I hope that you are all enjoying the 2019 boating season with a mix of great voyages and company.
We have held one or two successful club events and the Flag Officers are working hard to make the future events enjoyable and successful.
We have some new members and we welcome them. If you have any questions please do not hesitate to ask.
Regrettably we suffered the loss of our Past Commodore, Gavin Watt, following a short battle with illness. His battle was a very tough time for Lorraine and many club members. He was greatly respected and will not be forgotten. Gavin passed away at home on Saturday 1st June 2019 with the funeral being held on Wednesday 12th June 2019 at Stirlingshire Crematorium, followed by a Celebration of his life at Callander Kirk
Gavin –I will miss you.
Report on Musters
Rhu Muster – 3rd, 4th and 5th May
Officer of The Day – Douglas Atkinson
The Rhu muster was well attended with 19 Boats and 42 people
On the first night, Friday, inter boat hospitality went into full flow, however, I wish add that the hospitality extended to dining and not just alcohol tastings although there did appear to be a vast array of craft gins available. A most enjoyable evening.
On Saturday morning there were no pre-arranged activities. In the afternoon we gathered in the marina marquee to enjoy tea and cakes. I have to say that the members supplied a huge array of cakes and savouries, very impressive. The flag officers and wives were kept busy making teas and coffees.
I am sure that most of you will remember the quiz set by your Rear Commodore, Douglas Atkinson. The topic of the quiz was Clint Eastwood, most of us struggled with this but Ruth Atkinson seemed to have a good knowledge – probably from watching lots of films with Douglas!
Saturday evening we had dinner at the Indian restaurant, Masala Twist, in Helensburgh. Simply another fantastic night with great food, service and company.
Hospitality followed back at the Marina.
Sunday morning, the Commodore, assisted by Lyn, Flag Officers and Stewards served bacon, sausage and egg sandwiches plus tea and coffee.
Thank you to Jamie and Janet Scott for supplying the meat and to Lyn’s hens for the free range Yorkshire eggs. Thank you to all helpers.
Douglas, thank you for all your efforts in making this a success.
Midsummer Muster 14th, 15th & 16th June – Holy Loch
Officer of The Day – Matt Hill
Most boats arrived on the Friday afternoon and evening, with Friday evening being free for members to mingle. 19 Boats and 44 people, with some new members attending – welcome.
On Saturday the weather was somewhat damp so we decided to abandon the usual boules tournament at the sailing club but instead we held a quiz, nautically based and kindly arranged by Matt Hill. This quiz proved to be a little easier than the one set by Douglas at the Rhu muster.
Members once again excelled themselves, providing a great array of goodies for the afternoon tea.
Once again thank you to all those helping with teas, coffees etc.
Our Honorary Commodore gave a speech in memory and celebration of Gavin Watt reflecting on his enthusiasm, commitment and contribution to the Club.
In the evening we all went to the Holy Loch Inn for a meal with entertainment provided jointly by the Club and The Holy Loch Inn.
Good food and company the photographs reflecting the event
Some Dance Moves
On a special note – thank you to Lorraine for attending, a brave thing to do, but we were pleased to see you there.
Anchor Muster at Wreck Bay – 29th June
Officer of the Day – John White
On Saturday the 29th June the Club held an Anchor Muster at Wreck Bay with 7 boats and 16 crew attending.
The weather was not kind early in the day but around 15.00 hours the rain eased and the weather cleared. We all went ashore and set up camp with Jamie and Janet Scott setting a great camp fire to keep the midges at bay. BBQ’s were lit and food barbequed and shared together with wine and beer. Rick Mackay gave us a great rendition of Flower of Scotland on his pipes.
In the evening we all retired to the boats for hospitality.
A great muster enjoyed by all, however a word of caution to those wishing to anchor. Blue Chip suffered an electrical fault on the windlass at the point of dropping the anchor! Thank you to Kieron for coming on board and sorting it.
On Friday evening there are no pre-arranged activities on behalf of the club, leaving members free to make their own arrangements.
A whisky/gin tasting has been arranged at Whisky West Coast in Tarbert between 12.00 noon and 1.00 pm
On Saturday afternoon there will be games and /or a quiz at the harbour marquee with afternoon tea (please bring cakes or savouries), The Flag Officers will be serving tea and cakes.
Later in the afternoon will be the “Fancy Dress” The theme for this year is ‘Rock and Roll’
The venue will be the harbour marquee with the Flag Officers serving drinks.
In the evening we are having a BBQ with Flag Officers and Stewards on hand to cook your food. This worked well last year and leaving members free to socialise. We have Nick Mowatt bringing his sound and lighting equipment together with his music knowledge and personality to entertain us.
Closing Muster 13th, 14th & 15th September – Rothesay
Dinner will be at the Kingarth Hotel. Booking forms to follow nearer the date.