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!
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
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.
TSC 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.
The following is a summary report on findings from the recent TSC community consultation. This is the shortened version, the full report, with funding information for the use of local clubs and organisations, is available on request.
TSC held its annual tidy up day on 2nd April 2016. The slips had some thick layers of sand and seaweed to be removed this year. Achievements included getting the slips, jetty and dinghies ready for the start of the season. A big thank you to everyone who helped out!