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2012 News

Archived news articles from Cardwell Bay Sailing Club.

Kip Marina is now an RYA Active Marina

21st November 2012

The following information has been provided by Duncan Chalmers:


The RYA Active Marina Programme brings together marinas, RYA recognised training centres, berth holder groups and yacht clubs to establish or enhance a programme of training, cruising and social opportunities within your Marina. The programme offers you the opportunity to engage in practical and shore based workshops, and to take part in other activities at your marina, with the aim of building your knowledge and boosting your confidence.


Please click here to download the 2013 events calendar.


The following questionnaire can also be completed and returned to Seatrek Training or Kip Marina. Click here to download.


CYCA Newsletter and Draft Racing & Musters Calendar 2013

11th November 2012

Please click here to see the latest CYCA Newsletter.


The Draft CYCA Racing and Musters Calendar for 2013 can also be downloaded here.


Social Programme and Annual Dinner Dance & Prizegiving

Updated 6th October 2012

With the sailing season now having drawn to a close, our attention turns to the programme of social events over the rest of the year. The first 2 events are as follows:

Italian Night - Saturday 6th October - 7 for 7.30pm

There will be a social evening in the Clubhouse on Saturday 6th October. The theme will be ‘Italian Night’ and tickets will cost £7.50 per person including a glass of wine (otherwise BYOB). Numbers are limited, so please email Sandra McMillan ASAP if you wish to book a place at Tickets can be paid for on the night. If you are a new member, this would be an ideal time to come along and get to know fellow members.

Annual Dinner Dance and Prizegiving - Saturday 10th November - 7 for 7.30pm

This year’s annual dinner dance and prizegiving will once again take place at Royal Gourock Yacht Club. This will be held on Saturday 10th November (note the change of date from the year book).  Cost will be £20 per person including a glass of wine. A copy of the menu can be downloaded here.

Donations of a raffle prize would be welcome. Please bring it along on the night.

If you wish to attend please contact Sandra on

200 Club

26th September 2012

A reminder that Cardwell Bay Sailing Club has a ‘200 Club’ which is run to provide financial assistance to the club. There are currently a number of places available. The is open to both CBSC members and non-members. Monthly draws are held with cash prizes of £12.50, £7.50 and £5.00. An annual draw takes place at the dinner dance with prizes of £250.00 and £50.00.

Membership of the 200 Club costs £1.00 per month or £12.00 per year, payable by standing order. There is no limit to the number of memberships which may be held by one person.

If you would like to join, email Helen Lawrie at and she will send you an enrolment form.

Cruising Log Competition

Updated 26th September 2012

The Committee have decided to run a Cruising Log Competition with a prize to be awarded for the best log. Members are invited to submit a log for a cruise made during the 2012 season. The log should include:

  • name and details of the yacht
  • a list of ports and anchorages visited
  • the daily distances covered under sail or engine

The log should be supported by a narrative - interest, humour, illustrations and pictures will all be considered. Entries should be submitted to in Microsoft Word format by 21st October 2012. Please also indicate if you would be happy for the log to be published on the Club website.

Moorings - Winter Maintenance

24th September 2012

Weather permitting the moorings contractor will be in Cardwell Bay during the first week in October to drop the moorings on the club trots for the winter If any other mooring holder wishes work done to their mooring at this time, please contact the moorings convener, Bill McLaughlin on 01475 639657 or at email

Closing Muster

6 yachts enjoyed a good breeze for a quick race to the Holy Loch for the final race of this season. Results were:

1st Crannog

2nd Contessa Royale

3rd Prefix


The racing crews were joined by other members for a muster ashore at the Holy Loch Inn.

Annual Regatta & Barbecue - Saturday 11th August 2012

The Annual Regatta and Barbecue will take place on Saturday 11th August. This race is open to all CBSC members and visiting boats from Royal Gourock Yacht Club and Royal West of Scotland Amateur Boat 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 1305. Racers and non-racers are welcome to come along and there will be a barbecue at the clubhouse after racing. There is no race entry fee and the cost of the barbecue is £5 per person to cover food - bring your own liquid refreshments.

