To augment our rescue fleet the club has purchased a brand new
5m Humber Assault RIB
News From January
Happy New Sailing Year!
The winter programme is taking shape. The first item for your diary is a cracker.
On Tuesday 17th Feb we are returning to Ardross Hall when Donald MacKenzie will tell all about the Commodores Cup. For those not in the know, this is an international team racing event in keel boats on the Solent. Donald will spill the beans on the Scottish Team entry and particularly Team Aurora on which Donald crewed. Time 7.30. Refreshments laid on!
Don’t miss this one
If you haven’t already done so then this is the time to renew your subscription. Attached with this message is a renewal form. Please fill it in and send your money to Andrew Pennington. The subscription year starts January 1st and we ask for all subs to be in for 31st January. Please!
If you have ideas as to how to improve the club then this is one way for you to let the Committee know. The form is attached so fill it in and send it to Ian. In addition Ian has provided two “Proposition” books for the club house so that at any time of the year you can note your suggestions. No, it’s not that kind of proposition dear!
Simon Pearse is selling his International Five-O-Five. It’s not my habit to promote the sale of members’ boats [however if you cross my palm with silver I might be persuaded]. However this is a fine example of a simply fabulous class. Designed by John Westell in 1954 as the “Coronet”, it is a boat which was miles ahead of its time, was the for-runner to the modern skiffs and is still modern by their standards. Somebody needs this boat. Simon is at firstname.lastname@example.org.
2015’s exciting Programme and handbook is nearing completion. It will be worth the wait
There is an Officer of the Day seminar at Helesburgh S C 31st Jan & 1st Feb. Contact Tim Ellis at email@example.com
Cromarty Firth Port Revision Order by Global Energy. A letter was lodged with Transport Scotland seeking assurances relating to navigational issues. We await a response through the “Consultation Process”
Invergordon Boating Club Winter Event
Sailing for Scotland
Every two years teams from around the World meet at Cowes to compete in the most prestigious Team
Racing event – the Commodores Cup. Donald MacKenzie was there and will tell all
Ardross Community Hall
17th February 2015 7.30
As already publicised – we want to make a real effort to join in this celebration of the life of the Olympic Medallist Andrew Simpson. The racing takes place on Sunday 21st September. The club has registered its participation. You now have to enter via the web site [and make a contribution]. And at the end of it all there will be a winner from the thousands entered. It could be you!
Last year’s cruise and race back was such a success that it is to be repeated. Look out your tide tables now. Date Sunday 7th. Put it in your diary.
Also, Barts Bash on the 21st. More detail in another post.
Paul and Finlay with Jacqui as team support are off to the Nationals at Poole in Dorset. I envy them as, from my memories of 40 years ago, Parkstone Yacht Club is a truly wonderful institution.
9th and 10th is one for the travelling dinghies
Lochcarron / Albacore Traveller
16th and 17th is another
RNLI Pennant / Pursuit
Will be good for a laugh and takes place on Sunday 24th. Watch out for details.
Taking place in the Solent [darn sarf] this international team racing event in keel-boats has concluded. Team Scotland, with Donald Mackenzie on board Aurora came 6th out of 9 teams. They were beaten by France by 0.5 of a point out of 457. Ouch! And, possibly even more painful, by 9 points by Team GBR Red – on which were crewing Donald’s sons Duncan and Euan. Well done all. More news of this later.
Our bold boys [Stuart, Chris, Phil and Tom] are back from their trip on the west coast. They have achieved their aim of going intercontinental – they hit Ireland and have returned with tales of fine harbours and the legendary black stuff. More news of that later too.
Lord Birkett Memorial Trophy
Neil Cormack and Dave Allan crewed by Terry and Vlad went all the way down to Ullswater to compete against 200 others in this classic event amongst stunning Lakeland scenery. They report variable conditions and results of 95th [Neil] and 119th Dave.
Cromarty Boat Club’s annual keel-boat regatta attracted a fair turnout. IBC’s John Prentice on Circe took the Copeland Cup with Rhythm n’ Blue second.
Last Sunday I was down at the Club and spied strangers. I found myself talking to Colin Murray and son Ollie. I had only known Colin previously through the pages of “A Century of Sail”. He is a legend in British yachting having won sideboards full of trophies. He is that rarest of breads – the Professional Yachtsman. I was fascinated to hear that he is part of Sir Peter Harrison’s team doing transatlantic races and helming classic 6 meter yachts. It puts what we do into perspective. Good luck with your future ventures Colin and Ollie
A dedicated team have now brought the outside of our lovely club house up to pristine condition. Thanks to all who slaved away. But especially to Andrew Murray who was the driving [literally] force behind it.