Welcome to Loch Earn Sailing Club, it's a Breeze!
Welcome to Loch Earn Sailing Club where we pride ourselves on providing relaxed family sailing and training in modern and fully equipped facilities, situated on the north side of Loch Earn near the St Fillans end of one of the most picturesque inland sailing lochs in Scotland.
The Club has a strong and varied dinghy fleet along with a good number of keelboats of various designs.
Membership currently ranges from very young 'gybers' to octogenarians, and everything in between, all with a passion for sailing. The club membership has a strong local contingent as well as a significant many who travel from across the UK and even overseas to enjoy the LESC experience!
Prospective new members can be sure of a warm welcome at LESC. Visit us any weekend in the sailing season from April to October, use the Contact Us web enquiry form or complete the application for LESC Membership form.
Brown Cup 2018 Report & Results
Loch Earn Sailing Club Brown Cup Scottish Schools Championships 2018
The Brown Cup Scottish Schools Championships took place on Monday 11th June at Loch Earn Sailing Club. LESC have been proudly running this event for Schools for 59 years and were delighted to welcome back Brooks Macdonald as the event sponsor. They very kindly supplied logo'd rash vests for all the competitors.
Prior to the Championships a training weekend was run by coaches who had all been previous Brown Cup entrants.
The event attracted 64 entrants this year representing over 28 Scottish schools. The event format consists of 3 races all to count with classes for Optimist, Topper & Handicap. School teams competing for the Brown Cup name their teams of 3 boats prior to the first race. This year there were 12 teams competing for the Brown Cup.
The weather was perfect for the event this year with a steady Easterly all day ranging from 6 mph to 12 mph by the last race. This resulted in three great races with plenty of action for the spectators in front of the race box.
The Brown Cup is unique in that as well as the squad sailors who are seasoned race competitors, many of the entrants were sailing a regatta for the first time. It was great to see a high standard throughout all the entrants and the hope is that some of our new competitors have now got the desire to do more regattas.
Most improved sailor from training weekend: India Smith, Lathallan School.
1st LESC boat: Eriskay McLellan, Morrisons Junior Academy.
1st Junior School winner: Rory Gifford, High School of Dundee Junior school
1st Optimist: James Gifford, High School of Dundee
1st Topper: Daniel Scott, Arbroath High School
1st Handicap: Harris Cartwright, Laser Radial, Lomond School
Brown Cup Scottish Schools Champions 2018
High School of Dundee A team:
Anna Sturrock: Laser Radial
James Gifford: Optimist
Tom Mitchell: Topper
There are lots of Brown Cup photos on the 2018 Gallery page under the Brown Cup header, HERE.
Click here for Colin's Brown Cup Report published by Yachts and Yachting.com: https://www.yachtsandyachting.com/news/206455/Brown-Cup-Scottish-Schools-Championships
First Aid Training Courses Places Available - 2nd July 2018
The RYA one-day course covers all the usual first aid subjects, but from a boating perspective. It is aimed at anyone who goes afloat, whether on inland waters, rivers, estuaries or on cross channel passages. In a medical emergency a little first aid knowledge and immediate action can save lives, especially in remote locations. This one-day course is designed to provide a working knowledge of first aid for people using small craft and to support skippers.
Training Week 2018
Training Week runs this year from Monday the 9th to Friday the 13th July.
Applications are now open for club members and from 15th May for all applicants.
We begin each day with a briefing for the students at 9.30am EXCEPT ON MONDAY MORNING WHEN REGISTRATION IS 8.45AM (Parent or Guardian is required to attend so that paperwork can be completed).
Students cannot leave until all tasks are finished at approximately 4.30pm each day.
On Friday afternoon we have a prize giving ceremony at approximately 3pm, family and friends are welcome to attend.
Students are awarded certificates according to level of achievement during the week
We offer courses to suit all standards from total beginners to the hugely experienced.
Students do not have to be swimmers to take part.
As a registered Royal Yachting Association Training Centre, coaching for all abilities is available at the club.
On scheduled weekends through the season we also provide morning sail coaching to members wishing to improve their abilities. As Loch Earn Sailing Club is run entirely by volunteers, unfortunately we cannot offer training or boat hire services to the public out with this.
There is also an intensive 5-day Training Week in July, open to both members and non-members. Application for places on our training week open from 1st May with application forms and full details appearing on the website around that time.
Meanwhile please enjoy these videos to get a flavour of learning to sail.