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Sunshine and Spinnakers

April 29th, 2009 alison

Last Wednesday’s Fairlie Yacht Club race was the first with a decent number of participants which got the competitive juices flowing for all involved. There was also a decent wind which tested the stamina and persistence of those trying to get to the windward mark.

Tonight, it looks like it’s going to be windy, and from the wind direction the windward mark’s going to be a long way away again. It’s also looking like waterproofs will be required, but it should be a fun night anyway, with an exciting spinnaker leg should any of the crews be brave enough.

The weekend just passed started off bright and sunny for the Clyde Cruising Club’s first race meet and the Round Bute Race. The course took the participants from the downwind start outside Inverkip, with spinnakers hoisted after the start line, and dropped approaching Toward Point. The next turn took them into the Kyles of Bute. Passing Rothesay and heading to the Burnt Isles on a broad reach, with the spinnakers made another appearance at Colintraive and were carried through the Burnt Isles, past the Maids of Bute, and down to Tighnabruaich. The rest of the legs were sailed under genoa as the fleet went round the west side of Inchmarnock, rounded Garroch Head and headed back to the top of Great Cumbrae Island where the spinnakers made a final appearance for the leg down to the finish line at Largs.

Meanwhile, those of us not racing were enjoying the weather in the marina, where the shelter of the breakwater meant that it was t-shirt weather. Lots of people were making use of the weather to put the finishing touches to their season preparation in time for the Mayday holiday this coming weekend. I’m sure all the members of the Clyde Cruising Club and Fairlie Yacht Club will be hoping for the weather to hold for the opening musters this weekend. Being held at Rhu and Wreck Bay they will herald the start of the sailing season for those members who cruise rather than race and we hope that they go off with a bang!

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Sailing action update…

April 22nd, 2009 alison

Check out our photo album page to find some photos from the Wednesday racing at Kip both from the start of this season and some from previous seasons. The first races have gone by with no disasters - probably mainly due to the early start to the season and there only being a few boats out.

The courses which have already been and gone  also went successfully. Week 1 got plenty wind, and not a little rain. Week 2 had more sun, but also had plenty wind to test the skills of everyone on board (including the instructors). Lets hope the season continues as it has begun having got off to a great start.

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Clyde sailing action starts soon!

April 7th, 2009 alison

Oban to Mull ferry departing the Sound of Kerrera

We’ve made some changes to our Photo Album page so have a look to find more images from our recent trip up the Clyde, and some photos from last summer when the sun was shining!

The season is now off to a proper start, with the first charter over and the first courses leaving yesterday. We hope that the sun will shine for at least some of their week and that they return having had a great week with some excellent sailing conditions. (Let’s hope the instructors’ can remember how to sail after having the winter off!)

The Clyde yacht clubs will all be shortly starting their muster and race calendars too. The Fairlie Yacht Club evening race series should make for some interesting viewing while the crews get used to being back on the water and working together again. We’ll know after tomorrow, when the first races start outside of Kip, whether or not the front of the boat can remember what the back’s doing and vice versa! The races at Largs on Tuesday nights aren’t due to start for another week which means they will be able to take note of any serious errors made at Kip and make sure that they don’t do the same! Check back after Wednesday to find out if it all went alright on the night!

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