LARGS SC NEWS - 8th October 2014 October quiz night - week Friday, 17 October reminder - new clubhouse winter hours cadet regatta and Bart's Bash reports Coastal Rowing Club joins Largs SC RYA Zone championships Ellen MacArthur trust opens Euroyachts boat sales weekend - 10-12 Oct also Kip and Troon Boat Shows firstly, a reminder that the October quiz night (usually the second Friday in the month) is NOT this Friday, but is a week Friday, 17th October, due to our club steward Steven's holiday. November's quiz will be on Friday 14th. a reminder that we are now on winter hours - Fridays 12:00 to 14:00 (but our apologies - no service this Friday, due to Steven's holiday), Saturdays 11:00 to 17:00, Sundays 12:00 to 18:00 mentioning holidays, our administrator Julia Gibson is also now on holiday, and will be back in the office on Monday 20th October, fully refreshed! cadet regatta - the culmination of this year's training programme - had fantastic weather! See pages 2 and 3 Bart's Bash - 48 boats (the highest total in Scotland) took part in this event, in memory of Andrew "Bart" Simpson, and raise money for his charity. See page 3 cruising group - final cruise in company to Port Bannatyne, with bbq ashore. Submit your cruising logs! See page 4 we welcome the Firth of Clyde Coastal Rowing Club, who have joined us for the winter season, and will be using us as a base for their training, and socially. More on page 5 this weekend is the Euroyachts boat sales weekend at Largs - and also the Boat Shows at Kip, and Troon dates for your diaries - Christmas parties etc (late note - unfortunately, the Viking fireworks have been cancelled for cost reasons) Mentioning Christmas parties, remember that members can book functions in our clubhouse - anything from a business meeting to weddings. Talk to Julia and Steven when they are back from their holidays. Scroll down for more detail on all these topics. Also see the last page of the enews for clubhouse opening times, contact details for various branches of the club, and a record of the cruise in company programme, major sailing events at LSC this year, and so on. Gordon Cochrane Membership Secretary 2 QUIZ NIGHT - NEXT QUIZ - FRIDAY 17th OCTOBER Quiz night is normally the second Friday in the month, but because of staff holidays, October's quiz will be the third Friday i.e. 17th October. Quizmasters will be Graeme and Marilyn Robertson. Steven and team will be serving a buffet from (I believe) 6:30 p.m.; the quiz itself starts at 8 p.m. We will revert to the normal second Friday from November i.e. Nov 14th, Dec 12th etc. A feature of recent quiz nights has been John Connelly's "heads and tails", and other fund raising activities. We have now used these funds to purchase two leather sofas to replace the fabric sofas in front of the bar. Thanks everyone! NEW CLUBHOUSE OPENING HOURS As the season is nearing its close, we have reduced our opening hours accordingly: Fridays 12:00 to 14:00 (open appropriate Friday evenings for quiz night etc) Saturdays 11:00 - 17:00 Sundays 12:00 to 18:00 CADET REGATTA - SATURDAY 20th and SUNDAY 21st SEPTEMBER Over 60 of this year's 100+ cadets took part in the end of season cadet regatta, starting with Saturday afternoon's water treasure hunt, then a family social evening, and Sunday racing, including Bart's Bash race. This was sailed in near tropical sunshine - but a bit more wind would have been good! Anyway, a fitting end to another superb effort by all our many instructors and safety boat volunteers, without whom this would simply not be possible. 3 BART'S BASH - SUNDAY 21st SEPTEMBER This global sailing race and fundraising event at local sailing clubs took place on Sunday 21st September, joining together thousands of worldwide sailors in a race to set a new Guinness World Record, raise money for charity, inspire the next generation and remember the tragic death of Andrew ‘Bart’ Simpson, Gold & Silver Olympic medallist and America’s Cup sailor. Largs SC had 48 boats participating, the highest recorded total in Scotland, so thanks everyone for a great turnout. This was verified by local politicians, including the local MSP, Kenneth Gibson, who was able to see how important sailing and related activities are to the local economy (more than golf!!). 