The Burnt Islands Race will be held this year on Sunday 26 August 2018.
Our 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.
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
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.
The TSC Fungatta 2017 will be held at TSC on the weekend of 19-20 August 2017. Camping available, teas, coffees and home baking served all weekend. Come and join in with us for some Fun!
Fungatta Entry Form 2017 (.doc file)
The TSC 47th Annual Regatta 2017 entry forms are now downloadable from the 2017 Annual Regatta page on this site. Come and join us on the weekend of 3-4 June 2017 for some dinghy and keelboat racing!
Once again, the Jolly Roger was hoisted above the clubhouse and we were occupied by pirates for the day!
After a week or more of relatively stable, sunny May weather, anticipation was high that this would continue for the annual open day. However, the weather decided to have an open day of its own and rain was duly forecast. As is often the case, the forecast wasn’t entirely accurate, and we ended up having quite a few dry spells during the day.
Fortunately the forecast didn’t deter a high turnout of enthusiastic visitors from attending. Despite some precipitation and the wind at times dropping to nearly zero (not exactly ideal for a sailing experience!), the club managed to run numerous on-water taster sessions for dinghy, keel boat sailing, sea kayaking, and wind surfing as well as trips in the club RIBs.
Thanks go out to all the club members who volunteered their time – booking visitors on to their activity of choice, to the drivers, instructors and coaches taking people out on rides, making sure they had the right kit, the members chatting to visitors about water based sports and what the club has to offer. Also thanks and well done to all the visitors who participated with such enthusiasm despite the inclement weather!
Thanks also go to Coast Coffee, Chouxmake’s Cakes, All Sorts, the ice cream van, Alyson Dawes, Carys and Catriona for the crafts and SCCDC for their support. Special mention also to the Cowal Open Water Swimmers for jetty jumping and swimming! and to Robin Nicol from RYA Scotland.
We look forward to welcoming new members to the club!
The day was rounded off with a fun family quiz night at the club.
Some images from the day are attached below, more can be found on Facebook by following this link.
- All on water activities are FREE.
- Register for a try out or a rib ride on the day at the Clubhouse from 11.15am onwards.
- Rides start at 12.30pm ending around 3.30pm depending on numbers and weather conditions.
- Please bring warm clothing, suitable footwear and a change of clothing just in case you get splashed.
- Male and Female changing rooms available.
- Children must be accompanied by a responsible adult and some activities my be restricted to children aged 10+.
- There’s lots for all the family with a bouncy castle, children’s crafts and a table top sale at the memorial hall.
- Coast Coffee drinks and food
- Chouxmake’s Cakes
- Ice Cream
- All welcome!
Oh and if the sunny weather continues be sure to bring your sunscreen!
The Club purchased a defibrillator with the help of the British Heart Foundation. It is positioned on the outside of the clubhouse and could be a life saver in this relatively remote part of the South Cowal peninsula.
During the afternoon of the 30 April CPR and defibrillator training was held at the clubhouse. A big thank you Dougie Whyte (a recently retired paramedic and club member) for running this session. Thanks also to all the participants in what was a very enjoyable afternoon.
Dougie is pictured on the right showing the location of the defibrillator. In an emergency when you dial 999 the ambulance service will give you the location and access code for the nearest community defibrillator.
There’s lots of exciting things happening at Toward Sailing Club over the next few weeks.
YOU COULD SAVE A LIFE!
Toward Sailing Club have purchased a defibrillator with the help of the British Heart Foundation. It is positioned on the outside of the clubhouse and could be a life saver in this relatively remote part of the South Cowal peninsula. We are running a FREE CPR and Defibrillator training session on Sunday 30th April 2.00 – 4.00pm in the Clubhouse which is open to everyone in the community. Dougie Whyte, recently retired paramedic, will be leading the training. Refreshments available.
TSC Fun Day/Open Day
Our next Community Event is our Pirate Family Fun Day on Saturday 13th May 11.00 – 3.30pm in association with the RYA annual Push the Boat Out promotion to encourage as many people as possible to try out water based sports. Anyone coming down that day will be able to sign up for taster sessions in dinghies, sea kayaks, keel boats and rib rides for FREE. Open water swimmers will be there to talk about their activities in the area. Don you pirate gear and join us for a fun day with a bouncy castle, crafts for the wee ones and time to enjoy the beautiful views over the bay to Bute.
Toward sailing Club are holding this in partnership with the Toward Memorial Hall who are having a table top sale at the same time. It’s all part of South Cowal Community Festival celebrating what we have to offer and enjoy in the area. Coast Coffee are catering with Chouxmake’s Cakes and an ice cream van will be there too. Follow us on Facebook and on this website as we may add other information on this event.
Other activities at TSC
Our sea kayakers have already started their regular club paddles and pool sessions. The keel boats have just launched successfully and racing will start again this week and the dinghy cadets will soon be on the water. If you are interested in the club and want to know more then please contact us via our contact page.