The Clubhouse
RYA Scotland Club of the Year 2018
Receiving the trophy at Inverkip
The 2016 Flying Fifteen Scottish Nationals @Kippford
The club has been a leading Flying Fifteen club for decades
Horse Isles Bay Picnic 2018
Costa Kippford
On the start line!
And they're off!
Laser Open
Hunca Munca as committee boat
RNLI Regatta
With Hestan and Balcary behind
Craning In
The start of the cruiser season masterminded by Jim
Hunca Munca
Kite flying
Mudlarks - Cadet Week
Happy cadets but slightly less than clean
Kintra
At the mouth of the Urr with the Cumbria coast in the far distance
Open Day 2019
Elizabeth giving joyrides in the club Bahia
Open Day 2019
Welcome visitors from RNLI Kippford
Open Day 2019
Vice Commodore giving joy rides in Whisper
Open Day 2019
Framed
The Flying Scotsman
He made it
Close Racing
Three Laser Radials in a tussle
Little and Large
Roy Kerr and La Malouine arrive
Traditional End to Cadet Week
Senior Instructors made themselves scarce
Close to the Wire and the Water
Spitfire in full cry
Whiteport Picnic
Arriving to start a glorious picnic at the end a great week
A Busy Boat Park
And prizes for all
Getting Crowded in There
At the pontoons ready to rock and roll
The Future
New members for 2025 survey the sailing area

Urr ? What?

Rumour has it that the Haugh is developing a Navy and you may have noticed a few boats passing through the Haugh of Urr over the past 18 months.

Should you be inclined for a life on the ocean waves, then keep a weather eye out for the the Haugh boat, HOU THISTLE, not HMS Thistle, which served in the old Scots navy (1623-30).

HOU THISTLE IS  21 feet long with a 5 feet 6 inches beam and is based on a short Admiralty whaler & a Viking longship. It was designed by a Naval architect for Dave Hart. This winter HOU Thistle is going to be built by Dave & any other volunteer interested? Next Spring 2020, HOU THISTLE will be launched & the adventures begin. Unlike the TITANIC this boat cannot sink it is made of wood & full of buoyancy and lifejackets are provided. She is designed to take 6 persons plus a Skipper for rowing with 10 feet oars or paddling with 4 feet single bladed paddles. She is equipped with an outboard engine back aft.

Activities will take place on inland lochs, tidal rivers, estuaries, coastal in appropriate conditions to suit the crew. The aim is Fellowship Afloat and Ashore. The objectives are physical fitness training & wellbeing, the care of the marine environment and associated marine wildlife.

The project will be operated as a not for profit private members club.

Dave & Margaret & Jack Tar the dog moved into the Haugh of Urr 18 months ago. He is a retired boat builder and retired teacher of water sports.Dave retrained as a PE & outdoor pursuits teacher in Scotland & Newcastle upon Tyne in the early 1970`s. Dave is funding the boat build himself.

If you fancy helping to build HOU THISTLE or if if you like the idea of some fun afloat & exercise via rowing or paddling, then contact:

Dave Hart. Thistledoon, Haugh of Urr, DG73YD.

Email: dhart503 @btinternet.com

Tel: 01556 660007 or 07399552192

 

 

We don't normally advertise businesses but Mervyn Wallace has availability for Kippford Week and I know how hard it can be to get somewhere to stay.

The accommodation available is in wood lodges,3 bedrooms in each lodge; sleep six; Friday change-over day, full weeks only in July and August.
 
Dates available:
 
12th July  2 lodges
19th July  2 lodges
26th July   1 lodge
 
2nd Aug  1 lodge
16th Aug 1 lodge
23rd Aug  1 lodge
30th Aug 2 lodges
 
Contact him on 07980311768
 

 

Willie Patterson's meticulous plan came to fruition today with a most successful Open Day. We had 115 folk from outwith the club go on the water and we got 8 new memberships. We had even more visitors who did not go out including local MSP Finlay Carson and Marc Turner from RYA Scotland, whose photographs we are agog to see. We even had the Kippford lifeboat in for a cup of tea and a bun; good to see you.

Such events rely on a huge effort from many members so can I thank all who turned up to help. We had members in the kitchen, bringing bakery, at the pierhead, in the boat park, giving joyrides, manning safety boats and much else besides. Publicity is vital and Becky, Ian and Anna arranged posters and banners. Becky has already posted some great photos on Facebook. Thank you all.

Lastly, thanks go to the RYA for their help and the materials allowing us to link the national Push the Boat Out initiative to our Open Day.

Now the task is to consolidate the gains made. We have new members, we have a raised profile locally and we need to use that to develop our great club even further.

Lindsay Tosh, Commodore

The weather forecast for Monday 6th May is awful with cool northerly winds making a picnic pretty uninviting. It has therefore been cancelled. Sorry.

John Broadbent, Sailing Secretary

Entries are now invited for Kippford Week, which starts on Monday 29th July. As usual, there are six days of racing in glorious surroundings. Racing takes in dinghies (PN 600 to 1450), Flying Fifteens and cruisers. As ever, there is a very full social programme.

We prefer online entries via Webcollect (here) but we will accept paper entries if required. You can download the Notice of Race and an entry form from Webcollect or contact the Sailing Secretary, John Broadbent.

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.

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

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.

Hello,

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

Please visit our membership site at http://webcollect.org.uk/syc to apply for a temporary membership or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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

 

 

Contact the club:

  • by email :  info@thesyc.co.uk
  • by phone: 07768 809862 or 01556 620312
  • by mail : The Secretary, Solway Yacht Club, Kippford, Dalbeattie DG5 4LL

 

 

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