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

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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Arran 2 / First Cruise Weekend

Arran 2

Freezing conditions and horizontal sleet on Thursday night at Toward was enough to put off even the most enthusiastic sailor. As a result, the safety boat crew were spared a chilly few hours afloat as no racing took place.

First Cruise

The first cruising event of the year started the season off with a bang! Sunshine, good breeze, great food and lots of laughs! Two keelboats decided to brave the elements. Saorsa and Banshee headed off on Saturday morning in sunny but extremely cold conditions.

“We headed South when we left the mooring on Saturday morning for a sail round Bute. It was a fast reach down to an anchorage for a lunchtime stop over. We then rounded the South tip of Bute to find the Clyde Cruising Club racing boats bearing down on us with their spinnakers up! That is way too much effort: we are cruising after all!
With a steady breeze we made it to Tighnabruaich in good time and then carried on at a gentle pace to wreck bay. Where we stayed overnight. The Saturday night social evening produced the usual impressive TSC party, as it went on well into Sunday morning!”

“Sunday started slowly, we cruised down the East Kyle and stopped over in Port Bannatyne for a late lunch. A big thank you to everyone who made it such a fantastic weekend!

The next cruise is on 11 & 12 June and is a cruise, kayak and camp. Give me a shout if you plan on bringing your boat or would like a berth or if you plan on paddling!”

Ruairidh Campbell.