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.
Are you getting excited? We are!
Weather: Little or no rain forecast at the moment and according to the Met office some sunshine will appear. We will be keeping an eye on the wind and it may be a tad on the chilly side.
So what to wear? So the advice is wrap up warm with a waterproof top on because it is always colder on the water. Bring a change of clothes with you – we are not planning on a dook but you could get wet. We have changing rooms and toilets in the Clubhouse. All other equipment provided, but if you do have your own buoyancy aid then that would be helpful if you can bring that with you. Coast Coffee and Choumakes Cakes will keep you fed and watered. We will have an ice cream van too – it’s never too cold for an ice cream is it?
Olly’s Bothy will have a fun stall with prizes, you can get your life jacket checked by the RLNI and there may be other things on the day. Don’t forget the Memorial Hall next door will be having their table top sale at the same time so there will be plenty to do. Please note that all children must be accompanied by a responsible adult if they wish to participate in any taster sessions. Further updates on taster sessions during the week so keep in touch.
This is a talk which will definitely be of interest to TSC kayakers and sailors alike.
Andrew learned to sail, row, kayak and handle motor boats as a boy on Loch Lomond and the Clyde in the 1960s. He owns a Finnmaster 76CA motorboat but his prime love is kayak racing, something he has done for 50 years. He has seven British Master’s gold medals, and six World Master’s medals, including two golds, to his name. He was World Champion for the over-70s in 2016.
He’ll be jetting back from Brazil, where he’s been teaching Incident Investigation as part of a series of courses delivered in Birmingham, Rio, Aberdeen and Irvine, for Kelvin TOP-SET, especially to deliver this talk to TSC!
His talk will cover cruising the West Coast of Scotland and the Scilly Isles, kayaking and fitness and will be accompanied by photos and slides.
We hope you can join us!
The TSC open day will be on 21 May 2016 from 11am – 4pm. It will also be followed by a Quiz and Curry Night at the clubhouse in the evening from 6.30pm – 10.15pm. The open day is open to any member of the public who would like to see what the club has to offer. There will be opportunities to try sailing, sea kayaking or to go for trips on our RIB or keelboats. The theme for the day is Pirates so if you want to dress up and join the fun, please do so!
Running concurrently is a table top sale at Toward Memorial Hall (adjacent to the club) and TSC will be offering cakes, teas and coffees in the clubhouse “cafe” from 11am for people attending either of the events. The events are all part of the South Cowal Community Festival 2016.
Tickets for the evening quiz and curry night (£6 per person) can be purchased from Susan Chandler (details in image below).
If you need directions to Toward sailing club the location page is here.
The 2016 TSC Calendar is now available to buy.
Our 2016 calendar is now on sale for only £5.00. Photographs taken by club members Julia Darby, Alan Forsyth, Fiona McLean, Jennifer Proctor and Faye Tudor. Well done everyone and thank you to the local businesses who sponsored us. Get your orders in – contact Susan Chandler.
The AGM of Toward Sailing Club (SCIO) will take place on 5th Nov 2015 at 7:30 pm in the Clubhouse. The Board are hoping for a big turnout – so if you can make it – please be there.
The prize giving tickets are ready! Saturday 14th November (7.00pm for 7.30pm) in the Clubhouse. Price £10 per person adult or child with a buffet and licensed bar. Tickets are limited due to capacity of the clubhouse so please get your orders in asap. Tickets can be obtained from Alasdair Finlay or Susan Chandler.
2016 Club Calendar
The TSC 2016 calendar has gone to the printers!!! Congratulations to all those whose photos were chosen and many thanks, once again, to Cowal Camera Club for judging and selecting the photos. No overall winner this year but a really high standard of entries from club members. Hopefully they will be ready for sale at the AGM in the Clubhouse. Here’s a couple of examples to whet your appetite, fabulous Christmas presents and a boost to club funds too!
As notified in your Members’ Handbook this year’s AGM will take place on Nov 5th 2015 at 7:30pm in the Clubhouse.
Prize-Giving – (note change of Date)
This year’s Prize giving has been moved from 7th November 2015 to the 14th November 2015.
****** UPDATE on TSC(SCIO) 45th Annual Regatta 2015 ******
“As a result of an extremely bad forecast for Saturday, the decision has been taken to cancel Saturday’s race. However it is hoped to race on Sunday as planned. Entries will be accepted up until 9.00am on the Sunday morning and there will be no late entry fee.
Hope to see you there.”
Dear TSC members,
It is with great delight that I can confirm that the registration for kayak coaching will take place on 21st May 2015, as already advertised. The first six training sessions will take place on the subsequent Thursday evenings (presuming coach availability). The cost for six lessons by qualified coaches will be £25 per person, with all of the money being put straight back in to the club.
The sub-committee has been working very hard in the background, preparing the kit, policies and procedures to get the kayak section training off to an effective start. We aim to meet at the Clubhouse at 1830 hours on Thursday evenings, to be on the water by 1900 hours – with a departure time from the Clubhouse no later than 2100 hours. Do look at the advice on what kit to bring on the TSC webpage under Kayaking.
The club is limited by the amount of kit and the number of volunteer coaches and leaders. Thus, on the 21st we will endeavour to work out a plan depending upon the numbers that turn up, based on a first come first serve basis. We hope to cater for adults and children; children over 10 are welcome to start, but should be accompanied by a parent or guardian (exceptions may apply – so please see one of the coaches). We may have too much administration to get on the water, so will probably just talk through the plans, show off the new fleet and fit people to boats in preparation for the start of the training. I shall bring along a boat, and if any kayakers with their own kit fancy a quick spin around the bay, they are welcome to join me (weather permitting!) after the admin is sorted.
In addition, the club is looking for experienced sea kayakers who are prepared to lead small groups of paddlers on club trips on Thursday evenings. If you feel confident to lead other paddlers and perform rescues, volunteer to be a club leader by speaking to me soon – you do not necessarily need to be SCA/ BCU qualified, but will need to provide a paddling CV and perhaps demonstrate your leadership kit and rescue ability.
We will finally get out on the sea for the first time, launching some brand new boats! I hope to see as many of you as possible next Thur.