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.

 

Please note we are a "members only" club so are unable to hire boats or offer training to non-members outside our annual Training Week in July.

 

If you are a non member and wish to launch a boat for a day please contact Drummond Estates Trout Farm who have slipway facilities at Ardveich Bay on the north shore of Loch Earn.  They also have a list of charges on their website & conditions relating to launching from it.

LESC Final Fling & FF Scottish Championships

The Final Fling and Scottish Flying Fifteen Championships were held on the 25th and 26th September. The Flying Fifteen Championships were kindly sponsored by GlenTurret Whisky.

The planned 3 races on the Saturday were reduced to one race which proved to be an endurance test for the nineteen strong fleet due to very light winds. 

Conditions were much improved on the Sunday when Race Officer Colin Tait devised a course to make maximum use of the stronger winds which allowed good beats and spinnaker runs which gave some exciting racing.

Photos of some prizewinners are shown below and more photos can be viewed in the gallery page here.

Full racing results can be found under the Sailing tab here.

Covid 19 Operating Procedure and Risk Assessment 2021

With the imminent reopening of the sailing club after lock down we need to be aware that the Covid 19 pandemic has not gone away. All members should familiarise themelves with the Operating Procedures and Risk Assessment outlined below BEFORE they visit the club.

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Due to the ongoing Covid19 pandemic this risk assessment is required to ensure that LESC remains mindful of the potential impact we could have on our members, other water users & the local community. The intent is to minimise risk by taking an extra conservative approach to our normal mode of operation at LESC.

 
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Shoreline Challenge - Friday 3rd Sept 2021

 

 

Another great Shoreline Challenge race. A figure of eight course tested all the sailors sail and boat handling skills in a light to moderate breeze. 

 

The prize presentation was accompanied by some refreshments - thanks Tommy and Zandra - they were much appreciated.

 

 

 

There were a number of contenders for the 'Golden Shackle' this year however Alex won it based on some creative kite flying and mark rounding. Luckily Alex there is no video footage! 

 

 

LESC End to End Keelboat Race

A new longer distance race for the Keelboats was sailed on Friday, 27th August 2021. The race was the brianchild of Dave and Wendy involving starting at the club up to mark 3 and then to Lochearnhead round a turning buoy and back to the finish at the club. It was a tricky run down for competitors followed by a champage conditions beat back! Colin and Mandy won on handicap and were presented with the trophy made by local artist Hetty Williams who works out of the Goldfinch Gallery in Comrie. There was some post race chat & ribbing accompanied by some bubbly to mark the occassion. It was a great afternoon sail and if you would like to see more pics of the action look in the 2021 Picture Gallery by clicking on this link here.  

 

 

 

 

Worthy winners Colin & Mandy who sailed a storming beat back from Lochearnhead!

Tree Protection works in August / Sept 

Since the autumn last year a beaver, possibly two now, has been making itself at home at the club and has been munching on a variety of trees and bushes around the club grounds.

 

Nature Scotland have surveyed the damage and as a result painted 35 tree trunks with anti beaver paint and wired 3 others with mesh protection.  This will hopefully safeguard the remaining vunerable mature trees which are within range of the beavers.

 

 It is great for the club to have enlisted their help as they are doing it for free - well done Ann!

 

Above is a picture of Mr or Mrs Beaver on the riverbank with some of the evidence from their munching in the background.  Excellant pic Frank from your nature cam! 

 

There are a few more pics on the Grounds and Woodlands page - click here to go to the page

2021 Race Calendar

Details of the Race Calendar and Race Management Procedures can be found by clicking here.

Website entries - Picture Galleries

There are some pictures of the sailing and other goings on from this year in the gallery section - click here to go to the page.  

Note - If you have forgotten the password to access the members page please use the contact enquiry form on the left hand margin of this page and a webteam member will help you. Alternatively contact a Committee member or email committee@lochearnsc.com

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.

Small Boat Sailing Short Videos by the RYA