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.


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.

Arran 1 Race Report

With the first pursuit race of the season getting under way in almost no wind it looked like it was going to be a long slow drift for the early starters. First off was Kriss Baird-Dean in her Topper, Purple Pixie pursued some minutes later by husband, Dave in his Comet, Stacey. Those who had checked the forecast were not surprised when the wind began to fill in and by the time Banshee, helmed by her new owner Ruairidh Campbell, and Saorsa crossed the start line some considerable time later a stiff breeze had filled in from the east. Purple Pixie did a sterling job at holding her lead before, on the seventh leg of the course, Stacey eventually managed to pass. As the wind continued to increase the advantage passed back to the Topper, and as Dave took the first swim of the season Kriss regained her lead. It was not long however before the keelboats made the most of the freshening conditions to catch then overtake all of the dinghies. Despite being short handed Saorsa went on to pull away from Banshee until a moment of brain freeze saw Saorsa heading to her mooring at the end of the written course. This allowed the two leading dinghies to retake the lead before the realisation dawned that in this race format the course is repeated until the predetermined finish time of 8.30pm. Despite their little detour Saorsa remained ahead of Banshee and soon managed to catch the dinghies once again. With gusts now reaching 30mph, what had begun as a gentle sail in the evening sunshine had now turned into a bit of a physical workout. When the lights signalling the end of the race finally came on, it was a welcome sight for the dinghies who had done well to keep going in the increasingly trying conditions.


Arran 1

1st Saorsa (Moody 336), A. Finlay

2nd Banshee (Oyster 26), R. Campbell

3rd Purple Pixie (Topper), K. Baird-Dean

Tidy up day a success

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!

TSC Community Consultation Survey

Suvey Now Closed

Community Survey Now Closed

Our community consultation survey is now closed.


Toward Sailing Club

Toward Sailing Club (a community club) was established in the 1960s on the site of the dilapidated swimming pool which was part of the Castle Toward Estate. Over the years the clubhouse, dinghy park and surroundings have been developed and expanded through community support and the hard work of members.

The club became a charity in 2014 and now owns all the ground from which it operates. This includes the bus turning area, car park, grass areas, clubhouse, storage compound, jetty, harbour quay, slipways, picnic table and seating. These are all maintained by the club and most areas are open to the community and visitors.

Kayaks on the water at TSCAs a community sports club, our fees are deliberately kept low so as they are not a bar to participation. Annual membership is the equivalent of less than £1 per week for an adult and less than 50p per week for a junior. Kayak and sail training is offered to everyone aged 10 and over by our nationally qualified coaches, instructors and safety boat drivers.

Existing activities and benefits include –

  • Club owned dinghies and kayaks
  • Regular kayak/sailing events
  • Bi-weekly sail racing
  • Social events
  • Covered and secure storage
  • Club moorings

This year our open day and taster sessions are scheduled for Saturday 21st May 2016.

There are no paid positions within the club. It is run entirely by volunteers.

As part of our ongoing development, the club has recently obtained a Heart defibrillator and will soon be offering free courses on its use, to members of the local community.

Your involvement

The club is now looking towards its future and has detailed a number of proposed suggestions. We want to hear what everyone in your household, thinks about South Cowal and what we, at the Club, could do to make our facilities even more inclusive to
the wider community and other groups. This is a real, no-holds-barred, opportunity for you to help us develop this area for you, for us, and the next generation. Tell us what activities or facilities you would like to see available – these don’t need to be water sports
related, we want to hear all your ideas. Remember our current facilities are mainly used in the summer months.

How could they be used more often?

What would you like to see happening at Toward Sailing Club?

Our community survey is now closed. Thanks you for showing an interest.

Suvey Now Closed


A TSC Burns Supper

TSC hosted a fabulous Burns Supper on Saturday 6th February. Angela Kerr is off to a flying start as our new social secretary. It was lovely to meet up with friends from the Cowal Mountain Bike Club and Holy Loch Sailing Club.

Thank you to all who came and made it such a success. We will be back for more!!

TSC Annual Prizegiving – 2015

TSC Prizegiving 2015The final event of the year at Toward Sailing Club took place in the clubhouse on Saturday 14th November as members and friends gathered to celebrate the sailing and kayaking successes of the season.

The evening began with a delicious meal provided by the members before retiring Commodore, Alasdair Finlay, presented the various trophies and prizes.

With the formalities over, the baton was passed to Alison Currie who then occupied the junior members, and entertained everyone else, with a variety of games.

With winter well and truly upon us, the next event at the Club is not until 2016 when, on January 2nd, members are invited to an informal get-together in the clubhouse. Until then all that remains is winter maintenance and dreaming of the season to come.


Ailsa Series
Nae Loser, A. McLean
Arran Series
1st Topper, F. Mackay
2nd Saorsa, A. Finlay
3rd Gimcrack, D. Hillhouse
Bute Series
(Fast Handicap), 1st Saorsa, A. Finlay
(Fast Handicap), 2nd Mayfly, J. Oliver
(Fast Handicap), 3rd Stacey, D. Baird-Dean
(Slow Handicap), Purple Pixie, K. Baird-Dean
Optimist Class, S. Stuart
Cumbrae Series
(Fast Handicap), 1st Stacey, D. Baird-Dean
(Fast Handicap), 2nd Saorsa, A. Finlay
(Fast Handicap), 3rd Dr Feelgood, J. Orr
(Slow Handicap), 1st Cosmic Debris, K. Baird-Dean
(Slow Handicap), 2nd Topper, F. Mackay
(Slow Handicap), 3rd Topper, A. Kerr
Frostbite Series
1st Dr Feelgood, J. Orr
2nd Mayfly, J. Oliver
3rd Topper, A. Gibson
(Optimist Class), 1st E. Judd
(Optimist Class), 2nd O. Macgillivray
(Optimist Class), 3rd S. Stuart
Starter Trophy
Nae Loser, A. McLean
Burnt Islands Race
Voila, R. Campbell
Round Cumbrae Race
Parallel Motion, A Marshall
Crew’s Race
Gimcrack, J. Procter
Thistle Trophy (for Cadets learning in Toppers/Picos)
B. Wilson
Dandelion Cup (for Cadets learning in Oppies)
L. Oxland
Adult Learners
E. Stuart
Mary’s Quaich for Cadet Seamanship
S. Stuart
Munroe Quaich for the Outstanding Cadet
O. Jones
Alison Currie Trophy for Best Attitude
L. Oxland
Waddell Trophy for Sailing Effort
K. Baird-Dean
Robertson Trophy for most Outstanding Member
M. Benson
Robertson Half Model for ‘Something Special’
P. Keetley (In 2015 for being instrumental in setting up the Kayak Section of the Club)
Training Awards
RYA Junior Dinghy Scheme, Stage 1 : Oliver Jones, Oscar Macgillivray, Ellie Judd, Georgia Young, Rory Oxland, Lewis Oxland
RYA Junior Dinghy Scheme, Stage 2 : Alan Stewart, Sandy Stuart
Start Racing : Connor Wilson
RYA National Sailing Scheme, Level 2 (Basic Skills) : Eland Stuart
RYA National Sailing Scheme, Start Racing : Eland Stuart
Power boating Level 2 and Safety Boat : Kriss Baird-Dean
Dinghy Instructor : Fiona Mackay
Competent Crew : Craig Mackay
Kayaking Awards
Most Improved Adult : Karen Macintosh
Most Improved Junior : Sandy Stuart
Best Club Support : Alan Forsyth
Best Endeavour : Nigel Carr