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.
Mooring Raft Refurbishment June/July 2019.
For attention of all mooring holders.
Please be aware that the mooring raft will be taken out of use soon to allow a new deck to be installed. A further update will be given once materials have been obtained and before work starts. It is hoped that this should not take more than a couple of weeks.
60th Brown Cup Scottish Schools Championships Loch Earn 8th – 10th June 2019 - the results!
Brown Cup 1959 -2019
The idea of widening sailing competition beyond club membership to local schools was the idea of Jack Brown, who was the Commodore of Loch Earn Sailing club from 1960-1962. LESC are very proud to have hosted this event for 60 years. This year Morag Donaldson, Jack Brown’s daughter was invited to present the prizes. It was great to hear her tell the sailors & parents at the prize giving that her father would be so proud to see how the event has evolved.
Brown Cup 2019
This year Brooks Macdonald returned for the second year as event sponsor. Lee Crowe represented the company at the event. Brooks Macdonald kindly provided rash vests with the Brooks MacDonald logo, Brown Cup logo & past winners for all the competitors.
The event kicked off with a two day training camp. This year 37 sailors were coached by Becky Orr, Christine Wood, Tom Graham & Iain Duncan; all RYA qualified coaches and past Brown Cup sailors.
Monday morning dawned sunny with no wind and a none too favourable weather forecast.
It was clear 3 races would not be sailed. Race Officer Craig Moffett stayed patient and waited for a breeze to fill in and swing easterly which it eventually did. 78 competitors eagerly left the beach allowing the 60th Brown Cup to be sailed and decided on one race.
This year 3 fleets competed: Optimist, Topper & Handicap. Schools declare their three boat teams at registration. This year 14 School teams were competing for the Brown Cup.
1st James Gifford Dundee High School
2nd Rory Gifford Dundee High School
3rd Ruaraidh Docherty St Mary’s PS Bannockburn (Top Primary School Sailor)
1st Tom Mitchell Dundee High School
2nd Morven Wood Bearsden Academy
3rd Eilidh McQueen Lomond School
1st Daniel Scott & Tom Irving 29er Arbroath High School
2nd Calum Bell Laser R Lomond School
3rd Christine Wood Laser R Lomond School
1st Tom Mitchell, James Gifford & Rory Gifford Dundee High School
2nd Eilidh McQueen, Calum Bell & Harris Cartwright Lomond School
3rd Morven Wood, Christine Wood & Euan Ferguson Bearsden Academy
Report produced by Colin Tait, Sailing Secretary, Loch Earn Sailing Club
For all the results from the Brown Cup 2019 please click on the excel spreadsheet document below.
Training Week 2019 - Reserve your places now
Bookings are still being taken for Training Week which runs this year from Monday the 8th to Friday the 12th July.
Students are awarded certificates according to level of achievement during the week.
We offer dinghy courses to suit all standards from total beginners to the hugely experienced as well as evening powerboat courses. Its open to adults as well as youngsters and there are places still available especially for stage 1 and 2. Please contact Alan McDonald, Training Principle, if you wish to discuss your booking by emailing him on firstname.lastname@example.org
High Performance Sailing Week 15-19th July
After the success of the last two years high performance week again returns to Loch Earn Sailing Club.
This year we have made the decision to prioritise time on the water with each other, practicing the skills previously coached. The aim is to provide structure and focus for a team of individuals sailing similar boats for daily morning and afternoon sessions.
Will anyone have the necessary speed to stop Aaronakin Skywalker from retaining his title?
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.