Solway Yacht Club Open Day 2018

Sunday brought perfect weather for the Solway Yacht Club's 2018 Open Day. In beautiful Spring sunshine and with a pleasant North East wind, the Solway Yacht Club offered visitors trips out on to the water, with tea and cakes on return up at the clubhouse. What made it extra special was the naming and launching of three brand new Club training boats, two of which had been most generously funded by the Holywood Trust.


The Club’s special guest, who was invited to name the boats, was Emma Harper MSP. She did the honours in traditional Scottish fashion, spraying the boats, in turn with Irn Bru, watched by many young Cadets, eagerly awaiting getting their hands on the new boats to go sailing. With the IrnBru almost all gone, Emma surprised everyone, downing what was left in the can! Minutes later all three new boats, along with quite a fleet of Club and members’ boats were giving sailing demonstrations, while others took visitors young and not-so-young for trips out into the Solway.

The new boats went down a treat. Pip Benson, the Club’s new Training Officer, sailing “Charlotte”, the new Laser Bahia was delighted. “This boat is fantastic, so stable and roomy, lets the young trainees move about without upsetting the balance of the boat”. Meanwhile Alex Lammie, a Cadet sailing “Picoboo” one of the new Pico boats, was having a great time, describing the new boat as “brilliant”! Cadet Captain Huw Williams, sailing “Everest Skye 2”, the twin of the boat donated to the Nursery playground at the Dalbeattie Learning Campus, also seemed to enjoy his sail, “great boat, fast and fun!”

Another special visitor was Councillor Davie Stitt, now a regular visitor to the Club. “I had a great day. Also, I would thank Ross Kennedy for his tour up and down the estuary, first time I have been out on the water. Hope you have a successful season”. Let’s hope it won’t be long before Davie is back for more.

After their trips on the water, visitors were treated to delicious cakes, traybakes and more, including some scary cookie-monsters, all courtesy of several of the Club’s master bakers, would-be winners in any bake-off competition!

By the time the tide had gone out and the boats were packed away, the Club was able to reflect on a great day, while enjoying the last of the baking. Signed up by the end of the day were several new local family members, more new cadet members and several adults too, most of whom booked places on the Club’s adult and cadet training programme along with booking places for Cadet Week in July.