The Clyde Cruising Club was founded on 10th November 1909 so we are now well into our centenary year. An occasion like this cannot pass unmarked so we have planned a year of special events to follow on from the anniversary itself. Brief details of these events follow. Watch Tidelines and the website for updates as the plans take shape.
Tobermory Race Participants - Ardfern
As well as being open to all CCC members, we have invited members of the Royal Cruising Club, Irish Cruising Club, Cruising Club of America, Royal Highland Yacht Club, Royal Yacht Squadron and Ocean Cruising Club to join this major event and many members of these clubs will be attending.
For Tobermory Race participants, any vessel approaching Ardfern Marina is required to make contact for berthing or mooring before entering the Marina. This can be achieved on VHF channel 80 or 37 or by phone on 01852 500247. The Marina staff has a full list of all participants and they alone will allocate berths.
During peak periods, an orange launch will be patrolling the entrance to assist vessels finding berths and moorings. Please contact staff aboard the launch if you have any queries. Please note that not all yachts will be able to come alongside, or secure to one of the moorings - a few yachts may have to anchor. Berthing charges are covered by the Race entry for Sunday night only.
176 boats are now registered for the cruise and we will be joined in Ardfern by those participating in the second leg of the Tobermory Race, so things will be busy. For those competing yachts that arrive on Sunday and have ordered tickets for the meal and dancing, these will be available for collection throughout Sunday in the Marquee between 09:00 and 18:00. At 18:30 there is the opening reception, followed by the 'Taste of Argyll' buffet barbeque between 19:00 and 21:00 followed by dancing to the sound of the Archie McVicar Trio until 23:00. Remember the Tobermory Race starts at 07:00 to get a fair tide!
A water taxi service will operate from the fuel pontoon for those at anchor, on moorings and on the breakwater between 17:30 and 24:00 on Sunday. Call the water taxi on VHF Channel 80 with the mooring number or where you are on the breakwater. Please have your life jackets on before the water taxi arrives in order not to delay the service. Lifejackets must be worn on this service both going ashore and returning later on.
Extra Ladies and Gents toilets are situated near to the workshop entrance and can be used at all times in addition to the normal marina showers and toilets. Inside the Marquee there will be seats and tables. Wine is included in the pre-paid meal price, half a bottle per head red or white. Tickets for wine will be apart of the meal ticket.
An open invitation has been extended to all yachts in the vicinity of Loch Nam Drumbuie on Tuesday 20th July to participate in what the Club hopes will be a World Record breaking sunflower. In 1985 as part of the Club's 75th anniversary we managed to form a sunflower with 193 yachts which wasn't beaten in 2000 during the Millennium Cruise and obviously this year we would like to hit the 200 mark. As part of the sunflower and to mark this special occasion it is traditional to dress your yacht overall and I have been reliably informed by the Commodore of the correct sequence, which is:
Yacht Flags Etiquette
If you propose to dress overall the sequence of bunting is, from bow to stern:
E, Q, p3, G, p8, Z, p4, W, p6, P, p1, Answering Pennant, T, Y,B, X, 1stSub, H, 3rdsub, D, F, 2ndsub, U, A, M, R, p2,J,p0, N, p9, K, p7, V, p5, L, C, S
Letters refer to international code flags. P refers to pendent numbers.
The sunflower will start forming in the Loch soon after 12:00 and we hope to have the circle closed by 18:00. The sunflower Master will be Alastair Mill on 'Lorca J' so please listen out for any announcements and take directions from one of the assistant boats. Have fun and help us confirm our position as having the best Sunflower in the World.
A selection of embroidered merchandise is now available to buy from our partners, Kylemark. Please visit their site by clicking on their logo below. This will take you to the Club's clothing range.
Former Club Secretary Sandy Taggart has agreed to update the history of the Club prepared for the 75th anniversary in 1985 and anyone who can contribute stories or photographs should contact Sandy direct or through the Club office. This unique record will conclude with an account of the Centenary Cruise and the other events of the centenary season and will be published at the end of 2010 (in time for Christmas!).
COMPANION TO THE SAILING DIRECTIONS
Work on the new Cruising Companion has now been completed and the book is at the printers with an expected publication date of early June. This all-new, hardback, 225 page, lavishly illustrated book has been designed as a companion to the Club's Sailing Directions. It has been written by former Journal Editor Mike Balmforth in conjunction with the Editor of the Sailing Directions, Edward Mason, and will cover the Scottish coast from the Clyde to Cape Wrath and all the outlying islands. The Cruising Guide will provide additional information, points of interest and many photographs and will be a fascinating and invaluable addition to the Club's publications.