and tampon applicators that people are still flushing down the loo and all that happens is they end up on our beaches or being digested by some of the sea animals.

We thought we would see less rubbish this year due to the easterly winds that have been blowing this winter and whilst there was less rubbish in some areas there was still a very disappointing amount of carelessly discarded items. After the clean we had a well- earned lunch of homemade soup and a roll followed by some cake. Toward Sailing Club would like to thank Inspiring Innellan for their help and support on the day, to the Grab Trust and Argyll and Bute Council for collecting all the rubbish for us on Monday morning and to all the volunteers who gave up their time on a Sunday and did such a marvellous job clearing the beaches.

During the clean we collected donations to the Cowal Nancy Glen Appeal fund and raised a total of £95.00

Beach Clean – 11 March 2018

We are having a community beach clean on Sunday 11th March 2018, from 11.00am at TSC Clubhouse. Pickers, gloves and bags will be provided. Refreshments and facilities are in the Clubhouse. All are welcome to come and join us and help clean up our local shoreline, every bit of help can make a difference to our local natural environment.