The 2016 Flying Fifteen Scottish Nationals @Kippford
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2016 National 12 Open
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Blown off this year :-(


The first racing of the season was run in fairly decent conditions for the time of year with tolerably bright skies and a wind that was just enough to keep boats moving over most of the course. Five boats were out and, although the fleet was quite strung out at times, the handicaps meant that the racing was quite close. Better winds are forecast for tomorrow (Sunday) so hopefully a good turnout will enjoy some good racing.

Lindsay Tosh

Craning in is just around the corner, on Saturday 6th April to be precise. If you would like to have your boat go in that day, would you please let Steve Taylor know as soon as possible. 

Remember too that bookings for the supper in the evening close on Wednesday 3rd April to allow the chefs to cater for the right numbers. See Webcollect for full details.


Lindsay Tosh




Here is the first part of the Programme for 2019. Things are getting going soon so please check the dates and the duties if you are a race officer or Safety Boat Driver. The personnel columns do not take account of any swaps arranged after Dutyman was populated.

Important dates are:

16th March - a work party to get the club boats ready for the season. There's a lot to do so a big turnout would be good. We especially need cadets who know the mysteries of rigging dinghies but also adults to tend to many other tasks.

17th March - Safety Boat Familiarisation and Race Officer Reboot. Pete Hammond and Chris Nurney will be leading sessions for those on the duty list and for anyone who would like to join the merry throng. As the rugby guys and gals say "nae referee, nae game" so we always need volunteers.

23rd March - Start of the dinghy season. Get some points on the board now. Sunny and warm weather with a fine south-westerly almost guaranteed (please note though that the Commodore is not in charge of weather).

6th April - Craning In. Speak to Steve Taylor or Lindsay Tosh if you want your boat craned in. Jim is booked with his crane.

6th April - To mark the start of the season, Poppa and Dom have exceeded even their past exploits and there will be a wonderful supper centred round a selection of roasts. Booking is via Webcollect and there is both a limit on numbers and a closing date of 3rd April so now is the time to book. Book here. Look for Events on the right hand side of the Webcollect page.

I look forward to seeing you.

Lindsay Tosh, Commodore



Practical Boat Owner for April 2019 (and yes I know it's only February)

The club came away from the RYA Scotland Awards evening with one direct success and one indirect.

The trophy for Club of the Year was brought home to Kippford and the honour was all the sweeter when you consider the quality of the other two clubs on the shortlist; Royal Northern and Clyde YC and East Lothian YC. East Lothian now head for London as a shortlisted club for the UK awards and we wish them well. 

Our one time cadet captain Jock Wishart was successful in the competition for Performance of the Year. Jock took the trophy with his Commodore's Cup team, who went to Cowes and came back not only victorious but very clearly the top team. Jock was kind enough to mention the club in his acceptance speech.

One thing we learned was that, should you be at a Burns Supper and Jock is addressing the Great Chieftain o' the Puddin Race, you'll hear and see a lively address; just keep out of claymore range! See Jock in full cry on the Facebook page.

Bookings are now open on Webcollect for the Prizegiving Supper on Saturday 26th January. There is no charge but the puddings are on a bring and share basis. See the attached poster and Webcollect for more details. Further information is also on the club's Facebook page. Remember too that there's a photo competition running and it will be judged on the day.

The supper follows the RNLI event earlier in the day and members are welcome there too.

Lindsay Tosh


Click HERE for latest results...

This weekend's finale to the Club Championship leaves the top of the table poised nicely with more than one competitor in with a chance of the crown and many battles further down the table still in the balance. I've published draft results to date on the website (On the Water/Results) just to whet your appetite. Remember that on Sunday, Super Sunday no less, points count double or, because sailing works on a low points system, half so you need to be there. The only bad news is that "kick off" is early, 09:50 and 10:30 respectively. Still, it's worse for the poor race officer, your humble correspondent!

Lindsay Tosh

Sailing Secretary

It was a great week but I was just a wee bit disappointed this morning to find I had an hour and a half’s work to do to clear up after those who had hired/borrowed club Fevas. They were not tied down, the sails were crumpled in the bottom of the boats, the dagger boards were also in the boats and, amazingly, the rudders were still on the transoms. In addition to a lot of work, it  means that any insurance claim would be rightly rejected.

Fevas have two different mastgates; the old ones use a 6x60mm stainless dropnose pin while the new one has a 6mm stainless bolt and turn button with a retaining moulding on the top of the mastgate. I found the new Feva had had a 6.5mm (approx.) imperial, mild steel bolt hammered in and secured with an inaccessible safety ring up under the deck. The turn button was still there. We have spares for both models so please ask. Whoever owns the mild steel bolt can collect it from me. The safety ring did not survive the extraction process.

Not only did this damage the boat (albeit only slightly), it also meant that any attempt to drop the mast on the water had no chance of succeeding.

Sadly (subject to committee approval), I will be putting in a much more robust hiring process. In the meantime, please seek permission in advance to use any club dinghy from me, whom failing the Bosun, whom failing a Flag Officer or one of the club’s qualified Instructors. Please read the draft conditions of hire pinned to the notice board in the Event Office. Please ensure the club receives the appropriate hire fee.

