Solway Yacht Club members will be deeply saddened at the news that one of our Honorary Members and past Commodore, James Copland passed away on Thursday 1st November.
James was a lifelong sailor achieving great success in many different yachts, large and small. He learned to sail in a 10ft canvas bottomed dinghy and over time reached the pinnacle of the sport as one of the crew of former Prime Minister Edward Heath’s yacht “Morning Cloud”. He was a highly respected member of the Royal Ocean Racing Club and in the very recent times and, despite ill health, accepted their invitation to attend the 2017 Americas Cup at the Royal Bermuda Yacht Club as their VIP guest.
After a distinguished career in the Royal Air Force, including great success in the RAF Sailing Team, he returned to Kirkcudbrightshire and became our Club’s Commodore in 2000. He was instrumental in reviving dinghy racing at the Club in particular, presiding over events with exceptional expertise. He was a driving force of interclub cooperation and competition and a keen supporter of Cadets, particularly enjoying Race Officer duties during Cadet Week.
Following his term as Commodore he continued to give great support to his successors. He was elected an Honorary Member in 2012 and continued his great enthusiasm for the sport and Solway Yacht Club in particular to the end of his life. To Kate, his wife, and his family we extend our deepest sympathy.
His funeral will be held at 11:00am on Friday 16th November in Colvend Church.
The Annual General Meeting of the Solway Yacht Club will take place on Saturday 17th November 2018 at 2.00 pm in the clubhouse. All members are welcome to attend.
The following documents and details of the meeting are available to download (in PDF format).
Only a limited number of paper copies will be available at the meeting, therefore, you should print off your own copies prior to the meeting.
In early 2018 I joined the SYC & came across Lovely Nellie, renamed TUG by myself.
I paid £1000 for her with her mooring tackle & yard trailer.
She looked a bit sad & I was after a therapeutic project.
I have posted a revised version of the Club Championship results on the website (On the Water/Results). For anyone who saw the first version, the changes affected Colin Filer and Ian Purkis. Part of that was an error I made so my apologies. The rest was down to applying the OOD code for those who are prevented from racing due to being either OOD or safety cover. Note that the last two races are weighted to give half points for Super Sunday. For SYC, this does not apply to those with DNC and you will notice a local Sailwave variation called DNC Medal that ensures our local rule is applied.
I have also applied a third discard to a series of twelve races as agreed by the committee. For those who follow such things, the discard profile is now 0,0,0,1,1,1,1,2,2,2,2,3. This means that for up to three races there is no discard, for four to seven races there is one discard, for eight to eleven races there are two discards and for twelve or more there are three discards.
I will give this version a couple of weeks as provisional before finalising it so please check and let me know if you disagree with anything.
Lindsay Tosh, Sailing Secretary