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 – 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.

Beach Clean at Toward

TSC Open Day 2017

TSC Open Day 2017The club held its annual open day on Saturday 13 May 2017. The event was run as part of the South Cowal Community Festival 2017.

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.

TSC Open Day 2017Fortunately 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!

TSC Open Day 2017Thanks 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.

TSC Open Day / Pirate Fun Day 2017

TSC open day 2017TSC is looking forward to running our open day / pirate themed fun day on Saturday 13 May 2017.

  • 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!

 

Beach Clean 2017

TSC Beach CleanSaturday 8 April 2017 had the club hosting a local beach clean in conjunction with Surfers Against Sewage.

A huge thank you goes out to everyone who helped out on the day. There was a fantastic turnout and it was great to see so many families enjoying the sunshine and the beautiful surroundings to help clean up our local beaches. Some of our litter pickers were very little but they joined in and helped us to clean the two beach areas in a record time.

Rubbish Collected

About 1/2 the rubbish collected from the beach clean.

The photo of the rubbish is less than half of what we collected. The rest had already been taken to the tip/recycling.

Sadly, there was still a lot of plastic and if you are wild camping in our area please take your rubbish home. A half burnt tent and cans, bottles and disposable BBQ’s were found among other litter items.

A BBQ at the club afterwards was just what was needed after all our efforts!

Post beach clean BBQ

Post beach clean BBQ

 

TSC Open Day 2016 / Quiz Night

TSC Open Day 2016TSC held its annual open day on Saturday 21 May 2016. The event was run as part of the South Cowal Community Festival 2016.

The morning started off with a fair amount of blue skies and sunshine after what had been some quite heavy rain overnight. The sight of the skull and crossbones and other pirate flags hoisted aloft confirmed to visitors that skulduggery had occurred and that the clubhouse was now under the control of scallywags and scurvy sea dogs. But it soon became evident that the swashbuckling crew on the premises were friendly and hospitable, even offering tea/coffee and cakes in the cafe that had been set up for the day.

Outside there were on-water taster sessions available for dinghy and keel boat sailing and sea kayaking, as well as trips in the club RIB. There was also an outdoor BBQ/burger stand. A steady stream of visitors arrived after the event opened at 11 am and all of the taster sessions were fully booked before 1 pm!

The heavens decided to open at around midday for a couple of hours including at least one rumble of thunder, but that didn’t seem to deter people from participating in the on-the-water activities. The weather did however guarantee a rather busy coffee shop full of landlubbers!

With the taster sessions being so popular, they ran sequentially each half hour between 1 pm and 3.30 pm with no let-up. We can report that many happy faces were seen after sampling the delights of each water based activity! By 2.00 pm the skies cleared again, the sun shone and winds died down for the last hour and a half of the afternoon, letting everyone dry out a bit.

After what had been a busy few hours on and off the water, proceedings concluded at around 3.30 pm, allowing a brief interlude before the evening’s event.

The evening saw the Curry and Quiz night which was very well attended. Excellent food and an entertaining quiz hosted by Admiral of the Pirate Fleet, Susan, brought to an end what was a very successful day for the club (and no, the losers were not made to walk the plank!).

Many thanks to all the TSC rapscallions who volunteered time to make this event happen, and thanks to everyone who turned up and participated in our open day. We hope to see you again!

Some images from the day are attached below, more can be found on Facebook by following this link.

TSC Open Day & Curry Night – 21 May 2016

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.

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