Lindsay Tosh, Sailing Secretary

Entries this year are rolling in and safety cover is limited even with all the boats we have. At the moment, we have a satisfactory ratio but now is the time to get your entry in. Go to Webcollect and enter please.


Lindsay Tosh, Sailing Secretary.

Due to errors made by me some months ago, three wrong times have been published in different places. The Briefing on Friday evening is at 18:30. The Start Times for Saturday and Sunday are 11:30 and 12:00 respectively. My apologies for any confusion.

Lindsay Tosh,  Sailing Secretary

My apologies for the error yesterday (Sunday). I have now published the provisional Spring and Summer 2018 Series results on the website and have taken down the erroneous file I published earlier. Please have a look and let me know if you disagree with any of it. 

Thanks to Duncan Gillespie for spotting the error.


Lindsay Tosh

Sailing Secretary

John Searle reports mayhem at the boat park with many boats over. Also one cruiser opposite the Ark has a foresail flogging itself to bits. Trying to get a work party together for 11:00 today (Thursday 14th June). All help welcome. 


Lindsay Tosh

In glorious Spring sunshine, a good breeze and sparkling sea, the second day of Solway Yacht Club Championship races were held on Saturday. With the biggest turnout of the year so far, entrants ranged in age from the youngest cadet age 10 to one of the senior members, a little more than 7 times the age of the youngest! Age is no limit in the sport of sailing so long as you are competent in the boat you’re sailing. The handicap system ensures that everyone is racing on an equal basis.


My name is Valerie Shipp; you may have seen me sailing my Sportina 680 ‘Selkie’ around Kippford and beyond. This year I have decided to sail something a little larger and I will be taking part in the Tall Ships Race which leaves from Sunderland on 14th July 2018. Over 100 square riggers and classic yachts will be racing to Esbjerg in Denmark. We will then sail in company up the coast of Norway to Stavanger, followed by a race back to Harlingen in Holland. This is the racing yacht ' Maybe' which I will be crewing on.


As part of this project I am raising funds for Greenpeace to help their campaign to reduce the amount of plastic going into the oceans. I watched the BBC’s Blue Planet II this winter and was captivated and astonished at the diversity of life which exists in our oceans. I was also saddened by the effect we humans are having on these creatures, especially by the amount of plastic we are dumping at sea. I am asking you to help Greenpeace’s campaign by donating to my Justgiving webpage; Valerie Shipp - Tall Ships Race. As the race and fundraising progresses I will be posting updates on my facebook page.

Thank you and good sailing!

Valerie Shipp

Celebrating everything that the members achieved in 2017 and after the festive season had passed, members gathered in the Kippford Village Hall on Saturday for the Club’s annual prize-giving and winter social. This year the Club’s special guest was Councillor Davie Stitt, known to many from his role on the Stewartry Sports Council. 

The Solway Yacht Club offers a cordial invitation to visiting sailors.

The Solway Yacht Club offers drying out pontoon berths for approximately 6 yachts at £15 per night payable at the Mariner Hotel at the head of the pier.

However, Kippford is not really a suitable berthing area for Fin Keelers as there are no deep water moorings. Additionally, the Club ask fin keelers not to 'tie up' onto the pontoons as they put too much pressure on the structure and cause damage.

Temporary Membership

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Both Cruiser and Dinghy visitors can have access to the Clubhouse for showers and toilets. WiFi is available in the Clubhouse free. The WiFi is with BT so a BT Open Zone is available for BT Broadband customers. Ask the Hon Sec for the pass codes for the Clubhouse and WiFi when you book. There are water and electricity points on the pier and pontoons.

We can sail to and from the pontoons and slipway between 2.5 to 3 hours each side of high tide. The channel is buoyed and there are few hazards in the bay or estuary(see chart and sailing instructions)

Kippford Area

Kippford has a well equipped chandlers at the Kippford Slipway. A bus service calls at the village and stops at the shelter in the village opposite the Chandlers.

The Kippford Caravan Park (up the hill on the way out of the village) provides a seasonal shop with a wide range of fresh foods, newspapers etc. It also has cycle hire.

Adjacent to the Caravan Park is a Golf Course which welcomes visitors.

Kippford has two hostelries, the Anchor and the Mariner both of which do bar meals.

There are some spectacular walks from the village and the Jubilee Path between Kippford to Rockcliffe is publicised as one of Scotland's best. There is the Rockcliffe Gallery in the Barons Craig Hotel and a tea shop in Rockcliffe, on the left, just where the road leaves the village.

The path along the shore from Rockcliffe to Castle Point will not disappoint.

Solway Smuggling - during the 18th century the Solway was one of the most prolific smuggling areas in the country, particularly, with the independence of the Isle of Man and the numerous creeks, coves and caves, between Southerness and Fleet. The link will take you a summary of smugglers tales.

Items of Interest

The Solway Yacht Club in the 50's and 60's The SYC when it was based in Rock Villa - kindly donated by Guy Mathison read on...

Kippford circa 1908/9

This interesting set of photographs was taken by Mr. John Hume whilst on holiday in Kippford about 1908/9 kindly donated via Gordon Daly read on...

Smuggling Tales on the Urr Estuary

Solway Smuggling - during the 18th century researched and compiled by Frank Bewley read on...

Kippford Village SYC Pier