This is to report the death of one of the Club’s most enthusiastic previous committee members, Jean Proudlove (nee Mcleod). Jean, who was in her nineties, passed away peacefully on December 23rd in the Barlochan Nursing Home, Palnackie.
During the late 1970s and early 1980s she was responsible for the social activities of the Club. Senior members have fond memories of her outstanding catering skills, providing much needed sustenance after racing and also the many dinners she organised not only throughout the sailing season but also during winter evenings as well. Her late husband Frank was an accomplished dinghy sailor and also accompanied John Copland on cruiser visits to the Isle of Man. Jean’s funeral will take place on Monday January 10th at 11am at Colvend Church.
Revised Autumn programme below and also on the banner on the website front page.
All racing events on the programme should now be entered via Webcollect ( here ) . A new event will be posted the day after the previous one. Remember you need to sign in to see the "events" as they are member only.
Classes at SYC Click above to open in new window
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.
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.
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 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...
Contact the club:
- by phone: 01556 620312 (may divert after a number of rings)
- by mail : The Secretary, Solway Yacht Club, Kippford, Dalbeattie DG5 4LL