ARCHIVED CLUB NEWS
Spring Club Work Party 2108
Thanks to all the members who helped get the club ready for the season at the work party. The weather was fantastic and all the tasks were completed in record time - fuelled by the delicious baking and coffee! A very grateful thanks to all the bakers too. Have a look at the gallery page - 2018 for some pictures of the action.
Cheverton Champ Workboat
The club has just purchased a workboat from Aberdeen and Stonehaven Yacht Club. It is a Cheverton Champ with a 25HP Lister engine which is twice the power of the Yanmar in the blue boat.
It also has a cuddy to provide welcome shelter from the hot summer sun!
A crack team, ably assisted by the local haulier Stewarts, transported the boat to the Club on the 13th March.
Some photos are in the 2018 Gallery here.
First Fling 2018
Loch Earn Sailing Club held it's opening regatta - the annual First Fling Regatta on 21st and 22nd April.
The club was delighted to see the return of the Laser and Enterprise fleets.
See the Galleries page - 2018 for some more pictures of the action.
First Fling Results are shown under the Sailing tab here.
Notice of Annual General Meeting 2017
The Loch Earn Sailing Club Annual General Meeting was held on Sunday 19th November 2017 at 2pm in the clubhouse. Thanks to all those who attended. The following documents are posted on the member's area of the website under AGM which you can access by clicking on the appropriate tab at the top of this page. If you have forgotton the password to the members area please use the contact web enquiry form (on left of this page) or contact a committee member directly.
- Notice of the meeting
- LESC AGM Agenda 2017
- LESC Report on Accounts 2016 -2017
- LESC Report on Inactive and abandoned boats (draft)
- Notes from Consultation meeting on Sailing format and participation held on 28th Oct 2017
- AGM Minutes 2016
Work Party Weekend & Prizegiving on Saturday 28th Oct 2107
A very big thank you to all those who gave their time to help at the work party. It was really great to have so many people. The Saturday was very productive with the usual actions of taking out the blue rescue boat, packing up the race hut etc all completed in record time. In addition there was a big tidy of old trailers etc and a revamp of the log shed with lots of log splitting so the club is ready for winter and looking good. Do have a look at the photos for both events in the Members area gallery 2107.
Training Week 2017
Over 40 students attended this year's training week which was a great success in spite of an absence of wind on Thursday.
After over 10 years in post Neil has decided to stand down as Training Principal. He treated the training team to a curry night and in turn the team provided a cake, a piper (thanks Ramsay), and a bouquet for Cathie. The young lady instructors put in much effort to create a party atmosphere which went on until the wee small hours.
There are two galleries of photos for training week. Gallery 1 contains photos kindly provided by club member Craig Pagett who is a professional photographer. Gallery 2 has photos taken by other club members. The galleries can be viewed here.
High Performance Sailing Week 17th-21st July
Duncan Hepplewhite (RYA race coach of the year 2015) is lined up to coach this LESC Members-only training event.
The format will focus on high performance boat handling and racing throughout the five days led by Duncan.
After the close of the training day for those that wanted we would then get back on the water for a windward/leeward pursuit race running a four race series throughout the week finishing on
Spaces are limited so do not delay in filling in your application here. The price simply aims to cover the cost of the coaching and fuel.
Duncan has coached several high performance classes including a recent Scottish Skiff training event. The feedback from the Musto Performace Skiff sailors at that event was very positive.
Training Week 2017
Training Week runs this year from Monday 3rd to Friday 7th July.
We begin each day with a briefing for the students at 9.30am (8.45 on Monday)
Daily training runs to approx. 4.30pm with appropriate breaks then on Friday afternoon we have a prize giving ceremony at 3pm where 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.
On Monday to Thursday Evenings we are also running power boat training to Level 2 for applicants 16 or over.
Students do not have to be swimmers to take part.
(Sorry, we are now fully booked)
Loch Earn Sailing Club Brown Cup - June 10th to 12th
On behalf of Loch Earn Sailing Club we look forward to seeing you at the 2017 Brown Cup Scottish Schools Regatta & Race Training Weekend.
Race Training Weekend Saturday 10th - Sunday 11th June.
Entry Limited to 40 boats with places allocated to paid entries in the order they are received.
