Club Events Update – April 2017

There’s lots of exciting things happening at Toward Sailing Club over the next few weeks.

YOU COULD SAVE A LIFE!

First Aid Training at TSCToward 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. 

 

Pirate Fun Day / Open DayTSC 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.

TSC Open DayToward 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.

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

 

Cumbrae Series / Round Cumbrae Race Report

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.

RESULTS

Round Cumbrae Race

1st Gimcrack (GK24), D. Hillhouse, TSC

2nd Katana (Cutlass 27), A. Mulholland, TSC

3rd Parallel Motion, A. Marshall, IoBSC

Cumbrae 5 – Race Report 2016

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.

Cumbrae 5
Fast Handicap
1st Saorsa (Moody 336), A. Finlay
2nd Gimcrack (GK 24), D. Hillhouse
3rd 29er, F. Mackay
Slow Handicap
1st Purple Pixie (Topper), K. Baird-Dean
2nd Stacey (Comet), D. Baird-Dean

 

Learn to Sea Kayak With Our Beginners’ Lessons

TSC Open Day 2016If you have ever wanted to learn how to Sea Kayak, now may be the time. We have sessions for beginners commencing Wed 1st June 2016 for 6 weeks of sea kayak coaching.

In these sessions, you will start to develop the key skills required to control a kayak in the sea. Learn about forward paddling strokes, reverse paddling strokes, side paddling strokes, recovery strokes, turning, edging, and rescues.

If you are interested, then fill out and return a club membership form from our membership page and select the option for 6 weeks of kayak coaching.

Open to everyone aged 10 to adult. We have a range of sea kayaks suitable for different sized people from children to adults.

We hope that you will join us on the water!

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.

Race Report – Cumbrae 1, Ailsa 3, Ailsa 4

Cumbrae 1 start It’s well known that any class of boat is welcome to race at Toward and this was well illustrated on Thursday night when 7 different classes took to the start line. An almost perfect start from Saorsa in the first race of the Cumbrae series saw the Moody 336 lead the fleet at the first mark almost a minute ahead of Fiona Mackay in her 29er. She was closely followed by the Laser, Nae Loser, then Banshee who squeezed inside Gimcrack as they rounded the mark.

The second leg allowed the 29er and Banshee to give their kites an airing. Despite the extra sail area Gimcrack passed Banshee and Saorsa held her lead. A broken tiller extension on the Laser forced an early retiral while an unrecoverable capsize by Kriss Baird-Dean in Purple Pixie saw the dinghy fleet reduced to two.

RIMG0010_800Saorsa proved to be untouchable and continued to extend her lead throughout the race eventually finishing four minutes ahead of her nearest rivals. Once the handicaps had been applied Saorsa was still the clear winner. Amongst the slow handicap boats the war of attrition left Ruairidh Pringle in a club Topper as the only survivor and therefore the winner.

Sunday morning dawned sunny and fairly warm with a pleasant easterly wind – perfect for the cadets. After last week’s stoorie conditions this was much more conducive to getting back to grips with the basics of boat handling. After 45 minutes afloat the cadets headed in for lunch. During this short break the wind shifted 180o and increased considerably in strength. By the time racing was due to start it was only the adults who took to the water. In a close fought first race it was Ruairidh Pringle who came out ahead while revenge was sweet for Eland Stuart who took the second one.

Results

Cumbrae 1

Fast Handicap

1st Saorsa (Moody 336), A. Finlay

2nd Gimcrack (GK24), D. Hillhouse

3rd Banshee (Oyster 26), R. Campbell

Slow Handicap

1st Topper, R. Pringle

Ailsa 3

1st Topper, R. Pringle

2nd Pico, E. Stuart

Ailsa 4

1st Pico, E. Stuart

2 nd Topper, R. Pringle