We had great weather for beginners on Sunday at the Sailing Club and new member Finn made the most of it by going solo in a Topper for the very first time. Not only did he manage to sail the boat, very well, on his first attempt but he also went on to capsize, successfully right it again and sail in to shore. He was cold but still smiling at the end of it and plans to be back next week. Not bad going for the first sail of the season.
As you may know, all members have to do various duties throughout the year to cover essential tasks that need to be done every time we are on the water; one of these is safety cover. If you can organise the right weather they don’t need to be too onerous, as Morven found out.
The New Boats have arrived.
The RS Quest and Rigiflex 360 arrived at the club on Monday. From the picture you can see they made efficient use of the trailer for delivering them from JP Watersports.
Thanks to Roger, Douglas, Alan and Lewis for unloading them. The plan is now to try them out on Saturday, 12:15 on the water. See you all there.
For those of you that couldn’t make it to the last race of the season we are indebted to Ryan Duncan for some lovely video taken from his drone.
In the video it looks really calm but it felt windier on the water.
Congratulations to Craig, Chris and Rory who recently completed their Power Boat Level 2 RYA qualifications with with the help of a grant from Glaxo in Montrose.
It was a two day course run by Monikie Country Park with the first day on the reservoir and the second day on the Tay. The conditions were a little challenging on the second day with wind and tide battling against an outboard only firing on one cylinder. Good practice!
The new gates are currently being welded at Reekie Steeltec and should be painted and ready to fit in the next couple of weeks.
After that we can get back to having photos of sailing!
The new gates have finally been fitted at the sailing club. Thanks to Roger Murray, Graeme Wallace, Bryan Locke and Rory McLeod for all their hard work.
Look out for a photo in the courier and review.
We just need to get the fence done now!
Today could see the start of a new era on Montrose Basin with the first outing by Montrose Coastal Rowing on their home turf. The club was hosted by Montrose Sailing Club who offered the use of their slipway and clubhouse. The idea was to find out if the site was suitable and if the sailing club and rowing club could operate at the same time. With the sailing club running two dinghy races during the course of the afternoon, the day was judged a complete success with nice flat conditions and a good turn out of people wanting to ‘have a go’. It was all rounded off with a cup of tea and some cake.
It is hoped that this will become a regular event especially once Montrose have their own boat.
See Club News page for more photos and have a look at Montrose Coastal Rowing’s facebook page for another perspective.