Brown Cup Scottish Schools Championship Monday 12th June.
Entry Limited to 85 Boats.
First Fling Regatta 2017 Notice of Race - April 22nd - 23rd
RS400 Training Saturday & Traveller Series Sunday (3/4 races back to back).
For further details check with your class secretary.
- Enterprise Traveller Series
- Keelboat fleet.
- Dinghy Handicap fleet.
Please download NOR below...
2016 RS 400 Scottish Championship - win for Andy McKeown
A fleet of 13 boats competed in the RS400 Magic Marine Scottish Championship at Dalgety Bay Sailing Club on 10th and 11th September. Congratulations to LESC member Andy McKeown who crewed for Neil McLellan in the winning boat.
Final Fling and RNLI Charity Event 2016
The Final Fling and RNLI charity event was held over the weekend of 24th and 25th September in conditions which were at times challenging. On Sunday we were joined by the RS400 travellers who enjoyed a series of races organised very efficiently by Colin Tait and his wife Mandy.
Julia, representing the RNLI, was very pleased to report that over £500 had been raised for this organisation which is close to all sailors' hearts. For some pictures of the sailing see the galleries page.
Full details can be found in the Notice of Race given below:
Calum Tait wins The Scottish Laser Inland Championships 2016.
The Scottish Laser Inland Championships were first sailed for in 1985. The annual event takes place over two weekends and in total 12 races are scheduled with 2 discards kicking in after 6 races sailed. 2016 started with a spring event hosted by Loch Tummel Sailing Club, followed by Loch Venechar hosting the second weekend in September. Calum won the first weekend at Loch Tummel and went into the Venachar event with a narrow 1 point lead over Pete Malcolm. Going into the last race at Venachar on Sunday afternoon, it was extremely close, with two points separating 5 boats. Calum won the event by a point from Lewis Smith and combining this with his win at Tummel, secured the 2016 Laser Inland Championships. Calum won the Scottish Laser Championships in 2015 and was really pleased to add another Laser title this year.
Webteam’s Note – Congratulations Calum – winning against such strong competition in the fleet!
Training Week 2016
A big thank you to Neil and Cathie for organising another highly successful and enjoyable Training Week. A total of 39 students of mixed age and ability attended and much was achieved in developing sailing skills on the water.
Neil complimented the parents for providing such a pleasant group of youngsters as students. The adult students were well behaved too - most of the time anyway!
Club member Craig Pagett is a professional photographer and has very kindly agreed to allow anyone to download his photographs taken during Training Week. A small sample of his work is shown below. If you would like to view all his photographs you can do so by visiting:
Use the password RYA16 to gain access to the gallery. You can download images using the shopping basket option as usual and there is no fee.
Finally, you can see some less professional photographs by visiting the Gallery Page here.
2016 Scottish Schools Championships
Another successful Brown Cup event has been held at Loch Earn Sailing Club. Many thanks to Colin, Cammy and their team for organising the event which was won by Dunblane High School.
Air Ambulance Fundraising Open Day raises £1,700
The Loch Earn Sailing Club Open Day was a huge success. Thank you to everyone who took part on the run up to the big day creating crafts for sale, donating prizes, donating online, (special
mentions to Margaret McDonald, Moira Brown and Frank Ponsonby who did a huge amount of planning behind the scenes) and to everyone who attended on the day, helping on a stall, doing sailing taster
sessions, bringing family and friends along and generally helping to make a great atmosphere around our sailing club.
Thanks again to Local businesses Hobbs Cleaning; Crieff Hydro; Gordon & Durward Scottish Sweets; Jazz of Crieff; The Famous Grouse Experience; Hansens Kitchen Comrie, Arbonne, The Hamilton Baker and Kelvin Top-Set Comrie Branch who all donated generous prizes for the raffle.
There were crafts, books, bric-a-brac, tombola, raffle, duck race sales, face painting, ceramic painting, basketball hoops, a chance to win-a-giant cupcake, candy floss and ‘soak the commodore with wet sponge’ stalls. There was a team of sailing instructors busy in the sunshine taking ‘newbies’ out in boats. There was tea and coffee, cakes (can I just mention those delicious Strawberry Tarts from The Hamilton Baker – seriously worth a special trip to their shop if you didn't), Arbonne beauty products from Sheena Halcrow plus art and jewellery from the Prodgers.
