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Regattas and Training

by Unknown - 10:14 on 04 June 2013

Nairn Sailing Club Dinghies....

Hi all,

A massive well done and thank you to all the Juniors who took part in the NSC Parade of Sail on Saturday  - Matt, Ellie, Maddy, Mariah, Euan, Calum, and Sarah.

We are all really proud of you for taking up the challenge of sailing out to sea and for representing the dinghy section so well at Harbourfest this year- no drama, no worries, just a wonderful display of your sailing skills for the crowd.
I am sure those watching you from the shore will be wondering how they can learn to sail a boat like you can!
Maybe we can welcome some of them to the club this summer.
Thanks too to all the volunteers who help make our adventures possible.

A few of you have been asking me, so here is all the latest on upcoming events, quite a long email- but there is really something here for everyone so make sure you read it to the end...! Don't be over-whelmed- no one is going to do ALL of this- but it's good to have the dates so you can decide what's for you and put it in the diary.

Remember that Club Boats can be booked for these events- so all members can take part, even without a boat of their own.
For more information on any of this, or advice about what might be most suitable for your sailor, please email me on spreiter@mac.com, or call 01667 456788. Let me know if you decide to enter things, just so I can keep track of who's going where!

I think Nairn SC is ready to make some serious waves in Scottish Junior Sailing this summer!




We have booked James Logan for the first week of the summer holidays, from Sat 29th June. I will be sending out emails about this soon, but we will try to offer sessions at the appropriate level to everyone who wants to take their sailing to the next level. . Beginners through to Racers. We will need club volunteers for this too so please stand by.

Paul, Robert and Christine are going to be visiting Cawdor and Auldearn Primary Schools next week to tell the kids about the club, so hopefully we will have an enthusiastic new set of beginners by the time we are ready to start the coaching week.

Paul and the gang will be continuing to teach and help everyone as normal during the club sessions.




July 1-2 Topper
July 11-12 Optimists

From RYA Scotland...

For those looking to improve sailing skills, have fun and get out on the water, consider going to the new 2 day residential RYA Scotland Academy Summer Camp at the National Water Sports Centre on the Isle of Cumbrae (off Largs). This is perfect for all levels, from entry level racer to development team members. The winter camps were hugely successful and worthwhile, with very experienced enthusiastic coaches and excellent coach to sailor ratios. Places for the RYA Scotland Academy Summer Camps are limited as they are residential and they are restricted by bed numbers.    Applications are treated on a first come first served basis (and are filling up fast).  Please follow the link below to sign up:
Further information can be found on the RYA Scotland website. 
The cost is £100 for single handers and £75 per head for double handers.  This includes all food, I nights’ accommodation and coaching at the National Centre, Cumbrae.

Fiona Tate
Part-time Administrator
Royal Yachting Association Scotland
T: 0131 317 4613 (Direct Line) or 0131 317 7388 (Office)                                                  
E:- fiona.tate@ryascotland.org.uk





This weekend, June 1-2 is :

Scottish Traveller Regatta at Toward Sailing Club, near Dunoon. They are still taking entires, but you would need to be quick! This would be perfect for our Optimist, Topper and Feva sailors- everyone in fact, all dinghies welcome. There will be coaching in the Regatta Fleet from James Logan, both before the racing starts and on the water. There are other brand new sailors who have just started the regatta fleet this year, so if you can sail a triangle and want to have a go...then this is for you. This is the way absolute best way to learn- and it's great fun too. You meet people, receive coaching and encouragement, learn stuff, and see a new part of the country- and hopefully make new friends. We have several Nairn sailors signed up for Toward, so you will have a helping hand if this is your first event. If you cant make this one, than see below for the rest of the traveller schedule.

I just received the following welcoming reminder from the club- it is not too late to enter...

