We had an excellent afternoon sail on Saturday. There was a reliable steady breeze and it was pleasantly sunny. A mixture of younger and older members did some dinghy sailing and Matthew Willis and family took out their keel boat.
Saturday 21 August, there was an excellent turn out and great support from club members for an afternoon of dinghy sailing. Grant Logan, Judy Orr, Nigel Parker and Caius Walker took the helm in a variety of Quests, Wanderers and a Pico to provide opportunities for participants to get out and do some dinghy sailing. Some of our young people who had been through previous club training courses were able to sail independently in Picos. New member Ian Harris was able to take one of our Toppers out and refresh his memory on Topper sailing. Greig Walker manned the safety boat and kept everyone safe. Several experienced club members were onshore to assist with launching and retrieval boats.
We finished off with some socialising snacks and drinks in the club house. That’s only the second time in several months that has been possible. It was good to get together again.
On Wednesday evening 28/07/2021 club members were back out sailing as a club activity for the first time in many months.
Two keel boats, Eureka and Tyme had a few laps of the loch in sometimes gusty conditions. Judy, Nigel and Pedro introducing new comer Vaclav to the joys of yacht sailing.
We were lucky to have the safety boat fully repaired and ready for action so that a few dinghies were able to get out on the water. Thanks to Jamie McLean for organising that and to commodore Sean Rose for collecting the boat and getting her launched.
Greig took charge of the launch and provided safety cover for the dinghies.
Ian and Alison visiting from York took advantage of the fresh wind in Pico’s while Caius helmed one of the wanderers and took some of the others out for a sail.
Drew had fun with one of the Toppers while Ciara enjoyed a lively sail in a Pico. Ava, Annie, and John had sails in the Wanderer with Caius and some of them had time on the launch with Greig. Apologies to the dinghy sailors for the time spent hanging around while we got boats sorted and checked over before taking them out. Special apologies to anyone who didn’t get out sailing, the conditions made it difficult.
Grant sailed over on his windsurfer to join us.
On shore Julie, Sean and Sid helped rig, launch and retrieve boats as well as providing some after sail refreshments.
Campbeltown Sailing Club – 4 July 2021
Sean Rose has stepped forward to take on the role of commodore, Greig Walker having resigned due to other commitments. Thanks to Greig, who will remain on the committee ex officio, for his excellent work while in post. Welcome Sean and thank you for accepting the role, we look forward to working with you.
Clear up and club preparation:
Towards the end of June club members did a lot of work to get the club ready for sailing and other activities. Nigel Parker and I cleared the slip of seaweed and algae. A selection of Nigel, Alastair Cousin, Greig Walker, Shona Bassett( Dinghy instructor), new member Ross Little and I worked on the club dinghies and the compound to get them ready for some school sessions.
Meanwhile Commodore Sean Rose and Julie Oliver have been working on the changing areas and club house to mend and repair, clean and sanitise the facilities to ensure safety in relation to covid and general hygene.
On Saturday 25 June a work party did major cleaning and clearing in the compound area, further work to the dinghies and equipment preparation to enable use of club facilities. Members involved were Sean Rose, Julie Oliver, Nigel Parker, Mike Healey, Michael Foreman, Ross Little, Sid Gallagher and Greig Walker.
Jamie MacLean has been working on the rescue launch trying to free up the styeering.
Sailing dinghies and club premises are now ready for use by club members subject to social distancing and covid restriction rules. We hope to set some dates for club events and activities soon.
Five moorings are now ready for use and have been allocated to members.
Dalintober School Watersports Day
On Wednesday23 June CSC acted as host venue for a watersports fun day for 46 students (P6) from Dalintober Primary School. Set up by Claire Mitchell, Dalintober, the students had a great time and engaged in a great variety of activities.
Dinghy sailing was provided by Jamie Roberts, RYA SI who was hired for the day and came down from Oban. He was assisted by Shona Bassett, a local young person who has gained Dinghy Instructor qualification partially assisted by CSC. Additional help was given by Andrew McClement kindly giving up a day of his holiday and Nigel Parker who both were on hand to give back up with the dinghy sailing.
Canoeing and Kayakying were provided by members of Kintyre Canoe Club, Jane Gallagher, Grant Logan, Malcolm McMillan and Sid Gallagher.
Stand Up Paddle Boarding was available too, provided by Trudy Kennedy and Julia Holegate.
A rescue boat was on hand driven Campbell Fox. Jamie MacLean kindly loaned CSC his RIB since there are steering problems with the CSC launch. Jamie has been working hard on the launch and is in the process of getting it fixed and ready for use again.
The weather was kind to us and the kids had a very enjoyable day. Several staff from Dalintober accompanied the students and made sure things ran smootly and well. Enough equipment was available from CSC, Kintyre Canoe Club and Live Argyll to enable every child to have a wetsuit and buoyancy aid and any other thing they needed.
Cushendall Sanda Meet Up
Members of the club and members of Cushendall sailing club met up on Sanda over the weekend of 25/26/27 June. The weather was again very kind and enabled a barbeque on Sanda on Saturday evening. Billy McFadyen was one of the main organisers who liaised with Sanda’s owner to gain access to the island for the event. Campbeltown boats present were those of Billy McFadyen, Michael Foreman, Campbell Fox, Jamie MacLean, Ronnie Reid and Douglas McKenzie. Other club members managed to attend as guests of the boats above. Some canoe club members took advantage of the very calm conditions to paddle over on Saturday afternoon and socialise with the sailors and motor sailors. I hope more informations will be available later from those more fully involved.
Campbeltown Grammar School Watersports Day
On Tuesday 29 June, 12 students from Campbeltown Grammar School took part in a watersport day similar to that enjoyed by Dalintober students previously.
On this occasion sailing, canoeing and kayaking were available. Shona Bassett was responsible for the sailing sessions. Shona is a recently qualified dinghy instructor and she managed very well the daunting task of taking full responsiblity for the sailing sessions. Nigel Parker assisted Shona on shore. Campbell Fox again drove the rescue launch which again Jamie MacLean was kind enough to lend to CSC. Greig Walker, CGS Staff member and CSC member assisted Campbell in the rescue launch.
Slightly livelier breezes made the conditions a little more challenging despite which or perhaps because of it all the sudents had a very enjoyable day.
Members are able to access the club premises and use facilities to enable their sailing. Please remember to be mindful of covid safety measures such as maintaining distance and cleaning surfaces or leaving them 72 hourse before use. Toilets can be used but RYA recommend we do not use the changing rooms at present.
Members capable of dinghy sailing safely without supervision can use club dinghies. Please let the secretary know of any planned use and please clean boats and equipment after use to ensure covid safety.
At present we have no imminent club dates in the calendar but we hope to plan and organise some activities that members can join in with in the near future.
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