Our ‘Duck Race’ ducks sold out in less than two hours (top work from sales team Mo Phillips and David Ramsay), and after a nail-biting 45 minute bob down the Tarken burn, race officer, Craig Moffett, announced the winner – ‘Louis Duck’. Congratulations also to the many lucky raffle and tombola prize winners.
It really was a very memorable day, topped off with a fun floating treasure hunt. There are some photos on the website for you to view, and if you have any pics that you would like to share, please send them to email@example.com.
A great day and all for a great cause. Scotland's Charity Air Ambulance relies 100% on donations. And the total amount raised by Loch Earn Sailing Club was £1,709.25.
Well done and thank you all.
An article about our Open Day has been published in the Dundee Courier and can be seen using this link:
Well worth a look just to see John McD in a suit - he polishes up well!!
LESC Race Calendar 2016 (Superseded)
Training Week 2016 - Bookings now open for all
LESC's highly popular Training Week runs from the 4th to 8th July.
Applications are open now for members and for non-members.
2016 Brown Cup Scottish Schools Regatta and Training
On behalf of Loch Earn Sailing Club we look forward to seeing you at the 2016 Brown Cup Scottish Schools Regatta & Race Training Weekend.
Entries open 1st April & will close on the 1st of June. Application details here.
Race Training Weekend Saturday 11th - Sunday 12th June.
Entry Limited to 40 boats.
Brown Cup Scottish Schools Championship Monday 13th June.
Entry Limited to 85 Boats.
Gos 16 Trials
Tuesday 24th May introduced a class previously unseen at LESC when Allan and Jack carried out trials of Allan's recently acquired Gos16. This boat brings a whole new meaning to the term "armchair sailor" and once they are comfy sailing the boat they will be adding gimbals for their gin glasses. Next time they may even fly the assymetric! Photos courtesy C Pagett
Air Ambulance Fundraising Open Day
Sat 28th May 2016. 10am to 4pm
Message to club members - Your club needs your support!
LESC will be hosting a charity fundraising open day in aid of the SCAA for club members and non-members.
Plans are well underway. Local businesses have donated generous prizes for the raffle. Posters have been put up all over the local area and the event has been promoted in local magazines and newsletters.
Volunteers needed! There will be fundraising stalls run by club members including tea/coffee, tombola, book sale, duck race, grand raffle, face painting, bric-a-brac, basketball hoops, and guess the weight of the giant cup cake. A couple of local small businesses will be setting up stalls at the event.
Donations! Donations from club members for the raffle and tombola will be gratefully received – bottles, biscuits, books, bubble bath or boat bits – anything goes! We also have a large and a small hamper to fill with luxury goods. There is a collection point box in the clubhouse - please pop donations into the box by Sunday 22 May 2016.
Come and Try Sailing. A team of sailing instructors will be on hand to offer "come and try" sailing sessions for visitors for trips round the bay - weather permitting of course!
Sunset Cruise / Treasure Hunt (For Club Members Only). As a fitting end to a busy fundraising day book a berth (small charitable donation requested) for a sunset cruise / treasure hunt setting sail at 7pm. Club members with their own sailing boat can come along too!
Please, please, please come along and support your local sailing club to raise funds for this invaluable service the SCAA delivers for anyone in need– and remember to invite your family and friends - it's for a great cause.
You can also help us raise money for this great cause by donating directly to our fundraising page - https://www.justgiving.com/Loch-Earn-Sailing-Club
JustGiving sends your donation straight to Scotland's Charity Air Ambulance and automatically reclaims Gift Aid if you are a UK taxpayer, so your donation is worth even more.
If you have any queries, please contact Barbara Murray: firstname.lastname@example.org
This month marks the anniversary of an incident at Loch Earn Sailing Club that many of you will remember, where in challenging conditions during an Early Sunday Series race (12/04/16), John McDonald was catapulted by the boom of his yacht, The Hooligan, into the water.