Dowload the race start sequence details here.

Please email Duncan Andrews at by Tuesday 7th August to advise of numbers for the barbecue.

June Cup Races

The turnout for the various cup races during June has been variable due to the changeable midsummer weather this year. Unfortunately the damp conditions meant we had no starters for the Irene Lawrie Cup Race to Rothesay on the 9th. Prefix ventured out for the Gantock Race the following Thursday evening in rather blustery conditions.

The Cadet Race on the 18th was won this year by Nicola Cameron sailing Stray Bullet with Aaron Fullarton coming 2nd on Crannog.

Monday night’s Hotchkiss Shield Race was a much better evening with 6 starters. The course took the fleet to McInroy’s Point followed by a reach to Kilkreggan and a long run to Roseneath and then back to the finish. Well, that was the plan...with the first 3 boats sailing round the wrong leeward mark, it was some time before the error was spotted. Eventually Prefix came 1st with Ffeeling Lucky 2nd and Eich Mara 3rd. All in all it was a pleasant evening for a sail.

We have 2 more prize races with the Shaw Cup Race on Monday 2nd July and the King George’s Fund Race on Monday 9th before the Secondary Point Series starts the following week. Hopefully we will continue to get a good turnout and some sunny evenings to come.

Kip Race and Barbecue

Starkicker, Prefix and Ffeeling Lucky enjoyed ‘Mediterranean’ sailing conditions on Saturday in the Cardwell Bay to Kip race, taking just over 40 minutes to complete the 5.5 NM passage in a warm 20 - 25 kts easterly wind. First place went to Glen Fullarton sailing his new Flying Fifteen. A well controlled 2-sail run and reach avoiding the worst of the wind shadow off Cloch Point proved to be the best tactics of the day...

Kintara, Flambouyant and Torsa followed the race down to Kip and all were joined by fellow members for an enjoyable afternoon and evening on The Chartroom patio in the early summer sunshine.


Ffeeling Lucky

Muster at Kip

Crime and Counter Terrorism in the Maritime Environment

Strathclyde Police are encouraging the public to help in the fight against crime and terrorism by being alert and reporting any unusual activity around our coast and waterways. You can download an information leaflet here (pdf format).

More information also available on the Strathclyde Police Website.

Kip Marina Race / Cruise - Saturday 26th May 2012

In the midst of this 'orrible weather can I tell you that next week the winds will be fair and the sun will shine and it is the club’s race/cruise to Kip Marina on Sat 26th of May. Time gun is at 1345 and you come under starters orders at 1355. If you do not wish to race but wish to cruise to Kip please do not pass the racers as they get really upset if a 'cruiser' is going faster than them. If you can't do either then by come by any means and join in the 'craic' and the BBQ. In order we have some idea of numbers could you please let any member of committee know you are going to attend.

Jim McMillan, Commodore.

Key Yachting Scotland Open Day

Before you head off to the start of the Opening Muster this Saturday (5th May) why not drop into James Watt Dock Marina for an Open Day celebrating the announcement of the new Key Yachting Scotland office run by Peter Cameron. The Open Day runs between 09:00 and 16:00.

For full details click here (opens document in Adobe pdf format).

Opening Points Series and Opening Muster 2012

The new sailing season is now upon us although the recent return to cold weather probably contributed to the the fact that there were no starters for the first race of the Opening Points Series on Monday 16th April. We look forward to seeing some starters on the line next week....

Saturday 5th May sees the Opening Muster which takes us once more to Holy Loch Marina where we had a successful muster in 2010. The race starts at a leisurely 14:00 at Cardwell Bay. Contact Holy Loch Marina directly on 01369 701800 to book a berth.

Anyone not planning to race is encouraged to join the muster either cruising or using the Western Ferry.

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