Well done to everyone who made such an effort to ensure the Open Day was a success The many favourable comments made by the public seemed to indicate that they enjoyed the day. We may take for granted our view of Nairn from the sea but many were seeing it for the first time. It was splendid to see the boats decked overall and it was particularly difficult to pick a winner - Oink with its piratical crew just edged it from Golddust and Hilarity. There was 25 boats in the parade making a wonderful spectacle and we managed to take 180 of the public afloat. A special thanks to Nida and Mike for doing the barbecue. The rain may have curtailed the day somewhat, but it did benefit the ladies serving teas and cakes in the clubhouse, who did brisk business and raised a considerable sum for the RNLI.
Whiteness Dinghies Sunday 30th May
A brisk wind made for some exciting sailing. 3 wayfarers were on the water including one acquired from our former treasurer Bill Taylor which we intend calling BT It could do with new sails but it performed well. Clem Cuthbert recently acquired a wayfarer to add to his collection of dinghies and it got its first launch. Mathew Scott Calum Cook and Harry Barron did well in the Opies given the lively conditions. Gina tried the wayfarer and then took out a topper which was a bit more challenging. Iain and Morna Cameron launched their kayak and paddled about with some skill. Another great day but we could do with more helpers both ashore and on the water. Unfortunately there has been cases of dog fouling at Whiteness. I'm sure you will all agree, especially with young children that this is unacceptable. Dogs must be kept under supervision, the alternative will be a no dog policy. Sorry for the sleepy heads next Sunday 6th June at 9am, early tide I'm afraid
Ben Haslam Sponsored Dinghy Sail
A very well done to Ben who sailed his contender dinghy from Ardersier round to Nairn. He did this to raise money for a lady who is suffering from M.S. and needs specialist treatment.
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Tony Thame Cruiser Passage Race - Saturday 5th June 2010
Briefing on the middle pontoon at 07.00. We need to get out of the harbour by 07.30 to catch the back of the tide, but suggest a brief anchor off Nairn for breakfast. We will then start the race at 09.00 and race to Cromarty, the course and length of the race depending on prevailing conditions. Once at Cromarty, the suggestion is to anchor, crew up some of the Nairn boats and enter the MYA 2nd Interclub race at Cromarty. The race start is kindly being moved to 12.00 to accommodate us and give time to those of us who want to return to Nairn on late Saturday afternoon and particularly for those who want to be involved in the dinghy sailing on Sunday. George Selvester of Cromarty boat club assures us that there will be moorings for those who would like to stay over on Saturday night and enjoy the Cromarty hospitality.
Dinghy Section - Sunday 6th June 2010
Sorry for the sleepy heads Sunday 6th June at 9.00 am, early tide I'm afraid
Visit from Windermere Cruising Association - 11, 12 and 13 June
This event has now been running for 16 years and involves Nairn SC and Windermere Cruising Association visiting each other on alternate years, and experiencing a contrasting sailing environment, but with a strong emphasis on enjoying the social contact between the two clubs. It’s a great weekend and provides an opportunity for some sailing and socialising on Lake Windermere next year!
1) Arrival of Windermere Cruising Association- Friday, June 11th (evening) Meet up with Nairn sailing club in the evening (bar open from 20.00) at the clubhouse. Assignment of Windermere couples to Nairn boats and skippers. Even if you are not a host boat, please pop in to the clubhouse and meet our Windermere friends.
2) Saturday, June 12th Cooked breakfast in the clubhouse at 08.00 for Windermere friends. Sailing programme (briefing on middle pontoon at 09.30) to comprise a race for the Windermere Quaich, starting 10.30. Lunch on boats back in harbour after race (host boats will have been assigned on the Friday evening and host skippers have already volunteered). Windermere friends to visit Randolph’s Leap on River Findhorn after sailing (leaving harbour-side in cars at 15.30 for those interested). Evening social programme (games and folk songs) starts at 19.15, with buffet supper in clubhouse (£10 per head). Please e-mail Ken (firstname.lastname@example.org) to confirm attendance by the end of the week.
3) Sunday, June 13th Cooked breakfast in the clubhouse at 09.00 for Windermere friends. Sailing programme (briefing 10.20 on middle pontoon) to comprise a fun event, probably held jointly with our dinghy section, starting at about 11.00 (further details to be issued at the briefing). The visit of Windermere Cruising Association will finish with a BBQ (please bring a bottle) in the afternoon (starting at 15.00).
Sail in the City - Sunday 20th June 2010
This is an RYA initiative and involves very little expense to the club. Not sure why it is called Sail in the City but basically a team from the RYA will come to Whiteness together with all their own equipment, safety boats dinghies etc. and provide sail training throughout the day. You can book a 1 hour slot any time during the day. There is no cost involved and is open to members and non members, so tell your friends to come along and take advantage of this unique opportunity. A separate email will follow from Christine giving the specific timings etc for the daty. You can book via Christine on 01667 456788 or E-mail Spreiter@mac.com
Disposal of Time Expired Pyrotechnics
HM Coastguard will be available from 10 am to 6.00 pm on the following dates should you wish to visit to safely dispose of any time expired pyrotecnics - distress flares etc. 12th June 17th July 14th August 18 September The address is HM Costguard, Harbour Buildings, Longman Drive, Inverness