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2011 News

Archived news articles from Cardwell Bay Sailing Club.

Alternative Burns Night - Saturday 25th February 2012 at 7.30pm

Join your fellow members and guests for a social evening in the Clubhouse to celebrate an ‘Alternative Burns Night’. Tickets are priced £7.50 per person and includes:

  • Soup
  • Haggis, Neeps & Tatties
  • Cheese & Biscuits
  • A Dram or Glass of Wine
  • Quiz
  • Music

Numbers will be limited to 40.

Bring your own bottle. Red and white wine will be available in exchange for a donation to club funds.

Annual General Meeting - Wednesday 25th January 2012

The Club’s Annual General Meeting will take place at the Clubhouse, Cove Road, Gourock at 8pm on Wednesday 25th January 2012. Full notice and agenda is available here.

Annual Dinner Dance & Prizegiving - Update

This year’s Annual Dinner Dance and Prizegiving held on Saturday 12th November 2011 at Royal Gourock Yacht Club was a great success.

Around 60 members and guests enjoyed a fun-filled evening of dinner, presentation of prizes and dancing.

Notice Regarding Potential Bio Fuel Problems

5th September 2011

The EU has imposed a minimum percentage of 4.7% bio fuel in all road transport diesel and this is alleged to have led to a range of problems including corrosion of pipework and engine fuel components, blocked filters, wax formation in fuel and increased water absorption leading to greater water seposition on cooling. Softening of some rubber and synthetic fuel seals and hoses has also been reported. Marine diesel being used at this moment may conform to one of three common specifications:- 

  • BS ISO 8217 which is a 1000mg/kg sulphur  but non bio fuel so should be satisfactory in all engines and is the accepted standard marine fuel for all seagoing small craft. 
  • BS 269 which is classed as non road use and inland waters: This is a fuel containing up to 10 mg/kg sulphur and up to 7% bio diesel.
  • BS EN 590 which is road diesel which may contain a proportion of bio diesel. 

Fuel with a bio diesel content is reported to go off spec after around six months in the tank so precautions such as a laying up tank clean and more regular draining of water from the bottoms plus a biannual fuel filter change may be merited.

Kip Marina and the Holt Marinas have a current contract with Highland Fuels and INEOS (Grangemouth Refinery) to supply them with BS ISO 8217 only and have installed a fuel polishing unit on the delivery system. Kip also advises that a new fuel storage tank is being considered.

RYA report that certain West Coast suppliers of marine fuel are supplying BS 590 with red dye being injected at the metering unit and in these locations some bio diesel may be supplied. RYA are taking up the issue and have been tasked with attempting to ensure a continued supply of the non bio fuel to as many marine fuelling stations as possible.

Annual Regatta & Barbecue - Saturday 13th August 2011

The Club’s annual regatta and BBQ takes place on Saturday 13th August at Cardwell Bay. This will also be a ‘re-opening’ of the Clubhouse following the recent upgrade. This event is open to all CBSC members as well as visiting boats from Royal West of Scotland Amateur Boat Club and Royal Gourock Yacht Club. Racing will take place on the usual CBSC courses (detailed in the year book which can be downloaded here). Keelboats will start at 1300 and dinghies at 1310. Even if you are a non racer come along and sail the course for fun and join us for a BBQ after. Cost of BBQ is £5 per person to cover food - bring your own liquid refreshments.

Dowload race start sequence details here.

CBSC in the News

13th June 2011

You may have seen some publicity for the club in the local and sailing press recently. Following the recent award of Lottery Funding to upgrade the clubhouse, a press release was issued by the Club. Various publications are carrying the story, including online at Inverclyde Now and Clydesailing. Read the full press release here.

Passage Races Update

28th May 2011

The continuing windy weather saw no starters for today’s Cardwell Bay to Kip Race / Cruise. Next passage race is the Irene Lawrie Memorial Race / Cruise to Rothesay starting from Cardwell Bay at 11:00 on Saturday 11th June. Fingers crossed that we see some kind of return to summer for the next muster.

Opening Muster 2011 Report

9th May 2011

Three yachts took advantage of a break in the rain over the weekend and enjoyed a pleasant passage from Cardwell Bay across to Rhu. The crews of Restless, Starkicker II and Orosay (Andy and Irene Campbell’s new Oceanis 393) met up for a muster in Rhu Marina to celebrate the start of the new sailing season.

The next two Passage Races / Cruises are the RNLI Pennant Race / Cruise to Port Bannatyne on Saturday 14th May followed by the Cardwell Bay to Kip Race / Cruise on Saturday 28th May. We look forward to more members joining these events either racing or cruising.


Opening Muster - Saturday 7th May 2011

This year we will be having our opening muster to Rhu Marina on Saturday 7th May with an overnight stay in the marina. On Sunday we will have a leisurely cruise back home. Please arrange own berth directly with marina - Tel: 01436 820238.


       Opening Muster 2010 - aboard Restless at Holy Loch Marina

Clubhouse Upgrade

April 2011

Having successfully applied for a lottery grant to upgrade the clubhouse, new windows, a kitchen upgrade and central heating have been installed. This should be completed in time for the start of the sailing season.

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