He was rescued by grandson, Aaron, and attended to by first aiders on shore. Many club members were involved, in tending to his injuries and contacting the emergency services, and also his crew, Rachael and Jenny who recovered the boat. John was whisked away by the Scotland's Charity Air Ambulance (SCAA) to Ninewells Hospital in Dundee and has made a full recovery. Of course everyone hopes that the SCAA will never have to come to LESC again in the future.
The SCAA, based at Perth Airport, is the first charity helicopter air ambulance service in Scotland and relies 100% on donations.
First Fling Open Regatta 23rd & 24th April
Loch Earn Sailing Club's opening regatta for the year, "The First Fling" on 23rd and 24th April welcomed some Enterprise travellers.
First Fling April 23rd - 24th with Enterprise Travellers
Enterprise: Charles Morrish / Alison Robertson-Morrish
Dinghy Handicap: Angus Beyts (Streaker)
Cruiser Handicap: Jamie Parkinson / Tim Parkinson (RS Elite)
Scratch Race: Alex Orr (Laser)
New Jetty Deck
A big thank you to all members who turned up to help over the Work Party Weekend in March. Many jobs were completed including the fitting of a new rot proof deck to the jetty as shown below.
Commodore Craig Moffett presented the Commodore's Cup to Aaron Murray at the last AGM. Aaron heroically rescued a sailor (his granddad!) who had been knocked overboard.
RNLI Final Fling
A huge thanks again to Julia Paterson for bringing the RNLI to the Final Fling.
Due to the acute lack of wind there was no sailing at this 'regatta', however, the amount raised from the sale of RLNI merchansise, sale of books and entries to the "non-sailing" event was £584.
There are still some orders to be picked up which will be available at the AGM for people to collect.
THANK YOU Julia !
Loch Earn sailors win the Scottish Laser Championships
Calum sailing to victory. Photo courtesy of Shetland Times
Three young sailors from Loch Earn Sailing Club took the honours at the Scottish Laser Championships held at Channory Sailing Club.
Calum Tait won the championship and said "I was delighted to add my name to a very select group of individuals who have won the Laser Scottish Championship, especially considering the challenging conditions. From a very breezy Saturday where we couldn't get racing (although it didn't stop myself and some other competitors from training in gusts of over 35 knots!) the Sunday was a complete contrast with light winds and strong tides. After putting in a first and a second in the first two races I was in a strong position overall but with winds falling all the time in the final race and no discards it was a nerve racking experience. I managed to close out a fourth place in the final race which was enough to win the event by a single point, with eight times Scottish champion Pete Malcolm in second and another past champion Iain McLaughlan in third place. The win was made all the more special by the fact that I joined my fellow Scotland squad sailors and good friends Iain and Jack who won the event in 2013 and 2014 respectively"
Alex Orr won the Laser Radial rig and his sister Mhairi Orr won with the Laser 4.7 rig.
Commodore's Reception 9th May 2015
Craig and Mary hosted a highly successful Commodore's Reception on Saturday 9th May. They very generously provided a hog roast for the club members and various refreshments of a liquid form. As the sun set everyone moved to the warmth of the clubhouse where we were entertained by the musical skills of Gordon, Nicol, Ian, and Marion. The evening was rounded off with real Irish coffee before everyone retired to their caravans, and for two brave souls, their boat.
Everyone had a throughly enjoyable time and as a token of appreciation for the time and effort spent, Mary was presented with a bouquet of flowers.
Some photographs of the event can be found on the Gallery Page.
Family Week 27th to 31st July 2015
Family Week will go ahead as usual this year but there will be no formal pre-arranged programme. Participating families should come prepared to help in organising games and entertainment. There will be opportunities to visit the nearby village of Comrie which will be holding its annual festival fortnight.
Race Calendar for 2015
The Race Calendar for 2015 is now available at the link below. You will see we have an entirely new format this year which we hope will encourage more sailors onto the water. Allocation of OOD duties will be provided in due course.
Abandoned Boats 2014
Commodore's Cup 2014
Frank Ponsonby was presented with the Commodore's Cup at the AGM for outstanding services to the Club in 2014.
Club Champion 2014
Congratulations to Gordon McGeorge who was awarded the Club Championship Trophy at the Prizegiving on Saturday 25th October.
