Keelboats at Loch Earn Sailing Club

There are about twenty keelboats based at Loch Earn Sailing Club. A variety of classes are represented including Alacrity, Beneteau and Hunters in various forms, Foxcub, Jaguar 21, Ruffian, and Swift 19. The club places a limit of 23 feet on the overall length of keelboats.

Anyone thinking of purchasing a keelboat for use on the Loch should first seek advice from John McDonald, Cruiser Fleet Captain or the Committee on the suitability of the vessel they are considering. We would all share your admiration of a 40 foot Beneteau Oceanis but if you insist that's the boat for you we would suggest you find somewhere salty to sail it as sadly the mooring space on the loch is limited!

Moorings

The mooring convener Dave Bain is responsible to the commitee for the allocation of moorings. The Club allocates a location on the Loch in which a mooring may be laid. Members are responsible for purchasing their own ground tackle and laying their own mooring. A raft with a winch is available to assist with the laying of moorings. Please note that the use of the raft and the laying and lifting of moorings is entirely at the member's own risk.

 

Members must ensure the ground tackle is fit for purpose and the mooring must be lifted and inspected every 4 years. Other keelboat owners will be happy to advise on sinkers, ground tackle, and mooring buoys. Keelboat owners are very supportive and will provide assistance with laying moorings if required.

 

If you have any queries on moorings please speak to Dave or email the committee on committee@lochearnsc.com.

 

Racing

Owners of keelboats are encouraged to participate in weekly races over the weekend during the season. There are also lots of keelboats who sail during the week and are always happy to cruise up to Lochearnhead for a picnic in the company of other boats.

 

 

 

There is a real mixture of levels across the fleet and keelboaters being a sociable lot are always happy to help or have an extra crew member if you fancy a shot on a different boat! Please just ask.

Pottering

One of the joys of owning a keelboat at Loch Earn is the ability to have a leisurely sail down the loch taking a picnic lunch or perhaps continuing to Lochearnhead and going ashore for coffee and a big slice of cake.

 

There are opportunites to anchor along the south shore which is very peaceful being well away from the main road that runs along the north side of the Loch.