A friend recently lent me a copy of the 1966 CCC Journal that she had found in her house at Colintraive and a number of aspects struck me. With more than 60 articles, there were 24 cruising logs – from Oslo to Benodet. It was interesting to re-read the article on the dismasting of Christina of Cascais during the North Channel Race en route to Bangor, ably escorted home by Arcturus. Also interesting to reminisce on many of the old names, so many of whom I looked up to as a youngster.
I mention this because we all are part of what I believe to be a truly great Club which has supported the Scottish sailing community for 110 years. The Club continues to respect its long traditions throughout successive generations. Sailing would not be the same were it not for the Clyde Cruising Club.
I never want to forget the Clyde yachts and characters who built the Club and made such a huge contribution to sailing. I was introduced to sailing as a four year old by my godmother, Miss Lita Edwards, who at that time owned the old Fife ketch, Sybil of Cumbrae. My early days were spent learning to row the owner and crew ashore and to pick them up again somewhat later. When sailing, if I could make a mark to windward, I was rewarded with 50 pence. Lita Edwards was a formidable racer and Sybil was raced from the Clyde to Scandinavia to Ireland – it was the most wonderful apprenticeship a youngster could have.
Against that background, I feel humbled, honoured and very underqualiﬁed to be the Commodore but I hang on to the great values of this Club. Sailing demographics are changing at a fast pace as members lead ever busier lives and it is really important that the Club keeps adapting to changing lifestyles.
I believe it is also a time to re-assert the traditional values of the Club, notably:
• One Club: to reinforce the relationship between the Keelboat and Dinghy Sections, Bardowie remains key to succession within the Club
• To improve communication and listen to and support the interests of all of our members including the creation of a new sub-committee consisting of the younger generation, who will have the opportunity to inﬂuence or plan new events to encourage the next generation onto the water
• To support sailing at every level – events are only great when well supported. The Club welcomes every member, dinghy and keelboat to join events, winter and summer
• Camaraderie and respect – I believe there is no better place to make new acquaintances and our values actively encourage support for other members
2020 is an exciting year on the water. Some great events are planned and, to celebrate 110 years of the CCC, the committee has lined up some special activities. Events include our Opening Muster, a three day event including racing and unique RNLI fundraiser which aims to attract many boats from all over the Clyde to a massed ﬂotilla. Also the traditional Tobermory Race is being revived to its original format of three days with a cruise- in-company to Vatersay over the following week. And of course there will be all the usual favourites including the Loch Spelve Muster on 8 August. Hopefully these events will provide something for every member.
We are also proud to be an afﬁliated club to RYA Scotland and we offer RYAS our thanks for the ongoing support.
Our thanks go to Johnnie Readman who has led the Club tirelessly over the last two years and made a number of important changes behind the scenes to improve the ﬁnancial position of the Club as well as promoting the Club at every opportunity. Further work requires to be undertaken to secure the long term viability and future of the Club and this forms a big focus for the Committee moving forward.
And ﬁnally, I look forward to seeing you all at the winter meets or for a pint after a race next summer – the Heart of Scottish Sailing beats on.
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