Club Workparty and Prizegiving 2014
Please note that the workparty will commence at 9:30am on Saturday 25th October. Prizegiving will follow at about 4pm accompanied by home baking. In the evening we will have a Steak Pie Supper (bring your own and use the club oven).
Will all current trophy holders please return these by Sunday 19th October.
A list of tasks for the workparty is shown below:
Final Fling, Europe Traveller and RNLI Races 2014
Congratulations to team Tait who won the Keelboat Handicap class, and team Simpson who took honours in the Dinghy handicap Class. The Europe Traveller was won by A Thomson. A total of £638 was raised for the RNLI.
The Final Fling Weekend will be held on 27th and 28th September. There will be a Europe Traveller event for Europe sailors. Club members will compete in the RNLI Charity Handicap races.
A Notice of Race and the Sailing Instructions are shown below for download:
Change to Race Calendar
Please note the RNLI Charity Handicap Races will be held on the Final Fling Weekend. Junior races will now take place on 13th and 14th September.
Click here for details.
Pirates' Day Sunday 27th July
It's time for the world famous Loch Earn Pirates' Day again! We're planning to have Pirates' Day about 11am on Sunday 27th July but this depends on the weather for the Lochearnhead Race. We may decide to run Pirates' Day on Sat 26th July. To check please phone the LESC landline (01764 685 229) on the morning of Sat 26th. Please click below for a poster to get you in the Pirate mood!
Lochearnhead Race Saturday 26th July
Weather permitting we are planning to hold the Lochearnhead Race on Saturday 26th July starting at 10am. If the weather is unsuitable the race will be postponed to Sunday 27th July.
There is a change to the format this year. The cafe at Lochearnhead has burnt down and the landing jetty is not useable so we won't be sailing to Lochearnhead. Instead we will place a turning mark halfway down the loch. The fleet will use the usual start and finish lines and will sail around the turning mark and return to the sailing club. Please bring your own picnic for lunch. After lunch we will have the Crew's Race and on return to the club we will have the BBQ lit so you can cook your own food. In the evening there will be an "LESCs Got Talent show".
Family Week commencing 21st July
This year family week will start on 21st July. There will be fun and games for the whole family, young, and not so young! Please let us know by emailing email@example.com what days you will be joining in with a note of the numbers and rough ages of those attending.
On Saturday 26th July after the Lochearnhead Race there will be "Commonwealth Games comes to LESC" and a pizza making event for the youngsters.
Please note that children should be accompanied by an adult (over 18) at all times.
Brown Cup Scottish Schools Championship 8-10th June
Once again the Brown Cup was a great success. 36 boats took part in a great training weekend followed by the Brown Cup on Monday with an 80 boat turnout. Thanks to all the helpers from LESC and helpers from the visitors who all helped the event run like clockwork. Well done to Hermitage Academy in 1st place & Robert Gordons College in 2nd place.
Great to see LESC club members taking part. Well done to Aaron Murray 4th place in the H/cap fleet, Nicol Halcrow 18th in the H/Cap fleet & Anna Scougal 15th place in the Topper fleet. Anna has been sailing hard in the club races in her Topper and 15th place in a 33 boat fleet was an excellent result.
I’ve left the best to last and what a result for the Orr family & LESC with Cults Academy finishing in 3rd place for the Brown Cup. Mhari finished 6th in the H/Cap fleet, Alex finished 8th in the H/cap fleet & Becky finished 10th in the Topper fleet. This is the best overall Brown Cup result during the years that I have been involved from LESC members so well done. Colin Tait 10.06.14
Shirley Platz declared 2013 Club Champion - 2013:10:26
Congratulations to Shirley Platz who was declared Club Champion for 2013 at the Prizegiving on Saturday 26th October!
Report on 29er Scottish Development Team by Aaron Murray
We were re-selected into the 29er Scottish Development Team and completed the year as second ranked Scottish boat behind the top Scottish crew who are the top ranked UK boat!
29er Grand Prix Series
We attended seven of the eight events held nationally throughout the UK where we finished tenth overall. The wind conditions were varied from light and shifty at Rutland to blowing 20 knots at Prestwick. At most of the events we were inside the top half of the fleet but overall we were pleased with tenth position in our first season.