For those of you still swithering about coming to Toward this weekend here's a taste of what you'll be missing if you don't come. Good camping, good sailing & a cuddly friendly club. Please enter asap for the sanity of the cook!
Forecast is looking great.  Lots of folk camping, many from Friday night so should be good on the social front.  There's a few kids taking their musical instruments this weekend so any budding musicians out there, please feel free to bring your kit and join in. Parents may wish to consider earplugs. :-)





More info on www.iocascotland.org.uk

June 15/16th Helensburgh SYS 2

July 20/21 Annadale Scottish Champs

August 31/1st  September Loch Lomond SYS 3

September 14/15 Loch Tummel Junior travellers


The Brown Cup Schools Regatta June 8-10

We have a great entry for this one already...at least 10 juniors from Nairn going to Loch Earn for a camping weekend of training and a Monday off school (!!) for the Schools Race. Call Christine if you want to try to enter late for this. Our juniors are part of school teams for Cullden Academy, Nairn Academy, Forres Academy, Grantown Grammar, Dyke Primary and Cawdor Primary.




(First time the UK Oppie Nationals have come to Scotland for years and years, so it would be fantastic to have a good Scottish turnout for this)

More info on www.optimistsailing.org.uk

This is for ALL OPTIMIST SAILORS- regardless of age or experience-  as long as you can sail a triangle- there is a place for you here.
Hundreds of Oppie sailors from across the UK and internationally get together once a year for this brilliant event-
Club oppies would be fine for the Regatta Fleets. Juniors who are just learning to sail now could be easily ready to enter by July.
Don't miss the chance to experience the fun and excitement of Oppie Nationals THIS SUMMER, IN SCOTLAND!

There is top level competition for the Optimist Main Fleet sailors, in Senior and Junior Fleets

There are also at least 3 Regatta Fleets:

Regatta Racing for those who really want to race but aren't quite ready for main fleet
Regatta Coaching who will be spending more time on improving their race skills, as well as some racing
Mini Racers for the 8-9 year olds starting out on their regatta experience
Possibly also Micro Racers- for the 5-7 year olds- They did this last year and had a lot of fun with the youngest kids playing in their boats and getting them into it one step at a time.


Findhorn Week 22-26 July

Findhorn week with its mix of competative and relaxed sailing, child friendly atmosphere, great socials and stunning location offers something for everyone- with the added bonus of being on our doorstep for once. Lots of fun and games, stuff to do for the younger siblings...and sailing! We had 10 juniors at this last year, they had a great time, and came home with loads of shiny trophies and prizes for best junior, best novice, endeavour, junior triathlon, silly sports, and of course, sandcastle building!!

All info on the Royal Findhorn YC website:



Volvo Club Championships @ Loch Lomond Sailing Club 17-18 August

Last year at the VCC Champs, Nairn Sailing Club Juniors won the Optimist Class in 2011, and in 2012 took 1st, 2nd and 4th.  NSC was 3rd club overall in Scotland- despite having NO entries in Toppers or Feva Class. This year, we should be able to have sailors in all 3 classes, and have a good chance of going for the overall trophy- which would be an amazing goal for the summer of 2013. No limit to size of team, so this would be a great event for all our Juniors currently sailing an Oppie, Topper or Feva. Lovely lochside sailing club with free camping on site.



RYA Scotland Youth and Junior Championships @ East Lothian Yacht Club 28-29 September
The RYA Scotland Youth and Junior Championships is the biggest junior racing event in Scotland.
The event is the key indicator event for all RYA Scotland Development Teams and brings together all supported junior and youth classes to one venue. If you want to be considered for any RYA Scotland Development Teams the Championships is a "must do" event, but there will be regatta fleets there too, so all are welcome at this event.


Optimist UK End of Seasons Champs @ tbc Rutland October

A UK National Optimist meeting for those who are looking to develop their skills in a bigger fleet. Regatta and main fleet racing. NSC will have at least 2 entries, hopefully more will feel ready to join them after the summer's sailing. Camping available.

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