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2014 News

Archived news articles from Cardwell Bay Sailing Club.

Annual Dinner Dance and Prize-Giving

24th November 2014

The clubís Annual Dinner Dance and Prize-Giving took place recently at Gourock Golf Club. An enjoyable evening was had with trophies handed out for the yearís racing and cruising programme following a pleasant dinner and then a raffle and a variety of music to round off the evening. Further pictures can be seen in the Photo Gallery (see link on left).

Interesting Links - Scots and Yachting History

16th November 2014

Member Graham Benson sent on the following link to a video about successful yachtsman Charlie Barr, originally from Gourock. The video contains some good early pictures of Cardwell Bay.

Ben Fraser also recommends the following book about the history of the Scots and the America's Cup. A good one to put on your Christmas list!

Sewer Outfall Installation - Cardwell Bay

5th October 2014

We have been advised by the contractor carrying out the above works for Scottish Water that the offshore excavation work for the outfall will commence on 14th October. They have requested confirmation that all boats will have been removed from the moorings by that date. The mooring contractor will also be visiting to drop the mooring gear on the club trot moorings around this time.

Annual Dinner Dance and Prize-Giving - Saturday 15th November: 1900 for 1930

Location: Gourock Golf Club, Cowal View, Gourock PA19 1HD

Cost: £25 per person, includes a three course meal and a glass of wine.



Soup - possibly ham/lentil
Prawn Cocktail

Main Courses

Minute steak
Chicken in sauce
Vegetarian option available*

*please notify when confirming attendance


Apple Crumble / cream or ice cream
(Plus one other to be confirmed )


There will be a raffle as usual - donations of prizes will be very welcome (bring along on the night).

Please advise Sue Bush (email or a member of the committee as soon as possible if you wish to attend, but no later than 8th November.

Bartís Bash Update

14th September 2014

Unfortunately the plan for upper Clyde yacht clubs to hold a joint race for Bartís Bash has been shelved for this year (full details here). With only 2 entries in the race under CBSC, we will no longer be participating in the event as a club. You can still support the event and Andrew Simpson Sailing Foundation with a donation through the eventís Just Giving Page.

Bartís Bash - Sunday 21st September

Cardwell Bay Sailing Club has registered to take part in Bartís Bash, the largest sailing event in the world. This is a unique opportunity to race against more than 570 clubs in 50 different countries and against yachts, dinghies and windsurfers. If you race on the day, you will be racing against the likes of Ben Ainslie in a Finn and Iain Percy in a Star. You will also have a chance of being part of a Guinness World Record for the largest sailing race ever. The event is a fundraiser for the Andrew Simpson Sailing Foundation, and they are asking for a £5 donation from each person over the age of 14 who intends to sail. Andrew or 'Bart' was a Gold and Silver Olympic medallist & Americaís Cup sailor who was tragically killed in a training accident. ASSF was founded by Sir Ben Ainslie, Iain Percy OBE and Andrewís wife Leah to honor him by encouraging youngsters into sailing and to enjoy the water as much as he did.

CBSC is registered on the Bartís Bash site here where you can sign up. Once you have signed up, you can create a just giving page which can then be used to spread the word and get people to sponsor you.

For Clyde based clubs, the start will be hosted by Royal Gourock Yacht Club at Ashton. It is hoped to see a good turnout to round off the season and raise some money for a good cause. For anyone not racing, it is hoped that it will be possible for cruisers to participate in a non-racing cruise round the course after the racing is under way. Watch this page for more details.

Cross Clyde Swim - Saturday 16th August

Royal West have advised us that they are organising the annual Cross Clyde Swim again this year. This takes place on Saturday 16th August. The swimmers are scheduled to depart Kilcreggan at 16:45 and will take approximately 60-80 minutes to cross to the beach at Royal West. Please take note if you are sailing in the area at this time and keep clear of the swimmers and accompanying flotilla of support boats.

 Regatta & Barbecue - Update

6th August 2014

Unfortunately due to the low response, the barbecue has been cancelled for this Saturday. It is still planned to run the race, with the start at 13:00 as detailed below.

Annual Regatta & Barbecue - Saturday 9th August 2014

The Annual Regatta and Barbecue will take place on Saturday 9th August. This race is once again open to all CBSC members as well as visiting boats from Royal Gourock Yacht Club and Royal West of Scotland Amateur Boat Club. Racing will take place on the usual CBSC courses (detailed in the year book which can be downloaded here). Keelboats will start at 1300 and dinghies at 1310. Non-racers are welcome to come along and follow the race around. There will be a barbecue at the clubhouse after racing. There is no race entry fee and the cost of the barbecue is £5 per person to cover food - bring your own liquid refreshments.

Dowload the race start sequence details here.

Please email Duncan Andrews at by Tuesday 5th August to advise of numbers for the race and barbecue.

Racing Update

25th June 2014

With the sailing season well underway the midsummer sunshine brought out 6 boats for the Hotchkiss Shield Race on Monday evening. In a light westerly breeze, the fleet sailed 2 rounds of a course taking them to Gourock then Rosneath Patch South and back to Cardwell Bay. Ffeeling Lucky proved to be the strongest in the fleet again but all crews enjoyed the race on a warm sunny evening with a number of shipping movements thrown in to keep everyone on their toes. The full results were:

  1. Ffeeling Lucky
  2. Prefix
  3. Salamander
  4. Eich Mara
  5. Ravelís Bolero
  6. Ffiddlestick

Next week is the Shaw Cup Race with a 19:25 start again.

Commonwealth Flotilla Volunteers and RYA Survey

18th June 2014

RYA Scotland is looking for a team of volunteers to help with the Commonwealth Flotilla. Anyone interested should fill in the form (click here to download) and send it  to  There is a training day this Sunday (22nd June). A copy of the program of the training is available to download here.

RYA Scotland is also seeking your thoughts about boating in Scotland to help them to improve what they do. This survey is aimed at any individual with an interest in boating from beginner or interested party to expert. By completing this survey you will help RYA Scotland to understand what is working and what isnít and needs attention.

RYA Scotland will run this survey every other year to seek a snap shot of what is going on. This survey is at the midpoint of the planning cycle, the next will happen just as they firm up plans for the next period. These have been chosen to make sure the feedback from this survey directly affect what RYA Scotland actually do.

If you get out on the water, this is the most important survey RYA Scotland have ever asked you to take part in.

Take part in Scottish Boating's Big Survey - Enter now

The closing date for responses is 11th August 2014.

2014 Sailing Season Begins...

2nd May 2014

The 2014 sailing season is already underway with the Opening Points series having concluded on Monday night. There were 2 starters this week but nobody finished the final race and Ffeeling Lucky takes the first trophy of the season.

Tomorrow is the Opening Muster with the option to cruise or race from Cardwell Bay to Holy Loch Marina. The race starts at 2pm and with the moorings in the Bay starting to fill up it is hoped to see a few yachts out tomorrow.

The Primary Points series starts next Monday (5th May) and next Saturday (10th May) is the cruise / race to Port Bannatyne starting at 11am.

Alternative Burns Night - Saturday 8th March 2014 - Cancelled

Unfortunately due to lack of numbers the ĎAlternative Burns Nightí scheduled for Saturday 8th March has had to be cancelled. Keep an eye open for other social events to be scheduled later in the year.

2014 Annual General Meeting - Wednesday 29th January

The Clubís Annual General Meeting will take place at the Clubhouse, Cove Road, Gourock at 8pm on Wednesday 29th January. Full notice and agenda is available here.

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