29er Worlds Aarhus Denmark
This was our first venture abroad in the 29er and definitely an experience we want to try again. Our goal was always to sail the boat well, make sure our manoeuvres were spot on, and the results would follow from that. Our goal was to get into the Silver Fleet after qualification. The first two days were very light which was frustrating as we had travelled all this way and I was cuddling the mast and Lewis was sitting in the boat. The wind picked up on the third day; we were happy and knew what we had to do to get into Silver. We had managed to put ourselves within reach of Silver until we were blown low and away from our final gate by a massive gust which cost us 19 places. Lesson learned there! We missed out on Silver Fleet by 3 points, gutted, but our coach soon pointed out we had not long got into the boat and the Worlds was all about experience. We won the second race in Bronze Fleet and as the wind dropped it went shifty. In the end we finished tenth in Bronze with loads learned.
29er Nationals Hayling Island SC
Probably the best sailing regatta we have been at. There was good steady wind every day, plenty of sun; it was great. We qualified for Gold Fleet in 25th with our best result in qualifying a 3rd. Now we were sailing with the experienced teams so we knew it was going to be tough. We had a couple of bad races due to the toestraps breaking and other breakages that we fixed on the water to allow us to complete the race but on the whole enjoyed sailing in Gold Fleet. We ended the event thirtieth overall from 92 entries and second Junior Team - we were well pleased.
The Scottish Series was not a full series due to some events being cancelled due to weather conditions but we managed to sail at the events we were squeezed into between all of the other events we were travelling to. We won the event at Helensburgh which was a big boost to our confidence. It was a small fleet but we felt that we would put into practise all of our coaching, concentrating on our boat handling and it paid off. At the end of the season we manged to win the series and we are both very happy to get our name on the trophy.
I'm now training hard over the winter at Cumbrae and Largs most weekends through the winter with the racing season just round the corner.
Club Photographic Competition - 2013:02:18
Congratulations to the winners of the photographic competition whose efforts can be viewed here.
The winning photographs will be framed and mounted to brighten up the clubhouse walls.
LESC young sailors excel in RYA Scotland National Rankings - 2012:11:12
Well done too to Calum Tait who is currently ranked 5th in the mens Laser Radial class.
Calum has just started year 3 in the Scottish Laser Radial Development Squad now comprising just four boys. He qualified for the Tri-Nations event at Pwhelli in January 2012, winning the winter Squad regatta to qualify. Calum has now sailed 87 out of the last 114 weekends which gives you some idea of his commitment! He qualified for the Europeans in Belgium last year and his best results this year were the UK Laser Radial Nationals at Abersoch where he finished 30th overall with a best individual race result of 5th. Calum has just competed at the UK Laser Radial Inland Championships finishing 22nd out of 120 boats, his best race result being a 3rd and this summar was delighted to win his first Scottish Laser Traveller at Helensburgh.
Disability no obstacle when it comes to sailing - 2012:11:08
Sailor Don Ferguson shares his story about getting started when he visited LESC earlier in the year.
RYA Sailability is the charity of the RYA which offers people who think they can’t even get on a boat, let alone sail it, the chance to have a go. If you’ve been inspired by Don’s story, to find out more about RYA Sailability and how you can get involved, check out Sailability TV or follow RYA Sailability and Disability Sailing Scotland on facebook.
Member Obituary : John Leckie MBE - 2012:09:04
James Leckie wrote : It is with great regret that I need to advise you of my father's death on the 3rd of Sept 2012. He was a keen member of Loch Earn Sailing Club for many years and sailing achievements included starting the Scottish Islands 3 Peaks Race and was Honorary President of Loch Earn Sailing Club.
AED Defibrillator Training - 2012:09:02
The Scottish Ambulance Service provided free training for most of the committee members and any other member who happened to be around in the use of our newly purchased AED. The British Heart Foundation have provided us a grant towards the purchase of this life saving device. It is easy to use and designed with the untrained rescuer in mind. They are typically found in many community centres and will assist in delivery CPR as well as a shock should the unit detect that this is required.
Our Defibrillator is located outside the office door beside our notice boards and is for use by anyone who finds themself in the need to use it.
More training is planned for anyone wishing to do a two hour CPR and AED training session in April 2013. Please register your interest with the committee using our online contact form.