4 ADULT SAIL TRAINING (from senior instructor David Grieve) Five members of the adult sail training programme finished their second stage of training in mid September, so achieving their RYA Level 2 in Dinghy sailing. Congratulations to Valerie Lundie, Mark Sharp, Iain Wylie, Mark Coyle and Andrew McPake! Of course, as with the cadet training, this couldn't be done without help from volunteer instructors, and I would also like to thank Martin Faulkner, Bill Forsyth and George McCree for their much appreciated assistance through out this season's training. CLUB RACING (from Phil Alderson) The Autumn Series has been extended to Sunday 26th October, The season finishes with the November Open Series, with racing every weekend in November (weather permitting!), and features prizes from Spinlock. CRUISING GROUP UPDATE (from Marilyn Robertson) Nine boats (including one motor boat) took part in the final weekend cruise of the 2014 season over the weekend of 20/21 September. We set off for Port Bannatyne in light winds, planning an early beach BBQ and bonfire, in recognition of the darker, chillier evenings. However freshening winds provided some great sailing as we approached Rothesay Bay and soon we were all tacking about and really enjoying ourselves. At least one boat managed to log nearly 18 miles making the 9 mile passage! The BBQ and bonfire provided a rousing end to a great day and also marked the end of what has been a remarkable season for us all. (Photographs by Gordon Cochrane.) We have welcomed new members to the cruising group, including motor cruisers and sailing crews from all over the UK. Our cruising area has extended from the very north and west of Scotland to the heart of Glasgow, taking in many of the Western Isles and memorably, taking part in the Commonwealth Games Flotilla up the River Clyde. While it is sad to contemplate the end of the sailing season, there will be social events to look forward to over the winter, including an evening of shared experiences and banter soon to be announced. I would also like to invite you to submit your sailing logs as we will be awarding the trophy for best log at this end of season event. Please send your into the club before the end of October, so that the we can decide who will receive this year’s award. Meanwhile, also look out for the winter talks schedule, which will commence at the end of January 2015 and take us seamlessly into next year’s sailing season…. This will be on the club website and flagged in the e-news towards the end of this year. 5 FIRTH OF CLYDE COASTAL ROWING CLUB JOINS LARGS SC Many members will have seen the Firth of Clyde Coastal Rowing Club's skiff Saltire practising off the clubhouse, and taking part in the rowing regatta during Regatta Week. We are now very pleased to welcome them as winter members, and they will be using our clubhouse as a base for their winter training (already started, with knot lessons from Bill Erskine, their safety and training instructor), and socialising, with a team in next week's quiz! The club presently has around 45 members, a mix of rowers, boat builders, fund raisers, and supporters, with chairman Alan Cowan, and secretary Cameron Hughes, and grants member Hugh Maclean. The club's first skiff was built in Fairlie about 18 months ago, and a second boat (Thistle - named in a competition by Fairlie school children) is nearly complete. There are more details about their club on their website, and Facebook pages, or come along to their training days (first Saturday of the month, before / after lunch) for a chat. 6 RYA ZONE CHAMPIONSHIPS - 27-28 September (from Freddie Moran + David Kent) This was our final major event of the year, with around 60 boats, and was a great success, with fantastic weather straight winds, and sunshine most of the weekend, so a full programme of races was completed! The RYA Team left feeling very happy about the weekend, also the super support they get from the club, and the SSI. It was also very encouraging to see so many of LSC Cadets participate in the Regatta fleet, which bodes well for the future of dinghy racing in the club. (Photo - Josh Kerr) Once again, on behalf of LSC, a big thanks to all our fantastic volunteers for the great support in 2014. ELLEN MacARTHUR SCOTTISH BASE - OPENING CEREMONY AT LYH/LSC Largs Sailing Club was the venue for the opening ceremony for the Scottish Base of the Ellen MacArthur Cancer Trust. Ellen recently gave an inspiring talk about the work of the trust to invited guests, many of whom are involved in supporting this worthwhile cause. The Trust was established in 2003 to give young people aged 8-24 recovering from cancer an opportunity to go sailing. Largs Yacht Haven, and Largs SC, has been chosen as their Scottish base, and this has been made possible thanks to a £40,000 grant from the Peoples Post Code Lottery. PEELPORTS LARGS REGATTA WEEK The last e-news included a brief report on Largs Regatta Week, with David and Ian Kent taking dinghy of the week in their catamaran Drookit, and keelboat of the week was Farr e nuff, with John Kent (no relation!) and crew. Congratulations to them! (Photographs - Marc Turner) 7 Other dates for your diaries: