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.
Saturday 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.
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!
The final race in the Cumbrae series on Thursday night turned out to be a complete non-starter as the total absence of wind caused the race officer to cancel the race. Even the most optimistic competitor had to concede that this was definitely the right decision. With the series now concluded and the points totalled, the first series trophy of 2016 goes to Alasdair Finlay’s Saorsa.
Saturday’s conditions proved to be much more agreeable with a light breeze and sunshine giving a gentle start to the keelboats in the Round Cumbrae Race. For the first time this race had two start times in an attempt to bring the boats closer together at the finish. This appeared to work well as less than 20 minutes separated the first and last boats to cross the finish line. Once the handicaps were applied it was Gimcrack who, despite being the final finisher, came out well ahead. Only 80 seconds separated the second and third placed boats which, in a race lasting over 5 hours, is remarkable close.
While the big boats were away there was still racing at the club for the dinghies. The cadets took advantage of the benign conditions to take their Oppies around the buoys. On this occasion it was Ellie who triumphed ahead of Oscar.
Round Cumbrae Race
1st Gimcrack (GK24), D. Hillhouse, TSC
2nd Katana (Cutlass 27), A. Mulholland, TSC
3rd Parallel Motion, A. Marshall, IoBSC
Right from the start, the penultimate race in the Cumbrae series was a bit of a drift. Twenty minutes after the starting gun only Saorsa and Gimcrack were heading in the right direction. Katana was drifting back from the line and towards the rocks forcing use of the engine and immediate retiral.
Meanwhile the dinghies, having crossed the line earlier, were recrossing it for a second or, in some cases, a third time. Once free from the magnetic attraction of the start mark the remaining two keelboats managed to catch just enough air to creep slowly around the course. These two boats finally finishing the substantially shortened course just as the tenacious dinghies eventually got going. In what was becoming a test of endurance for the race officer as well as the sailors the remaining boats finally made it to the finish, taking just under two hours to get round two marks.
|1st Saorsa (Moody 336), A. Finlay|
|2nd Gimcrack (GK 24), D. Hillhouse|
|3rd 29er, F. Mackay|
|1st Purple Pixie (Topper), K. Baird-Dean|
|2nd Stacey (Comet), D. Baird-Dean|