Welcome to the Clyde Cruising Club Website. The club also has a Facebook page and please visit it if you want to see the latest photos from events and comments - there is a link at the foot of this page. If you have ideas on how to improve your club's website please contact me via email firstname.lastname@example.org so we can improve what is on offer. We are now looking forward to the 2015 sailing season and have a full programme of events but until the snow and gales abate the winter lecture series in January, February and March show members just how far you can sail round the globe. It is a good way to catch up with Club Members and get answers to any sailing queries you may have before fitting out for the spring launch. The first keelboat event is 25/26th April with the Bute Race Weekend followed by the Opening Muster on 2/3rd May based at Rhu Marina with supper at the Royal Northern and Clyde Yacht Club and Sunday morning breakfast at the RNLI shed. This is another good opportunity to catch up and meet other Members and help the work of our local lifeboat. There will be a mini cruise in company after the Opening Muster and the Cruising Secretary Graham Crawford would be delighted to show you the delights of Rothesay and other Clyde anchorages from 8 – 10th May. The Dinghy Section at Bardowie Loch is getting the boats ready for the coming season and an Instructors Day on 11th April is followed by evening classes on 13th April before racing begins on 16th April. If you want to learn how to sail there is no better place and our only centenarian first started at Bardowie in 1932 before going on to sail round the world! The Club also has Challenger and Access Dinghies at Bardowie so can welcome sailors with special needs. The 41st Silvers Marine Scottish Series, which is the Club and Scotland's premier yacht racing event will again be held over 4 days in May at Tarbert Loch Fyne. The event provides a combination of passage races and round the cans to suit all types of boats and sailors. It was great to see 97 yachts taking part in 2014 and I hope we can make over 100 yachts for the series in 2015 so put the dates 22nd to 25th May into your diary and enjoy the social scene with the sailing. The Passage Races are an ideal way to sail in company without the worry of going round racing marks with a fleet all about you. The musters and races which follow in June are a great way to explore the Clyde with all the family especially the Ladies and Juniors Race and Muster on 20th June. At the end of June you can cross the North Channel and go to Bangor and back before the Tobermory Race weekend from 18-20th July. This provides an ideal opportunity to transit the Crinan Canal in Company and then go on up to Tobermory after an overnight at Ardfern. The whole of the Inner and Outer Hebrides are waiting for you then and there will be an opportunity for a mini-cruise from Tobermory if you would like an introduction to the wonders out West. Our August muster at Loch Spelve on 8th August is a great occasion at the Mussel Farm to all meet up after cruising out west or West Highland Yachting Week.
Mid-August sees a return to the Clyde with the Troon Race weekend followed by the GSS CCC North Clyde Regatta based at Rhu Marina held on Saturday 12th and Sunday 13th September. Then the closing muster at Tarbert on 26th September is always good fun with a dinner that evening in the Tarbert Hotel but you must book in advance. Membership of Clyde Cruising Club has many other benefits and I carry my 'bibles' on the boat which are the best source of information for our West Coast Waters. The CCC Sailing Directions are well presented and researched and the latest edition 'Kintyre to Ardnamurchan' was published this January. It is worth becoming a Member just to get the discount when buying the Sailing Directions from the Club office. The 2015 Journal is posted to members in late January and the Yearbook follows which is packed with useful information on all Club events on and off the water, and West Coast safety information. I find the tide tables useful as I am not an electronic expert and prefer the old paper methods! I hope you have a good season in 2015 and I look forward to meeting you at one of our Winter Lectures or Spring/Summer Musters. Please put in your diary our Spring General Meeting on Wednesday 25th March at 1830 and the AGM on November 16th with the Annual Ball and Prize Giving on Saturday 21st November. Patrick Trust HECATE 2454C