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Sunny weather and summer holidays

July 15th, 2009 alison

The recent spell of gloriously sunny weather looked set to end this week on the Clyde, but so far at Kip the rain has not managed to make a lasting appearance. Good news for the two sailing courses out! One course was out over the weekend and arrived back in this afternoon having had some rain, but also enough time to dry out before having to pack away their things and head home. The second course departed yesterday after some berthing practise. The weather forecast showed numerous low pressure systems heading their way and it seemed like they were doomed to a damp week, but it turns out that if the weather holds as it has done the last couple of days they may only get rained on in the mornings!

Looking out at Kip Marina at the moment the sun is beating down on the boats, but many of the berths are empty as people have gone on their summer cruises. This weekend the Clyde Cruising Club holds its annual Tobermory Race, a race popular with members who want to go sailing around the west coast for their holidays.  With options to sail Round the Mull to Crinan on the 17th July, or to go from Rothesay to Ardrishaig on the 18th, heading west through the Crinan Canal, to join up with the boats which have gone Round the Mull for the second part of the race from Loch Craignish to Tobermory on the 19th July. This year the tides appear to have been kind to the competitors with a 9am start rather than the 4am start it often can be.

The last Fairlie Yacht Club event was the Holy Loch Race on the 4th July. Light winds meant the racing took most of the day, but the fleet managed to avoid most of the rain showers which were gracing our shores that day. The next Fairlie event is not until the 15th August with a crew race from Largs to Ardlamont, and a muster at Portavadie marina that evening.

With so many boats away, or about to head off on their cruising adventures, the marina is quite quiet, but there was some excitment as the marina’s resident swans hatched their eggs and 4 new signets are now learning to swim in the peaceful waters of Kip.

Proud parents

Proud parents with the new additions to the Kip family

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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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