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 bottom of this page on the right – just click on the blue 'f'. If you have ideas on how to improve your Club's website please contact me via email so we can improve what is on offer . We are now well into the 2015 sailing season and have a full programme of events but the weather has not been very welcoming with rain and low temperatures.
The first keelboat event on 25/26th April was the Bute Race Weekend followed by the Opening Muster on 2nd/3rd May based at Rhu Marina with supper at the Royal Northern and Clyde Yacht Club and Sunday morning breakfast at the RNLI shed. These two events went well and thank you to members who gave over £600 for the RNLI Mayday Appeal. The mini cruise-in-company after the Opening Muster with Cruising Secretary Graham Crawford went well and visited Rothesay and other Clyde anchorages from 8 – 10th May.
The Dinghy Section at Bardowie Loch is in full swing with evening sailing and weekend events. 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. http://www.clyde.org/dinghy-section/training/
The 41st Silvers Marine Scottish Series, which is the Club and Scotland's premier yacht racing event was held from 22-25th May at Tarbert Loch Fyne. The event provided 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 even better this year with 130 yachts on the water. The Restricted Sail Passage Races provided 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 and July are a great way to explore the Clyde with all the family especially the Ladies' and Juniors' Race and Muster on 20th/21st 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 canal is offering a discount to entrants http://www.clyde.org/information/crinan-canal-information/ and members of the Club get special berthing rates for the Sunday 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-in-company 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. A new edition of Cruising Scotland written by Mike Balmforth and Edward Mason is now available and makes a great Christmas present for any sailor without a copy. The 2015 Journal was posted to members in early spring and the Yearbook followed 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 continue to have a good season in 2015 and I look forward to meeting you at the Ardfern start or Loch Spelve muster. Please put in your diary the AGM on November 16th, with the Annual Ball and Prize Giving in Glasgow on Saturday 21st November at the Grosvenor Hotel.