Euroyachts Boat Sales - weekend 10 – 12 October. Similar event at Troon, I believe. Also Kip Boat Show. Guy Fawkes fireworks at the Pencil - have unfortunately been cancelled this year by the organisers, Largs Round Table, due to cost and manpower considerations annual general meeting - Sunday 30th November (to be confirmed) Christmas party and dance Saturday 6th December Children's Christmas party Sunday 21st December Gordon Cochrane Membership Secretary CLUBHOUSE - WINTER OPENING HOURS From Monday 22 September, the bar hours will change to the winter timetable as follows: Fridays 12:00 to 14:00 (open appropriate Friday evenings for quiz night etc) Saturdays 11:00 - 17:00 Sundays 12:00 - 18:00 Members are welcome to use the club outside the bar hours, using the door access code if necessary. There is a coffee/tea/hot chocolate machine on the landing. Links // Contacting the Club, the LSTA, and other links: LSC office: 01475 670000 LSC Lookout Lounge / Bar: 01475 670022 LSC general e-mail: [email protected] LSC web site: www.largssc.co.uk LSC Facebook: www.facebook.com/largssc FoC Coastal Rowing Club: see here LSTA general e-mail: [email protected] LSTA web site: http://www.lsta.org.uk/ LSTA Facebook: www.facebook.com/largssta Scottish Sailing Institute: see here SSI webcam (new) - see here LYH/LSC webcam – see www.largssc.co.uk/web-cam 8 Cruise in company programme 2014: April 5-6 April 18-21 (Easter) May 2-5 May 16-17 June 6-22/29 July 4-6 July 25-27 August 16-17 Aug 30-Sept 7 Sept 20-21 Shake-down cruise: weather dependent day cruise, evening get together in Clubhouse and half day passage planning for the extended cruise in company. Open to all Club sailors of dinghies, motor cruisers and keelboats 2-3 day cruise around Arran: to include overnight stops at Lamlash, Lochranza and/or Carradale Bute Jazz Festival: muster at Port Bannatyne or Rothesay Helensburgh and Lomond Real Ale festival: muster at Rhu marina, Friday 16th Extended Cruise in Company: there will be a series of musters around the west coast of Scotland, from Islay, Jura and the Small Isles, to Ardnamurchan and beyond. Optional passages around the Mull or through Crinan Canal Tarbert Seafood Festival: muster with BBQ in East Loch Tarbert, Friday 4th July to enjoy the seafood celebrations on Saturday 5th July th Commonwealth Games Flotilla: muster at James Watt Dock on July 25 for parade up the th Clyde to the Glasgow Science Centre for celebrations linked to the Games July 26/27 . Early registration with RYAS essential: www.ryascotland.org.uk/EVENTS/FLOTILLA2014/Pages/default.aspx Kyles of Bute: overnight on mooring or anchorage with social muster ashore Extended Cruise in Company: circumnavigation of Kintyre taking in Crinan Canal and the Mull, with musters in Gigha, Islay, Tarbert and Campbeltown End of-season muster: Port Bannatyne or Rothesay with BBQ / pub meal ashore Major events at LSC in 2014: Event date Sailing dates Competitors Mar 29/30 Mar 29/30 60 May 17/18 May 17/18 30 July 11/19 July 14/19 45 Aug 9/15 Aug 10/15 200 Largs Regatta Week Aug 23/30 Aug 23/30 100 RYA Zone Championships Sept 27/28 Sept 27/28 100 RYA Spring Championships Windsurfing Championships FD World Championships UK Laser Championships Marquee? Dinghy park clearance Yes Marquee Area Aug 20 - 25 Please note that the area in the dinghy park for the marquee is now only required for Regatta Week. We will require boats in the footprint of the marquee to be moved. LYH will be providing a fenced off area in the Euroyachts car park for the boats being displaced by the marquee. Also will be monitored by the new SSI CCTV. Please move your boat yourself, in advance of the time, so you can be assured it is safely moved, and properly secured. This also saves club volunteers having to move your boat! Other events at Largs Yacht Haven and in Largs in 2014: 12 – 19 April 26/27 April 3/4 May 9 – 13 June 27 – 29 June 15 July 23 July – 3 Aug 25 – 27 July 10 August 30 Aug to 7 September 21 September Visually Impaired Sailing Association regatta CCC Round Bute Race Ocean Cruising Club 60th anniversary muster North British Police Regatta Largs Live music festival Commonwealth Games Baton Relay in Largs Commonwealth Games 2014 RYA Flotilla to Glasgow Taste Ayrshire Food Festival (Largs promenade) Largs Viking Festival (fireworks and battle at The Pencil Sat 6) Bart’s Bash sailing event RYA Active Marina Events: 16/17 May 5/6 July 5 July Cruise in company with LSC to Lomond Beer Festival at Rhu Cruise in company with LSC to Tarbert Seafood Festival Cruise in company with FYC around Cumbrae Islands followed by BBQ on Cumbrae For further details on all the LYH events, see www.yachthavens.com.
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