It's that time of year again I'm afraid and craning out looms on the horizon. It's 12th October so, if you want your boat craned out, please respond to me and/or Steve Taylor, whose phone number is in your handbook. Would you please let us know what you want craned out; monohull or cat, length, approximate weight and any unusual factors. If you have been craned out before, you'll know that the redoubtable Jim has a huge fund of knowledge and unsurpassed skill but it's good to foresee problems if there are any (did someone say "there are no problems, only solutions"?).
Please get onto this soon as we will have to plan where everybody goes. It's a monster jigsaw with Alicat as a very large centrepiece.
One extra thing to know is that Duncan Gillespie will be doing one of his epic roast dinners at night. More details will be on Webcollect around the beginning of October but get the date in the diary. You don't even need to have a boat to crane out.
The Club was established in 1904 and is situated in the village of Kippford, on the Colvend Coast in Dumfries and Galloway. An area of outstanding natural beauty, its traditional towns and villages, rugged cliffs, islands and inlets with secluded beaches are a delight. The area was much favoured by smugglers, and tales of their activities abound.
The Solway Yacht Club's situation on the Urr estuary provides for a variety of sailing from exciting dinghy racing in the shelter of the bay to offshore racing and cruising. It’s ideally situated for access to the Irish Sea and, from there, it’s but a short hop to the magnificent sailing area that’s the west coast of Scotland.
The Club has a strong Cadet Training Section with numbers of RYA Qualified Instructors, Senior Instructors and Coaches. There’s a good spread of young enthusiastic instructors through to a few who have years of experience behind them, along with less hair than their young peers. Every year, the club runs Cadet Week, tradition stretching back decades. The week sees some spirited racing, coaching for the improvers and a full programme of RYA courses for beginners. The social scene during the week is legendary, with Mudlarks and the dinner perhaps being the highlights. Cadet Week has produced many a fine sailor over the years including many top class national racers and not forgetting Jock Wishart, the famous explorer and adventurer.
Adults are not forgotten and Kippford Week racing has become an annual pilgrimage for many families, from all parts of the UK. Six days of racing cater for dinghies, keelboats and cruisers. Again the social side is very much part of the week and the village is jumping for the week. It’s a holiday area but, for that week, there’s no room in any hotel, B&B or guest house.
The Solway Yacht Club offers a cordial invitation to visiting sailors, however, Kippford is not really a suitable berthing area for fin keel cruisers due to drying moorings. Any boat that can take the ground will be able to moor in the Urr. There is limited space at the club’s pontoons but charges are very modest and the pubs in the village serve great food.
Most importantly, we are a friendly club. We welcome new members, visitors or just anyone who would like to pop in for a blether about boats, the Solway, the weather (always great in Kippford) or just the state of the world. Remember though that we're glass half full folk.
The committee has decided to offer free WiFi to all members at the Club House.
The WiFi key required to join the network can be found on the members' area of the website or can be obtained from a committee member on request. We hope you will find the useful for checking your e-mail, news and weather forecasts whilst waiting for the tide!
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